Athletics & Student Organizations
With testing and other safety protocols in place, we expect that a vibrant community life will be able to continue safely, with student organizations continuing their meetings. Gatherings will need to observe social distancing requirements (6 foot distance between people, and masks) if they take place in person. We will also provide support to groups that wish to meet remotely instead.
Statement on Fall Athletics at the College of Wooster
Athletics and recreation are integral components of the Wooster experience for many students. The College continues to monitor the developing situation with COVID-19. Our goal is to provide athletic, recreation, and wellness opportunities in ways that safeguard the health and safety of students, staff and faculty, as well as our larger community.
In developing plans for the safe return and resocialization of sport at Wooster, we rely on guidance from the CDC, NCAA, American College Health Association (ACHA), National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, and other sport-specific governing bodies. We also have regular conversations with the Presidents and Athletic Directors of each of the other institutions our conference, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).
The College will follow the health and safety guidance from the NCAC, which has undertaken an extended study of how best to provide safe and meaningful athletic opportunities for its members. To ensure that students can establish safe campus presence at the beginning of the semester, the conference has set the first permitted contest date for fall NCAC competition as September 18. In addition, competition will be limited to conference-only play, as the conference has established strict health and safety guidelines to which all members have agreed to adhere.
As the pandemic situation is evolving, The College of Wooster has not yet made final decisions about the activities of varsity and club teams. We hope that all of our Fighting Scot teams will be able to practice and compete this fall season. However, we believe that the best decisions for safety and competition will depend on further public health information. We will share plans for the varsity and club teams that participate in the fall by July 22. We realize that this delay may be frustrating and challenging for students, families and coaches, but we want to be as transparent as possible as we all navigate a rapidly changing landscape with health – of individuals and our campus community - as our top priority.
Summer Facility Use
The Scot Center, including Williams Fitness Center and Swigart Strength Center, along with all campus tracks, courts, and fields will be open to students, staff, and faculty with modifications to support social distancing and new cleaning and sanitization protocols.