The College continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and consider its potential impact to our campus community. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our campus as well as preserving the continuity of our student’s education.
Wilson's current status - March 16, 2021
Dear Wilson Students, Faculty, and Staff,
As the weather outside begins to warm and our attention turns toward spring, I’d like to provide you with an update on our plans for the Fall 2021 semester and its academic calendar.
Wilson is presently planning for a fall semester where the majority of classes will be held on-campus and in-person, with some online courses also available. Our campus will continue to follow theHealth and Safety Plan and adhere to all state and federal guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the continued practice of wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, washing hands often, using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available, and continuing surveillance testing.
Zoom to Campus
One change between this semester and the fall semester will be the elimination ofZoom to Campus as an option for regularly joining classes. While the technology has worked in the short term, it is not an effective long term way for students to participate in class nor for faculty to convey course materials. Should a student become ill, need to quarantine, or otherwise need to miss time from class, they can work with their faculty to make accommodations. Faculty may choose to temporarily allow students to use theZoom to Campus technology for this purpose.
For the fall semester, Residence Life will operate under the College’s normal residency policy. All traditional students will be required to live on campus. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and degree-seeking to live on campus. Exemptions from the residency requirement will be considered, but not guaranteed.Students seeking an exemption must complete the Off Campus Housing Application by the stated deadline for the semester for which s/he is requesting. All forms must be filled out completely, reviewed by Financial Aid, and returned to the Director of Residence Life.
At this time, we do not expect any changes to the Fall 2021 calendar. Please note, our traditional fall semester breaks have been built back into the calendar. These breaks are important for the health and well-being of the entire campus community. However, should the pandemic shift, we may need to make adjustments to the calendar.
Fall Semester Key Dates:
Classes begin: August 30, 2021
Fall Break: October 18 and 19, 2021
Thanksgiving Break: November 24 – 26, 2021
Classes conclude: December 10, 2021
Fall Semester Exams: December 13 – 17, 2021
Thanks to you, our community is making good progress with the COVID-19 pandemic. Franklin County has a reduced positivity rate, and we are experiencing a low COVID-19 case count on campus. A note of caution, however; state and federal health authorities are watching the virus variants, and there is concern there could be upticks in positive cases with the spread of those variants this spring. Please stay vigilant. Continue to wear your mask, stay socially-distanced, and wash your hands often. We will communicate additional details as the start of the fall semester gets closer.
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.
What is novel coronavirus?
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronavirus that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. For more information on protecting yourself from infection, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention
How will I know when new information is available?
In the event additional decisions are made regarding classes and or college operations, instructions will be shared with the entire campus community as soon as possible. Please check your college email and postings to Wilson.edu often.
I live in the Chambersburg community and would like to walk or ride my bicycle on Wilson’s campus. Can I do that?
Yes. The campus has re-opened for outdoor recreational activities. All buildings, including Lenfest Commons, remain restricted to faculty, staff, students and pre-approved vendors. All individuals are asked to wear a face mask and observe recommended social distancing guidelines while on campus, including while outdoors.
What actions has the College taken to protect the health of the Wilson community?
- Established the Campus Health and Safety Plan that outlines modifications to College operations with regard to COVID-19 precautions, including instruction, residential living, and cleaning protocols and on-campus testing protocols.
- Academic Affairs and faculty have developed plans to provide instruction and coursework both in-person and remote through our Zoom to Campus capabilities.
- The College, partnering with WellSpan Health, has instituted COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine protocols for campus.
- Housekeeping staff have increased their daily cleaning and sanitizing of hard surfaces across campus and instituted additional sanitizing protocols should there be a positive COVID case on campus.
- The College has instituted restrictions prohibiting all non-essential travel.
- The College has prohibited gatherings on campus with significant attendance without prior approval and discussion of mitigation measures.
- In concert with the NCAA and CSAC officials, all formal conference athletic competition and conference championships for fall and winter sports have been cancelled for the academic year. Spring sports competition will be reviewed in January.
- The College has communicated broadly important personal hygiene safety tips and installed hand sanitizer stations across campus as well as sanitizing kits with disinfectant and sanitizing wipes in all classrooms, office buildings and common spaces.
- Modified food service in the Jensen Dining Hall to limit number of individuals in the dining hall at any given time and eliminate self-serve options as well as installed additional hand sanitizing stations at the cafeteria entrance and social distancing signage.
- Signage has been installed across campus that identifies building entrances and exits, promotes social distancing, promotes wearing of masks, identifies capacity limits for common spaces and instructional locations and shares the College’s Community Statement of Responsibility.
- College Athletics has developed a Health and Safety Plan specific to its needs.
- Good personal hygiene posters created by the CDC have been posted in all restrooms.
- The College continues to promote work from home and staggered work shifts for staff, where possible.
Prevention - What you can do to stop the spread of germs…
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often or when soap and water is not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue away and wash your hands. Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve is not an effective way to control the spread of germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread easily this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others. If you are unwell, you should seek medical attention. If you are a student, please notify the Dean of Students. Employees should notify their immediate supervisor and the Office of Human Resources.
- And, try an “elbow bump” instead of a handshake or hug when greeting folks. This is a great practice all the time, but especially during cold and flu season.
Click on each poster to download and print your own copy.
What policy has the College established on events?
A limited number of outdoor events with low attendance numbers and in accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulations may be permitted on campus. Only those events that have been pre-approved by College leadership, such as Admissions events, may be held on campus. This policy applies to all college-sponsored events, including those organized by students. Student organizations must seek pre-approval from Student Development before planning or hosting an event.
What is Wilson’s policy on athletics events?
On December 21, 2020, the Colonial States Athletics Conference announced the cancellation of all formal conference competition and conference championships for fall and winter sports for the academic year. Spring sports competition will be reviewed in January.
For additional details, please see the Wilson College Athletics Health and Safety Plan.
What is the status of athletics facilities?
Until further notice, the following athletics venues are not open to the general campus community unless for an activity under the supervision and direction of an athletic coach
- Henninger Field (baseball)
- Kris’s Meadow (softball, soccer, lacrosse)
- Field Hockey Field
The gym, located in the Field House, and the Fitness Center will offer limited availability.
- Student-workers and staff will clean and sanitize equipment
- No team reservations available at this time
- Maximum occupancy for recreational activities is 20
- Maximum occupancy for intercollegiate athletics is 48
- The center is only open to students enrolled at the College for the spring semester
- Capacity is limited to 18 individuals, including fitness center staff
- Reservations for use are required
- Recreational equipment for outdoor venues will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis during Fitness Center hours of operation. Equipment must be checked out and returned to the center.
- The range is closed.
- Reservations will be considered on a case by case basis.
Do we plan to cancel Commencement or Reunion?
Wilson College understands how important the traditions of Commencement and Reunion are to the campus community and our alumni. The College is monitoring the progression of the pandemic as well as the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, a small taskforce has been formed to explore the possibility of hosting in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020 and 2021 as well as Reunion.
A tentative decision of plans is expected in early February.
Are admission tours and events still being offered?
Campus tours are available by appointment and are limited to only one group on campus at a time. To reserve a campus tour date/time, please contact the Admissions Office by calling 717-262-2002 or send an email to email@example.com. A meeting with an Admissions Counselor will also take place after the tour, so remember to bring your questions! A campus tour is the best way to get to know Wilson!
What is Wilson’s current policy on travel?
Beginning March 16, 2020, only essential travel related to official college business will be permitted. Travel plans must be approved in advance by each division’s vice president. In addition, college-funded travel to areas known to be affected by the coronavirus is prohibited.
While the College cannot restrict personal travel, it does recommend monitoring warnings and travel advisories issued by both the United States Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Are any Wilson students currently studying abroad?
Wilson College does not currently have students studying abroad.
Has Wilson made any decision regarding future study abroad programs?
From a perspective of an abundance of caution, the College has decided to not organize or sponsor any study abroad trips at this time.
How is the College supporting current international students?
The College’s International Scholar Services continues to operate. The director meets with students by appointment to ensure we are meeting their needs. To make an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will move-in occur for the spring semester?
To help promote social distancing and safe practices, Move-in Day will be staggered across several days and times. Students will have a limited amount of time to move-in to their residence hall and will be limited to the number of non-student individuals (2) assisting them. Residential Life will communicate directly with students to schedule this process.
In addition, during Move-In, elevator capacity will be limited to 2 persons at a time. Students will be encouraged to limit the number of large items they bring from home. And, students will be required to supply their own face coverings. Sanitizing wipes will be provided for move-in equipment.
If I am living on campus, do I have to be tested for COVID-19 before I move into my residence hall room?
Yes. Students choosing to live on campus for the Spring term will be required to test for COVID-19 prior to moving into their residential assignment. The College has partnered with Wellspan Health to administer a rapid antigen test to all members of the campus community. These tests are a nasopharyngeal swab, approved by the federal government as an acceptable detector of the coronavirus. Upon testing, students will wait for results, typically available in about 10 minutes. Students must report to Lenfest Commons Lobby during their move-in time slot. They will then be tested by Wellspan staff in the Wilson Wellspan Convenient Care Clinic (located on the first floor of Lenfest Commons, down the hallway behind the Security Desk).
The rapid antigen test is administered at no cost to the student. No test results from other vendors will be accepted.
Can residential students have guests in their rooms?
Residential students are only permitted to have other residential students as guests unless pre-approved by the Director of Residence Life or the Dean of Students.
Residential students can host no more than two other students in their residence hall room and cannot exceed more than that number of students assigned to that space plus 2 (i.e. If 3 students are assigned to South 22, the maximum occupancy is 5.) Students must always comply with all mask and social distance requirements AND be residential students at Wilson College.
On-campus Quarantine and Isolation
What happens if a student has a positive COVID-19 test?
If through the course of the College’s on-campus testing process, a student has a positive test result:
If the student is a residential student, the student will be given the option of returning home to quarantine for the required 10 days or of quarantining on campus or quarantining on campus. If the student chooses to quarantine on campus, Residential Life will coordinate moving the student to a quarantine space as well as all details and logistics, including meal service.
Commuter students will be asked to quarantine at home.
A total of 52 residential spaces has been allocated for those students who test positive and need to quarantine on campus. These spaces are located on the 3rd floor of Rosenkrans Hall, 3rd floor of Disert Hall, and 2nd floor of Davison Hall.
What happens if my roommate is positive?
If a student has potentially been exposed to someone who is positive with COVID-19, that individual will be relocated temporarily to isolation spaces on campus. Residential Life will coordinate this process.
A total of 15 isolation spaces have been reserved for students that may have been exposed to a positive case. Each of these spaces has a private bath and meals will be delivered directly to that students’ room during their isolation period. These students will be given the rapid antigen test and once displaying a negative result can return to their original room assignment.
Individuals experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not enter any portion of campus, including campus buildings. They should seek consultation from a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Employees (faculty and staff) as well as students are expected to notify Dave Topper, the campus Pandemic Safety Officer, of their symptoms and/or potential exposure to COVID-19. David Topper will notify the appropriate member of the Pandemic Safety Team to begin containment, mitigation and contact tracing protocols. All notifications are to be relayed through email@example.com or the LiveSafe mobile app.
If an employee (faculty or staff) fails to report a COVID-19 related illness or fails to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in this plan, such action could be considered a serious violation of Wilson College safety rules and result in disciplinary or other corrective action.
If a student fails to report a COVID-19 related illness or fails to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in this plan, such action could be considered a serious violation of the Honor Principle and result in a hearing before the Honor Council.
Why is the College conducting COVID-19 testing on campus?
Wilson College believes on-campus testing for COVID-19 is a large part of an overall, successful monitoring plan to quell the spread of the virus.
What kind of test is the College using?
In an effort to find a testing vendor and administration partner, the College evaluated 14 test vendors. Types of tests reviewed included the Nasal PCR, Saliva PCR, Rapid Antigen, and Rapid Antibody. After investigations were complete, the College decided to select the Concentric test by Ginko. This is a rapid antigen test, producing results within 10 to 15 minutes.
The rapid antigen test requires a physician’s order and must be administered by a medical provider. Because Wilson College already has a relationship with Wellspan Health, a local healthcare provider system in the region, the College approached Wellspan for assistance with its COVID response. Wellspan agreed and is supplying the necessary clinicians to schedule and administer tests on campus. Students, faculty and staff can obtain a test at the Wellspan Convenient Care clinic, located just off of the Lenfest Commons lobby.
Are all faculty, staff, and students required to participate in testing?
All students, faculty, and staff who expect to be on campus during the spring semester are required to participate in the testing protocol unless there is an underlying medical issue preventing an individual from doing so.
Entry Testing: Residential students are tested prior to picking up their residence hall keys.
Baseline Testing: All employees, except for employees working 100% remotely for the entire Spring 2021 semester, are tested.
Follow-up Testing: Four days after entry testing for residential students and baseline testing for employees.
Surveillance Testing: A random sample of 10% of employees, residential students, and commuter students, biweekly during the Spring 2021 semester beginning February 8, 2021 and continuing through the end of the semester.
This protocol may be modified based on recommendations from the CDC, PA Department of Health, the college medical director or other governmental agencies.
What do I do if I do not wish to participate in the testing protocol?
Again, all students, faculty, and staff who expect to be on campus during the spring semester are required to participate in the testing protocol.
Students should contact their advisor and/or the Registrar to see if modifications to their class schedule can be made to accommodate all virtual classes.
Faculty should contact the Dean of Faculty to discuss virtual teaching options.
Staff should contact David Topper, the director of human resources, to discuss remote work options.
What counseling and student support resources are available at Wilson during this time?
Counseling Services will be offering time-limited phone or Zoom conversations to help coordinate care and referrals to address student’s mental health needs during this time. To request a phone or Zoom meeting, please email the Director of Counseling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling services available:
In-person meetings will transition to more of a case management function where we will make quality referrals and assure student’s mental health needs are met. For current clients, Lisa-Marie Wright will cease in-person meetings on campus; however, she will continue to see clients at Summit Wellspan. She has already started to write prescription for multiple refills to ensure students have continued care.
Staff will continue to provide:
- support with community resources, solution-focused handout/attachments, and Zoom or phone meetings to address needs.
- coping resources that pertain to individual needs and concerns.
- meetings for students on campus who do not have access to internet or Zoom capabilities for remote meetings.
- case documentation and everyday office duties.
- crisis information to student who reach out via email or phone.
- support and supervision to interns and staff.
Phoenix Against Violence (support for victims of domestic and sexual assault) will be moved to an online format through the Portal and in conjunction with Student Development communications. The Green Dot training in May is planned to still occur without change but contingency plans with be made in the case they are needed. Victim Services referrals to WIN and Counseling will still be made for students. Students can either call WIN at 1-800-621-6660 or email email@example.com who will make the referral.
Office of the Chaplain
The Office of the Chaplain will remain physically open for the rest of the semester. Chaplain Derek is available, in person or remotely, for pastoral care and conversation for the Wilson community.
Sarah’s Cupboard will move away from self-selection to full-service, meaning a volunteer will pick items from bins and bag them so clients are not handling any food. Proper food safety guidelines will be followed. The cupboard will be available Monday 1-3 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-12 noon. Other times are available by appointment. Please contact Chaplain Derek.
Service trips and required service hours
All organized off-site service trips are postponed or canceled. On-campus volunteer activities will take place only under guidelines of public gatherings issued by the College. The Chaplain will work with scholarship-receiving service students to insure their safety while trying to complete hours.
Career Development will be able to available for one on one appointments regarding internships, resumes, and interviewing skills via Handshake. Students will still be able to use Handshake for job searching and Focus 2 for major selection research.
Phoenix Leaders Program will continue via Canvas.
Although the John Stewart Memorial Library will be closed through the end of the semester, all services will remain available to students and faculty via remote modalities. For library services, students should contact their personal librarian or Shanna Hollich with questions or concerns. The Academic Success Center is up and running remotely. For questions, students should contact Sarah Feldberg.
Students who are currently boarding a horse at the equestrian center are encouraged to make arrangements to take their horses home. To access campus, please contact Sable Bettencourt to determine a date and time. Any students unable to retrieve their horse will continue to be billed for its care.
I am a residential student and I am staying on campus through the end of the semester, where do I find a computer to use for my classes and coursework?
Each residence hall on campus has at least one computer lab.
What food services will be available on campus after Spring Break?
Students may eat in the Jensen Dining Hall with appropriate social distancing guidelines observed. The dining hall will offer the following meal periods (starting March 23, 2020):
• breakfast 7:00am-9:00am
• lunch 12:00pm-2:00pm
• dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm
• Brunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm
• Dinner: 5:00pm-7:00pm
**All food will be served on disposables with special attention given to dietary restrictions. Students may eat in the dining hall.
The Café, located on the ground floor of the library, will not reopen after Spring Break.
Is the library open?
No. The John Stewart Memorial Library is closed to students and the general public. If a student is looking for a computer, each residence hall has a computer lab.
Is the Field House or Fitness Center open?
As a precautionary measure, the fitness center will remain closed after Spring Break and the Field House is restricted to only athletics staff.
What if I am a residential student and I begin to feel ill?
Because there will be no health services on campus, anyone feeling ill and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and call their primary care physician or other medical professional. Those who are mildly ill are able to recover at home. Do not visit public areas and do not use public transportation or ride share. Seek medical attention locally.
If you are residing on campus or in the Chambersburg area, health services are available at the WellSpan Health Tent on Norland Avenue, at a local Urgent Care Facility or at the Chambersburg Hospital. If you do receive a diagnosis of COVID-19, please notify either Ryan Coll, our director of residential life, or Mary Beth Williams, dean of students.
What is the grading policy for Spring 2021?
In fall 2020, Wilson College returned to our normal grading policy and scale regardless of course modality. That will continue this semester, even if the College has to pivot to all remote learning.
What is the attendance policy for the spring semester?
Faculty members, in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Reopening Taskforce, have made modifications to the college’s student attendance policy. Below are a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help communicate those modifications. Faculty, please add the following information on your course Canvas site, and reference it in your syllabi:
COVID Absences for Spring 2021
If a student is required to quarantine for COVID, they should still continue attending their courses via the Zoom to Campus option and completing coursework. If the severity of the illness does not allow for the student to continue with a class for a period of time, the student should take the following steps:
A. If the student finds that they cannot function in class for a period of 5 calendar days or less, the student should
- Contact all of their faculty to keep them apprised of the situation (this may include re-negotiating due dates, if this is allowed);
- Follow any protocol noted on the course syllabus for such absences;
- Make-up the missed work as soon as possible and by any re-negotiated deadlines the student has arranged with her/his faculty.
B. If the student finds that they cannot function in class for a period of 5-10 calendar days, the student should
- Contact all of their faculty to keep them apprised of the situation (this may include re-negotiating due dates, if this is allowed);
- Follow any protocol noted on the course syllabus for such absences;
- Communicate with the College Registrar to determine if it may be best to take a leave of absence for the semester;
- If the period of absence occurs after March 29, the student may consider requesting an incomplete; the student should consult with her/his academic advisor about the possibility of an incomplete;
- If the student opts to stay in class, the student must make-up the missed work as soon as possible and by any re-negotiated deadlines the student has arranged with her/his faculty.
C. If the student finds that they cannot function in class for a period of 10 calendar days or more, the student should
- Contact all of their faculty to keep them apprised of the situation;
- Communicate with the College Registrar to determine if it may be best to take a medical leave of absence for the semester;
- If the period of absence occurs after March 29, the student may consider requesting an incomplete; the student should consult with the College Registrar about the possibility of an incomplete;
- It may not be possible for a student to stay in classes if the student will be unable to complete coursework for a period extending 10 calendar days because of COVID-related illness
Medical Leave of Absence:
A medical leave may be granted or required for mental and/or physical conditions that interfere with a student’s ability to participate in campus life, including her/his ability to complete or make satisfactory progress toward academic goals or live in a residential setting. Medical leave is granted or required with the assistance of the director of counseling and/or director of the health center and requires appropriate medical documentation. The dean of students makes the final decision in supporting or denying the request or requirement for a medical leave in consultation with the appropriate staff member and medical documentation. Medical leave is not intended to shield a student from unsatisfactory progress or any other academic irregularity, nor does medical leave release a student from accountability to the Honor Principle or the regulations of the College.
The grade of Incomplete (IN) can be given to a student who is doing passing work in a course but who, for reasons beyond the student’s control, is not able to complete a small portion of the work for the course by the deadline for submitting grades. An Incomplete is not given in the case of negligence or procrastination on the part of the student.
An Incomplete must be requested by the student and approved by both the instructor and the student’s academic advisor. Request for incomplete forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. The deadline for requesting an Incomplete grade is the last day of classes.
In cases involving unusual circumstances, such as illness or injury, the dean of students may request an Incomplete on the student’s behalf. Unless the Committee on Academic Policy and Procedures extends the time limit, an Incomplete automatically becomes an F if the work is not completed within six weeks from the last day of class in the term in which it was incurred.
**For more information about the attendance policy and student FAQs, please reference the Health and Safety Plan, pg. 13. Faculty FAQs begin on pg. 14.
I’m a student and I have questions about the technology resources I may need to participate in online coursework. Where can I find information?
The College’s Health and Safety Plan has a comprehensive section on student technology, beginning on pg. 19.
Websites with the latest official information about the coronavirus:
To request additional information about the College’s COVID-19 response, to ask a question, or to share any other information related to COVID-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Health Check with LiveSafe App
Daily health assessment before attending class and/or traveling to campus
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