Frequently Asked Questions


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Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington
Marketing and Communications
Email: brasingtonjm@wofford.edu
Phone: 864-597-4183

For more information visit:
Wofford.edu/woffordtogether

With full regulatory approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the college is now requiring vaccines for COVID-19. Students should upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the upload tab on the Wellness Center portal at my.Wofford.edu by Nov. 1. Students who are not vaccinated and who do not intend to begin the vaccination process should complete a medical or religious vaccine exemption request and waiver found at Wofford.edu/woffordtogether.

Students and guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have displayed symptoms in the previous 10 days should not come to campus to move in.

Students who have not been vaccinated must have a COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of reporting to campus. Results should be upload to the Wellness Center patient portal at my.Wofford.edu before arriving on campus. You should not return to campus if you have a positive test result. The Wellness Center staff will be checking these test results.

Students who arrive on campus to register and pick up keys will be sent to the Wellness Center if they have a medical hold (for failure to upload proof of vaccination or failure to upload vaccine exemption and waiver forms as well as a negative COVID-19 test). The hold must be cleared by the Wofford Wellness Center in order to move into a residence hall or apartment.

Yes. We all have a responsibility to keep our community safe. Employees who have been vaccinated should upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Wofford Wellness Center patient portal at my.Wofford.edu. Employees who have not been vaccinated should plan to get vaccinated now that the Pfizer COVID-19 has full regulatory approval. Employees who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination by Nov. 1 will be sent home without compensation. The college will allow employees to exhaust any and all applicable leave before terminating employment.

Those who do not intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will need to secure exemptions and upload a medical or religious exemption form and waiver. Employees with approved exemptions will still need to upload negative COVID-19 test results weekly.

Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to the Wellness Center patient portal at my.Wofford.edu. The Wofford Wellness Center follows all HIPPA privacy protections. The Wellness Center, however, does maintain these records and will take appropriate action to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.

Yes. Students are welcome to bring up to two guests to assist them. Please remember students and their guests MUST wear masks in all college buildings, including residence halls, during the move-in process.

The college will follow recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health agencies and the local healthcare system to inform decisions on masking. Guidelines could change during the academic year.

Currently, the college is requiring masks in public spaces (classrooms, dining locations, fitness center, administrative offices) because Spartanburg is a high-transmission area and hospital capacity is limited because of COVID-19. Vaccination status does not affect the current mask policy.

Masks are not required outdoors or in residential spaces and private offices when alone. The exception to this is during move-in day, and all guests and students must wear masks in residence halls during the move-in process.

The college will continue to supply masks at the entrances to campus buildings.

Unvaccinated students and employees, even those with an exemption or in the process of vaccination, must submit weekly COVID-19 test results to the Wellness Center via the patient portal on my.Wofford.edu by 11 a.m. on Sundays. Free testing will be offered on campus each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Benjamin Johnson Arena; employees may use their break or lunch time to be tested for COVID-19. Students and employees who choose to test at other locations will do so at their own expense, which includes any transportation expenses; for employees, this should be done after hours, or if testing occurs during work hours, it should be considered time off without pay. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.

Unvaccinated students who do not submit test results by Sunday at 11 a.m. will be subject to the following sanctions:

  • 1st failure to submit test results: The student will receive an official written warning and a hold will be placed on their Wofford account until COVID-19 test results are submitted.
  • 2nd failure to submit test results: The student will be required to submit an educational reflection on public health initiatives regarding COVID-19 to Covid@wofford.edu within 72 hours.
  • 3rd failure to submit test results: The student will be required to commit 10 hours of restitution as prescribed by the Division of Campus Life and Student Development.
  • 4th failure to submit test results: The student will lose the privilege of living on the campus until August 2022.

Unvaccinated employees who do not submit test results weekly will be subject to the following sanctions:

  • 1st failure to submit test results: The employee will receive a warning from Human Resources.
  • 2nd failure to submit test results: The employee will receive an official written reprimand from Human Resources that will be included in the employee’s employment record.
  • 3rd failure to submit test results: The employee will be required to submit an educational reflection on public health Initiatives regarding COVID to Covid@wofford.edu within 72 hours.
  • 4th failure to submit test results: The employee will be released from work without pay until a negative COVID-19 test is submitted.

If you contract COVID-19, you will be asked to provide your own isolation and quarantine housing if possible. Because we are all together for in-person learning this year, the college’s residence halls and apartments are full, with limited capacity for isolation and quarantine. The good news is that fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine, unless symptomatic, so this should reduce significantly our need for extra beds.

Wofford encourages each student and family to develop a plan for COVID-19 isolation or quarantine. Students who cannot be on campus because of illness or quarantine will still receive calls and medical check-ins from the Wellness Center staff, and faculty will provide academic support for students experiencing extended illness. Also available are the college counselors and our chaplain. Please reach out if you need support.

Students and employees should report any exposure to COVID-19 by emailing the information to covid@wofford.edu. The Wellness Center staff will then advise you regarding testing, quarantine and/or isolation.

Anyone who experiences bullying or discrimination of any kind on campus should report the incident at cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?WoffordCollege&layout_id=4. There is a difference between asking students or employees to wear masks and bullying. If you have questions about enforcing mask compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources (for employee issues) or the Division of Campus Life and Student Development (for student issues).

As promised, because our community reached the 70% vaccination mark, the college plans to host events, including visiting lecturers, athletics contests, and sorority and fraternity activities during the 2021-22 academic year. Campus requirements for masking and distancing will be based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials and the local healthcare system.

Events will follow all college guidelines and policies, which will be shaped by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials and the local healthcare system. Information regarding Wofford guidelines can be found on the Wofford Together webpage, wofford.edu/wofford-together.

Event capacity, masking, RSVP requirements and other event guidelines will be communicated along with information about the event.

At this time, organizations may plan events that follow college guidelines and policies. If college guidelines change due to COVID-19, the Office of Student Activities will communicate with chartered organizations through student leadership contacts.

There are no COVID-19 limitations on guests in private residences or individual residence hall rooms or apartments.

After contact tracing, professors will be notified through Starfish if they or others in their class have been exposed as a close contact to COVID-19. The Wellness Center will also notify professors if a student will not be in class because they are ill or if they have communicated with the medical staff.

No. In our current COVID-19 climate, members of our community who are not feeling well should self-quarantine, wear a mask at all times and contact the Wofford Wellness Center. It’s also a good idea to proactively contact your professor or supervisor. Professors and supervisors should communicate with students and employees about class or workplace expectations in case of illness.

The college maintains two webpages for COVID-19 and community health protocols: Wofford.edu/coronavirus and Wofford.edu/woffordtogether. When in doubt, check those sites. The college also uses Daily Announcements (in your email inbox each morning) to share important information. The @woffordcollege Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages will share important information as well.

Keeping up with all of the information about COVID-19 is daunting, but the CDC has made learning the facts manageable. Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html to read more and make your own informed decisions.

We will follow public health guidance regarding COVID-19 boosters and will share information as it becomes available.

Students have the choice to become vaccinated or complete and upload a medical or religious exemption form. The college has given students adequate time to review CDC guidance and decide which vaccine is the best one for them. Making a decision and following through with either vaccination or exemption completion ensures that students have the opportunity to complete the semester.