Campus COVID-19 Information

Kentucky Wesleyan College continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This site is a resource for information about COVID-19 and communications to the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. The site will be regularly updated with new information and messages.  Information on the impact of the virus on our neighbors throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky is available.

All campus community members should:

  • Monitor for symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19
  • Wash/sanitize hands and surfaces periodically throughout the day
  • Wear a mask when in crowds or in close proximity to others whose vaccination status is in question
  • Get vaccinated when eligible!  Find a location nearest you.

The College is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all campus community members. All campus offices and services are open and serving students.


Latest News and Updates

  • Update from President Mitzel – September 28th

    • September 28, 2021 – 4:15 p.m. CT

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

      What a terrific Homecoming Weekend! Thank you to everyone who participated in the events that helped to make this occasion so special. After celebrating Homecoming virtually in 2020, it was truly remarkable to have our community back together in KWC family fashion.

    • CDC studies continue to show that vaccines are the best method toward helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Although breakthrough cases are noted, vaccines have been shown to protect against being infected with COVID-19, thus helping to stop the spread of this virus. People who have been vaccinated are less likely to become infected with the virus and are much less likely to require hospitalization (96% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 issues are unvaccinated) when an infection occurs.

    • In an earlier correspondence, I had mentioned that if the student body reached 80% vaccination rate, we could forego the mask mandate on campus. At present, 79% of the student body and 92% of the faculty and staff have been vaccinated and we are proud of this achievement. Thank you to everyone who has taken this step to keep our community safe. With these levels of vaccination rates on the campus, we will be removing the mask mandate at KWC. It is recommended that you wear your mask when physical distancing is not possible, and that you wear a mask at all times indoors if you are not vaccinated. The wearing of masks, however, will no longer be mandated by the college.

    • Faculty will continue to have the prerogative to have students wear masks inside the classroom.

    • I have been so proud of the actions taken by our Panther family. Please continue to look out for each other and to keep each other safe! Thank you for all you have done to keep KWC safe Panther Nation! The semester has begun in a tremendous fashion. Let us act in ways to ensure we keep each other safe and healthy.

      Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

 

Kentucky Wesleyan College is committed to being 100% in-person for Fall 2021. A highly vaccinated campus community minimizes potential disruption due to COVID-19.

All students who are fully vaccinated and submit their vaccine cards before Wednesday, 9/15 (new extended date!), will receive a $250 cash incentive for helping keep Wesleyan healthy! Take your shot—get your vaccine today!

         

 


FAQs – Fall 2021 Policies

 

  • Are students required to be vaccinated to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College?

    • No. Students are not required to be vaccinated to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College for Fall 2021. However, we encourage all campus community members to be vaccinated to minimize the potential for disruption to classes and activities due to COVID-19. 
    • Unvaccinated students will have additional expectations and responsibilities to the broader campus community, including but not limited to initial COVID-19 testing to begin the semester, periodic testing thereafter at the students expense as practiced during Spring 2021.
  • What about masks on campus?

    • Beginning on August 16, all campus community members must wear face coverings when inside campus facilities, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.  This is intended to be a temporary measure due to the local conditions surrounding COVID-19 exposure and campus community vaccination rates.
  • How do I qualify for the incentive?

    • To qualify for the $250 student incentive, as announced on July 7, students must be enrolled for classes in Fall 2021, be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson vaccines and have submitted a copy of their CDC vaccine card via the form available on kwc.edu/coronavirus before Tuesday, August 24, which is the first day of classes (extended to Sept. 15).
    • The planned distribution of vaccine incentive payments is in September – to verify enrollment and vaccine status of all submissions.

  • I am not going to be vaccinated.  How will that impact my experience at Kentucky Wesleyan College?

    • First, it is our sincere hope that everyone eligible to be vaccinated will be vaccinated.  Research has proven the available vaccines in the United States are overwhelmingly safe and provide protection against serious disease connected to COVID-19.  Kentucky Wesleyan College believes in the efficacy of available data to the degree that any student who is vaccinated and submits proof of their vaccination status by September 15th will receive a $250 cash incentive.
    • However, those campus community members who choose to remain unvaccinated will be expected to mask while in campus facilities, traveling on behalf of the College, and observe physical distancing while on campus after any campus-wide policies related to masking are lifted. This is a protective measure for all unvaccinated individuals.
    • To ensure the limit of community spread and potential impact on academic schedules and athletic seasons, students not submitting complete vaccine cards will be required to participate in on-campus, random surveillance testing for COVID-19.  Students who choose not to participate will be asked to leave campus.
    • The College will not provide quarantine space for unvaccinated students who are symptomatic, test positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact to a positive student. Students will be required to quarantine or isolate at home, returning to the pre-pandemic practice of students with an illness.
    • All students are afforded certain academic accommodations for health in normal circumstances.  However, extraordinary accommodations permitted in 2020-2021 made possible by permission of the federal government and regional accrediting bodies are no longer available (i.e. hybrid classes, academic programs entirely online/hybrid, etc.). Unvaccinated students will be responsible for making up missed classwork during the time they miss class and will be responsible for the covered material.


FAQs – COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Students

  • Who will be tested?

    • Our goal is to test 10% of unvaccinated students in the Kentucky Wesleyan community who attend in-person classes each week. This includes residential students and students who commute to campus for class or work.
  • When and where will testing take place?

    • Testing will take place on the front porch in the Woodward Health and Recreation Center (HRC) along the Avenue of Champions on Mondays from 9am-10am. If you are selected for survey testing, you will be sent a specific time slot for your testing. Please note that the number of slots available is limited to prevent overcrowding. You will be permitted to leave class for the test but must return as soon as the test is administered (usually takes no more than 10 minutes).
  • How will I know if I’ve been selected for survey testing?

    • If you are selected for survey testing, you will be notified the Friday prior to your testing date via email from Dean McQueen-Ruark (rmcqueen@kwc.edu) and a text message.

  • Is testing mandatory?

    • Frequent testing works to slow the spread of COVID-19. We want you to have the full Wesleyan experience this semester and keeping our community healthy and safe is a fundamental part of that. The better pulse we have on the communication of the virus on campus, the better able we are to protect those who are most vulnerable. Students who do not participate in the surveillance testing will be charged through the student conduct system for behavior that endangers the health and safety of self/others.

  • I’m a student-athlete on our campus, will I be required to get tested in order to compete each week?

    • The Great Midwest Athletic Conference requires all symptomatic individuals to test at onset of symptoms prior to travel or competition regardless of vaccination status. The NCAA currently recommends that all non-vaccinated participants be tested regularly prior to athletic contests. In order to meet competition requirements, unvaccinated participants may be subject to additional testing to travel and participate. The participants will be tested in the same manner as above with the bill also being applied to the student’s account.

  • Who pays for the test?

    • A charge of $40 will be added to your student account for the cost of the test and lab processing.

  • What does the test entail?

    • Your will be taking a saliva PCR test.  You will spit several times into a funnel attached to a tube, and then screw on a cap to complete the test.

  • How will I know my test results?

    • The tests will be sent directly to an outside lab and you will be notified of your results via an app in 12-24 hours.

  • What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Rest assured that if you test positive for COVID-19, the Kentucky Wesleyan community is ready to support you. A positive test result means you should limit your interaction with others as best you are able. You will be asked to isolate at home for at least 10 days and until symptoms improve.

    • Faculty will be notified of any students in their classes who have tested positive to ensure no student is penalized for attendance or late assignments as a result of quarantine.

    • If you receive a positive test result, a member of Kentucky Wesleyan’s COVID Response team will reach out to you to collect information for contact tracing.

  • What is contact tracing?

    • Contact tracing is the practice of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have had contact with a sick person as a means of controlling the spread of illness. A contact tracer works with someone with a positive test result to identify people whom the patients have been in close contact with so they can self-isolate. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet for fifteen minutes or more with someone who has tested positive or is presumed to be positive.


Frequently Asked Questions – Vaccines

  • Are the vaccines safe?

    • The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered in December 2020.  Since then, more than 3.2 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide, with over 300,000,000 in the United States alone.  The FDA, the federal authority that evaluates the safety of pharmaceutical products among other things, authorized use of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines in early 2021 in the United States.  The CDC continues to monitor feedback from millions of vaccinated Americans over 8 months to determine the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, and has recommended their broad use.
    • To learn more about the safety precautions and studies underway to ensure public health and safety, visit the CDC website.
  • How much does the vaccine cost?

    • The federal government is covering the costs of the vaccine.  Providers may ask for a copy of your insurance card in order to bill your insurance for administration of the vaccine, but it is provided to the American public at no direct cost.  If you do not have insurance, please contact your local Health Department to identify a location that will best serve you.

  • Where can I find a vaccine location?

    • There are thousands of locations nationwide administering the vaccine.  Check out this resource to find one near you.

Student Emergency Requests

 

  • Does the College have funds available to help students facing COVID-related hardships?

    • Yes!  As part of the federal programs established to support Colleges and college-aged students through the pandemic, the College has received dollars specifically reserved to support students.  The vast majority of these payments have been distributed in lump sum payments to students.  The excess funds are reserved for emergency requests for students who have been impacted excessively due to the pandemic.
    • If you have a need that may qualify for these funds, please review the application form, linked here, and submit your request if you qualify.  We do have limited funds available for these grants, so they will be awarded on a first come, first served for those who qualify basis.
  • Are there other Financial Aid mechanisms available to help?

    • If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted.

      Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss how your current financial situation has changed.  You can begin the process via email at finaid@kwc.edu.