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Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Testing – Fall 2021

 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 – 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.
    • The planned distribution of vaccine incentive payments is in September – to verify enrollment and vaccine status of all submissions.
  • I’m not getting vaccinated, can I get the incentive?

    • Unfortunately not.  The funds used to provide the vaccine incentive at Kentucky Wesleyan College are provided as part of federal COVID-19 relief to decrease potential for transmission of COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way to limit spread, thus which is the focus of the incentive.  However, if you are fully vaccinated by Tuesday, August 24, you can receive the incentive.

  • Am I required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result to begin the semester like Spring 2021?

    • If you are fully vaccinated and have submitted your COVID-19 vaccine card by the campus submission form, you are exempt from “gateway” testing.
    • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you must submit a negative test taken within 5 days of your scheduled arrival to campus.

  • Does a masked classmate, faculty or staff member mean that person is unvaccinated?

    • As of August 16, anyone, vaccinated or not inside a campus facility should be masked.
    • However, some people are more comfortable and assured of their health and safety by wearing a mask, independent of their vaccine status.  At Kentucky Wesleyan College, we support all campus community members making decisions in the best interest of their health and safety for themselves, this includes wearing a mask.
  • 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 August 24th 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.