COVID-19 Information and Updates for the Wells College Community

Within this site, you'll find details on COVID safety protocols, testing, our visitor policy, and much more.
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The health and safety of our entire Wells community is our highest priority. Although the pandemic continues to evolve — as well as our response to it — we continue to have a shared responsibility to keep the Wells community healthy and safe, with each of us doing our part by making good choices.

ABOUT THIS SITE

On this website, you will find guidance on many important topics related to the College's health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Each of the following pages includes additional details and resources.

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Protocol

Masking

We strongly recommend that you wear a mask while inside any of our campus buildings, but it will continue to not be required. Please be respectful of those who choose to wear a mask.  

Vaccination Status 

All students, faculty, and staff must be “fully vaccinated.” According to the CDC, a person is fully vaccinated when they have received all doses in the primary series (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax), plus any recommended booster. There are certain medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement. Please visit our website, https://www.wells.edu/covid-19-info for further information about exemptions. 

Please send your updated vaccination status to covidvac@wells.edu.

Weekly Testing Requirement. 

Weekly testing will still be required for all who are not fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Testing will be available every Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Sommer Center/Smith Hall. Please know that you can be tested, regardless of your vaccination status. If you are unable to test during the scheduled times, please contact Geoffrey Gabriel at ggabriel@wells.edu

Entry/Re-entry Testing

We will not require all returning or new students, faculty, and staff to take a COVID-19 antigen test as they arrive on campus for the new academic year. However, note the testing requirements above for those who are not fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.

Social Distancing. 

It is still important to continue to social distance as an effective safety practice. 

Vaccination Waiver Requests

Wells College students and employees must use this form to request a waiver from the College's policy mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

To be exempt from this COVID-19 vaccine policy, students and employees must provide a brief statement explaining their reasons for not obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine, describing either a medical, religious, or other reason that precludes them from becoming vaccinated. The Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Human Resources will coordinate the exemption review process for students and employees, respectively.

EMPLOYEE requests may also be submitted in person to the Office of Human Resources (Macmillan 221).

The College reserves the right to request additional documentation to support the requested medical, religious or other exemption request.

For More Information

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Geoffrey Gabriel, Covid-19 Coordinator at ggabriel@wells.edu.


This page was last updated Aug. 11, 2022.

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