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Vaccination, Testing, Quarantine & Isolation Requirements

Original Release Date: Aug. 12, 2021
Updated: March 16, 2022

The federal government is now offering free at-home COVID-19 tests. Visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ to order four free at-home tests or go directly to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) order form here: https://special.usps.com/testkits

It could take between 7-12 days to receive your tests.

General Vaccination Requirements*

  1. All students must have approved documentation of the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, click here.
  2. All students must submit dates for the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine series or complete and sign a declination form. All full-time undergraduate students must also submit date(s) for the meningococcal ACWY vaccination or complete and sign a declination form. For more information, click here.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for All Students With COVID-19 Vaccine Exemptions or Who Are Partially Vaccinated

  • Full-time undergraduate students (living on or off campus) with exemptions MAY be randomly selected for mandatory surveillance testing.
    • This testing will be performed via saliva testing at no cost to the student.
    • The logistics of this surveillance program will be overseen by the COVID Care Team, and the test results and medical follow-up will be managed by the health center. 
    • Students subject to this requirement will be tested between 2-4 times during the semester, depending on the total exemption rate for undergraduate students.
    • Surveillance protocols for athletes and other higher-risk student groups may vary depending on protocols within their respective area and/or guidance from the Spokane Regional Health District.

COVID-19 Signs/Symptoms and Exposure Testing

  • During health center operating hours, all full-time undergraduate students will have access to COVID-19 screening via phone or telehealth (509.777.3259) when indicated for exposure to COVID-19 or if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. Testing information will be provided if advised.
  • At this time, students with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested for the virus. 
  • The university is working with a local laboratory to provide COVID-19 testing on campus during the afternoons (1-4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. 
  • Exposure or symptom-based testing will be billed to the student’s insurance by the third-party laboratory. If personal insurance does not fully cover the costs, then the remainder will be charged to the student. Some laboratories and clinics have programs for uninsured people, so please inquire about this at the time of testing at the testing site.

Quarantine and Isolation

  • The university has set aside isolation and quarantine housing. Meals will be delivered for students who have a meal plan.
  • Students who are unvaccinated and are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in a designated quarantine space (not in their residence hall room) for a duration of time determined by the Spokane Regional Health District (typically this is up to 10 days, but the length may vary).
  • Vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following an exposure unless they become ill. 
  • All students, regardless of vaccination status, must self-isolate if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • On-campus students with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must self-isolate in a designated isolation space (not in their residence hall room) as directed by the COVID Care Team. 

Policy Enforcement

  • Students who have not submitted COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination exemption documentation or who have not submitted valid measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and meningococcal ACWY dates (or the appropriate declination form) will not be permitted to attend in-person classes until they are in compliance with the vaccination policies. Students who do not supply Whitworth with the appropriate documentation will be alleged to have violated the Whitworth University Public Health Crisis Policy listed in the student handbook.
  • COVID-19 vaccine-exempt students who miss surveillance testing will be reported to the student conduct office and will be alleged to have violated the Whitworth University Public Health Crisis Policy listed in the student handbook.
  • Students who do not comply with our masking policy (now limited to certain buildings on campus) may be alleged to have violated the Whitworth University Public Health Crisis Policy listed in the student handbook. 

*Important Note on Falsifying Vaccine Documentation

Falsifying/forging COVID-19 vaccine documentation is a federal crime and could lead to large fines and a maximum of five years in prison. It also violates Whitworth’s student conduct policy as seen in the Student Handbook under “violent and destructive behavior” and could lead to suspension:

There is to be no violent or destructive behavior or other conduct that threatens or endangers the safety or emotional well-being of any person on campus. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as fighting, vandalism, falsification of documents and any behavior that results in destruction or loss of property (including theft) or disruption of community life. This prohibition also includes, but is not limited to, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, as well as behaviors including assault, sexual assault, harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct.

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