The University strongly urges COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty and staff. The University does not require students, faculty or staff to reveal whether they have been fully vaccinated. Sindecuse Health Center is no longer collecting vaccination information; you do not need to report your vaccination status.
Western Michigan University is offering a robust on-campus environment with a wide array of learning, living and cocurricular opportunities for the 2022-23 academic year. It is our goal to keep you informed of any and all changes that may affect your campus experience. While we will continue to update you via email and social media, you may also check back here for timely updates.
Classroom masking ends May 6, masks no longer required on buses
On April 20, 2022, President Montgomery announced masking in indoor instructional spaces will end on May 6. Additionally, a federal mandate requiring masking on public transportation is no longer in effect, so masks are now optional on Metro Transit buses serving WMU.
Stop the spread of COVID-19
Stay home and avoid close contact with people when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Sindecuse Health Center
Sindecuse continues to provide critical health care and guidance as the pandemic moves toward endemic status.
COVID-19 management strategy
Western has successfully navigated the pandemic to date by following federal, state and local public health guidance, coordinating directly with our local health department, collaborating with Western’s medical director and monitoring and adapting to the course of the disease with responsive, multilayered strategies. The result has been high vaccination rates, low positivity rates and our ability to continue to safely deliver our mission. We will continue to follow this approach as we look forward.
In February 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance to govern the nation’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, leading organizations like Western to adjust their management of COVID-19. The University continues to strongly recommend that all members of the Western community get fully vaccinated and keep their status up to date.
Going forward, the University stands ready to reimplement, as indicated by new guidance or changes in the course of the disease, the numerous strategies it has developed as necessary. This includes those that remain indefinitely suspended, such as mandatory testing, physical distancing, the daily health survey, badging system and masking.
Faculty and instructors who teach in-person and hybrid courses are encouraged to develop a transition plan in the event that WMU, in consultation with local public health officials or by government directive, must transition to distance education delivery. An effective plan is student-centered, can be available within a 48-hour period after the announcement and contains, at minimum, these elements:
An introductory module with the revised syllabus and schedule, as well as links to Help Hub, instructions for joining online office hours and, if applicable, synchronous Webex or Microsoft Teams sites.
Dropbox folders for assignments.
WMUx offers a variety of ways that instructors can access assistance as they create their transition plans. Go to wmich.edu/x to learn more.