Dear faculty, staff and students,
As promised last week, we are announcing an updated mask policy, badging system and daily health survey. As of today, COVID-19 orders in the state of Michigan have been rescinded. The measures were rolled back early due to declining cases and increasing vaccination rates—once again emphasizing that widespread vaccination is our best path to putting this pandemic fully behind us. In this email you’ll find:
- Updated mask requirements
- Daily health survey requirements
- Rescinded capacity limits and an update to distancing and building access
In accordance with the state’s orders and the case data available, Western is moving to Phase 1 of our COVID-19 Operational Response and Recovery Plan. We are updating our mask policy, badging system and use of our daily health survey accordingly.
Effective July 6, masking will be required for students, faculty and staff indoors when on campus or any other University-controlled properties with the following exceptions:
- You are fully vaccinated and verified by Sindecuse Health Center as indicated on your badge (more information below).
- You have a medical exemption to not wear a mask.
- You are the only person in a closed space, such as an office with a door, and visitors are not expected.
- You are in your own campus residence.
- You are eating or drinking.
- You are receiving medical care.
Visitors must wear a mask while indoors and must also complete the daily health survey.
Daily Health Survey
At this time, all faculty, staff and students must complete the daily health survey before coming to campus.
On July 6, the health center will launch a new version of the survey and badging systems. At that time, the health survey policy will change as follows:
Employees: As required by MIOSHA, all employees must complete the daily health survey before coming to campus each day.
Students: To enhance the safety of our campus, all students must complete the daily health survey before coming to campus each day, unless they have had their vaccination status verified by Sindecuse. Vaccination-verified students are not required to complete the daily health survey, and they will have a badge status indicating the same.
The enhanced version of the Sindecuse health survey and badging system will ease COVID-19 safety communication on campus. Each day, individuals will have a digital badge that indicates a status based on their answers to the daily health survey and their verified vaccination status. The badge quickly communicates one of three safety statuses:
- The individual is exempt from wearing a mask on campus because their vaccination is verified and they (employees) also report no COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.
- The individual must wear a mask while indoors on campus, consistent with the new masking policy, because they do not have a verified vaccination or they have indicated COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
- The individual should not be on campus today.
Unvaccinated faculty, staff and students should continue to socially distance 6 feet or to the maximum distance feasible.
At the time of their classes, faculty may ask students to display their daily badge and supervisors may ask the same of employees and visitors to their unit.
Capacity Limits, Distancing and Additional Policy Changes
Effective immediately, all indoor and outdoor capacity limits have been eliminated on University-controlled property.
The COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan has been updated to a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in accordance with Michigan OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rules. However, the department announced recent changes and we are evaluating appropriate adjustments to our practice.
Effective July 6, summer building access will return to standard pre-pandemic summer operations. Please note that some areas have reduced summer staffing as a matter of pre-pandemic practice. Units should update their directories and websites to reflect up-to-date staffing and operating schedules. Everyone is encouraged to check unit websites for hours. Building and unit hours will no longer be maintained centrally.
While many measures are no longer required, those that remain are crucially important. Thank you for continuing to do your part for your health and our community.
Be smart. Be safe. Be Broncos.
Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships
COVID-19 Response Coordination Team chair
Gayle Ruggiero, M.D.
COVID-19 Response Coordination Team co-chair
Lt. Andrew Bachmann
WMU Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management
COVID-19 Response Coordination Team co-chair