Our commitment to the health and well-being of our campus community

As we begin our fourth academic year affected by the Sars-cov-2 virus (COVID-19) The College of Wooster is continuing to take a layered approach (i.e. vaccination, masking, testing, and isolation) to decrease community spread and reduce the strain on the campus community. This approach relies on students, staff, and faculty to be active and crucial participants in keeping the community healthy. As such, we offer the following guidance for all students, employees, and visitors of The College of Wooster.

Our plans for campus continue to be informed by expert guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, experts at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, and input from state health officials and the local Wayne County Health Department. As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor overall rates of infection on campus, infection and hospitalization rates in Wayne County, the state, and nationally, and we will continue to update our COVID-19 dashboard Monday afternoons, and adjust guidelines as needed.

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Mask Optional Policy

The College maintains a mask optional policy for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, with a few notable exceptions:

  • Masks absolutely must be worn by anyone who is COVID-19 positive or has symptoms of COVID-19, until the required isolation protocol has been completed. Masks should be worn until symptoms have passed.
  • Faculty and staff may continue to require masks in their classrooms and personal offices but cannot be reliant upon the College to provide a regular supply of masks.

Masks must be worn over the nose. Click here to make sure you are wearing your mask properly.


Because Wooster is a fully residential campus, where all students live together in communal residence halls and houses, all College of Wooster students are required to receive COVID-19 vaccination. 

The updated vaccines are called “updated” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Two COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have developed updated COVID-19 vaccines and have received full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), demonstrating that the benefits of the vaccines to prevent death, serious illness, and hospitalization from SARS-CoV-2 infection are greater than their risks, and that the vaccines can be manufactured reliably, safely and with consistent quality. Click here for more information on vaccines from the CDC.

Previous COVID-19 vaccines are called “original” because they were designed to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19.

As of April 18, 2023, the original Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized for use by the FDA in the United States. Updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are being used for all age groups.

As of May 6, 2023, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has expired and is no longer available for use in the United States.

Our current student vaccination rate is 98 percent. 

Students should have their CDC or WHO vaccination card with them on campus and are required to report their vaccination status using the Student Wellness Vaccination Portal.

Learn more about our vaccination protocols.


The Longbrake Student Wellness Center has a supply of masks as well as home tests available for students who need them. Nursing staff also are trained to administer tests when needed. Follow these steps if you believe you were exposed to COVID-19. Learn more about our Testing protocols.


The College of Wooster has moved to a practice of isolating in place for all COVID-19 positive students. Click here for more information on isolation protocols.