COVID-19 information

The health of our community is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to limit exposure and spread of illness by following common sense steps such as staying away from campus when you’re ill - whether it’s with COVID-19, the flu or another infectious illness - and getting tested when symptomatic for COVID-19.

  • Vaccinations and boosters

    The College continues to require that all students, faculty and staff receive their initial schedule of COVID-19 vaccinations, along with at least one booster, unless granted a medical or religious exemption. We strongly encourage everyone to receive additional boosters as recommended by the CDC and their physician. If you have previously been granted an exemption by the College, you do not need to reapply.

  • Student arrival to campus

    Students should take a rapid test before leaving home for campus. If positive, students are not to come to campus for at least five days from the date of their positive test or onset of symptoms. Students can come to campus after Day 5 if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication and their symptoms are improving.

    If you test positive, please inform the Wicker Wellness Center at uchealthcenter@union.edu.

  • Testing and testing positive

    The College will not require or provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing this fall. Students experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should visit the Wicker Wellness Center weekdays for evaluation, or take a rapid test or visit an urgent care facility on nights and weekends.

    Employees should visit their health care provider or take a rapid test if experiencing symptoms. Information on how employees with Union health insurance can receive free rapid tests can be found here.

    Anyone who tests positive should isolate from campus for at least five days from their positive test or the onset of symptoms. After five days, an individual can return to campus if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication and their symptoms are improving. Masks need to be worn around others for an additional five days.

    Students should inform the College of their positive test by contacting Campus Safety and asking to be connected to the on-call staff. The Dean of Students office will request faculty understanding and flexibility for students in isolation.

    Employees should continue to inform their supervisor and Gwen Pulvirent in Human Resources if they test positive. In all cases, good COVID-19 etiquette calls for those who test positive to notify their close contacts of possible exposure as soon as possible.

  •  Isolation for students who test positive

    The College will continue to follow the current CDC guidance for isolation. Starting in the fall, however, the College will no longer provide isolation housing at area hotels as it did last academic year. Instead, a very limited number of isolation spaces will be available for those with no other feasible options. Isolation protocols are as follows:

    • Students whose permanent address is within 250 miles of the College are expected to return home or otherwise make their own arrangements for isolation. Students need to have an isolation plan in place before they arrive on campus for the fall term.
    • Students who live on campus with a roommate and whose permanent residence is more than 250 miles from the College will need to isolate in their living space. Students with roommates are encouraged to discuss this COVID-19 protocol in advance of testing positive.
    • Students who live in a single room will be allowed to isolate in their living space.
    • Students who live in off-campus housing will be responsible for their own isolation.
    • To handle other cases, the College expects to have a very limited number of isolation spaces available. Students in need of one of these spaces should contact Campus Safety and ask to be connected to the on-call staff.
  • Masking

    The College will continue to be mask optional in the fall. Masks will not be required indoors, with the exception of those individuals just ending isolation who should mask around others for an additional five days, per CDC guidance.

    Individuals – faculty, staff or students – should not require someone to wear a mask in their presence, including in classrooms, offices or living spaces. At the same time, anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time and “mask shaming” is not appropriate.

  • Visitor guidelines
    • All visitors should have completed their initial COVID-19 vaccination series.
    • Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should ensure they test negative before visiting campus.
    • Masks are optional.
    • Registration is required to attend Admissions information sessions and tours.
    • Frequent hand washing is recommended and encouraged during your visit.