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Third-year College of Dental Medicine student Chelsea Director upacks a needle. College of Graduate Nursing Professor and Associate Dean of Administration and Research Rodney Hicks, PhD, teaches a safe injections techniques workshop to College of Optometry and College of Dental Medicine students Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Following the workshop, the students administered vaccine shots for the first time at WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic.
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Updates from WesternU leadership

  • January 14, 2022 – Faculty and Staff

    Dear WesternU Faculty & Staff,

    WesternU continues to evaluate and modify our Spring semester plans as we collect COVID-19 testing and case data following our return from winter break. Based on the current trends and data, our Senior Administrative Leadership, Deans, and the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) have made these institutional decisions: For Students: Continue online didactic learning through Feb. 18, with a planned return to on-campus didactic learning on Feb. 22, following the Presidents’ Day holiday. This plan is contingent upon the COVID-19 case rate in February so thank you for continuing to remain flexible and resilient.

    Our primary goal is to keep our students safely progressing through their studies.

    For Faculty & Staff: Faculty will return to on-campus didactic teaching on Feb. 22 (unless they are teaching 100% remotely). Faculty & staff who can continue to effectively work remotely (hybrid) will continue working remotely (hybrid) until at least March 1. Faculty and staff whose physical presence on campus is required to effectively support faculty, staff, and students will continue to work on campus while following all testing and safety protocols.
    • A decision will be made and announced by Feb. 15 whether faculty and staff who are working remotely should return to campus on March 1. If a return to campus is postponed, then the same mid-month announcement for a return the following month will be utilized so everyone has enough time to prepare.

    New Campus Testing Hours of Operation

    Ongoing surveillance testing procedures for students, faculty, and staff will be determined based upon the number of positive cases and might vary by location/College/Department/Unit. Check the COVID-19 Testing on Campus website for updated information once ongoing surveillance testing procedures have been established. Pomona Campus Outside HEC Building Starting Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, the Pomona testing site will only be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please Note: Due to the University-observed Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be NO testing on Monday, Jan. 17. Testing may be coordinated by your College/Department at different times and locations. Please follow those instructions. Oregon Campus TBD by your College/Department All faculty, staff, and students coming to campus must participate in weekly surveillance testing. Please visit COVID-19 Testing on Campus for additional information about testing procedures.

    Travel Policy

    WesternU’s Travel Policy remains the same. Be aware of the COVID-19 heath risk you assume when you travel. Please Note: Depending on the spread of the Omicron variant, you could potentially become stranded if a state or country ceases travel outside of its borders and/or requires extra testing due to the Omicron or other variant. Domestic Travel University-related travel is permitted in Canada and the domestic U.S. provided that the University’s usual travel policies and authorization processes are followed. University business travel would include conferences, training, travel to and from any WesternU location (including travel between the Lebanon and Pomona campuses), and meetings. If your travel is not approved, the University will not be responsible for reimbursing any expenses should you still choose to go as it will not be university sanctioned travel. International Travel International travel for all University business has been canceled until further notice. For more information related to international travel, go to US State Department Travel Advisories for up-to-date information. ALL other international travel must be reported, especially if you will be on campus or attending a clinical rotation site upon your return. Please complete the Travel Report Survey prior to your departure. For information related to travel in general, go to Travel in the US or International Travel Precautions.

    COVID-19 Booster Mandate

    • The LA County Health Officer Order requires that workers who provide service in health care settings and who are currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination, receive their booster dose five months after the second dose and no later than February 1, 2022. Workers who are not yet eligible for a booster must receive a booster within 15 days of becoming eligible. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement are permitted only for religious beliefs or qualifying medical conditions.
    • WesternU is also developing a booster mandate for all faculty, staff, and students to receive their booster within 15 days of becoming eligible (unless they have a vaccination exemption). Please submit proof of your COVID-19 booster vaccination (snap a photo of your card and email it to Student/Employee Health) to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster.
    • Learn Where to Get a Booster in California.
    • Learn Where to Get a Booster in Oregon.
    Thank you and enjoy the long weekend as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 14, 2022 – Students

    Dear WesternU Students,

    WesternU continues to evaluate and modify our Spring semester plans as we collect COVID-19 testing and case data following our return from winter break. Based on the current trends and data, our Senior Administrative Leadership, Deans, and the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) have made these institutional decisions: For Students: Continue online didactic learning through Feb. 18, with a planned return to on-campus didactic learning on Feb. 22, following the Presidents’ Day holiday. This plan is contingent upon the COVID-19 case rate in February so thank you for continuing to remain flexible and resilient.

    Our primary goal is to keep our students safely progressing through their studies.

    For Faculty and Staff: Faculty will return to on-campus didactic teaching on Feb. 22 (unless they are teaching 100% remotely). Faculty and staff who can continue to effectively work remotely/hybrid will continue working remotely/hybrid until at least March 1. Faculty and staff whose physical presence on campus is required to effectively support faculty, staff, and students will continue to work on campus while following all testing and safety protocols.
    • A decision will be made and announced by Feb. 15 whether faculty and staff who are working remotely should return to campus on March 1. If a return to campus is postponed, then the same mid-month announcement for a return the following month will be utilized so everyone has enough time to prepare.

    New Campus Testing Hours of Operation

    Ongoing surveillance testing procedures for students, faculty, and staff will be determined based upon the number of positive cases and might vary by location/College/Department/Unit. Ongoing surveillance testing procedures for students, faculty, and staff will be determined based upon the number of positive cases and might vary by location/College/Department/Unit. Check the COVID-19 Testing on Campus website for updated information once ongoing surveillance testing procedures have been established.

    Pomona Campus

    Outside HEC Building Starting Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, the Pomona testing site will only be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please Note: Due to the University-observed Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be NO testing on Monday, Jan. 17. Testing may be coordinated by your College/Department at different times and locations. Please follow those instructions.

    Oregon Campus

    TBD by your College/Department All faculty, staff, and students coming to campus must participate in weekly surveillance testing. Please visit COVID-19 Testing on Campus for additional information about testing procedures.

    Student Activities

    The CRT works closely with University Student Affairs and the Colleges to help ensure continuation of a safe and robust learning experience. All non-curricular activities must be submitted to the CRT via an Activity Questionnaire and receive approval before proceeding. Labs, hands-on activity, and exams (curricular activities) will continue on campus with appropriate protections in place. Please refer to your College’s specific directions for these on-campus academic activities. In general, the CRT recommends:
    • Student activities held on campus must be directly related to an academic program of study in the form of labs, hands-on activity, and exams.
    • Student club activities should be held remotely.
    • Co-curricular and service-learning activities may continue on a case-by-case basis with CRT review and approval.

    Student Study Rooms

    Study rooms are available on campus primarily for those students who might not have internet access and need a quiet place to study and/or take exams. Study room protocols:
    • One student per study room unless supervised by someone in your College administration.
    • No eating is allowed in the study rooms to help maintain a healthy study space.
    • The Colleges will be monitoring the use of study rooms and students not complying with safety protocols will be asked to do so.

    Faculty, Staff, and Student COVID-19 Booster Mandate 

    • The LA County Health Officer Order requires that workers who provide service in health care settings and who are currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination, receive their booster dose five months after the second dose and no later than February 1, 2022. Workers who are not yet eligible for a booster must receive a booster within 15 days of becoming eligible. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement are permitted only for religious beliefs or qualifying medical conditions.
    • WesternU is also developing a booster mandate for all faculty, staff, and students to receive their booster within 15 days of becoming eligible (unless they have a vaccination exemption). Please submit proof of your COVID-19 booster vaccination (snap a photo of your card and email it to Student/Employee Health) to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster.
    • Learn Where to Get a Booster in California.
    • Learn Where to Get a Booster in Oregon.
    Thank you and enjoy the long weekend as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 12, 2022

    Important Mask Update – Slight Change

    Good afternoon WesternU, To remain aligned with certain state and county guidelines and due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the CRT has updated our University Mask Mandate. These changes focus on switching from cloth masks to medical-grade surgical masks OR N95 respirators while physically on campus. Please click here for the latest version of the Institutional Requirements for WesternU, which explains in detail the updated changes in requirements for wearing the proper facial coverings while on campus. Also, please read below for further helpful mask information.

    Important Mask Information

    There is mounting evidence that cloth masks and single or double-layered surgical masks alone are not effective against the Omicron variant. We are also learning that having the right fit to a mask can help reduce the spread of the highly contagious airborne particles. Please view how to Knot & Tuck a face mask to improve fit. Please Note: this Knot & Tuck video only applies to surgical masks, not N95s.

    Obtaining Masks and Other PPE

    * Please note this change: These changes focus on switching from cloth masks to medical-grade surgical masks OR N95 respirators while physically on campus. Please contact your college or department to obtain the proper mask for on campus usage. For more information on procuring PPE, please visit the COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment website. May you all stay safe and be well.
  • January 7, 2022 – Faculty and Staff

    Dear WesternU Faculty and Staff,

    Happy New Year! We hope you are settling into our Spring semester with as much ease as possible given the rising number of COVID-19 cases. At WesternU, we are experiencing an uptick in the number of students, faculty, and staff reporting they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or are positive themselves. These exposures appear to have occurred off campus prior to Jan. 3. To help us fight against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, provided below is important information regarding COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations/boosters. COVID-19 Testing  Please review the COVID-19 testing and tracing guidelines below for faculty and staff who are coming to campus and the guidelines for those who are working 100% remotely. 
    • See the WesternU Spring COVID-19 Testing website for location and hours.
    • See the Dec. 30 Testing Update to campus posted on this web page.
    • Faculty and staff working 100% remotely do not need to participate in COVID-19 testing. However, if you come to campus for any reason (and for any length of time), you MUST participate in COVID-19 testing.
    How to Prepare for Testing:  RT-PCR Test Results: 
    • You can expect your test results from reports@trilabhealth.com. As this is an outside email address, please check your Junk email folder. Please Note: Due to the high volume of testing, your RT-PCR TriLab test results may be delayed.
    Getting a RT-PCR Test Offsite: 
    • You may receive your RT-PCR COVID-19 test at a location other than the University at your personal cost.
    • Important Notice: Non-WesternU provided rapid antigen test results will not be sufficient for your initial return to campus test requirement.
    Deadlines for Offsite RT-PCR Test Results: 
    • Important Notice: If you receive your RT-PCR test at a WesternU location, you do not need to submit your test results through email.
    Returning to Campus Date Due Date for Submitting RT-PCR Test Results Where to Submit Results
    Faculty & Staff needed on campus to effectively support faculty, staff, and students starting Jan. 3 (includes clinical employees) As originally stated in the Dec. 30 email, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 Email results to: COVIDTesting@westernu.edu
    Faculty & Staff who can continue to effectively work remotely (hybrid) Jan. 3 – 17 (per your supervisor) No later than 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13
    Faculty & Staff returning after Jan. 18 No later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before your return date
    Future Testing: 
    • Ongoing surveillance testing will be determined based upon trends and might vary by location/College/Department/Unit. For now, weekly testing for any individual needing access to our WesternU locations will continue. Please visit the COVID-19 Testing website for current days and hours of operation for the campus testing site.
    Further COVID-19 Testing Information: 
    • See non-WesternU testing information for LA County and for Oregon:
    Contact Tracing Please DO NOT contact the CRT directly with COVID-19 exposure and/or symptom information. Instead, they should be sent to COVIDTracing@westernu.edu. When to Submit a COVID-19 Report Survey:
    • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
    • If you have had an exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual; and/or
    • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
    Please Note: The contact tracing team will be contacting you with further guidance regarding quarantine, isolation, testing, and other return-to-campus instructions as needed. Due to the high volume of contact tracing incidents, the response might be delayed. We thank you for your patience.  Vaccinations/Boosters  Please submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination/booster (snap a photo of your card and email it to Student/Employee Health) to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster. The CRT thanks our dedicated faculty and staff for continuing to stay vigilant as the COVID-19 pandemic endures. May you all stay safe and be well! The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) CRT@westernu.edu
  • Campus Access Requirements

    Complete the Daily Screening Survey before coming to campus and disclose any symptoms daily.

    Daily Screening Survey


    This survey must be completed each day prior to arriving on campus. You must receive a green “Pass” screen for campus access.

    Complete report a COVID-19 Test Result weekly if you are not vaccinated.

    Report a COVID-19 Test Result

    This link is for reporting any COVID-19 test results.
    Including self-test home kits or those obtained off-campus.

    If you have symptoms, do not come to campus and contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.

    Keep WesternU Healthy

    WesternU is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, and patients during a pandemic. This page includes information regarding important forms for visiting campus, reporting COVID-19 exposures or symptoms, and requesting personal protective information (PPE).