Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Following this guidance is important to your health -- and to the health of everyone in your community. Please review thes Transition and Adaptability Policy (updated June 1, 2021) and follow the safety guidelines on these pages.

Note: A daily health screening form is no longer be required, effective June 1, 2021.

Overview of Safety Measures

The latest public health guidance indicates that preventing spread of the coronavirus includes the following approaches. Click the links on each topic to see detailed information on how we are implementing these approaches and what expectations we have for members of our community while on campus:

 

Social Distancing:
When unvaccinated, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we can implement to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Staff who are not vaccinated or others who are instructed for self-protection and are at work on-site must follow these social distancing practices as advised by the CDC:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places
  • Maintain social distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.

Masks/Facial Coverings

All members of the Webster University community and guests to campus are required to wear face masks and/or face coverings over their nose and mouth when inside campus buildings or Webster-operated facilities. Face masks/coverings may be removed when inside University facilities while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking in an on-campus dining facility. (Note: Eating and drinking is not allowed in classrooms.)

Employees and students at all U.S. and international locations still must follow guidelines set by their local public authorities. Please note that university guidance prevails, in the event that local public guidance does not require face masks/coverings.

Personal Hygiene
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face, including your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Maximum occupancy of restrooms will be limited to the extent allowed for appropriate social distancing.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Housekeeping teams will clean office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection. Facilities Management will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops and high-traffic areas. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ventilation and monitoring systems will be assessed and readied prior to reopening of buildings. Employees should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers). The use of personal or disposable utensils is recommended for meals.

Access to Buildings: What you need (and which doors) to enter

Students, staff and faculty will continue to access buildings with their ID cards. On the main campus, faculty and staff have building access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days/week; student access is 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

We ask that all guests please wear a mask except when eating and drinking at all University Events. We strongly encourage all visitors to be fully vaccinated.  (Please note that current university Covid protocols require that faculty, staff and students not only wear masks but provide proof of vaccination status.)  These measures are designed to maintain a safe environment for the Webster University community.

For orientation, see the main campus map here.

Reporting Illness

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 must report their status and those who are unvaccinated and who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must also report their status.

Employees must report their status in these cases to Human Resources. See the COVID-19 Health Protocols for Employees [PDF] (updated Aug. 5, 2021)

Students must report their status through Student Affairs. See the Covid-19 Health Protocols for Students [PDF] for guidance.

Quarantine Procedure for Vaccinated Individuals

For Students
If a vaccinated student becomes a Close Contact, that student shall immediately enter a 4-day quarantine period.  At the end of the quarantine period, the student must produce a negative test for COVID-19 before ending quarantine.
 
For Employees
If a vaccinated employee becomes a Close Contact, no quarantine is required and the employee shall report to work as normal.  Employee shall adhere to the face covering guidelines and practice social distancing.

Monitoring Community Conditions

Webster will continue to monitor health conditions in our communities, adapt policies in accordance with local guidance and the COVID-19 Health Protocol Policies for students and employees, and take actions as appropriate. Factors we are tracking include community information, such as positive case and hospitalization trends, and Webster-specific information, such as positive test trends and ability to obtain appropriate PPE, masks, and other supplies. 

If conditions warrant further action, Webster steps could include: 1) advanced or heightened policies on social distancing, including further restrictions on gatherings; 2) temporary closures of buildings; 3) temporary move of some or all classes to remote learning; 4) a full transition to remote learning.   

CDC Help and Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides important information regarding transmission and prevention of COVID-19 and other viral diseases:

Managing Stress and Anxiety, Reducing Stigma

The CDC has some helpful tips on these topics:

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Missouri has established the “Show Me Hope Line” for those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. The phone number is: 1-800-985-5990; you can also text ''TalkWithUs” to 66746. More information can be found at: https://dmh.mo.gov/disaster-services

For the latest and most detailed information on global response and prevention to the coronavirus outbreak, visit the CDC's COVID 19 page and their COVID 19 FAQ, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO's coronavirus 2019 pagewhich are updated frequently.