Plans for the 2021-2022 Academic Year and Vaccination Requirement
May 4, 2021
We plan to fully reopen for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. We have already begun the Q&A page that will answer questions in detail about next year. Residential policies will resume as normal, and instruction will return to mostly on campus, in person. We look forward to resuming the academic, work, and co-curricular experiences that make a Warren Wilson education vibrant and distinctive. There will be some necessary adjustments in order to make our campus as safe and healthy as possible, and we will continue to evaluate and monitor federal, state, and local health and safety advice throughout the summer and update our Q&A as needed.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that all three vaccines for coronavirus are safe and effective — Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Federal, state, and local health authorities have been urging people to get vaccinated as the best way to be able to resume normal life. They believe that the health risks of coronavirus far outweigh any potential side effects or risks from vaccination. On the basis of this advice, we are making vaccination for all students mandatory before returning to campus in August. As with other vaccines that are required to attend Warren Wilson, those eligible for exemption due to religious or medical reasons may request a waiver. Student Life and the Health Center will be launching an online Vaccination Verification Form where you will verify that you have been vaccinated and if needed, request a religious or medical waiver.
We understand that some students may encounter individual barriers to vaccination — we will work individually with those students. Please contact Student Life for any individual questions or concerns.
At this time, we will not require employees to receive vaccinations, but we strongly encourage that they be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. We will continue to monitor guidance from federal and state authorities on this subject. Employees with questions or concerns should contact Human Resources.
Instruction and Academic Calendar
We will return to a normal academic calendar with the traditional fall break, winter break, and spring break vacations. Orientation will be held fully in person. Please see the academic calendar here. We are expecting that Athletics and other co-curricular activities will resume as usual. It is possible that masks and some version of physical distancing will still be required indoors and in close quarters, but not outdoors, as the risk of contracting coronavirus while outdoors has been shown to be very minimal. COVID protocols on campus in the Fall will be determined by North Carolina and Buncombe County regulations.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (HEERFII) Funds for Students
April 14, 2021
Click Here for a FAQ document about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (CRRSAA HEERFII) funds for students.