Wilkes University

Dec. 13 2021

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the fall semester, we want to share with you important information on your return to campus in January. As a reminder, classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18. It is important to note that our current health protocols, including indoor masking, will continue. Please read on for details about return testing that may impact your planning.

Return testing

All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit the results of a COVID-19 test taken within five days of their return to campus. The U.S. is experiencing a surge in the virus that is likely to continue through the holiday season. As we work to learn more about the Omicron variant, it is important that we establish a baseline of infection among our entire community.

Note that this policy applies to all full- and part-time students, graduate or undergraduate, who will be attending any classes, activities or co-curricular experiences on campus in the spring semester. Fully online students who do not have regular activities on campus do not need to submit test results.

Students who are traveling to campus from abroad should upload the results of the test taken before they board their international flight.

 

Where to get tested 
Many pharmacies, including Rite AidWalgreens and CVS, and urgent care centers are offering asymptomatic testing, particularly since it is often required for travel. A PCR nasal test, saliva test or an antigen/rapid test are accepted.

Home testing kits will not be accepted at this time. Tests must be completed at an official testing center as outlined above.

Understanding your test results

  • NegativeSubmit your negative test result with your name and the date of testing clearly noted. The test should be taken within five days of your return to campus and submitted no later than the start of classes or when you return to your residence hall.
  • Positive: If your test result is positive, please notify us right away by contacting Health and Wellness Services at anita.burns@wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4730. You must remain at home until your isolation period has ended and you are cleared by Health and Wellness Services or your medical professional. Remote learning arrangements will be made and you will be welcome back to your classes and residence hall when you are cleared to return.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of your return to campus this spring, you may have a lingering positive test result even though you are no longer contagious. In lieu of a negative test, submit your previous positive test result with your name and date of testing clearly noted.

Uploading your test results

You must upload your test results here. Please ensure that your name and the date of the test are clearly marked.This is the same link you will use to submit a vaccination waiver, your vaccination card or records of booster doses.

Assurance testing protocol

As noted in previous communications, the University will continue to require that unvaccinated students, faculty and staff participate in weekly assurance testing on campus. Though you are welcome to test off campus if more convenient, self-testing home kits will not be accepted at this time. Tests must be completed on campus or at an official testing center as outlined above.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. As you know, the pandemic remains ever-changing. We will continue to monitor the virus and notify you of any important updates or changes. If you have questions, please contact the COVID-19 task force at covidupdate@wilkes.edu. In the coming weeks, our online COVID-19 resources will be updated with spring information. Please keep an eye out for those details.

We wish you the very best during these final days of the fall semester,

COVID-19 Daily Response Team