We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and make adjustments to our policies as needed. The health and safety of our campus community remains a priority as we move forward.

If you have any questions regarding this information, or in general concerning issues related to the coronavirus, please email COVID@washburn.edu.

Click here to see information on COVID-19 cases within the Washburn community.

Click here to self-report exposure, symptoms or testing to Student Health Services.

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

On August 11, 2022, CDC eliminated the recommendation for COVID-19 related quarantine altogether. Your vaccine/booster status, past infection status, household member or close contact status do not require quarantine. It is still recommended that if you are exposed to COVID-19, you monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of illness for 10 days following the exposure. If you begin to experience symptoms of illness, isolate away from others and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.  

If you are ill with COVID-19, please isolate away from others and refrain from attending in-person classes, work, or other activities for at least 5 days following the onset of your symptoms of illness. If you must leave your isolation space, wear a well-fitting facemask (N95 or KN95 if possible), and strictly limit your time outside of your isolation space and close contact with others. Please complete the online self-report form at the following link: COVID-19 Student Health Services Report (maxient.com). A health clearance is required for you to return to in-person classes, work, and other activities. Student Health Services can assist you with your health clearance if you like, or you may obtain a clearance letter from your primary care provider/community healthcare provider. It is the responsibility of the person who is ill to notify their faculty, supervisor, and close contacts they are ill with COVID-19. Isolation for illness may end after you have completed at least 5 days following the onset of your symptoms, your symptoms of illness have significantly improved, and you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. COVID-19 positive persons should continue to wear a well-fitting facemask when around others through day 10 following onset of their symptoms of illness. If you would like to re-test with a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 to end the need to wear a facemask through day 10, you may test on day 6 and day 8. If both of these rapid antigen tests are negative, you do not have to wear a facemask around others through day 10. Rapid antigen nasal swab tests are available for students, faculty, and staff at no cost. Please contact Student Health Services at 785.670.1470 or e-mail studenthealth@washburn.edu to schedule an appointment for testing. 

If you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19, and have not been tested for COVID-19, please isolate away from others and get tested as soon as possible. Student Health Services has COVID-19 saliva PCR tests and nasal swab rapid antigen tests available to students, faculty, and staff at no cost. To schedule a test for COVID-19, please contact Student Health Services at 785.670.1470 or e-mail studenthealth@washburn.edu. If your COVID-19 test is negative, please continue to isolate away from others while you are ill. You may return after you experience significant improvement in your symptoms of illness and you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Per WUPRPM 3.1 A medical certificate may be required for any sick leave period. A fitness for-duty certification may be required by the University prior to return to work. 

Student Health Services continues to offer booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments for vaccine/booster doses may be scheduled on Wednesdays. To schedule, contact Student Health Services at 785.670.1470 or email studenthealth@washburn.edu
 
For more information, please go to the following links: 

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) | CDC 

Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of Covid-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters | CDC

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by the CDC.

Stay up to date by getting recommended boosters when you are eligible.

The Shawnee County Health Department issued new guidance about isolation and quarantine for the general public. We will update this information as needed.

Isolation guidance for cases

Mild to Moderate Cases - Requiring little to no hospitalization

  • Able to wear a well-fitting mask
    • Isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days after onset of symptoms, or sample collection if asymptomatic, and can be released after fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and improvement in other symptoms, whichever is longer.
    • Must wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional 5 days after release from isolation (day 6-10).
  • Not able to wear a well-fitting mask
    • Isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days after onset of symptoms, or sample collection if asymptomatic, and can be released after fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and improvement in other symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • Notes
    • Lingering cough or loss of taste or smell should not prevent a case from being released from isolation.
    • If an individual tests after 5 days of home isolation, an antigen test is preferred. If the test result is positive, isolate at home for a full 10 days.
    • If a follow-up PCR test or antigen test is positive after 10 days of home isolation, cases do not need to re-enter isolation as long as they have completed the 10-day isolation and had symptom improvement for a minimum of 24 hours.

Download the Isolation Guidance for mild to moderate cases


Severe cases - Requiring ICU care or are severely immunocompromised

  • Isolate at home for 10-20 days after onset of symptoms and can be released after fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and improvement in other symptoms, whichever is longer. Consult a physician before ending isolation.
  • Notes
    • Lingering cough or loss of taste or smell should not prevent a case from being released from isolation.
    • If a follow-up PCR test or antigen test is positive after the 10-20 days of home isolation, cases do not need to re-enter isolation as long as they have completed the 10-day isolation and had symptom improvement for a minimum of 24 hours.

Download the Isolation Guidance for severe cases

Student Health Services is offering the bivalent booster Moderna and Pfizer doses by appointment. Please call 785.670.1470 for a vaccine appointment.

Please be advised that Washburn University Student Health Services continues to request any student, faculty, or staff person from any WU/WU Tech campuses to report their illness to Student Health Services. A health clearance letter from Student Health Services continues to be a requirement for return to in-person classes/work following absence for isolation or quarantine. The contact number for Student Health Services is 785.670.1470, and the email is studenthealth@washburn.edu. An online self-report form is available at COVID-19 Student Health Services Report (maxient.com)

According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

Consider getting tested if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have taken part in activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19 because you cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings or being in crowded indoor settings.
  • You have been asked or referred to get testing by your healthcare provider, local or state ​health department.

Testing at Student Health Services

You must make an appointment to get tested at Student Health Services on campus.

  • Call 785.670.1470 to make an appointment

We have two options to test for COVID-19 on campus. Both are without cost to students, faculty and staff.

  • Saliva PCR Test
    • This is a gold standard test that must be sent to an outside lab and results can take a day or two
  • Rapid Antigen Nasal Swab COVID-19 Test
    • Can be completed on-site with results in about 15 minutes

The quick results of the rapid antigen nasal swab test are a real advantage, but there are a few instances where the PCR test might be required – some clinical sites for healthcare workers, for instance.

Where to get tested in Shawnee County:

Covid Testing Sites Link on Google -https://sites.google.com/view/sncocovidtesting/home

We are also aware of the following sites:

  • Topeka ER & Hospital

  • Topeka, KS MedExpress Urgent Care
    • 1834 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66604
    • 785.272.2631
    • Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • University of Kansas Health System - St. Francis Campus
  • Stormont Vail Health
  • Shawnee County Health Department
  • CVS Pharmacy at 3901 SW 21st St. Topeka, KS 66604
    • Contact number 785.273.1106
    • Pharmacy Hours
      • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
      • Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      • Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Walgreens
    • Testing & Locations
    • 1001 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66612 785.354.1470
    • 1001 SW Gage Blvd. Topeka, KS 66604 785.272.3015
    • 2901 SE California Ave. Topeka, KS 66605 785.266.9470
    • 2101 NW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66608 785.232.2591
    • 3696 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66611 785.266.4520
    • 3900 SW 29th St. Topeka, KS 66614 785.271.9981
    • 2121 SW Fairlawn Rd. Topeka, KS 66614 785.273.1050
    • 3630 SW Wanamaker Rd. Topeka, KS 66614 785.228.5656

Home Test Kits 

https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test

I am exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

I have been exposed to COVID-19 but I am not exhibiting symptoms?

  • Self-monitor for symptoms and sign of illness for 10 days following the exposure
  • If you start to experience symptoms of illness, notify your health care provider or Student Health Services (785.670.1470 or studenthealth@washburn.edu or report online)
  • You may be advised to seek testing for COVID-19

I am awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?

  • Do not come to campus
  • Notify your health care provider or Student Health Services (785.670.1470 or studenthealth@washburn.edu or report online)
  • Employees should also notify Human Resources (benefits@washburn.edu)
  • If you have a known exposure, you should isolate yourself until test results are available
  • If test results are negative and you have a known exposure, follow the current isolation guidelines (listed below)

I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Do not come to campus
  • Notify Student Health Services (785.670.1470 or studenthealth@washburn.edu or report online)
  • Employees should also notify Human Resources (benefits@washburn.edu)
  • Follow the Shawnee County Health Department Guidelines Below
    • You must be isolated for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or test date if without symptoms. You can be released after being fever free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours, an improvement in symptoms, and able to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. Note: If unable to wear a mask, you must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

I have traveled recently?

For more health and safety information, including information on symptoms and testing, read the "Symptoms and Testing" dropdown directly above this.

Ichabods Moving Forward Financial Grants

Washburn University students who need immediate financial assistance to stay in school are eligible for grants. Grants can be used for rent, bills, food and other basic needs. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here to learn more, donate or apply for a grant.

Ichabods Moving Forward (IMF) is a student-led philanthropic organization sponsored by the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation. IMF supports an emergency assistance fund for students going through unforeseen hardship.

Bods Feeding Bods Pantry

The Bods Feeding Bods Pantry is open for anyone in the Washburn community who may need food and commodities. Bods Feeding Bods, located in Kuehne Hall 101, is open Monday - Saturday, 3 -5 p.m. during the semester. Bring a valid WU ID to get access.

For the most updated information on student services and academic departments, we recommend you visit the individual department's web pages. 

Whether you want to draw your own boundaries or are frustrated with someone else’s boundaries, this can be hard time to communicate with friends and loved ones. Here are some tips to have productive conversations without hurt feelings.

How to Communicate Your Boundaries and Respectfully Say “No”

Saying no to people you love is never easy. And as the pandemic drags on, it’s probably feeling harder than ever to pass up the opportunity to gather with family or friends and get a little taste of normal. But knowing how – and when – to say no is the first step to protecting your health and the health of the people you care about. Here are a few tools to help with these situations:

Be clear about your limits

It can feel uncomfortable to ask a lot of specific questions about an event. Instead, you can simply explain what you would feel safe doing. For example, “I’d love to come, but I want to be sure I’ll feel safe. If everyone will be outside, wearing masks and spread out, I’ll be there for an hour or so.”

Gather your thoughts

With so many factors to consider right now, it can be hard to respond in the moment. It’s ok to take time to think. To buy yourself a little time to consider, try something like: “Thank you for the invite! It’s tempting. Let me get back to you tomorrow with what would work for me.”

Offer alternatives

Ask if there is another way to connect with the person who invites you to a gathering. Acknowledge you really want to see them but want to keep everyone safe. Gatherings over video or socially-distanced and outdoors are both good alternatives to gathering indoors.

There are restrictions on gatherings

Restrictions on gatherings vary by location, so check your city and county restrictions for guidance. If you get an invitation that doesn’t follow the current restrictions, please say no. Respecting the current restrictions is a way to do your part to help yourself, your friends and family and your community.

Be clear

Saying no effectively starts with just that – saying no. A simple, direct no, is the best way to make yourself understood and closes the door for negotiations. Your “no” is enough. If you get pushed for more reasons or are accused of being too cautious, you aren’t obligated to reply.

Be honest

Excuses are tempting, but they can easily backfire when your convenient excuse is met with an equally convenient solution. Honesty is usually the best policy: “I wish we could get together, but I don’t want to do anything to risk you or my family/myself getting sick.”


Respecting Boundaries

Hearing “no” from family and friends can be hard – especially in a time as difficult as this.

It’s easy to be frustrated with other people’s boundaries and respond in ways that make people feel guilty for their decisions. Before you respond to someone who has said “no” to your invitation, remember:

They feel bad too

No one is enjoying being away from the people they care about, and turning down invitations is difficult for everyone. If someone tells you they aren’t comfortable gathering right now, it’s important to understand they are making a decision they feel is important to protect they and their loved ones’ health.

Show you care

Other’s decisions to skip gatherings right now aren’t about not wanting to see you. Even if you don’t agree, try to let them know you understand and look forward to seeing them in the future.

Offer alternatives

Saying “no” to a group gathering doesn’t mean they are saying no to everything. Ask if there is another way to see each other that would be more comfortable for them, and listen without pushing them to change their point of view.

Resources for Faculty/Staff

D2L Training and Access

VPN & DUO

Skype for Business - Phone Service

Zoom Training

Password Management

ITS Training Resources

  • Accessibility
  • Accounts & Passwords
  • Argos Reporting
  • Banner
  • Check out Equipment
  • Classroom Technology
  • Hoonuit Virtual Training (users must login using their email and password to access the training)
  • Multimedia Production
  • My.Washburn
  • Network
  • Office365
  • Outlook Email and Calendar
  • Online Education & D2L
  • Phones & Skype
  • Printing Services
  • Security
  • Windows 10
  • Wireless (WiFi)
  • Zoom Video Conferencing

WUPRPM Regulations and Procedures

  1. Risk Management and Safety

 

  1. Communicable Disease.

20.1 Purpose.  To set forth procedures and regulations regarding the prevention, mitigation and/or management of Communicable Disease on campus to protect students, faculty and staff. 

20.2  Definitions.

20.2.1  “Communicable Disease” is an infectious disease transmissible (as from person to person) by direct or indirect contact with an affected individual, including by not limited to, hepatitis A, B and C, tuberculosis, rubella, chicken pox, shingles, influenza, measles, meningitis, COVID-19 and others as may be identified by local, state and/or federal agencies.

20.2.2 “Direct or Indirect Contact”. 

  • “Direct Contact” occurs when there is a physical contact between an infected person or a susceptible person.
  • “Indirect Contact” occurs when there is no direct human-to-human contact. Indirect contact may occur in several ways, including but limited to, when an infected person sneezes or coughs and the infectious droplets are inhaled, when a healthy person touches a contaminated object or surface and then touch their hands, eyes, nose or mouth prior to following universal precautions.

20.2.3. “Health Care Provider” for purposes of this regulation will adhere to the same definition as used by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

20.2.4 “Universal Precautions” is an approach used to prevent and/or mitigate the spread of infectious disease from bloodborne pathogens and/or certain body fluids. This includes, but is not limited to, following proper hand hygiene, wearing personal protective equipment when appropriate, maintaining respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, using adequate procedures for cleaning and disinfection. 

20.3 Notification: Employees who have or suspect they are infected with a Communicable Disease should seek expert medical advice from a health care provider and are encouraged to advise local health authorities of possible public health threat when appropriate.  Employees should follow the directions of local health authorities in order to prevent the spread of infection and protect their own health.  Employees who have a Communicable disease and may be at risk for transmitting the illness through direct or indirect contact to other students, faculty and/or staff should notify Human Resources promptly. Students who have a Communicable disease and may be at risk for transmitting the illness through direct or indirect contact to other students, faculty and/or staff should notify Student Health promptly. 

Employees who present a health risk to other students, faculty and/or staff should conduct themselves responsibly for their own protection and the protection of others in the community, follow universal precautions as appropriate, and not knowingly engage in any activity which creates a material risk of transmission to others.

20.4 Returning to work. Employees should present a medical release, with or without restrictions, to Human Resources prior to returning to work from a Communicable Disease.

20.5 Compliance. The University will consider all recommendations statutes and/or regulations from any local, state and/or federal agency related to Communicable Disease.  The University will consider all applicable recommendations, statutes and/or regulations which protect the privacy of persons who have a Communicable Disease. Every effort will be made to ensure procedurally sufficient safeguards to maintain the personal confidence about persons who have Communicable Diseases. 

Reopening Plans

Door Entry Signs will be installed at all of the entrances to all buildings. Those will be installed by Facilities Services. All signage in public spaces will be installed by Facilities

Send orders by submitting a facilities work request with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Location
  3. Budget FOAPAL
  4. Which signage (poster and/or door sign)? Specify quantity. We do have some additional designs available if you need other options. Contact Public Relations about those. If you have suggestions or a need for special wording on a poster, contact Public Relations at wurelations@washburn.edu. If you have a need, chances are somebody else does as well and we can print in bulk.
  5. Which arrows or Other Floor Signs? Quantity? Please specify where you would like to have the signs installed.  Those installations will be done by Facilities.

 

Poster options

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Poster #1 

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Poster #2

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Door Sign

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Social distancing arrows and floor signs

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As a part of the Campus re-opening efforts, Purchasing and Facilities Services acquired personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for use at all campus locations.  Individual departments are not to purchase PPE or cleaning supplies directly from outside vendors.  They are to submit a Facilities Service work order specifying the needed PPE and cleaning supplies, with the resulting costs charged back to a department provided FOAPAL.
 
To acquire PPE items: Departments should have an approved operational re-opening plan.Submit a work order request for the PPE and cleaning supplies needed.  List quantity of each item needed.
https://webtma-prod.wuad.washburn.edu:444/home.html
 
Items available:
Hand Sanitizer
Gloves
Disposable Masks (a cloth mask will be distributed to all faculty, staff, and students)
Disinfectant Spray
Paper Towels
Plexiglass
Floor Decals
Roll of Blue Tape (in lieu of floor decals)
Lysol Spray (future availability)
Clorox Wipes (future availability)
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