UWest Health Alert

UWest COVID-19 Protocol

Spring 2022

UPDATE: 04/26/2022

UWest continues to adjust our Covid-19 protocols in response to the changing public health situation. After a temporary remote start for the first three weeks of the spring 2022 semester, followed by weekly testing requirement with test result uploading and in-person check-in, we are shifting to the following requirements from Tuesday, February 22 (the day after the Presidents’ Day holiday):

  • The weekly COVID-19 testing requirement continues for anyone who is not fully vaccinated and boostered. This means that if you are not up to date on your vaccinations (= fully vaccinated + boostered, if eligible), you must continue to undergo testing and upload your negative test result each week in order to come to campus.
  • Weekly testing is optional for those who are fully vaccinated and boostered (although it is highly recommended).

In Sum

If you have: Uploading weekly test results is:
  No vaccine shots or are partially vaccinated   REQUIRED
  2 vaccine shots, booster eligible but no booster shot   REQUIRED
If you have: Weekly testing is:
  2 vaccine shots + booster shot   Optional but highly recommended
  2 vaccine shots, not yet eligible for booster   Optional but highly recommended

Other safety measures:

  • Vaccination and booster shots required for everyone except those with approved medical exemptions. Students, please upload an image of your vaccination/booster record here: COVID Vaccination Verification & Negative Test Upload (Student)Faculty and staff, please upload here: COVID Vaccination Verification (Faculty & Staff). The university will review and monitor these uploads.  Students who do not provide verification of their COVID vaccination and booster (or provide proof of medical exemption) will be notified and not be allowed to come to campus or attend classes. See here for more information on booster shot eligibility.
  • Masking. Masking is no longer mandatory; however public health agencies continue to highly encourage masking in public indoor spaces. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask indoors on campus is welcome to continue to do so. Unvaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to do so. Note that some offices and faculty may have their own masking requirements in the interest of health sensitivities. Please adhere to those posted or stated guidelines. Masks are available at the reception desk in the lobby of the AD building. UWest reserves the right to modify this and other COVID-19 safety guidelines as necessitated by public health conditions. If you have any questions about masking on campus, contact reopening@uwest.edu.
  • Social distancing. It is a safe practice to continue to physically distance when in crowded indoor or outdoor settings, maintaining at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others.
  • Stay at home if you test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms. Do not come to campus if you are ill! Contact reopening@uwest.edu for next steps.

Vaccination & Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated and boostered—if eligible—in order to come to campus.

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics for vaccinations and boosters at myturn.ca.gov or Vaccines.gov. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

Los Angeles County residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.

How to know if you are eligible for booster shot
If you have had your two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination, you are eligible for your booster 5 months after your second dose. For Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, you are eligible two months after the initial dose.

Find more information about vaccinations and boosters here. If you received your full vaccination outside the U.S. using one of the other WHO approved vaccinations, you are eligible for the Pfizer booster six months after your last dose.

Vaccination and booster shots are free and widely available.

Where to upload proof of vaccination and booster
Students, upload an image of your vaccination/booster record here: COVID Vaccination Verification (Student).
Faculty and staff, upload here: COVID Vaccination Verification (Faculty & Staff).

Requesting a medical exemption from the vaccination requirement
Requests for medical exemption undergo a confidential review process and must include documentation from a medical provider.

Exemption for medical reason/disability reasons:

If you recently recovered from COVID-19
If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, it is recommended that you get a rapid anti-gen test instead of a PCR test as PCR tests may provide positive results long after an individual is recovered and no longer infectious. Alternatively, you may provide a doctor’s note verifying when you had COVID-19 and that you have recovered. Contact reopening@uwest.edu if you have any questions about this.

 

UWest Safety Protocols

Our campus safety guidelines and preparations have been designed with additional layers of protection (beyond minimal standards), including:

  • Covid-19 vaccination and booster are required for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Campus is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Air purifiers are placed in each classroom.
  • Classrooms are assigned to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Masks are encouraged for everyone when indoors, especially unvaccinated individuals.
  • Daily COVID-19 screenings are required for all unvaccinated individuals.
  • Plexiglass barriers are in place in all administrative offices.

Remote Services

Remote Services continue to be available for those who are not able to come to campus.

Academic Advising/Counseling

Students are encouraged to meet in-person with Undergraduat Academic Advisor Dr. Rickey Jones or your department chair for academic advising. Dr. Jones is available on Mondays and Wednesdays in AD 109; his office extension number is 2131.

For students who are not currently on campus, please email your department chair or Dr. Jones <rickeyj@uwest.edu> with your cell phone number and when he can reach you.

Admissions & Enrollment

  • Admissions Specialist Henna Hung is available during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm) by phone –(626) 571-8811, ext. 2120
  • Enrollment can be reached by calling (626) 571-8811, ext. 3375. If no one answers, please leave a message.
    • Enrollment can also be reached via text message at (626) 274-7351. Texts will be responded to during business hours (except in the event of an emergency).
  • Admissions/enrollment questions should go to admission@uwest.edu, except:
    • If you are working with a specific advisor – please contact them directly, or
    • If you are in need of Chinese translation – please email Henna at hennah@uwest.edu
  • Online Access to Admissions/enrollment

Campus Tours

Individuals and small groups are welcome to schedule a live campus tour by contacting enrollmentws@uwest.eduor calling (626) 571-8811, ext. 3375. Appointments and advance health screenings are required for the tour.

Disability Support Services & Accommodations

  • Keith Brown is available by email – ssc@uwest.edu
  • Online Access to Disability Support Services

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid appointments can be conducted remotely by phone or Zoom. To schedule an appointment, email financialaid@uwest.eduwith your full name, UWest student ID number, the reason you are emailing/what you need help with, and the best days/times to reach you.
  • General financial aid questions can also be emailed to financialaid@uwest.edu– please include your full name, UWest student ID number, the reason you are emailing/what you need help with, and the best days/times to reach you.
  • Financial Aid Director Lezli Fang is available by email – financialaid@uwest.edu– and by phone during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm) – (626) 656-2138.
  • Financial Aid Office Yanela Morgan is available by email – financialaid@uwest.edu– and by phone during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm) – (626) 656-2122.
  • Online access to Financial Aid Office
  • Financial Aid forms can be submitted electronically. Please fill out the appropriate form from UWest forms, print it out, scan it (or take a phone picture), and email it to financialaid@uwest.edu
  • The application deadline for the Lotus Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and UWest Scholarship has changed to June 15, 2020. The Golden Benefactor Award application deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020.

International Student Services

Please contact DSO Muge Meisenholder (mugem@uwest.edu). She will help you plan your entry/return to the United States.

  • UWest International Student Advisor Muge Meisenholder is available by email – mugem@uwest.eduand by phone – (626) 571-8811, ext. 3322.
  • Muge has set up LINE, WeChat, and Zoom accounts in order to connect with international students electronically. Please email Muge for account information.
  • Online access to International Student Services

US Government Covid-19 guidelines for F-1 students

UWest expects all international students to come/return to campus for Spring 2022 classes. So far, the US government has not released any special Covid-19-related provisions for F-1 students for Spring 2022, and it is possible that it will not. This means that all the usual F-1 regulations for full-time in-person attendance will be in place. You can check the Study in the States resource page for the latest updates regarding such provisions or contact Muge as indicated just above.

Fitness Center

UWest’s Fitness Center has reopened for all students, Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 4 PM. Please follow all posted user guidelines. Guests are not allowed at this time. If you have any questions about Fitness Center usage, please contact vanessak@uwest.edu.

Housing

  • UWest’s live-in Residential Hall Coordinator, Eddie Bernal, is available by email at eddieb@uwest.eduand by phone – (626) 571-8811, ext. 3383.
  • Housing is available in Spring 2022 by application. Students interested in living on campus should contact RHC Eddie Bernal (eddieb@uwest.edu).
  • Proof of full vaccination is required for move-in. Please contact Eddie Bernal for more information.
  • Students who are arriving from outside the U.S. and are on the government’s exemption list for providing proof of vaccination must provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken in the previous 72 hours and will be able to move into a quarantine room and required to follow the quarantine guidelines and receive the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Contact eddieb@uwest.edu for more information.
  • There is no meal service during Spring 2022.
  • Online access to Office of Residential Life 

IT

  • Please direct all IT requests to helpdesk@uwest.edu
  • IT is working during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm)

Library

  • Library access is restricted to current UWest students, faculty, and staff. Capacity is limited to 50 people.
  • Face masks are required of all visitors and staff.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and refrain from visiting the Library until you feel better. Use remote services instead.

Ling-Ling Kuo and Judy Hsu continue to monitor and provide assistance through all these communication channels, M-F 9am-5pm:

Registrar

Recreation Room

All students are welcome to use the Recreation Room, located under the Dining Hall, during opening hours to spend time between classes, study, and relax. At all times, please follow masking and distancing rules and exercise a high level of conscientiousness towards other users to avoid loss of privileges.

Student Accounts

Student Kitchen

Currently, the Student Kitchen is open to on-campus residents only. Rules are in place for number of residents using kitchen at one time as well as the regular safety and cleanliness rules.

Tutoring/Student Success Center

Wellness Center/Mental Health

  • Wellness Center Manager April Afoa is available by email – aprila@uwest.edu
  • Remote access to counseling services (via private, secure video/audio conferencing) will be available for students who are physically located in California only. (California law prohibits delivery of mental health services to students located outside of California. The Wellness Center may be able to help you find another mental health service provider in your area; please email April at aprila@uwest.edu)
  • Remote appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To make an appointment, email April at aprila@uwest.eduwith your name and the reason for your appointment, as well as good times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and you will receive an email with instructions.
  • Anyone who is in crisis and needs to speak with someone immediately should call the Los Angeles Mental Health Access Line at 1-800-854-7771, the National Suicide Life Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text Hello to 741741. All of these numbers are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Currently Closed

  • Campus Café
  • Dining Hall

 

COVID-19 FAQS (according to the CDC)

What Is It?

A highly contagious respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). The illness has caused a global pandemic and poses a serious public health risk. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness.

How Does It Spread?

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The virus spreads mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • The virus can also be aerosolized and linger in the air for longer periods of time than droplets, especially indoors.
  • People who become infected with the novel coronavirus often don’t develop symptoms for up to 14 days. And some never any develop symptoms at all. However, even asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus to others. That is why masking and distancing are so important.
  • There is some evidence that the virus can be transferred to surfaces and may remain active there for up to several days.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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
  • Symptoms a severe cold

This list is not exhaustive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. The CDC website has much more information, including when to seek emergency care and how to care for self or others who are ill with COVID-19.

How To Protect Yourself

By far the most effective way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is to get vaccinated. Other important precautions include:

Clean Your Hands Often!

  • 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, or sneezing.
  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact!

Wear a face covering

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Many cities and counties require a face mask when entering shops and other essential businesses/offices.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Double masking: Experts say you should consider wearing two masks, especially if you typically wear a single-layer cloth mask.

If you’re already wearing a triple-layer cloth mask, N95, KN95 or a KF94 mask, wearing two masks likely won’t offer additional protection.

Masking for travel: Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.​

How To Protect Others

Stay Home If You Are Sick!

Cover coughs and sneezes!

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Stay home if you are sick!

  • If you are sick: You should stay home and isolate as much as possible. If you must go out, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Clean and disinfect! 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.