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Coronavirus Information and Updates for the Widener Law Commonwealth Community

Widener University and Widener Law Commonwealth are actively monitoring the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Law school information and updates about developments with the illness, Widener Law Commonwealth’s response to it, or any impact on law school classes or operations will be available here. Additionally, links will be provided to Widener University's coronavirus webpage and communications.

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January 2022
The information on this page is current as of the time of its posting. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of issues and guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the information provided below is subject to change and this page will continue to be updated. Please check back regularly. 

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN ORDER TO RETURN TO CAMPUS?

All students and campus employees within the Widener University system, including Widener Law Commonwealth, who don’t already have an approved vaccine exemption for the spring 2022 semester, are required to be vaccinated and receive a booster dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and upload their vaccination cards prior to January 21

To schedule a vaccination, including a booster, please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

Updated vaccination record cards must be uploaded prior to January 21, 2022 to https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx. Sign in using your Widener credentials and upload a photo of your vaccine card, including your booster information, as soon as possible.

If you are not yet eligible to receive the booster dose because of timing, please complete this brief form: https://forms.office.com/r/Qz3kmZjDb3.  

WILL MASKS BE REQUIRED ON CAMPUS?

Our policy still requires everyone must wear a tight-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth in all indoor campus settings.

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT IMPACTS MY ABILITY TO GET THE VACCINE?

Widener will recognize documented medical exemptions. Please contact Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183 as soon as possible so they can evaluate your unique situation. Medical exemptions can only be granted through Student Health Services

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION BUT JUST DO NOT WANT TO GET THE VACCINE?

The university has determined personal, philosophical, and religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine requirements will not be recognized.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WIDENER UNIVERSITY’S COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY?

A list of frequently asked questions is available on MyWidener and at www.widener.edu/coronavirus. You may also direct questions to [email protected].

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT COMPLIANT WITH WEARING A MASK OR THE VACCINATION POLICY?

Students, staff, and faculty who are not vaccinated or have not received an exemption will not be permitted on campus. Warnings will be issued to students who fail to comply with the indoor masking requirement that may lead to disciplinary action.

WILL WE BE PERMITTED TO HOST IN-PERSON STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS?

We are continuing to monitor local conditions and advice from the CDC and Pennsylvania health officials as it relates to in-person student activities and events, including extracurricular activities. While we are hopeful for more “normal” operations, we are requiring masking indoors for faculty, staff and students until further notice.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF A STUDENT IN MY CLASS CONTRACTS COVID?

If you or a classmate contracts COVID, we will work with you and the University’s Student Health Services office to determine what mitigation and contact tracing efforts are needed. This is how we have effectively managed similar situations this semester with our Civil Law Clinic, which has been operating in person without the need for closures. Please contact Student Health Services and Dean Teplitz if you test positive for COVID.

Positive COVID-19 Cases by Campus

The information on this Widener University webpage reflects weekly and monthly data on the number of individuals who have reported positive test results for COVID-19. All students and staff must report symptoms and positive test results to Student Health Services at 610.499.1183 or [email protected]

Spring 2021 Update

November 6, 2020: Widener University Commonwealth Law School Interim Dean Michael Hussey provides updates to students on the Spring 2021 semester.

Fall 2020 Update

July 28, 2020: Widener University Commonwealth Law School Interim Dean Michael Hussey provides updates to students on the Fall 2020 semester.

Selected Email Updates from Dean Teplitz

Review selected past email updates from Dean Teplitz.

Health & Safety Plan for PA Dept of Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires Pennsylvania postsecondary education institutions to publish a “Health and Safety Plan” before resuming in-person operations. Widener's plan will be communicated to students, faculty, and staff and is available online as well. See Widener's Health and Safety Plan.

Contact Information

Registrar:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  CWREG
Financial Aid: [email protected] or Teams Chat:  CWFINAID
Career Development:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  ELMANDRELL
Law Library:  [email protected]
Media Services:  [email protected]
ITS Help Desk:  [email protected]
Dean of Students:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  RBTEPLITZ
Campus Safety:  717.541.1911

University Communications

All Widener University (main campus) communications are available at widener.edu/coronavirus. We encourage all members of the Widener community, including faculty and staff, to monitor widener.edu/coronavirus for important updates that may pertain to them. 

Additional Resources

Links are also available at widener.edu/coronavirus.

Last Modified: This page was last updated on January 24, 2022 at 9:48 AM

CONTACT INFORMATION

Randi Teplitz
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 
717.541.3901
Email: 
[email protected]

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