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Current Masking Policy Update:

The counties in which our Chester and Delaware campuses are located are currently in the high community transmission level based on the CDC’s guidance. As a result, masks are required in all indoor settings on the Chester and Delaware campuses. 

CDC Covid Data Tracker information for Delaware.


Last Modified: This page was last updated on May 25, 2022 at 4:05 p.m.


Widener University Delaware Law School is continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation. This page offers updates and resources to assist law school students, faculty, and staff. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.


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COVID-19 Positive Cases By Campus | Vaccine Resources | In-Person Operations Resume for Spring 2022Dean's Announcement Regarding Spring 2022 Semester OpeningMitigation EffortsFrequently Asked QuestionsAdditional Resource Links | Change Log


Widener University COVID-19 Positive Cases by Campus

Positive COVID-19 Cases by Campus

Widener University's General Coronavirus Webpage

The information available in the above reflects weekly and monthly data on the number of individuals who have reported positive test results for COVID-19 within 14 days of being present on one of our campuses. All students and staff must report symptoms and positive test results to Student Health Services at 610-499-1183 or [email protected].

Vaccine Resources

Looking for a booster?

Visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/where-can-i-get-my-vaccine/ for Delaware specific vaccination clinic information

or

https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find out where you can get a vaccine based on your zip code.

In-Person Operations Resume for Spring 2022

In person operations will resume on Monday, January 24th for the Spring 2022 semester.

Dear Widener Community,

As we look forward to returning to Widener’s campuses for the start of in-person classes next week, I want to thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to bring everyone together safely.

Compliance with our updated vaccination policy, including Widener’s booster requirement, is making it possible to resume in-person classes Monday, January 24 as planned. We will be welcoming back to campus:

  • All students and employees who are in compliance with our vaccination policy, including boosters, and have uploaded their updated vaccination card.
  • Fully vaccinated students and employees who are not yet eligible for a booster, but will be receiving the booster and uploading their updated vaccination card within one week of their eligibility.
  • Students and employees who have been granted an approved exemption from the policy.

Masks continue to be required indoors and we strongly recommend wearing an N95, KN95 or KF94 mask. We are purchasing a supply of these masks that will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis on all three campuses, for those who may have been unable to obtain them.  Watch for a message about their availability. You may also choose to double mask, using both a cloth mask and a surgical mask for extra protection.

It is extremely encouraging to see decreasing infection statistics in Pennsylvania and Delaware this week, and while it is possible Widener may see an uptick in case numbers as we resume in-person classes, that should be temporary. It is important to remain vigilant by wearing your mask properly, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you are ill.

If you haven’t already uploaded your updated vaccination card, please do so by today’s deadline at https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx. Sign in with your Widener credentials and follow the prompts.

Thank you for your patience with our remote start this spring. Now it’s time to come together for a productive semester!

I look forward to seeing you on campus,

President Julie E. Wollman, PhD

Dean's Announcement Regarding Spring 2022 Semester Opening

Dear Members of the Delaware Law School Community:

Following up on the message sent today by Widener University President Julie Wollman, here is a summary of the plan for the coming start of the Spring 2022 Semester:

All spring semester classes held in person will begin remotely and remain remote through at least Sunday, January 23, 2022. The classes will be conducted at their regularly scheduled times. Faculty members should prepare the appropriate zoom links for students for these classes. Students, please check your email regularly for communication from your professors.

All students and employees, who don’t already have an approved exemption for the spring 2022 semester, are required to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and must upload their updated vaccination record card prior to January 21, 2022 to https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx. 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 because it has been fewer than 6 months since your second dose of the vaccine, you are required to receive the booster dose and upload your proof of booster no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

Two vaccine booster clinics will be available on the main campus in Chester: one on Thursday, January 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one on Friday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These clinics will be open to all students, employees, and family members from all campuses. Please register for the clinics at: https://form.jotform.com/213615120477147 

Essential employees, and some employees in facilities remaining open, are expected to report to campus during the period of remote classes. All other employees may work remotely until they resume their regular work arrangement on January 24. Masks covering the nose and mouth while indoors will continue to be required.

Employees who need to visit the campus briefly to retrieve files or other materials may do so at their discretion provided they observe masking and all other existing protocols

The Delaware Campus housing units will be open and students who have received the booster or are not yet eligible to do so may move in as originally planned. Students may also choose to delay moving in until January 24th.

Sincerely,
Dean Rod Smolla

Mitigation Efforts

As the university continues to monitor the pandemic and CDC recommendations, we will report any needed changes to our mitigation efforts. The following is a list of the current mitigation efforts in place on Widener’s campuses.

  • Masking requirements
    • The counties in which our Chester and Delaware campuses are located are currently in the high community transmission level based on the CDC’s guidance. As a result, masks are required in all indoor settings on the Chester and Delaware campuses. 
  • Visitor requirements
    • Visitors are welcome on campus and must be hosted by a student, faculty, or staff member. All visitors are required to follow Widener’s masking policy. 
  • Distancing requirements 
    • No distancing requirements are currently in place.  
  • Capacity requirements 
    • No capacity requirements are currently in place.

All students, faculty, and staff must be in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. More information on the policy is available on our website

If you still need to upload a completed vaccination record, please visit https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in with your Widener credentials. To upload your completed vaccination record, click upload and select the appropriate file.  If you encounter difficulty, please email a photo of your vaccine card to [email protected]

Please remember that everyone should continue to follow good hand hygiene and stay at home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will classes be held in-person on campus?

Spring Semester classes will be held in-person beginning Monday, January 24th following the same protocols established for the Fall 2021 semester.

What is the policy on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters?

All students and employees, who don’t already have an approved exemption for the spring 2022 semester, are required to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and must upload their updated vaccination record card prior to January 21, 2022 to https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx. Upload a photo of your vaccine card including your booster information as soon as possible.

Will there be a remote learning option available for students who do not wish to return to in-person classes or to be vaccinated?

No. We are not offering an online option for our courses as we did in the prior academic year. As an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, Delaware Law School must abide by ABA requirements, which generally limit remote learning options.  Requests for accommodations associated with in-person learning, as with other accommodations, will be handled by Widener University's Office of Student Accessibility Services in conjunction with the University’s Health Services Office. Students with questions about the process for requesting such an exemption may contact Delaware Law Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Alice Eakin, or the University’s Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Will students be required to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Yes, all faculty, staff and students must adhere to the University Vaccination Policy that requires all to be fully vaccinated by August 2, 2021. Please refer to University President Julie Wollman’s Letter regarding vaccination requirements (pdf).

How will the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Work?

Beginning August 2, 2021 all students, as well as all full- and part-time faculty and staff coming to campus for any reason, at any time, must be compliant with Widener University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy in order to access Delaware Law facilities or participate in in-person campus activities. Members of the Widener-Delaware Law School community must upload their completed vaccination records to access campus, events, and facilities. Anyone who has not completed this requirement, or has not received an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine, will not have these privileges.

How do I upload my vaccine record?

Visit https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in with your Widener credentials that you created for your myWidener account. Then, click upload and select the appropriate file.

Will the University and Delaware Law School allow exemptions from the vaccine policy?

Exceptions to the vaccination policy will be considered only for documented medical conditions. Questions regarding student medical exemptions can be directed to Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183. Students enrolled at the Delaware campus in fully online degree programs and individuals participating in online-only continuing education programs who will not be on campus in person for any reason will not be required to adhere to the policy, but are still strongly encouraged to become vaccinated.

What happens if I fail to comply with the vaccine policy?

Anyone who fails to comply with the policy will be denied access to our campus for any reason and will be withdrawn from classes.

Will masks and distancing be required on campus?

The counties in which our Chester and Delaware campuses are located are currently in the high community transmission level based on the CDC’s guidance. As a result, masks are required in all indoor settings on the Chester and Delaware campuses. 

​What should I do if I have Covid symptoms or test positive for Covid?

If you have Covid-related symptoms or test positive for Covid, you should immediately notify Student Health Services on main campus at 610-499-1183. They will provide you with instructions related to testing, quarantining, and when you may return to classes.

Do not attend classes if you are feeling ill.  You should submit a Dean's Action Request form to Associate Dean Eakin or the Registrar at your earliest opportunity to seek excused absences for the classes you miss.  Your professors will be notified to excuse the absences and record the classes if feasible. Please see the Delaware Law School Attendance/Excused Absence Policy for Spring 2022 (pdf) for more information.

Please contact Associate Dean Eakin at [email protected] if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What happens if a fellow student tests positive for COVID-19?

In the event a fellow student or campus community member tests positive, the Delaware Law School will work with the University’s Student Health Services Office to evaluate and implement appropriate mitigation and contact tracing efforts.

What if I have additional questions?

For a more complete list of University requirements, policies, updates and frequently asked questions please visit the University’s Coronavirus web page at widener.edu/coronavirus. Additional questions may also be sent to [email protected].


Additional Resource Links

Widener University Coronavirus Information Page

Delaware Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information


Change Log:

05/25/22 at 4:05 p.m. Updated information regarding indoor masking policy
05/20/22 at 11:03 a.m. Added Dean's Announcement regarding masking for Commencement Ceremony on 05/20/22.
03/30/22 at 12:04 p.m. Updated information about masking on campus.
01/21/22 at 3:12 p.m. Added link to attendance policy and excused absence pdf under the F.A.Q. question regarding what to do if you catch COVID.
01/21/22 at 12:46 p.m. Added additional details to Spring 2022 in-person reopening announcement.
01/20/22 at 5:10 p.m. Added confirmation that in-person classes will resume on Monday, January 24th and edited F.A.Q. answer on in-person classes to reflect that announcement.
01/11/22 at 9:10 a.m. Added Vaccine Resources section with links
01/07/22 at 11:05 a.m. Changed F.A.Q. answer on in-person classes to reflect that classes will be held remotely through January 23rd, 2022.
01/07/22 at 11:05 a.m. Removed Dean's Message Regarding Fall 2021 Opening
12/31/21 at 3:59 p.m. Added question about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to frequently asked questions.
12/31/21 at 3:50 p.m Added Dean's Announcement regarding Spring 2022 Opening
11/03/21 at 3:30 p.m. Removed wording specific to Fall 2021 to reflect that COVID-19 policies, procedures, and requirements will continue until further notice.
09/10/21 at 2:59 p.m. Changed wording of question related to Covid testing/symptoms
09/10/21 at 10:59 a.m. Added question to FAQ about reporting positive COVID test
08/18/21 at 2:03 p.m. Added section about mitigation efforts
08/02/21 at 1:55 p.m. Updated FAQ question on masking requirements
06/08/21 at 9:38 a.m. Extensive updates to Fall 2021 FAQ section
06/07/21 at 1:57 p.m. Removed old information
06/07/21 at 11:26 a.m. Updated version of President Wollman's vaccination requirement letter
06/04/21 at 12:15 p.m. Added President Wollman's announcement about vaccination requirement to FAQs
05/04/21 at 10:58 a.m. Additions and Adjustments to Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
04/23/21 at 2:36 p.m. Added Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
04/23/21 at 1:01 p.m. Reformatted page
04/23/21 at 12:42 p.m. Removed old information and restructured page
02/26/21 at 4:42 p.m. Added announcement regarding May 2021 Commencement Ceremony
02/26/21 at 1:20 p.m. Added Dean's announcement regarding Fall 2021 reopening plans
10/23/20 at 12:52 p.m. Added Dean's announcement regarding Spring 2021 reopening plans
08/17/20 at 6:05 p.m. Added link to Widener University's Positive COVID-19 cases by campus
07/28/20 at 1:51 p.m. Added Dean's Letter to Students - Revised Plan on Opening for the Fall 2020 Semester
06/22/20 at 9:45 a.m. Added Dean's Fall 2020 Announcement and Guidance
05/29/20 at 3:30 p.m. Added information about CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
05/12/20 at 4:58 p.m. Added section about Coronavirus Pandemic Student Service and Practicum Course Program.
04/06/20 at 5:17 p.m. Added Information about commencement and Dean's Message regarding commencement.
03/23/20 at 10:10 a.m. Added information about the mail room closure under Law School and University Operations.
03/23/20 at 10:08 a.m. Updated information about Governor Carney's decision to close non-essential businesses under Housing and Campus Life.
03/20/20 at 3:08 p.m. Added additional information and links for library services under Law School and University Operations.
03/20/20 at 12:29 p.m. Added notification regarding complete closure of Pennsylvania campuses to non-life-sustaining personnel under Law School and University Operations.
03/19/20 at 10:48 a.m. Added section about the updated Spring 2020 Grading Policy.
03/17/20 at 2:02 p.m. Added information about TAP program under Academics.
03/17/20 at 12:55 p.m. Added clarification about TAP program to the FAQ question about ITAP.
03/17/20 at 12:38 p.m. Made adjustments to faculty and staff procedures under Law School and University Operations.
03/16/20 at 12:50 p.m. Added additional ITS information about remote access under Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 4:05 p.m. Added Spring 2020 Phone Directory as well as Admissions Office info to Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 2:33 p.m. Added information about ITAP cancellation
03/13/20 at 2:12 p.m. Added additional information for faculty and staff under Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 2:08 p.m. Added page navigation.
03/13/20 at 10:46 a.m. Updated with counseling information.
03/13/20 at 9:30 a.m. Updated with message from Dean Smolla to students