University Operations Status

As of 09/09/2021

The University’s temporary mask requirement is being extended through at least Friday, September 24, 2021.  All members of the campus community (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) are required to wear masks or face coverings while indoors.  Masks are not required outdoors, when alone in offices, or when in one’s own residence room or suite. Social distancing while unmasked outdoors is encouraged.

This extension of the requirement is in response to guidance from the Barbour County Health Department as well as the current COVID-19 cases on our campus.  Currently, the University is tracking 14 students and 4 faculty and staff who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have not been vaccinated, please consider protecting yourself and others by getting your shot.  The vaccine is readily available in our community and the University is willing to offer them on campus.  We will send a survey out soon to determine on-campus interest.  Here are the vaccination clinics being held weekly in Barbour County.  You can call the Health Department at 304-457-1670 for more information.

Recurring vaccination clinics are held each week in Barbour County:

Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Maces Pharmacy, 440 South Main Street, Philippi, WV 26416.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Barbour County Health Department, 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi, WV 26416.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., appointment required 304-823-2800 or 304-457-2800, Myers Clinic, 3 Health Care Dr. Philippi, WV 26416 and Belington Medical Clinic, 70 North Sturmer Street, Belington, WV 26250.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Maces Pharmacy, 204 Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Barbour County Health Department, 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi, WV 26416.

For any questions, please contact Bruce Blankenship, Assistant to the President for Special Projects, at 304-457-6302 or blankenshipba@ab.edu.

As of 08/19/2021

Beginning immediately and continuing through at least September 10, 2021, all members of the campus community (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) are required to wear masks or face coverings while indoors. Masks are not required outdoors, when alone in offices, or when in one’s own residence room or suite. Social distancing while unmasked outdoors is encouraged.

This temporary change to our campus safety protocols is in response to the guidance given by the Barbour County Health Department. Their decision is based on the following:

  • Evidence of higher-than-expected transmissibility rates of the COVID-19 among vaccinated persons,
  • The need to stem the tide of increasing COVID-19 infections in the area, and mitigate COVID-19’s impact on our campus community.

The University will communicate with faculty, staff, and students prior to September 10 should conditions warrant any change or extension to this requirement.

For any questions, please contact Bruce Blankenship, Assistant to the President for Special Projects, at 304-457-6302 or blankenshipba@ab.edu.

 

As of 08/09/2021

Guiding Principles for All Members of the Community
Alderson Broaddus University is excited to welcome students back for the Fall Semester, 2021 to a campus that may allow for student and staff interactions approximating those reached prior to
the COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to do so will be greatly enhanced by COVID-19 vaccinations. Simply put, the greater number of our campus community who are vaccinated
means the higher the likelihood of returning to a fully vibrant campus environment.

Therefore, the University strongly recommends that every person working and learning on our campus be vaccinated unless she/he is unable to do so for medical or religious reasons. Current pandemic epidemiology indicates that all COVID vaccines are SAFE with minimal side effects and STRONGLY effective in reducing death and hospitalization from the virus, including the DELTA VARIANT.

The University recognizes that there may be some who still choose not to be vaccinated and that the reality of the COVID-19 virus will continue to impact the campus community. The protocols
contained in this plan for Alderson Broaddus University have been put in place to mitigate the risk posed by COVID-19 while providing the best possible experience for students. University officials are keenly aware that the plans and guidance contained herein may need to be adjusted as conditions change and new guidance becomes available from federal, state, and local government, local health officials, and legal counsel.

This plan for the Fall 2021 return of students to campus is grounded in the following values and principles:

Guiding Values:

  • We value the in-person interactions that lead to learning and growth made possible through in-person instruction and an on-campus living and learning environment.
  • We value the individual social responsibility required to promote and sustain community and public health.
  • We value using federal, state, local, community, and other resources to guide decisions when weighing risks. We adjust operations when confronted with new, heightened risks.

What we WILL DO:

  • Request that all members of the campus make known their vaccination status.
  • Respond to known outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus and constantly monitor and reconsider plans in light of facts of the moment.
  • Maintain confidentiality of medical conditions, including positive COVID-19 diagnoses where the identity of the person can reasonably be ascertained.
  • Encourage good public health practices and encourage all members of the campus community to assist in reasonable measures to clean and sanitize University spaces.

What We CANNOT DO:

  • Keep every person safe and disease-free. The inherent nature of in-person interactions as well as a Campus setting not conducive to keeping all spaces and surfaces sterile means
    individual commitment to social distancing guidelines, personal handwashing, and other hygiene measures are paramount.
  • Control the actions of all people or the adherence of young adults to safety protocols.
  • Take action outside the bounds of recommended safety guidelines to diminish the quality of on-campus experiences for students unless directed to do so by public health or
    government agencies.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Return to Campus:

  • Students will report their vaccination status during the check-in process.
  • Employees will be asked to report their vaccination status to Human Resources.
  • Those who have not been vaccinated will be asked to respond to the following:
    • Are you are currently having symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Have you ever been tested positive for COVID-19? If so, when?
    • Would you be interested in getting a vaccine?
  • Those who have been fully vaccinated will be asked to provide the date of their final inoculation. Those who have had only one dose of a two-dose vaccine will be asked if
    they would like to receive their booster dose.

Campus Protocols:

  • Social distancing requirements have been suspended. However, unvaccinated persons should still consider practicing social distancing (6 feet distance or greater from others).
  • Guidelines for face coverings / masks:
    • No face coverings/masks will be required during outdoor activities.
    • Fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear face coverings / masks either indoors or outdoors. (NOTE: Due to the transmissibility of the COVID-19 Delta variant even among fully vaccinated persons, the CDC currently recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons wear masks when indoors. The University STRONGLY urges all members of the campus community to follow this recommendation until further notice).
    • Students, faculty, and staff who have not been fully vaccinated must wear masks when indoors unless alone in a private office or when in their residence hall room.
    • Face coverings / masks may be worn at any time at a person’s own discretion.
    • Individual employees or offices may, at their own discretion, require visitors to their areas to wear face coverings / masks.
    • Faculty at their discretion may require all students in a class to wear face coverings / masks.
    • All persons should always have face coverings / masks available to them.
  • Campus community members who have not been fully vaccinated:
    • Must seek COVID-19 testing if symptoms develop. The Wellness Center can conduct COVID-19 tests.
    • Must isolate per CDC guidelines if tested positive for COVID-19
    • Must participate in contact tracing and will be subject to quarantine if it is determined the person has been in close contact with someone who has tested
      positive for COVID-19.
  • Campus community members who have been fully vaccinated:
    • Must isolate per CDC guidelines if tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Must, after being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, seek a COVID19 test 3-5 days following the date of their exposure AND wear a mask in public
      indoor settings for 14 days.
    • Must monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure.
    • Should seek testing AND wear a mask indoors if having symptoms of COVID-19 even if there is no known exposure.

For your convenience, we have listed the most frequently contacted support offices at Alderson Broaddus University below:

Student Affairs Office: studentaffairs@ab.edu
Admissions Office: admissions@ab.edu
Business Office: bo@ab.edu
Financial Aid Office: fa@ab.edu
Registrar’s Office: reg@ab.edu
IT Office: abit@ab.edu
Personal Counseling: counselingservices@ab.edu
Academic Center for Educational Success (ACES): masonar@ab.edu

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