Skip to Main Content

Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Information (2022-23)

Wabash College is a fully vaccinated campus, therefore we expect our alumni, parents, and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus for events and activities. 

For more information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC website.

Important COVID Documents COVID Pass App

COVID-19 Check-In App:   Download for iOS/Apple   Download for Android/Google Play

General COVID-19 Information (2022-23)

The best source for up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website and the CDC FAQ page. We recommend you bookmark these pages for easy reference. Submit Wabash-specific questions via email.


Disclaimer: These FAQs are subject to modification depending on guidance from the CDC, the Indiana Department of Health, the Montgomery County Health Department, as well as the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 at the national, state, or local level.

Campus COVID Protocols and Recommendations

Why is Wabash requiring vaccination against COVID-19?

As a community that values close, face-to-face interactions, COVID-19 vaccination provides the best opportunity to provide a fulfilling on-campus experience. The American College Health Association recommends COVID-19 vaccination requirements for on campus students.

Does the College make an allowance for unvaccinated individuals?

Students—using their Wabash email address—may contact Associate Dean of Students Heather Thrush to request a medical or religious exemption form and instructions for providing documentation. All exemption applications will be reviewed in a timely manner. Employees should contact Director of Human Resources Cathy Metz to request an accommodation.

I had COVID-19. Does that exempt me from the vaccine requirement?

To apply for an exemption based on immunity from COVID-19 acquired from a prior infection with COVID-19, an employee or student must present to Wabash College the result of a laboratory test performed on the employee or student that has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration as specified in Wabash’s application for exemption due to prior infection.  To obtain this application for exemption, students should contact Heather Thrush and employees should contact Cathy Metz.

What should I do if I develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19?

Do NOT come to campus until you have been advised to do so by the Student Health Center staff (students) or your private medical provider (faculty and staff).

Wear a mask around others.

Arrange for testing. 

  • Students should contact the Student Health Center or email for guidance.

  • Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider for testing options.

  • Do NOT come to campus or work while awaiting the results of your test.

Monitor your symptoms and report using the Wabash COVID Pass app.

Faculty and staff: Contact Cathy Metz and/or your supervisor to discuss whether to work from home or use sick time.

Students: contact your professors and work supervisors to make arrangements.

Students: What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for Covid-19 will be advised by the Student Health Center at the time of their positive test.  Students who test positive off campus should notify at the time of their test and when the result comes in for guidance.

Employees: What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Review the guidance on the CDC website and use the Isolation/Quarantine Calculator.

Notify Cathy Metz and your supervisor to discuss whether to work from home or use sick time.

What are the current guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine if I test positive or have been identified as a close contact?

Here are the guidelines as of January 8, 2022.

When and where do I need to wear a mask on campus?

People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

What does it mean to be "Up to Date" with vaccination against COVID-19?

Wabash College requires students and employees to receive, at a minimum, the primary series of an FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly recommend everyone also receive at least one booster as recommended by the CDC:

You are also considered immune for 90 days after a clinically documented COVID-19 infection (test administered in a medical setting, not a home test).

I am vaccinated. May I still wear a mask?

Yes, many vaccinated persons will choose to wear masks to protect themselves or members of their families who are unable to be vaccinated, particularly when the community transmission is high. If you see someone wearing a mask indoors, consider it an invitation to put on your own – always err on the side of being a responsible citizen.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Please contact your primary healthcare provider; many can provide same-day test results. Rapid tests are also available at local pharmacies. 

The Montgomery County Health Department does testing; appointments are required. You can find more information through the MCHD website.

Employees: Someone in my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

How should I decide if my group should meet in person or on Zoom and whether or not we should wear masks when we meet?

Consider the size of your group, the meeting space, the function of the meeting, and the preferences of the involved individuals. If one of the goals is connection, it is better to meet in person. If the meeting primarily involves looking at documents or there are people at special risk, consider meeting on Zoom.

If you choose to meet in person, find a well-ventilated space and consider the risk factors of the meeting participants. Remember, anyone should be allowed to wear a mask at any time.

What are the protocols for hosting visiting speakers?

Hosts should consider the following when deciding whether to bring a speaker to campus vs. having them participate via Zoom:

  • What is the pedagogical advantage of having the person physically present? 

    • Facilitating a discussion has a greater pedagogical advantage than giving a lecture.

    • Networking with the speaker is better accomplished in-person.

  • Are there others at the institution who would want to interact with an on-campus speaker?

  • Is there a cost and time savings that make a virtual visit better?

  • Is there a discrete way to ask about the vaccination status of the speaker? (Invitation communications should include mention that “Wabash is a fully vaccinated campus” and direct the speaker to the College's COVID-19 page.)

  • When in doubt, contact the Healthy Campus Task Force.

I’m fully vaccinated and was just notified that I’m a close contact of a COVID-19 case. What do I do?

What has the College done to address indoor air quality in light of COVID-19?

Filtration has been enhanced by upgrading to filters with higher MERV ratings in buildings across campus. Ventilation has been enhanced by maximizing the amount of fresh air brought in through HVAC systems and by maintaining ventilation during off hours. Wabash has not installed ionization systems or other unproven technologies, choosing instead to focus on the proven techniques that maximize the air change rate. Air quality measurement sampling for CO2 and aerosol particle concentrations are done periodically.

Where can I get vaccinated?

The fastest way to identify a location where you can be vaccinated is to use the CDC’s website and enter your zip code. Persons in Indiana can register for a vaccination through the Indiana Department of Health website. Many vaccination locations offer vaccinations during business hours with no appointment necessary.

Will Wabash accept vaccinations from other countries?

Yes, as long as they are approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization. The College will assist international students who wish to receive one of the three vaccines approved in the United States, but those students should first check in with the Student Health Center.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

The CDC vaccination page contains answers to most questions. If you can’t find your answer there, or have a question more specific to Wabash, email