Community Standards

COVID-19 & Monkeypox

Western New England University is committed to maintaining a safe work and learning environment.  The University continues to follow the guidelines of local, state, and CDC.

All guests coming to campus whether it be for an event, tour, or remaining overnight, must register with the University and attest that the guest is vaccinated for COVID-19 and/or not exhibiting any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. They will abide by all safety standards, including being mask ready and wearing a mask in required settings.

In addition, guests must attest to not having symptoms and/or known exposure to monkeypox.

All individuals who are living in on-campus isolation housing may not have guests. This includes any Western New England affiliated individual, excluding Health Services staff and their designees.

All community members diagnosed with any COVID-19 at an off-campus health care facility, or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or Monkeypox, will immediately report this information to Western New England University Health Services at (413) 782-1211 and follow whatever guidelines Health Services requires, including reporting to Health Services for testing and examination. Additionally, any community member who has been diagnosed with monkeypox or has been identified as a known close contact will report to Health Services immediately as well.

The University will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 and monkeypox virus and revise safety protocols as needed.

Faculty, Staff or Students who do not adhere to the above expectations may be subject to administrative or disciplinary action.  

For students only, action may include monetary fines and/or sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Please review all COVID-19 and Monkeypox information on the WNE website for the most up to date expectations. The website will reflect the accurate information for expectations such as the Visitation Policy, testing and vaccinations.


COVID-19 Vaccination:

People are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all safety precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

 Signs and Symptoms of 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

 Signs and Symptoms of Monkeypox:

  •  Fever
  •  Chills
  •  Headache
  • Muscle aches.
  •  Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Rash

Failure to Comply

Faculty, Staff, or Students who do not adhere to the above expectations may be subject to administrative or disciplinary action.  

All students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and visitors at all times. Guests are expected to abide by all University rules and policies. Students may have a guest spend the night, with the knowledge and consent of their roommate. Displacement of other occupants of the living space, or causing inconvenience to residents, is unacceptable and not permitted. Unaccompanied individuals are not permitted in University housing. University housing may not be sublet absent the prior written consent of the Vice President of Student Affairs. NOTE: Please review and adhere to current COVID and Monkeypox guidelines as they reflect the most current expectations.