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WKU Healthy on the Hill | Housing - Frequently Asked Questions

Updated August 5, 2021

Residents are required to wear a mask in all common areas of the residence hall.

Masks are not required in the residence hall bedrooms. Roommates are considered members of a “household,” in which a mask in not required.

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The traditional visitation policy is in effect. 

All residents and guests are required to provide ID cards at the front desk at time of check-in. IDs are returned at the time of check-out.

Visitation Policy

  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in all public settings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within your room.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice social distancing in common areas or wear a mask when social distancing is not an option.
  • Limit travel outside of campus to reduce potential exposure to self and other communities.
  • Follow all posted signs in the residence hall and on campus regarding mitigation strategies to reduce the risks.
  • Limit the number of riders on elevators. If an elevator is at full capacity, wait for the next elevator to arrive or utilize the stairs, if able. 

All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus for two years. Some exemptions apply. Students can learn more about the required housing policy and the exemption request process at https://www.wku.edu/housing/apply/requirement-exemptions.php

Effective response to a communicable disease requires early reporting, rapid assessment, and implementation of quarantine measures as directed by qualified health officials. WKU has implemented a dedicated reporting and support system to facilitate this process.

Any member of the WKU community who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to contact the WKU COVID-19 Response Team within 4 hours of receiving a positive test result. 

The contact telephone number, 270-745-2019, is answered by designated, qualified staff on a 24-hour basis.

A standardized reporting process assures that appropriate information is requested and gathered. All data gathered will be confidential per the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine upon being contact traced

On-campus quarantine and isolation eligibility information is available at www.wku.edu/housing/quarantine.php

To begin the quarantine process, contact the WKU COVID-19 Hotline at 270-745-2019 to receive instructions. 

Yes, students may return home for a required quarantine.

To be eligible for on-campus isolation/quarantine, a student must be a resident of WKU's residential buildings during the current term, AND:

  • Have a permanent home address three or more hours of travel from WKU's Bowling Green campus, or
  • Be too ill for immediate travel with a medical recommendation stating they do not require hospitalization and may isolate/quarantine until able to return to their permanent address, or
  • Be an international student with a permanent home address outside the U.S, or
  • Be an independent student, as defined by federal financial aid and WKU, where WKU is their residence of record.

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Students residing on campus who meet the eligibility criteria and elect to stay on campus for their quarantine will be housed in designated spaces on campus. WKU Housing and Residence Life has assigned a coordinator to support students required to quarantine.

Medical care will be provided by Graves Gilbert Clinic at their on-campus location or through telehealth with an on-call provider.

Aramark has developed a web-based system for students quarantined on campus to make meal selections that will be managed through the student’s meal plan or other existing university account. Students will order meals for a seven day period which are packaged and delivered by a staff member. Necessities, such as toiletries, that are found in campus stores will be available for delivery.

For more information visit www.wku.edu/housing/restart/quarantine.php

Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine upon being contact traced

If a student residing in on-campus housing is directed to quarantine, and are asymptomatic, they will initially remain in their assigned room. WKU will evaluate the case with direction from public health and make a decision on appropriate housing locations. 

 Students who are symptomatic, or test positive for COVID-19, will be immediately moved to a designated quarantine location on campus.  Provisions have been made to assist the students with a relocation to campus quarantine space, and to support their needs throughout the quarantine period as previously noted.

For more information, visit www.wku.edu/housing/restart/quarantine.php

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 Last Modified 1/11/22