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Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Working together, we are doing our best to keep all members of our Hilltopper family Healthy on the Hill. To support these efforts, we need YOUR cooperation.


All students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus are required to follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a face mask at all times when in public areas or shared spaces within buildings, vehicles, and classrooms. Proper face masks help prevent the spread of the virus and demonstrate care for all those in your Hilltopper Family, some of whom are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.
  • Appropriate face masks include a cloth face mask or appropriate paper mask that covers both the nose and mouth.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people when possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible. 


Face Mask Guidelines



  Personal Safety Practices


What happens if I have symptoms of COVID-19? When should I get a COVID-19 test?

  • Stay in if you feel sick, have a fever, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 testing is available at WKU’s Graves Gilbert Clinic. For more information, visit the GGC@WKU website or call (270) 745-2273.
  • If you experience any symptoms, are awaiting test results, or have tested positive, or have been officially notified that you were in close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual, you must contact WKU’s COVID-19 Response Team at 270-745-2019 or covid.help@wku.edu for guidance on your next steps.


Symptoms and Health Checks



  Feeling Sick?


Do I need to quarantine? 

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 separated from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Quarantine Guidelines


What are some of the changes to physical spaces across campus?

  • Signs will direct you to designated entrances and exits and also help you practice social distancing from others.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed to limit viral spread during face-to-face transactions.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in all buildings and cleaning has been increased in high traffic areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been implemented on campus, especially on high touch surfaces such as door knobs, main entrances, restrooms, bathroom fixtures, and office devices.


WKU Parent Portal

Western Kentucky University’s Parent and Family Programs (PFP) strives to engage the families of current WKU students as partners in ensuring student success by providing campus knowledge as well as a direct connection with University administrators.

Visit the Parent Portal


Healthy at Work Officers

WKU has designated Healthy at Work Officers (HWO) as prescribed by the Governor’s Office. These individuals have a wealth of experience and will provide strong technical expertise and leadership in overseeing the university’s tactical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The officers are:

  •    Laura Tomlin, Assistant Director EH&S: Lead HWO Program Coordinator
  •    Brandon Higgins, Manager Worker Comp & Safety: Employees, Regional Campuses
  •    Michael Gaddie, Associate AD/Sports Medicine: Athletics Staff and Student Athletes

The Healthy at Work Officers will coordinate to implement strategies and tactical plans to support the campus response to COVID-19.  


Designated COVID-19 Response Team

In addition to the designated Healthy at Work Officers, additional personnel will support the campus communities related to operational requirements around COVID-19. These include:

  •     David Oliver, Director EH&S/EM: Emergency Management and EOC Operations
  •     Melna Wilson, Coordinator EH&S/EM: Campus Case Response Coordinator                  
  •     John Sunnygard, Associate Provost Global Learning International Affairs: International Operations Interface
  •     Ken Branch, Director Facilities Management: Facilities Readiness and Operations 


WKU Environment Health and Safety - Policy EHS - 002

WKU has created a policy to address protective measures in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Read Policy


Printable Resources

We also have printable PDF resources on health and safety topics.

Face Masks 101

Daily Health Check

Testing and Tracing  


Frequently Asked Questions

Explore FAQs on how WKU will safely operate campus.

Learn More

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 Last Modified 1/14/21