Updated June 17, 2021
WKU Healthy on the Hill: Housing
WKU Housing & Residence Life is committed to creating a rich, robust out-of-classroom student experience where students learn about themselves and others, experience meaningful connections, and realize their peak potential. In doing so, we reinforce our primary goals of delivering quality, effective student services while caring deeply for students and investing in their personal and academic success.
For more information about the full WKU Healthy on the Hill Plan, visit wku.edu/healthyonthehill/
WKU encourages everyone to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine.
Students who have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to quarantine if they are contact traced.
What's the Urgency?
Many students begin moving into on-campus residence halls on August 2, 2021. In order to be considered fully vaccinated by that date, individuals will need to:
Receive their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine no later than July 19, 2021, or
Receive their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine no later than July 19, 2021.
Why Should I Be Vaccinated?
In addition to masking, social distancing, and good hygiene practices, vaccination against COVID-19 remains one of the most effective ways to prevent illness and stop the spread of the disease.
Vaccination provides multiple benefits to members of our WKU community:
Lessens the likelihood of getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying
Lessens the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 virus to others
Adds to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 which makes it harder for the disease to spread thus contributing to herd immunity
Prevents the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines
Helps protect people around you, especially those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
If fully vaccinated, eliminates the need to quarantine if identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot
For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the single shot
WKU Housing & Residence Life provides a move in process that is a quick and efficient experience for our students and their families and friends.
All move in options require students to sign up for a move in timeslot.
M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is WKU's transition program for all new undergraduate students and is designed to help you smoothly transition to your new life as a Hilltopper.
We are excited to provide a traditional M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan experience for the WKU Class of 2025. We will continue to follow guidance from the WKU Department of Health and Safety and the CDC.
Each student will be allowed to check in one guest at a time, though visitation is not limited to WKU students. Additionally, no more than four people should be present in a residence hall room at a time.
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.
WKU Residence Halls will follow our facilities vendor, WKU SODEXO's cleaning and disinfection protocols, which includes increased frequency of cleaning in common areas.
Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine upon being contact traced.
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, as defined by federal financial aid and WKU, where WKU is their residence of record.
A student requiring isolation/quarantine and meeting the on-campus eligibility criteria will be assigned to a quarantine facility by a WKU Environmental Health and Safety COVID team member.
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. Meals will be packaged individually and delivered by a staff member. Other necessities, such as toiletries, that are found in campus stores will be available for delivery.
All buildings are open at full capacity - two residents/room.