Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Published in August 2022

Your health and safety is our priority, and we wanted to outline how we're focusing our efforts to make our residence community a place for you to live, learn and thrive. Based on input from our experts and our own community, we've implemented a number of health and safety strategies in residence and will continue to respond to evolving directives.


Vaccination Requirement

Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all students, staff and faculty who come to work, study or reside on campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including one booster dose.   We are asking the Western community to submit proof of vaccination status by October 1, 2022, through a new online process

Students living in residence will need to get their booster dose before moving in. However, Western will offer a two-week grace period—and easy access to the campus vaccination clinic—for those students unable to get a booster before they arrive.

Face Covering

Starting September 1, Western requires medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks indoors in instructional spaces, with some exceptions. All other spaces on campus such as residence buildings are mask friendly. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization

High-touch surfaces are being sanitized more frequently, and we have expanded our caretaking staff schedules with an extended presence beyond traditional business hours. Our caretaking team has adopted new technology to mitigate the spread of germs. Using new electrostatic sprayers, our team is disinfecting large spaces more effectively and efficiently.

Wastewater Testing

We are continuing an early detection system to monitor for COVID-19 through regular testing of wastewater samples in some of our campus residences.

Food Safety and Service

Dining halls will offer more pre-cut food and grab-and-go options, and will have staff available to help serve you. Please sanitize your hands using the provided dispenser before entering the servery area. 

Access to Cleaning Products

Portable and wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations have been specifically placed at high-traffic areas, and cleaning supplies will be made available to students who would like to sanitize their space.