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WSU’s Housing COVID Guidelines Lenient Compared to Other Ohio Institutions

Quarantine Housing Concerns

Quarantine Housing Concerns | Photo by Qusai Takuri | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State University (WSU) currently has the least strict COVID-19 housing guidelines compared to other Ohio universities. 

WSU COVID housing guidelines

WSU communications sent out a campus-wide email on Jan. 7, 2022, stating that all in-person events will go as planned during the spring 2022 semester.

The email states that students should isolate if they test positive for COVID and quarantine if exposed according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quarantine guidelines. The quarantine guidelines were recently changed to five days.

Dan Bertsos, director of residence life and housing, stated that there are also isolation apartments set up for students whose roommates test positive. 

When deciding on COVID guidelines, WSU bases its COVID measures on what other universities do, according to Bertsos.

“We take any measures other colleges implement into consideration once we learn about them, and then decide if they’re appropriate for our campus,” Bertsos said.

Other universities’ measures

Miami University (MU), a similarly sized university compared to WSU, released a campus update on Jan. 12 outlining its COVID restrictions for the start of the spring 2022 semester due to rising cases caused by the Omicron variant. 

MU requires its residents to provide a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon return to campus with the test needing to be administered no more than three days before return. MU is also limiting in-person activities and canceling, postponing them, or moving them to virtual platforms. 

Ohio University (OU), another university with a slightly higher enrollment rate, released an update regarding COVID guidelines on Jan. 11. 

OU requires its residential students to be tested weekly according to this update. Residential OU students are also unable to have guests that are not students. 

WSU continues to require masks in residential areas other than rooms or apartments. There are no current updates in guidelines other than the new CDC quarantine changes at the time of writing.