Health & Safety at Walnut Hill College
Last Updated: March 23, 2020
WALNUT HILL COLLEGE PLANS TO RE-OPEN IN AUGUST 2020
As of August 2020, the full Walnut Hill College campus, including our Residential Dorms will reopen for the Fall semester. We are excited to welcome our incoming freshmen students as well as our returning students. Please check below for updates regarding dates, policy changes, and frequently asked questions. Walnut Hill College is intent on complying with the recommendations and best practices set forth by the CDC, WHO, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education, regarding the reopening of higher education institutions.
3/11/2020: NOTICE OF GRADUATION POSTPONEMENT
3/12/2020: NOTICE OF FRESHMAN SHOWCASE POSTPONEMENT
3/12/2020: NOTICE OF CONTINUING CLASSES
3/13/2020: NOTICE OF SPRING BREAK MODIFICATION
3/18/2020: NOTICE OF REMOTE LEARNING CLASS CONTINUATION
Walnut Hill College is firmly committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, disability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or age in its admissions decisions, as well as in its educational and student programs.
We are committed to creating a learning environment that supports all students and assists them in becoming hospitality professionals. We are committed to uphold equal opportunity in education and employment.
This policy shall apply to conduct that occurs on Walnut Hill College’s campus and at any Walnut Hill College sponsored program.
Our Statement of Equality, Inclusivity, and Respect
The collective Walnut Hill College family; students, faculty, staff, and administrators are shocked and saddened by the recent news of excessive force and the death of Mr. Floyd. Something very wrong occurred, very wrong.
Anyone who visits our campus can clearly see that our college family represents all of America. Everyone is welcomed and they are encouraged to further enhance our sense of pride and respect. We are diverse. We are people of color, people of every age group, every background, and come from all walks of life. We come from urban areas, suburbs, different states, and even different countries. We represent all manners of demographics. But, there is one common denominator – we are passionate about the spirit of hospitality, and EVERYONE is welcome at our table.
As an institution of higher learning, we realize that we have an important platform and a responsibility to you and the future generations of America. We take this very seriously. We understand that what’s going on in our cities is a human rights issue and demands our full attention and response to our college community. We understand that it takes more than just some words on a social media post.
We want to reiterate and reinforce Walnut Hill College’s commitment to inclusion and acceptance of all who seek to work and study on our campus. It has always been and will continue to be our stance to have a zero-tolerance policy for any hate, ignorance, bias, inequality, or violence towards anyone based on their skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other immutable characteristic.
We want our entire community, from current students and staff to the future of WHC, to know that we stand for equality and justice for all people and will not tolerate any violation of these basic human rights, in any form, on our campus or in our neighborhood.
It seems that our spirit and ethics are being tested. It is in times like these that we must join together. Being together as Americans, and more importantly, as humans, will define our strength. With that, we must remember that voting is a right and not a privilege. We need to organize and exercise that right to make a difference in the world. There is no doubt that we can do better, together we WILL do better.
Although we cannot be together physically, we want you to know that we are here for you if you need support, guidance, mentoring, understanding, a shoulder, or just a friend to speak with. As such, we want to provide you with information and resources to support the understanding of the current issues our society is facing. Please see below for links to resources and information.
We are listening. We are here for you. We are in this together.
If you want to reach out and speak with someone, please email us or contact a member of our staff or faculty directly.
– President Daniel Liberatoscioli
Diversity & Mental Health Resources
DIVERSITY RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Philly Psychology – Currently Offering Free Virtual Teletherapy Services for People of Color
Council for Relationships – in University City, Philadelphia
Walnut Hill College continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our community. The health, welfare, and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the top priority for WHC leadership. We have assembled a COVID-19 Health and Safety Team to align our response and preparedness with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
WATCH: What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Take Preventive Measures
We advocate taking a common-sense approach to prevention that promotes the all-around well-being of our campus community. Walnut Hill College encourages our faculty, staff, and students to:
- Carry tissues to cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect common surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay at home if you feel sick, and avoid close contact with others.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are not in a location where handwashing is convenient.
- Stay informed and follow advice from health authorities.
We will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide updates to our campus community. We understand that following the progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be a source of stress. Faculty and staff will be available to discuss questions or concerns that you may have. The team at Walnut Hill College wants you to stay healthy during this flu season, so we will continue to keep you informed as well as address any concerns related to the coronavirus. But, above all, we encourage all members of our WHC community to support and look out for each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the coronavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and has been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including the United States.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
What are some steps I can take to prevent exposure?
The best way to limit the spread of viruses is through good hygiene, including covering your mouth with a tissue when coughing; covering your nose with a tissue when sneezing; washing your hands frequently; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; staying home if you are sick; and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched spaces.
What should I do if I think I was exposed to the virus?
If you have traveled recently or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing the symptoms referenced above, seek medical attention immediately. Before you visit a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and let them know of your recent travel and symptoms. Wear a mask if you need to leave your home when you are sick.
What is Walnut Hill College doing to minimize the risk of the campus community contracting the coronavirus?
WHC is raising awareness across campus regarding proper hygiene, increasing access to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and disinfecting common areas and residential learning facilities, as recommended by the CDC.
In addition to our usual daily cleaning throughout our campus, our maintenance team is taking extensive measures to disinfect all surfaces: door handles and knobs, bathroom fixtures and surfaces, stair railings, tabletops, and all other high-touch surfaces.
We’ve installed automatic hand soap dispensers in the bathrooms of all Residential Learning buildings, and we promote frequent handwashing among our student body, staff, and faculty. All staff and faculty have been instructed to notify our maintenance team if they feel there is an additional need to wipe down any surface with a disinfectant throughout the day.
What should I keep in mind as I plan for Spring Break?
As of March 13, 2020, Walnut Hill College has modified its Spring Break to take place from March 16 through March 20. The College is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health websites, which are important resources for updates and alerts related to COVID-19 and travel. Visit the CDC’s Travel Health Notices page for information on specific travel destinations. The U.S. Department of State also lists travel advisories.
Please review the information below for additional guidance.
- Whether you plan to travel abroad or within the U.S., we encourage you to discuss your Spring Break itinerary with your families and loved ones. Be sure to share information about your travel providers and the contact details of your travel companions with someone close to you.
- If you plan to travel abroad, check entry and exit requirements for the U.S. and your intended destination before your departure and return. Many countries have instituted restrictions and quarantines for travel that may directly affect you.
- Be mindful that travel restrictions can change with little or no advance notice, and airlines may change or cancel flights in response.
- Anyone returning from a country identified by the CDC as “affected” may be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days. As the CDC adds countries to the “affected” list, healthcare providers can apply the quarantine requirement without specific directives.
- When Spring Break travelers who have been to affected countries return to the U.S., they will be encouraged to return to their residences for the 14-day self-quarantine.
Get Accurate Information From the Best Sources
As of March 13, 2020, Walnut Hill College continues to operate as normal and has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Health and Safety Team is monitoring the situation closely and will provide important updates to our community of students, staff, and faculty.
In addition to checking your email and Schoology regularly for updates from WHC, we urge you to look only at sources that are unbiased and truly legitimate, such as:
- Centers for Disease Control: The federal government’s central agency that researches and establishes protocols for medical concerns.
- Pennsylvania Department of Health: Provides valuable updates that focus on our region.
- World Health Organization
Contact Information and Alerts
We communicate important information about school closings, delays, and emergencies through our Campus Alert Hotline at 215-222-4200 ext. 3333.
If you have an emergency, the University of Pennsylvania Police Department is available 24/7 at 215-573-3333. Alternatively, dial 911 for the Philadelphia Police Department.
What to Do If You Feel Ill or Have Been Exposed
If you or someone you have been in contact with has been exposed to COVID-19, or if you start to feel symptoms outlined on this page, please alert the WHC Health and Safety Team ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can take the necessary precautions to protect the safety of our community.
According to the CDC, if you are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your exposure and symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and that people who are mildly ill are able to self-quarantine at home.