With proof of vaccination, Willamette will allow students, visitors to drop masks on campus

Willamette University on May 15. 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Students, employees and visitors no longer need to wear masks indoors on the Willamette University campus – provided they show proof of vaccination against Covid.

The university announced the policy change Tuesday in a letter from Provost Carol Long and Dan Valles, chief operating officer. Those fully vaccinated against Covid no longer need to socially distance on campus, the letter said.

Visitors to campus should report to the Service Center at 750 Ferry St. S. to show proof of vaccination, the letter said. Once university employees verify vaccination status, visitors will receive a wristband to wear while on campus. Those who have not yet been fully vaccinated or who can’t provide proof should continue to wear face coverings while indoors at Willamette.

Students and employees must provide vaccination information to the university for the policy to apply. Willamette leaders said in April the university would require proof of vaccination for all students and employees who will be on campus in the fall of 2021, making it one of the first Oregon universities to do so.

Employees have until July 19 and students until July 22 to provide proof of vaccination to Willamette or request an exemption on medical, religious or other grounds.

Correction: This article originally listed the mailing address for the Service Center rather than its physical address. Salem Reporter regrets the error.

-Rachel Alexander