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Campus Covid Status

On-Campus Covid Protocol

The health and safety of the Newman community continues to remain the university's highest priority and as communicated previously, we continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on our students, faculty and staff.

Thankfully, we have experienced a welcomed slowing trend of COVID infections since the start of the February. With campus positive testing results dropping by 97% for students and 93% for employees over the final two weeks of the month, Sedgwick County community transmission levels dropping, along with other promising news, the university has made a change to the university’s COVID Masking policy.

Beginning Feb. 28, face coverings are no longer required campus – indoors or outdoors.

We believe this policy adjustment is appropriate at this time, but it could be adjusted in the future, if conditions change.

Newman’s COVID Policy Update:

  1. As of Feb. 28, face coverings will no longer be required in all indoor settings on campus. Masks continue to be optional outdoors. Exceptions:

    1. If an instructor requires it, students and all attendees would still be obligated to wear a mask during a specific in-person class

    2. When attending an in-person meeting in an office or enclosed space, individuals are required to mask upon a request by one of the attendees. (If individuals are uncomfortable with such requests, remote meetings are encouraged)

  2. Due to testing trends (as of today below 5% positive test rate in our county), the university’s overall vaccination rate and the number of community members who were infected and now have natural immunity, we believe this policy adjustment is appropriate at this time, but it could be adjusted in the future, if conditions change.

  3. Mask wearing relaxed/NOT universally required: Newman expects all community members and all visitors to campus to protect themselves and our community by taking either of the following actions becoming fully vaccinated with one of the COVID vaccines.

  4. Vaccination is strongly encouraged. Since nearly all severe cases and deaths from COVID are currently occurring in the non-vaccinated populations, the university strongly encourages students and employees to be vaccinated.

  5. Vaccination is not required at this point

  6. We invite Newman community members to voluntarily report their vaccination status to either Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Student Affairs/Athletic trainer (students/student athletes).

    1. Employees may use this form to notify HR of their status (EMPLOYEE LINK)

    2. Students may use this form to notify Student Affairs of their status (STUDENT LINK)

      ***Individual vaccination status records will NOT be disclosed outside the office in which the information was submitted/received.

  7. Isolation and Quarantine - Newman follows CDC recommended guidelines:

    1. Isolation - a minimum of 5 days for everyone

    2. Quarantine - a minimum of five full days for those who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. People who are severely ill with COVID-19 and people with compromised immune systems might need to isolate at home longer. For details see Quarantine and Isolation.

    3. For students living in resident halls, since CDC considers higher education congregate setting populations are at lower risk of severe health outcomes, it recommends students follow the general public guidance for quarantine and isolation.

  8. Students will isolate and quarantine in Merlini Hall or at home.

  9. Newman expects community members to honor their community colleagues by staying at least 3 feet away from anyone wearing a mask wherever possible. A masked person may be unvaccinated, or may be vaccinated, but still taking precautions due to an underlying condition, or living in close quarters with a person at home who is a risk, etc. Continuing to respect our fellow community members is an example of respecting every individual and living in a state of critical consciousness. Additionally, mask wearing individuals should be respectful of how they interact with others who choose not to wear mask, while maintaining their own precautions.

  10. Newman expects community members to honor their community colleagues by staying at least 3 feet away from anyone wearing a mask wherever possible. A masked person may be unvaccinated, or may be vaccinated, but still taking precautions due to an underlying condition, or living in close quarters with a person at home who is a risk, etc. Continuing to respect our fellow community members is an example of respecting every individual and living in a state of critical consciousness. Additionally, mask wearing individuals should be respectful of how they interact with others who choose not to wear mask, while maintaining their own precautions.

  11. Newman will continue to revisit COVID policies and protocols as the pandemic evolves and new developments arise. Our primary reason for these policies is to keep everyone in our community safe and minimize the spread of this virus.

Level of Community Transmission in Sedgwick County, Kansas

LOW MODERATE SUBSTANTIAL HIGH

Please visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view for the most current data from the CDC.

Covid-19 Statistics

Covid Statistics for 2021-22 School Year

Covid Stats 2021-22 School Year

Covid Statistics for 2020-21 School Year

Covid Stats 2020-21

Note: Test results reflect data from Newman’s main Wichita campus, online students and outreach centers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas.

Report your test result: Students, notify the Dean of Students by filling out THIS FORM. Faculty/staff, contact HR by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Covid Status Forms

We invite Newman community members to voluntarily report their vaccination status to either Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Student Affairs/Athletic trainer (students/student athletes).

***Individual vaccination status records will not be disclosed outside the office in which the information was submitted/received.

Note: Test results reflect data from Newman’s main Wichita campus, online students and outreach centers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas.

Report your test result: Students, notify the Dean of Students by filling out the form below. Faculty/staff, contact HR by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Employee Vaccination Status Form Student Vaccination Status Form Submit Test Results (Students)