Next time, the Soccer 'Cats play, the stands may not be so empty. / File photo by Brian Bergstrom

West Virginia Wesleyan announces update to ‘Fans in the Stands’ policy, will keep campus closed to guests for now

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College announced today a change in its ‘fans in the stands’ policy as part of its ‘Arrival on Campus Plan,’ the College’s comprehensive plan that outlines its COVID-19-related policies for the campus. Beginning March 15, Wesleyan will permit current students, faculty and staff with a valid WVWC identification card, to attend outdoor athletic events on the College’s campus. Social distancing measures and the universal mask policy will be in effect. 

“This is a safe, first step and provides our current Wesleyan community an opportunity for social interaction in a way that supports our student-athletes,” said Randy Tenney ‘77, Director of Athletics for WVWC, who noted that fans interested in watching Wesleyan compete this spring, may watch a livestream of most competitions at 

While this change goes into effect for the Wesleyan community, the College’s campus will remain closed to outside guests, including alumni and friends of the school, for now. In addition, anyone – including local community members – who exercises or walks their pets on the Wesleyan campus, must adhere to the universal mask policy. 

“We must remain vigilant as we continue to make progress against COVID-19, continue to mask up, social distance and practice proper hand hygiene. We aren’t out of the woods yet,” said John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at Wesleyan. “We hope that we will be able to open the campus up further when public health officials advise it is safe to do so.” 

“Wesleyan will continue to require masks through the end of the Spring 2021 Semester,” Bohman added.

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