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WARHAWKS ARE BACK

Practices for Spring 2022

The health and safety of students, employees and community members is the utmost priority as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prepares for the new academic year. This website outlines operating practices for the Whitewater and Rock County campuses. Please note that COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic, and modifications of these practices should be anticipated. UW-Whitewater will continue to use information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Wisconsin, county health departments and the University of Wisconsin System to guide the decision-making processes across campuses.

For questions or comments related to the UW-Whitewater COVID-19 response, contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 262-472-1362 or covid19info@uww.edu.

Members of the UW-Whitewater community can use the COVID-19 Behavior Compliance form to report a concerning behavior in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.  This could include issues relating to face coverings, etc. on campus.  The Dean of Students or Housing Office will review each report and follow up with the student. Any reports that involves an employee will be forwarded to Human Resources for review.

Please see the most recent Chancellor's order on COVID operations/mitigations >>


Important resources

Face coverings

UPDATED 3/17/22

Effective March 19, UW-Whitewater will not have a university-wide masking mandate. The following areas may continue to require masking, and may discontinue masking, when in consultation with University Health and Counseling Services, it is deemed appropriate to do so:

  • Clinical and health care facilities
  • Children’s Center
  • Food preparation (dining employees only)

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome and encouraged to wear or not wear face coverings — whatever is most comfortable for them individually. We expect all Warhawks to be respectful of individual choices.

Yes. Disposable masks, sanitizer, and other supplies currently stationed throughout the campus will remain available for use through the semester.

N95 and KN95 masks are also available at no cost to individuals at University Health and Counseling Services and the University Police Department.

No. The chancellor's decision to remove the requirement to wear face coverings applies to all campus buildings, conference rooms, and shared spaces except those outlined in the order.

No. It is not appropriate to ask why someone is or is not wearing a mask. Recognizing that we may not know others’ feelings about COVID-19, health concerns, and other personal matters, we ask that all members of our campus community continue to be respectful of others and the protective practices they choose to use.

If you have specific concerns related to a health condition, please talk to Human Resources if you are an employee or the Center for Students with Disabilities if you are a student. 

 

The following are not eligible for reasonable accommodations under ADA or FMLA: 

  • Preference to limit in-person contact
  • Age without an underlying medical serious health condition or disability
  • General preference to teach or attend remotely

Telecommuting is approved on a case-by-case basis consistent with the University Telecommuting Policy. Individuals should consult with their supervisor, dean, or director on work environment options.

Vaccinations

UW System campuses, including UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County, are not requiring students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of enrollment or employment. However, individuals are highly encouraged to get vaccinated and to provide the COVID-19 Hotline with proof of vaccination.

If you are fully remote and will not be coming to campus at any time this semester, please visit uww.edu/warhawks-are-back/testing#submit-your-vaccination-record and create a submission. Enter your Net-ID, name, student ID and select that you are a student. Then, select the bubble next to “Yes” verifying that you will be fully remote or online this semester and will not be physically on campus at any time.

Testing

Testing will continue to be available on campus, and anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to get tested. UW-Whitewater will not be requiring COVID-19 testing during the duration of this order. Learn more about testing >>.

Learning environment and campus life

Classrooms will return to pre-pandemic densities. Campus has an ample store of cleaning stations/supplies, which will continue to be provided until further notice. Instructors should prioritize continuity of education for students who are ill, quarantined or required to isolate. Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors about making up any missed class work (including getting notes from a classmate, etc.) that results from a COVID-19-related illness or quarantine/isolation. Similarly, staff should communicate with their supervisors when feeling ill or needing to quarantine/isolate. 

Drinking fountains will remain bottle-fill only until further notice.

Intercollegiate Athletics will continue to follow NCAA regulations as required.

Events and travel

There are no COVID-19-related attendance or logistical restrictions on meetings, events or gatherings. If you require an exception to the university's COVID-19 policies and practicies, please submit an exception request. Exception requests will be reviewed based on risk assessment related to health and safety management, public health trends and other event-related needs. 

All students and employees are encouraged to limit nonessential personal travel. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to travel for the latest travel guidance. Travelers are expected to follow COVID safety protocol of the conveyance and destination. International travel to warning locations, identified as locations that are under a U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 advisory and/or a CDC Notice Warning Level, is not permitted.

Students, faculty and staff who have traveled internationally in the two weeks prior to arriving on campus should review and must follow CDC guidelines.

Positive cases and response

Notify the COVID Hotline at 262-472-1362 if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you are a close contact of an individual who is positive for COVID-19. Follow your medical provider and public health department instructions on isolation or quarantine protocols.

University Health and Counseling Services will coordinate healthcare response and contact tracing with local health departments. UHCS has full authority to request activation of the UW-Whitewater Emergency Operations Center/Unified Command if needed. 

Any symptomatic or positive incident in a classroom environment may require individuals to isolate/quarantine.

University Housing will provide accommodations in the residence halls for isolation/quarantine of positive cases and close contact individuals. Dining Services will coordinate meals as needed.

Isolation and quarantine guidelines

As a reminder, isolation refers to people who have tested positive for COVID-19, and quarantine refers to people who have been exposed, but have not (or not yet) tested positive. Recent updates to isolation and quarantine guidelines at UW-Whitewater include:

  • Being up-to-date with one’s COVID-19 vaccinations is the determining factor when it comes to quarantine timeframes (see updated vaccination status definition below). 
  • Timeframes have been shortened, depending on whether there are symptoms or not. 
  • Masking at all times around people is a part of the new isolation/quarantine procedures.

Vaccination status

In regards to vaccination status, the term “up-to-date” will replace “fully vaccinated” when referring to isolation and quarantine.

For example, your vaccination status is up-to-date if:

  • You have received your full series of COVID-19 vaccinations and your booster, even if you just received your booster yesterday OR 
  • You have received your second dose of the Pfizer/Moderna series, but it’s been less than five months and thus you are not yet eligible for the booster OR
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccination, but it’s been less than two months, and you are not yet eligible for the booster.

Your vaccination status is NOT up-to-date if:

You received your second dose of a Pfizer/Moderna series (or first dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccination) and are eligible for a booster but have not yet gotten one.

Possible scenarios

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether up-to-date with vaccinations or not, isolation starts immediately at Day 0 and runs through Day 5. After Day 5, if your symptoms have decreased and you have no fever, then you can move out of isolation but you will have to wear a mask full time when around people for an additional 5 days. If you cannot wear a mask, you should not participate in that activity. Day 11 is when you no longer have to wear a mask around others (unless local masking rules require it). 

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and are up-to-date on your covid vaccinations, you will NOT need to move to quarantine, but will have to wear a mask at all times around people for next 10 days and get tested at Day 5 or later. 

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and are not up-to-date with your covid vaccinations, quarantine starts immediately on Day 0 and extends through Day 5. After Day 5, if you have no symptoms and a COVID-19 test on Day 5 or later is negative, you can move out of quarantine but will have to wear a mask full time when around other people through Day 10. Day 11 is when you will not have to wear a mask around others (unless local masking rules require it).

FAQs

Yes, but you have to wear a mask full time around any people, including your roommate, through Day 10. You can go to class, but you have to wear a mask.

Clem Hall is still available for on-campus students who need to isolate or quarantine for the initial 5 days. If you have no symptoms — or your symptoms have improved — after 5 days, you can return to your residence hall but you will need to wear a mask around people at all times. If your symptoms have not improved, you can stay at Clem Hall for the remaining 5 days. 

Yes, but you will need to stay in your own room and only come out, when necessary, while wearing a mask. Try to have your own bathroom or else clean it with disinfectant after each use. Try to use the kitchen when no one else is there and clean all touchpoints with disinfectant. Wear a mask when in common spaces whether anyone is there or not. 

Only if no one is near you. If you are walking across campus and will be passing others, you need to continue wearing a mask.

Communications

Communications will be developed by University Marketing and Communications in partnership with communicators across campus and in line with UW System communications and local, state and national health guidelines, with an emphasis on health and safety information; recruitment/enrollment needs; and graphic design best practices.

The Warhawks Are Back website will serve as the central hub for information and will be updated regularly as appropriate. Additional communications will include broadcast emails to campus, social media updates, Webex Event meetings, targeted audience communications, and collaboration with traditional media.

All signage pertaining to operational changes and health practices will be consistent and follow the established procedure for design, approval, production and posting.

Posters and signage library »