Warhawks Are Back


Practices for Summer and Fall 2021

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.

This plan is effective starting June 27, 2021. It was approved by the Emergency Operations Center on June 23, 2021; by the Chancellor’s Cabinet on June 25, 2021.

Important resources

Face coverings and social distancing

Individuals are no longer required to maintain social distance or wear a face covering indoors or outdoors, but may continue to do so if they prefer. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and to social distance as precautions against contracting COVID-19.

Do not come to campus if you are ill.


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.


Following the guidance of the Walworth, Jefferson and Rock County health departments, and with the support of the Emergency Operations Committee and the Chancellor’s Cabinet, UW-Whitewater will be requiring COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff upon return to campus in order to best protect the campus community.

Students, faculty and staff who return to the Whitewater or Rock County campuses between Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 (and also those who have been on campus over the summer) who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — meaning two weeks after receiving the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines — will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon return to campus on the following schedule:

  • Once between Aug. 30 and Sept. 10
  • Once between Sept. 10 and 17, with at least five days between the first and second tests

This testing is required for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who visit campus for any reason; students, faculty and staff who engage with campus 100% online are exempt. Vaccinated Warhawks are strongly encouraged to submit their vaccine information.

Those who do not comply with the testing requirement will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office, University Housing or their supervisor, as appropriate.

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.

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.

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.

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. Faculty and teaching academic staff may be required to ensure a class can change modularity to remote/virtual learning as necessary.

Any symptomatic or positive incident in a classroom environment may require unvaccinated 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.


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.

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