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.

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.

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

UPDATED 8/20/21

Effective Aug. 23, all individuals will be required to wear face coverings when indoors, unless you are eating or drinking or alone in your office or in your residence hall room.

Acceptable face coverings must:

  • Fit snugly against the face without leaving gaps
  • Cover both the mouth and the nose
  • Be washable or disposable after a single use
  • Have at least two layers that block light when held up to a light source

The following face coverings are not acceptable:

  • Gaiters that consist of only one layer
  • Face coverings made of mesh or other open-weave materials
  • Face shields worn without a mask or other face covering

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.

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.


Effective Aug. 30, employees and students who are not vaccinated — meaning two weeks or more after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the first dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson) — who are returning in person and have not shared proof of COVID-19 vaccination with UW-Whitewater will be required to test weekly on campus at least through October. Those who are required to test weekly but fail to do so will be held accountable. Individuals who test off campus must submit proof of testing to the COVID-19 Hotine to be in compliance. Home self-test kit tests are not accepted as proof of testing because the tests are not verified by a lab.

View Chancellor's Order »

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.

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. Instructors should prioritize continuity of education for students who are ill, quarantined or required to isolate.

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.

Posters and signage library »