UW Oshkosh COVID-19 Management
The University’s COVID-19 orders expired in March 2022, but our Emergency Operations Committee and campus leadership continue to monitor local, state and national COVID-19 data to inform decisions that will protect the health and safety of our employees, students and communities. The EOC will recommend changes in our campus protocols should conditions change.
Masks are not required in UW Oshkosh buildings, except in the Student Health Center and the Oshkosh campus testing and vaccination center. We encourage individuals to wear masks, particularly in crowded indoor settings. We ask all students, employees and visitors to our campuses to respect the choices made by individuals.
COVID-19 vaccinations are not required, per UW System policy. However, we highly encourage all students and staff to get vaccinated and boosted if they are able. Students 18 years of age and older can get vaccinated at the Student Health center on the Oshkosh campus.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should immediately schedule a COVID-19 test. Close contacts should test at least 5 days after exposure to the virus.
UW Oshkosh Testing and Vaccination
Students may seek testing and vaccinations through the Student Health Center on the Oshkosh Campus. See the Student Health Center website for more information. Students and staff also may locate a community testing site, contact your local health department or contact your private healthcare provider.
Students may pick up free at-home COVID-19 tests on all three campuses. Pickup locations include:
- Student Health Center, Radford Hall
- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays
- Oshkosh campus residence halls
- UW Oshkosh Police Department
- Fond du Lac campus: AE112 Campus Services
- Fox Cities campus: M1108 Campus Services
If you test positive
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, whether you are unvaccinated, vaccinated or boosted, isolation is required. Do not go to work, school, events or public areas. Employees must notify their supervisor and not report to work in-person for at least 5 days after a positive test.
After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or if your symptoms are largely resolved, you can return to normal activities. If your symptoms have not improved after 5 days or if you still have a fever, continue isolation until you feel better and are fever free. Continue masking for 5 more days.
Students – if you test positive:
- If you are attending face-to-face classes, email your instructors to inform them you will be unable to attend class due to COVID-19 isolation. You may also fill out the Out of Class letter request form through the Dean of Students office if you will be missing more than 3 days of class.
- If you have a job on or off campus, notify your supervisor that you will be unable to report to work in person due to COVID-19 isolation.
- If you are involved in other on-campus activities or extracurriculars, notify your advisor, coach or instructor that you will be unable to participate in face-to-face activities until further notice.
If you test negative
If your rapid antigen test result is negative but you do have symptoms of COVID-19, please schedule another test within 24-48 hours. During that time, continue to stay home and wear a well-fitted mask.
A negative test result does not mean you do not have COVID-19. The incubation period for the virus can be up to 14 days, so if you have already been instructed to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms, you should continue your self-quarantine for as long as originally instructed regardless of whether you receive a negative test result.
For more information
Students with health-related questions or concerns should contact their healthcare provider or the UWO Student Health Center at 920-424-2424.
Employees with health-related questions or concerns should contact their healthcare provider.
Students who need on-campus quarantine or isolation housing should contact Residence Life Conference Services at 920-424-1106.
Public health guidance on quarantine and isolation: Quarantine and Isolation [CDC]
For media inquiries, contact (920) 267-0628.
Bias and Harrassment
Racist behaviors and stereotyping are not acceptable at UW Oshkosh. If you experience harassment or discrimination, please file a bias incident report here.
UW Oshkosh is required to post periodic reports describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for all HEERF I, II, and III grant funds:
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