Frequently Asked Questions
Maintaining a primary focus on student and employee health, in-person classes at UW Oshkosh will return at normal capacity without physical distancing requirements. Student housing options will continue to be available in a safe and responsible manner, and in-person events will return without a need for reduced capacity or physical distancing requirements.
We will continue to update this page as we are able to share more information. Please check back often.
What is the plan for the 2021–2022 academic year? (Updated 8/9/2021)
Maintaining a focus on student and employee health, UW Oshkosh will return to holding in-person classes at normal capacity without physical distancing requirements. Student housing options will continue to be available in a safe and responsible manner, and in-person events will return without a need for reduced capacity or physical distancing requirements.
All individuals must wear a face covering while inside University buildings. The University will continue to evaluate this rule and other restrictions primarily based on the percentage of the UWO community that has submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Are face coverings required at UW Oshkosh? (Updated 8/9/2021)
Masks must be worn at all times in:
- Hallways, public spaces, common areas and classrooms
- Shared offices, shops, conference rooms and lab spaces
- UWO vehicles when traveling with more than one person
Masks are not required:
- While working alone in an office or lab with the door closed
- While actively eating or drinking in Reeve, Blackhawk Commons and other common food areas on all three campuses
- For residence hall students in their own room
Are COVID-19 vaccinations required at UW Oshkosh?
Per UW System policy, COVID-19 vaccinations are not required. However, we highly encourage all students and staff to get vaccinated if they are able.
What safety measures are being taken at UW Oshkosh? (Updated 8/9/2021)
All individuals must wear a face covering while inside University buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
Hand sanitizer stations will remain installed at various locations on all three campuses. The University continues to encourage responsible hygiene practices. Individual 10 oz. pump dispensers of hand sanitizer are available through Central Stores.
Plexiglass barriers may remain installed at various locations on campuses. These are best used at high traffic areas (50 or more visitors a day). These devices can offer a barrier to droplets but not aerosols. We know now that aerosols are a more prevalent cause of infection than droplets or touching common surfaces. Individual departments may choose to remove their barriers at their discretion. For information on CDC guidelines pertaining to reducing spread of COVID, see: How to Protect Yourself
If you believe you might need a piece of plexiglass for your department, contact email@example.com. Your area will be assessed for risk to determine the need for a barrier.
Most COVID-19 disinfection procedures will end, although some disinfectant wipes, towels and sprays are still available to use at the Oshkosh and Fond du Lac campuses. Custodial Services will place these in common areas as was done in the 2020 fall semester. We want to use these supplies before they expire and have to be disposed of. The EOC will determine if there is a need to purchase more of these supplies when the supplies are waning. See the Standard Operating Procedure for disinfecting practices for more information.
If you would like to order disinfecting wipes, spray, or towels for your department, please contact Custodial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 424-4405. Order from email@example.com at the Fond du Lac campus and from Janine in the Business Office at the Fox Cities campus.
How will athletics, dining services and events be held?
In-person activities and events will be allowed to operate at normal capacity.
Athletics will continue to operate pursuant to NCAA and WIAC regulations and guidance.
Dining will continue to operate pursuant to public health regulations and guidance.
- Face coverings must be worn in all dining areas unless you are actively eating or drinking.
- Sanitation stations for you to personally sanitize tables/ chairs will still be available in designated dining seating in Reeve Memorial Union, Blackhawk Commons, the Fox’s Den, and the Falcon’s Nest.
- Mobile ordering will continue to be available at retail locations on all campuses to reduce congestion and allow meals to be taken to go.
- Catered meals will require groups to communicate campus expectations for face coverings and provide sanitizer at events. Catering staff and reservations will provide more information as a group reserve spaces for events.
Will business and/or educational travel be allowed?
Domestic travel will be allowed without need for special approval beginning July 1, 2021. International travel will be allowed beginning January 1, 2022. Exceptions can be made at the Vice Chancellor’s discretion.
How will UWO continue to assess and test for COVID-19?
Effective Sept. 1, all students, faculty, staff on the Oshkosh campus who are not vaccinated must be tested weekly for COVID-19. This includes students who live on and off campus.
Students, faculty and staff on the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses who are not vaccinated must test biweekly. Anyone experiencing symptoms, vaccinated or not, also must be tested. There are no exceptions.
Vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a positive case are recommended to get tested within 3-5 days after exposure.
In collaboration with the county health department, disease investigation and contact tracing will be conducted by the UWO Covid Response team.
If you receive an off-campus test for COVID-19, please report the result as soon as possible through the COVID-19 Off-Campus Testing Report Form.
What should students do if they develop COVID-19 symptoms?
If students are sick with COVID-19 or suspected of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, they should follow the steps below:
- Stay home except to seek medical care. People mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
- Call your medical provider or the Student Health Center.
- If you are unable to return to your permanent residence, you will need to isolate in a single room on campus.
- Restrict all activities outside of your room except for seeking medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation: No ride-sharing or taxis.
As a matter of safety, students should call (920) 424-2424 before coming to the Student Health Center. Symptomatic patients who do not call ahead before arriving for an appointment may be asked to reschedule or speak to a healthcare provider by phone.
What should employees do if they develop COVID-19 symptoms?
How will students isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they test positive for COVID-19?
Isolation and quarantine housing will be available on the Oshkosh campus.
What is the self-assessment?
UW Oshkosh has developed a COVID-19 Health Self-Assessment available through our UWO Mobile app that students, faculty, staff and any guests or visitors to the University may take on a daily basis to assess their health. The quick survey will provide guidance on whether or not it is safe to come to campus and how to forward this information to one’s supervisor or instructors.
Are students, employees and guests required to take the health self assessment before coming to a UW Oshkosh campus?
The University is not requiring the completion of a health self-assessment before coming to campus. However, completing the self-assessment is strongly recommended to determine if it is safe for the individual to come to campus. Some departments and offices may request the use of this tool before visiting those departments or offices in person.
What campus should be selected in the assessment app if a student, employee or guest plans to visit more than one campus that day?
A student, employee or guest who has taken the self assessment to determine if they are approved to visit a UW Oshkosh campus may use that first result to determine if they are approved to be on any other UW Oshkosh campus that day.
If a student, employee or guest has been asked to share self-assessment results with an instructor or supervisor on a particular campus, the self-assessment must be taken for that campus even if the self-assessment has already been taken for a different campus that day.
Should student employees reporting to work fill out the form as a "student" or "employee?"
Students heading to work should identify themselves as an employee.
Students heading to class or going to campus for any other reason than work should identify themselves as a student.
If the self-assessment tool informs a student, employee or guest that they are not approved to be on campus, how will they know when they can go back to campus?
The tool can be used each day to determine whether or not a person is approved to be on campus. If a student, employee or guest is feeling ill, it is important that they do not come to campus and they should contact their health care provider.
Can instructors require the students in their class to fill out the self-assessment tool before they can come to face-to-face class sessions?
No, however, it is strongly encouraged that students use this tool to help determine whether or not they should go to a face-to-face class in order to maintain the safest and healthiest possible environment for all UW Oshkosh students and employees.
What information is shared with County Public Health and University officials?
The self-assessment gathers and shares the following information:
- Name, phone number, and email address
- Campus the respondent is visiting
- Whether the respondent is a student, employee or guest/visitor
- Whether the respondent has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks
- Whether the respondent has been notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last two weeks
- Whether the respondent has been recommended or required by a medical or public professional to self-quarantine or isolate
- Whether or not the respondent is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
The questions about proximity, quarantine and isolation, exposure, and symptoms will be loaded into a daily dashboard that the University will compare with other local data to determine the relative health of the University community. This data set will also influence the alert level that the University is operating in throughout the school year.