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?
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.
Unvaccinated individuals must still wear a face covering while inside University buildings or while attending any University-sponsored event. 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?
Anyone who has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and who has submitted proof of vaccination to the University are not required to wear face coverings while in UW Oshkosh facilities or outdoors on University grounds. Individuals may continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status if they prefer.
Unvaccinated individuals or vaccinated individuals who have not submitted proof of vaccination must wear a face covering while inside University buildings, including classrooms, or while attending any University-sponsored event.
Face coverings will also be required for all staff and participants of youth programming held on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
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?
Hand sanitizer stations will remain installed at various locations on all three campuses. The University will continue to encourage responsible hygiene practices.
Plexiglass barriers will remain installed at various locations on campuses with a plan for removal in Fall 2021 or at the discretion of individual departments.
COVID-19 disinfection procedures will end and resume in some capacity during normal cold and flu season.
Drinking fountains will be reopened prior to Fall 2021 with a plan to replace drinking fountains with bottle fillers only.
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.
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?
The Student Health Center will continue to test students showing symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic employees will be encouraged to test through their primary healthcare provider. There will be no required surveillance testing.
Contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases will continue, but will be conducted by local health departments.
The COVID-19 Dashboard will change to focus on vaccination data rather than data on testing and positive cases.
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?
A residence hall floor will remain available for isolation and quarantine on the Oshkosh campus. Students living off-campus should contact their healthcare provider or Public Health Nurse for guidance on how to best isolate and who to contact with questions or concerns.