The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh announced today that it will require masks on its campuses for all students, faculty, staff and guests regardless of vaccination status, effective Tuesday, Aug. 10.
This decision impacts the Fond du Lac, Fox Cities and Oshkosh campuses.
“This is not a decision we wanted to make, but at this time we believe it is needed to protect the health and safety of our campuses,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said.
The University will continue to monitor COVID-19 transmission on campus and in the community and will revisit its COVID-19 protocols as the public health situation warrants.
The decision does not impact our policies or plans regarding in-person classes, return to work on campus, events, physical distancing, etc. As staff and students return to campus, the next two months will be a critical time to control the spread of COVID-19.
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 eating or drinking in Reeve, Blackhawk and other common food areas
- For residence hall students in their own room
The University continues to urge its community to get vaccinated and sees vaccination as the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Testing and vaccinations for students and staff on the Oshkosh campus will be offered in September and October.
More information on UW Oshkosh’s plans related to COVID-19 and the fall semester may be found on the Titans Return website: https://uwosh.edu/titans-return/home/