FAQ Update

Our FAQ page is archived semesterly; to view past FAQ's, please see our UWL Covid-19 Communications Log.

Content on this page will be updated as information becomes clear. 



Staying home when you have any symptoms of illness

Must stay home.
Daily completion of symptom monitoring survey no longer required.

Face coverings

Effective Friday, 8/27 (and extended on 11/22) face coverings are Required. Every individual, regardless of vaccination status, who enters campus lands
shall wear a face covering:
i. In all indoor public spaces except students in their assigned residence hall rooms and
employees when alone in a private, unshared office or lab and
ii. While riding a campus shuttle or when two or more people are present in a university
b. Exceptions. Requests for exceptions to this order should be made to the Dean of Students for
students and to Human Resources for employees and will be evaluated on an individualized basis
utilizing the interactive reasonable accommodations process.

Masks should be worn correctly – covering the mouth and nostrils. Masks, shields, mask+shields are all acceptable.(See unacceptable face coverings in the linked PDF below, under number one.)

Masks are not expected to be worn outdoors.

The enforcement of this new indoor mask mandate will be similar to how it was handled last year. If you have any
questions on the mask mandate or how it will affect the operations within your spaces and classrooms, please contact
your chair, supervisor or division head for guidance.

Full PDF of mask order extension

Travel outside of La Crosse county or gathering with people outside household

Please continue to monitor travel considerations during COVID-19 from sources such as the CDC and your local health department. 

University-sponsored events

Spaces are now available for reservation using regular (pre-pandemic) procedures. Classrooms, Murphy Library, recreation and sports spaces, performance and gathering areas, etc. will all be available for normal capacity.


Spaces are now available for reservation using regular (pre-pandemic) procedures.


Classrooms, Murphy Library, recreation and sports spaces, performance and gathering areas, etc. will all be available for normal capacity.

Difference between Quarantine and Isolation 

We are following the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected.
  • You isolate when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

I was told to Quarantine

We follow CDC's guidelines which vary based on your personal situation.

Please consult your health care professional or review the latest guidelines from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

If you think you do not need to Quarantine, please review the section "Who does not need to quarantine." 

*UWL Students and Employees Only: Call the COVID-19 Hotline, option 1 to verify the best route: 608.785.8559, option 1.

I was told to begin Isolation

We are following CDC guidelines, please view them here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html


Tested COVID-19 positive

ALL: Immediately begin isolation, and:

UWL Student: Call or email the COVID-19 Hotline: 608-785-8559 OPTION 3, selfreport@uwlax.edu. Stay in your UWL residence till you receive instructions from the health professionals at the hotline.

UWL Employee: Immediately call your health provider and follow their instructions. Notify your UWL supervisor or UWL chair AND call the COVID hotline to report your case – 608-785-8559, option 3, or self-report: selfreport@uwlax.edu

General Community: Follow your local health care provider instructors.

Review the CDC's guidelines on Isolation.

General questions? Call 608-785-8559 option 1


UWL service area-specific plans

COVID testing

Regular testing is recommended if unvaccinated. Getting tested is expected if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. More info and testing locations.

COVID vaccination

Encouraged for eligible individuals. More info
Boosters are also available to many, review CDC guidelines

Residence Life

Please review the Residence Life FAQ.

Student Life

Services from campus to help students in need can be found on this Student Life page.

Student Health Center

Serving the unique healthcare needs of UWL & Western students.

Murphy Library

Open, following campus protocols. Visit their updates and resources page for more.


Follow NCAA/WIAC/WIAA guidelines.

Summer and group programs (camps, sports, etc.)

Open with testing and active monitoring of staff and participants.

Limit group size:

·         25 indoors

·         50 outdoors

UWL Instructors

Instructional considerations for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 can be found on the Academic Affairs page.


Contactless event catering is available on a case by case basis. This includes served buffets, boxed meals, and grab-and-go items. Indoor dining is permissible with physical distancing.

Student Union dining

Dine-in available with physical distancing. Take-out dining optional.

We recognize, as a campus community, that there will be individuals who continue using face coverings for a wide range of reasons. We will continue to honor those who wear face coverings regardless of their reasoning. Indeed, we hope our community will consider masks to be a simple but valuable tool going forward when experiencing symptoms of any contagious illness. As always, we will continue to watch local, state, and global trends with a close eye. We will be ready to adapt if the need arises.


Vaccination information and FAQ can now be found on our dedicated vaccination page

Please direct specific personal health or vaccination questions to:
La Crosse County Health Department
608-785-6240 - Monday-Friday 8-4:30
OR go to https://vaccinate.wi.gov for more information


The current testing FAQ can now be found on the dedicated testing page