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 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

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

Resume normal domestic travel with considerations of CDC COVID-19 travel designation for destination.

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.

Tested COVID-19 positive

Immediately begin isolation and call the COVID-19 Hotline, OPTION 3 for healthcare direction: 608.785.8559, option 3. Leave a message with your name and best phone number to contact- please have your voicemail set up! 

(Had close contact with someone who tested positive)

Per CDC and Public Health Recommendations:

For unvaccinated close contacts: 14 day quarantine period AND test 3-5 days after exposure.

For vaccinated close contacts: May not need to quarantine. 14 day period of symptom monitoring AND test 3-5 days after exposure.

Call the COVID-19 Hotline, option 3 to verify the best route: 608.785.8559, option 3. Leave a message with your name and number. 


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, including the student incentive.

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