COVID-19: Residence Life FAQ

COVID-19 Testing 

UWL will encourage regular testing of unvaccinated faculty, staff and students who are not 100% online. Symptomatic students can get tested through community testing sites, the Student Health Center, or with their local physician.

Residence Life will require you to follow CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation based on your vaccination status. A member of the Residence Life staff will contact you to discuss your housing options based on your test results. 

If you receive positive test results through a non-UWL provider, we ask that you call the COVID hotline at 608.785.8559, press option 3 and leave a message. If your call is before 4 p.m., someone will return your call. Your call will be returned the following business day if it is after 4 p.m. 

On-campus students who need to complete an isolation will have the choice of:

  1. Returning home for the duration of their isolation.
  2. Moving to an isolation space provided by Residence Life, if available. 

COVID-19 Safety Recommendations

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the La Crosse County Health Department and the UWL COVID-19 team, the following recommendations will help to protect yourself and others from community spread:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, and keyboards.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Do not spit.
  • Avoid physical contact with others – no handshakes, hugging, etc.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces when possible such as stairwell railings.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

  1. Face Masks/Coverings
    1. Face coverings are expected indoors for all people on the UWL campus, including the residence halls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Hall health & safety

Move In COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Expectations expanding section

It is expected that you submit proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving into your residence hall.

If you have been fully vaccinated, regardless of the date of your final dose, but your vaccination has not been verified, you will need to provide proof of a completed vaccine series. 

 

Last modified: 11/10/2021

Will COVID-19 testing be mandatory? Can I opt out? expanding section

UWL will encourage regular testing of unvaccinated faculty, staff and students who are not 100% online. Symptomatic students can get tested through community testing sites, the Student Health Center, or with their local physician.

Last modified: 11/10/2021

I have tested positive for COVID, what do I do now? expanding section updated

If you test positive for COVID-19, Residence Life will require you to follow CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation based on your vaccination status. 

A member of the Residence Life staff will contact you to discuss your housing options based on your test results. 

If you receive positive test results through a non-UWL provider, we ask that you call the COVID hotline at 608.785.8559, press option 3 and leave a message. If your call is before 4 p.m., someone will return your call. Your call will be returned the following business day if it is after 4 p.m. 

On-campus students who need to complete an isolation will have the choice of:

  1. Returning home for the duration of their Isolation. 
  2.  Moving to an Isolation space provided by Residence Life, if available. 

Last modified: 11/29/2021

I have been instructed to isolate or quarantine, what are my instructions? expanding section

If you decide to isolate/quarantine off-campus, refer to these instructions.

If you have been instructed to quarantine in your current room/apartment, refer to these instructions.

If you are moving to isolation housing, refer to these instructions.

Last modified: 11/10/2021

If I know someone who has tested COVID-positive, do I need to be tested? expanding section

If you have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes), your risk level is increased. You should contact the Student Health Center or your primary care provider for follow up. 

If you have been identified as a person that needs to be tested by our community health authorities (on/off campus), you will be notified directly.

Last modified: 08/14/2020

If I am concerned that I have COVID-19, what do I do? expanding section updated

You should monitor your symptoms. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever > 100.0, chills, feeling feverish, body aches, new cough, excess fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, stomach upset or diarrhea), immediately seek testing and isolate while you await your results. If you get a rapid antigen test and it is negative, make sure to also get a PCR follow up to confirm the negative result.

La Crosse County COVID-19 testing information is a good resource and it lists testing sites.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, call the UWL COVID hotline 608.785.8559 and choose option 4.

Last modified: 11/24/2021

Can I travel out of town during the semester? expanding section

We encourage students to be mindful of their travel plans. Please consider the risk level for both your travel location and your travel method. At this time, there are no restrictions on students' travel. Students will not be required to complete quarantine based on travel alone.

We are encouraging anyone who plans to leave campus to be cautious while traveling and follow all CDC recommendations regarding travel, self-quarantining, masks, and hygiene.

We do encourage students to monitor for any symptoms.

Last modified: 07/02/2021

What will the cleaning/sanitization schedule look like when everyone has moved in? expanding section

We continue to be committed to maintaining clean and safe living environments. Common areas and bathrooms will be cleaned regularly. Bathroom cleaning schedules will be posted in each community.

Last modified: 07/02/2021

Can I move in if I am feeling ill? expanding section

If you have symptoms of COVID-19  (including fever > 100.0, chills, feeling feverish, body aches, new cough, excess fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, stomach upset of diarrhea) you will not be allowed to move in until you meet the following criteria:

  • If you have had a positive COVID-19 test or have not been tested:
    • No fever, defined as less than 100 degrees F, for at least 3 days (that is 72 hours of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, such as Tylenol, Motrin, aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc.),  and
    • Other respiratory symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath),  and
    • At least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
    • Completed a full 14 day quarantine if you have a known exposure or travel history 
  • If you have had a negative test (you could still have COVID-19):
    • No fever and a substantial improvement in symptoms for 24 hours
    • Completed a full 14 day quarantine if you have had known exposure or travel history 

Last modified: 08/14/2020

Residence Hall contract & costs

If a student is needing to quarantine/isolate, will there be a refund for that period of time? expanding section

We will not be offering refunds for the quarantine/isolation period of time. However, if the quarantine resulted in a longer leave of absence, we will follow our medical release process and account for the contract/fees through that process.

Last modified: 08/14/2020

Are students required to have the COVID-19 vaccination to live on-campus? expanding section

UWL does not require the COVID-19 vaccination. We acknowledge there may be vaccinated and unvaccinated students placed in the same room, apartment, or suite. The Office of Residence Life will not consider private medical information when making room assignments, including vaccination status. 

Last modified: 11/10/2021

Residence Life policies

Do I need to wear a mask in the halls? expanding section

Face coverings are expected indoors for all people on the UWL campus, including the residence halls.

Last modified: 08/03/2021

What if a group of students decide to not wear masks? expanding section

As a community, we are responsible for creating safe living environments for all members. If you have concerns about residents who are not wearing masks, we encourage you to let the residence hall staff know so we can address the person/people. It is an expectation and policy that all members of the community will be held to, and violations will be taken seriously through the conduct process. 

Last modified: 11/10/2021

What will happen if students don’t follow policies? Will they be removed from housing? expanding section

We will be holding students accountable through our university housing conduct process. Students will be given opportunities to learn from their choices and follow the community expectations. If there is repeated failure to comply, there is a possibility of the student leaving university housing. 

Last modified: 11/10/2021

If there are roommate conflicts, including issues related to COVID expectations, what options do we have to move students to other rooms? expanding section

There will be very few room changes granted this year due to the impacts of COVID-19. We will work to mediate the conflict and renegotiate the roommate agreement to the best of our ability. If that does not address the concerns, we will evaluate other options available at the time. 

Differences in vaccination status is not a reason Residence Life will consider for authorizing a room change. 

Last modified: 11/10/2021

How can I ensure my roommate(s) is following recommendations and expectations to keep myself safe? expanding section

We always encourage roommates to complete a roommate agreement which addresses items such as sleeping schedule, use of the room for study vs. leisure, guest expectations, sharing of personal items, etc.  Each roommate group will be expected to review and discuss the questions on the roommate agreement and come to a common understanding to keep each other safe. This is a new conversation for roommates to have. We encourage each student to consider their own thoughts and preferences and be prepared to advocate for themselves and their own needs in their living space. RAs will help facilitate these conversations if needed.

Last modified: 07/08/2021