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Campus Mask Guidelines

Chancellor announces UW-Eau Claire Mask and Testing Requirements

Mask Requirement: Effective Monday, August 30, 2021 
Testing Requirement: Effective Monday, August 30, 2021  

While the State of Wisconsin is currently seeing a small reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the Chippewa Valley continues to have a “very high” level of transmission. The continued use of face coverings is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), local health departments and healthcare professionals as an easy way to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. Many medical professionals and public health experts believe that wearing face coverings is the simplest way to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus without requiring people stay in their homes. 

Effective August 5, Governor Evers required all state employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when inside state facilities and to encourage all members of the public to do so as well. While this requirement did not apply to UW System employees and our facilities, we will also adopt this requirement in recognition of the importance of face masks to reduce the threat of widespread infection by virus variants. 

In addition, use of the highly effective COVID-19 vaccines has been demonstrated to significantly protect individuals from the virus and from its serious and harmful health effects, the need for hospitalization and even from death. UW-Eau Claire has provided free vaccinations for employees and students and encourages everyone to be vaccinated. For those individuals who are unable to receive the vaccine or choose not to, frequent testing has also been shown to help slow the spread, by identifying individuals who may have the virus, quarantining them and contact tracing. 

Based upon the foregoing, Chancellor Schmidt requires the following as necessary to prevent, suppress and control the spread of COVID-19 on all UW-Eau Claire campuses. This is in accordance with authority granted under the following statutes and administrative codes: Wis. Stat. sec. 36, and Wis. Admin. Code secs. UWS 17-18. 

  1. Face Coverings. Face covering means a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. A face covering must be secured to the head and must fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face. Cloth face coverings must be made with two or more layers of breathable fabric that is tightly woven. A face covering does not include bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, or masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures because public health experts have determined that these types of coverings are ineffective at preventing respiratory droplets from entering the air.  
    • Face Covering Required. Every individual, regardless of vaccination status, who enters campus lands shall wear a face covering:  
      • In all indoor public spaces except students in their assigned residence hall rooms and employees when alone in a private, unshared office or lab;
      • While riding a campus shuttle or when two or more people are present in a university vehicle. 
    • Exceptions. Requests for exceptions to this orders 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.   
  2. Testing. All UW-Eau Claire employees are encouraged to receive full doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines and to upload their immunization record through MyUWPortal. All UW-Eau Claire students are also encouraged to receive full doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines and to upload their immunization record through the UW-Eau Claire Vaccination Upload dForm. Individuals who are not vaccinated or who do not upload their immunization record will be required to take an antigen test weekly. 
  3. Enforcement. The UW-Eau Claire Human Resources Department, Dean of Students Office, and Police Department are authorized to enforce this order. Violations may result in employee discipline, student discipline citation and/or fine under UWS Chapter 18 and UW-Eau Claire Employee Expectations.  
  4. Duration. The mask requirement is effective Monday, August 30, 2021 and the testing requirement is effective Monday, August 30, 2021. Both remain in until September 30 at which time they will be re-assessed, based on the level of community transmission decreasing to a moderate (yellow) rate and the University receiving assurance from our local health departments that the requirements can be lifted. 

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