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Campus Mask Guidelines

Mask information and requirements at UW-Eau Claire

Mask up, Blugolds!

Wearing a mask is still one of the best ways to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19. Health officials suggest wearing masks with multiple layers to stop respiratory droplets from getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask. One way to do this is by wearing a disposable mask underneath your cloth mask. 

Most building entryways at UWEC will now have free surgical masks available to students, staff and faculty. We recommend that everyone wear one under a cloth mask for added protection. 

Learn more on how to properly wear a mask from two UW-Eau Claire graduate assistants in this short video.

Obtaining disposable masks

UWEC will be providing free surgical masks in every building on campus. Please take one and use it under a cloth mask for added protection. 

KN95/N95 masks

Due to OSHA recommendations, KN95/N95 masks have additional considerations. Staff and faculty that request these types of masks from UWEC's supply will be assigned a CANVAS training course. Please contact Chaizong Lor at lorchou@uwec.edu for additional information.

UWEC mask policies and guidelines

Mask Requirement: Effective Monday, January 24, 2022

Page Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2022

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 Aug. 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. Free vaccinations are readily available for employees and students and we encourage 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 the UW-Eau Claire campus. This is in accordance with authority granted under the following statutes and administrative codes: Wis. Stat. sec. 36, and Wis. Admin. Code secs. UWS 17-181.

This order extends the previous order issued Nov. 16, 2021, and continues in effectiveness as of Monday, January 24, 2022. The order will expire on Friday, March 18, 2022 unless extended, terminated, or otherwise modified based on changing conditions related to the COVID-19 Delta (or other) variants, including but not limited to changes in CDC guidance, state and local public health conditions, and campus safety.

  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 should be made with multiple layers of fabric. You may also choose to wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. The cloth mask should push the edges of the disposable mask against your face. Make sure you can see and breathe easily. Do not combine two disposable masks or combine a KN95 mask with any other mask. A face covering does not include face shields, bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, 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 and
      • While riding a campus shuttle or when two or more people are present in a university vehicle.
    •  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.
  2. 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, UW System Administrative Policy 1292, and/or the UW-Eau Claire Employee Expectations.
  3. Duration. This order extends the previous order issued Nov. 16, 2021, and will remain until Friday, March 18, 2022, 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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1 This order is being issued pursuant to the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Wisconsin and applicable policies in the University of Wisconsin System, including but not limited to: Wis. Stats. ss. 36.11(1)(a) and (c), 36.09(1)(a), (f) and (L), 36.35(2) and 101.11; Wis. Admin. Code ss. UWS 18.11(6)(a) and (7)(e), UWS 18.08(9)(b), UWS 18.13, UWS 17.09(1), (14) and (15); and Regent Policy 23-2.