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UWEC Visitor Policy During COVID-19

Guidelines for Visitors at UW-Eau Claire

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 to our community, all visitors to both the UWEC and UWEC-Barron County campuses must comply with the UWEC Visitor Policy.

Updates effective by July 6, 2021          

Visitor authorization

Events that include one or more visitors may be authorized by a UWEC department unit director, department chair, dean, UWEC Governance Committee Chair or Executive, or an Executive Staff member. Event organizers are responsible for ensuring that the visitor policy guidelines are communicated to attendees before and during the event, and should work to provide a COVID-safe environment by following the Eau Claire Health Department Guidance for Events, Meetings & Gatherings during COVID-19.

Visitor definition and general principles

For the purposes of this policy, visitors are defined as anyone coming to a UWEC campus, who does not possess a current Blugold ID, and who is entering a building, attending an event, or spending more than an hour on campus property. Public members passing through the campuses (i.e. running through campus, walking, biking, etc.) who are only on outdoor grounds not associated with an event, and who will be on campus for less than one hour, are not defined as visitors by this policy.  

Visitors who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are expected to wear a mask at all times when visiting indoors, or outdoors where social distancing (6 feet) cannot be guaranteed. Visitors who have not been fully vaccinated are expected to bring a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.

Visitors are instructed to forego their visit to UWEC campuses if they:

  1. Have a new fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle aches, taken any fever-reducing medication, chills or repeated shaking, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell in the last 24 hours, OR
  2. (For unvaccinated individuals) have had contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 or traveled where you have not been able to social distance, interacted with an unknown group of individuals, or had contacts with unknown individuals without respiratory protection in the last 14 days.

UWEC Residence Hall Visitor Policy ADDENDUM

Residence hall students may have guests/visitors in their residence hall rooms but must comply with guest registration and escort policies. Guests/visitors are defined as any person who does not have an assignment from the Housing and Residence Life Office to live in that room. Escort hours are determined by a vote of the residence hall population in the fall, and all guests/visitors must be escorted by their UWEC student host during escort hours.     

All guests/visitors who are not residence hall students must be escorted by their student host at all times, regardless of the hour of day.  Guests/visitors are required to be registered at the front desk/security station when being present in the building during escort hours.  UWEC residence hall students are guests/visitors when visiting a hall that they are not assigned to during escort hours. Students are responsible for all behavior of their visitors, as stipulated in the Residence Hall Judicial Code. Those guests/visitors who do not comply with campus policy will be removed from campus, and the student host may face additional disciplinary action.