Community & Visitors

Information for community and visitors on COVID-19 planning and preparedness.
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Return to Fall 2021

This plan is effective August 23, 2021 and will be updated as new information emerges and the fall semester progresses.

Face Covering Required

Beginning on August 23, 2021, 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.

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 with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind 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 (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source). A face covering does not include bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose, or masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures, as public health experts have determined that these types of coverings are ineffective at preventing respiratory droplets from entering the air.

Food & Beverages in Class

Because masks must be removed and food spillage also makes cleaning and disinfection less efficient, no eating should occur during classes. Although drinking also requires masks to be removed during class time, due to the importance of hydration, it is allowed. Use good judgment and re-mask immediately after taking a drink.

Read Chancellor's Order on Mask Use & Testing >>

COVID-19 Surge Testing

We offer free rapid-result COVID-19 antigen tests for community members.

The University of Wisconsin – Stout is committed to maintaining an environment of respect that is free from discrimination and supporting all community members affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are contrary to UW-Stout values. If you, or someone you know experiences bias, please report to our response team.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for the UW-Stout community and our constituents, and we urge people to monitor it regularly for updates.

COVID-19 Symptoms

To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that you do not visit campus if you have any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after contact and may include one or more of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4 F or feeling feverish
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal symptom

If you are uncertain of whether you may have a fever, you can request a temperature read. We use a non-contact infrared thermometer and can provide you with an immediate temperature reading.

Visitors and/or individuals may request to have their temperatures taken at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Athletic Facilities
    Johnson Field House

    Office 106
  • Robert Swanson Library & Learning Center
    Circulation Desk
  • Memorial Student Center (MSC)
    Service Center Room 105
  • Price Commons
    University Housing

    Administrative Office 214
  • Sorensen Hall
    Admissions Room 212

Cleaning and Disinfecting

UW-Stout understands that proper cleaning and disinfection is important to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our custodial teams are following CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for products used for cleaning and disinfecting.

Additional Personal Health & Safety Practices

  • Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene: Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Handwashing: 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, sneezing, or touching your face.
  • Hand Sanitizers: If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Offices have hand sanitizer available during your visit and hand sanitizing stations are positioned at building entrances and other high-traffic areas. Visitors should “tap-in and tap-out,” using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting buildings and offices.
  • Public Spaces: Please carefully follow signage or verbal instructions provided for the use of public areas such as restrooms, elevators, waiting areas, etc.

For questions about any of these guidelines, please email: covid19update@uwstout.edu

Thank you for visiting UW-Stout! We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

UW-Stout understands that proper cleaning and disinfection is important to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our custodial teams are following recommendations published by the CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for products used for cleaning and disinfecting. These products are approved for use against COVID-19 and are applied per the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Disinfectant products in spray bottles and wiping materials are available from Facilities Management by submitting a work order. To allow for uniformity across campus, products supplied are consistent with products currently used by custodial services. Prior to use, written procedures

and the safety data sheet (SDS) must be reviewed. Procedure and SDS information will be distributed with each spray bottle and will also be available on the Facilities Management Custodial Services website.

Custodial staff will fill empty disinfectant bottles during daily cleaning routines as necessary.

  1. For general assignment classrooms
    1. Labeled bottles of disinfectant and wiping cloths will be available in each general assignment classroom.
    2. A procedure and SDS information will be posted in each room and should be reviewed prior to use.
  2. For other instructional spaces and office areas
    1. Labeled bottles of disinfectant and wiping materials may be requested by submitting a work order to Facilities Management. Please coordinate within your department to consolidate requests.
    2. A procedure and SDS information will be provided with each bottle.
    3. Requester will be contacted to verify requested quantities, coordinate delivery, and confirm refill process.

The custodial services team has assembled a comprehensive custodial cleaning plan to provide additional information and guidance on cleaning and disinfecting efforts and expectations. The comprehensive custodial cleaning plan can be found on the custodial services website and will continue to be updated as necessary.

For questions about any of these guidelines, please email: covid19update@uwstout.edu

Thank you for visiting UW-Stout! We hope you enjoy your time with us.