Have questions or concerns related to Western’s COVID-19 precautions and preventive measures? Contact Western's COVID-19 Monitoring Team:
Most of Western’s buildings are locked and only accessible to students during scheduled in-person class times or by appointment to help reduce daily disinfection requirements and minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. There are a few exceptions, however:
The Campus Shop bookstore will be open during regular business hours for curb-side service. Visit the Campus Shop website for more information.
The Union Market will be open to students and staff for to-go breakfast and lunch options. Limited seating will be available for dining. Visit www.theunionmarket.com for details.
The Main La Crosse Campus and Regional Locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua will have computer labs available for a limited number of students to use to access online Western classes and services. See the Computer Labs or Regional Locations pages for lab locations and available hours.
All students, employees, and visitors must follow screening, face mask, and social distancing requirements below.
Our support service areas, including the Student Life Office, Learning Commons, Advisors, Financial Aid, Veteran Services, etc., are operating in a virtual format. Visit Student Support Services for contact information.
Students and employees are required to complete a screening process prior to entering any Western facility. These processes may change, depending upon the phase of our return to campus, new guidelines, and available technology.
For the current process, see the Screening Procedures.
For a list of designated entrances to buildings, see Screening Locations. These entrances will be unlocked 30 minutes prior to the first class of the day. Please be aware that all other entrances will be locked.
Everyone on campus must wear a proper face mask when in proximity to others. Masks are helpful in reducing viral spread because they capture larger respiratory droplets and keep fine or even aerosol (lighter, smaller) virus particles from spreading by reducing the distance exhaled breaths, coughs, or sneezes travel. (Note that face shields alone are not an adequate replacement for face masks.) See how to properly wear a face mask.
- You are encouraged to bring your own proper face mask, if you have one.
- Masks are required to be worn indoors whenever more than one person is present in the same shared space (e.g. office, elevator, vehicle, breakroom, hallway, or restroom) or if there is a high expectation of encountering another person. Masks should be worn over the mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands prior to putting on a masks, and prior to removing, touching or adjusting the mask.
- Non-disposable, cloth masks should be washed regularly (daily) after use with detergent in hot water or rinsed with soap and place in water that is at least 140 degrees for 5 minutes.
- If you have a condition which makes wearing a mask difficult, you can request an accommodation through our Access Services department. Contact Kris Follansbee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintaining social distancing is one of the most important ways to reduce the risk of infection. You should maintain at least a six-foot distance from others at all times. The capacity of classrooms and service areas will be reduced to ensure that adequate distancing is possible.