Campus Policies Regarding Unvaccinated Students/Faculty/Staff for Fall, 2021 Announced

Following the guidance of the Walworth, Jefferson and Rock County health departments, and with the support of the Emergency Operations Committee and the Chancellor’s Cabinet, UW-Whitewater will be requiring COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff upon return to campus in order to best protect the campus community.

COVID-19 testing will be required for all students, faculty and staff who return to the Whitewater or Rock County campuses between August 27 and September 10 (as well as those who have been on campus over the summer) who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — meaning two weeks after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The testing must take place on the following schedule:

  • Once between August 30 and September 10
  • Once between September 10 and 17, with at least five days between the first and second tests


This testing is required for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who visit campus for any reason; students, faculty and staff who engage with campus 100% online are exempt. Vaccinated Warhawks are strongly encouraged to submit their vaccine information.

Starting Monday, August 23, testing will be available Monday through Friday on the Whitewater campus and Mondays and Tuesdays on the Rock County campus. The location and hours will be shared closer to that date. For testing before August 23 or on weekends, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services testing page. Off-campus testing is permissible for fulfilling the testing requirement.

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who do not comply with the testing requirement will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office, University Housing or their supervisor, as appropriate.

Students, faculty and staff who have traveled internationally in the two weeks prior to arriving on campus should review and must follow CDC guidelines.


The health and safety of students, employees and community members is the utmost priority as we prepare for the new academic year. UW-Whitewater will continue to use information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Wisconsin, county health departments and the University of Wisconsin System to guide the decision-making processes across campuses. Please note that COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic, and modifications of these practices should be anticipated.

For questions or comments related to the UW-Whitewater COVID-19 response, contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 262-472-1362 or For more information about campus operations under COVID-19, visit Warhawks Are Back.

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