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UNW Covid-19 Information

Monday, July 19, 2021

Fall 2021 Student Arrival on Campus

Northwestern is excited to welcome all new and returning students back to campus in August! Administrative teams are working to prepare for your arrival and will offer detailed information to help you visualize what to expect by 8/1/21. In the interim, we want you to update you on three areas that you may be curious about:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are not required for Northwestern employees or students; however, the MDH and CDC recommend vaccines for eligible individuals over the age of 12. Because vaccination is a personal and private health care decision, we encourage you to consult with your health care provider.
  • Face coverings are not required; however, the MDH and CDC recommend that individuals who are not vaccinated wear face coverings when around others. If employees, students, or guests voluntarily choose to wear a face covering, they should be able to do so without concern and should not be asked to explain why they are wearing a face covering. All members of our community should support anyone who chooses to wear a face covering, noting that there are a variety of reasons one might do so. 
  • Physical distancing is not required; however, the MDH and CDC recommend that individuals who are not vaccinated physically distance when possible. All areas on campus will be reset to standard distancing; however, barriers and sneeze guards will remain in place in most areas of the campus until further notice. Barriers on the dining tables have been removed; however, barriers will remain in the serving areas.

These policies and guidelines are subject to change as state and federal guidelines and university protocols evolve and will be updated as needed. We look forward to seeing you for the launch of fall semester 2021!

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Email Health Services at HealthServices@unwsp.edu or call the COVID Response Hotline at 651-631-5353 for further directions.

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