COVID-19 University Housing Updates

UW-Stout University Housing policies and procedures during the COVID-19 situation.
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This site is currently being updated, new information will be released in early August 2022.

In addition to the campus COVID-19 safety protocols, we would like to clarify specific aspects that will impact on-campus living. Our shared effort to hold ourselves and our peers accountable to these expectations will help us return to the on-campus life we all desire. By moving into your assigned room in University Housing, you understand and acknowledge that there are risks associated with communal living and, as in any shared living environment, those risks include potential exposure to contagious viruses, including the coronavirus.

While there are many moving parts to the on-campus experience at UW-Stout, we hope to continue to provide you with the most current information we have available.  This page is designed to offer on-campus residents, and their families and friends, a better picture of what they can expect from University Housing and living on-campus. 

While this is the most updated information to date, there will continue to be changes as we work with our partners to respond to the changing nature of COVID-19. Please continue to check this website and your university e-mail daily.

Isolation and Quarantine Instructions

I've tested positive for COVID-19
  1. Make a plan for isolation. You may leave campus to isolate if you have a safe place to do so (preferably your own bedroom and bathroom). Isolation space is also available on campus.
    1. Regardless of your plans, follow this link to communicate your needs with University Housing.
    2. If you are staying on campus, pack what you will need for 5+ days of isolation.
    3. Understand that under current conditions, you may be isolating with another positive student in your temporary room.
    4. Once you have completed the survey, and if you are staying on campus, a staff member from University Housing will call you to confirm your plans and send you follow-up summary email to direct you to an isolation space.
  2. You have received a Kn95 mask. You should wear this during the entire period of your isolation. Before using this mask, please review the online training materials.
  3. Identify and inform your close contacts; provide them the information on this website under "Notifying your Close Contracts if you test positive." A close contact is anyone that you were within 6-feet for cumulatively more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period with or without a mask up to two days prior to experiencing symptoms.
  4. Communicate via e-mail with your professors and any work sites you may have that you will be in isolation.  If you need documentation of isolation for an employer, send an email to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.
  5. If you are unvaccinated and have been required to test, notify the Dean of Students Office at dean_of_students@uwstout.edu and you will be exempt from your testing requirement for 90 days. 
  6. If you are feeling ill and need medical care or have medical questions, please call Student Health Services at 715-232-1314. Student Health Services does not have access to your test results.
  7. Review the Isolation Guidelines. Once you have reached the end of your isolation use this survey to communicate to University Housing and return to your permanent room assignment. 
  8. If you have questions, please submit them to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.
I'm awaiting PCR test results
  1. You should make a plan for isolation while you await your test results which could take 3-5 days. You may leave campus to isolate if you have a safe place to do so (preferably your own bedroom and bathroom). Isolation space is also available on campus.
    1. Regardless of your plans, follow this link to communicate your needs with University Housing.
    2. If you are staying on campus, pack what you will need for 5+ days of isolation.
    3. Once you have completed the survey, and if you are staying on campus, a staff member from University Housing will call you to confirm your plans and send you follow-up summary email to direct you to an isolation space.
  2. You have received a Kn95 mask. You should wear this during the entire period of your isolation. Before using this mask, please review the online training materials.
  3. Communicate via e-mail with your professors and any work sites you may have that you will be in isolation.  If you need documentation of isolation for an employer, send an email to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.
  4. If you are feeling ill and need medical care or have medical questions, please call Student Health Services at 715-232-1314. Student Health Services does not have access to your test results.
  5. Review the Isolation Guidelines. Once you have reached the end of your isolation use this survey to communicate to University Housing and return to your permanent room assignment. 
  6. Results will be available in 3-5 days. If your results are positive you will get a phone call from the testing site with your results. If your results are negative, you will get an email from the testing site with your results. Due to the abundance of tests, it is possible you may also get an email from studentcovid@uwstout.edu with a message that you may leave isolation prior to receiving the phone call. If you receive this e-mail message, you can assume that your test is negative and a follow-up phone call from Weber Health Logistics will be coming. Regardless of the results of your PCR test, please use this survey to notify University Housing so that we may help you plan for your next steps.
  7. If you have questions, please submit them to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.
Notify your Close Contacts if you test positive

You’ve tested positive for COVID-19. It is your responsibility to notify your close contacts that you have tested positive. Here is what you should do:

  • Send an email or text to anyone who may be a close contact to you. A close contact is anyone that you were within 6-feet for cumulatively more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period with or without a mask up to two days prior to experiencing symptoms.
  • Provide them with these Quarantine Guidelines when you notify them that you have identified them as a close contact. Please note the document has different guidelines for boosted and non-boosted individuals. It is not your responsibility to know or ask if an individual is vaccinated or boosted. Your close contact should review the information carefully and follow the guidance provided.
  • If you have a roommate in the residence hall, do the following:
    • Notify your roommate that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be moving to an isolation space on campus or isolating off-campus, whichever option you have selected.
    • Until you leave, suggest to your roommate that they avoid returning to the room, if possible, until you have left for isolation.
    • If you and your roommate must be in the room at the same time, you should where high-quality and well-fitting masks while in the room.
    • Instruct your roommate to review the information below, "My Roommate Tested Positive and I'm a Close Contact."
My Roommate Tested Positive and I'm a Close Contact

You have been notified that you are an on-campus roommate of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please review these Quarantine Guidelines and the appropriate instruction below.

If you are boosted OR fully vaccinated and are not yet eligible for the booster vaccine:

  • No quarantine is recommended unless you develop symptoms.
  • Review the attached Quarantine Guidelines
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested.
  • If no symptoms, it is recommended that you test on day 5 from the last date of exposure.  

If you are not vaccinated OR fully vaccinated, eligible for the booster, but not yet boosted:

  • You need to quarantine for at least 5 days
  • Review the attached Quarantine Guidelines
  • You should make a plan for quarantine. You may leave campus to quarantine if you have a safe place to do so (preferably your own bedroom and bathroom). Quarantine space is also available on campus.
    • Regardless of your plans, follow this link to communicate your needs with University Housing.
    • If you are staying on campus, pack what you will need for 5+ days of quarantine.
    • Once you have completed the survey, and if you are staying on campus, a staff member from University Housing will call you to confirm your plans and send you a follow-up summary email to direct you to a quarantine space. We encourage you to make this decision quickly.
  • If you develop symptoms while in quarantine, you may leave your space to get tested.

If you had COVID-19 within the last 90 days:

Additional Instructions

  • Communicate via e-mail with your professors and any work sites you may have that you will be in quarantine.  If you need documentation of quarantine for an employer, send an email to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.
  • Make a testing appointment for 5-days from the last date of your exposure from the COVID positive person. Test sooner if you are feeling ill.
  • If you move to on-campus quarantine space, University Housing will contact you on day 5 of your quarantine to assess symptoms and determine your release date.
  • If you are feeling ill and need medical care or have medical questions, please call Student Health Services at 715-232-1314. Student Health Services does not have access to your test results.
  • If you have questions, please submit them to studentcovid@uwstout.edu.

Temporary Housing Instructions

Directions and Access to Temporary Housing

Red Cedar for Isolation and Quarantine

  • Red Cedar Hall is located on the Northwest corner of campus, building number 63 on this campus map, it is on North Campus across from North Point Dining and Fleming/Hovlid Hall.
  • Your student ID card has been provided access to the building and your suite during your stay.
  • You’ll find keys to your specific room (A, B, C, or D) on the door handle when you arrive. 
Parking

If you have a valid permit and need to use your vehicle to move your items, please contact Parking Services at 715-232-1792 during normal business hours before parking your car. If you are moving outside of business hours, please park in one of the following lots: 9, 11, 12, or 22, and contact Parking Services at the start of the next business day.  Do not park in reserved Lot 32.  All lot numbers are marked on university signage and a parking map is available here.  If you need a short term permit, please contact Parking Services.

Moving and Packing

Please take the belongings you will need for about 5 days with you to your new space. Refer to the packing list below, all other belongings that you do not need can remain in your permanent room.  Linens will NOT be provided in your temporary room.

  • Bedding including sheets, blankets, and a pillow
  • Homework, computer, and school supplies
  • 2-3 complete changes of comfortable clothes
  • 4-5 complete changes of daytime clothes
  • Extra blanket
  • Thermometer
  • A well-fitting mask
  • Mental health / distraction items
  • Menstrual products
  • Medication and symptom relief remedies
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Body and face wash
  • Tissues
  • Extra phone charger
Meal Ordering and Delivery

You will need to order your meals from University Dining online Meal Ordering Form via the Transact Mobile Ordering App.  Please download this application to order your meals (here for Apple devices or here for Android devices).

Once in the app, please make sure that you are selecting Recovery Meal.  Please see the order deadline and meal delivery windows below:

  • Lunch must be ordered by 10:00am and will be delivered between 11am-noon.
  • Dinner must be ordered by 3:00pm between be delivered between 4-5pm.
  • Breakfast must be ordered by 3:00pm the day prior to that meal period and will be delivered with your dinner between 4-5pm. Example: Wednesday Breakfast should be ordered for delivery with Tuesday's Dinner.

South Hall Isolation Meal Delivery

  • Meals will be delivered within the designated timeframe to the lounge between the B and C cubes.
  • You will be notified via email that the meals have been delivered.
  • If you do not pick up your meal within 4 hours, it will be discarded and you will not receive a refund.

Red Cedar Hall Quarantine Meal Delivery

  • Meals will be delivered within the designated timeframe to the floor lounge.
  • You will be notified via email that the meals have been delivered.
  • If you do not pick up your meal within 4 hours, it will be discarded and you will not receive a refund.

Meal Delivery for residents awaiting PCR test results in their room

  • If you live in a single room or a Red Cedar suite, you may await your PCR test results or quarantine in your room.
  • Meals will be delivered within the designated timeframe to your hall's front desk.
  • You will be notified via email that the meals have been delivered.
  • Please wear your Kn95 mask and retrieve your meal from the front desk.
  • If you do not pick up your meal within 4 hours, it will be discarded and you will not receive a refund.
Returning to your Permanent Room Assignment

You will work with University Housing regarding your release from temporary housing. 

  • Do not leave your temporary space until you have gotten confirmation from a contact tracer or University Housing that it is okay to do so.
  • If you receive your PCR test results, please enter them in the online survey here. You will receive an email regarding your next steps depending on your test results and your current housing situation.
  • If you are in on-campus isolation or quarantine, a university staff member will call you on day five of your isolation or quarantine to assess your symptoms and determine if you are ready to be released from temporary housing.
  • If you are in off-campus isolation or quarantine, please refer to the Isolation or Quarantine guidelines.
Helpful Resources

Counseling Services: 715-232-2468

Student Health Services: 715-232-1314

Dean of Students Office: 715-232-1181

University Housing: 715-232-1121

University Dining: 715-232-1585

Hall Staff: 715-232-3333

Residence Hall COVID-19 Policies

Face Masks - EXPIRED 3/12/22

Face masks or coverings will be worn by all residents, guests, and employees in the residence halls. A mask is not required when an individual is in their room alone or with their roommate(s) or guests, in designated mask-free rooms, when using the restroom to brush their teeth, groom their face, or shower, or while outside the building. However, masks are required in common areas (including bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, basements, stairwells, hallways, and elevators). All face coverings, whether disposable or reusable, must:

  • Fully cover the nose and mouth;
  • Either cover the chin or secure under the chin (open chin bandanas are not acceptable); and
  • Be free of any holes (macramé’, crocheted, and knitted masks are prohibited).

Due to the transmittable nature of the omicron strain, well-fitting masks are important for prevention:

  • Two or more layers;
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth;
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face; and
  • Have a nose wire

Residents requesting a mask accommodation should contact Disability Services to engage in the accommodation process.

Up to three N95 masks will be provided for each on-campus resident. They may be retrieved at your residence hall front desk and are voluntary to use. If you chose to use one of the provided N95 masks, we encourage you to review the information on the UW-Stout Sharepoint site.

Testing - EXPIRED 3/12/22

Unvaccinated Residents

Residence hall students who are not fully vaccinated will be expected to have tested for COVID-19 the first week of the Spring semester, January 24-28 and biweekly after that. Plan ahead for the testing expectation and schedule your test in advance for the following weeks. Testing expectations after spring break will be sent to unvaccinated residents as we get closer to that date.

  • February 7-11
  • February 21-25
  • March 7-11

Testing is available in the West Gym of the Sports and Fitness Center (building #5 on this map) and will require you to swipe/tap your ID card to confirm completion of your test. Students who choose not to test during either of these expected periods will be referred to the conduct system for sanctions including but not limited to university probation and contract termination.

Vaccinated Residents

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you are not expected to test routinely. All residents, regardless of vaccination status, who experience COVID-19 symptoms should get tested. 

Vaccination

The best protection from COVID-19 is a combination of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, getting the booster when you become eligible (5 months after Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months after J&J), wearing a mask when appropriate, monitoring for symptoms, staying in your room when sick, and washing your hands often. Learn about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination online. All residents are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine and booster shot.

Students who have been vaccinated should upload their information to be exempt from current testing requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to keep their COVID vaccine card with them when they return to campus.

Students, faculty, staff, and supervisors are prohibited from discriminating against individuals regarding vaccination status. 

Guests - EXPIRED 3/12/22

As per the University Housing Guests policy, residents may host guests in their residence hall, however their guest’s behavior is their responsibility.  All guests, like our residents, must abide by COVID-19 policies.  Additionally, to avoid large group gatherings and the potential spread of COVID-19, the total number of guests and residents staying in a residence hall room and/or suite may not exceed the following:

  • Single room occupancy: 4
  • Double room occupancy: 4
  • Extended double room occupancy: 6
  • Quad room occupancy: 8
  • Red Cedar Suite occupancy: 8
Cleaning and Disinfecting

All residence hall students will be expected to abide by residence hall community standards which have been designed to support a health living environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to maintain a basic level of cleanliness in their residence hall rooms. Proper and frequent handwashing is expected. Sanitizing stations will be placed at a various entry and exit locations and students are asked to “tap in” and “tap out” by using hand sanitizer when they enter and exit a building. Custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect bathrooms, showers, and touch surfaces routinely.

Expectations and Guidelines

Residents are expected to fully comply with the expectations, protocols and guidelines outlined in this document. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action, however every reasonable effort will be made to gain voluntary cooperation before engaging in the formal disciplinary process.