Return to Campus

Campus Life and Events

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Residence Hall Operations

Residence halls will operate at standard occupancy. Significant enhanced cleaning and other adjustments in operations will be in effect to enhance the safety of students and hall staff. Adjustments to residence hall operations include:

  • All students living in the residence halls will receive a small bottle of disinfectant and access to a free face covering upon check-in. It is recommended that students bring with them additional sanitizer, cleaning wipes/supplies, and a thermometer.
  • Building Services will increase cleaning measures.
  • Assigned roommates will be considered a “household” for purposes of contact tracing. Students will not need to wear face coverings in their assigned rooms, but they must wear face coverings in all other rooms and common spaces, including elevators, hallways, laundry rooms, dining halls, restrooms, etc.
  • Non-WIU student visitors will not be allowed in the residence halls on residential floors.
  • Students who need accommodations should contact Disability Resources in the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) at SDSC@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1884.

Campus Dining

Campus Dining Centers are adjusting their facilities and offerings in accordance with foodservice industry best practices.

  • Dining Centers will offer carryout food container options.
  • Indoor seating will be made available and will be set to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Outdoor dining will be available with grab-and-go, as well as carry-out options in each dining center.

Events & Programming

Western Illinois University is committed to providing engaging experiences this upcoming year, including events and activities for the campus community to participate in. To ensure that WIU is monitoring events and providing a safe experience, events have been broken down into (3) general categories and the following protocols have been established to help aid in planning and protection.

  • All events and activities should encourage expect participants to be fully vaccinated. It is recommended that on invitations, advertisements, etc…related to the event that the statement “participants are expected to be vaccinated” should appear.
  • The University strongly encourages events and programs occur in an outdoor setting as much as possible.
  • Event coordinators should remember that some members of the University community remain hesitant to participant in face-to-face/in-person activities and events. When applicable/feasible, a virtual component is encouraged.
  • Student clubs and organizations will have the opportunity to meet in person in accordance with appropriate University public health practices and protocols. Student groups may also choose to meet virtually.
  • Concerts, comedians, lecturers, and other visiting performers are permitted on campus, but must follow all on-campus protocols and procedures. It will be the event host to inform all attendees of these procedures. Failure to comply with these procedures could result in the event host being sanctioned.
  • Any rental of a University facility must follow the on-campus protocols and procedures. It is the responsibility of the event host to inform all attendees of these procedures. Failure to comply with these procedures could result in the event host being fined.
  • Banquets and socials are allowable following University guidelines.
  • Some events may require attendance tracking (name/phone number/email) in the event participants need to be contact traced by the respective health department. The Scheduling and Events Services Office will provide guidance, card swipes, and other tools needed to successfully accomplish these tasks. It will be the event host’s responsibility to perform the necessary precautions as provided by the Scheduling and Events Services Office.
  • All events and activities should encourage participants to be fully vaccinated. It is recommended that on invitations, advertisements, etc…related to the event that the statement “participants are expected to be vaccinated” should appear.
  • All events and activities should expect participants to complete the WIU self-check before arriving to campus and include this information on invitations, advertisements, etc.
  • Event coordinators should not ask if a participant is vaccinated or use vaccination status to accept or deny entry into an event.
  • All individuals should be aware that these protocols and procedures could change based on compliance and directions from the Health Department.
Gathering Type 1

Groups consisting of attendees from the WIU community (i.e. no participants from outside of the University Community. Events include organization events, informational tablings, Does not include performers, entertainers, etc. that would be able to be distanced from crowd).

Inside Protocols: Since all members of the campus community are either vaccinated or actively engaged in the testing program, members of the campus community be are allowed to host gatherings with no capacity restrictions and the following protocols:

  • Face Coverings must be worn by all participants (Can be removed when eating and drinking while seated).
  • Check-in, pre-registration, or roster of attendance required (name, phone, and email)
  • Distancing is recommended to the best of hosts abilities. No set distancing restrictions in place.
  • For informational tablings, staffing should be limited to 1-2 individuals from the organization.
  • For events such as fairs or booth style setups, aisles should be arranged to eliminate participants from crossing one another.
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…)

Outside Protocols:

  • Face Coverings optional for participants.
  • Check-in, pre-registration, or roster of attendance required (name, phone, and email).
  • Distancing is encouraged to the best of host’s abilities.
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…)
Gathering Type 2

Groups consisting of outside attendees where WIU community members are limited in their participation. (i.e. rentals such as a wedding at the Union, gym rentals, community arranged banquets, rental of pool at recreation center, etc.).

Inside Protocols: In most cases, where outside entities utilize University facilities for private engagements, exposure is limited to members of the campus community (staffing, limited attendee participation).

  • Face Coverings must be worn by all participants (Can be removed when eating and drinking while seated).
  • Check-in, pre-registration, or roster of attendance required (name, phone, and email).
  • Distancing is recommended to the best of hosts abilities. No set distancing restrictions in place.
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…)
  • Event hosts should be made aware that they could be assessed a fee for non-compliance.

Outside Protocols:

  • Face Coverings optional
  • Distancing is encouraged to the best of host’s abilities.
  • Check-in, pre-registration, or roster of attendance required (name, phone, and email)
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…)
Gathering Type 3

Groups consisting of outside attendees and WIU community members are engaged with one another. (i.e. fairs, concerts, spectator events, marches, theatre productions, etc.) .

Inside Protocols: Since all members of the campus community are either vaccinated or actively engaged in the testing program, the recommendation is that members of the campus community be are allowed to host gatherings with no capacity restrictions and the following protocols:

  • Face Coverings must be worn by all participants (Can be removed when eating and drinking while seated).
  • Check-in, pre-registration, or roster of attendance is encouraged when applicable to the event (name, phone, and email) to assist with contact tracing if needed.
  • Seats to be arranged to allow for proper social distancing.
  • For events where manageable, all attendees are required to complete the WIU Self-Check before arrival to campus.
  • For events such as fairs or booth style setups, aisles should be arranged to eliminate participants from crossing one another.
  • For events such as fairs or booth style setups, tables and interactions should be properly distanced from one another.
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…).
  • Event hosts should be made aware that they could be assessed a fee for non-compliance.

Outside Protocols:

  • Face Coverings optional.
  • Distancing is encouraged to the best of host’s abilities.
  • Other reasonable COVID protocols in place (i.e. sanitizer stations, signage, etc…)

Computer Labs

  • Computer labs will be open throughout campus.
  • Hours will be adjusted and some computer stations will be offline to conform to proper distancing guidelines. Find WIU COVID-19 updates at wiu.edu/coronavirus 19
  • Staff members will assist in disinfecting; however, individuals will be asked to help by disinfecting before and after they use a specific station.
  • Face coverings will be required in all computer labs.

For additional information regarding computer labs, please visit the University Technology website.

Go West Bus Service

GoWest will have buses operating normal hours during the Fall 2021 semester. Go West has taken the following measures to ensure passenger safety. Riders should be aware that due to some of the procedures taking place, delays may occur.

  • All individuals riding the bus (including the driver) will be required to wear a face covering.
  • With social distancing guidelines in place, each bus will have a maximum number of passengers allowed onboard. When a bus reaches this capacity, “At capacity” will be displayed on the vehicle’s front sign.
  • All buses will be sanitized daily. For additional information regarding GoWest, please visit the Go West.

For additional information regarding GoWest, please visit the GoWest website.

Leatherneck Athletics

At this time, Western Illinois University Athletics will host fall competitions, following all the protocols outlined by the NCAA, The Summit League, and the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

For additional information regarding Western Illinois University Athletics, please visit www.goleathernecks.com.

Graduation Ceremony

  • At this time, the formal in-person Commencement Exercises for December is planned as regularly scheduled. Updated guidance regarding the number of attendees and other COVID-19 related protocols will be announced at a later date.
  • At this time, the formal in-person Commencement Exercises for May 2022 are planned at both the Macomb campus and Quad-Cities TaxSlayer Center as regularly scheduled.

Spencer Student Recreation Center

The Spencer Student Campus Recreation Center will be open with COVID-19 related measures in place following the guidance of the IPDH. Campus Recreation facilities protocols include:

  • The number of individuals allowed in the recreation center will be limited and closely monitored.
  • Face coverings are required for entry and for some activities. Face covering can be removed when using select exercise equipment and while swimming.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the facility.
  • Intramural sports may be limited and may have additional protocols.
  • Locker rooms may have limited access.
  • Some sports or activities may be altered and/or will not be allowed due to social distancing protocols and guidelines.
  • Guest passes will be sold in the student recreation center, and visitors must follow recreation center mask policies.
  • The hot tub will be offline, and the pool will be open for lap swim only.

For additional information regarding campus rec, please visit the Spencer Student Recreation Center website.