Return to Campus

Health & Hygiene

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.

Online Health Self-Checker

The CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that will assist individuals ages 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 12 on deciding when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Hand sanitation stations were installed throughout campus buildings.
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, including after touching your face covering or face, when entering common spaces, workrooms and break rooms, and while using shared workspaces, electronic devices, equipment or other tools. 
  • Additional hand hygiene protocols, including the wearing of gloves, etc, may be required in various campus settings, as appropriate.

Your Health        

The following CDC webpage provides individuals with current COVID-19 related information pertaining to your health.

People Who Are at Higher Risk

According to the CDC, certain individuals can become more severely ill than others with the COVID-19 virus.  It is recommended that individuals who have serious underlying medical conditions or feel that they may be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 consult with their primary care physician, as well as reference the information provided by the CDC.

Several steps and processes are being taken to protect the entire Western Illinois University Community. We recognize that individual circumstances, including age and certain underlying health conditions, can increase the risk that, if acquired, the course of the virus can be more severe.

WIU has a streamlined process for responding to individual requests for further accommodations related to COVID-19 based on personal circumstances. We may extend accommodations into the Fall 2022 semester, without further requirements, as we learn more about the course of COVID-19. If you believe you may need further accommodation, we urge you to submit a request as soon as possible so we can begin working with you.

Students who need accommodations should contact Disability Resources in the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) at SDSC@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1884.

Employees who need accommodations should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) at EOA-OFFICE@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1977.

Leatherneck Care Referral

Western Illinois University is committed to the emotional and physical well-being of all students, as well as their academic success. The Division of Student Services offers an easy-to-use tool to share nonemergency-related concerns about student behaviors and potential barriers to success. In conjunction with this system, if an individual learns that a person made need assistance due to illness related to COVID-19, they can submit a Leatherneck Care Referral.

To learn more information or to submit a Leatherneck Care Referral, please reference the Retention Initiatives website.

Mental Health Resources

The University recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health and encourages individuals needing assistance to seek aid from the University Counseling Center and other available mental health resources.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

WIU strongly encourages all members of the University community to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. 

More information related to flu vaccine clinics on campus will be released at a later date.

The seasonal flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are different from COVID-19. While the flu vaccine will not prevent a COVID-19 infection, it will help our University community better respond by helping to prevent a potential seasonal flu outbreak, which could divert resources needed to respond to COVID-19.