Return to Campus

Return to Campus

Updated September 20, 2021 8:03am - Office of Risk Management & Emergency Preparedness

Western Illinois University is committed to creating a campus environment focused on your academic success and health. We plan to welcome you to campus this fall with some adjustments to ensure proper social distancing as well as safety measures to limit exposure and person-to-person contact. This page has been developed to provide information related to the process and procedures of returning this fall. As more information is provided and announced, it will be posted on this dedicated webpage.

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Vaccine Information >

  • Western Illinois University expects all members of the campus community to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • WIU will require all students, faculty, and staff to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing with the option to opt out with proof of vaccination.
  • Several incentive prizes will be awarded to those who participate in the vaccination/testing program.
  • Individuals can submit proof of vaccination online or in person.
  • Vaccination clinics will occur on campus throughout the semester.

Testing Information >

  • All students, staff, and faculty members are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing unless proof of vaccination is provided.
  • Free tests are available on the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses.
  • Testing will consist of a PCR based test by partnering with the SHIELD IL Testing Program and Clinical Reference Laboratory.
  • Results within 24 hours.
  • Convenient and centralized locations for easy access.

Campus Life and Events >

  • A variety of engaging events and activities will occur throughout the semester.
  • Residence Halls will be open with new guidelines.
  • Campus Dining Centers will be open with a variety of carry-out options and limited seating.
  • Campus Rec will be open with restrictions to ensure safety.
  • In-person gatherings will be permitted with protocols and procedures.

Academics >

  • Coursework will be delivered both in the physical classroom and through other alternative methods.
  • Classrooms have been outfitted with technology to provide an enhanced online experience.
  • Classes will have a mandated seating chart and attendance taking policy to aid in the event of contact tracing.
  • Classrooms have been reconfigured for proper social distancing to allow for proper space between professors and students.

Facilities and Environment >

  • Classroom seating will be distanced at six feet between seats/stations.
  • Seating charts will be developed for classes and attendance will be taken for contact tracing purposes.
  • Elevators on campus will have limited capacity, in most cases (2) occupants.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented in all areas of campus.
  • Mechanical systems are being adjusted to assist with air circulation.

Quarantining and Isolation >

  • Bayliss Hall is been designated as the official location for students needing quarantine and isolation accommodations.
  • The University has developed an efficient and easy to follow process to move students to quarantine and isolation following notification of a positive test, those who are symptomatic, and those who have been in close contact to individuals with COVID-19.
  • Quarantine and isolation space is not limited to just on-campus students and will accept off-campus students as well.
  • WIU personnel and resources are available for around the clock assistance for those in quarantine and isolation and will help answer questions, wellness checks, assist with notifying instructors of class absences, ordering meals, etc.

Travel >

  • Travel Policy provides guidance related to official University travel for the reasons of business, academic and all other purposes, as well as provide consultation for personal travel
  • Policy will remain in effect until Western Illinois University administration determines that travel restrictions are no longer required

Face Coverings >

  • All students, faculty, and staff can obtain a University themed cloth face covering at the University Union Service Center.
  • Individuals are not required to wear the university-provided face covering and can purchase and wear any face covering that is appropriate and that meets CDC guidelines.
  • Face coverings will be required to be worn in all University owned indoor spaces.

Health & Hygiene >

  • Western is committed to testing all members of the WIU community for COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • Wear a face covering when around others.
  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Monitor your health and report symptoms immediately.
  • Consider getting the flu vaccine.