Return to Campus

Return to Campus

Updated September 23, 2022 7:30am - 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 with adjusted protocols and safety measures to mitigate the transmission of viruses. 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 and respective booster shot when eligible.
  • Vaccination clinics will occur on campus throughout the semester.

Testing Information >

  • The University encourages frequent testing for all individuals of the campus community (vaccinated and unvaccinated).   
  • Testing will consist of an antigen based nasal swab test that is self-administered.
  • Results within 15-20 min.

Facilities, Environment & Campus Life >

  • Public area cleaning and disinfection will be performed every normal business day.
  • Sanitizing and cleaning materials will be available for users throughout buildings across campus.
  • Mechanical systems are adjusted to assist with air circulation.
  • Dining centers to provide take out options.
  • Events and activities my include implementation of protocols to aid in planning and protection.

Isolation & Exposure to COVID-19 >

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who do not feel well MUST STAY HOME.
  • The University has adapted CDC guidance as it relates to COVID-19 exposure and isolation.
  • WIU has implemented a self-reporting COVID-19 form for individuals who test using a home test kit.
  • WIU personnel and resources are available for assistance.

Travel >

  • Travelers are expected to follow CDC guidance for domestic and international travel.
  • Traveling for the purpose of WIU Business requires standard approvals (prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic).

Face Coverings >

  • Face Coverings are optional for the majority of campus locations.
  • All students, faculty, and staff can obtain a face covering at various locations throughout campus.
  • Individuals can wear any face covering that is appropriate and that meets CDC guidelines.

Health & 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.
  • Monitor your health and report symptoms immediately.
  • Consider getting the flu vaccine.