Carroll University Comeback Plan | Spring 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Last updated November 18, 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. Our planning committee has been meeting for months to develop a plan with new protocols that will help promote the safety and wellness of our campus. The Carroll Comeback Plan provides requirements for students prior to returning to campus and sets expectations for minimizing the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19 for the Carroll community.

Use these links to quickly navigate to the topics addressed on this page.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

We will continue with a focus on face-to-face instruction while mixing in hybrid and online instruction as well. Listed below are the academic calendars for both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

View the Academic Calendar for All 2020-2021 Dates

Mandatory Covid-19 Testing

As you plan your January return to campus, Carroll will require COVID-19 testing prior to students returning to residential housing and in-person classes. Carroll will be offering FREE testing when students return. Students should watch their email, Carroll University’s social media pages, and Carroll University’s COVID-19 Information website for updates on getting a test after the New Year. We will also require regular COVID testing throughout the semester.

See the COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Contact Tracing Process

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 may have a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Students with any of these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should be tested to prevent the spread on campus:

Contact Tracing

If anyone in the Carroll community is identified as having been exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing, they will be referred for testing by the Waukesha County Department of Public Health or their health provider.


Isolation is required if a student tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms and is awaiting test results. Students who are living in Carroll housing should plan to go home to isolate when it is safe to do so. A student can be released from isolation when criteria outlined by the CDC are met.


Quarantine is required if a student is a close contact of a person that has been tested positive for COVID-19. Student’s living in Carroll housing should plan to go home to quarantine when it is safe to do so. A student will be released from quarantine when the criteria outlined by the CDC are met.

Quarantine and Isolation Living Arrangements

*Close Contact

An individual will be considered to have had close contact if meeting any of the following criteria:

Student Expectations and Conduct

Student Agreement and Testing Waiver

Students will be required to sign a student agreement and testing waiver prior to returning to campus in January. This agreement and waiver will be found when students access their Carroll portal page.

Download the Waiver

Sanctioning Process

Learn more about Carroll University’s COVID-19 sanctioning process.


Students participating in Carroll University NCAA Division III athletic teams will be tested in accordance to NCCA and CCIW guidelines on a weekly basis.

Health and Safety Measures While on Campus

Face Masks / Coverings

Face coverings/masks must be worn in campus owned and/or operated buildings, houses, and in public outdoor settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings/Masks are strongly encouraged when practicing physical distancing. Students are encouraged to plan and bring a set of masks with them for use. To assist, students will receive a free Carroll University branded mask upon arrival to campus.

Daily Health Checks

We are asking all students, faculty and staff to perform daily self-checks on symptoms related to COVID-19. All Carroll community are encouraged to take personal responsibility when exhibiting symptoms.

Social Distancing

The Carroll community will maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation when in contact with others for longer than 10 minutes, regardless of face mask/covering. This includes both indoor and outside spaces.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Carroll has placed 150 hand sanitizing stations across campus along with sanitary wipe stations in all classroom and resident hall buildings. We have enhanced our cleaning procedures by utilizing EPA and CDC approved supplies and protocols for COVID-19 sanitation. Additionally, facilities staff has had increased education of proper sanitation techniques and safety precautions. The university has also updated heating and ventilation systems to improve air quality.

Shuttle Service

Public Safety passengers are required to wear a face covering when using the shuttle. The shuttle will only allow for 3 students. The shuttle will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.

Dining Services

We are following all federal, state and local guidelines and recommendations, including daily wellness checks and PPE for all associates, ongoing cleaning and sanitizing, and daily disinfecting in all areas. All food will be pre-packaged or served by associates. Seating in all dining areas will be reduced to maintain physical distancing.

Testing Services

During the academic year, students with any COVID-19 symptoms will be asked by the University to get tested. When ill, students should stay home except to get medical care. Students should not go to class, work, athletics, dining facilities, or participate in any other activities if they have symptoms or have tested positive. Avoid using public transportation or ride sharing.

Students can call the Health Center at 262.524.7233 to make an appointment for evaluation and testing. Students may also go to their health provider or other local clinic to get tested and should report positive results as outlined below.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must text 262.218.2379 or to report their positive test.

Carroll Instructional Information

Instructional Delivery Methods

Many courses were switched to larger classrooms and cameras were placed in each classroom so that flexibility of delivery can take place. Each of your classes may look different, with some taking place fully in-person, while in others you may be asked to physically attend only on certain days. Your faculty will be in touch with you prior to the beginning of the semester.

Physically Distant Classrooms

Each classroom on campus was evaluated for size and space in order to determine appropriate capacities. In addition, numerous courses were moved to larger spaces to accommodate in-person learning. These modifications ensure that students remain at a physical distance during classes, thus helping to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

Virtual Office Hours

As you navigate your courses this spring, it will be important to work with your faculty members. Faculty office hours may be held virtually this coming year, allowing you to be in your residence hall, or anywhere, and connect with them.

Student Accommodations

Should you not feel comfortable returning to campus for classes this spring and want to complete your coursework virtually, please submit a request to Marty Bledsoe, Director of the Walter Young Center, at

Laptop Availability

At Carroll, we want to ensure you have all the tools you need for a successful academic year. Our faculty is preparing an increasingly rich educational environment for you, including new online tools and applications. We realize that not everyone has easy access to laptops, so if you need one to access these additional resources, we would like you to know we have limited quantities available for students use. If you need one, please contact the OIT Media Center at, or call 262.951.3268.

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