Face Masks / Coverings
Effective March 12, 2022, masks will be optional for all students, employees, and community members on our campus, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all settings on campus, indoors or outdoors, with the exception of the university’s healthcare settings and large, university sponsored events which are designated as “mask required.” In the future should our COVID case counts rise, we will revisit this policy.
Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to COVID will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of their last close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Additionally, students and employees who have tested positive will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for days 6-10 of their isolation period if they have returned after day 5. See below for spaces where masks must be worn during these circumstances.
Face coverings/mask will be required in these spaces when students, faculty, or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive:
- Indoor areas including classrooms, offices, and shared campus spaces.
- Outside even when physical distancing of six-feet can be maintained.
- While in conference rooms, break rooms, cubicle settings or shared environments, including vehicles.
- In Residence Hall shared bedrooms or living areas in suite-style residence halls. In addition to traditional Residence Hall shared restrooms and bathrooms.
With specific respect to classroom and office settings, all faculty and staff reserve the right to require masks during their classes and/or in meetings with students or other employees. Students in clinical experiences, practicums, internships, or student teaching settings must continue to follow the protocols of their respective sites. Therefore, it is required that all members of the Carroll community ensure that they have a mask in their possession at all times.
This decision is based on the following factors:
- Carroll is following the most recent CDC guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html. According to the CDC, “the guidance looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level.” Currently, Waukesha County is in the medium community level.
- Carroll’s 7-day average positivity rate is at 1.17%
- Waukesha County’s 7-day average positivity rate is at 6.41%
- Carroll’s vaccination rate for all students is 88%.
- Waukesha County vaccination rate is at 69.3%
- Waukesha County hospitals no longer have emergency protocols in place, and they are below key COVID capacity thresholds.
Students, faculty, and staff may continue to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so. Many members of our campus community will continue to wear face coverings/masks and the university supports their choice to do so. We trust that the Carroll community will honor the Ethos by respecting those who choose to wear face coverings/masks.
As with our previous guidelines for our campus community during the pandemic, these updated protocols are subject to change. Signs on the entrances of campus buildings will be removed to reflect this change beginning March 14, 2022.
Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must refrain from coming to campus until receiving a negative test at a health care facility or community testing site.
Failure to Comply with University Policies
Failure to comply with university directives, protocols, or procedures intended to limit the spread of or exposure to viruses, illnesses and other contagions: Violating or disregarding directives, protocols, or procedures enacted by the university to protect the health and safety of the university community.
- In the event of a positive or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis, or close contact identification, students are required to cooperate fully with the University’s notification, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.
- Students will be required to complete regular mandatory testing as instructed by university officials.
- Carroll University may request or require a student to leave campus housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. This may be determined due to identified symptoms or exposure to an individual with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Residential students are required to comply with requests from Residence Life and Housing to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19.
- Students may not be present in any campus facility outside of quarantine or isolation while they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (or other respiratory illnesses), such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle pain or body aches, headache or chills until they have received clearance by a university official.
- Not all residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation due to shared restrooms or inadequate facilities. Therefore, in situations where a student is required or recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their original contracted residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed and/or available. Removal from campus housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract.
Any individual who violates an order to quarantine/isolate or the terms of quarantine/isolation may be subject to disciplinary action including housing probation or termination including loss of deposit, university probation or suspension.
Failure to Schedule and Participate in Mandatory Testing
- First offense: Warning and required follow up COVID-19 Test
- Second Offense: $25 fine and required follow up COVID-19 Test
- Third Offense: $50 fine and follow up meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, parent/guardian will be contacted, and student may be removed from Campus Housing until negative COVID-19 Test submitted
- Fourth Offense: $100 fine and removal from in-person class until COVID-19 test is submitted
- Contracted residents are permitted one overnight Carroll University student-guest within residential buildings and living units.
- Carroll University Commuter students are permitted to be guests within residential buildings.
- Non-Carroll Student Guests are permitted within Residential Structures within the following guidelines:
- Guest visitation hours (8:00am-1:59am) must be observed.
- Overnight guests (2:00am-7:59am) must be registered with the Department of Public Safety
- Face covering and physical distancing guidelines must be observed.
- A 3 foot distance between individuals must be observed when possible.