COVID-19 News



This FAQ was last updated on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. As guidance regarding COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to update this document with the most current information.  Be sure to check the menu and sidebars of the COVID-19 site for additional information and resources regarding travel, guests, vaccines, and other university policies.

Health & Wellness

What masks does the university recommend using to provide the best protection from the virus? 
The university is currently a Mask Friendly campus. Being a Mask Friendly campus means that masks can be worn by anyone at any time on our campus but are not universally required.

We recommend high quality masks like 4-ply masks, KN95s, and/or N95s to provide the best protection against the virus.

You may obtain additional high-quality masks, including 4-ply masks, KN95s, and/or N95s, from Wellness Services. 

I have tested positive for COVID-19 through a rapid test. What next? 
Students should follow the steps below: 

  1. Contact Wellness Services regarding next steps, including information regarding isolation. 
  1. Stay in your room while you wait to hear from Wellness Services. 
  1. Students needing to miss class because of isolation or quarantine should contact their professors for advice on keeping pace with coursework.  

Faculty and staff should follow the steps below: 

  1. Do not report to campus. If you are on campus when you receive positive results, leave campus immediately.  
  1. Human Resources will contact you regarding next steps, including information regarding the isolation timeframe and discussing any close contacts you may have had.   
  1. Staff should immediately inform their supervisors; faculty should contact their department chair and provost to manage job duties.   

I have tested positive for COVID-19 through off-campus testing. What next? 
Students should contact Wellness Services at or 920-832-6574 and stay in their rooms until directed otherwise.  Contact campus safety after hours and over the weekend. 

Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at or (920) 832-6564, inform their supervisors or department chair and should not report to work. 

I have been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. What next? 
Students should follow the steps below: 

  1. Wellness Services will contact you regarding next steps, including information regarding quarantine (if necessary) or close monitoring. 
  1. If your contact originated outside of the campus community, contact Wellness Services via email at or 920-832-6574 for next steps. 

Faculty and staff should follow the steps below: 

  1. Human Resources will contact you regarding next steps, including information regarding quarantine (if necessary) or close monitoring. 
  1. If your contact originated outside of the campus community, contact Human Resources at or 920-832-6564 for next steps. 

What should I do if I’m made aware of a student or colleague who has tested positive in my classroom or office or I believe I’m a close contact?  
Students:  Please contact Wellness Services at They will provide you with the necessary next steps to address the situation.  

Faculty and Staff:  Please contact Human Resources at or 920-832-6564 for next steps. 

Can I get a COVID-19 test on campus? What about family members? 
 Wellness Services has the most up to date information on testing, including links to testing options in our local community.  On-campus testing is limited to current students and employees.  Students who are symptomatic may contact wellness services for testing options. 

Employees who are symptomatic should be tested off campus. 

What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?  
Before going to your health care clinic or Wellness Services, call your health care professional. If you are a member of faculty or staff, this means your local health care professional. Students can reach out to Wellness Services.  

What should I do if I am not feeling well?  
Employees: In short, stay home. It is especially critical that employees do not report to campus while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. Employees can work remotely or use sick leave. If an employee’s sick leave balance is exhausted, vacation time or personal days may also be utilized. 

Students: Email or call or call campus safety after hours.  Minimize your contacts until you are able to speak with Wellness services. 

What if someone in my immediate household falls ill or tests positive?  
Consider this situation with an abundance of caution. According to the CDC, symptoms generally appear within 2-14 days of exposure. If in doubt or if you are beginning to feel unwell, err on the side of caution.  

For employees who accrue sick leave, the university’s paid sick leave policy does cover care for sick immediate family members when they are unable to care for themselves. This policy can be found in the Employee Handbook. In the event a sick leave balance is exhausted, vacation time or personal days may also be utilized.      

More information regarding the protocols to take in case of exposure are available on the CDC website.        

If I need to take a COVID-19 test off-campus, what tests are recommended?
We recommend that students and employees take a PCR test. You can find local testing locations here:

We also accept home antigen tests. The FDA has identified three antigen tests (also called lateral flow tests or LFT) that fail to detect Omicron: Applied DNA Sciences, Meridian Bioscience, and Tide Laboratories. All three will return false negatives for Omicron. Please avoid using these antigen tests for your pre-arrival test.  

All other brands of antigen tests approved by the CDC and FDA that are in use in the United States currently detect both Delta and Omicron variants.  

Five antigen tests available in the UK have also been identified as detecting Omicron: Acon Flow Flex ‘self-test,’ Innova Biotime ‘self-test and professional use test,’ Orient Gene ‘self-test,’ SureScreen ‘professional use test,’ and SureScreen ‘self-test’ Any test that is designed to detect the nucleocapsid protein is likely to work for any of the SARS-CoV-2 variants circling the globe currently. 

If you have any questions about testing, please contact Wellness Services at

Do students have an option to learn remotely?
The university resumed in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 18. Now that we have returned to in-person instruction, remote options are not available. 

Students who fall ill with COVID or another illness during the term should refer to the university catalog policy on “illness or injury” from the section on Academic Expectations for instructions on how to work with faculty to complete coursework.

If you have any questions or concerns about your classes, please contact the Dean of Academic Success ( to discuss available options.


Do university funds currently support student travel, regardless of vaccination status? 
All students will be allowed to travel using Lawrence funds using the current Academic Travel and Vehicle Policies, linked below: 

All Lawrence-affiliated travelers will be expected to Honor the Pledge while traveling and at their destination (i.e masking indoors, daily symptoms checking, etc.). 

See the updated COVID-19 travel policy for more information.  


What is the ventilation/filtration situation in my building?  
All campus buildings with a central ventilation system have been outfitted with filters that exponentially increase air filtration and help to disrupt viral contagion and that we continue to maintain. Many systems across campus have been recalibrated to increase outside air flow as much as feasible. The university has identified germicidal UV-C light as an air purification technology appropriate for several ventilated buildings and is installing this as quickly as supply chain constraints allow. The university has also placed portable air scrubbing units in specific locations throughout the campus. 

Additional questions?

If you have specific questions regarding your situation, we encourage you to reach directly to the appropriate office:  




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