COVID-19 News

Stoplight Guide

Stoplight Guide

Contingency plans for a virus surge on campus will follow a “stoplight” guide for determining need to slow or shut down in-person activities. The university’s operational status under each color of the stoplight may include the following guidance:

  • Green Light/Low signals an open campus (exceptions for residence halls, houses, lofts) with classes and activities proceeding with planned precautions; masking required indoors regardless of vaccination; surveillance testing of unvaccinated community members and randomly selected members of the vaccinated community.  
  • Yellow Light/Moderate signals enhanced precautions; masking required indoors regardless of vaccination; increased surveillance testing; high-traffic and affected areas deep-cleaned; campus may be open to organized guest activity only (access granted only via host or advanced registration/ticketing); buildings keycard access only. 
  • Orange Light/Substantial signals a high restriction on campus; masking required indoors regardless of vaccination; all in-person classes and activities may be restricted; meals will be grab and go; high-traffic and affected areas will be deep-cleaned; increased surveillance testing; faculty and staff work from home if possible; campus closed to all guest activities. 
  • Red Light signals a full campus shutdown. Students required to return home (accommodations will be made for students unable to travel or return home); essential workers only on campus.  Shutdown will be triggered if essentially services can no longer be provided, and community spread is in the campus population or certain essential departments. The decision will be made in consultation with local, state, and federal public health authority. 

Please refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard for the most current operations status information and guidelines.

To inform our status, we will focus on the following variables:  

  • The effects of the trajectory of positive test results within our on-campus community of students, faculty, and staff, including the availability of quarantine and isolation space on campus and the rate of quarantine/isolation among faculty and staff.  
  • The effects of the trajectory of positive test results in the greater Appleton and Outagamie County communities. 
  • The availability of hospital rooms within the Fox Valley area.
  • The observed level of compliance with the Lawrence Campus Community Pledge. 

Updated December 2, 2021