Dear Lawrentians, 

The results from this week’s surveillance testing brought with it continued good news for our community. Of the 874 community members tested on Monday, no one received a positive test result.* This is the first week we’ve received zero positive tests while the university has been in session. It is because of your continued dedication to Honor the Pledge that we have been able to protect the health and safety of our community. Thank you. 

Given this positive news, as well as the increasing availability of vaccines in our community, we determined that the university’s operational status will return to Green Light starting today, Friday, April 9.    

Green Light Status 

A return to Green Light status means that we are returning to the original operational protocols and parameters that we set at the start of the academic year:  

This change in status also means that the following activities will now be permitted: 

  • Students will be permitted to have one guest in their rooms following appropriate physical distancing and masking policies.  
  • Students can eat in designated residence hall lounge spaces within the capacity limits permitted by physical distancing. Masks may be removed in lounges for active eating only.  
  • Brengel Dining Room and Somerset in Warch Campus Center will be open for in-person eating, adhering to all room capacities and all mask-wearing and physical distancing guidelines and protocols. Masks may be removed for active eating only.   

We Must Remain Vigilant 

While the return to Green Light Status, along with the spring weather, will open more opportunities for our community to gather, it is important to remember that the pandemic continues. Even with increased vaccine distribution, Appleton remains high with COVID cases and surrounding regions have seen a resurgence with the new variants. We must continue to remain vigilant in our adherence to our health and safety protocols: 

  • Weekly surveillance testing for any student or employee living, learning, or working on campus will continue.  
  • Community members are encouraged to get vaccinated either locally or in your home community. 
  • We will also continue to evaluate our operational status each week and communicate with the campus accordingly.  

Your ongoing commitment to Honor the Pledge and dedication to protecting the health and safety of our community continues to inspire us. As always, please continue to submit any questions or concerns you may have to

Be well, and stay well,  
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team  

*This week’s test results will be reflected on the COVID-19 Dashboard onMonday, April12.