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What is MSOE’s current status?

As of June 1, 2021, masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals at MSOE and capacity limits in all of our spaces have returned to normal. Masks are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual has received both doses of a two-does COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-does vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, the MSOE Kern Center has returned to its normal mode of operation, including reopening the locker rooms. The Kern Center will reopen to community members June 15.

Faculty and staff should report their vaccination to hr@msoe.edu and students should use the form available at my.msoe.edu. These metrics will remain critical to informing our decision-making as the pandemic evolves.  

All staff will return to their pre-COVID-19 working arrangements by July 6. 

Employees should contact HR to discuss any medical accommodation requests while students should contact the Dean of Students (deanofstudents@msoe.edu) for accommodation requests.

Academics

How is MSOE offering classes? How will labs be conducted?
Courses will be taught in a hybrid mode for the summer of 2021. Your professors will share details on how each class will function.

MSOE will return to in-person classes in the fall of 2021. While a limited number of undergraduate online course offerings are available for Fall Quarter, we will no longer accommodate requests for fully-remote undergraduate learners.

Where can I study on campus?
All of MSOE's common areas are open.

Residence Life

Should I sign a lease for an off-campus apartment?
MSOE will return to in-person classes in the fall of 2021. Students should make their housing choices keeping this in mind.

How many students will be living in each dorm room? 
There will be two students per dorm room. Any student who lives in the residence halls may request a single room. There is no guarantee a single room will be available, and those who live in single rooms will be billed accordingly. 

Will students in residence halls be provided cleaning supplies?
Yes. There is a cleaning supply closet on each floor of the residence halls for students. There will be disinfectant spray and paper towels available for students. We also recommend that students bring their own cleaning supplies if there is something specific they like to use.

I am an international student, how will my arrival on campus be affected by COVID-19 in the U.S.? 
International students who are freshmen are asked to arrive in the U.S. and quarantine off-campus for the 14 days prior to the start of Welcome Week (Sept. 2-6, 2021) and others should plan to arrive 14 days before classes begin (Sept. 7, 2021). MSOE is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals coming in from abroad. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html)

Admissions

What is the status of campus tours? Can I bring my family for a tour at this time?
MSOE is offering campus tours and other admissions-related events. Call (800) 332-6763 to schedule your tour. Learn more at msoe.edu/visit.

Policies and Procedures

What is MSOE’s policy regarding masks?
As of June 1, 2021, masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals at MSOE and capacity limits in all of our spaces have returned to normal. Masks are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual has received both doses of a two-does COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-does vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

What should I do if I feel a member of the MSOE community isn't exhibiting safe COVID-19 behavior? 
For concerns related to student behavior, please email the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@msoe.edu. For concerns related to employee behavior, please email Human Resources at hr@msoe.edu

What could cause MSOE to shut down again?
The Milwaukee Health Department, together with university administration, will make quarantine and closing decisions on a case-by-case basis.

How is the city of Milwaukee handing COVID, and what is their response compared to other large cities? You can learn more about the City of Milwaukee’s Moving Milwaukee Forward Plan online.

What if I need technical support?
The Information Technology Department is offering remote support for a majority of your technical support needs. You can initiate a request for support by emailing helpdesk@msoe.edu or calling (414) 277-7288. Where remote support is deemed insufficient by the Help Desk, users will schedule an appointment for in-person support.

How is MSOE cleaning and disinfecting across campus?
In addition to the routine custodial cleaning schedule, the university has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency to clean and disinfect common areas and commonly touched surfaces in occupied buildings. Touchpoints such as entrance handles, handrails, elevator buttons, tables, restroom stall handles/doors are being cleaned at least once daily, five days a week, using EPA-registered disinfectants. Each person is encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. MSOE installed more than 40 additional dispenser stations containing alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout campus, and will continue to review needs. Dispenser stations are available at building entrances and elevators, near time clocks, and other frequently visited locations. It is recommended that each person carries their own hand sanitizer bottle as well. Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, practicing the CDC’s proper hand-washing technique is considered to be more effective. 

Employees

What should I do if I am exhibiting symptoms or feel I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Faculty and staff should isolate in their own residence, contact their primary health care provider, and contact their supervisor and the HR Department for further guidance. Additional information is available in the Raider Return Plan.

Will MSOE health benefits cover COVID-19 testing?
Testing is mandated by the CARES Act and is covered at 100%. There is no limit to the number of tests a person can receive.  

I would like to request an accommodation related to COVID-19. What do I do?
Employees with certain medical conditions that place them in a higher risk category for COVID-19 and do not wish to return to campus are encouraged to contact MSOE’s Human Resources Department to discuss the established process for receiving a medical accommodation.  

How will we be notified if there are positive COVID-19 cases on campus?
Through contact tracing, you will be notified if someone you were in close contact with has tested positive. Close contact, as defined by the CDC, is being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer.  

COVID-19 Vaccines

Why is it important to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccine reduces your chances of getting sick from COVID-19 and may reduce your chance of spreading it to others.

Do I still have to wear my mask after getting vaccinated?

As of June 1, 2021, masks are optional at MSOE for fully vaccinated individuals. “Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual has received both doses of a two-does COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-does vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Masks are required at MSOE for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Should I get vaccinated if I have already had COVID?
The CDC does recommend you get vaccinated, even if you’ve had COVID. There is a recommendation to wait 90 days if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

Do I need to wear a mask if I already had COVID?
If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, then you are required to wear a mask at MSOE.

Is it possible for MSOE to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?
At this time, MSOE does not anticipate making the vaccine mandatory.

Are there incentives for us to get vaccinated?

  • Yes! Students can stop by the Dean of Students Office (CC-345) to pick up a sticker and/or button. #HipLikeKip
  • Faculty and staff can visit the Human Resources Office (CC-337) for a sticker and/or button. #IGotTheShot
  • Having a community that is vaccinated will hopefully show the Milwaukee Health Department that it is safe for MSOE to be open this fall.
  • Being vaccinated also means that an individual does not need to isolate if exposed to COVID, as long as the vaccinated person remains asymptomatic.

What locations near campus offer the vaccines?
Use this link to search for vaccine locations based on your ZIP code. VaccineFinder - Search for COVID-19 vaccine locations.

Is MSOE going to provide transportation to get the vaccine?
Yes! The campus shuttle will take you to vaccination sites within its service boundaries during normal operating hours. Simply call (414) 277-7464 to request a ride. You would call the number again to request a ride back to campus when you are done. Please visit Campus Shuttle | MSOE for more information about this service.

Ride sharing apps Lyft and Uber partnered with the White House to fund free rides to and from vaccination appointments from now until July 4. Learn how to get your free rides with Lyft or Uber.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

What should I do if I am exhibiting symptoms or feel I may have been exposed?
 Students who live on campus and are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, are asked to immediately put on a mask, self-isolate and report your symptoms on my.MSOE.edu. You will receive a follow-up can and assistance in relocating to an on-campus isolation location. The COVID-19 Isolation Protocol for Students will help guide you through the process. Faculty, staff and non-resident students should isolate in their own residence and contact their primary health care provider. Employees should alert their supervisor and the Human Resources Department. Students also are encouraged to reach out to their professors to let them know they will not be in class and make arrangements to get lecture notes or make up missed work. If their absence extends beyond a few days, then MSOE will work with students to make accommodations to assure their education continues as best possible for their situation. Additional information is available in the Raider Return Plan.

Where can I get tested for COVID?
A list of testing locations is available online

What is the protocol if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
Please report your symptoms on myMSOE and review the Raider Return Plan for details.

What if I am required to quarantine? 
If you live on campus and have an MSOE meal plan, MSOE will provide you with a room and bring your meals to you through the duration of your isolation period. Students and employees who live off campus are asked to find a place within their house or apartment to self-isolate. Additional information is available in the Raider Return Plan.

What is considered an “outbreak” that would close all or a portion of campus?
The Milwaukee Health Department, together with university administration, will make quarantine and closing decisions on a case-by-case basis.

If I am feeling anxious/concerned about COVID, who should I talk to?
MSOE Counseling Services is available to help you with your personal and mental health needs during the academic year. Over the summer, please contact the Dean of Students Office (deanofstudents@msoe.edu) and consult this list of mental health resources compiled by MSOE’s Counseling Services team. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has helpful resources as well.

Other Questions

What if I have a question that is not answered here?  
Please submit your questions and/or suggestions using this form: https://msoe.edu/raider-return/raider-return-suggestions/