May 27, 2021

Throughout the pandemic we have closely followed the guidance put forth by the CDC, the State of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Health Department. The CDC has announced if you are fully vaccinated you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal or local laws, rules and regulations, or business and workplace guidelines.   

The city of Milwaukee’s mask mandate and current health order will expire on Tuesday, June 1. Face masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated individuals and restrictions on gathering sizes and capacity will be lifted.  

MSOE is following suit. Beginning June 1, masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals on campus, and capacity limits in all of our spaces will return to normal. Masks are required for those who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, the MSOE Kern Center will return to its normal mode of operation and reopening the locker rooms. On June 15, the Kern Center will reopen to community members. Faculty, staff and students will also notice that the Rave Guardian daily wellness checks/push notifications have ended.  

We have had to adapt and respond to rapidly evolving situations for more than a year now, and I am grateful for all of your work and resilience. The changes in federal and local health guidance are encouraging and show that progress is being made. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and local health departments throughout the summer and provide updates regarding our COVID-19 health and safety protocols, if needed. Our pandemic response plan and associated protocols remain at the ready should we need to implement all or a portion of them in the future. 

I would like to offer a few reminders:

  • Faculty and staff should report their vaccination to and students should use the form available at These metrics will remain critical to informing our decision-making as the pandemic evolves.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • All staff should return to their pre-COVID working arrangement by July 6.
  • Employees should contact HR to discuss any medical accommodation requests while students should contact the Dean of Students Office ( for accommodation requests.  

John Walz

May 6, 2021

Registration for Fall 2021 is underway, and you’ll notice on the class schedule that MSOE is planning to return to normal, in-person classes for the 2021-22 academic year.  

The Leadership Team and I, along with the Raider Return Task Force, continue to plan for the fall and bringing everyone back to campus. More information will be shared as it is finalized, but I can assure you an appropriate safety plan will be in place to accommodate in-person learning. For now, I felt it was important to let you know we will be in-person so you can begin planning accordingly.   

While a limited number of undergraduate online course offerings are available, we will no longer accommodate requests for fully-remote undergraduate learners. 

As the Spring Quarter comes to an end, I want to thank you all once again for your dedication to making this academic year a success during truly unusual circumstances.

John Walz