July 2, 2020

MSOE Facial Covering Policy

Effective July 6, 2020 and until further notice, Milwaukee School of Engineering will enforce a policy mandating that all students, faculty, staff, contractors and campus visitors wear a facial covering (1) when they are inside university buildings and vehicles, and (2) when they are outdoors on campus and social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Facial coverings must cover the nose and mouth. 

Facial coverings may only be removed when an individual is alone in a room, more than six feet from other people when outside, or participating in activities in which facial coverings cannot practically be worn, such as eating or drinking.

You can find the complete policy online.

As a courtesy, MSOE will provide two washable cloth masks to each student and employee. If you are unable to wash these masks on a daily basis, you are required to provide additional facial coverings for yourself.  The masks are currently on order. When they arrive on campus, details will be provided via email on how to obtain your masks.

Building Access

The Raider Return Task Force is designating foot traffic patterns to help individuals move safely throughout campus buildings. This includes one-way traffic on stairwells, some elevators, and through building entrances/exits. Signage will be installed over the next few weeks

MSOE is continuing its phased approach to re-opening campus buildings within the city’s health order. If your department is interested in reopening, please send your reopening plan to Dr. Eric Baumgartner for review by the Raider Return Task Force. Faculty, staff and students are required to continue to work from home until their return to campus plan has been approved unless their job does not warrant this option. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

The Grohmann Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed July 3-4 for the holiday).

The Kern Center will open with limited capacity to current MSOE faculty, staff and students July 6. No guest passes will be issued. Hours, guidelines and restrictions are posted on the Kern Center website.

June 18, 2020

Health Guidelines and Social Considerations    

As previously noted, everyone on the MSOE campus is strongly encouraged to wear a mask or facial covering whenever they are in the presence of others and to maintain proper social distancing. This recommendation is made based on guidance from the CDC.  

The City of Milwaukee’s Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely plan transitioned from Phase 2 to Phase 3 on June 5. This phase allows non-essential business to open as long as they abide by certain gathering size limits, protective measures and safe business practices. The order utilizes data-driven gating criteria that align with federal and state guidance.  

MSOE is also implementing a phased approach to re-opening campus buildings within Phase 3 of the city’s health order once these reopening plans have been reviewed and approved by the Raider Return Task Force which is meeting weekly throughout the summer. Please send your reopening plan to Dr. Eric Baumgartner at baumgartner@msoe.edu if you wish to present your plan to the Raider Return Task Force. Faculty, staff and students are required to continue to work from home until their return to campus plan has been approved.  

Building Access  

As such, we are excited to announce that the Grohmann Museum and the Kern Center will soon resume limited operations.   

The Grohmann Museum will formally reopen Tuesday, June 30 with limited hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance will be limited to 120 patrons, and only one group (attending together) will be allowed in each gallery at a time. Families/groups must stay together and attend to standard museum etiquette. All tours and events have been canceled through Sept. 7, 2020.   

The Kern Center will open with limited capacity the week of July 6. The building will be open only to current MSOE students, faculty and staff, and they must use their MSOE ID card to self-swipe at the front desk to gain access into the workout areas. Only the weight room area near the main entrance, the cardio ellipse and the track workout spaces will be open. No guest passes will be issued. Hours:  

Monday, July 6 – 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 7 – 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 8 – 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Thursday, July 9 – 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Friday, July 10 – 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Closed: July 11-14 to analyze facility usage from the previous week and to make any needed adjustments 

Kern Center staff will implement safety measures including enhanced cleaning protocols, increased spacing between equipment and more. Users are expected to come dressed to work out, bring their own towel and water bottle, and to wipe down the equipment before and after usage. There may be time limits on machines or equipment, and equipment will not be available for checkout. Locker rooms and showers will not be available. Additionally, workout times may be restricted to MSOE athletic teams. For a complete listing of guidelines and restrictions, please visit the Kern Center web page.

The building will re-open Wednesday, July 1 5 for current MSOE faculty, staff and students with a valid MSOE ID. It will be open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Kern Center staff anticipates re-opening to all community members on Aug. 1, assuming the City of Milwaukee has entered Phase 5 of its “Moving Milwaukee Forward” orders.