La Crosse (WQOW) - UW-La Crosse will begin to shelter in place at 5 p.m. on Sunday to try and lessen the spread of COVID-19.
According to a letter written and released by University Chancellor Joe Gow, face coverings are also now required on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors.
All undergraduate classes, both in-person and virtual, are suspended until Wednesday, Sep. 16. After that date, classes will begin again but only virtually. That plan will then go until Sep. 28, though officials said students may not necessarily be returning to in-person classes on that date.
The shelter-in-place order comes as the university isolation hall nears full capacity, as positive cases continue to rise among the student body.
UW System President Tommy Thompson supported Gow's decision in a press release, calling it an effective tactic to slow down the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
"Students must be vigilant to combat this virus," said Thompson. "UW-La Crosse is engaged with local health officials to ensure the community's health is prioritized. We welcome their support and collaboration in these efforts."