Frequently Asked Questions

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created website focused on coronavirus, including information on how to report a suspected case. Douglas County Public Health also has coronavirus information on its website.

How does it spread?

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the latest information on what is known about how coronavirus spreads.

What are the symptoms of this infection?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Contact your primary health provider or Student Health & Counseling Services if you are experiencing Influenza-like symptoms. Students can access discounted medical services at St. Lukes Mariner Medical Clinic. Courtesy Cab is available for students who reside on campus and need transportation to St. Lukes Mariner Medical Clinic at no cost. To arrange a ride, call 218-590-9222 and identify yourself as a UW-Superior student. Visit Student Health & Counseling Services for more information.  

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 travel health notice), the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services advise you to stay home for 14 days from the time you left that area and practice social distancing. Visit the CDC's travel information page for more information.

Additionally, if you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, but do have fever and respiratory symptoms seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. 

I feel anxious about coronavirus.  What can I do?

We understand that some community members are concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available through Student Health & Counseling Services or the Employee Assistance Program.

You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:

  • Get vaccinated for the flu
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

If you are feeling ill, stay at home or in your residence hall room.

Where can I get more information about the novel coronavirus?

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization’s websites devoted to coronavirus.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Douglas County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health and St. Louis County have information regarding coronavirus.

Who is at higher risk of getting sick from coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

For more information on people at risk for serious illness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website

Are there any confirmed cases in our area?

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, in coordination with the University of Wisconsin System, is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

Governor Evers has declared a public health emergency due to COVID-19. 

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated travel notices for countries with community transmission.

UW-Superior’s Emergency Response Team and UW System are monitoring the outbreak. 

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What do I do if I feel sick?

If you are sick, stay home. If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from personal or official travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

Additionally, if you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 but do have fever and respiratory symptoms, please also take the following steps.

First: Contact your primary health provider or Student Health & Counseling Services if you are experiencing Influenza-like symptoms. Students can access discounted medical services at St. Lukes Mariner Medical Clinic. Courtesy Cab is available for students who reside on campus and need transportation to St. Lukes Mariner Medical Clinic at no cost. To arrange a ride, call 218-590-9222 and identify yourself as a UW-Superior student. Visit Student Health & Counseling Services for more information.  

Employees should contact their primary health provider.  

Second: If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 travel health notice), the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services advise you to stay home for 14 days from the time you left that area and practice social distancing. Visit the CDC's travel information page for more information and follow the 14-day voluntary self-quarantine and self-monitoring instructions listed below.

Self-quarantine (isolation of people who are healthy and exposed) instruction:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointments during the quarantine, please tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.

Protocols from local hospitals and CDC

I want to get tested for COVID-19.  Where can I go?

Information on how to get tested can be found on the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene website.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

If you are feeling ill, stay at home or in your residence hall room.

What should I do if I have an underlying health condition or am immunosuppressed?

People with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk to develop complications from a COVID-19 infection. Your health is the top priority, so public health officials may recommend that you stay home if there are more community infections. Your health care team can also help you assess your current medications and conditions to help you think about actions that can minimize risk to you and your household.

What should I do if I or someone I know has tested positive or has symptoms for COVID-19?

In an effort to best care for our students and campus community, we are asking individuals to report if a student or employee:

  • has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, or 
  • was/is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Please complete this voluntary, confidential online form if you know someone has tested positive or has symptoms for COVID-19.

Completion of this form will enable the university to take care of those most deeply impacted by this virus, including the individual and our campus community. 

I have family and friends in the area directly affected by the novel coronavirus.  How can I manage my concern for them?

As with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our campus community who have personal connections to the affected area. This is a critically important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through Student Health & Counseling and to employees through the Employee Assistance Program.

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Will UW-Superior cancel classes?

We will extend our spring break by one week, which means spring break will now take place March 16-29. We will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 30 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. As noted below, classes that are online will continue without any interruption.

  • If possible, students should arrange to be away from campus during this extended break, as well as when classes resume. Be sure to bring your class/instructional materials with you, as well as other indispensable personal items such as prescriptions.
    • We recognize that some students may be unable to return to their permanent residence for various reasons and will need to stay in their residence halls. At this time, services for those students will be available such as dining services in the Yellowjacket Union, residence halls, Jim Dan Hill Library and Marcovich Wellness Center.  

We will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 30 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams.

  • Classes that are already online will not be affected by the spring break extension and will continue as regularly scheduled. 

We are committed to ensuring that our students will successfully complete this semester and proceed on their graduation plans. 

If this outbreak continues, will the university close?  What happens if I live on campus?

  • We advise students who have opted to travel away from Superior for spring break to carefully consider whether they need to return to Superior or can continue the semester from their permanent residence.
     
  • Students currently in residence halls who cannot return home or who are unable to access alternate course delivery from elsewhere may apply for an exception to remain in the residence halls. Limited dining services will continue to be open. Residents will receive a follow up message.
     
  • All students will receive an email about how to access student support services including advising, registration, tutoring, disability services, student health and counseling and more. We are committed to providing the best possible set of student support services for every student no matter where they are at this time.
     
  • Employees, to receive Safe Alerts calls and texts to your cell phone, or to receive emails at your personal/non-uwsuper email, please contact safealerts@uwsuper.edu or hr@uwsuper.edu. You can also add additional cell phones and email addresses to your SAFE Alert record. Employees who are able to work remotely can do so with the supervisor’s and Human Resources’ approval. Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement.
  • Students, update your cell phone and personal/non-uwsuper email via E-Hive in the Student Center. You can also add parent/family cell phone and email addresses if they would like to receive SAFE Alerts. 

Are campus visits, tours and information sessions being affected at this time?

We will be developing visitor protocols for campus visitors.

Are athletics games and practices canceled?

UW-Superior Yellowjacket Athletics announced March 16, in cooperation with the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and its members, the cancelation of the remaining 2019-20 athletic season.

Visit Yellowjacket Athletics for additional information about the decision.

 

I'm hosting an event on campus.  Should I cancel it?

There are no restrictions on campus events at this time. Gov. Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, restaurants and bars can only offer take-out or delivery, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, job centers, and courts.

How does UW-Superior clean and disinfect?

The university uses hospital-grade disinfectants as recommended by the CDC. These disinfectants are used throughout campus, with a greater focus on high-touch areas like railings, door handles and common space furniture.

There are also hand sanitizer dispenser stations throughout campus. We are adding to this inventory of hand sanitizer stations, with a focus on building entrances. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC. Additionally we will be adding sanitary hand wipe stations in computer labs and common kitchen areas in residence halls. 

Custodial services has also acquired a electrostatic sprayer, which applies a disinfectant using an electric charge to fully cover a surface.

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Will UW-Superior cancel classes?

We will extend our spring break by one week, which means spring break will now take place March 16-29. We will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 30 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. As noted below, classes that are online will continue without any interruption. As noted below, classes that are online will continue without any interruption.

  • If possible, students should arrange to be away from campus during this extended break, as well as when classes resume. Be sure to bring your class/instructional materials with you, as well as other indispensable personal items such as prescriptions.
    • We recognize that some students may be unable to return to their permanent residence for various reasons and will need to stay in their residence halls. At this time, services for those students will be available such as dining services in the Yellowjacket Union, residence halls, Jim Dan Hill Library and Marcovich Wellness Center.  

We are committed to ensuring that our students will successfully complete this semester and proceed on their graduation plans. 

I just returned from overseas travel. What should I do?

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 travel health notice), the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services advise you to stay home for 14 days from the time you left that area and practice social distancing. Visit the CDC's travel information page for more information and follow the 14-day voluntary self-quarantine and self-monitoring instructions listed below.

Self-quarantine (isolation of people who are healthy and exposed) instruction:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointments during the quarantine, please tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.

How do I access my face-to-face classes in the new online format?

This guide will help you transition to online learning. The Jim Dan Hill Library has also created this online resource to get you started. If you have any questions, please contact the help desk.

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Will UW-Superior cancel classes?

We will extend our spring break by one week, which means spring break will now take place March 16-29. We will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 30 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. As noted below, classes that are online will continue without any interruption. As noted below, classes that are online will continue without any interruption.

  • If possible, students should arrange to be away from campus during this extended break, as well as when classes resume. Be sure to bring your class/instructional materials with you, as well as other indispensable personal items such as prescriptions.
    • We recognize that some students may be unable to return to their permanent residence for various reasons and will need to stay in their residence halls. At this time, services for those students will be available such as dining services in the Yellowjacket Union, residence halls, Jim Dan Hill Library and Marcovich Wellness Center.  

We are committed to ensuring that our students will successfully complete this semester and proceed on their graduation plans.

How do I transition my face-to-face class to be online?

As you make plans for moving your face-to-face class online, this guide will provide you with main principles, action items and resources to help you continue to engage, support and teach your students. 

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Can I travel abroad?

Our travel guidelines now include the following:  If you have traveled outside the Twin Ports area since Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

Anyone, employee or student, who has traveled to California, Illinois, New York or Washington, traveled through airports in these states, resides with those who have done so, or has returned from a Level 3 CDC designated country since Monday, March 16, MUST self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

On March 11, 2020, President Trump issued Proclamation 9984 to suspend nonimmigrants (such as students who hold an F-1 visa) who have traveled to China, Iran, and the Schengen Area (including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) from traveling back into the U.S. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. At this time, if you are an international student and choose to go to one of the countries listed above, you will not be able to return to the United States.

UW-Superior supports university-sponsored travel (including study abroad) to countries that fall under a Level 1 or Level 2 travel health notice from the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, updates on study abroad and other University-sponsored travel will be communicated as needed. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notices website for information on your destination and the U.S. Department of State international travel information.

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 travel health notice), the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services advise you to stay home for 14 days from the time you left that area and practice social distancing. Visit the CDC's travel information page for more information and follow the 14-day voluntary self-quarantine and self-monitoring instructions listed below.

Self-quarantine (isolation of people who are healthy and exposed) instruction:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointments during the quarantine, please tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.

As a private individual, the university cannot restrict your movements but does recommend that you exercise caution and consider the possibility that you could contract or spread illnesses if you choose to travel to affected areas.

For those traveling to other countries for spring break, be prepared to provide documentation of recent travel history when you re-enter the U.S., as you could be barred from re-entering if you cannot prove that you have not recently traveled to countries with a Level 2 or Level 3 travel health notice. You also will find travel advice related to COVID-19 for other countries on the CDC’s travel health notices page.

I have official UW-Superior travel planned. Who can I contact?

Effective immediately, non-essential university-sponsored travel outside Wisconsin and the Twin Ports region (including international travel and student organizations) is canceled until April 8 when the situation will be revisited.

If you have questions or concerns related to UW-Superior related travel, please contact Fox World Travel Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at  920-230-6467, toll-free 866-230-8787, or visit the travel portal website. Dawn McMillan and Tia Harrison at UW-Superior are also available for assistance.

Is UW-Superior restricting travel to other countries or locations?

Our travel guidelines now include the following:  If you have traveled outside the Twin Ports area since Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

Anyone, employee or student, who has traveled to California, Illinois, New York or Washington, traveled through airports in these states, resides with those who have done so, or has returned from a Level 3 CDC designated country since Monday, March 16, MUST self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

All university-sponsored travel (including study abroad) to South Korea, China and Italy is currently canceled for the Spring 2020 term. UW-Superior supports university-sponsored travel (including study abroad) to countries that fall under a Level 1 or Level 2 travel health notice from the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Self-isolation is highly recommended for business and personal travelers returning to our region from U.S. states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that sustained community transmission is occurring or countries at a CDC level 3 travel advisory for COVID-19. Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or the CDC for information.

UW-Superior encourages faculty and staff to reconsider all non-essential personal travel during the spring break. There is a possibility that you may face a higher risk of infection, significant delays returning and personal expense, and/or the requirement to self-quarantine. 

I am currently outside the U.S. on official travel for UW-Superior OR planning an overseas trip.  I need support or have questions.  Who can I contact?

We are actively communicating to our students who are away on spring break and advising them not to return to campus. While we are working to minimize the number of students on campus, there are provisions to serve and protect those who need to remain here.

All residential students away on spring break are asked to communicate with residence life at reslife@uwsuper.edu about their plans immediately. Residence life is providing case-by-case consultation to students about their needs.  

Our emergency response team is in regular contact with Douglas County Public Health Services to determine immediate and future safeguards for our campus. Douglas County Public Health Services coordinates with their counterparts across the bridge, and throughout the region and state.  

Should the situation change, we will be sure to get information out. We remain fully committed to serving our campus in these difficult times.

To help prevent the spread of travel-related coronavirus in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain countries.

Self-quarantine (isolation of people who are healthy and exposed) instruction:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointments during the quarantine, please tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.

International students who are planning to travel overseas, please contact the Office of Intercultural Student Success.

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What do I do if I have a sick family member who needs my care?

An employee should contact their immediate supervisor and utilize the proper departmental notification procedures if they cannot work their scheduled shift.

UW System has updated its Interim COVID-19 Leave Policy, which increased the COVID-19 Leave up to 272 hours (prorated by % FTE) for a period of March 17, 2020 through May 1, 2020. This policy applies to Faculty, Academic Staff, University Staff, Limited Appointees and Temporary Employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Reasons to use COVID-19 Leave include those who are unable to perform their assigned duties due to:

  • the inability to work remotely (telecommute);
  • self-quarantine;
  • self-isolation;  
  • illness;  
  • care of an immediate family member; or  
  • child/elder care due to school day care closures.  

This leave does not apply to those who are unable to perform their assigned duties if they are reassigned to other duties based on operational need and capacity.   

Employees may use COVID-19 Leave prior to using any other accrued leave. COVID-19 Leave will expire on May 1, 2020 and may not be rolled over. Actual use of COVID-19 Leave must be submitted and approved on a timesheet (including monthly employees). Please review Enter COVID-19 Time on the Timesheet for guidance.  

UW System has also implemented Interim Administrative Policy 1200-Interim 03, FMLA Expansion, which provides additional paid family and medical leave (FMLA) for a qualifying need related to a public health emergency. For the purposes of this policy, COVID-19 Leave used on or after April 1, 2020 count against an employee’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave if that time is being used to care for a dependent under the age of 18 whose school or place of care has been closed or is unavailable due to a public health emergency. The United States Department of Labor has made available a poster identifying employee rights for further information.

UW System President Ray Cross has indicated that employees will be granted vacation carryover flexibility due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I will communicate further details as they are available.

Eligible employees may apply for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). The definition of a serious health condition under the FMLA may apply.

Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement

What do I do if cases and news of infection continue to increase, and I’m afraid to go to work?

Our travel guidelines now include the following:  If you have traveled outside the Twin Ports area since Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

When the campus is not closed under emergency conditions, employees are expected to report to work unless the supervisor approves the absence per UWS 1235.

Employees may telecommute with the appropriate approval. Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement.

Refusal to report to work may result in disciplinary action; employees are required to report leave time for all scheduled absences. Such a policy is respectful of the services that our students and university need.

A reminder that faculty and instructional academic staff are in pay status during spring break week, if needed for university continuity.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all employees, including student employees. They are able to help any of us work through anxieties and devise solutions and strategies that will allow us to be successful as employees and maintain personal wellness.

I have been exposed to COVID 19 but am not symptomatic.  I have been quarantined by a public health official.  What should I do?

Our travel guidelines now include the following:  If you have traveled outside the Twin Ports area since Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

An employee should contact their immediate supervisor and utilize the proper departmental notification procedures if they cannot work their scheduled shift.

Employees who were exposed but not symptomatic can work remotely if possible and can do so with their supervisor’s and Human Resources’ approval.

Per UWS 1212, if sick or other leave is utilized in excess of five consecutive workdays, employees must submit a written certification from a health care provider of the medical necessity of the absences (and will need to present a return to work note). This can come from the Public Health Department upon release from quarantine.

Employees may apply for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). The definition of a serious health condition under the FMLA may apply.

Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement

I am sick and have been placed in isolation by a public health official.  What should I do?

An employee should contact their immediate supervisor and utilize the proper departmental notification procedures if they cannot work their scheduled shift.

Employees who were exposed but not symptomatic can work remotely if possible and can do so with their supervisor’s and Human Resources’ approval.

Per UWS 1212, if sick or other leave is utilized in excess of five consecutive workdays, employees must submit a written certification from a health care provider of the medical necessity of the absences (and will need to present a return to work note). This can come from the Public Health Department upon release from quarantine.

Employees may apply for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). The definition of a serious health condition under the FMLA may apply.

Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement

What happens if the campus or my worksite is closed?

Our travel guidelines now include the following:  If you have traveled outside the Twin Ports area since Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

Employees will be directed not to report to work (exceptions may apply to certain positions essential to deliver essential services to those remaining on campus).

Employees already at work will have the option of remaining at work or leaving the work site if conditions permit.

Employees must use accrued paid leave or leave without pay to cover the absence.

Employees who are able to work remotely can do so with the supervisor’s and Human Resources’ approval. Please consult the UW Superior Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement.