Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated: March 30, 2020, 10:58 a.m.  

This microsite is intended to provide information about coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, individuals should consult with a relevant expert for specific guidance.

All campus-sponsored events and outside rentals are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Please visit the News Center for more information.Our May 16 spring commencement has been postponed to Saturday, December 19. 

BUILDING CLOSURES: The following buildings are closed to the public until further notice: 

  • Erlanson Hall 
  • Barstow Hall 
  • Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center (KUWS staff can still access with their fob) 
  • Swenson Hall 
  • Marcovich Wellness Center   
  • Wessman Arena 
  • Jim Dan Hill Library
  • Public Safety Building

Non-essential staff may access any of the locked buildings for up to one hour at a time to retrieve needed supplies and materials between 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday by contacting Campus Safety at 715-394-8114 .

Yellowjacket Union will be open every day for access to grab-and-go meals and mail pick up during the following hours:  

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m 

To reduce access points and aid in cleaning and sanitation efforts, access to the Yellowjacket Union is limited to one entrance point, which are the doors facing parking lots 2 and 11 (facing Burger King). A hand sanitizer stand is located at this entrance for visitors to use upon entering and leaving the YU.  

Old Main’s only available entrance is the door facing Swenson Hall near lot 12. If you’re coming to campus to visit a department, please keep in mind that many employees are telecommuting, so be sure to contact offices prior to visiting campus. Please refer to Dean Harry Anderson's email about how to connect with student services offices. 

The following will remain in effect the remainder of spring semester:

MINIMIZE CAMPUS STAFFING: The university has moved immediately to minimize on-campus staffing. The intention is to make it possible for as many people to work from home as is feasible, while still assuring that the students, faculty and staff who remain on campus are supported. Students who have chosen to remain on campus will have the residential and food service support needed in the coming weeks. The minimized staffing model involves the following action steps:

  • TELECOMMUTING POLICY: UW System's existing policy on telecommuting was rescinded, which allows individual campuses to enact their own policy to fit their specific needs. UW-Superior's HR team has worked to update our policy and finalize the telecommuting request form. Please consult with your supervisor concerning your individual situation and to complete the form. 
  • LEAVE: Up to 80 hours (prorated for part-time) of COVID-19 leave is available for eligible employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties. A request and approval process for COVID-19 leave will be forthcoming.  
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: The university has implemented “social distancing” best practices to the greatest extent possible for any necessary in-person meetings. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet/2 meters) from others where possible.
  • LIMITED MEETING SIZE: While guidelines differ as to the maximum size of groups, the ultimate goal is to minimize in-person meetings when possible and make use of technology to facilitate communication.
  • TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS: Technology solutions for alternative work arrangements are available. Please visit the working from home tab for details. 

Spring break has been extended by one week, which means spring break will now take place March 16-29. On-campus classes are now scheduled to resume in an alternate delivery mode Monday, March 30, through the end of the semester. As noted below, classes that are already offered 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. Students should reach out to residence life for more information.   

On March 30, on-campus classes will begin in their alternate delivery mode and continue through the end of the spring semester, including final exams.

  • Instructors will contact their students to provide more information on accessing their courses. 
  • Classes that are already online will not be affected by the spring break extension and will continue as regularly scheduled.  
  • There is specific information for our international students. If you have immediate questions, please contact Salisa Hochstetler directly.  

The latest travel guidelines are now in effect. 

  • Effective immediately, university-sponsored travel outside Wisconsin and the Twin Ports region (including international travel and student organizations) is cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Exceptions must be cleared through the employee’s Chancellor’s Staff Member. Per UW System, essential travel is defined as “supporting activities that are absolutely necessary, cannot be rescheduled, and must be done in person.”  
  • 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. 

In addition, regarding travel:  

  • 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 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. 
  • All university-sponsored travel for employees and students is being canceled through the end of the semester for areas at a CDC level 3 travel advisory for COVID-19. This currently includes China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. This list may change if additional areas are impacted.  
  • Anyone who has traveled to these areas for any reason is strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days, whether or not symptoms are present, before returning to our campus.  
  • We also strongly discourage employees and students from any non-essential university-sponsored travel through the end of the semester. If you are altering university-sponsored travel plans, please consult Dawn McMillan or Matthia Harrison in the Business and Financial Services Office.  
    • If you opt to travel for any reason, please know that there could be health risks involved. If you travel, we ask you to self-monitor for 14 days after you return for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Students who are in a study away program should consult with Anya Russom, UW-Superior Study Away Coordinator, on whether to stay or return. Decisions about summer study away will be made in late April. Decisions for fall will be made at a later date in accordance with international and domestic partners.