Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated May 22, 2020, 4:50 p.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 through July 31. 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 (Essential staff, please enter building through Door O. See campus building access map for more info.)   
  • 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:

DEPARTMENT MAIL PICKUP: Departmental mail can be picked up at the University Services Building, 801 N. 28th St., on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If your office needs to receive mail more frequently, please contact Dusty Johnson to make other arrangements. Students can continue to pick up mail at their normal locations. 

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. 

 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.