Student and Employee COVID-19 Information

Given the surge of COVID-19 cases, UW-Superior is requiring that masks be worn by everyone indoors in any building on campus or when riding in a vehicle on university business where students or other employees may be riding with you.   

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. The masking order is in effect until September 30, 2021, however it could be lifted earlier or extended later depending on what is happening on our campus or in the community.

 

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Mask requirement details

  • This includes all indoor spaces and facilities.  
  • Students living on campus this fall: Masks will be required for all students and guests in residence hall common spaces.  
  • Students dining on campus: Masks can be removed while eating or drinking but should be put back on immediately upon finishing. In terms of Union Café seating, please use your comfort level as a guide for how close you sit to your fellow students.  
  • Student-athletes: You will receive additional information from Athletics on guidelines related to fall athletic activity.  
  • Students traveling for university-related activities: Masks are required if you’re riding in a vehicle with someone else. 
  • If you forget your mask, disposable masks will be available at the information/front desks located in the MWC and YU, and the IT help desk located in SWEN 2100. In other academic buildings, there will be masks available in the department ADA offices.

What to do if you're experiencing symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms, please refer to these flowcharts for next steps. 

How to report a COVID-19 incident

In an effort to best care for our campus community, individuals are asked to complete the COVID-19 reporting form if a student/employee/visitor: 

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

The report is kept confidential and is necessary to ensure that we can care of those impacted by this virus, including the individual and our campus community. Completing this report is voluntary and not required by the university. 

Vax up for a chance to win a $7,000 scholarship

UW System has launched 70 for 70, an on-campus student vaccination incentive program. If 70% of UW-Superior students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15, these students will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 70 $7,000 scholarships being offered systemwide.

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Student-athlete information

Student-athletes: Please refer to the Yellowjacket Athletics Return to Sport Protocols and Procedures for information on protocols. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinics

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and UW System, has opened a free COVID-19 testing site on campus located in Marcovich Wellness Center. More information can be found here.

The Douglas County Community Vaccine Clinic is located in the Yellowjacket Union. The clinic is operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare through collaboration with through a collaboration with UW-Superior, Douglas County Health Department and Emergency Management, and other local partners. More information can be found here

 

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Mask requirement details

  • This requirement does not change any fall telecommuting arrangements or any plans to return to campus this fall.   
  • If you work in an office alone with your door closed, you are not required to wear your mask; however, please have one available in case someone visits your office or for when you leave your office. Those who work in shared office spaces or cubicles are required to wear a mask.  
  • Masks can be removed while eating or drinking indoors but should be put back on immediately upon finishing.  
  • Please use your comfort level as a guide for how close you interact with your fellow colleagues and students.       
  • Employees who are seeking medical or religious accommodations should contact Human Resources. 
  • If you forget your mask, disposable masks will be available at the information/front desks located in the MWC and YU, and the IT help desk located in SWEN 2100. In other academic buildings, there will be masks available in the department ADA offices. 

What to do if you're experiencing symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms, please refer to these flowcharts for next steps. 

How to report a COVID-19 incident

In an effort to best care for our campus community, individuals are asked to complete the COVID-19 reporting form if a student/employee/visitor: 

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

The report is kept confidential and is necessary to ensure that we can care of those impacted by this virus, including the individual and our campus community. Completing this report is voluntary and not required by the university. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinics

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and UW System, has opened a free COVID-19 testing site on campus located in Marcovich Wellness Center. More information can be found here.

The Douglas County Community Vaccine Clinic is located in the Yellowjacket Union. The clinic is operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare through collaboration with through a collaboration with UW-Superior, Douglas County Health Department and Emergency Management, and other local partners. More information can be found here

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Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, effective Monday, August 16, 2021, UW-Superior is requiring that masks be worn by everyone indoors in any building on campus or when riding in a vehicle on university business where others are riding with you.  

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.  

Do mask requirements impact fall plans?

No, this requirement does not change any fall telecommuting arrangements or any plans to return to campus this fall. 

Will physical distancing be required in campus indoor spaces?

Physical distancing is not required in campus indoor spaces. However, UW-Superior has several measures in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including hand sanitizer dispenser stations throughout campus, plexiglass installed at front desks, MERV-13 air filters in our building HVAC systems, hospital-grade disinfectants on high-touch areas, and cleaning stations in classrooms. In addition, facilities management uses an electrostatic sprayer, which applies a disinfectant using an electric charge to fully cover a surface, throughout campus buildings. 

We encourage you to use your comfort level as a guide for how close you physically interact with your fellow colleagues and students.  

I am not comfortable being around unmasked people unless I know they are fully vaccinated. What can I do?

Students that have specific concerns related to health conditions should contact Disability Support Services and employees should contact Human Resources. 

Please be aware that many employees and students have already received at least one shot and many more are fully vaccinated.  

At this time, all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — are expected to wear a mask while on campus.  

I have a disability that puts me at greater risk of serious illness if I were to contract COVID-19 and I’m not comfortable being on campus. May I participate in my classes or in-person activities remotely?

Students: If you have a medical condition that impacts your ability to attend in-person classes, you may work with Disability Support Services to explore possible accommodations. UW-Superior also offers a wide array of 100% online courses, so you may want to contact your advisor to explore enrolling in these types of courses.  

Employees: If you have a medical condition that impacts your ability to attend in-person activities, please contact Human Resources to seek accommodation.  

What is UW-Superior doing to slow the spread of COVID-19?

UW-Superior has several measures in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including: 

  • Mask requirements in all indoor buildings 
  • Hand sanitizer dispenser stations throughout campus 
  • Plexiglass installed at front desks 
  • MERV-13 air filters in our building HVAC systems  
  • Hospital-grade disinfectants on high-touch areas 
  • Cleaning stations in classrooms 
  • Use of an electrostatic sprayer, which applies a disinfectant using an electric charge to fully cover a surface, throughout campus buildings. 

In addition, we offer on-campus testing at our Marcovich Wellness Center for anyone over five years of age, and an on-campus vaccination clinic in our Yellowjacket Union for anyone over 12 years of age. 

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

If you’re not feeling well, even if it’s merely a cold, please stay home. You may work from home if you feel well enough.  

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please refer to this flowchart for next steps. 

Many people experience seasonal allergies, so if you notice someone coughing or sneezing, please reserve judgment and keep in mind that masks help to reduce exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles.   

We encourage you to use your comfort level as a guide for how close you physically interact with your fellow colleagues and students.

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Are guests allowed on campus?

Guests, including those who are renting spaces, are welcome on campus as long as they follow UW-Superior's current COVID safety requirements.  

What are the expectations with respect to organizing in-person events on campus?

If you have funding and your supervisor’s approval, please move forward with your planning for events, including those that are internal to campus, guests on campus, and  events that are open to the public or include a guest list. Guests will be required to follow UW-Superior's current COVID safety requirements.