Health and Safety Measures

UW-Superior is committed to doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff in the COVID-19 pandemic world. Please contact us if you have any questions and someone from our Fall 2020 Planning Team will be in touch with you.  

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

Testing and Dashboard

UW System campuses, including UW-Superior, are offering COVID-19 antigen testing to all residential students every two weeks. The testing schedule is as follows:

  • September 7-11
  • September 21-25
  • October 5-9
  • October 19-23
  • November 2-6
  • November 16-20
  • November 30-December 4
  • December 14-18
  • December 28-31

UW System has created a dashboard for reporting these test results. Please note:

  • Reports are created Monday-Friday.
  • The data in these reports reflects antigen testing of residential students.
  • During the weeks that UW-Superior is not conducting testing, the daily reports will not show any data for our campus, as no testing occurred at that time.

UW System Daily Testing Reports Expand All

September Reports

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Monday, September 28, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Friday, September 25, 2020 Report

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Report

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Report

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Report

Monday, September 21, 2020 Report

Friday, September 18, 2020 Report  (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Monday, September 14, 2020 Report (no UW-Superior testing occurred at this time)

Friday, September 11, 2020 Report

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Report

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Report 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Report

Face Covering Requirements

Face coverings (such as masks or face shields for those who need an accommodation) are required in all indoor public spaces with limited exceptions and strongly encouraged outside when physical distancing is not possible. We recognize that the requirement of wearing a face covering will be a cultural shift for our campus community, but we also know that wearing one is among the most important ways we can help keep each other safe and healthy. It's important to note that people can spread COVID-19 to others even if they do not feel sick.   

If you forgot your face covering, you may pick up a disposable mask at one of these locations:

  • Technology Services Help Desk, Swenson 2100
  • Jim Dan Hill Library Front Desk
  • Yellowjacket Union Front Desk
  • Marcovich Wellness Center Front Desk

Limited exceptions include:

  1. An individual’s own health condition prevents wearing the mask and the individual has received an approved exception from Human Resources (for employees) or Disability Support Services (for students).*  
  2. An exemption from wearing a mask will occur when appropriate medical documentation from a medical provider is submitted and approved.* 
  3. When working in a personal office or other non-shared space or while in one’s own residence hall room.* 
  4. In environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask. 
  5. While performing physical exertion, vocal or instrumental performance, manual labor, exercising or during athletic competition. 
  6. While in an indoor area designated for eating food and social distancing has been maintained. 

*In cases where a mask cannot be worn and social distancing cannot be maintained, alternative methods (face shields) must be utilized to limit potential transmission of COVID-19. If a face shield cannot be utilized for medical reasons, then the employee should telecommute, or the student should seek accommodations to obtain their education via distance learning and seek an exemption from on campus housing (if applicable).  

Residence Halls: Residents are expected to wear a face covering at all times while outside of a resident’s room. Face coverings must be worn while in hallways and common areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms, restrooms and in the lobby. Face coverings are not required when it is not conducive to performing a task (i.e. brushing your teeth, showering, eating, drinking, etc.).

Athletics: As part of the university’s safety procedures, all student-athletes, coaches, staff and student workers will be required to wear face coverings. Student-athletes will be permitted to not wear a covering during physical activity, such as working out, practice or during competition.  

Student Face Covering Pickup: Students will receive five reusable face masks for their use. Residential students will receive their masks during their move-in. Nonresidential students can pick up their masks at the Yellowjacket Union front desk. 

Employee Face Covering Pickup: Supervisors should pick up masks and face shields for their units at the University Services Building in the mailroom. For the academic departments, Dean Nick Danz will be working with the recovery team to coordinate delivery for these units. 


Building Entrances

Designated single entry points into buildings have been assigned to aid in cleaning and sanitation efforts, and minimize the risk of spreading germs.

Please refer to the Building and Facility Access page for more information. 


  • Each classroom and lab is outfitted with a hands-free paper towel dispenser and spray bottle of sanitizer that can be utilized for cleaning surfaces and as a hand sanitizer.
  • Before the start of each class, every student and faculty member should take a paper towel and spray it with enough sanitizer to make the paper towel wet (2-3 sprays from the spray bottle) and proceed to their seating/work area in the classroom/lab and wipe down the hard surfaces in their area (desk/table tops, chair arms, keyboard, mouse, etc.). Used paper towels should be disposed of in the trash can in each room.
  • Every classroom and lab is sanitized every evening Monday-Friday.

Dining Facilities

Seating within the Union Café and throughout the Yellowjacket Union will be arranged to allow for necessary social distancing. Hours of service may be adjusted to reduce the volume of students dining at any given time or expanded as the semester progresses.  

All dining locations will be set to comply with social distancing guidelines. Dining staff will clean tables, chairs, and high-touch surfaces between uses. We will also expect students to follow social-distancing guidelines when ordering and waiting for food, and when disposing of to-go containers.  

Dining staff will also wear PPE, all associates will wear masks and handle all food with gloves to ensure your safety.  

Marcovich Wellness Center

For clean and safety measures, please refer to the Marcovich Wellness Center building information

Residence Halls

Custodial efforts in the residence halls will be increased. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, kitchens, and lounges. We will continue to focus on disinfecting high-touch areas with an EPA-approved product per CDC guidelines. Disinfectant and disposable toweling will be made available so that students can self-disinfect common areas as needed.  

For information on measures being taken in specific areas of residence halls, visit the Living on Campus page.

Throughout Campus

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 an electrostatic sprayer, which applies a disinfectant using an electric charge to fully cover a surface.

Hospital-grade MERV-13 air filters have been installed throughout buildings on campus to remove particulates from the inside air. 

Working in an Office Setting

Please refer to the Working in Office Environments section of the Employee Return to Work plan. 

COVID-19 Safety Training

Each member of our campus community is required to complete training that orients and equips our campus community to be successful and safe. 

Good Hygiene Practices: What You Can Do

Social Distancing:
Keeping space between you and others is one of the best way to avoid COVID-19 and slowing its spread. The campus community should follow these social distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people at all times
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Wipe Down Commonly Used Surfaces:
While custodial crews will continue to clean campus spaces, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. As you enter and leave work areas, please wipe down all work areas. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Hand Sanitizing Stations:
Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned at the designated building entrances and other high-traffic areas. Employees should “tap-in and tap-out,” using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting buildings and offices. If you identify a hand sanitizer station that is inoperable, please contact facilities management.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene:
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, then immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.