Warhawks Return

WARHAWKS RETURN

Prioritizing the safety and success of our university family for the Fall 2020 semester

This site was last updated on Oct. 9, 2020.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is planning to return to a modified normal at both our Whitewater and Rock County campuses beginning with the fall 2020 semester. The first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Our fall instruction will include a mix of in-person, hybrid and online course delivery options. The expectation is that everyone at UW-Whitewater — including students, faculty, staff and visitors — will wear face coverings on campus, indoors or outdoors, unless they have a health condition that limits their ability to wear a mask or are in a situation where they can be fully socially distant such as in a private office or single residence hall room.

UW-Whitewater cares deeply about the health and safety of our community. Our Facilities Planning and Management crews have completed extensive plans for the frequent cleaning of our buildings and are installing signage to encourage safe behaviors. We also are working with health experts in Walworth, Rock and Jefferson counties and the University of Wisconsin System regarding testing and contact tracing and what to do should the virus be detected on campus.


COVID-19 Daily Screener, Dashboard and Hotline

Daily Screener: Each day, before returning to the university in person, students, faculty, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to use the online COVID-19 Daily Screener tool to self-monitor their health and determine whether or not they should come to campus. If you are not able to access the online survey, you can call the COVID-19 hotline to have the survey filled out verbally.

Dashboard: This is intended to inform the campus community of reported novel coronavirus cases among students, staff and others, in addition to other health and safety metrics.

Hotline: Call the COVID-19 hotline at 262-472-1362 to report a positive case, or with any questions on university operations related to Warhawks Return or COVID-19. You can also email covid19info@uww.edu. The COVID-19 Office, which monitors the hotline phone and email, is staffed in person from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. however you may call or email 24 hours a day, and your message will be returned as soon as practicable.

COVID-19 Daily Screener »
COVID-19 Dashboard »
COVID-19 Behavioral Compliance Form »

Reporting a complaint about compliance: Use the button above to access the COVID-19 Behavioral Compliance Form to report a concern about noncompliance of Warhawks Return safety practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Classes will begin as planned on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, all courses will move to a fully remote course modality for the remainder of the fall semester. Final exams week is Dec. 14-18 and will also be remote/online. There are no planned changes for the 2021 winter or spring terms.

The Emergency Operations Center and university leadership have approved the Event Policy and Exception Protocol, which took effect Aug. 1, goes until further notice, and will be updated as needed. This document outlines the requirements for holding meetings, gatherings and events at the Whitewater and Rock County campuses, as well as the Community Engagement Center — including maximum capacities, attendance tracking and other requirements.

View Events Policy »

Intercollegiate Sports

There will be no WIAC conference competition and championships for the 2020-21 academic year for football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. Universities will retain the autonomy to establish practice opportunities within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA. Read more in the message from Chancellor Watson »

Student-athletes will not lose a season of eligibility under NCAA rules if their team did not compete during the fall season. If teams play a limited number of contests (up to half of permissible regular season contests), or seasons end prematurely during the 2020-21 academic year due to COVID-19, the NCAA has provided a blanket waiver which will allow student-athletes to reclaim their season of eligibility. Participation in practice or a non-traditional season during the fall will not affect eligibility.

Coaches will be communicating with their student-athletes about returning to campus. Student-athletes who are living in UW-Whitewater residence halls should plan on moving into their dorms during Extended Drop-Off, which will take place Aug. 21-29. Download the 2020 University Housing Information booklet for more information.

UW-Whitewater and the WIAC continue to work out a plan for these sports. There will be no championships contested in any sport.

The Warhawk men's soccer team is an affiliate member of the Capital Athletic Conference, which recently absorbed the American Collegiate Athletic Association. The CAC suspended all conference competitions and championships for the fall 2020 season. It will explore in the coming months shifting fall sports to the spring.

There was discussion among members of the WIAC's COVID-19 Task Force, which included administrators, coaches and support staff representing all eight member institutions. It was determined that a number of cross country student-athletes also compete for their respective indoor and outdoor track and field teams, which compete in the winter and spring seasons, respectively. Therefore, it was not possible to reschedule the WIAC Cross Country Championships or have a cross country season without compromising the track and field seasons.

The WIAC has suspended winter sports through the calendar year. No competition will take place in men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field or wrestling prior to January 1, 2021. Click here to read the WIAC’s announcement. The WIAC’s suspension does not affect bowling, which competes primarily against Division I schools and plans to proceed with its season starting in late October.

Yes. Our baseball, softball and men's tennis teams will follow the protocols put forward by the university, local health officials and the CDC to hold practices and training sessions.

Health and Safety

Per the Warhawks Return: Practices for Fall 2020 document, those who are performing physically exerting activities such as athletic training or are outdoors when continuous social distancing can be maintained are exempt from the campus's policy on face coverings.

Yes. For NCAA-regulated activities, a daily screening will be in place consisting of answering questions and taking a temperature check before getting clearance. This will follow the student self-assessment that student-athletes should do at the beginning of each day. Testing practices are still being determined based on the latest guidelines from the NCAA, university, local health authorities and the CDC.

Per the UW-Whitewater COVID-19 reporting and notification process, a student-athlete who tests positive or has close contact with someone who is positive is strongly encouraged to call the COVID-19 hotline at 262-472-1362 or e-mail Covid19info@uww.edu. Faculty, staff or student employees who test positive or have close contact with someone who is positive are required to call or e-mail the COVID-19 hotline. Any individual – student-athlete or staff member – with a COVID-19 infection or exposure will be treated according to CDC, NCAA and/or university policy.

Facilities and Services

Yes — The Williams Center began a soft reopen on Aug. 17. Read more »

Yes. When the Williams Center opens, locker rooms will be available to student-athletes as long as social distancing is maintained and face coverings are worn per UW-Whitewater's protocols. Athletic training rooms will be available to student-athletes on an appointment basis. Student-athletes will enter training rooms when directed by a member of the athletic training staff, and will wear face coverings when being treated by an athletic trainer, who will also be wearing a face covering.

Club sports will be operational, but with no home or away competitions/events. The Office of Recreation Sports and Facilities is working on a plan to get some practices approved. All 30 clubs will be active, however. A list of clubs can be found on the Club Sports website, and there is also an online interest form for prospective members to complete.

Quarantine, Isolation and Clem Hall

Generally, quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others; you may be in quarantine because you are waiting for your test result or you were a contact of someone who tested positive. A person in isolation has tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. There are exceptions — please note that every case is unique, and whether a student is assigned to quarantine or isolation depends on a number of variables, including type of test and student’s current health state.

No. Students in isolation and quarantine in Clem Hall live on separate floors and use different bathrooms and stairwells.

The bathrooms on each floor are cleaned and disinfected two times a day, Monday thru Friday.

When a student is cleared to leave quarantine or isolation, their room in Clem Hall is cleaned and disinfected before it can be used again.

Meals are delivered by dining staff twice a day. They receive lunch and dinner, and with dinner each student receives their breakfast for the next day. Students are also able to order items from the Warhawk Food Pantry that will be delivered to Clem Hall. 

Yes, students on the first, second and third floors have fridges, microwaves and freezers in their spaces in addition to the bed, dresser, closet and desk. Students on the fourth floor have access to a fridge, microwave, and freezer in the floor’s lounge.

Yes, the University Housing professional staff regularly checks in with the students and the hall is minimally staffed.

Yes, students are able to receive deliveries after 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Students can work with Residence Life staff to have a friend or roommate get access to those items and then bring them over to Clem Hall.

Quarantine
Students in quarantine who have their own vehicle could go through a drive-through business. They would not be allowed to have anyone else in the vehicle. They can also leave for medical care. Students in Clem Hall have designated space to enjoy the outdoors. Isolation and quarantine seating areas are kept separate to ensure safety.

Isolation
Students in isolation can mingle with other students on their same floor, but must remain on their floor. They can leave for medical care. Students in Clem Hall have designated space to enjoy the outdoors. Isolation and quarantine seating areas are kept separate to ensure safety.

Academics and Classes

A safer environment will be provided by:

  • Requiring a 6-foot minimum distance between individuals
  • Requiring face coverings at all times while in classroom
  • Equipping classrooms with cleaning stations including sanitizing wipes, disposable face coverings and hand sanitizer

Deans and department chairs will determine any additional safety measures needed for faculty within their respective areas to maintain safety using these guidelines.

Face coverings not only help protect the wearer, they help protect others, and are critical to keeping our campus community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students without a documented accommodation who do not have a face covering in class will be asked by faculty and instructional staff to wear one. If they continue to refuse, the instructor may take a series of actions that may include pausing the class, asking the student to leave, and/or reporting the student to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary procedures/sanctions.

The following course delivery modes will be used for the Fall 2020 semester:
Course delivery graphic with key.

Face-to-face. All students will meet face-to-face during each class period.

  • These courses will be identified with a room or “TBA.” A time will be specified.

Online format. These courses are developed in advance using techniques that primarily involve asynchronous instruction.

  • The room location for these courses will be listed as “WEB BASED.” A time will not be specified.
  • The class will have a note that states: “This is a web-based course using Canvas. Further information will be given before the first day of class. Required additional fee will be assessed for this class.”

Remote format. The class is fully remote, but not designed in the same way as online courses. Some remote classes will be held during the scheduled class time using synchronous instruction. Others will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, or even fully asynchronous.

  • The room location for these courses will be listed as “REMOTE.” A time will be specified.
  • The class will have a note that states: “This is a remote course. Further information will be given before the first day of class.”

HyFlex/Hybrid format. The class will be taught with a mix of face-to-face and remote teaching. For example, on a given class day, some students might attend in person while other students participate remotely. Other classes could be a mix of in-person and remote learning. An email from your instructor will provide further clarification.

  • Two locations will be identified for these courses: the room on campus and “REMOTE.” A time will be specified.
  • The class will have a note that states: “This is a hybrid course, which will have both classroom meetings and online/remote instruction. Further information will be given before the first day of class.”

There is some possibility of continued changes. In addition, after Aug. 25, students will receive an email from their instructors about course attendance details.

Please note, updated course delivery modes will not change any course fees; fees that are already part of a particular course will remain the same, and no additional fees will be added.

All faculty and instructional staff will work with students who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 or other conditions and who are unable to attend face-to-face classes. Students may request accommodations by contacting the Center for Students with Disabilities.

The Center for Students with Disabilities works with students who have a documented disability, health condition or immunocompromised condition that could be exacerbated by COVID-19 who need related support or accommodations. Students should reach out to the center as soon as possible regarding transitioning back to campus life and the classroom.

Students who do not have a CSD accommodation, but who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 or have other conditions that make them unable to attend face-to-face classes, should work directly with their faculty or academic advisor for possible learning flexibilities.

Field trips or off-campus labs will be conducted using the same guidelines as other courses. Face coverings, social distancing and other current recommendations will be maintained to provide a safer environment.

All study abroad and travel study programs are canceled for the fall 2020 semester. The reasons for cancelation include rising infection levels, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State travel warnings, passport and visa processing delays and partner universities canceling programs.

Students are encouraged to defer their program to a future semester, or consider virtual study abroad programs or courses being offered by many of our partners and providers.

Decisions on study abroad and travel study programs scheduled for January 2021 and beyond will be announced this fall.

Campus Tutorial Services will continue to be offered virtually via Webex Teams. For more information, including hours of operation and to schedule an appointment, visit https://www.uww.edu/tutorial.

Bookstore and Textbook Rental

Yes, you will be able to visit in-store for clothing, gifts, supplies and textbooks. A regular cleaning schedule, capacity limitations, face covering requirement, and social distancing policies will be in place to promote a safe environment.

Extended weekday and weekend hours are scheduled.

Yes. Textbook Rental offers a convenient shipping option to all of our students for a flat rate of $7.99 charged to your student bill. If you would like your purchase books included select ‘yes’ on the shipping form https://www.uww.edu/textbookrental/shipping.

We plan on offering a book buyback in September. Check the Bookstore website for up-to-date information on Buyback dates/times.

Employment

Yes, student employment opportunities currently are and will remain available. Visit Handshake »

Future Students

We will be offering small, in-person campus tours for the UW-Whitewater main campus throughout July and August. These tours will be guided by a student or admissions staff member and will cover a wide range of information. However, not all areas of campus traditionally seen on a tour will be available as some campus facilities are closed. Tours will have a maximum of 10 individuals and follow CDC guidelines to ensure safety of our guests, students and employees. Visit our tours of UW-Whitewater web page to schedule.

We have a variety of virtual options where one can learn about the university, ranging from a virtual campus tour to an interactive information session with one of our admissions counselors. Please check out our tours of UW-Whitewater web page for details.

Interested in visiting our Rock County campus? Please inquire about a visit through the Warhawk Solution Center at 608-758-6541 or take a virtual tour to learn more.

For incoming new freshman at both campuses, an admission policy is now in place that allows you to apply for admission as test-optional applicants. We still encourage you to take the ACT and/or SAT standardized tests when possible. If you think your scores are an accurate representation of your ability, please send them our way and we will consider them along with your other materials during our holistic review process. If you do not believe your test scores represent your abilities, feel free to utilize our test-optional process and we will review your admissions materials without your test scores.

Visit our Admissions web page to review the admissions steps for each applicant to UW-Whitewater.

Health and Safety

Symptomatic testing

University Health and Counseling Services is conducting COVID-19 testing for students who show signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are asymptomatic with recent known or suspected exposure to the virus. UW-Whitewater is partnering with local public health agencies and hospital organizations in order to provide services to students on both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses.

Students are not charged for COVID testing at UHCS. Students with health insurance will have their insurance billed $95-$100 by the lab processing the COVID test. Students will not be charged a copay. Health Services has a supply of free PCR tests set aside for symptomatic students who do not have insurance. Students will not be charged a copay.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing (Antigen)

Asymptomatic surveillance testing for COVID-19 (Antigen testing) is offered free through the financial support of UW System Administration. It is especially helpful because it identifies COVID-19 in students who do not have symptoms. Students can make an appointment at uww.edu/uhcs. Testing is voluntary. Results come back the same day. Watch a video of student getting an antigen test at Ambrose Health Center.

Additional testing options

If they prefer, students may also use their own health care provider for testing. Information on local free testing sites can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

Quarantine or isolation

If you are a residence hall student who needs to quarantine or isolate and you cannot return home, University Health and Counseling Services in collaboration with University Housing will provide a room in Clem Hall and will provide meals.

COVID- reporting graphic

* Examples of close contact:

  • direct physical contact with an infected person (hug, kiss, handshake)
  • within six feet of the person for more than 15 minutes, even if wearing a face covering
  • coughed/sneezed on by infected person, contact with dirty tissue, sharing a drinking glass, food or towels or other personal items
  • overnight stay in a household with the person

** Individuals’ health information is protected under HIPAA, and the names of positive cases and close contacts are confidential and will only be shared with UHCS, the local health departments, and Human Resources when required. It is mandatory for UW-Whitewater employees (including student employees) to report if they are COVID-19 positive.

*** To protect the individual’s privacy, Human Resources will only provide appropriate notification to department(s) and/or supervisor(s) to facilitate the employee’s leave, work and health benefit usage.

You must quarantine for 14 days from the last day you were with the person who is COVID-19 positive.

Quarantine vs. Isolation

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others; you may be in quarantine because you are waiting for your test result or you were a contact of someone who tested positive.

A person in isolation has tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Close contact, but I test negative for COVID-19?

If during your quarantine, you get tested for COVID-19 and the results are negative, you still need to complete the full 14 days of quarantine. There is no test that will get you out of quarantining. This is mandated by UW-Whitewater per instructions from the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

What if I’m a close contact, and I test positive for COVID-19?

If during your quarantine, you get tested for COVID-19 and the results are positive, you start isolation from the date of your test or when symptoms started for 10 days. Even if you get another test, regardless of its results, you still need to complete the 10 days of isolation. This is mandated by UW-Whitewater per instructions from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

What should I do if my roommate/housemate is a close contact?

If your roommate or housemate is a close contact, that roommate needs to quarantine for 14 days since the last date of exposure from the positive person. UW-Whitewater does not allow students to quarantine inside the residence halls (except Clem Hall, which has been designated for quarantine/isolation). On-campus students need to go home or move to Clem Hall. You as the roommate would NOT need to quarantine. If your roommate would test positive, then you are considered a close contact and you would have to start quarantining.

Students in quarantine or isolation would still be able to “attend” class online. A negative test is not required to return to classes or work, only completion of isolation/quarantine. University Health and Counseling Services and local health departments can provide guidance on when it is OK to return to class or in-person activities.

In addition to wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance, the Warhawks Return Practices document outlines a series steps for the campus community, from personal hygiene to cleaning and disinfecting.

UW-Whitewater is following CDC guidance for ventilation in higher education buildings at both campuses, including ensuring ventilation systems operate properly and increasing circulation of outdoor air as much as possible. In addition, the university is increasing frequency of air filter changes, replacing air filters with higher MERV-rated filters for increased filtration, obtaining equipment to disinfect the inside of air handlers, and increasing inspection and cleaning of fan blades, coils and dampers.

The university is providing a welcome kit to each student that contains a Warhawk-branded face covering and hand sanitizer. Students living in university housing will receive their kits at their residence halls. Off-campus, commuting and graduate students can pick up their welcome kits at the university bookstore.

Additional face coverings may be needed and students should arrive to campus with additional face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for their personal use. Students are also advised to bring a digital thermometer.

University Health and Counseling Services operates and is staffed as a primary care clinic, not an urgent care or walk-in clinic or emergency room. Healthcare delivery will include telehealth visits. Precautions will be taken when students visit in person, including screening questions, designated entry points or appointment times for ill students and direct entry to exam rooms to avoid sitting in the waiting room.

Housing and Dining

Extended Drop-Off Only will take place Aug. 21-29. This will replace the traditional Move-In Day and has been created to help ease the move-in process for students and their families and to allow for social distancing. The number of time slots that will be available during each period will be limited for each building. This should reduce the long lines waiting for key pick-up, parking in unloading zones, and any congestion in stairwells and elevators. Everyone will be required to bring and wear a face covering.

Students will receive a printed booklet in the mail with detailed information on the Extended Drop-Only process from University Housing in late July. You can also access this document online.

Download 2020 University Housing Information booklet [PDF] »

Operations and social practices

  • Students will be required to wear face coverings when they are not in their residence hall room or using the bathroom.
  • Furniture will be spaced out and social distancing will be expected in common areas.
  • Front desks will have protective barriers in place.
  • Residence hall programming and other community development activities will be restructured to respect social distancing, accommodate smaller numbers and increase digital and virtual offerings.
  • Stairwells and elevators will include signage to prioritize/minimize traffic.
  • All drinking fountains will be converted to water fill stations only.
  • Computer labs will have various protective measures implemented.

Extensive cleaning procedures

  • All residence hall buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the arrival of students.
  • Hand sanitizers will be installed at all front desk areas.
  • Extra soap dispensers will be installed in bathrooms.
  • Gloves and disinfectant cleaning supplies will be provided behind the front desks.
  • Bathrooms and showers will be disinfected daily, and other high-touch areas such as bathroom sinks, and handrails and door handles will be disinfected twice per day.

University Housing is working on other practices and procedures that will be in place as well.

Things-to-bring checklist for your stay in the residence halls

  • Microwave (900 W max)
  • Dishes
  • Food/Snacks
  • Mini refrigerator (4.7 cubic ft. max)
  • Utensils
  • Storage containers

Bathroom items

  • Shower shoes
  • Towels
  • Bath robe
  • Shower caddy

Electronics

  • TV
  • Alarm clock
  • Laptop
  • Stereo/soundbar

Miscellaneous

  • Address book
  • Bed linens
  • Dry-erase board
  • Umbrella
  • Stamps
  • Laundry bag
  • Fan
  • Calendar

Dining Services is working to enhance its safety and service methods to provide meals for students across our campus dining locations. We are working closely with the university, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments to ensure we are following all proper guidelines to safely provide food on campus.

Here are some of the changes you will see upon your return:

  • Expanded to-go options in all retail locations
  • Added to-go options in residence dining (all-you-care-to-eat locations)
  • Served food/drink only, as no self-serve options will be available
  • New social distancing queueing procedures with traffic controls in each location
  • Seating areas adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Increased cleaning protocols and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Barcode scanners at registers to eliminate exchange of a person’s HawkCard

Yes — residence halls and dining services will remain open for students who prefer to remain on campus.

Students with Disabilities

The Center for Students with Disabilities is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our center will be operating under the university’s guidance, which will require face coverings unless health restrictions do not permit. We will require scheduled appointments (no drop-in meetings), limit student in-person appointments, continue virtual meetings as much as possible, and provide some fee-based services in a remote model.

The Center for Students with Disabilities works with students who have a documented disability, health condition or immunocompromised condition that could be exacerbated by COVID-19 who need related support or accommodations, including an exemption from wearing face coverings. Students should reach out to the center as soon as possible regarding transitioning back to campus life and the classroom.

If you think you may need on-campus housing accommodations, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities immediately.

Accommodations and Work Flexibility

The option to work remotely depends on the work needs of your unit and requires a discussion with your supervisor.

The same process from the spring semester will be followed — employees who need assistance because of school cancellations or closings will be required to file for the extension of Family Medical Leave Act, now called E-FMLA.

If the employee or family member in the same household has underlying health conditions, the employee will be required to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act and request an accommodation to work remotely.

Campus Life

Dining Services is working to enhance its safety and service methods to provide meals across campus dining locations. We are working closely with the university, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments to ensure we are following all proper guidelines to safely provide food on campus.

Here are some of the changes you will see upon your return:

  • Expanded grab-and-go options in all retail locations
  • Served food/drink only, as no self-serve options will be available
  • New social distancing queueing procedures with traffic controls in each location
  • Seating areas adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • New catering menus to eliminate the buffet style method of service
  • Increased cleaning protocols and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Barcode scanners at registers to eliminate exchange of a person’s HawkCard

To save money and time and to reduce the risk of cash exchange, we encourage you to check out our Faculty/Staff MyMeal meal plan options.

Health and Safety

A negative test is not required to return to work, only completion of isolation/quarantine. University Health and Counseling Services and the local health departments follow up and check in with affected people and determine when someone is able to return to campus. The general guidance is that a positive case would end isolation if a person had no fever for 24 hours AND 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND symptoms improving. If an individual was a close contact only, they would end quarantine 14 days after exposure to positive case AND no symptoms (longer if complete isolation from positive case is not possible).

In addition to wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance, the Warhawks Return Practices document outlines a series steps for the campus community, from personal hygiene to cleaning and disinfecting.

UW-Whitewater is following CDC guidance for ventilation in higher education buildings at both campuses, including ensuring ventilation systems operate properly and increasing circulation of outdoor air as much as possible. In addition, the university is increasing frequency of air filter changes, replacing air filters with higher MERV-rated filters for increased filtration, obtaining equipment to disinfect the inside of air handlers, and increasing inspection and cleaning of fan blades, coils and dampers.

COVID- reporting graphic

* Examples of close contact:

  • direct physical contact with an infected person (hug, kiss, handshake)
  • within six feet of the person for more than 15 minutes, even if wearing a face covering
  • coughed/sneezed on by infected person, contact with dirty tissue, sharing a drinking glass, food or towels or other personal items
  • overnight stay in a household with the person

** Individuals’ health information is protected under HIPAA, and the names of positive cases and close contacts are confidential and will only be shared with UHCS, the local health departments, and Human Resources when required. It is mandatory for UW-Whitewater employees (including student employees) to report if they are COVID-19 positive.

*** To protect the individual’s privacy, Human Resources will only provide appropriate notification to department(s) and/or supervisor(s) to facilitate the employee’s leave, work and health benefit usage.

Yes, face coverings will be provided to employees and hand sanitizer will be available in multiple places, especially in high-traffic areas.

The university has and will continue to practice the safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Wisconsin, county health departments and the University of Wisconsin System. Detailed practices can be reviewed in the Warhawks Return plan.

COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff will come from that employee’s primary care physician. University Health and Counseling Services does not provide services for faculty and staff. There will not be mandatory testing, but employees who are sick are asked to stay home, and to get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 infection. The UW-Whitewater COVID-19 hotline (262-472-1362 or covid19info@uww.edu) has information on free testing sites.

See information on student testing »

Instruction and Classroom

Yes — As part of the regular accommodation notification process, the Center for Students with Disabilities will inform faculty and instructional staff of any students in their respective courses who have requested a face covering exemption as an accommodation. If you have a student report that they have a disability/health condition and they are not connected with CSD, please direct them to apply for services at https://www.uww.edu/csd/apply-now.

A safer environment will be provided by:

  • Requiring a 6-foot minimum distance between individuals
  • Requiring face coverings at all times while in classroom
  • Equipping classrooms with cleaning stations including sanitizing wipes, disposable face coverings and hand sanitizer

Deans and department chairs will determine any additional safety measures needed for faculty within their respective areas to maintain safety using these guidelines.

The university is exploring the purchase of amplification devices for instructional staff and faculty.

Disposable face coverings will be available in the classrooms to offer if the student does not have their personal face covering. Instructors are suggested to use the opportunity to remind the student of their role as a member of the community and their role in protecting each other. If they continue to refuse, the instructor may take a series of actions that may include pausing the class, asking the student to leave, and/or reporting the student to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary procedures/sanctions.

The university will follow current health department guidelines. At this time, quarantine is required if someone is within 6 feet distance, for 15 minutes or more, of a person who tests positive. Classrooms seating configurations will be arranged so that individuals will be at least 6 feet apart. While social distancing is most important, face coverings also help protect each other and decrease the need for quarantine.

Field trips or off-campus labs will be conducted using the same guidelines as other courses. Face coverings, social distancing and other current recommendations will be maintained to provide a safer environment.

Eligible accrued sick leave is available for personal illness or injury. Employees may file a worker's compensation claim, which will be evaluated. If an instructor does not have enough accrued sick leave, COVID-19 leave may be an option provided that the instructor has not used their 80 hours yet. Subsequently, the instructor may need to work with their chair to evaluate whether they have an option to take unpaid leave or contact the Benefits Specialist to use Family Medical Leave, which is based on eligibility. If an instructor is hospitalized for any reason, insurance benefits and FMLA, WFMLA and Medical Leave of Absence are potential options.

Departments chairs and deans have been asked to investigate colleague coverage for short term needs and, if needed, hiring short term replacements. If an instructor is well enough to teach, the instruction should move to remote learning. Since March, the chancellor and the provost have encouraged instructional employees to prepare remote options as much as possible for cases like these, in addition to others. If an instructor is not available to teach a course, a colleague may be called upon to assist, as done in the past, and the same policies and procedures that have supported students in the past will continue.

Warhawks Return Planning

Governance leaders have been participating in Chancellor’s Cabinet meetings to share their voices and provide other perspectives on guidelines. In addition, deans and other department chairs have been working with their faculty and instructors to coordinate how the safety guidelines in each unique discipline need to be addressed.

Visitors and community members are expected to follow the practices described in the Warhawks Return plan, including wearing a face covering, maintaining social distance, following directional signage and practicing proper health hygiene. Do not come to the university if you are sick.

From the early stages of the pandemic, UW-Whitewater has been actively planning and responding to keep our university and our local communities as safe as possible. To ensure consistency in our efforts and to coordinate resources, university leadership is in regular contact with our partners including UW System, county health departments and the State of Wisconsin. The Emergency Operations Center Resource Support Team includes representation from the City of Whitewater and the campus is also a member of Rock County's emergency communications group. UW-Whitewater's Perkins Stadium served as a COVID-19 test site on May 27-30, offering community members a local opportunity to be tested. The university continues to follow federal, state and local guidelines to promote the health and safety of our communities.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, university buildings on both campuses will be open for the semester. The only exception is the University Center on the Whitewater campus, which will open on Monday, Aug. 24. Please note that while building access will resume, some offices, departments or services may not be available right away. View Fall 2020 Changes to University Services and Operations »

From safety and directional signage, to furniture placement, to extra cleaning and disinfecting practices, check out a video tour of how university spaces will look and operate in the fall.

face covering

Wear a face covering

Practice social distance

Practice social distancing

Wash hands frequently

Wash hands frequently

Stay home if you're sick

Follow new directional signage

Follow directional signage

One person in an elevator at a time

Limit number of people in elevators at one time

Stay informed

Warhawk Social Covenant

At UW-Whitewater, we work together to solve the smallest or toughest problems that we face, locally and globally. Being a Warhawk means that each of us takes every step possible to stay well and protect each other — on campus and beyond.

In this spirit, we ask each of you to pledge to the Warhawk Social Covenant: to take responsibility for your own health, to behave in ways that protect others and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other risks that impact our university family and the community.

En español [PDF] »

Join us in pledging to take the following steps:

  • I will monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a medical professional if I experience a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
  • I will wash my hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • I will cover my mouth and nose when I cough or sneeze (with a tissue or into my elbow).
  • I will strongly consider being vaccinated for influenza as my health and beliefs allow.
  • I will clean my personal spaces or office in an appropriate manner.
  • I will maintain appropriate physical distancing, especially in academic settings or in the presence of higher-risk members of our family and community.
  • If I test positive or if I think I have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, I will call the UW-Whitewater COVID-19 hotline (262-472-1362) or email covid19info@uww.edu for next steps.
  • I will help protect my community by wearing a face covering and other personal protective equipment or gear as required by the university and the City of Whitewater.
  • I will be attentive and helpful to anyone who may need help or support.
  • I will clean the shared areas and equipment I use for the next person to use.
  • I will carefully observe instructional signage and read and follow directions.
  • I will keep my belongings, personal spaces and shared common spaces clean.
  • I will participate in testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community as needed.
  • I will make social decisions that reflect the Warhawk Social Covenant.
  • I will remind others of their pledge and responsibility for fostering community wellness.

Warhawk QuaranTeam Fund

Many of you have asked how you can help students while they are serving COVID-19-related quarantines. We invite you to make a gift to the Warhawk QuaranTeam Fund, which will support items like care packages with toiletries, beverages and snacks; study break food deliveries from local eateries; weekly rewards; and end-of-quarantine celebration packs.

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Posters and Signage

The campus community has access to the library of health and safety directional signage and posters related to COVID-19, from face covering wearing to hand washing to hotline information. Login with your university net ID and password to download.

Posters and signage library »

How We Planned for Warhawks Return

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, university leaders have met and will continue to meet on a regular basis regarding pandemic planning in order to ensure that all steps necessary to support the safety of the campus are implemented. The university will continue to monitor coronavirus developments both domestically and abroad and will provide the campus with key updates as appropriate.

COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race — disease does not discriminate. Please remember our campus values as you interact with others. Racist behaviors, discrimination or stereotyping are not tolerated at UW-Whitewater. If you experience harassment or discrimination, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to file a hate bias report.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for the Warhawk family and our campus community, and we urge people to monitor it regularly for updates.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Prioritize student and employee health and student academic progress in planning and delivering our mission.
  • Maximize in-person instruction.
  • Offer open and available housing for students.
  • Offer flexibility for employees, particularly in high-risk categories, to work remotely to the extent practicable.
  • Maintain public and stakeholder confidence through frequent and transparent communications in a variety of modalities.
  • Monitor the impact of decisions on our financial viability.

Town Hall Events

Watch the Oct. 6 Chancellor Chat »

Watch the Oct. 1 Community Town Hall »

Watch the Sept. 24 Chancellor Chat »

Watch the Sept. 10 Town Hall Webex event »

Watch the Aug. 19 Welcome Back Town Hall Webex event »

Watch the Aug. 6 Joint Town Hall Webex event »

Watch the July 30 Webex events »

Watch the July 9 Webex events »

Warhawks Return Practices, Fall 2020 [PDF] »

Emergency Operations Center/Resource Support Team

The Emergency Operations Center/Resource Support Team (EOC/RST) was activated during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and has broad-based representation across the university. The Chancellor’s Cabinet tasked the EOC/RST with developing a plan to include instructional scenarios, aspects of student life, impact on facilities, managing virus transmission and cases and the financial impact and communication of these recommendations. Any recommendations from the EOC/RST are sent to the Cabinet for approval or adjustments. The Cabinet, led by Chancellor Watson, is the decision-making authority. Additional committees and subcommittees are working across the campuses to perform this critical work.

Feedback and Updates

This plan is fluid, based on the current behavior of COVID-19, federal, state and local guidance, financial viability, and employee capacity to implement and maintain the plan. We will continue to evaluate the plan and update as necessary. The plan is the result of months of research, planning and implementation.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns as we return to campus and the plan is implemented, please contact Chief Matt Kiederlen, EOC chairperson, at kiederlm@uww.edu.

Dwight Watson, Chancellor
Greg Cook, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Taryn Carothers, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
Artanya Wesley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Greg Rutzen, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Ryan Callahan, Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Kenny Yarbrough, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Sara Kuhl, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Marketing and Communications
Lynsey Schwabrow, Chief of Institutional Research and Planning
Kari Heidenreich, Chief of Staff and Government Relations

Matt Kiederlen, Chief of Police, EOC chairperson
Jeff Angileri, Director of University Marketing and Communications
Trisha Barber, Assistant Controller
Frank Bartlett, Director of University Housing
Jason Burt, Police Lieutenant and Emergency Manager
Taryn Carothers, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
Patricia Clasen, Interim Dean of College of Integrated Studies
Janelle Crowley, Chief Human Resource Officer
SueAnn Farnsworth, Assistant to the Chief of Police
Erica Fischer, Wellness Coordinator
Lance Fredrick, Director of Risk Management and Safety
Steve Hillmer, Intercollegiate Athletics
Todd Loushine, Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health
Brad Marquardt, City of Whitewater
Julie Martindale, Director of Health Services
Angela Meldonian, Interim Executive Director of the University Center
Kristin Plessel, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Connie Putland, Assistant Chief Human Resource Officer
Aaron Raap, City of Whitewater Police Chief
Eric Radkowsky, Director of Buildings and Grounds
Matt Schwartz, Assistant Chief of Police
Terry Tumbarello, Director of Residence Life
Jody Wentworth, Whitewater Student Government President
Brian Zobel, Director of Plant Management