Update Coronavirus

Ullsvik Hall

April 1, 2020

Message to university

In a cautionary and proactive move, UW-Platteville departments are training for the event of a COVID-19 case on the main campus. Facilities staff are undergoing training to properly clean an infected area, and dining services personnel are developing alternative delivery protocols.

Facilities will begin with a deep clean in an area of Ottensman Hall. An employee had been feeling ill on March 17, but did not meet Grant County Health Department recommendations for further testing. Out of an abundance of caution, that area (which has been closed since March 17) will be the first to be thoroughly sanitized, following OSHA and CDC cleaning directives.

As a reminder, if there is a suspected case of COVID-19, all people in contact with that person would be notified by the Grant County Health Department.

The university again reminds all employees if they are sick not to come to campus and follow the Centers for Disease Controls recommended guidelines.

March 29, 2020

Message to the university

On Monday, UW-Platteville will resume classes, utilizing alternative delivery after two weeks of extended spring break. In doing so, we recognize that some students, faculty, and staff will be returning to the Platteville, Baraboo, and Richland Center areas for the first time since the implementation of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ “safer at home” order. As members of the UW-Platteville community, we are also part of our larger communities. We remind all members of our university community of the importance of adhering to all established protective guidelines, such as keeping at least six feet apart from others, avoiding physical contact and avoiding groups larger than 10. 

Thank you and good luck with the start of alternative delivery methods during this unprecedented time.

Be safe. Be strong. Be Pioneers.

March 25, 2020

Gov. Evers' Safer at Home Order

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a “safer at home” order for the state of Wisconsin effective Wednesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. until April 24. Please note that the governor has defined higher educational institutions as essential “for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions as determined by the institution.”

Be assured that UW-Platteville is prepared to continue providing those essential services to our students while at the same time practicing social distancing. Even before the order, the university has already limited the number of people on all three campuses. UW-Platteville encourages those who remain to follow the established guidelines of keeping at least six feet apart from others, avoiding physical contact and avoiding groups larger than five.

To even further reduce the amounts of interaction, the following services on the main campus have modified schedules:

  • All campus buildings remain closed except those who work in the buildings and have card access.
  • University Police will continue to provide 24/7 emergency coverage. Non-emergency calls will be handled via the phone, 608.342.1584.
  • Dining Services will work in collaboration with Residence Life to provide meals to students who remain in the residence halls. 
  • Facilities: The heating plant will operate as normal, and custodial and maintenance will downsize to a smaller, rotating crew of employees and will continue to handle maintenance requests, including an on-call status for after hours. Call 608.342.1155 for more information.
  • Residence Life: Resident Directors will remain in their respective buildings; central staff will not be on site, but will be available by Zoom or phone; and front office staff will be in the office part time. Residence hall students will receive periodic communications.
  • Pioneer Farm will continue to operate, in order to care for the 800-plus animals.
  • ITS: A minimal number of staff will work on a rotating basis in order to ensure our campus community has the necessary technical support.
  • URecord Studio and Zoom Room are available to faculty for alternative delivery by in-person appointments only. Contact the helpdesk to schedule access. Helpdesk support is available by phone at 608.342.1400 or email, helpdesk@uwplatt.edu. In person support is available by appointment only. 
  • Student Health Services: Student Health Services is available by telephone for consultation.  Call 608.342.1891
  • The Registrar’s office will be staffed with one person at a time, 8-4 Monday and Friday and 10-2 Wednesday. Contact 608.342.1321 or registrar@uwplatt.edu.
  • Central Receiving loading dock and Pioneer Printing and Postal Services will have limited hours. On Monday and Friday morning, from 9-11 a.m., mail and packages will be delivered to essential departments. Essential departments with USPS mail that needs processing need to make arrangements during these hours for that. Call 608.342.1484 to make arrangements. FedEx packages will be delivered as needed to essential departments. All outgoing UPS or Fed Ex packages must be taken to Central Receiving to be sent. Call ahead at 608.342.1144.
  • Markee Pioneer Student Center: The student center is closed, although the main information line of 608.342.1491 will be available weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Human Resources: Office is closed, but employees are encouraged to review the Human Resources FAQs or contact Human Resources at humanresources@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1176 during normal business hours.

The university thanks all faculty, students and staff for their understanding and flexibility during this quickly-changing pandemic. 

March 23, 2020

A message from Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Good afternoon Pioneers,

  • First, I thank you for everything you have done during this unprecedented occurrence in our university's history. Your willingness and your abilities to adapt to rapidly-changing circumstances have been remarkable.
  • Second, many questions have arisen, with a large one being about finances. I am happy to share with you this announcement from UW System (below) that prorated room, board and meal plan refunds will be offered to those who able to leave due to COVID-19. As your chancellor, I felt this is an important step for us to take. Details will be worked out on the logistics of these refunds and who is eligible, but I am writing today to hopefully put your minds at ease over this question.
  • Third, based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations, we are postponing the May commencement ceremonies at all three campuses. Please note that we are not canceling, but we are looking at alternatives to celebrating our seniors’ accomplishments. I remain firmly committed to being able to congratulate each and every senior. 
  • Fourth, with the exception of the elections being held in Ullsvik Hall on April 7, all public events are either canceled or postponed through at least the end of this semester. 

Again, thank you for all your efforts. Stay safe and remain strong. 

Sincerely,

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields   

UW System to offer prorated room and board refunds

 MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities.

Cross said the decision is a response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to classes being delivered through alternative methods. 

“We recognize the tremendous upheaval this pandemic has inflicted on the lives of our students, and we appreciate their patience and their sacrifice,” Cross said. “This reimbursement is the right thing to do.”

University chancellors were consulted on the decision and agree with it. 

Prorated reimbursements will exclude the period of the originally scheduled spring break and shall be issued by the close of the spring academic semester. Crediting these funds toward future semesters in lieu of a refund is not an option because of rules related to the awarding of federal financial aid.  

 

March 19, 2020

Building updates for all three campuses

The following is a list of closures and modified schedules for building access on the three UW-Platteville campuses. Please note that as the situation is continually evolving, these schedules are subject to change. 
 
UW-PLATTEVILLE MAIN CAMPUS

Academic Buildings: 

All academic buildings are closed and locked. Employees have 24/7 card access to the buildings in which they work. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, academic buildings were closed to students.

Non-Academic Buildings: 

  • Williams Fieldhouse, which includes the Pioneer Activity Center (PAC), is now closed to all but the employees who work in that building with card access. 
     
  • Karrmann Library is currently closed. All employees who work in that building have 24/7 card access. The library staff is able to conduct all business remotely, including answering questions from students/staff via a chat function or email. This includes branch library staff. Interlibrary loan has suspended the transfer of any physical items, but online interlibrary loan is still available. Provost Wilson has emailed information to faculty and instructional academic staff for how to reserve rooms in Karrmann library to record alternative delivery content. Email and live chat information for library assistance can be found online at https://campus.uwplatt.edu/library 
     
  • Royce Hall: 
    • Residence Life Office:
    • March 16-20: 7:45am-4:15pm, Monday-Friday 
    • March 23-27: 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday 
    • March 30 and beyond: Closed to all but employees with card access.  Services for students accessible via department contact information. 
    • As of today, all other departments within Royce Hall are conducting service via phone or alternative means (i.e. Wright Center, Student Health Service, Counseling Services, International Programs.) 
  • Markee Pioneer Student Center:
    • March 16-20: 7am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
    • March 23 and beyond: 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday
    • Building is closed on weekends to all but employees who work in that building with card access 
  • Children’s Center: Closed 
     
  • Brigham Hall: Closed 
     
  • Glenview Commons: Open from 5-10 p.m. 

Residence Halls (Main Campus): 

All Residence Hall ID access has been removed for students not currently on campus. Students who have left campus for other locations will not be able to return and access to their residence halls. Main campus residence hall students should refer to the email sent by the Department of Residence Life on March 19 for further instructions.

Dining Services: (Note that all food service is on a take-out basis only) 

For the most up-to-date information about Dining Services hours on the Main Campus, please visit: https://campus.uwplatt.edu/dining/hours

UW-PLATTEVILLE BARABOO SAUK COUNTY 

All academic buildings are closed and locked. Employees have 24/7 access to the buildings in which they work. All performances or other public events or gatherings are also canceled or postponed until further notice. 

  • Lange Student Center:
    • Closed. Employees have 24/7 access
  • T.N. Savides Library:
    • Closed. Employees have 24/7 access. 

UW-PLATTEVILLE RICHLAND 

All academic buildings and East Hall, which houses UW-Extension, are closed and locked. Employees have 24/7 access to the buildings in which they work. The Symons Recreation Center is also closed. All performances or other public events or gatherings are also canceled or postponed until further notice. 

  • Wallace Student Center:
    • March 19 and beyond: 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday.
    • Building is closed on weekends to all but employees with access.
  • Miller Library:
    • Closed. Employees who work in that building have 24/7 access.

March 19, 2020

For the safety of our campus communities and in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the decision has been made to suspend face-to-face classes at UW-Platteville and shift to alternative delivery of courses through the end of the 2020 spring semester. This applies to all three UW-Platteville campuses.

The updated schedule is as follows:

March 13-29: Extended Spring Break
March 30-April 9: Classes in alternative delivery

April 10-13: April Break
April 14-May 22: Classes in alternative delivery

This change raises a number of questions, all of which we are looking into in detail and will have more information shortly, such as access to buildings, textbooks, potential refunds for housing and dining, impact on financial aid and more.  We will be sending additional details soon. For student who remain in the main campus residence halls, we will be sending an email with additional information and directions.  As for commencement, we are discussing how these changes may impact this very important event and will be making decisions and sharing information with you by next Monday. 

We will continue to monitor the everchanging developments and guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In making any decisions, our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Additional messages will be forthcoming through email on a regular basis as needed. All updates will continue to be posted online at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus

As always, we thank you for your patience during these unprecedented events. 

March 18, 2020

A message from Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Please see the following video message from Chancellor Dennis J. Shields: https://youtu.be/4ypynDNa-dU

March 18, 2020

Message to Students from Provost Wilson - important information regarding registration for Fall 2020, etc.

I thought it might be a good time to reach out to each of you.  I can appreciate that the situation of the past few weeks has been alarming and created uncertainty and many questions.  We are doing our best to keep everyone informed of decisions as they are made, and please know prioritizing your safety and education are at the heart of those decisions.

Note that THIS WEEK IS OFFICIALLY PART OF SPRING BREAK.  From your perspective this means that students are not expected to submit any exams, papers, lab reports or any other assignment until Monday, March 30.  I would caution you that your faculty and instructors may expect something that was due this week to be submitted on March 30. I would be ready for that request, just in case. I would also remind you that the attendance policies that influence a student’s final grade have been suspended for the remainder of this semester, effective Monday, March 9.  If you haven’t attended class prior to that date, I encourage you to have a conversation with your faculty member.

From Registrar Kieckhafer, there are three very important messages I need to convey to you.

  1. The final drop date for campus is Monday, April 20.  Due to all the recent changes, we have extended the published drop date so that students have additional time to consider this important decision.
     
  2. Registration for Fall 2020 semester has also been rescheduled and will begin on Tuesday, April 14. You may work with your academic advisor over email, phone, or zoom.  Your academic advisor will only be able to provide your PIN number through your official uwplatt.edu email and ONLY after you have worked with your academic advisor to create your Fall 2020 schedule. It’s important during this time for you to use your official Platteville email and recognize critical communication will be sent through this email. I would recommend checking this email frequently.
     
  3. This week your faculty will be evaluating your midterm grades.  Be aware that these will be submitted in the next few weeks.  You should access your PASS account so that you understand how you have been evaluated prior to the alternative delivery phase of this semester.

I encourage you to communicate with your faculty members as you move through the next part of the semester.  We know that some of you will not have access to appropriate technology. It may be difficult for you to complete your assignments in the media that the faculty member has chosen.  Let them know your situation.  If you have accommodation needs due to a documented disability, please connect with our Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD@uwplatt.edu, 608-342-1818) and let your faculty know about your situation.

Many of you have chosen to stay local to campus through the next few weeks.  We will do all we can to support you, however, we also want you to maintain your social distance, so that everyone can do their best to remain healthy.  To that end, we are limiting access to academic buildings and laboratories.  This situation is changing every day.  The library will have a chat function available for you to ask librarians for assistance.  The Markee Pioneer Student Center will post their hours. Faculty will not be accepting drop-in visits during this break to ensure the social distancing.  If you need assistance from a particular staff member, I encourage you to email or call so that you can work through an appropriate communication method.  Due to their circumstances, they may only be on campus for a few hours a day, or a few days a week.

As we move beyond spring break, I encourage you to remember that this is a new situation for all of us.  Your faculty members are working this week to think about how they might deliver their course information.  Many of you will not have another lecture to attend, but instead may learn through activities posted in CANVAS or multiple emails.  You may have reading assignments and/or videos to access. This is all new to many of our faculty and staff, so please be patient with them and make sure to check your official UW-Platteville email.

Above all, know that we are here to continue to support your academic success.

Please take care of yourself over the next few weeks.  We will continue to update you as best we can.

Be well,

Joanne

D. Joanne Wilson

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

March 17, 2020

Interim COVID-19 Leave Policy and Travel Restriction Clarifications

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville encourages all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing. For those employees who are able to perform their essential duties remotely, every attempt should be made to coordinate doing so to the greatest extent possible. Please discuss your alternative work plan with your supervisor and enact this plan starting tomorrow, March 18, 2020. 

Please see the updates below regarding:

  1. Interim COVID-19 Leave Policy
  2. Employee Travel Restrictions Clarifications and Local Travel Defined

IMPORTANT – more information will be released tomorrow regarding the remainder of the semester.

Interim COVID-19 Leave Policy

On March 17, 2020, President Cross has announced the implementation of an interim COVID-19 Leave Policy.  The policy establishes standards for the continued pay and leave usage for UW System employees during the COVID-19 pandemic including up to 80 hours of paid COVID-19 leave (prorated by % FTE) for employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties on campus or through working remotely.  This policy applies to all UW-Platteville employees, except student employees.  

Employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties during the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to use COVID-19 leave. This includes, but is not limited to, employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties due to the inability to work remotely (telecommute or telework), self-quarantine, self-isolation, illness, care of an immediate family member, or child/elder care due to school/day care closures. In instances where employees can perform their assigned duties remotely and there is work available as approved by their supervisor, they may not refuse to do so in order to take COVID-19 leave.  

Please discuss with your supervisor to confirm your eligibility for COVID-19 leave. Supervisors have the discretion to determine which employees may be approved to perform their work remotely and which employees are required to perform their work duties on campus due to the nature of their work and/or staffing needs. 

Once confirmed, you may enter COVID-19 leave through HRS where a pay code will be established. Please have patience as we wait for HRS to be updated. Complete policy and eligibility details may be found in the COVID-19 Leave Policy.  Please also review the Human Resources FAQs listed on their webpage.  Contact your supervisor or Human Resources with any questions.  

Travel Restrictions and Local Area Defined

As announced last week, employees are directed to communicate personal travel plans to their supervisor.  It is strongly recommended that employees postpone or cancel personal travel outside of Wisconsin.  This includes both Interntional travel and domestic travel to states where CDC deems there is sustained community transmission.

In order to reduce and mitigate any potential exposure to the campus communities, if a student, faculty or staff member travels to an area that is outside the local area and/or attends a large public event (updated per Governor Evers's Emergency Order #5 on March 17, 2020 prohibited mass gatherings of 10 people of more), the university is asking that person to remain off campus for a period of 14 days for the safety of students, faculty and staff.  This direction is not applicable to employees who reside out of state and travel to Wisconsin for work.

When assessing an individual’s travel history, consideration should be given to where they went, what they did, any contact with sick people, mode of travel, and what position they are in.  If they are ill, the employee should isolate and contact their health care provider.

“Local area” refers to travel you perform during your everyday life, whether a commute, grocery store run, trips for medical appointments, assisting elderly family members, or a trip between campuses. Any trip outside that norm for at least one night would trigger the 14-day isolation period, and employees are strongly encouraged to follow this. Employees must communicate with their supervisors and be forthcoming in their travel, and UW-Platteville asks that all employees show respect for their fellow Pioneers and minimize the risk of spreading to the university campuses.

Per the Grant County Health Department regarding household member travel, no quarantine should be necessary for the person who did not travel if the other member is not ill.  Monitoring for illness for all involved is warranted.

IMPORTANT – more information will be released tomorrow regarding the remainder of the semester in response to the governor’s emergency order #5. 

March 15, 2020

Faculty and Staff Face-to-Face Instructional Support from TTC – Monday and Tuesday

The Teaching and Technology Center, with support from the Center for Distance Learning, is providing face-to-face training this Monday and Tuesday in the Markee Pioneer Student Center Bears Den and Hempel Collaboratory.

Beginning Wednesday, TTC will provide support on CANVAS and via email.

TTC is dedicated to helping faculty and instructors as they transition to alternative delivery. Our primary contact and resource page is through the CANVAS AltMode Learning Community. You have received an email invitation to this page. Please accept the invitation to access resources and get announcement.

For questions, please email ttc@uwplatt.edu

Open Office Hours: 1-on-1 help

When: Monday and Tuesday 3/16 & 3/17 from 9am-noon and from 1pm-4pm

What: Help for Zoom, Canvas and Pedagogical Questions NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Where: Bears Den

Who: Regina Nelson, TTC Faculty Associates, Media Technology Services, CDL Canvas Administrator and Instructional Designer 
*This event is BYOD – Bring Your Own Device (if you have a laptop) otherwise there are plenty of desktops to use.

Targeted Courses:

1. Introduction to Zoom and Zoom on Canvas:

Monday 11am-12pm; 2pm-3pm; Tuesday 9am-10am; 1pm-2pm

Click to Register: http://uwplatteville.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cXc9xQfwhix65v

2. Canvas Lite: Modules, Embedding film into a course page, assignments, rubrics and speedgrader

Monday 3pm-4pm; Tuesday 11am-12pm; 3pm-4pm

Click to Register: http://uwplatteville.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezkCzLvklNGnsmp

3. Basics: Teaching without Canvas

Tuesday 10am-11am; 2pm-3pm

http://uwplatteville.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_brREWI5qIye2kRL

Information Security Update

At this time of year, scams related to taxes and spring break are typical. This year, cyber predators are also trying to take advantage of our desire to be well, safe, and helpful during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tracking scams related to alleged treatments and charities. Follow known scams at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts

At the university, ITS expects to see an uptick in phishing attempts. If you receive a suspicious message related to the pandemic or any topic in your UWPLATT account, do not respond.

  1. Please report the message to the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu immediately.
  2. REMEMBER, ITS will never ask you for your password—in person, on the phone, or in an email. Never, ever. Seriously!
  3. Stay up to date on university announcements related to the pandemic at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus

March 14, 2020

Reminder of Revised Class Schedule

(As previously announced)

  • March 13-29 Extended Spring Break
  • March 30-April 9 Classes in alternative delivery
  • April 10-13 April Break
  • April 14 Face-to-face classes resume (subject to change)

Work Policies for Faculty, Staff

The university recognizes the hardships and inconveniences many employees will be going through in the next few weeks, especially with K-12 schools closing. During this time of precautionary methods, children will not be allowed to accompany you to work. You should contact your immediate supervisor regarding flexible work arrangements, utilize department call-in procedures, and properly report absences on your timesheet if you cannot work your normal work hours. There are a variety of options available to you for using paid time off, unpaid time off, and sick leave based on your specific circumstances. Please review the UW-Platteville Human Resources FAQs on the Human Resources webpage for more information.  If you have any questions, please speak with your supervisor or call Human Resources.   

Campus Isolation Sites

Action plans are underway in the event of an active COVID-19 case on any of the three UW-Platteville campuses. Locations have been selected on each campus for isolation if we have students who are awaiting test results or have tested positive for the virus. These measures are precautionary, yet necessary as the situation evolves.  

Dining Service Hours

The main UW-Platteville campus dining services hours have been amended over the two-week extended spring break. They may be found at https://uwplatt.sharepoint.com/sites/AdministrativeServices/AuxiliaryServices/DiningServices/SitePages/Hours.aspx

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates will be provided on a daily basis or as needed. Please continue to refer to https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus for all previous communications.

 

March 13, 2020

With both the United States government and the State of Wisconsin declaring health emergencies because of the COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is canceling next week’s classes. The university will begin a two-week spring break effective immediately on all three of its campuses.

Revised schedule (Subject to Change)

  • March 13-29 Extended Spring Break
  • March 30-April 9 Classes in alternative delivery
  • April 10-13 April Break
  • April 14 Face-to-face classes resume

UW-Platteville’s extended spring break will run through Sunday, March 29. Following the break, the university will offer two weeks of alternative delivery before face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday, April 14.

The extended break will also allow faculty and staff an additional week to prepare for the alternative delivery methods to ensure students have a continuous path to graduation.

If you are currently on campus

The university strongly encourages students to leave their respective campuses during the break and not return until face-to-face classes resume. Students should bring all necessary classwork materials with them to prepare for the alternative delivery on March 30. 

If you already left campus for the weekend

For those who have left campus for this weekend and need to return for their academic materials and essential personal belongings, these belongings should be retrieved by 5 p.m. Tuesday March 17.

The residence halls and dining facilities will remain open. Academic buildings will be locked through April 14, with only faculty and staff having card access. The Pioneer Activity Center, Karmann Library and the Markee Pioneer Student Center will remain open only for students, faculty and staff on the main campus. The libraries, dining services, and student services will remain open on the branch campuses. Hours for all these facilities may vary; check the appropriate website for updated information. The general public will not be allowed in university buildings during this time.  

All faculty and staff should continue their regular work schedules unless directed otherwise by their supervisors. Supervisors may determine whether or not employees can work remotely. Student employees should check with their supervisors before returning to work.

In order to reduce and mitigate any potential exposure to the campus communities, if a student, faculty or staff member travels to an area that is outside the local area and/or attends a large public event (more than 250 public members), the university is asking that person to remain off campus for a period of 14 days for the safety of students, faculty and staff. 

 

March 12, 2020

University Update - Revised Schedule

Summary of Revised Schedule (Subject to Change)

  • March 12-20 Face-to-face classes as normal
  • March 21-29 Spring Break
  • March 30-April 10 Classes in alternative delivery
  • April 10-13 April Break
  • April 14 Face-to-face classes resume

Due to Public Health Officials’ (Grant, Sauk and Richland County) belief that there is a possibility of COVID-19 spreading in coming weeks and based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations, UW-Platteville is suspending face-to-face instruction beginning on Monday, March 30 (following the week of Spring Break) on all three UW-Platteville campuses. Face-to-face classes will be held as scheduled through Friday, March 20. Beginning on Monday, March 30, UW-Platteville will initiate alternative delivery methods for all classes until Tuesday, April 14, at which time face-to-face classes are scheduled to resumeThe situation is constantly evolving and being evaluated.

When students leave for spring break, they are encouraged to bring all course-related materials with them. Students should be mindful of taking personal essentials, such as medications, for an extended period of time in case the situation changes. Once anyone leaves the local area, they should stay away from the campuses until Monday, April 13 to mitigate the possibility of exposure to the campus communities.

During this period of suspended face-to-face instruction, the university is NOT closed. Faculty and staff will continue to report to work. (More guidance for faculty and instructional staff will be coming from Provost Wilson.) Residence halls will remain open on all three campuses for those students who need to remain on campus, and limited dining services will be available.

At this time, there are still no known or immediate threats on any of the three campuses. UW-Platteville officials continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with health officials and will adapt plans as needed.

For all up-to-date information on the university’s actions in response to COVID-19, visit https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus.

March 12, 2020

UW-Platteville Events Canceled

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommended today the cancelation or postponement of non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.

Because of that recommendation and out of concern for the safety and well-being for the UW-Platteville community, the university is immediately canceling all university-sponsored public events and gatherings held on all three campuses, beginning Friday, March 13 through at least Tuesday, April 14, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated. These events include any that is open to the non-university attendees and/or the public has been invited. This policy covers gatherings of all sizes with the exception of a classroom guest speaker or lecturer.

Members of the university’s Emergency Operations Center will be in contact with each event organizer to confirm the cancelation.

UW-Platteville is moving forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can and mitigate its risks if it comes to our community.

March 11, 2020

Update to campus community

The safety, health and well-being of the students, faculty and staff have always been at the forefront of University of Wisconsin-Platteville decisions. In that light, the university offers updates on the COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus).

First and foremost, there are no known or immediate threats on any of the three campuses. To help minimize those risks, UW-Platteville is taking the following steps:

International travel

  • The university is suspending all outgoing and incoming sponsored international trips through at least May 31. This applies to ALL countries, regardless of their warning levels.
  • University officials are continuing to monitor the students and faculty who remain on overseas trips. Last week, all those at Level 3 countries were returned safely back home.
  • Any travel plans that are scheduled to occur after May 31 will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the CDC’s guidance.  
  • Further university travel restrictions may be warranted.  
  • All personal travel is strongly discouraged.

Domestic travel

  • All university-related travel by air domestically is suspended through May 31.
  • Any travel by land for university-related business must be approved in advance by the applicable divisional leader. If travel by land is used in lieu of air travel due to this travel restriction, coverage/reimbursement for the additional costs to travel by land must be approved by the head of the division.  
  • Any personal airfare travel in any form to any location in the U.S. or its territories is strongly discouraged, as is all other forms travel to areas or high risk.
  • If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact your health care provider to receive direction and guidance.  
  • If you do become ill or symptomatic, please do not come to campus for 14 days or until cleared by your health provider. This will help prevent any possible spread of not just the COVID-19 but other illnesses. Please contact your faculty members if you are a student or your supervisors if you are employee should this occur. 

The university asks everyone to follow health and safety tips that were previously issued:

  • Avoid contact with sick people. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. 

The university continues to follow all Centers for Disease Control protocols. For more information, visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

All university updates are posted at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus.

Spring break

Other UW System institutions have decided to temporarily delay the start of their on-campus courses after their spring break periods for a period of up to two weeks. These institutions will provide alternative methods of learning to maintain continuity of learning.  At this time, UW-Platteville is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is following all CDC guidelines and UW System Emergency Operation Center directives. UW-Platteville will assess the situation and decide whether to take a similar approach (go to alternative methods of learning for a short period of time after spring break). The university will make this decision by Tuesday night, March 17, so that students will be fully informed prior to leaving.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Information Officer Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

March 4, 2020

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields Message to the University Community: Update on COVID-19 and Travel

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville values the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff.  In response to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, our Emergency Operations Center has been actively and continuously monitoring all information available.  As stated before, there are no immediate nor known threats to our campus community.

Due to the risks that have been raised in certain countries and the Level 3 Warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control, we have returned our students who were studying in South Korea and Italy.  We are suspending all university-sponsored trips to Level 3 countries, which includes China, South Korea and Italy.  We will continue to monitor the hot-spot regions around the world as well as any new or increased risks for domestic travel (such as professional conferences, meetings or other university-related travel).  The EOC is working closely with UW System and the Wisconsin Health Department to remain fully informed and aware of any changes regarding this matter.  We will continue to update the campus community on a regular basis and will take all steps necessary to keep the campus’ health and safety our priority.

General health concerns

Even though the current focus has been on the risks related to the COVID-19, we want to remind our campus community to take precautions to protect their health and safety in regard to other common colds and illnesses, such as Influenza A.  Please remember to practice good hygiene, and if you feel ill, please take all necessary steps to protect your health and prevent exposure to others. Here are a few suggestions:

Practice good hygiene

  • Avoid contact with sick people. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. 

What to do if you feel sick

First and foremost, stay home if you are feeling ill. If you are a student, let your faculty know you are sick. If you are an employee, let your supervisor know.

UW-Platteville students can schedule an appointment with Student Health Services at 608.342.1891 or online through MyHealth, our online portal. Nursing also provides triage for telephone questions and walk-ins. The Student Health Services Clinic is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Royce Hall on the UW-Platteville campus. All visits and calls are confidential.

These tips are especially important as we approach spring break later this month. Please stay informed on any potential health or safety risks that may impact your travel. Thank you for your diligence and your consideration of all our fellow students, faculty and staff.

For more information about the COVID-19, visit the CDC site,  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

February 26, 2020

To the University Community

With spring break approaching, please be aware that there are a number of travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  UW-Platteville wants to ensure you are safe no matter where you travel and that you have information that you need to get to your destination and back.

  • Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending to avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. 
  • There are new alerts for several additional countries, including Japan, Italy, Iran and Hong Kong. 
  • Most U.S.-based airlines have suspended service to China through March. As a result, there are few options for air travel to China from the U.S., and cancellations by airlines providing service to China are likely to continue. 
  • Chinese nationals traveling from China are being barred from entering the U.S. by presidential order. So, even if you find a way to get home after your travel, it is unlikely you will be allowed to return to the U.S. The length of the ban is unclear. 
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have traveled to the coronavirus epicenter are being held in quarantine for 14 days by presidential order. As of today, no other countries besides China have been subject to the mandatory quarantine, but this could change in the future. 

For those traveling to other countries during spring break or in the future, be prepared to provide documentation of recent travel history (for example, keep your passport and hard copies of your travel itinerary with you) when you re-enter the U.S. You could be barred from re-entering or there may be limitations/restrictions on your movement such as required quarantine. You may find travel advice related to COVID-19 for other countries on the https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Even if you are not traveling internationally, please continue to follow good hygiene practices. 

  • Avoid contact with sick people. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. 
  • If you have traveled and become ill, seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel. 

 

February 7, 2020

Message to the university community

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to monitor all news and updates about the Coronavirus as well as follow all recommended protocols. At this time, there are no known or immediate threats to the university community. The Emergency Operations Team is examining all future university-sponsored trips, especially to areas that are deemed to be at high levels of risk.

With spring break coming next month, the university urges all those traveling to check on Centers of Disease Control guidelines for your destination and any concerns about it. You can also find tips on hygiene and safety at the CDC site, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

February 3, 2020

Message to the university community

UW-Platteville has enjoyed a 20-year relationship with South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China, and several students and staff were in Wuhan over break. Because of that, there was increased attention on our university over the Coronavirus outbreak, whose epicenter is in Wuhan. UW-Platteville followed–and will continue to follow–all Centers for Disease Controls and U.S. State Department protocols. 

Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan recently has been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms. There was no immediate or known threat. As of Monday, all known travelers have surpassed the 14-day incubation period set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and no longer need to self-monitor.
 

Because UW-Platteville values the well-being of all students, faculty and staff, we have been updating the website daily at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. We will now update if we have any new information to share. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

February 2, 2020

Message to the university community

UW-Platteville values the well-being of our university community, and because of that, we are sharing daily updates on the Coronavirus. At this time, there is no known or immediate threat. All of the students and staff who have been in Wuhan, China recently continue to self-monitor for any possible symptoms. Although there is concern about asymptomatic spread, early data is suggesting the virus is much more readily spread by persons who do have symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, a day that traditionally features the sharing of camaraderie, food and beverages. The Centers for Disease Controls has a Handwashing Hygiene campaign to promote cleanliness and prevention of spreading of any types of germs or viruses. Before the big game, check out https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html and enjoy the evening's festivities.

Updated campus information on Coronavirus is available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

February 1, 2020

Message to the university community

There remains no immediate or known threat of the Coronavirus at UW-Platteville. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan, China recently has been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms. 

Yesterday, the White House announced a 14-day quarantine of all people arriving from mainland China after Sunday, Feb. 2. UW-Platteville has no planned arrivals from the affected areas, and all university-related trips to China have been canceled.   

Daily UW-Platteville updates on Coronavirus are available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
 

January 31, 2020

Message to the university community

Today’s first update on the Coronavirus is there remains no immediate or known threat at UW-Platteville. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan, China recently have been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms.

Second, on January 30, the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control raised travel advisory levels for all of China. The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to mainland China and no travel to the Hubei province and Wuhan. (See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html ) The CDC also recommends individuals avoid nonessential travel to China. Following these recommendations, the UW-Platteville leadership team, with recommendations from the Emergency Operations Center, has now prohibited university-sponsored travel to China. Under the UW-Platteville’s international travel policy, this applies to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all programs of study as well as faculty and staff.  In addition, the university discourages all non-work travel to China during the spring semester. 

UW–Platteville is carefully monitoring the circumstances and will continue to comply with CDC best practices and guidance as they are released. Updated campus information on Coronavirus is available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

January 30, 2020

Message to the university community

In order to keep the UW-Platteville community informed with updated and accurate information on the Coronavirus and the safety of our university community, we want to restate that there remains no immediate or known threat to the university. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan recently have been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms.

We recognize that with any new strain of virus, there is increased anxiety over causes, spread, vaccines and cures. At this time, there are five confirmed cases in the United States; none of them are on the UW-Platteville campus.

Some information shared through social media and traditional media have not been accurate in regard to UW-Platteville’s situation. Please be assured UW-Platteville has been and will continue to be completely transparent about any change of status. Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of the university community. 

In order to combat any spreading rumors, we are posting daily updates on the website, even if it is to say there is no known or immediate threat to the university. Any and all updates will be posted at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus

The university continues to follow all Centers for Disease Control protocols. For more information, visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Thank you for your continued understanding and attention to this situation. We appreciate the open dialogues with the university community. 

 

January 30, 2020

Update to FAQs

Is there anything that can be done to prevent the spreading of viruses?

Handwashing remains an important way to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading illness. This is the CDC’s Handwashing Hygiene campaign:  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

 

January 27, 2020

Update to FAQs

New reports say the disease may be contracted prior to symptoms being present. Does that change anything? 

We will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and make modifications to our protocols, as necessary.  At this time, even with the latest updates, the CDC and Department of Health is not recommending a change to quarantine protocols.  We will continue to follow all guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

 

January 27, 2020

Message to university community

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to monitor any possible signs of the Coronavirus. There are are no immediate or known threats on campus. The university is adhering to all protocol set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and following closely for any changes to current policies or situations. The university thanks everyone for their concerns and understanding as we begin a new semester. 

Any and all updates will be posted on https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

January 24, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

 Is there a threat to campus?

  •  At this time, there is no known or immediate threat to the campus community.

Has any member of the campus community tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

  • No.

If a campus community member becomes infected, what will happen?  

  • If a case is reported, the university will take immediate steps to properly respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community. If it becomes necessary to implement a quarantine, the university will follow all recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health.

    At this time, there have been no reported cases of infected individuals. The Centers for Disease Control is not recommending quarantine for non-symptomatic individuals, which is the case on the UW-Platteville campus.  

If someone calls and reports recent travel or known exposure and symptoms/illness, what protocol/advice is provided?

  • Currently, if a campus community member is, or becomes, symptomatic and has recently returned from Wuhan, they should call the Grant County Health Department at 608-723-6416 for a telephone screening.  

What is the incubation period?

  • This is a fluid situation, but at this time the CDC recommends observation for 1-14 days.

Is there anything that can be done to prevent the spreading of viruses?

New reports say the disease may be contracted prior to symptoms being present. Does that change anything? 

  • We will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and make modifications to our protocols, as necessary.  At this time, even with the latest updates, the CDC and Department of Health is not recommending a change to quarantine protocols.  We will continue to follow all guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

What information can or will the university share regarding any students or employees who have recently traveled to or from Wuhan?

  • The university will not release any names or residential information regarding any student or employee in order to comply with state or federal privacy laws. If you are concerned that exposure to a particular student or employee may create a risk to your personal health, please use your personal judgement in regard to your health care. CDC is recommending that individuals self-monitor and/or review information and resources on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Will buildings be disinfected?

  • At this time, we will continue to follow all standard cleaning protocols.

Are masks available?

  • Masks are only recommended for those individuals experiencing symptoms such as cough and fever. Masks will be available at Student Health Services.

What long-term procedures are in place?

  • We will continue to monitor this situation very closely. We will also work with state and local public health officials.  

Will classes be held as scheduled?

  • Yes.  Classes will be held as planned. There is no immediate plan to cancel classes or any other university event or activity. All faculty and staff are expected to come to work as scheduled. All students are expected to attend scheduled classes.

What if a student is concerned about attending class?

  • If you have concerns and would like to discuss alternatives to attending class or completing academic work in the immediate future, please reach out to your faculty member or the Department Chair.

Do I have to come to work?

  • The University will follow the Class Cancellation and Campus Closure Policy, found at https://kb.uwplatt.edu/adminservices/93133.  Please work with your supervisor.

If a faculty member has questions or concerns regarding coming to work, what should they do?

  • Contact their respective dean’s office.

Where do I look for additional information?

  • For UW-Platteville specific information, please visit www.uwplatt.edu.  For information about the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov.

What do I believe on the internet?

  • For the most accurate information, visit www.uwplatt.edu and cdc.gov.

Who else can I speak with about this?

  • All questions can be directed to the Dean of Students Office at 608.342.1854.  Media inquiries can be directed to the Public Information Office at 608.342.1194.  Further information can be found at cdc.gov.

How often will webpages be updated?

  • This situation is fluid. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

If I feel as though I am being treated unfairly, discriminated against, or harassed due to concerns around this issue, what should I do?

 

January 23, 2020

Message to university community

As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of a new virus in China, called “2019nCoV” or "Wuhan Coronavirus." The University of Wisconsin-Platteville expresses its deepest concerns and support to the people of Wuhan.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. University officials are closely and continuously monitoring this situation and are taking every measure and action that is being directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Grant County Health Department.

Please be advised that there are six students from Wuhan who have arrived on campus for the semester. Currently, none of the students are displaying any symptoms connected to the Coronavirus. In addition, there were also six employees who were recently in Wuhan.  They have been advised to contact the Grant County Health Department to be evaluated. 

If there is any information that would indicate an actual health emergency related to the Coronavirus, we will be sending an immediate emergency notification.

Please read the following link at the CDC for specific information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

If you are currently experiencing any symptomatic health-related issues, please contact your local health care provider.  If you are a student, you may contact Student Health Services during regular business hours at 608.342.1891.

Any questions should be directed to the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1854.

All media inquiries should be directed to Paul Erickson, Public Information Officer, at 608.342.1194 or pr@uwplatt.edu.

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.