COVID-19 Response at UW Oshkosh
The top priority of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Classes will continue through alternative delivery methods through the end of the spring semester and spring interim. Until further notice, only employees needed to deliver necessary campus services that cannot be completed through telecommuting will physically remain on UWO’s campuses.
In an ordinary spring, we close the academic year with congratulations and celebration for our graduates and gratitude to our excellent faculty and staff. I will not break from tradition. However, I must state the obvious: this has been no ordinary spring.
If you wish to request a grade change, follow the instructions in this message.
Today we have a few decisions to announce concerning UW Oshkosh operations impacted by COVID-19.
The federal government has established the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help college students who are struggling with food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care expenses due to the disruptions of campus operations as a result of Covid-19.
A couple of informational items on this chilly, gusty day at the end of April.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community members are encouraged to:
Practice good hygiene
- Avoid handshakes and other contact greetings
- Thoroughly wash hands often throughout the day
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow
- Regularly disinfect often-touched surfaces and items, including tables, desks, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, shared keyboards, faucets and toilet handles
- Open windows or adjust air conditioning to improve ventilation
- Limit sharing of supplies and food
Be careful with meetings and travel
- Meet through video conference when possible
- Hold in-person meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Assess the risks of business travel
Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Stay home if a household member is sick
- Wash hands frequently if caring for sick family members
- Provide additional care and a protected space for household members over 65 years old
UW Oshkosh has formed a Recovery Task Force comprised of 27 representatives from diverse areas of the University. The group will meet daily to determine a recommendation for UWO fall operations by early June.
Bias and Harrassment
COVID-19 is not connected to any particular ethnicity or race. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not acceptable at UW Oshkosh. If you experience harassment or discrimination, please file a bias incident report here.
UW Oshkosh is required to post periodic reports describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Click here to view the initial report.
Safer At Home
The Office of the Governor and the Wisconsin DHS issued a “Safer at Home” order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective until at least 8am on Friday, April 24. Read frequently asked questions about Safer at Home and how it affects you.
Moving Courses Online: Information for Instructors
Our Instructional Continuity page contains advice and information for faculty and instructional academic staff, including specific instructions for moving course elements online.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has compiled a list of internet providers who are offering cost reductions and other benefits to students and workers who need service during the coronavirus outbreak response. View free and reduced-cost internet service options in Wisconsin
The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).