UWO announces next steps for university operations

Today we have a series of new decisions to announce that will continue to change the way we learn, teach, serve and celebrate your achievements at UW Oshkosh. We remain grateful to you all for your adaptability and resilience.

In light of COVID-19, UW Oshkosh is taking steps to reduce operations. Beginning Monday, March 23, and until further notice only employees needed to deliver necessary campus services that cannot be completed through telecommuting will physically remain on UWO’s campuses. Supervisors will be notifying employees over the next couple of days of their work status.

We are taking these additional steps:

  • Alternative delivery of courses will begin March 30 and continue through spring interim session, June 5. Faculty will contact students as they finalize their instruction plans.
  • Faculty and instructional staff who have requested and received permission from their dean to use their office/lab space on the campuses due to a lack of equipment/resources at home will be allowed on the campuses.
  • Regrettably, there will be no face-to-face spring commencement. Over the coming weeks we will consider our options, including the possible scheduling of an alternative date. We pledge to keep you updated.
  • Students in residence halls on the Oshkosh campus are required to return to their permanent residence unless they provide adequate justification for staying. Limited dining services will continue. More information on collecting your belongings and checking out of your room will be delivered to students in the coming days from Residence Life. If you are no longer on the Oshkosh campus, do not come to campus to collect your belongings until you receive this information. Please do not contact residence life until you receive further instructions regarding move-out.

There are many questions we will be discussing in the coming days and weeks, including those regarding reimbursements and refunds. We are working closely with UW System as we consider what is appropriate. We appreciate the patience we have seen from our students and families as we examine these issues.

Employee leave

On Tuesday we provided initial guidance on employee leave. More information will be provided over the next couple of days from Human Resources.

Employees who cannot telecommute and who are not involved in delivering services necessary to continue operations will be eligible to use leave. A COVID-19 leave policy was shared in a separate communication Tuesday. We will provide up to 80 hours of funding for leave for these employees, in addition to the existing leave policy.

Essential services include public safety, academic course delivery and student support, admissions, financial aid and enrollment for new and continuing students, certain research activities and associated animal care, university housing, communications and core administrative and facility services.

Your supervisor will notify you if you are required to report to campus to work. Additional information from HR will be emailed this week to employees regarding the process for using leave and options available.

Again, we appreciate your patience and professionalism as we face these challenges together. These situations test us all and move us to rise to the challenges presented and navigate unchartered territory at sometimes lightning speed.

We share your disappointment and sadness regarding all of the usual University activities and milestones that we will not experience together, especially those involving students in their final semester on our campuses.

We pledge to continue to provide you with information as it becomes available so you can stay safe, stay healthy and emerge stronger as we move forward together.

For the latest UWO information, resources and COVID-19 updates, visit the website.

 

Chancellor Andy Leavitt

Dear University community,

Today we have a series of new decisions to announce that will continue to change the way we learn, teach, serve and celebrate your achievements at UW Oshkosh. We remain grateful to you all for your adaptability and resilience.

In light of COVID-19, UW Oshkosh is taking steps to reduce operations. Beginning Monday, March 23, and until further notice only employees needed to deliver necessary campus services that cannot be completed through telecommuting will physically remain on UWO’s campuses. Supervisors will be notifying employees over the next couple of days of their work status.

We are taking these additional steps:

  • Alternative delivery of courses will begin March 30 and continue through spring interim session, June 5. Faculty will contact students as they finalize their instruction plans.
  • Faculty and instructional staff who have requested and received permission from their dean to use their office/lab space on the campuses due to a lack of equipment/resources at home will be allowed on the campuses.
  • Regrettably, there will be no face-to-face spring commencement. Over the coming weeks we will consider our options, including the possible scheduling of an alternative date. We pledge to keep you updated.
  • Students in residence halls on the Oshkosh campus are required to return to their permanent residence unless they provide adequate justification for staying. Limited dining services will continue. More information on collecting your belongings and checking out of your room will be delivered to students in the coming days from Residence Life. If you are no longer on the Oshkosh campus, do not come to campus to collect your belongings until you receive this information. Please do not contact residence life until you receive further instructions regarding move-out.

There are many questions we will be discussing in the coming days and weeks, including those regarding reimbursements and refunds. We are working closely with UW System as we consider what is appropriate. We appreciate the patience we have seen from our students and families as we examine these issues.

Employee leave

On Tuesday we provided initial guidance on employee leave. More information will be provided over the next couple of days from Human Resources.

Employees who cannot telecommute and who are not involved in delivering services necessary to continue operations will be eligible to use leave. A COVID-19 leave policy was shared in a separate communication Tuesday. We will provide up to 80 hours of funding for leave for these employees, in addition to the existing leave policy.

Essential services include public safety, academic course delivery and student support, admissions, financial aid and enrollment for new and continuing students, certain research activities and associated animal care, university housing, communications and core administrative and facility services.

Your supervisor will notify you if you are required to report to campus to work. Additional information from HR will be emailed this week to employees regarding the process for using leave and options available.

Again, we appreciate your patience and professionalism as we face these challenges together. These situations test us all and move us to rise to the challenges presented and navigate unchartered territory at sometimes lightning speed.

We share your disappointment and sadness regarding all of the usual University activities and milestones that we will not experience together, especially those involving students in their final semester on our campuses.

We pledge to continue to provide you with information as it becomes available so you can stay safe, stay healthy and emerge stronger as we move forward together.

For the latest UWO information, resources and COVID-19 updates, visit the website.

 

Chancellor Andy Leavitt