Frequently Asked Questions

Maintaining a primary focus on student and employee health, UW Oshkosh will return to a mixture of in-person and remote instruction for the fall 2020 semester. Student housing options will be offered in a safe and responsible manner, and Titans will have the opportunity to learn and work remotely to the extent practicable.

We will continue to update this page as we are able to share more information. Please check back often.

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What is the plan for the fall 2020 semester?

Maintaining a primary focus on student and employee health, UW Oshkosh will return to a mixture of in-person and remote instruction for the fall 2020 semester. Student housing options will be offered in a safe and responsible manner, and Titans will have the opportunity to learn and work remotely to the extent practicable.

What safety measures have been taken at UW Oshkosh?

UW Oshkosh has provided sanitizer refills and disinfecting wipes in all common areas, including classrooms. At the start of the fall semester, the University provided a basic hygiene kit to all employees and students containing two masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer. The University has displayed signage on all three campuses outline best practices for health and safety and other materials to help the University community understand expectations for face coverings, hand washing, disinfecting, self-monitoring and other measures.

A personal assessment questionnaire has been published on the UWO Mobile app and website that allows faculty, staff, students and guests to determine whether or not they should come to campus based on common symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19. Webster Hall on the Oshkosh campus have been set aside as a quarantine/isolation center for Oshkosh campus resident students who develop symptoms of COVID-19.

UW Oshkosh will also continue to protect the mental health of its community by evaluating how to reduce stigma of positive cases, identifying safe spaces on campuses for students to be able to relax and remove masks, and determining how to accommodate the increased mental health needs of students and employees related to COVID-19.

Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete COVID-19 Safety Training and take the Titan Safety Promise, a commitment to follow the University’s guidance and take mandatory actions to support campus safety.

What actions are required of the UW Oshkosh community and guests?

In order to keep the University safe and open and to cultivate a strong and inclusive learning environment, all students, faculty and staff will need to contribute. Embracing awareness and considering how one’s decisions and actions affect the community will be pivotal in the success of this “new normal”. The UW Oshkosh community should strive to foster a culture of accountability so that all students, faculty and staff are protecting one another.

  1. All faculty, staff, students and guests of the University are required to wear a face covering while inside University buildings, including classrooms, or while ​attending any University-sponsored event. Residential areas of residence halls, i.e., dorm rooms, are exempted from this requirement. Private offices and other spaces may be exempted when occupied by only one person.
  2. All faculty, staff and students are required to participate in COVID-related safety training.
  3. All faculty, staff and students are required to take the Titan Safety Promise to promote behavior designed to keep our Titan community safe.
  4. All faculty, staff and students will be required to physically distance when possible.

A protocol has been developed for enforcing the use of face coverings and proper physical distancing. This protocol will be administered by the Dean of Students office for students and the Human Resources department for employees.

How has UW Oshkosh modified the use of on-campus spaces?

The UWO Facilities team is managing on-campus spaces and communal areas to determine their maximum occupancy and facilitate physical distancing. A disinfection protocol will be followed multiple times each day in these spaces. The University has installed Plexiglass barriers at service counters and improved access to hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. In addition, some non-traditional spaces will be used as classrooms to allow for more classes to have face-to-face components.

The University will encourage telecommuting to the extent possible in order to reduce the number of staff occupying University spaces. Employees will meet virtually whenever possible, practice physical distancing when meeting in person.

How will meetings and events be held?

Non-instructional activities and events may resume beginning September 1, 2020 on UW Oshkosh campuses following health and safety guidelines and the following priority levels: 1) Academic Instruction, 2) Recruitment and Retention, 3) Student Experience, 4) University Business and Operations, 5) Community Partnerships/Non-University Gatherings.

Event organizers should familiarize themselves with the new Event Safety and Planning Checklist and Event Host FAQ.

The University is evaluating major campus events such as Homecoming and Commencement so that changes may be announced early.

Is the University open to guests and visitors?

The personal assessment questionnaire is available to guests and the broader UW Oshkosh community to determine whether it is safe to come to one of our campuses. Departments and offices that deal with student or community visitors may send these screening questions to anyone planning to visit or use in-person University services.

How will campus tours be held?

The University is welcoming prospective students and guests to the Oshkosh campus for modified campus tours in small groups. The Admissions office also offers a Virtual Titan Preview that prospective Oshkosh campus students can view online. Schedule a visit or experience our Virtual Titan Preview here.

What will be the impact on student organizations?

Student organizations will be allowed and encouraged to continue to operate. They will be expected to comply with new University guidelines for special events regarding meeting capacity and other relevant factors. Virtual or hybrid training will be given to student organization leaders to inform them of these new expectations.

What will be the impact on athletics?

On the Oshkosh campus, all fall sports including football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country will be cancelled for the 2020-21 academic year. Learn more about plans for athletics on the Return to Play FAQ page.

Collegiate athletics at the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses will be temporarily suspended this year. 

Will the Oshkosh campus student food pantry be open?

The campus food pantry, The Cabinet, will be resuming modified operations come the start of the fall semester. In the meantime, please contact the OSA Office Manager with any questions or concerns:

Can faculty, staff and students use University facilities to perform research?

In order to maintain a safe working environment and ensure compliance with current COVID-19 safety guidelines, all UW Oshkosh faculty, staff, and students who (a) engage in research and creative activity outside of classroom teaching activities and (b) are using university-owned facilities or conducting research or creative activities at an off-campus location are required to complete the Research and Creative Activity: Standard Operating Procedures Accommodation Form

The purpose of the form is to document safety measures faculty, staff and students are adopting in order to accommodate or supplement the four UWO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by the Titans Return Risk and Safety Implementation Team.

If exceptions and accommodations are requested in this form, they will be reviewed by Risk & Safety and shared with your college dean’s office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or


How will UWO assess and test for COVID-19?

Testing and contact tracing are an important part of success. The Implementation Team has worked with public health officials, local health care providers and UWO Student Health to develop a comprehensive process to provide testing and contract tracing for our students.

A personal assessment questionnaire is available for students, staff, and faculty to monitor their symptoms, actions and risk factors daily before coming to campus.

Testing for COVID-19:

UWO employees and students can receive a COVID-19 test through various means at each of the campuses.

PCR Testing –utilizes real-time RT-PCR testing to detect RNA from SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Testing is performed on respiratory specimens to determine whether active infection is present. This community-based test is utilized for symptomatic patients or those who have had a known exposure. This will be the primary mode of testing for UWO employees and students. The turnaround time for results is currently 24-72 hrs.

Antigen Testing –The Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) uses advanced immunofluorescence-based lateral flow technology in a sandwich design for qualitative detection of nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV-2. The Sofia SARS Antigen FIA, with the Sofia 2 and Sofia analyzers, provides automated and objective results in 15 minutes, allowing for testing of patients suspected of COVID-19/2019-nCoV. This will be utilized for close contacts with positive COVID patients (minimum five days from exposure), cohort monitoring, entry-testing, and random testing at UWO.

In the event of a positive test for COVID-19 at the University, CDC guidance will be followed for response and return to class or work.

How will students isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they test positive for COVID-19?

Symptomatic students and students who have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should consult the Student Health Center or their primary physician or local healthcare clinic. All students are eligible for services through the Student Health Center. Fond du Lac and Fox Cities students who do not pay segregated fees can pay a one-time fee ($75.00) per semester to use Student Health Center services.

Oshkosh Isolation Housing: For resident students on the Oshkosh campus who show symptoms for or test positive for COVID-19, Webster Hall will be set aside as an isolation center. To access this housing, contact the Student Health Center at +1-920-424-2424.

Fox Cities and Fond du Lac Isolation Housing: For resident students on the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses who show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, Fox Village and Vue Campus will set aside rooms for isolation. To access this housing, contact +1-608-255-2301.

Students living off-campus: Your healthcare provider or Public Health Nurse will provide guidance on how to best isolate and who to contact with questions or concerns.

Where can students self-quarantine if they have been outside of the U.S. within 14 days prior to arrival on campus?

For students on the Oshkosh campus who have a housing contract, Gruenhagen Conference Center will set aside rooms for self-quarantine.

For students on the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses who have housing contracts with Fox Village or Vue Campus, these 3rd party facilities will set aside rooms for self-quarantine.

Students living off-campus should self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to appearing in person on one of the UW Oshkosh campuses.

What should students do if they develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If students are sick with COVID-19 or suspected of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, they should follow the steps below:

  • Stay home except to seek medical care. People mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • Call your medical provider or the Student Health Center.
  • If you are unable to return to your permanent residence, you will need to isolate in a single room on campus.
  • Restrict all activities outside of your room except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: No ride-sharing or taxis.

As a matter of safety, students should call (920) 424-2424 before coming to the Student Health Center. Symptomatic patients who do not call ahead before arriving for an appointment may be asked to reschedule or speak to a healthcare provider by phone.

What should employees do if they develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If staff or faculty feel ill, they should stay home and contact their primary physician. Human Resources will work with employees regarding leave options.

Health Self-Assessment

What is the self-assessment?

UW Oshkosh has developed a COVID-19 Health Self-Assessment available through our UWO mobile app that students, faculty, staff and any guests or visitors to the University may take on a daily basis to assess their health. The quick survey will provide guidance on whether or not it is safe to come to campus and how to forward this information to one’s supervisor or instructors.

Are students, employees and guests required to take the health self assessment before coming to a UW Oshkosh campus?

The University is not requiring the completion of a health self-assessment before coming to campus. However, completing the self-assessment is strongly recommended to determine if it is safe for the individual to come to campus. Some departments and offices may request the use of this tool before visiting those departments or offices in person.

What campus should be selected in the assessment app if a student, employee or guest plans to visit more than one campus that day?

A student, employee or guest who has taken the self assessment to determine if they are approved to visit a UW Oshkosh campus may use that first result to determine if they are approved to be on any other UW Oshkosh campus that day.

If a student, employee or guest has been asked to share self-assessment results with an instructor or supervisor on a particular campus, the self-assessment must be taken for that campus even if the self-assessment has already been taken for a different campus that day.

Should student employees reporting to work fill out the form as a "student" or "employee?"

Students heading to work should select “Employee (Living On-Campus or Living Off-Campus).”

Students heading to class or going to campus for any other reason than work should identify themselves as a student.

If the self-assessment tool informs a student, employee or guest that they are not approved to be on campus, how will they know when they can go back to campus?

The tool can be used each day to determine whether or not a person is approved to be on campus. If a student, employee or guest is feeling ill, it is important that they do not come to campus and they should contact a health-care provider.

Can instructors require the students in their class to fill out the self-assessment tool before they can come to face-to-face class sessions?

No, however, it is strongly encouraged that you use this tool to help determine whether or not you should go to a face-to-face class because we want to maintain the safest and healthiest possible environment for all our students and employees.

What information is shared with County Public Health and University officials?

The self-assessment gathers and shares the following information:

  • Name, phone number, and email address
  • Campus the respondent is visiting
  • Whether the respondent is a student, employee or guest/visitor
  • Whether the respondent has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks
  • Whether the respondent has been notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last two weeks
  • Whether the respondent has been recommended or required by a medical or public professional to self-quarantine or isolate
  • Whether or not the respondent is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

The questions about proximity, quarantine and isolation, exposure, and symptoms will be loaded into a daily dashboard that the University will compare with other local data to determine the relative health of the University community. This data set will also influence the alert level that the University is operating in throughout the school year.

Academics and Student Learning

How will courses be offered?

Courses will be offered in a flexible learning format, depending on class size, course characteristics and timing in the semester. The intent is to offer flexibility to students and instructors and to allow for modifying course delivery as the circumstances warrant. Approximately 70% of UWO courses are planned to have an in-person presence this fall; and even though in-person courses will be offered, students will have the option to choose an entirely online path. More information about course delivery methods can be found here.

Course changes are now reflected on TitanWeb, but there may still be changes for some students with classes moving into either online or face-to-face delivery. Additionally, over the next couple of weeks, TitanWeb will be updated to reflect which of the courses delivered 100% online will be synchronous (learning that happens in real time) vs. asynchronous (learning that occurs through online channels without real-time interaction). Students will receive an email as soon as course instruction details are updated.

How were course delivery methods chosen for each course?

Each academic department is ultimately responsible for the delivery methods used for their classes. 

Larger classes where physical distancing is not possible due to facility constraints will be delivered entirely online/remotely. Classes where physical distancing is possible will be delivered in person using a HyFlex or Modified Tutorial model that blend in-person and online components.

An instructor may use “attendance modulation,” a process through which students alternate between face-to-face and remote instruction every day or every week to ensure physical distancing occupancy standards for the classroom.

A description of each course delivery method can be found on the Course Delivery Methods page.

How can instructors and students meet safely?

In general, office hours and meetings between students and instructors should be held virtually. If both the students and instructors agree, they may meet with students in a conference room or larger space (not the instructor’s office). Neither party can be required to meet face-to-face.

What should students do if they need special accommodations?

Students who need special accommodations in this time should reach out to the Dean of Students office. Accommodations will be generous based on individual circumstances, and they will not require ADA approval.

About the Plan

How was the Titans Return plan determined?

The Titans Return recovery plan was written by the Recovery Task Force (RTF), a committee including representatives from UW Oshkosh administration, faculty, staff and students. The RTF was formed as an extension of the work of the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), which made recommendations concerning campus safety during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Implementation Team’s efforts are split among 30 subgroups, each tasked with developing the protocols to bring UW Oshkosh staff and students safely back to their campuses this fall. The Implementation Team’s work is guided by recommendations from local, state and federal health officials and the University of Wisconsin System. Learn more about the Recovery Task Force and Implementation Team.

How can the campus community give feedback on the plan?

Input from the University community about how Titans will return to campus is extremely important. Submit questions or feedback about the Titans Return plan here. 

How will future decisions be announced?

Updates will be posted on this website and sent to students, faculty and staff via their University email.

How will this plan be evaluated and modified?

The Titans Return 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 this plan. We will continue to evaluate procedures, financial impact and capacity as this plan is implemented. It is likely that the Implementation Team and subgroups will continually need to pivot and re-evaluate strategies and decisions made and be prepared to move entirely remote if health and safety conditions require it.

What information do employees need to know?

Human Resources is working on a guide that will contain everything employees need to know about safely returning to work. It will be published on the Titans Return website and information will be sent to all staff.