Spring class updates; COVID-19 updates, reminders

Provost John Koker and Police Chief Kurt Leibold | October 15, 2020

 

Dear University students, faculty and staff, 

This week we are announcing delivery of spring semester classes will be very similar to fall semester on our three UW Oshkosh campuses. 

When we began making plans for fall 2020 in early summer, we had hoped the adjustments driven by the pandemic would only be in place for one semester. But the continued spread of COVID-19 in our region means this virus remains a very real threat to health and safety. 

After consulting with local health officials, faculty and staff, UWO has made a decision to continue with a mix of course delivery options including face-to-face, online and hybrid classes for the spring 2021 semester. Safety protocols will remain in place; and restrictions on in-person events will continue. 

Our data on positive cases shows that coronavirus is not spreading in the classroom, but we do not have the capacity to move all courses to face-to-face while maintaining safe physical distancing. Courses that can be safely held in-person will be offered in that format, along with online options. Large classes will remain online.  

Registration for spring semester opens Monday, Oct. 19. The delivery method for each class will be noted on TitanWeb so students will know the format of their classes when they register. 

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on our campuses and in our communities and will adjust our plans accordingly. Should a vaccine or other development significantly impact the virus, we will re-evaluate and make decisions based on the safety of our community.  

Thanksgiving 

Fall semester courses will continue in their current format (face-to-face, online or hybrid) after the Thanksgiving break. UW Oshkosh leadership made the decision to continue with face-to-face classes after Thanksgiving based on input from faculty before classes began in September. Courses that are online, will remain online. 

Commencement, interim and spring break 

Midyear commencement will be held virtually Dec. 19, similar to the spring 2020 ceremony. 

Winter interim classes (Jan. 4 to 22) will contain a mix of in-person, online and hybrid classes. 

The spring semester calendar will not change and spring break will continue as scheduled: Classes begin Feb. 1; spring break is March 21 to 28. 

Safety protocols 

We must continue with the safety protocols we put in place early, and those we’ve added along the way: 

  • Wear a mask – indoors or outdoors, you are safest when you wear a mask 
  • Physical distance – stay a safe distance from other people; in most instances this is a minimum of 6 feet 
  • Wash your hands – frequently and thoroughly. 

In addition to these three common practices, we know coronavirus spreads when we get together with others, especially when we don’t practice physical distancing or wear masks. Do not attend large gatherings; stay away from crowded establishments. 

Assessments and forms 

The COVID-19 self-assessment has been updated so that you don’t need to re-enter your information every time you take the test. If you are taking the assessment on your mobile phone, you will need to refresh your app to load the update. Everyone should take the assessment every day before coming to campus.  

If you test positive for coronavirus, please fill out the Positive Case Reporting Form. The form is reviewed by Human Resources and information is confidential. 

If you have a concern about coronavirus that you would like to report to UWO, please fill out the Report a COVID-19 Concern form.  

For the latest on COVID-19 cases on our campuses, visit the COVID-19 dashboard

If you need to schedule a COVID-19 test appointment at the Oshkosh campus testing site, please follow these instructions for using the Prevea App

Get a flu shot 

Protecting yourself against the flu is more important than ever this year. Reducing the spread of flu will help protect yourself and vulnerable populations at risk of severe illness and reduce the overall burden of respiratory illness on our healthcare systems and other critical infrastructure. UW Oshkosh’s Student Health Center is offering flu clinics at Albee Hall: 

  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 15) 
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 

For more information or to schedule an appointment call Student Health Center at (920) 424-2424. 

Thank you all for your hard work this fall semester. We are doing a good job of stemming the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Working together we will continue to move forward. 

Provost John Koker 

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold