Spring semester updates and reminders

UWOPD Chief Kurt Leibold | January 28, 2021

 

Dear University community,

Welcome back! As you prepare for spring semester, we want to get one more reminder in your hands regarding testing requirements, campus updates and safety protocols.

Thank you for wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining a safe distance. Your attention to these safety measures coupled with robust testing for COVID-19 are some of the reasons why we have been able to keep the number of positive cases on our campuses low and  open more in-person classes and activities this semester. It is important we continue these practices so we can maintain our push to return to normal operations.

Our EOC continues to meet daily to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses, adjust testing protocols in line with UW System requirements, prepare for vaccination distribution and consider proposals that impact how we operate and offer courses, athletics, events and activities.

During spring semester you can look forward to additional dining options, more in-person classes, additional club sports and intramural sports opportunities, and a host of other student activities offered both in-person and online.

Student Health Services is working on a plan to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to the Oshkosh campus and we are coordinating with area healthcare to open a community vaccination clinic on the Oshkosh campus and determine options for the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses.

More information on all of our campus COVID-19 plans can be found on the Titans Return website.

Testing  

We’ve mentioned this in the past two emails, but here is one more reminder on testing:

  • Residence hall students must test weekly at Albee starting the week of Feb. 1.
  • Non-resident students who will be on campus should test every other week at Albee.

Testing will be extended to the access campuses every other week as follows:

  • Week 1 (Feb. 1, Feb. 15, etc.): 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday – Fox Cities campus
  • Week 2 (Feb. 8, Feb. 22, etc.): 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday – FDL campus

You can sign up through the MyPrevea app for appointments at all three sites.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, visit the Get Tested section of the Titans Return website.

Positive tests, health assessments, questions  

If you tested positive for COVID-19 over break, please email covidinfo@uwosh.edu and indicate that you tested positive and the date of the positive test. A representative will contact you to discuss your exemption from testing.

Please fill out this form after you have received the first dose of the vaccine (whether the vaccine is one or two doses) to request an exemption from testing. When we are able to safely make adjustments in this process, we will share that information with you.

Continue to take the health assessment before coming to campus each day. We encourage you to sign up for the new COVID-19 exposure notification app. You will find information on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services site.

If you have questions about testing or COVID-19, contact the COVID hotline 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at (920) 424-2019. You will find a wealth of information on COVID-19, testing, the self-assessment and classroom information on the Titans Return website.

Masks 

A cloth, two-layer face mask continues to be the safest, most effective mask. New students will receive two UWO face masks in a Titans Return bag. Current students in need of a mask should stop by the Student Involvement Desk in Reeve Union, Algoma entrance, for a UWO-branded mask. Masks also are available for purchase at the bookstore.

Gaiters, bandanas and face shields do not provide the same level of protection as a face mask and are not recommended for use on our campuses. Students who need an accommodation in this area should contact the Accessibility Center in the Dean of Students office.

Vaccinations 

Student Health Services is working to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to the Oshkosh campus and we are coordinating with area healthcare to open a community vaccination clinic on the Oshkosh campus and determine options for the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this week that those who work in higher education and have direct contact with students will be included in group 1B. Due to the current supply chain, vaccine for this group is not expected to be available until March 1. We will continue to keep you updated regarding vaccine distribution.

Please fill out this form after you have received the first dose of the vaccine (whether the vaccine is one or two doses) to request an exemption from testing. When we are able to safely make adjustments in this process, we will share that information with you.

Travel 

COVID-19 travel restrictions will remain in place for all UW Oshkosh faculty and staff until further notice. At this time non-essential University travel is not permitted. This does not apply to NCAA-regulated travel.

If you traveled over break, please see the latest Executive Order on safety protocols and information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Again, welcome back! We look forward to seeing you on campus.

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold