Return to Campus: Employees


Employee Health Screening Questionnaire


Additional Documents and Information

View the COVID-19 Reference Guide, Town Hall recordings and other resources.

Return to Campus Plan: General FAQs

UWRF’s Return to Campus Plan was created with guidance from: 

  • Wisconsin Badger Bounce Back Plan

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Reopen Guidelines 

  • Pierce County COVID-19 Call to Action 

  • Pierce County Public Health COVID-19 Business Toolkit 

  • City of River Falls Crushing COVID-19 Guide 

  • American College Health Association Guidelines: Consideration for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era, and 

  • Wisconsin state and local orders 

The overall recommendations of UWRF's Return to Campus Plan include:

  • Making sure that employees who are sick don't come to work. 

  • Ensuring good respiratory and personal hygiene for everyone at work. 

  • Prohibiting all non-essential university travel for employees. 

  • Allowing telecommuting for all eligible employees for as long as possible. 

  • Making sure employees have access to, and use, sanitizers and personal protective equipment as appropriate. 

  • Following physical distancing and maximum occupancy guidelines. 

If there are competing or conflicting orders from campus and other local authorities, the more restrictive of all applicable public health orders associated with a location will prevail with the guidelines that are provided here. If the public health orders in a specific location are more restrictive than our campus guidelines, the public health orders will prevail. If our campus guidelines are more restrictive than public health orders in a location, our campus guidelines shall prevail. 

These guidelines apply to all individuals (students, faculty, staff, contractors, visitors, alumni, parents, etc.) in the UWRF community regardless of their location. 

The policies in this plan are to be implemented now through the summer. There will be different plans for fall or as situations change.

Return to Campus Plan: FAQs for Employees

  • North Hall exterior doors will be unlocked August 3, with summer hours. Rodli Hall doors will not.
  • As of August 17, nearly all buildings on campus will be open. There may be some buildings that will not be unlocked on that date for compelling reasons.
  • Any units wanting to return to on-campus operations prior to August 17 should still have a Return to Campus Plan approved.
  • Any individual employees wishing to access buildings sporadically before August 17 still need to submit the Card Access Exception Request Form in BP Logix.
  • Telecommuting after August 17 (for non-academic units) and after August 24 (for academic departments).
  • All public or student serving offices are to have a front desk presence and maintain regular office hours.
  • Decisions regarding on-campus staffing of back office functions are up to supervisors.
  • Any long-term telecommuting arrangements must be approved by supervisors who are also responsible for ensuring the employee can effectively perform their full responsibilities while working remotely.
  • Any employees needing to telecommute for childcare reasons can still access the extended-FMLA option and must contact HR. Those wishing to telecommute because of pre-existing health conditions should work with their supervisor and HR.

Face coverings shall be required in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms, and strongly encouraged outside when physical distancing is not possible.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals unable to wear a face covering. Requests for reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the individual requesting the accommodation to contact the appropriate office below to obtain an approved reasonable accommodation.
• Employees requesting a reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form located here.
• Students requesting a reasonable accommodation due to disability should contact Ability Services. Find more information here.
• Students requesting a reasonable accommodation for a reason other than a disability should contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Excellence & Student Success.
Students with an approved reasonable accommodation will receive an approved accommodation form from the Ability Services Office and must present that upon request to a university official or instructor. Return to Campus-COVID 19 Policy, Page 3 A student or employee who has been granted a reasonable accommodation by the university is not required to explain to others the underlying basis for the accommodation.

Employees considered to be at high risk for serious complications of illness, including COVID-19, should consult with their supervisor to develop an appropriate work plan. Employees may arrange to work remotely pursuant to UW System telecommuting policies. Use of sick or other leave such as vacation will be handled pursuant to existing UW System and UWRF policies and procedures. 

In this situation, the best thing to do is discuss your concerns with your immediate supervisor. 

Each day prior to work, all UWRF employees working on campus will be required to complete a screening questionnaire. The questionnaire will include questions and/or statements about symptoms, exposures and travel. Visit this page for additional details.

If you are feeling sick after arriving at work, notify your supervisor immediately. A supervisor may direct you to leave work. Additionally, contact your health care provider and/or local health authorities. Use of sick or other leave such as vacation will be handled pursuant to existing UW System and UWRF policies and procedures. 

We will prioritize our efforts based on where people are coming back. In the early stages, we will open one restroom per building. As more departments and employees come back, we will increase custodial staffing and open more restrooms. While we can't disinfect after each person, we will disinfect on a recurring basis. In regards to HVAC systems, we are researching ventilation rates based on CDC guidelines. 

Individuals may utilize their own sanitizers and cleaning supplies to care for themselves or their own personal items. Sanitizers and cleaning supplies should be checked for effective composition against the CDC guidelines and should not be used to treat common spaces outside the individual’s personal space.

Please use this form for submitting concerns relating to violations of UW-River Falls policies and directives regarding COVID-19. Do NOT use this form to relay concerns that you or someone else has COVID-19.

Examples of what to report include: failure to wear a face covering, failure to physical distance, failure to quarantine or to follow contact tracing policies or other violations (intentional or unintentional) related to COVID-19 policies, etc. 

If you would like to discuss an incident with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, please contact Thomas Pedersen at 715-425-4507 or email

Return to Campus Plan: FAQs for Supervisors

View employee self assessment FAQ reference guide

They should stay home, contact their supervisor and seek guidance from their health care provider.

They should call their health care provider for medical advice, including whether or not they should be COVID-19 tested. 

If an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, public health will reach out to initiate the tracing process.

  • Employees should NOT reach out to everyone they think might be a contact, including persons from their place of employment, as this will just create panic and misinformation.

  • Public health authorities work with each case to identify close contacts and then reach out to those contacts about what they should do.

  • Further sharing of information regarding specific circumstances will be determined by public health authorities.


An employee being tested for COVID-19 should self-quarantine until cleared by test results. 

Employees are encouraged to limit non-essential personal travel. If an employee travels outside their community and was unable to follow public health orders, it is recommended that they self-quarantine for 14-days before returning to campus.

  • All employees are expected to adhere to public health orders.

  • If an employee’s personal travel has impacted their ability to work due to a required public health order self-quarantine and they are not eligible to telecommute, then the employee must contact their supervisor for guidance and approval to use accrued paid time off or any available COVID-19 leave.

Information about an employee’s health cannot be shared. Employee health information is considered protected information and considered confidential by law and cannot be shared.

Employees should complete the Public Health Release from Isolation Form.

This would vary from unit to unit. If several units are in one building and they function in a similar way, you can submit one plan to cover all units. If you oversee several units and they function differently, then you’d need a different plan for each unit. 

In this case, as long as the office is closed, you would not have to submit a plan. Use BPLogix to request access to check the mail, get supplies from your office or other occasional access.

Units leaders should review the Return to Campus Plan to determine the necessary sanitation supplies and protective equipment for their unit. Units need to make purchases through Central Stores so that we can order in bulk. The cost for supplies will be charged to each campus unit. Units will be charged only the pass-thru actual cost for COVID-19 supplies. No extra charges will be applied. We have no clear solution as to supplemental funding for purchases at this time.

Supplies can be ordered for each unit through Central Stores. The Fall Task Force will be discussing the use of public spaces in greater detail and will make a recommendation prior. 

Individual units are responsible for their office spaces. Each user within a unit will want to be sanitizing their items on a regular basis. In terms of public spaces, Alan will consult with custodial staff. 

Supervisors should contact UWRF Human Resources if they have additional questions.