UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Falcons Forward

Fast Facts for Fall 2021

Given the current COVID-19 transmission rates due primarily to the delta variant, we are implementing some additional precautions we are taking to keep you safe. Taking these steps now gives us the best chance of success as we continue to plan for a fall semester of in-person classes and other activity. Effective, Sunday, Aug. 22, UW-River Falls will be requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces on campus property where physical distancing of six (6) feet is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. Please see our updated interim COVID-19 policy document for more details, including on exceptions and accommodations. This will be in effect until case numbers return to lower levels – and we will let you know as soon as it is safe to make that policy change. 

Although vaccinations are not required, by choosing to get vaccinated you are helping keep campus a safe place to live, learn and work. That’s why we are asking you to Protect the Nest by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. Students who get vaccinated and upload a picture of their completed vaccination card to the UWRF portal are eligible to win prizes exclusive to UWRF students. Learn more about the campaign here.

On-campus vaccine clinics are Thursday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Falcon's Nest, University Center. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. Sign up for an appointment here.

The following are resources for additional vaccine clinic locations:

For those in Pierce County/River Falls Area: https://covid-piercecounty-wi.hub.arcgis.com/

For those in the State of Wisconsin, but not near UWRF: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

For those in the State of Minnesota: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/index.html

You can also work with your personal medical provider or insurance company to find the best option for you.

UWRF continues to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus in Hagestad Hall for the campus and greater community. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is expected to be tested as soon as possible.

In order to help identify and control outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, UWRF will also implement a prevalence testing protocol for all non-vaccinated employees and students. Every week, 10% of non-vaccinated students and 10% of non-vaccinated employees will be randomly selected and required to take a COVID-19 test during the obligation period. 

  • Those who are fully vaccinated need to upload their vaccination card through the COVID-19 Portal to be removed from this obligation.
  • Those who are required to test weekly but fail to do so will be held accountable. Affected students and employees will receive a follow-up message with more details.

At this point in time, all courses are being offered as they are listed in ESIS, when students registered for classes. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear a mask in the classroom where physical distancing is not feasible. We continue to monitor and respond to data and public health guidance as things change.

We encourage students to work with their advisers and department chairs to navigate what is best for their fall schedule.

Fall Textbook Issue

In person textbook issue will begin on Monday August 23. Textbook Services will be returning to our normal method of checking out books with the exception that you will still need to make an appointment. You can make an appointment here. Textbook Services will have open hours the weekend before classes start and extended hours the first week of classes. For more details on the check out process and hours of operation go HERE.

More information on return of summer term textbooks can be found here, https://www.uwrf.edu/TextbookServices/

Information about Dining can be found here. If you have questions, please contact them at 715-425-4403 or
dining@uwrf.edu 

Residence Hall Association

In addition to Hall Councils, each residence hall will be represented at Residence Hall Association (RHA).  Anyone can attend RHA meetings that take place in the University Center on Thursday evenings. Elections for executive board and hall rep positions will take place early fall semester.

Mini-Fair

Residence Hall Association is sponsoring a Mini-Fair on Monday, August 30 from 7-9 PM. There will be good food and fun activities during this event held on the front lawn of the University Center.

Residence Life Student Guide

The Residence Life Student Guide has been updated for the 2021-2022 academic year. It contains a lot of information about what students can expect and things they should know. All residents are encouraged to be familiar with the student guide before moving into the residence halls.

Guest Hours

Residents will be allowed to have guests in the hall and in their rooms. The guest policy is available in the Community Standards portion of the Residence Life Student Guide.

Move-in

All residents will move-in during a scheduled time between August 28-September 1. Information about move-in procedures, a list of items to bring, and frequently asked questions is available here.

How to Prepare for Living On-Campus

The residence halls will be at full capacity this fall.  While COVID-19 is still transmittable, residents should be prepared to minimize their risk and manage their personal health. This includes following all health-related expectations, including wearing a mask indoors. It also means practicing good hygiene by washing hands often, maintaining a clean and sanitary room, and doing laundry on a regular basis. Students should delay moving into the residence halls if they or those helping with move-in have any symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.  Also, if after moving in residents have any symptoms, even if they seem minor, the resident should get tested right away. Finally, residents who have not been vaccinated before moving in should seriously consider getting vaccinated right away. Living on campus, taking classes, and participating in campus activities may expose them to many more people than when they were living at home or elsewhere. Their best defense from getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others is to be fully vaccinated.