UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Health and Safety

We all have a role in protecting the health and safety of our Falcon family. The health and safety of everyone in our campus community continues to be our top priority as we come back to campus.

All students, faculty and staff will be expected to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. All faculty and staff reporting to work on campus will be required to complete a screening questionnaire which includes questions about symptoms, exposures and travel history. The screening questionnaire for faculty and staff will be administered through BP Logix and reviewed by their supervisor. Testing will be available for symptomatic students, including mildly symptomatic students, through the Student Health partnership with Vibrant Health Family Clinic in River Falls. Faculty and staff will consult with their medical provider for testing.

The university will employ contact tracers in partnership with Pierce and St. Croix County public health departments to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing during the 2020-21 academic year.

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 and may 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.

Individuals who do not adhere to the face covering policy directive (and do not have an approved accommodation) may be asked or directed to leave campus. Students and employees who choose not to comply with this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

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 follow contact tracing policies or other violations (intentional or unintentional) related to COVID policies etc. 

If you would like to discuss an incident with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, please contact Thomas Pedersen, Director at 715-425-4507 or email:  thomas.pedersen@uwrf.edu

All students, faculty, staff and campus visitors should adhere to physical distancing guidelines, including maintaining at least six feet of distance from other people, minimizing gatherings of large groups and avoiding crowded areas. Seating capacity and room occupancies will be modified throughout campus to encourage physical distancing.

Increased cleaning, sanitation and hygiene protocols will be implemented throughout campus. Hand sanitation stations will be placed in campus buildings. All members of the campus community should wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water are not readily available.

Students considered to be at high risk for serious complications of illness, including COVID-19, should consult with Ability Services to develop an appropriate academic plan. Faculty and staff 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. Faculty and staff 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.

Face Covering Accommodation Request Process Information

Face Covering Accommodation Request Process Video Tutorial

Coronavirus is not specific to an ethnicity or race—disease does not discriminate. Harassing or discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated. You may file a report with the Bias Incident Team.

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 follow contact tracing policies or other violations (intentional or unintentional) related to COVID policies etc. 

If you would like to discuss an incident with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, please contact Thomas Pedersen, Director at 715-425-4507 or email:  thomas.pedersen@uwrf.edu