Falcons Forward

Questions you’ve been asking


I've tested positive for COVID-19 at a testing site off-campus or in another county. Do I need to let someone at UWRF know?

If you tested positive at an off-campus testing location or another county, please call our COVID-19 hotline at 715-425-4000 or 

How do I return textbooks now that classes are remote?

Given the shift to online instruction after Thanksgiving, Textbook Services is setting up options to return textbooks early. If your textbook is no longer needed, you can drop it off at one of the following locations:

  • The book drop outside of Hagestad Hall. Open 24/7.
  • The book drop in the basement of Hagestad Hall, to the left of Textbook Services (29 Hagestad).
  • Collection bins on each of the three levels of the Davee Library lobby.

Starting December 7, there will also be a collection bin in the University Center. All items checked out from Textbook Services are due back by December 22.

If you are unable to physically return your books to campus, mail your items to:

UW-River Falls
Textbook Services
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022

Books that are mailed must be postmarked by December 22 to be considered returned on time. Overdue and lost fees will apply.

If you have any questions concerning book return, please let us know at


Now that we are going to all on-line classes again, what happens with Erbert and Gerbert’s and Einstein Brothers? 

Einstein Brothers will maintain their normally scheduled hours for the rest of fall semester. For hours of operation, visit  Erberts and Gerbert’s will be open for lunch only (Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). It will no longer be open for dinner and late night. This change is due to the fact that there has been very little traffic at E&G for dinner and late night. Pre-made items from E&G will still be available for dinner and late night transfer at Freddy’s C-Store.

I live in the residence halls and was not able to attend the November 18 Virtual Town Hall. Is there a recording?

You can view the Town Hall here.

I've heard other UW campuses are switching to all remote learning after Thanksgiving. Is UWRF going to do this, too?

On November 12, UWRF announced that all courses will be delivered in remote format beginning November 30 for the remaining three weeks of the semester. You can find more information and answers to FAQs here.

Is COVID-19 testing available for UWRF employees and community members?

UWRF is hosting one of the new surge testing sites being opened across the state, thanks to a partnership between the UW System and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The drive-up self-swab testing site at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field is open to UWRF employees and the community. You must register for a test here. Students should continue to get tested at the Hagestad Hall testing location. Please note that there are categories for appointments - student, UWRF employees and community. If you don't see your category listed for that day, it means all appointments are full for that day.


Now that the weather is getting colder, what things CAN I do on campus?

New! Falcon's Nest Hangs - Starting November 6, hang out with your friends at the Falcon’s Nest, UC. The Falcon’s Nest will be open on Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from noon-9 p.m., and Sundays from noon-9 p.m. Please see the guidelines below.

Falcon’s Nest Hangs guidelines:

  • Groups of six people or less.
  • Each student must sign into the CATS tracking system.
  • Masks are required at all times.
  • Food and drink are prohibited.
  • Each group has a one-hour time limit.
  • Walk ups only. No reservations. If the nest is full (25-person capacity) you will be asked to check back later.
  • If groups do not follow the above guidelines, they will be asked to leave.

For questions, please email

Student Involvement has a number of other virtual activities planned this semester. You can also sign up for workouts at the Falcon Center and Knowles Field House, open skate at Hunt Arena or open climb at the climbing wall. Here's a chart that helps assess the risk of specific activities. 

Did the mandatory testing window change?

Yes, initially mandatory testing was set for every two weeks. We recently started doing more periodic testing. Increasing the frequency of testing will allow us to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the timing window listed in the emails you receive.

What is the plan for 2020 Fall Commencement?

A virtual ceremony is planned for Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Graduating students can now pick up their diploma covers from the Registrar's Office. Cap/gown/tassel can be purchased through Herff Jones. More information can be found here.

Where can I eat my to-go-meals on campus?

There are spaces set up inside the University Center. This also includes some meeting room spaces. In addition, 166AEA, 231AGS, 331AGS, 113WEB, 15NH, 117SH, 282KFA, 354KFA, 358KFA, 275CSH are available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Please remember to be mindful of where you eat. Take note of how many people are in a space and the distance you have between others when your face covering is removed for eating.


Has the deadline to select pass/fail for coursework been extended?

Similar to last spring, the Faculty Senate, at their September 9 meeting, passed a motion allowing students the option of selecting “pass/fail” rather than a letter grade. This requires approval by both the student's instructor and adviser and completion of this form. The deadline for choosing this option has been extended to Monday, Nov. 23, at 11:59 p.m. Find more details here.