UW-River Falls temporarily shifts to remote learning, implements shelter-in-place for its campus housing


September 18, 2020 - In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus, UWRF will pause its in-person classes as of today, September 18, for two weeks and shift course delivery to online only.

After carefully monitoring rates of positivity and active cases over the last three weeks, university leadership, in collaboration with Pierce County Public Health Department, will be implementing a shelter-in-place policy as of 7 p.m. within its campus community to both limit the spread and protect the university community.

Since returning to campus in early September, UWRF has been testing students for COVID-19 with early results showing minimal presence of cases on campus. A recent increase in cases in residence hall housing was evident over the past week as testing has increased.

The transition to online course delivery will be in effect for two weeks with plans to return to the current state of online, face-to-face and hybrid instruction on October 3.  

“Aggressive testing has enabled us to identify case increases here on campus,” said Chancellor Connie Foster. “To contain the spread, we will be moving to all online courses and implementing a shelter-in-place order within our campus community. Protecting the safety and health of our community is our priority, and we are working with our students to ensure they are vigilant.”

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