Last week, Chancellor Connie Foster notified the campus community that all courses will be delivered in remote format beginning November 30 through the end of the fall semester. As the chancellor noted, this shift does not reflect a significant rise in cases on campus, but rather a precaution due to the COVID-19 surge in our region. Thank you for adhering to health and safety guidance to ensure residence halls remain a safe place to live and to limit our impact on the COVID-19 challenges of our River Falls and hometown communities.
Campus will remain open during remote instruction as will the residence halls and dining services. We know, however, that each resident will decide whether to stay on campus or be elsewhere during this period.
If you decide to stay on campus or return at any time:
- You must adhere to all the COVID-19 testing obligations, including getting tested twice during the week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 4. Ideally, Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. This is the case even if you need to briefly be in the hall to get some things or choose to only come back to campus periodically during these final weeks of the semester.
If you choose to leave the residence halls and not return for the rest of the semester:
- There will be no refunds for those who do not return for the rest of the semester.
- Please follow the Thanksgiving Break closing procedures found at the top of our Move Out web page.
I also want to remind you that the Online Learner Exemption requests for spring semester are due by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. You must be registered for classes before submitting the form, as your request will not be reviewed or approved if you have not registered for spring semester classes. You must submit this request even if you were approved to be an online learner for fall semester.
Find information about signing up for Winter Break/J-Term Housing here.
Finally, we want to be sure you get your questions answered and have all the right information to finish this semester and be prepared for spring. Please be sure to tune into the Residence Life Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5p.m. You may also call in at +1 262-771-0470. PIN: 757 571 54#. If you are unable to attend, this session will be recorded and made available later.
As a reminder, please get a COVID test before leaving campus for Thanksgiving break. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and success in your final weeks of fall semester!
Karla Thoennes, Ph.D.
Director of Residence Life