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COVID-19 Updates and Information

We know that your students’ health and well-being during these uncertain times is top of mind. This page includes the latest information about COVID-19 protocols on our campus, copies of the most important communication going out to students, and links to resources available to them for personal and academic support and success. To stay in the know, visit this page frequently.

Blugold Flight Plan

At its core, the Blugold experience relies on students, faculty and staff being on campus together, in-person. And we know that it is the best way for each Blugold to experience all the amazing transformational learning opportunities UW-Eau Claire has to offer. The Blugold Flight Plan outlines the simple, reasonable daily actions everyone can take to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and remain together throughout the fall semester.

Learn more about the Blugold Flight Plan

How to help your students stay safe

Help us keep our campus and community safe by reminding students to:

Remind your student to monitor their mental health

This year has taken quite a toll on our well-being — physically and mentally. With the new semester being so unusual, your student's health is of utmost priority. People may feel ashamed or afraid to ask for help when they need it, but we’re here to remind you: it's okay to not be okay. 

Our UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services Center offers a variety of mental health resources, including counseling and online resources related to coping during COVID-19. Watch the video to learn about ways your student can maintain their mental health during the pandemic, and encourage them to visit Counseling Services to learn more.

Latest campus email communications

Dear Blugold students and families, 

We’ve been getting lots of questions and comments about our return to campus. So I put together a quick video to share some details and keep you up to date. We have also planned an hour-long Chancellor’s Briefing this Thursday, September 17 from 5:00-6:00 pm (CT). You can watch a live stream or view a recorded version, which will be posted to our COVID-19 webpage by Friday.

I’ll be joined by some of our campus leaders, so if you have questions you’d like us to address, please send them to questions@uwec.edu by end of day today. We’ll try to answer as many as we can. 

We are working hard to make sure that we can stay together on Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Campus this semester. Learn more in my video and join me this Thursday. Stay well, Blugolds!

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
Office of the Chancellor
715-836-2327
chancellor@uwec.edu

Dear staff and faculty of all UW-Eau Claire campuses,

As our third week of classes begins, I am so grateful that Blugolds have come together to begin the fall semester. Overall, we are so pleased with the amazing efforts thus far for a safe return to campus. 

Please join me for a Chancellor’s Briefing this Thursday, September 17th at 5.00 pm. I will be joined by a few others in providing updates on a topics including fall enrollment numbers and the latest information regarding COVID preparedness, numbers and testing.  

If you have a question you would like to submit for the briefing, please do so between today and end of day this Wednesday, to questions@uwec.edu. We won’t be accepting questions during the briefing. We will answer as many questions as possible during the briefing and those not addressed during the briefing will be responded to via email. You will find the livestream here: http://uwec.ly/live. Thank you.

Chancellor Jim

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
Office of the Chancellor
chancellor@uwec.edu

If you visited the second floor University Bookstore in Davies Center between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, you may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Students who were in the bookstore during that one-hour time window and spent more than 15 minutes in contact with others should continue to monitor their health through the Blugold Protocol app. Students who begin to experience symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., should email Student Health Service COVIDinfo@uwec.edu to set up an appointment.

Faculty and staff who visited the bookstore during that time period should monitor their health, and if they develop symptoms, they should contact their health care provider.

Thank you,

Warren R. Anderson, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Student Affairs
(715)-836-5992 | anderswa@uwec.edu 

Dear Blugolds,

As you know, six residence hall wings were placed in quarantine to start this week after six students tested positive for COVID-19. Today we are announcing, in conjunction with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, that the quarantine for those wings has been lifted.

The residence hall wings were initially put in quarantine as they were considered a “household” by the health department’s definition.

Lieske Giese, director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, said the adjustments made by the university prompted her team to review the quarantine determination.

Additional safety steps have been taken, including reducing the number of showers in shared bathrooms and implementing a sign-in procedure for use of all communal spaces. In addition, furniture in common spaces at the Hilltop Center has been removed and additional contact tracers are being trained.

As an additional caution, the students who were included in the quarantine on those wings are all receiving antigen tests, and if necessary, PCR tests. If any students test positive, they will be isolated, and contact tracing for anyone who had close contact with the students will begin, per the guidance of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

For more details about this joint announcement, please see the story posted on our website.

I can’t say enough about the hundreds of people who are helping us manage a strategic, safe response to this pandemic. It really takes a village to stay safe.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all who are diligently filling out the Blugold Protocol app, wearing masks and physically distancing whenever possible. Your efforts are helping stem the spread of the virus, and I urge everyone to follow the Blugold Flight Plan on and off campus.

Take care and stay safe!

Warren R. Anderson, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Student Affairs
(715)-836-5992 | anderswa@uwec.edu

Dear Residence Hall Students,

I wanted to send you a quick message to provide some updates on new safety measures that will help us preserve our ability to keep you all safe and healthy, preserve our ability to remain open, and not have another occurrence of an entire wing going into quarantine if we have a positive case of COVID-19 in the residence halls. 

But first, I wanted to commend all of the students who are working so hard to maintain their mask and physical distance behavior and avoid social gatherings with large groups of people.  It is your commitment that is keeping our numbers low!  Of all of the measures, the MOST important one is physical distancing – and it can be the difference between whether you personally will need to quarantine if a friend contracts the virus.

We have instituted the following safety measures to ensure that we will not have to quarantine another entire wing in the residence halls. These have been determined in consultation with the Eau Claire City/County Health Department in order to provide a high level of confidence that there will not be community spread of COVID-19. 

Shower Separation
In order to ensure that there is always 6-feet of separation in an activity that can take longer than 15 minutes, every other shower will be offline.  We know that this is an inconvenience, and will take some planning to get used to.  But this is the single-most important factor in ensuring an asymptomatic student couldn’t unknowingly spread the virus to a shower neighbor. 

Sign In/Sign Out of Communal Spaces
We are required to have students sign in and out of spaces in which they would likely spend 15-minutes or more of time – showers, kitchens, shared study spaces, and more.  This increases our ability to do contact tracing if a positive case is discovered.  Common spaces in Apartment and Suite-Style buildings will use sign in sheets as well.  We ask ALL students to make sure fellow students are always 6 feet apart in common spaces – if you see something say something.  If they don’t comply, report it to the staff.

Single Use Bathrooms Held for Quarantine
In locations where there are single use bathrooms, we will reserve these for quarantine use, and for students who have a disability in most locations.  These will be marked for students’ reference.

Disciplinary Action for Violation of Quarantine
When a student is quarantined or isolated the most important factors are time and compliance – getting the student quickly out of a communal location and into their isolated location, and having those students remain in quarantine, follow the rules, and comply with the needs of contact tracers who need to quickly identify other students who may be at risk for infection.  We do not have the staffing resources to negotiate, argue or delay a quarantine order from a health authority, and it is the students’ (and their family’s) responsibility to promptly comply with quarantine expectations.  They are endangering others to not do so, and students who violate quarantine or isolation can expect the potential for residence hall removal.

Report Needs Quickly
We ask that all students report needs quickly when and where they see them.  See a garbage can overflowing, or a bathroom that needs a touch-up?  Report it to your Resident Assistant or Hall Director right away.  A couple of hours pass and it’s still there?  Call the Housing Office at 715-836-3674.  We know that the dining grab-and-go process is generating more food waste than is typical, and much of this gets disposed in some common garbage cans.  If you see these getting full, let the building staff know.  And whenever possible, dispose of your food waste directly down the garbage chute. We have no shortage of garbage bags in your cleaning closets on each floor, so please use them as needed.

Hand Dryers
The disconnection of the hand dryers was done at the request of a large number of students and parents who were concerned about whether hand dryers can spread COVID-19.  We are currently experiencing a supply chain issue with the ability to get paper towel dispensers in the bathrooms.  If this supply chain problem persists we will analyze whether to turn the hand dryers back on.

Hilltop Riverview Café Seating
UWEC has been observing the flow of foot traffic as well as the dense population of students gathering in Hilltop Riverview dining facility since the start of the school year.  While some of this is something we typically observe at the beginning of the year, we will be making an adjustment going forward.  To avoid  students passing along the COVID-19 virus to their fellow students, the Facilities team will be removing furniture and eliminating seating from the common areas. Through the first week of the semester, groups of students have been gathering around the tables and chairs in larger groups.  Additionally,  even when students are done eating, masks are not being worn thus increasing the chance for community spread to take place.

As many of you know, institutions in other parts of the state have needed to take even more aggressive measures: entire residence halls the size of Towers Hall have had to be quarantined, classes have been put online for two weeks or more, students have been told to not leave their residences.  We can take these intermediate safety measures, and if everyone does their part to maintain physical distance and avoid large gatherings, we can keep our residence halls safe and open.  We have worked so hard to make sure we can all be here, and we want this to be a success – but it’ll take all of us.

Stay safe, and be well,

Quincy Chapman|Housing and Residence Life
Director
(715) 836-3674 | chapmajq@uwec.edu | Crest Wellness Center 222

Dear UW-Eau Claire Students, Parents and Families,  

As a parent of a college-aged son, I know how important it is to have as much information as possible about the return to campus this fall. As Chancellor, I also know how quickly things can change as we respond to the pandemic.

New Parents & Families Webpage

So we have created a special Parents & Families page on our COVID-19 website, in addition to the Student Page. Both will link you to our UW-Eau Claire Dashboard, updated daily, so you know how many students test positive and how many are in isolation or quarantine. We’ll also post all the university messages that we share with students during the semester so you have the latest information. I encourage you to check the website frequently. 

As I write this, I can report that we have 77 Eau Claire students who have tested positive and are in isolation, since the semester started. Those who are on campus are receiving care and food and no one has needed to be hospitalized. Our Student Health Service has been open all weekend and continues to provide support for student testing. Students who have questions should email COVIDinfo@uwec.edu.

In order to manage the virus, we began antigen testing for all students in the residence halls this week. We have begun with small groups and within the week will be testing students on a rotating basis this semester. The antigen test is less invasive than the PCR test and students will receive an email connecting them to a registration system where they can schedule their appointment. I personally checked out our testing site at the McPhee Physical Education Center this morning and got my first antigen test—with a negative result! It’s fast and easy.

Our classes began last Wednesday with just over 25% totally online. We’re pleased that no classroom contacts have been linked to positive cases, a testament to the good planning by our faculty and staff. The biggest concern continues to be social behaviors that put students at risk. At this time we are asking residence hall students to quarantine as needed, but are continuing to discuss other alternatives with our Health Department.

Parents and Families, I ask you to help us by reminding students to:

  • Obey our Blugold Protocol guidelines, especially regarding masks and keeping a six-foot distance, on campus and off, including restaurants and bars;
  • Make good choices and keep their circle of contacts small, avoiding all large gatherings, parties and activities;
  • Fully cooperate with Health Department and campus officials who contact them about possible exposures. Providing accurate information is vital to protecting friends and our campus;
  • Comply with quarantine or isolation requirements. Students who willfully disobey requirements to isolate or quarantine will face disciplinary action, including expulsion.

I know the past week has required a lot of adjustments from everyone. We have brought in more staff to help with backlogs at the Bookstore and are working with our Dining team to expand our food offerings. I will also be walking the campus and our neighborhood and will continue to regularly check in on classrooms, residence halls and dining centers to remind students about healthy behaviors.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe this semester. 

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire

Dear UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, 

This weekend there have been changes in the number of students being tested for Covid-19. Our Student Health Service staff have been working through the weekend to assure that our students receive prompt care. Attached is the release that will go out to local media later today.

As of this evening, Sunday, September 6, we have 69 Eau Claire students who have tested positive for the virus. This includes 17 on-campus students and 52 living off-campus. None are hospitalized at this time, and are isolating off-campus or in Putnam Hall.

Six of the students who tested positive may have had interactions with other students in their residence halls. As a result, we have put six residence hall wings into full quarantine, affecting 184 students. This means that while the quarantined students are not ill or showing symptoms, they must stay in their rooms for 14 days. We have arranged for meals and for their books to be delivered to them this week. I want to thank the staff in the Residence Halls, University Centers and the Bookstore for their assistance.

We have reminded students that it is their responsibility to let their instructors know if they are unable to attend class, so you may be contacted by quarantined students this weekend. Thank you in advance for working with students so they can complete their class assignments.

While we hoped that we would not need to isolate and quarantine students so quickly, we are working closely with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department to assure that instruction can continue this fall. According to Lieske Giese, director of the Health Department, her investigators have uncovered no contacts connected to our classrooms. This is a testament to the good work that faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire have done to provide learning environments that minimize risk for students and instructors.

The greatest risk for students remains social behavior. According to the Health Department, several of the most recent off-campus positive cases resulted from a student bonfire, house parties and other student gatherings. Please continue to encourage our students to make healthy choices: keeping the circle of contacts small, practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask.

It has been good to be back on campus together and we know that by making responsible decisions we can continue this semester. We will have a webpage available on our COVID-19 site on Tuesday that will provide daily updates on the number of students in quarantine and isolation. Thank you for staying vigilant.

Warren R. Anderson, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
(715)-836-5992 | anderswa@uwec.edu

Date Correction to Previous IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTIFICATION

If you visited the second floor University Bookstore in Davies Center between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on, TUESDAY, September 1st, you may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Students who were in the bookstore during that three-hour time window and spent more than 15 minutes in contact with others should continue to monitor their health through the Blugold Protocol app. Students who begin to experience symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., should email Student Health Service (COVIDinfo@uwec.edu) to set up an appointment.

Faculty and staff who visited the bookstore during that time period should monitor their health, and if they develop symptoms, they should contact their health care provider.

Thank you,

Warren R. Anderson, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
(715)-836-5992 | anderswa@uwec.edu

Dear Blugold Students,

We’re back, classes have begun and I want to tell you how encouraged I am about our return to our campuses. Thanks to all of you who have been diligent in fulfilling your pledge to wear masks, observe our distance rules, and to complete the app daily. I know there have been a few glitches, but overall, Blugolds, we are flying strong together. Way to go!

Let’s keep it up! I know that we have a long weekend ahead, so I’m reminding everyone to stay in Eau Claire, Rice Lake or Marshfield if you can and to avoid large gatherings and parties—especially this holiday weekend. I know you will continue to look out for each other and make good choices.

Just a few reminders:

  • Download the Blugold Protocol app. Literally thousands of you have already done so. It will help you know when you need to get medical attention, so download now and start using it!
  • Pick up your Landing Gear. If you missed picking up your Blugold Landing Gear this week, Eau Claire students can pick it up in the Visitor Center in Davies and Barron students at the Bookstore.
  • Thanks for patience at the Bookstore. We know that there have been backlogs getting books on the Eau Claire campus. We’ve provided Barnes & Noble with extra employees to help out and they will be working over the long weekend. We’re also working with faculty to find ways to make materials available for the first days of class.
  • Stay active. Looks like it will be a great weekend, so continue to use the playing fields and natural spaces on campus. Thanks to everyone wearing masks while playing volleyball or basketball. You’re keeping us all safer!
  • Check your email regularly. Faculty are emailing students with information about your classes. You’ll learn when you can be physically in class, if your instructor has changes to your schedule, and what you need to know about how to get the most from your classes. Only about 25% of our classes are totally online. That means most students will have a mix of online and in-person instruction this semester.

Blugolds, this week we have had only six students who need to be in isolation in Putnam Hall because of illness or quarantining there because of contact or awaiting results. While that may change in the coming days, your care for each other will continue to keep those numbers low and Putnam Hall empty.

It is so good to be able to walk our campus and have it filled with our students, faculty and staff. Enjoy the holiday weekend, stay safe, and fly together, Blugolds!

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
Office of the Chancellor
Schofield Hall 204    |    Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004    |    715-836-2327

@ChancellorJim   |    LinkedIn   |    chancellor@uwec.edu 

Dear UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire―Barron County Undergraduates:

Welcome to campus! Whether your campus is in Barron County, Eau Claire, or on the internet, I hope you have had a relaxing summer and are looking forward to the first day of classes tomorrow. 

To make our teaching and learning on-campus environment as safe as possible, faculty, academic instructional staff, and students need to adhere to the expectations described below. While these expectations primarily apply to face-to-face and hybrid courses, the guidelines for online courses will be provided by the instructors.  

I also encourage you to continue to monitor the UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 website for up-to-date information about the campus and any notifications posted for students.

Best wishes for a successful semester.

Regards,

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
kleinepa@uwec.edu 
715-836-2320

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2020 INSTRUCTOR + STUDENT CLASSROOM RESPONSIBILITIES

To maintain the safest possible learning environment in classrooms and offices, instructors and students are encouraged to adhere to these guidelines.

Classroom Responsibilities for Instructors:

  • Instructors must wash or sanitize their hands before they enter the classroom.
  • Instructors must wear recommended cloth face coverings or disposable masks in the classroom. If it is necessary for students to see their instructor’s mouth for effective instruction, the instructor may wear a transparent face covering.
  • Instructors may not reconfigure classroom layouts.
  • Instructors must stay within the “instructor space” near the computer station and board while teaching.
  • Instructors should leave classroom doors open if possible.
  • Instructors should minimize distributing hand-outs in class.
  • Instructors cannot penalize students for not attending class in-person when ill, isolated, or quarantined.
  • Small group work must follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Instructors must end class on time so that students have time to exit safely.

Classroom Responsibilities for Students:

  • Students must wash or sanitize their hands before they enter the classroom.
  • Students must wear recommended cloth face coverings or disposable masks in the classroom.
  • Students may not reconfigure classroom layouts.
  • Students must not change or move seats during class.
  • Students must sit in assigned seats for possible contact tracing.
  • Students may clean their seating area with wipes from the Sanitizing Stations.
  • Students must stay outside the “instructor space” outlined on the floor, unless presenting to the class.
  • Students must follow physical distancing guidelines when approaching instructor before or after class.
  • Students must wait for classrooms to empty before entering.
  • Students must follow directions for navigating hallways and entering and existing classrooms.
  • Students must follow physical distancing guidelines when entering and exiting the classroom.

Office Hour Protocols for Instructors and Students:

  • Instructors should be available for virtual office hours or student meetings throughout the semester.
  • In-person meetings must be in rooms of sufficient size to follow physical distancing guidelines.

Dear Blugolds,
Tomorrow is the first day of classes and I want to welcome you back to campus. It is so good to be together again and I know our entire university community is looking forward to a great semester.

I want to especially welcome our newest Blugolds. I know you’ll find here the faculty, friends and experiences that will change your life.

By now you’ve read about all the precautions we are taking to keep our campus healthy. I remind you that you are required to sign the Blugold Pledge because it is our promise to each other that we will do all we can to keep one another and our entire community safe.

To do that, you must wear a mask whenever you are indoors AND also outdoors if you can’t be at least six feet apart. This past weekend many of you gathered on Hilltop on our volleyball and basketball courts to meet and play. Unfortunately that resulted in large gatherings – with many of you without masks – that created unsafe conditions. Under normal circumstances we would encourage these kinds of physical and social activities, but with COVID-19 we must be extra cautious. As the signs in Davies remind us, “Stay apart so we can stay together.”

To help remind you to keep your groups small (10 or fewer) and to stay physically distanced, all outdoor recreation areas are now designated as “mask required zones.” Please observe this while on our courts, playing fields and common areas – at all times. The residence halls, Recreation and many of our student organizations have a range of safe activities available this week and weekend. And, speaking as a parent of a college-bound son, avoid all large parties, on and off campus. The last thing we want to have to do is to cancel or restrict access to any of the activities that enrich your college experience.

I also want to remind you that you are required, as an enrolled student at UW-Eau Claire, to download and use our Blugold app. Instructions for doing so are here and included in your Blugold Flight gear. If you haven’t picked up your water bottle, mask and thermometer, do so until 8 pm today and tomorrow outside Zorn Arena. 

We have worked hard to make it possible to be together on Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Campus this fall. It will take your help to keep us here. We look out for each other and we take responsibility for each other. Blugolds fly together.

Thank you for doing your part for a healthy semester. 

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
Office of the Chancellor
Schofield Hall 204    |    Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004    |    715-836-2327

@ChancellorJim    |   LinkedIn    |    chancellor@uwec.edu

Dear Blugold Parent/Delegate:

As we prepare to return to campus and welcome your student to the fall semester at UW-Eau Claire, I wanted to share our plans to deliver the transformative education that is a hallmark of the Blugold Experience in a safe environment. 

This pandemic has impacted each of us over the past several months, and we have had to adjust course several times due to the fluid nature of the virus and the outbreak in Wisconsin. What has not changed during this pandemic is our commitment to your student’s education.

We have engaged hundreds of members of the UW-Eau Claire team over the last few months, all of whom have been focused on making face-to-face classes a reality this fall. While many classes will be available online in the fall semester, most classes will be held face-to-face with many also utilizing alternative delivery options.  Remaining flexible has been our mantra as we navigate these unprecedented times.

As you know, we completed our spring semester online. Since the conclusion of the spring semester, the transformation of our campus has been remarkable. We have rearranged our classrooms with physical distancing as our guide, and we have made significant investments in masks, cleaning products and testing equipment. We have put in place new policies and guidelines across campus that will help reduce the chances of the virus spreading unchecked at UW-Eau Claire. Our laser focus this summer has been making the campus as safe as possible for faculty, staff, and students. Please see this link for more information: Aug. 6 Chancellor Briefing: Preparation for fall semester taking shape on campus. In addition, there is a site specifically dedicated to returning to campus: Returning to campus: Student COVID-19 strategy.

Much like a small city, there may be students or members of our faculty and staff who will test positive for the virus this semester. Accordingly, we have developed action plans and protocols for quarantine for students who may contract the virus. Our team has worked closely with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department for the past five months to ensure our Student Health Service and our administrative leadership group are making decisions with the guidance and support of medical experts, epidemiologists, and regional health professionals.

This week we unveiled our Blugold Flight Plan, which captures the spirit and specifics of how we will work, learn, and live together this semester. The Blugold Flight Plan includes a “Fly Right Pledge,” which we are asking all students, faculty, and staff to sign. The pledge outlines each Blugold’s responsibility to wear a mask on campus, wash their hands regularly, and maintain physical distancing whenever possible. In addition, our flight plan details that each member of the campus community will be required to monitor their health every day through an easy-to-use app called the Blugold Protocol. This app was originally developed by a team at Mayo Clinic, and through our partnership with Mayo, we can bring this cutting-edge solution to our campus community.

In July, we shared a message with students to remind them to log into our CampS system over the coming weeks to verify whether the classes in which they are enrolled will be face-to-face, hybrid or online. It is likely they will have a combination of face-to-face and online classes, though it will vary by student. In the end, if a student determines they do not want in-person classes this semester, they have several options:

  • Discuss their schedule with their ARCC and faculty advisors.  Students may be able to select online or remote delivery courses, if available. Note that we are not able to offer online or remote delivery options for all classes this fall. Options may be limited by the course content or the student’s academic program.
  • Access introductory level online courses through our participation in UW System’s collaborative online AAS degree program. These classes have unique course prefixes and numbers so students should discuss this option with their ARCC advisor to understand whether these courses can fulfill degree requirements.  These classes also have a separate tuition structure, so students should consult with Blugold Central (if necessary) to understand the financial implications.
  • Limit their fall enrollment to include only those classes available in an online or remote delivery format.

No one can predict what the pandemic will bring, but I wanted to let you know we have gone to great lengths to welcome students back to a safe campus. After students arrive this fall, we will monitor the health of our campus community and adapt and adjust accordingly. All our current and future decisions will be based in medical science and aligned with local, state, and federal health officials.

If your student has questions, please have him/her/them contact Blugold Central–Your One Stop Shop (blugoldcentral@uwec.edu or 715.836.3000). 

Hope you and your student join us in looking forward to a successful fall semester at UW-Eau Claire!

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
kleinepa@uwec.edu 
715-836-2320

Dear Blugold,
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall. In order to make sure that we can come together—and stay together—safely, we have created the Blugold Flight Plan.

The Blugold Flight Plan outlines simple steps you will take every day to help us slow the spread of the coronavirus and live, learn and work together during the fall semester.

The Flight Plan involves four daily steps that include:

  1. Wearing your mask
  2. Practicing physical distancing
  3. Washing your hands regularly
  4. Monitoring your health via the Blugold Protocol app

All students are required to sign the Fly Right Pledge to acknowledge that you are committed to following the Flight Plan. When you follow the plan, you are taking responsibility to look out for others on campus, as well as take care of your own health. Click here to sign the Fly Right Pledge today.

I encourage you to visit the Blugold Flight Plan web page to watch the series of informational videos that cover everything from proper hand-washing to accessing mental health services on campus during the pandemic.

The Blugold Protocol app will be available for download in less than two weeks, and you will receive an email with a link to the self-monitoring health app at that time. When you arrive on campus in a few weeks, you will receive a special package of “Landing Gear,” which will include two UWEC masks, a thermometer and key information to help you stay safe on campus.

Thank you in advance for signing the Fly Right Pledge and following the Blugold Flight Plan by doing your part. As you know, Blugolds fly together.

Take care, and I look forward to seeing you September 2!

Sincerely,

Chancellor Jim

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
Office of the Chancellor
Schofield Hall 204    |    Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004    |    715-836-2327
@ChancellorJim   |    LinkedIn   |    chancellor@uwec.edu

Dear Newest Blugolds:

We look forward to welcoming you on campus for the fall term. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to universities across the United States as they plan for the fall. We believe going into the fall semester, however, both the UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire―Barron County campuses have met that challenge and will provide a safe and healthy environment to resume teaching and learning in person. 

For the health and safety of students and instructors, we have adjusted seating capacity in all classrooms to conform to Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines. As a result, a few of our current course sections cannot, in our judgment, be accommodated in a face-to-face format. At the same time, we want to be certain you have access to the courses you need to make progress toward completing your degree, so we will transition these sections to online delivery. The department chair or program director associated with each of your courses will email you if such a shift has been made in any of the classes for which you are registered.

Other courses will involve in-person interaction with instructors and peers in classrooms which conform to social distancing guidelines. Your course instructors will contact you between August 24-31 with specific course details such as the location of your classrooms and any requirements for personal protective equipment. Masks will be required in every classroom and inside both UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire―Barron County campus buildings.  (Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines will be critical to keeping faculty, staff, and students safe on campus.)

No matter how your classes are delivered, we can assure you your instructors are taking great care to prepare engaging teaching and learning experiences for which the UW-Eau Claire campuses are known. 

Enjoy the remainder of your summer – be safe and stay healthy! 

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
kleinepa@uwec.edu  
715-836-2320

Dear Blugold:

As we prepare to return to campus and in-person learning, some students have questions about what options may be available for them to take online classes. At this time, we are committed to offering as many classes as possible on campus. These classes will include face-to-face instruction in classrooms that have been reconfigured to meet physical-distancing guidelines. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in all buildings on campus this year.

These guidelines have reduced the seating capacity in every classroom, which requires that we adjust some of our face-to-face offerings. Over the next two to three weeks, we will be moving several face-to-face courses to online or remote delivery format as we implement the physical-distancing guidelines. Students will be informed by email if a course they are enrolled in has moved to an online or remote delivery format. With these changes, students who are interested in additional online or remote delivery courses should use the class search function in CampS often over the next few weeks to see if additional online or remote delivery course options are available.

Note: Online courses are those delivered in an asynchronous format where the student can access course materials and participate in course activities (in a digital format) during times that have some flexibility to meet their individual schedules. Remote delivery courses are those delivered in a synchronous format, where students will access course materials and participate in course activities (in a digital format) during regularly defined times (e.g., MWF 10-10:50 a.m.). 

In the end, if students determine they do not want in-person classes this semester, they have several options:

  • Discuss their schedule with their ARCC and faculty advisors. Students may be able to select online or remote delivery courses, if available. Note that we are not able to offer online or remote delivery options for all classes this fall. Options may be limited by the course content or the student’s academic program.
  • Access introductory level online courses through our participation in UW System’s collaborative online AAS degree program.  These classes have unique course prefixes and numbers so students should discuss this option with their ARCC advisor to understand whether these courses can fulfill degree requirements. These classes also have a separate tuition structure, so students should consult with Blugold Central (if necessary) to understand the financial implications.
  • Limit their fall enrollment to include only those classes available in an online or remote delivery format.
  • Stop out for a semester and return to in-person classes in the future.

The decision to return to campus is an individual one and should be made in close consultation with your ARCC advisor. 

I hope you are having a restful, enjoyable summer. We are looking forward to seeing you on campus this fall.

Sincerely,

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
kleinepa@uwec.edu 
715-836-2320

Dear UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire―Barron County Students:

We look forward to welcoming you on campus for the fall term. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to universities across the United States as they plan for the fall. We believe going into the fall semester, however, both UW-Eau Claire campuses have met that challenge and will provide a safe and healthy environment to resume teaching and learning in person. 

For the health and safety of students and instructors, we have adjusted seating capacity in all classrooms to conform to Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines. As a result, a few of our current course sections cannot, in our judgment, be accommodated in a face-to-face format. At the same time, we want to be certain you have access to the courses you need to make progress toward completing your degree, so we will transition these sections to online delivery. The department chair or program director associated with each of your courses will email you if such a shift has been made in any of the classes for which you are registered.

Other courses will involve in-person interaction with instructors and peers in classrooms which conform to social distancing guidelines. Your course instructors will contact you between August 24-31 with specific course details such as the location of your classrooms and any requirements for personal protective equipment.  Masks will be required in every classroom and inside all campus buildings. (Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines will be critical to keeping faculty, staff, and students safe on campus.)

No matter how your classes are delivered, we can assure you your instructors are taking great care to prepare engaging teaching and learning experiences for which the UW-Eau Claire campuses are known.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer – be safe and stay healthy!

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
kleinepa@uwec.edu  
715-836-2320

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