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For the latest campus operations, resource and safety information, please click on the links below.

Plan for Fall 2020

Resources for learning online here

UIW COVID-19 Community Updates and Operations Information

Illness Reporting Form

Remember to complete the Cardinal Daily Health Check when visiting campus

Using the Cardinal Daily Health Check

To keep the Cardinal Community safe and help reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread we have implemented a new self-screening tool for the UIW community. This web-based tool called, Cardinal Daily Health Check, must be completed by all employees, students, and guests before they visit any UIW locations. Starting August 13th, Cardinal Daily Health Check, should be completed EVERY DAY by all individuals visiting UIW locations. Watch the video below or click here for instructions (PDF).

Cardinal Daily Health Check

Teaching

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Our UIW fall academic calendar will remain unchanged, with most classes beginning as scheduled on Monday, August 24. The School of Osteopathic Medicine will begin classes on Monday, July 27. The Rosenberg School of Optometry, Feik School of Pharmacy and School of Physical Therapy will begin classes on Monday, August 17.

Fall Break, Thanksgiving Week and Finals

With the safety of all students, faculty and staff in mind, the University has made the decision to cancel the Fall Break scheduled for Oct. 15-16. We will continue regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday classes those days to reduce the risks posed by UIW community members who would otherwise travel over the long-weekend and then return to campus.

During Thanksgiving week, regular classes will meet Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24. After Thanksgiving, all programs will continue online only, for all sections, to reduce the risks posed by travelers returning to campus.

Finals week will remain as scheduled, Dec. 7-11, and will be held online.

Faculty Training and Remote Learning Instruction

Instructional Technology has been hard at work providing faculty a variety of workshops and other tools for online course delivery. They have provided more than 2,000 one-on-on consultations to faculty as well as weekly Saturday webinars. In addition to these opportunities, the University has developed a variety of web resources for faculty including:

UIW faculty are engaged in extensive summer workshops—a month-long course in June, weekly Zoom seminars on special topics, and Saturday morning working sessions to share best practices in remote learning.

Sections with remote learning will keep their section sizes. Small sections provide for more individualized attention, increased participation, and better communication between the instructor and students.

Plans for Spring 2021

We are announcing an important update to publishing our Spring 2021 course schedule, originally planned to release on Monday, October 12. As we continue to monitor pandemic conditions, we are nearly complete with a design for the Spring calendar that will provide a safe environment for even more in-person classes as well as increased campus activities and competitions in multiple sports. Our dedicated faculty are exploring additional classes that we can safely offer in-person, so we will move the publication date to Monday, October 26 to give them ample time to coordinate all the needed arrangements. We look forward to sharing a vibrant Spring schedule soon, and to seeing even more students on campus in the Spring.


Working

Student Employees and Work Study Employees

UIW Bookstore with Cashier Shield

UIW is currently in Phase Yellow, which means offices remain closed and only essential personnel are working on-campus. Departments and offices that have hired student employees to begin work in July or in the near future should not have the student employees work on campus unless they are determined to be essential personnel (i.e., residence life). Student workers may work remotely; however, supervisors are responsible for ensuring the remote work agreement and the student confidentiality statement in the student employment handbook are completed.

COVID-19 Leave Policy

View the Pandemic Policy for Vacation and Sick Leave.

Keeping Your Area Safe

Employees may deny entry to their workspace to visitors without face masks. As members of the UIW community, we have a shared responsibility to ensure the safety of our coworkers and students. One way we protect one another is by following the safety precautions outlined in the COVID-19 Return to Campus Requirements and Expectations Policy. The policy requires face masks to be worn in common areas, instructional spaces, classrooms and labs. Disposable face masks can be requested through Purchasing.

Cleaning and disinfecting has been increased in response to the pandemic. In addition, employees should frequently sanitize shared office equipment, including photocopy machines, fax machines, and scanners, among other items, and employees should frequently sanitize touchpoints and high touch surfaces within office suites or departments, including breakrooms and other shared spaces. Disinfecting wipes can be requested through Purchasing. For additional cleaning requests, contact Facilities Management.

Safety barriers have been installed in public areas. Additional requests may be submitted to Facilities Management.

Telecommuting and Remote Work

Employees will return to campus based on the Continuity of Operations Phase Plan. Additional information about returning to work, vulnerable individuals, and accommodations can be found in the UIW Return to Work Guidelines and Employee FAQ's on Work and Leave.

Safe Teaching

Like all UIW employees, faculty will wear safe face masks when on campus. Faculty must have a mask on when students approach them, whether in class or in their office.

Faculty will follow all UIW employee guidelines for safe practices on site, and they will instruct students about general safe guidelines for everyone on campus, and specific safe practice in their particular class. Additional classroom guidelines for instructors will be finalized soon.

The University will provide face masks for those who arrive without theirs, and materials for wiping down individual spaces before and after class. The University will ensure thorough cleaning of classrooms at least once each day.

Faculty should direct their material requests through their deans.

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