Chancellor’s Update Regarding Governor Evers “Safer at Home” Executive Order
Governor Tony Evers today signed a Safer at Home Executive Order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order takes effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, and is in effect until Friday, April 24, or until a new order is issued.
The governor’s order is explicit in telling all Wisconsin citizens that they need to stay home with only a few exceptions for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or essential travel. Higher education institutions are permitted to operate in order to continue to deliver instruction through alternative methods.
The plan outlined in this memo will allow us to adhere to the governor’s order, continue to deliver instruction, and care for the residence hall students who remain on campus. Per my memo of March 20, UW-Stout has already limited the number of personnel working on campus. In light of Governor Evers order, UW-Stout will transition on March 25, 2020, to a generally locked campus, and only “on-campus essential” employees, as defined below, will report to their buildings. This move is necessitated by the need to do everything possible to quell the spread of COVID-19 and is in keeping with our top priority of safeguarding the health and safety of our students, employees and guests. >
Faculty and instructional academic staff remain “remote essential” employees and should continue telecommuting.
The definition of “on-campus essential” personnel are individuals required to maintain continuity of operations, as well as individuals responsible for health, safety, infrastructure and basic services. These roles include:
Health and Safety
- Student Health Services
- Police Officers
- Custodians and Custodial Supervisors
- Heating Plant Personnel
- Information Technology Personnel (designated by leadership)
- Building Maintenance
- Grounds Personnel
- Skilled Trades
- Cabinet members or designees as necessary
- Purchasing and Business Services personnel (designated by leadership)
Basic Essential Services
- Food Service workers
- Residence Life Coordinators
- Central Receiving and Mail Service personnel
- Admissions personnel for processing of admissions
- Faculty/staff with active research projects, caring for lab animals or critical research specimens, and those needing access to place-bound equipment for continuity of instruction, coordinated by the dean, in consultation with the interim provost
I wish to remind all “on-campus essential” employees to be diligent with the required social-distancing measures while they work on campus.
This decision will also impact all campus buildings. Employees and approved student employees who currently have card access to their building will continue to have card access. Those who need card access to a building can request that access here. Other permissions include a Key request or an After-hours Building Openings Request. These requests will be routed through the applicable building supervisor for approval before reaching Facilities Management or the Campus Card Office for implementation.
A map designating the card access entry points for each building can be found here.
Students authorized to remain on campus will have card access for package, mail and meal pick-up. Additional information will be forwarded directly to those residence hall students authorized to remain on campus.
Information regarding Student Business Services, Accounting Services, Mail Services, Central Receiving and Surplus will be forthcoming on the COVID-19 site .
I recognize that these changes likely will heighten concerns, especially for employees who do not have work they can accomplish off campus. The 80 hours of COVID-19 leave, announced by UW System last week, will be available to those staff.
As I have expressed many times, I deeply appreciate all that the UW-Stout community is doing to support our educational mission during this unprecedented moment in time. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and patience as we continue to navigate our way through this process.