Faculty & Staff

Information for faculty and staff on COVID-19 planning and preparedness.
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Updated Masking and Testing Order

A new masking and testing order is available online and is effective through January 23, 2022. The order will continue our current practice of required masking and required testing for unvaccinated individuals. This decision is necessary given the continued high level of transmission in Dunn County.

We will continue to communicate updates as appropriate. Please continue to review this website and email covid19update@uwstout.edu with questions.

Testing

COVID-19 testing continues to be available for faculty, staff, students, and community members. COVID-19 testing will continue through our WinTerm session, which concludes on January 22. Please review our testing website for current hours of operation, as hours are adjusted during the fall and winter breaks.

COVID-19 Testing

We offer free rapid-result COVID-19 antigen tests for faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Vaccinations

We recently completed a successful 70-for-70 campaign, with 12 UW-Stout receiving $7,000 scholarships, and many more students receiving other prizes. Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff who have been vaccinated. Your efforts are appreciated and have helped contribute to a successful fall semester.

Booster Vaccination Clinic

A booster vaccination clinic will be hosted on Tuesday, December 7th from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Johnson Fieldhouse. The clinic will offer J&J and Pfizer boosters. Advanced registration is encouraged. Additional information will be shared with the campus in the near future.

Food & Beverages in Class

Because masks must be removed and food spillage also makes cleaning and disinfection less efficient, no eating should occur during classes. Although drinking also requires masks to be removed during class time, due to the importance of hydration, it is allowed. Use good judgment and re-mask immediately after taking a drink.

The University of Wisconsin – Stout is committed to maintaining an environment of respect that is free from discrimination and supporting all community members affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are contrary to UW-Stout values. If you, or someone you know experiences bias, please report to our response team.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for the UW-Stout community and our constituents, and we urge people to monitor it regularly for updates.

Return to Fall 2021

This plan is effective August 23, 2021 and will be updated as new information emerges and the fall semester progresses.
Events

Dunn County Public Health currently recommends limiting events to 100 attendees for indoor events and 250 attendees for outdoor events. Sponsors/organizers of events that exceed the existing Dunn County recommended limits must complete the event exemption form, which includes an event safety plan. Student organizations will continue to use the existing student organization event registration form.

Blue Devil Athletics will welcome back spectators to our sporting events this fall. Masks will be recommended for unvaccinated individuals and there will be no limitations on capacities; however, this could change based on updates to NCAA standards.

All events shall be entered into the university calendar. Instructions on how to add an event to the university calendar using EMS system are available on the University Calendar Guidelines page. This ensures that campus event coordinators can be notified of any changes should the need arise. It is the responsibility of the event organizer or sponsor to ensure that all events are entered into the university calendar.

Travel

For fall 2021, travel will continue to require the Interim Travel Authorization form. International travel will continue to require additional consultation and coordination via the Office of International Education, as well as special approval from institutional leadership. The following new measures will be required for all faculty/staff international travel:

  • Registration of the trip with the Office of International Education;
  • Enrollment in the UW System-approved International Medical, Travel, and Security Insurance plan (CISI) covering the duration of the trip; and
  • Enrollment in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Contact the Office of International Education or visit the Travel Registration website for additional information.

All travelers should familiarize themselves with and follow Centers for Disease Control guidance and protocols for domestic and international travel for Fall. These guidelines currently include recommendations to delay travel until travelers are fully vaccinated as well as protocols for travelers who are unvaccinated. All members of the Stout community students, faculty and staff) are expected to follow university guidance on masking and other COVID safety precautions whether on campus or while traveling on behalf of Stout. Upon returning from travel, employees should self-monitor for symptoms.

If an employee is concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19, they should notify their supervisor and follow appropriate isolation, quarantine, and testing guidance.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Instructional Resources for Faculty & Staff
Resources provided by the Provost Office for Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff.

LTS Online Teaching Resources
Learning Technology Services (LTS) online tools and training resources.

Event Exemption Request Form
Individuals or departments that would like to request an exemption to the campus-sponsored programs/events guidelines, must submit an Event Exemption Request Form for the Chancellor’s approval. Departments or units may bring in an external speaker to present to campus stakeholders. Guidelines for spring semester events will be determined at a later time.

SAFE@Stout COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening & Guidance
A self-screening process to support the early identification of illness and help protect the health and safety of our community. 

Temperature-taking Resources
Students, employees, and visitors may request to have their temperatures taken at any of these locations during normal business hours.

Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress and Anxiety
Resources and information for navigating a complex and challenging issue.

SilverCloud
Software to help with mental health and wellbeing.

Interim Travel Approval Form
In response to COVID-19, UW System has initiated an Interim Travel Approval Request procedure required for use.

Transitioning to Virtual/Home Based Work
Aon offers some quick tips, considerations and ergonomics guidance to help make your home or virtual office transition comfortable and productive.

Event Notification Template
Use this template as appropriate for event updates and notifications.

UW-Stout Memos for Faculty & Staff

Memos are listed in the order they were released.