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Questions & Answers

Below are frequently asked questions pertaining to faculty and staff regarding UW-Green Bay's actions in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Questions may also be submitted to the Question and Answer form.

General Coronavirus Questions

Q: Are UW-Green Bay campuses open during the national coronavirus emergency?

A: Campuses are open for all employees, students and persons conducting University related business in accordance with the Interim Building Hours & Access Policy.

Q: What are the guidelines for employees who wish to return to campus?

A: As of July 1, 2020 all individuals in any University building are required to wear face coverings in any public spaces or in any space occupied by multiple people. All individuals inside any University building must practice appropriate physical distancing from any individual not in their immediate household.

Employees may view specific expecations for faculty and staff in the Employee Workplace Expectations.

Q: How often will I get updates?

A: University leadership and the Office of COVID-19 Response is meeting frequently to monitor the coronavirus situation, make decisions and ensure the necessary resources are in place to keep students, faculty and staff safe while delivering on our mission. The University will update faculty, students, staff and the community as decisions are made. Please visit https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/ for up-to-date information.

Q: What should I do if I have COVID-19 Symptoms?

A: Employees with symptoms should not come to campus. Please see Reporting Faculty & Staff on reporting requirements for employees.

Q: What should I do if I have tested positive?

A: Please see Reporting Faculty & Staff for information applicable to employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.
 

Q: What should I do if a student tells me they have tested positive for COVID-19?

A: The Teaching and learning Working Group has created a Positive Case Decision-Making Flowchart to help walk through the step-by-step process if a student informs a faculty or staff member that they are COVID-19 positive or that they may be positive. This provides a structured process for how these situations are being handled.
 

Q: What should I do if I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19?

A: Please see Reporting Faculty & Staff for information applicable to employees who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Q: What should I do if an employee, student, or visitor is not complying with the requirements for masking and social distancing?

  1. If an individual presents at an operational area without a mask or in a way that is not complying with the physical distancing requirements, the employee should request that the individual comply with the requirements. If a disposable mask is available, they should make that offering.
  2. If the individual refuses to comply with the request for compliance, the employee should ask the individual to leave campus and notify the supervisor;
  3. If the individual refuses to leave campus or becomes disruptive, the employee or supervisor should immediately call ext. 2300 and request assistance.
No employee should confront directly a non-complying person.
 

Q: I feel like I am being discriminated against due to concerns around this issue. What should I do?

A: Coronavirus is not specific to an ethnicity or race—disease does not discriminate. Harassing or discriminatorily behaviors are not tolerated and will be in violation of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination. Violations of this policy will be reviewed under UWS 17 and the UW-Green Bay Workplace Conduct Policy. If you experience harassment or discrimination, students are encouraged to file a bias incident report and employees may file a complaint at hr@uwgb.edu.
 

Q: What should I do if the media calls?

A: Contact the Director of Media Relations, Sue Bodilly: Bodillys@uwgb.edu, 920-465-5502

 

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: The University will be communicating as much as possible with faculty, students, staff and the community. All updates can be found at: https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/.

 

Human Resources

Q: Am I required to work from home? What if I cannot work from home?

A:  Faculty and staff who wish to return to their offices and work environments or need to be on campus to complete their work effectively are welcome to be back. However, telecommuting is encouraged for employees as appropriate based upon operational need, and all employees should continue to be permitted to work remotely so long as it remains possible.

Q: Is there potential for a security threat with using my personal computer from home?

A: If connecting from a home computer use a VPN. The IT Division has setup a new method of connecting to your PC/Windows workstation remotely. Using our new SafeConnect VPN connection you are able remote into your assigned PC/Windows workstation, and operate it as though you were sitting in your office. The instructions on how to complete the initial setup of your personal device, and how to make the connection to your University workstation (PC only) can be found at: “SafeConnect VPN Connection Instructions” https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/98787.

Q: If I do not have available leave to remain in paid status during self-quarantine, may I used unpaid leave?

A: Yes, employees are able to use an unpaid leave during a self-quarantine. Employees are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources to gain understanding of the consequences of using an unpaid leave. Please also see Leave Resources for more information about options for leave.

Travel

Q: Should I travel outside the state on a personal trip? Who should I tell?

A: UW-Green Bay employees are asked to report all out-of-state travel to their supervisor. Please see the Travel Information page for more details regarding employee travel.

Q: Should I travel internationally?

A: The Center for Disease Control’s guidance discourages people from partaking in unnecessary travel. Should you travel internationally, you would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after your return prior to returning to campus. Please visit the CDC Website for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Testing

 

Q: What is the policy for faculty/staff testing?

A: Consistent with SYS 600-01: Interim: Spring Semester 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements, any individual who holds a faculty, academic staff, university staff, limited appointment, student employment, employee-in-training, temporary, or project appointment who comes into any UW-Green Bay building once a week or more to conduct business must obtain a negative COVID-19 test through an antigen test, or through a subsequent confirmation test administered not more than 14 days prior to accessing the campus building.
 
Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should follow current University protocols.  Employees who have previously tested positive will not be required to engage in continued testing every two weeks for 90 days after the administration of the positive test.

Q: Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

A: All employees may obtain testing through UW Green Bay Testing Centers or have the testing administered at a medical service provider of their choice or an alternative testing location. As a reminder, individuals who have any COVID-19 symptoms should not use the on-campus testing option and should contact their medical service provider for immediate confirmation testing. 

Q: If I am only going to be on campus intermittently (not regularly at least once a week), do I need to get a test before coming onto campus? 

A. Only individuals who have consistent contact with a campus building once or more per week will be required to have a test every other week.  All employees and students who may be on campus are strongly encouraged to have a negative test prior to coming to campus.  Testing is available to all members of the University Community and all students and employees are encouraged to be tested regularly.

Q: If I have had the vaccine, will I still need to be tested every two weeks after receiving the vaccine?

 A. From what we understand at this time, we do not expect campus testing protocols to change based on someone’s vaccination status.  Current studies have focused only on if the vaccine protects an individual.  Meaningful data does not exist to determine if the virus can spread to a vaccinated person to an unvaccinated person. Updates to this answer will be provided as more is known.

Q: How do I make an appointment for testing at the campuses?

 A. Employees should schedule a time utilizing the MyPrevea app. Please follow the process to sign up for testing as a UW-Green Bay employee. On the screen where it asks about current symptoms, look to the bottom right in the list for a button which reads “Surveillance Only”. Click that and then continue, and you should be able to schedule an appointment for a test. 

View step by step instructions with images.

Q: The Prevea App indicates that I should go to “UWGB Health and Wellness” for the required test on the green bay campus, but other information says the East Gym in the Kress Events Center. Which is correct?

 A. All required COVID-19 antigen testing is happening at the Kress Events Center in the East Gym. Since the testing is an extension of the Health and Wellness Center, the MyPrevea app has “UWGB Health and Wellness” set as a default location (which from what we understand is not able to be changed). However, instructions within the App indicate that employees should go to the East Gym. If you arrive at the UW-Green Bay Health & Wellness Center for your testing appointment, you will be directed to the East Gym in the Kress Center. As a reminder, you will need to enter through the Exterior doors of the East Gym, you will not be able to access the testing site from inside the Kress Center.

Q: What happens if I receive a positive antigen test?

A. Employees who are noticed of a positive antigen test are encouraged to contact their medical service provider to schedule a confirmation (PCR) test. Employees with a positive antigen test are restricted from all University buildings until they have received their confirmation test results. If the confirmation test results are negative employees are required to notify HR and will then be able to return to campus. If confirmation test results are positive, employees should complete a COVID-19 Case Report. If an employee decides not to obtain a confirmation (PCR) test, they will continue to be restricted from campus for 14 days from the date of the positive antigen test.

Employee should communicate with their supervisor of their need to be absent from work and discuss the ability of working remotely. When an employee is unable to perform their essential job functions remotely they will need to account for their time of through sick, vacation and/or personal holiday. Please contact Human Resources for questions regarding leave options.  

Q: Can I get my vaccine on work time?

A. Because the COVID-19 vaccine is not required by the University, time receiving the vaccine is not compensated. However, supervisors are encouraged to be as flexible as possible in allowing employees to receive a vaccine at a time that is convenient for the employee. Options for employees include receiving their vaccine outside of work hours (i.e. evenings or Saturdays), working with their supervisor to flex their work hours during the week they are receiving a vaccine, or utilizing paid leave time (sick, vacation, personal holiday) provisions as applicable based upon their employee classification. 
 

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