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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 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

Q: What should I do if the media calls?

A: Contact the Director of Media Relations, Sue Bodilly:, 920-465-5502

Q: Is the Kress Events Center Open?

A: The Kress Events Center reopens Monday, August 10 with new hours, procedures and policies, including a reservation system. See more.

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:


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”

Q: My child's K-12 school district has moved to a virtual or hybrid delivery system for Fall 2020. What options do I have for a flexible work schedule?

The need for parents to provide assistance and support for students who are working in a virtual environment is a priority of the University. If possible based upon departmental operations, employees should work with their supervisors to determine schedule adjustments which allows the parent to facilitates support for their child’s learning.  Adjustment to work hours, telecommuting, as well as an understanding that an employee can multi-task should all be considered when developing the schedule for the employee.  Non-exempt employees must have written permission from the supervisor before adjusting any work hours as they may be subject to wage differentials. If the adjustment in educational delivery results in an employee needing to reduce their schedule, they should utilize leave options as outlined on the Leave Resources page.

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.

Q: Will the Title and Total Compensation conversation deadlines be extended?

A: The Title and Total Compensation Project has been further delayed with implementation expected sometime in 2021. HR will be in communication with the campus community when updates are available

Q: I am a student worker. Can I keep working?

A:  Student employees are permitted to work on campus, but remote work should be implemented when possible. 


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.

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