Ranger Restart and Coronavirus FAQ - Student
Will the campus be open for fall?
Yes, the campus will be open in the fall. For health and safety reasons, you will notice that we have made some changes in how we deliver services. Campus offices will be open for limited in-person assistance and virtual services such as online form submissions, web chats, and telehealth/counseling sessions will be offered.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
Yes, you will be required to wear a mask while on campus unless you are in your residence hall room or eating in the Brickstone Grill & Eatery.
What other safety measures is the campus putting into place?
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced in classrooms, hallways, offices, the library, common areas in the residence halls, and the SAC.
Housing & Residence Life
Will housing be available for fall semester?
Yes, on campus housing will be available this fall.
How will rooms be assigned?
You will be able to choose the living option you would like. Students who want a double room are strongly encouraged to choose their own roommate. Students should complete their personal profile in MyHousing so that potential roommates can reach out and connect to discuss compatibility.
Are the residence hall rooms large enough to provide adequate social distancing?
We have verified that all of the rooms available this year as double rooms are large enough to allow for adequate social distancing. We are converting some of our double rooms to super singles for the upcoming academic year to accommodate additional requests for single rooms.
When will room assignments be made?
Continuing students will be able to choose their rooms the week of July 12, and new students will be able to choose their rooms the week of July 19. To reserve your room, you should submit your housing application by July 5.
What safety measures will be put in place for fall?
Occupancy limits will be enforced in common areas (kitchens, tv lounges, computer labs, weight rooms, laundry rooms) to ensure appropriate social distancing.
Only assigned residents and staff will be allowed in the residence halls and university apartments until further notice. No guests will be allowed in the buildings/apartments.
What will happen if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19?
We have established an isolation area for students who may need to be quarantined as a result of contracting COVID-19.
What dining locations will be available?
The Brickstone Grill & Eatery will be the main dining facility during the fall semester. Wyllie Market will be open with reduced hours as feasible during the Wyllie Hall renovation. Molinaro Joe’s, Encore, and the Den will be closed.
What will be different?
The number of tables and chairs will be reduced and spaced appropriately. Traffic flow will be controlled with a specific entrance and exit.
The salad bar and self-serve stations will be eliminated; pre-packaged salads and other food items will be available, and meals will be served by dining staff from behind the counters.
Classes and Academics
Will classes be online in the fall?
We will not be fully online unless required by the health department. To provide the safest learning environment, we are changing some courses typically taught in person to online in the fall.
WHAT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE?
Future Focus Emergency Funding
- Made available by the support of our UW-Parkside Foundation
- $80,000 is designated for spring, with additional funding available for future semesters (including summer!)
Federal CARES Act funding
- The University signed the Department of Education Certification and Agreement form on April 11, 2020 confirming that we wish to deliver Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students via the CARES Act.
- $1,890,973 are available for students via the CARES Act
Any student currently attending
- Withdrawn students, and students who stopped attending prior to spring do not qualify
Funding from the CARES Act has additional criteria including:
- Meeting eligibility requirements for Federal Aid
- Attending courses that experienced disruption due to COVID-19. (Students in courses that were originally designated as online were not disrupted, and therefore do not qualify for CARES Act funding)
- Approximately 2500 students are eligible for CARES Act funding for the spring semester
WHAT DO WE NEED TO INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION?
- Basic demographic information.
- Explanation of how COVID 19 has impacted you financially.Please, be as detailed as possible! That helps us ensure that we are meeting your needs.
Example: ‘I need help with bills’ vs ‘I can’t afford my rent ($600/month), and I’m struggling with food costs ($200/month)’.
- Whenever possible, upload documentation to support your request like billing statements, copies of your lease, utility bills, etc
ARE ANY REQUESTS NOT FUNDABLE?
- Pet care, home improvement, non-essential bill assistance (like credit cards), furniture replacement, tuition reimbursement, etc.
- Computer replacement/purchase is limited to $800
- Repeated requests may not be honored due to limited funding
HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE?
- This depends on your request/needs
- Generally, funding is limited to $2000, but in extreme circumstance could vary
- The average award granted is approximately $1,300.
HOW MUCH MONEY HAS UW-PARKSIDE GIVEN TO STUDENTS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS SO FAR?
Future Focus Funds
$61,320 to 58 students
CARES Act Funding
$588,616 to 535 students
As of 5/11/2020
IF I RECEIVE EMERGENCY FUNDING, HOW DOES THE MONEY GET TO ME?
Emergency funding follows our regular institutional refunding process.
Please find below some answers to the immigration-related questions regarding the recent decision to move to online instruction through the end of the semester. If you have questions and/or concerns, please email Karin Basken (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laine Philippa (email@example.com) in the ISS/SA Office.
If I travel home, do I need my I-20 signed approving travel?
If you plan to return to Parkside to complete your academic program or OPT you will need to have your I-20’s signed. Please email Karin Basken or Laine Philippa from the ISS/SA Office to obtain a newly-signed document. Additionally, Dean of Students Steve Wallner is approved to sign.
Am I required to move out of the Parkside residence halls?
While we advise international students to return to their home countries, we are not closing University residence facilities. International students remaining on-campus, must expect services to be limited.
How does switching to online instruction affect my immigration status?
U.S. universities received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows students to continue this semester’s courses online without jeopardizing their immigration status. This means that you must continue to be enrolled full-time and be making normal progress toward the degree. Regardless of where you are participating in online classes, your immigration status will remain active. Please note that this is a temporary accommodation in place until this health crisis ends and in-person classes resume.
Will I be able to maintain my immigration status if I go back home and stay away from Parkside until the Fall semester, which is more than five months?
According to current regulations, if classes resume in person in the Fall, you must return to campus to maintain your visa status. If you are unable to return, the ISS/SA will do all that we can to get a new visa or help you continue your studies on line. Please keep watching this site in case U.S. federal requirements change.
Will I be able to come back to the U.S. next month, in May, or later this summer?
As you all know, COVID-19 processes are changing daily. It is impossible to predict if and when further restrictions will be put in place by the U.S. Some foreign nationals are currently restricted to enter the United States. Please check the US Embassy website in your home country to keep up to date with travel restrictions
I still need to apply for OPT. Can I do this remotely from elsewhere in the U.S.? Can I do it from outside the U.S.?
You must be physically in the U.S. at the time you submit your Optional Practical Training (OPT) application. ISS/SA will continue to process OPT applications as soon as we receive your submitted request and will communicate with you about how to pick up and mail your application to USCIS. Remember you are not allowed to submit an OPT application more than 90 days before graduation
If I vacate my current on or off campus residence and relocate to a new United States address, do I report it within 10 days?
Yes, the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA § 265, 8 U.S.C. 1305) requires all nonimmigrants and permanent residents, including international students, scholars, and their families, to report any change of residential address in the U.S. to the federal government, within 10 days.
My visa is expiring, and I am unable to travel to my home country currently. What should I do?
You may stay in the U.S. on an expired F-1 or J-1 visa as long as you maintain your immigration status by being in possession of a valid I-20 or DS-2019 and by meeting normal enrollment requirements. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.)
My visa is expiring/has expired. If I leave the U.S. now, but must come back after the expiration date of my visa, will I need a new visa, or can I re-enter on an expired visa?
If you leave the U.S. and your visa will have expired by the date you wish to re-enter the U.S., then you will need to obtain a new visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before you can re-enter to the U.S. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.)