RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs

Monday Update | COVID-19



Thank you for following and reinforcing the 3Ws of Wearing your mask, Watching your distance, and Washing your hands as we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  These actions and the cooperation of faculty and instructors in taking attendance and maintaining seating charts are making a difference and increasing the effectiveness of contact tracing.  To date, we have seen few cases of COVID-19 impacting the UW-Parkside community and we continue to monitor the situation closely.  Surveillance testing for residential students started last week and daily results are posted on the UWSA Coronavirus dashboard.  In addition, we are posting positive covid-19 cases on the UW-Parkside dashboard.    

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete this form if diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as this greatly enhances contact tracing to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention to reducing the spread of COVID-19.  

Previous Updates

Enforcement of Mask / Face Covering Mandate in Classrooms



Dear Colleagues,

We recognize that the requirement of wearing a mask will be a cultural shift for our campus community. We also know that wearing a mask is one of the most important ways we can help keep each other safe and healthy. Our goal is to create a culture of cooperation where all students, faculty and staff will understand that wearing a mask/ face covering is critical for our return to campus.  Undoubtedly there may be times when wearing a mask may be inconvenient and/or uncomfortable. The general expectation, for the safety of all of our campus community members and especially those most at risk, is that masks / face coverings will be expected to be worn at all times in the classroom.  There may be a very rare case in which an exception is made (and other safety precautions are used) to accommodate a student based on guidance from the Disability Services office. In such an instance, you will be notified of the accommodat= ion by the Disability Services staff.

You will find guidance on what to do if a student enters your classroom without a mask / face covering at the link below.

Our goal is to minimize referral to the university conduct process by encouraging students to cooperate with all COVID-19 policies because it is the right thing to do in order to create a safe and healthy learning environment. 

The first step (and hopefully the only one you will need to take) is to refer the student to the Student Center Concierge Desk or the Tech Bar (Wyll L101) to pick up a disposable mask in the event he/she forgot or lost theirs. Once the disposable mask is obtained, he/she will be able to reenter the classroom.

In those situations where voluntary cooperation cannot be achieved, university conduct policies will be enforced starting with you instructing the student to leave the classroom and informing him /her that he/she can't return to the classroom without a mask or face covering. 

You will then follow-up with an email to the student after class (template message provided in the attachment). It is imperative that you copy the Dean of Students (DeanofStudents@uwp.edu) on the email so that we can log the incident into the conduct database and record the official written university warning.

In the event of further violations of the policy, students may face consequences up to and including suspension from the university.  

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Steve Wallner (Wallner@uwp.edu).


Mask guidance and email template

Wanting to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms - make sure to check out the COVID symptom checker!

Many of you have asked why we have transitioned away from using the phasing approach as part of the Ranger Restart. Our phasing was created several months ago and based on the Badger Bounce Back Plan from the State of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the use of the Badger Bounce Back plan for the state during the summer. In addition, Kenosha County Public Health disbanded the phasing from their dashboard. 

Since that time, campus leadership has been monitoring key indicators from area counties which are listed on our website below the COVID-19 dashboard. We look specifically at the number of tests administered, number of cases which are positive, percent positive cases on a 7-day and 14-day rolling average, and hospital capacity for patients.  We also meet weekly with the Kenosha Public Health Officer to review data and discuss plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Good morning,

Outside vendors and visitors working with campus partners should be supplied the attached notification prior to coming on campus. Please distribute to those vendors and visitors you are directly working with.

Thank you,

Ann Iverson

Vendor and Vistor Guidelines


Office Updates

Library Spaces and Services: Fall Semester 2020

Library Space:

Construction in L1: The library L1 level is under construction, and a supply chain delay will push back occupancy by an estimated four weeks to the end of September. Therefore, computers, study tables, the new L1 coffee lounge, the new computer labs, and perhaps the main library desk will not be accessible. Exact dates and available spaces will become clear as construction progresses.

Temporary offices in L1 and L2: Many of the student service offices from the D1 level, such as Advising, Career Center, PARC, OMSA, the LQBTQ Center, Disability Services and Veterans Services have moved to the Library L1 and L2 levels during construction. Their accessibility may be affected by construction, but signage should help users navigate the area.

Some library space use will be altered due to COVID concerns:
  • Students may study only one to a table, and tables will be spaced to allow social distancing.
  • L2 Study rooms will not be open at this time.

  • When construction is completed, L1 computers will be spaced for social distancing.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and users must wear masks, as elsewhere on campus.


Library Services:

Physical Material Checkout: Until the main library desk is available, users may request items for curbside pickup. For complete details see: https://libguides.uwp.edu/COVID-19/Curbside. Once the semester starts, a location near the library entrance will be an access point if the main desk is not yet accessible.

Resource Sharing: Materials may arrive more slowly than they did in the past. The state-wide delivery system is not fully operational yet, and we are limited as to what days we will receive deliveries, plus materials may be briefly quarantined. Please be patient. Contact circulationlib@uwp.edu with any questions and concerns.

Interlibrary Loan: Processing of requests for articles continues. You may make requests for physical items, but materials may arrive more slowly than they did in the past due to availability of on-site staff and delays in the postal system. Materials may be briefly quarantined. Please be patient and return items in a timely manner. Contact lib.ill@uwp.edu with any questions and concerns.

Physical Reserves: We are still determining the best means of handling physical reserve items. You may contact coursereserves@uwp.edu with questions or concerns.

Self-Registration for students, faculty, and staff is now available for New York Times access. The library no longer has to create your account or password. For more details, please see: https://libguides.uwp.edu/nytimes

Browsing: During construction, browsing will be limited to the L2 and L3 levels, if they are accessible.

Library reference/Research help: Librarians may have limited in-person availability during the Fall semester, but there are many ways to work with us remotely:

  • Chat Online
  • Reserve a Librarian—We can meet in an online classroom and share screens
  • Email us: askus@uwp.edu

Research Instruction for university classes: Librarians are available to provide instruction to help your students with research assignments. We anticipate that most instruction will occur online (even for face-to-face classes), in part because of the impact of construction as well as the need to social distance. Please contact the librarian liaison for your department to discuss the possibilities, and look at the Research Instruction page for more information.

Liaison Services for academic departments: Librarians remain available to help faculty with their research and instruction needs. Please contact the librarian liaison for your department to discuss purchases for the collection, research support, or research instruction for your students.


The Archives and Area Research Center anticipates allowing patrons to use the collections in-person by appointment. Archivists continue to answer remote reference and record requests. To arrange archival instruction for university classes, please email olsonm@uwp.edu

Parkside Community,

In an effort to support sheltering in place, effective Monday, April 13th, open office hours for Business Services will be reduced to Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:45AM-11:45AM. Staff are working remotely; please contact them via phone or email. Additionally, there is no open office hours on Friday, April 10th.

As a reminder, all documents normally sent via inter-campus mail should be converted to a PDF and sent to Business Services. All forms will be routed to the appropriate staff member. Note - Mail Services delivery to Tallent Hall has been reduced. Limited delivery will affect intercampus mail. Departments sending invoices or other documents via inter-campus mail should take into consideration the lag in receiving the documents in Business Services, and the additional processing time required. Sending via PDF is faster.

The direct email boxes and phone numbers are listed below. 

  • Jane Nikolai | nikolai@uwp.edu | 262-595-2608
  • Jennifer Agerholm | agerholm@uwp.edu | 262-595-2781
  • Juan Ramirez | ramirezj@uwp.edu | 262-595-2759
  • Monica Litterer | litterer@uwp.edu | 262-595-2248
  • Renee Kelly | kellyr@uwp.edu | 262-595-2255
  • Kathy Messina | messina@uwp.edu | 262-595-2207

Department email accounts are monitored regularly.  

Thank you!

Ann M. Iverson, MBA
Controller – Director of Business Services
iversona@uwp.edu   |  262-595-3155

Mail Services is altering the delivery of mail services to the campus community. Ensuring the health and safety of the campus community is paramount in the effort to combat the COVID19 outbreak.  

Effective Friday, April 10th, morning pick up or delivery of U.S. and inter-campus mail will be suspended for the main complex. This includes the Molinaro, Greenquist, and Rita Tallent Halls, and the Student Center. Delivery to Tallent Hall, the Sports Activity Center, resident halls, Facilities Management and Student Health will move to Monday, Wednesday and Friday deliveries. Wyllie Hall will continue to have their mail delivered and picked up as previously determined. 

Essential personnel needing to pick up or drop off of their mail and packages, must come to Mail Services from 8AM– 12PM. No pick up will be available outside of these hours. As directed, lanyards must be worn by essential personnel when coming to the mailroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to me at rodrigue@uwp.edu or mailservices@uwp.edu.

Thank you,

Joseph D. Rodriguez
Shipping & Mailing Supervisor

The Cashier’s Office will remain open but will have a limited presence of on-site staff. Most staff will be working remotely in an effort to minimize face to face interactions and limit the presence on campus. Limited staff will be available on campus from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the remaining staff will be available remotely during our normal business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed during the lunch hour from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Should you have questions, please contact Cashiers@uwp.edu.

The Cashier’s office is moving to Tallent Hall March 23-25. During this time, the office will be closed and unable to accept departmental deposits. Beginning March 26th, departments must bring deposits to the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of Tallent Hall. The same procedure and cash handling requirements are in place, just a new location. There will be a drop box available in Tallent Hall.

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