Coffee Break Follow-Up

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following from Chancellor Michael Alexander to the UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

It was nice to be with everyone at the Coffee Break on Monday.  There were a few questions that we were unable to address in the session that are responded to below.

Building Door Access:

Starting today, July 1, most of the main entry doors into all of the academic buildings and concourse tunnel system will be open. We ask that you stay outside as much as possible and walk outside to your office building instead of taking the concourse tunnel system. There will not be any check-in stations at these entrances, but follow the policy (pdf) that was sent out earlier this month regarding workplace expectations. Studio Arts will unlock the loading dock door, door between TH and SA, and north door leading to the parking lot. Theatre Hall will unlock two doors on the plaza level. Mary Ann Cofrin Hall will unlock the main door on the north, the east, and the southwest. Also be aware that as of July 1, all University employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings in all public spaces or spaces potentially occupied by multiple people (hallways, lobbies, restrooms, etc.). Please see the Phoenix Forward: Return to Campus Plan (pdf) for more details. As more information is made available, there may be updates to access or hours that will be communicated with the campus. Supervisors should work with staff to identify a preferred entrance for your specific operational area which is closest to the office location.

FMLA / COVID-19 Leave:

Through August 31, 2020, the University continues to encourage employees who can perform their duties remotely to continue to do so. Employees who are asked to return to the office setting, but cannot do so due to a COVID-19 related condition; a CDC recognized condition that creates a specific vulnerability; or has a member of their immediate household that has a condition which makes them vulnerable to COVID-19 infection should contact Human Resources to discussion options including use of any additional COVID-19 Leave, FMLA or other facilitations of work environment.

Air ventilation:

All of the University’s air handlers currently provide a code minimum of 7 cubic feet per minute per person (CFM) or 15 CFM per person based on when the unit was installed and commissioned. This means that most University spaces in each building are completely changing the volume of air between 3–7 times per hour. Effective social distancing measures, personal protective equipment, personal hygiene, and daily operational cleaning are still the most effective method for preventing the rapid spread of this virus.

We will be planning another Coffee Break on July 27 at 8:30, please stay tuned for additional details. In the meantime, thank you for being patient as we work in a rapidly changing environment and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance in any way.


Michael Alexander

Missed Monday’s ‘Coffee Break’? You can watch a recording

Thank you to all who joined the Coffee Break Q&A on Monday, June 29. Because of technical issues, this recording begins a few minutes into the Chancellor’s opening remarks. All introductory comments were discussed more thoroughly during the Question and Answer session.