COVID-19 response planning

The wellbeing of the UWL community is always our highest priority. To slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve made a number of major changes on campus:

Here is what we know … 


  • All classes will continue in online and other distance formats for the remainder of the semester. Classes will be cancelled the week after spring break, March 23-27.


  • UWL is currently staffed with essential personnel with all other employees telecommuting. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine how these changes affect their work.
  • As of 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18 all building access was suspended for all employees except those identified as essential. Those needing access will be asked to work with their dean or vice chancellor.


  • Several cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the La Crosse area. The university is working with the La Crosse County Health Department to ensure the university is following all recommended protocols.

If you have specific questions about education, instruction, residence life, campus services, and other topics see our FAQ and Campus Services pages.

uwl helps flatten the curve of virus spread

Coronavirus 2020

COVID-19 is a Coronavirus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019. Health professionals are still learning about this new virus, which can cause illness ranging from mild to severe in vulnerable populations.

Because travel of UW System faculty, staff and students is frequent, there may be a risk of exposure.

UW System Administration has activated its Emergency Operation Center with staff from various disciplines to keep abreast of developments, help coordinate responses and keep campuses up to date on guidance and directives being issued by the Center for Disease Control and the State of Wisconsin Health Department. The CDC and Wisconsin DHS will lead on this issue.