While the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has no suspected cases of COVID-19, the university is taking precautions to reduce to risk of the novel coronavirus spreading on campus or in the community.

Steps include canceling events that draw more than 50 people in the next month, according to a UWSP news release.

“We are doing what needs to be done to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “We appreciate the community’s understanding and ask everyone to join us in taking extra precautions as a safeguard to protect our communities.”

Cancellations include:

  • Regularly planned events at the Noel Fine Arts Center, Dreyfus University Center, Museum of Natural History, Allen F. Blocher Planetarium, Schmeeckle Reserve and other facilities at UW-Stevens Point, including Wausau and Marshfield campuses. Events are canceled at least through April 15. Watch www.uwsp.edu and departmental Facebook sites for updates.
  • Theater and music performances and other ticketed events at all three campuses. University Information and Tickets is working on a process for issuing refunds for those who purchased tickets for large events scheduled for March 16-April 15. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available through email and the university’s main COVID-19 site. Or call 715-346-4100 to leave your name and contact information to process your refund as efficiently as possible.
  • 90FM’s annual trivia contest, “Raid on Trivia 51,” scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed, according to co-coordinator Jim “The Oz” Oliva, out of concern for student staff and for those who play the contest. The event will be held Oct. 23-25, instead. The student-run radio station plans a “Retro Trivia” event for April 17-19 during which trivia questions from past years will be broadcast on 90FM daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with different years featured each hour. No phone calls will be taken, rather players can listen from wherever they are and create their own competitions.
  • Schmeeckle Reserve is tentatively holding its annual Spring Candlelight Hike Festival on Friday, May 1, but all of its family nature programs are canceled through the end of the semester. Students will present their nature programs via You Tube videos. Check www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle for updates.

Because of increased uncertainties around coronavirus, UW-Stevens Point campuses in Stevens Point, Wausau and Marshfield will shift from in-person classes to online and other alternative delivery methods starting March 30. This will follow a two-week spring break, giving faculty additional time to develop alternative instruction methods.

Students are encouraged to remain at their permanent residences after the break to reduce the spread of germs in close quarters. They may return to university residence halls if needed for housing or technology access.

The university remains open.

To learn the most current information or to ask questions regarding COVID-19 precautions at UW-Stevens Point, go to www.uwsp.edu/covid19.