Latest Updates


Last Updated: Oct. 7 at 4:42pm

Limited Return After Thanksgiving Break

After Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26-29), the majority of courses will move online.

Courses moved online will remain online through the end of Finals Week (Dec. 7-10). This action is consistent with the resolution passed by the Student Senate on Oct. 6.

Courses with necessary in-person activities (such as Labs, Performances, Field Experiences, Clinicals, and Practicums) are exempt from moving online. This is because these types of courses may require students to be on-campus to have the best possible learning experience.

Residence Halls and other on-campus facilities and services will remain open and available after Thanksgiving Break.

Additional information will be shared as the details of this plan are finalized.


Ongoing Practices

View the WSU COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest reporting about positive cases within the WSU community.

There will be no students dropped from classes due to not paying their bill per the usual payment deadline. Students will be able continue their Fall 2020 courses.

The WSU campus is closed to the public. Students, faculty and staff can access campus buildings using their WSU ID cards during open hours.

The WSU-Rochester/RCTC campus has modified hours and access points. See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on campus facilities and services.

To help guide our planning for safely reopening our campuses, we have developed a Back-To-Campus Preparedness Plan (PDF). This plan was updated on August 18.

Faculty and staff who wish to return to work on campus must first get approval from their supervisors and get required safety training.

For previous updates, see WSU Campus Messages on COVID-19.


Reported COVID-19 Cases & Campus Safety Levels

Learn more about campus safety levels.

Reported Cases


View the full COVID-19 Dashboard of reported cases of COVID-19 within the WSU community.

Please note:

  • Some individuals testing positive may not have been physically present on the WSU campuses in Winona or Rochester
  • There may be other cases that we have not been informed of
  • These numbers are preliminary and are subject to change

WSU has a quarantine and isolation protocol in place. We are closely tracking all reports and are working with those who may have been in contact with individuals reporting positive cases.

Please consider self-reporting if you receive a positive test result to help us keep our community safe.

Please continue to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. It's up to each of us to do our part, and we are in this together.

Current Safety Level: Yellow


Yellow status triggers the kinds of safety measures we have already taken on our campus:

  • Required face coverings
  • Required daily screenings for all students, employees and visitors
  • Physical distancing in classrooms, dining centers, residence halls and other areas on campus
  • Mixed in-person, hybrid, and online course delivery
  • Limited on-campus events

Mask Requirements


WSU has issued a campus-wide mask requirement, effective July 13.

The City of Rochester has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 8.

The City of Winona has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 10.

We urge community members to continue to abide by CDC-recommended guidelines and protective measures, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing and washing of hands.