COVID-19 Response at WSU

This website provides the latest information about Winona State University’s actions to respond to the spread of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus. It will be updated as new information is available.

If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not addressed here, you can reach out via:

What You Need to Know

Changes to Spring Semester Academic Calendar

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, WSU is making the following adjustments to the Spring Academic Calendar.

Spring semester classes will begin as scheduled Jan. 11.

Instead of a week-long Spring Break in March, we will schedule three non-class Break Days and Finals Week will be moved up one week to April 26-29.

Non-class Break Days are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • Tuesday, March 9
  • Wednesday, March 31

There may be exceptions for graduate level courses, clinicals, field experiences, internships, and practicums. These will be arranged by individual colleges.

The official spring semester will conclude as scheduled on Commencement Day—May 7, 2021.

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.

See which courses will be held face-to-face after Thanksgiving Break. This is an evolving list, so check back often. 

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.

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 campus is co-located with Rochester Community and Technical College. See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on campus facilities and services.

Everyone is required to wear masks when on WSU campus or property, with a few exceptions. 

Everyone should take the Daily Self-Assessment every day to check up on their health and screen for possible symptoms.

Before you come to campus in person, you must complete this Daily Self-Assessment to identify any symptoms you might be experiencing.

We are encouraging all members of our campus community to self-report if they test positive for COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed so we can better mitigate the spread of the virus on campus.

Latest Updates & Campus Forums

See the latest updates and announcements about how WSU is responding the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also learn about upcoming forums and read notes from past presentations.

Reported Cases of COVID-19

View the COVID-19 Dashboard to see the latest data on reported cases of COVID-19 among WSU community members. This dashboard is updated on a weekly basis.

Campus Safety Level: Yellow

WSU is currently at the Yellow status with medium levels of COVID-19 transmission. This triggers the kinds of safety measures we have already taken on our campus.

Learn more about campus safety levels.

Count on Me

We’re counting on every Warrior to fight for the best college experience possible this fall by doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.

Every Warrior, Every Day: 5 Daily Actions

  1. Mask Up
  2. Back Up
  3. Wash Up
  4. Check Up
  5. Check In

Step up and show everyone at WSU that they can count on you.

Ready for You

WSU is ready to welcome our Warrior family for the Fall 2020 semester– whether you’re coming to campus this fall or joining us through online classes.

We're ready to bring high quality education and college life experiences to students. We're ready with measures to protect health and safety for everyone at WSU and our local communities.

Learn more about how WSU is ready for you this fall.

Plans & Workgroups

WSU is committed to taking the steps necessary to protect the health and safety of all students and employees.

Several workgroups are developing plans for instruction, public health, return to campus, communications and more.

Learn more about the steps specific departments are taking in response to COVID-19.

Want to Host an On-Campus Event?

There are new guidelines and an approval process for people who want to plan on-campus events.

Keep On

While students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing and work remotely, we are still committed to keep learning, keep teaching and keep working as a community.

Current students can still get campus services and support they need including:

Many departments are offering Zoom Rooms and tele-meetings, and all are responding to email and phone calls. Learn more about how departments are changing their hours and services.

The WSU Admissions team is still ready to talk to if you’re thinking about becoming a Warrior.


As information about COVID-19 continues to change quickly, it can be hard to keep up with the facts and avoid the inevitable rumors. These FAQs answer some of the top questions about how WSU is responding to COVID-19.

FEMA has also supplied a helpful fact check against general COVID-19 rumors gaining steam online.