News for Employees
Virtual Learning Builds Timely Skills
Learning and Talent Development is offering a variety of virtual learning opportunities that can help employees respond to these challenging times. Professional development is offered in personal resiliency, navigating change, and managing stress at work. In addition, a two-part series is offered for supervisors on supervising remotely. Some sessions have openings as early as next week, so prompt registration is encouraged. These free sessions are open to all UW-Madison employees. Visit go.wisc.edu/a1622a for details.
"Safer at Home" Order Takes Effect in Wisconsin
The “Safer at Home” Governor’s Order went into effect today, March 25, 2020, at 8 a.m., to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. UW–Madison continues to maintain essential university operations, including distance learning and essential research, which is specifically permitted under the Governor’s Order. All essential employees who are required to be on campus to perform work functions deemed essential to operations should still come to work. To request an absentee ballot for the spring primary election in Wisconsin, go to MyVote.wi.gov. For additional information on how the order affects you and the university, visit covid19.wisc.edu.
TTC Project Adjusts Timeline in Response to COVID-19
Under the challenging circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project is working on a minimum three-month extension to the project timeline. Details will be shared once key decisions are finalized. For details about the TTC Project, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.
Nominations Sought for FP&M Recognition Awards
Any member of the campus community can nominate an employee of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) for an employee recognition award. The FP&M workforce consists of more than 1,300 employees who provide campus planning, design and construction, maintenance and operation of the buildings and grounds, utility services, health and safety services, and parking and transportation. Many are currently providing essential services to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FP&M employee recognition program confers awards in five categories. Nominations are due April 18. The nomination form can be completed online or printed out in any of six languages. More information is available online at inside.fpm.wisc.edu/employee-recognition.
Help Make UW–Madison a Drug-Free Workplace
All faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to a drug-free workplace. You can do this by learning the facts about substance abuse, encouraging others to avoid substance abuse, and knowing where you or others can go for help with a drug or alcohol problem. The laws and expectations regarding substance abuse apply to all members of the UW–Madison campus community. You can review this information and find resources for drug and alcohol abuse prevention at go.wisc.edu/j15c7c.
Stay Informed on COVID-19 Developments
As COVID-19 continues to present a public health emergency, UW–Madison is responding to rapid changes in the situation. All UW employees are urged to stay informed by visiting the university’s website at covid19.wisc.edu frequently. On this website, you will find up-to-date information on campus operations and services. You will also find guidance on protecting your health and the health of others. Important updates for all employees will be posted in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali. Please review the FAQs for an overview of the campus response to COVID-19, including information on health, travel, online classes, workplace issues, and more.
Nominations for University Staff Congress Open
Nominations are due by noon on April 10 for seats on the next University Staff Congress. Members of Congress serve for a one-year term and participate in monthly meetings without loss of pay. Those interested in serving are encouraged to submit their names as candidates. A wide pool of candidates will help ensure that every district is represented and that voters have choices when they receive their ballots. Any employee classified as University Staff may declare their candidacy using a simple form on the University Staff Congress website at ous.wisc.edu. Self-nominations can also be made by contacting John Lease at firstname.lastname@example.org or 263-2995.
TTC Project February Forums Recording Online
A video of the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project February all-campus informational forum is now available online. All employees are encouraged to watch the video, particularly those who were unable to attend a forum or would like another review of the material. View the video at go.wisc.edu/078gf0. For more information about the TTC Project, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.
Nominations Open for Morgridge Center Awards
Every year, the Morgridge Center for Public Service recognizes the outstanding students, faculty, alumni, and community partners who make a difference on campus and in their community and who advance the Wisconsin Idea. Nominations are now being accepted in five categories, including community partnership, civic engagement, engaged scholarship, Badger Volunteers, and engaged alumni. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 27.
Update on Campus Response to COVID-19
In response to the spread of COVID-19 (formerly novel coronavirus), UW–Madison has made several important decisions about university operations in the weeks ahead.
Instruction: To lessen the risk to our community as much as possible, UW–Madison will suspend Spring Semester face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 23, the date that classes would typically resume after next week’s Spring Break. Alternate delivery of classes will begin on March 23 and continue at least through Friday, April 10. A decision on when and whether in-person instruction will resume will be shared in early April. Students will receive additional information about this transition in the next few days.
Employees: Campus will remain open and all faculty and staff should continue their regular work schedules unless advised otherwise by their dean, director or supervisor. The university will continue daily operations, with some exceptions around travel and events, as noted below. Faculty and instructional staff will receive detailed information from the Provost’s Office about the transition to alternative delivery of instruction.
Travel: All university-sponsored travel is cancelled through April 10, with limited exceptions from academic deans or vice chancellors. People who travel regularly as part of their job (such as Extension workers covering several counties) will typically continue to do so, but should check with their deans or other unit directors.
Events: All campus events (including Division of Extension sponsored events outside of Dane County) of more than 50 people are canceled through at least April 10, with limited exceptions to be granted by deans or vice chancellors.
We strongly advise you to reconsider non-essential personal travel, including travel over Spring Break. Be aware that if you travel, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days depending on where you’re traveling to and from, even if you do not exhibit symptoms.
This update is available online in English, Chinese, Spanish, Hmong, Nepali, and Tibetan. Please read the full message at covid19.wisc.edu for additional details.