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February 26, 2021

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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 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.
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