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Employee News

March 3, 2021

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Smart Restart Website Serves Entire Campus Community

UW–Madison will welcome students back to campus as scheduled for the start of fall classes on September 2. A new website, smartrestart.wisc.edu, has been launched to share information about the plan for fall 2020 and beyond with students, parents, faculty, staff, visitors to campus and others. On this site, you will find an overview of the comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. You can also learn about health and safety measures being put in place for everyone on campus. Additional details will be added to the website as they become available, including information specific to employees, divisions, and units. Employees are encouraged to review the content of this website and check back often for updates.
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Free COVID-19 Testing Will Support Campus Reopening

UW–Madison will offer free COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty and staff by the beginning of the fall semester. The goal is to identify infections, isolate and care for those who are sick, and limit the spread of the disease as campus moves forward with a modified re-opening plan. (This plan can be viewed at smartrestart.wisc.edu.) Two UW labs, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the State Laboratory of Hygiene, will work together to provide the no-cost testing. Some testing will become available in early August. Additional details will be provided to employees and others as they become available.
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Planning for Campus Parking and Transportation

Parking offers for those who submitted a 2020–21 parking application before June 26 are being emailed July 20–24. Those who wish to accept and purchase their offers must do so by August 4. The next opportunity to apply is from July 20 to August 4. Employee bus passes, multi-day passes, emerti passes, and motorcycle, moped, afternoon and night permits go on sale August 1. Additional deadlines can be found on the Transportation Services website.

In light of changing circumstances, including an increase in telecommuting, Transportation Services has expanded its flexible parking options. The Flex Parking program, which is on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, has been expanded to offer more permits, and a new multi-day parking pass is available. Transportation Services has created a Smart Restart Hub that provides current information on parking, bus services, campus shuttles, biking, walking, and other forms of transportation. Visit transportation.wisc.edu to learn more.
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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.
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