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Wearing a face mask and physical distancing during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Cheryl Gittens, interim deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured talking with Lori Reesor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Argyle Wade, chief of staff, in Reesor’s office in Bascom Hall on September 23, 2020.

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February 4, 2023

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Guidance for a Safe Thanksgiving Recess and Mask Policy Update

Last week, in a campuswide email, the Office of the Chancellor provided travel guidance for the Thanksgiving recess. Precautions include getting your COVID-19 vaccine if you have not yet done so, avoiding gatherings if you are sick or develop symptoms of COVID-19, and wearing a mask when traveling. Regardless of your vaccination status, get tested if you are have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

UW–Madison’s requirement that masks be worn in indoor spaces is being extended to Jan. 15, 2022. The extension to mid-January will help reduce health concerns during a time when many members of the campus community are traveling and when COVID-19 cases are rising again in other parts of our state and region. This also provides time for employees and students with children ages 5 to 11 to have their children vaccinated. For additional details and updates, visit
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Some Campus Parking Restrictions Waived on Friday

Transportation Services will waive some campus parking restrictions this Friday to accommodate bus riders unable to easily travel to campus during Metro’s reduced holiday service. Most surface parking lots will not require a permit for unsigned permit parking stalls. Campus bus routes will operate on a recess schedule on Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27. For details, visit
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Lab Managers Will Meet to Share Ideas and Resources

The Lab Management Community of Practice will meet on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.–noon at Union South. This free group is for anyone who is in a lab management role on the UW–Madison campus, including those in research labs, core labs, and instructional labs. The Lab CoP is welcoming new and returning members with an in-person kick-off event. Registration is requested.
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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
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