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Chancellor, other top campus leaders to conduct Smart Restart YouTube events

August 17, 2020

A pair of Smart Restart updates, one focused on graduate students and the second for the full campus community, are set for Aug. 19 and Aug. 21. Panelists will include Chancellor Rebecca Blank and a group of vice chancellors and other officials.

New campus policies allow some in-person events and meetings to resume

August 14, 2020

As UW–Madison students return to campus for fall classes, new policies will guide how and where students and employees can gather for in-person events and meetings that fall outside of the formal classroom experience.

Blank, Alvarez share statement on Big Ten decision

August 11, 2020

"We had hoped that the return of fall collegiate sports might be an opportunity to restore some sense of normalcy and provide brighter moments for our university, our city and our state.  Even so, today’s decision by the Big Ten to postpone the fall 2020 sports season is the correct one."

Survey asks how university can support employees

August 11, 2020

UW–Madison is welcoming students back to campus for the start of fall classes on Sept. 1. The health and safety of everyone in our campus…

Updated: Leaders will answer faculty & staff questions Thursday

August 11, 2020

An online forum open to all employees with Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Laurent Heller and Chief Human Resources Officer Mark Walters will be held at noon on Thursday, Aug. 13. Heller, Walters and other panelists will answer questions and discuss topics gathered from the survey emailed to all employees last week.

From classes to cleaning, campus leaders discuss fall plans in web forum

August 11, 2020

Chancellor Blank and her leadership team held a wide-ranging discussion about campus plans for the academic year and the Smart Restart initiative during a meeting with deans, directors, department chairs, center directors and others.

Henry Mall COVID-19 testing site now open

August 10, 2020

The first campus COVID-19 testing site is now open. The site, located on Henry Mall between University Avenue and Linden Drive, is available for pedestrian testing…

Positive COVID-19 test reporting for UW–Madison employees

August 7, 2020

As part of our Smart Restart reopening plan, UW–Madison has developed protocols for what to do when individuals working, living or learning on campus test positive for COVID-19.

For Students: Planning Your Start to Fall Semester

August 7, 2020

Vice Chancellor Reesor shares important information and resources with students as they prepare to start the fall semester.

University-sponsored travel restrictions extended until further notice

August 6, 2020

Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, all university-sponsored travel outside of Wisconsin or by air within the state remains cancelled until further notice. These restrictions are in place for all employees, students and registered student organizations (RSOs).

Preparations to begin July 30 on Henry Mall for COVID-19 testing site

July 29, 2020

That site will be open for non-motorized-vehicle arrivals beginning on August 6 and for non-motorized-vehicle and vehicle arrivals ("drive-up") testing on August 11.

UW–Madison will not require standardized test scores for fall 2020 applicants

July 29, 2020

Through a waiver of University of Wisconsin System admissions policy, prospective freshman applying this fall to UW–Madison will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores. The university will go before the board in August to seek a longer-term waiver of the test requirement.

Chancellor Blank shares update on Smart Restart plans

July 28, 2020

In her latest blog post, Chancellor Blank provides an update on health and safety and other planning for the academic year.

Smart Restart update for UW–Madison employees

July 27, 2020

Provost Karl Scholz and Vice Chancellor Laurent Heller share more information about campus operations this fall.

Chancellor Blank statement on state agency funding lapse

July 22, 2020

Chancellor Blank released the following statement on July 22, 2020: “Today’s announcement by Governor Evers and the Department of Administration that state agencies will…

COVID questions: Choosing a mask, food safety

July 22, 2020

Editor’s note: We will be publishing answers to questions about COVID-19 and the pandemic each week in this COVID questions column. If you have a…

UW–Madison establishes free, campus-wide COVID-19 testing to support campus reopening

July 17, 2020

Two campus labs are coming together again in support of efforts to provide free COVID-19 testing to the entire campus community. The goal is to identify infections, isolate and care for those who are sick, and limit the spread of the disease.

Lakeshore preserve reduces hours, closes fire circles

July 14, 2020

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Lakeshore Nature Preserve is now open sunrise to sunset and fire circles have been closed.

With UW–Madison support, Wisconsin joins lawsuit against student visa changes

July 13, 2020

"Our international students are valued members of our community," says Chancellor Blank. "We must do all we can to welcome them here. We will continue work alongside UW System, Attorney General Kaul and state and federal legislators to support international students and advocate for them."

Public Health Madison & Dane County releases new orders requiring face coverings

July 8, 2020

Effective on Monday, everyone age 5 and older will be required to wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present.