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UW’s Response to COVID-19

With the well-being of all members of the university community our highest priority, we continue to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and act to reduce the risk to our students, faculty, and staff.

Latest Updates

  • Message to students: Have fun, stay safe this weekend

    October 22, 2020

    As Badger football returns Oct. 23, it's critical to stay home and watch the game with your roommates or housemates to avoid spreading COVID-19.

  • Increased testing planned for all students on campus for spring semester

    October 21, 2020

    Beginning with the start of the spring semester, UW–Madison will expand its systematic testing program to ensure that all students who live on campus, attend classes or utilize campus spaces will be tested twice each week. Regular testing will be required for employees working on campus as well.

  • University Housing: Thanksgiving and end of semester planning

    October 13, 2020

    We will be asking you in early November to state your plans for Thanksgiving and the end of the semester through our My UW Housing portal. If you leave Madison for Thanksgiving and choose to return to finish the semester, you will return to your weekly testing schedule. If you are returning from out of town, you may be asked to take a test before your usual scheduled time. Please self-isolate post-Thanksgiving until you have a confirmed negative test.

  • Employee message: Looking ahead to Thanksgiving and beyond

    October 13, 2020

    The precautions we recommend to faculty and staff are necessary in these times to limit risk to your family, friends and home community, as well as Madison and Dane County.

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We remain committed to providing our students the support needed to be safe, healthy, and successful.

Student Support


Learn more about campus operations, workplace procedures and measures to protect employees and their families.

Guidance for Employees


Our instructors remain committed to effective teaching. Resources, strategies and tools are available to guide instructors in working with alternative modes of course delivery.

Instructional Continuity


Research is being restarted, with a focus on expanding on-site research and scholarly activities while minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to our students, staff, faculty, and the larger Madison community.

Guidance for Researchers

Respect Statement

All members of the UW–Madison community deserve to feel welcome, valued and safe. We do not tolerate harassment and discrimination, and racist behaviors and stereotyping are inconsistent with the values of UW–Madison. The Office of Compliance and Dean of Students Office provide resources and reporting options for students, faculty and staff.