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 risks of the coronavirus pandemic to our students, faculty, and staff.


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Top Updates

  • Inbound Non-degree Seeking Exchanges Cancelled for Fall 2020 Semester

    The university is cancelling incoming exchanges for the fall 2020 semester for international non-degree seeking students. This decision does not apply to students in other categories, such as VISP or international degree-seeking students.

  • Phased return to on-campus research

    The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education’s guide to resuming research in UW–Madison facilities is now available online.

  • New order aims to promote public safety in campus gathering spots

    The university has adopted a new order to ensure public safety through physical distancing and related public health measures as campus prepares to reopen.

  • Employee Emergency Loan Program

    UW-Madison has established an emergency loan program to provide assistance to those employees who are experiencing financial hardship because they have been placed on Position-Specific Furlough or are working reduced hours in a Work-Share program.

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Stay healthy and protect others

  • Stay home as much as possible. When you are out, stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • If you feel sick, minimize contact with both people and animals in your home and avoid sharing personal household items.
  • If you develop a cough, shortness of breath or a fever, contact your healthcare provider.

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We have transitioned to virtual instruction, and we remain committed to providing our students the support needed to be safe, healthy, and successful. While in-person interaction has ended, many key resources remain available online.

Student Information       Remote Learning


In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, most University employees are working remotely. Balancing work and family responsibilities is taxing, but we offer support to our workforce in numerous ways.

Guidance for Employees


Although instruction has moved online, 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


The impact of COVID-19 on research projects is ongoing for our research teams, students, postdocs, staff and faculty. While some research projects may continue remotely, many projects need a dean or director’s approval to continue.

Guidance for Researchers

Respect Statement

COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race—disease does not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at UW–Madison. If you experience harassment or discrimination, students are encouraged to file a bias incident report. Employees may file a complaint with the Office of Compliance.