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

  • Income continuation options for student employees

    UW–Madison is extending income continuation options to student employees. The following updates provide guidance for federal work-study students, students currently working remotely, and students who are no longer able to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced campus operations.

  • UW–Madison summer non-credit programs and activities cancelled

    Given the predictions of the need for social distancing well after the peak of confirmed COVID-19 cases here in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, all face-to-face summer non-credit programs and activities are canceled, with the exception of a few that are authorized to run using distance learning technologies.

  • Campus buildings now locked

    Campus continues to be open to essential personnel only. On March 23, access to campus buildings was restricted to consolidate essential services, maintain security, and support social distancing for essential staff working on campus. At …

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Stay healthy and protect others

  • Minimize contact with both people and animals in your home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Postpone travel.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments.

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The transition to virtual instruction will be challenging, in addition to the disruption that many of our students are experiencing as a result of having to relocate. 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 will be taxing, but we offer support to our workforce in numerous ways.

Guidance for Employees


As the campus transitions to alternative modes of course delivery, there are resources, strategies and tools available to guide instructors. We are working to make sure that all students can access coursework and complete the semester as planned.

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.