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In this fourth week of instruction, we are pleased to report that the vast majority of our campus community members are complying with the enhanced COVID-19 testing requirements. There were very few issues last week as we began enforcing building restrictions based on the Safer Badgers app. Thank you!

We are seeing an increase in cases among students, particularly those living off campus. Just as important as the testing and building access requirements are actions like wearing face coverings, avoiding gatherings, practicing physical distancing, and washing one’s hands frequently. We need to do all these things consistently to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

Face coverings must be worn on campus at all times and in all places (both outside and inside), except by students in their assigned residence hall rooms; by employees when alone in a private, unshared lab or office; when traveling alone in a private vehicle; and when exercising outside in a way that maintains 6 feet of distance from other people. Face coverings must be worn when traveling outside with other people.

We appreciate your continued cooperation – it is critical to helping our community stay healthy.


Our collective safety relies on everyone taking the testing requirements seriously. This is not only to make sure that everyone on campus is safe, but to make sure that the UW community does not spread infection into the larger Madison community. That’s why we’re asking even those students who live in central Madison and who don’t have in-person classes to test regularly.

While most undergraduates are in compliance, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards has begun contacting those off-campus students who have missed required COVID-19 tests. University Housing will be contacting students living on-campus.

While the university’s progressive approach to compliance begins with reminders and early warnings, the response escalates if more tests are missed or a student displays a pattern of negative behavior. Potential consequences include the inability to drop, add, or register for a class or obtain transcripts, disciplinary probation (which impacts the ability to study abroad), and ultimately a student’s status at UW-Madison.

Students who attempt to avoid testing requirements by incorrectly stating their current local address or falsifying their Badger Badge are violating the UW System code of conduct and are subject to non-academic misconduct charges. If you are temporarily away from your local Madison address and unable to test, remember to fill out the off-campus exemption form.



How to get help

If you have a question not addressed by our FAQs, you can email or call the UW–Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at (608) 262-7777.

• Please continue to check the COVID-19 Response website for updates.

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