Monthly Archives: March 2020

April Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet via teleconference at 9:15 am, Thursday, April 2. Originally scheduled as a two-day meeting, the board will forgo committee meetings and will meet in full board session instead. Livestream coverage of the meeting is here.

Some discussion items include updates on the impact of COVID-19, the UW-Green Bay and UW-Stevens Point Chancellor searches and the UW System President search. The committee will also consider approval of new degree programs, building projects, clinical trials and an update to UW System’s strategic framework. The board concludes with a closed session.

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Additional COVID-19 Resources

UW-Madison and UW System each have COVID-19 websites with resources for faculty, staff and students:

UW-Madison announced today that face-to-face instruction is suspended for the remainder of the semester. Students who are unable to return home will be allowed to remain in residence halls with limited dining. Information about spring commencement will be announced soon.

A new employee leave policy was also announced today. UW-Madison is providing an 80 hour leave bank in additional to current leave policy. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, on-campus work is required only for those delivering essential services that cannot be done via telecommuting. Workers who cannot telecommute and who are not involved in essential services may use leave.

UW-Madison’s COVID-19 website includes a section on instructional continuity to help faculty and staff develop remote teaching. Webinars are offered daily.

Students who return home may find they have limited access to broadband or reliable internet services. Several providers are offering free or reduced cost service to students, including Charter, TDS and Comcast. A link with Wisconsin providers and service areas is here.

Some students remaining on campus may face financial challenges. Please encourage students to utilize the resources found on the COVID-19 FAQ page (scroll down to Financial Matters). UW-Madison has also created a special emergency support fund to help students with travel, food and housing costs. Contributions to that fund can be made here.

COVID-19 Updates from UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a website with information relating to the university’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In-person instruction will be suspended this Friday prior to spring beak, and distance learning will begin March 23. Students who live in residence halls are asked to remain off campus after break if possible.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank held a news conference yesterday with additional information about changes to campus operations due to the virus. A portion of her remarks are below. The full press conference is here.

March Legislative Update

This legislative update was distributed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate meeting today. The senate meets the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm during the academic year, October through May, except in January. This semester, the senate will meet in Room B10 Ingraham Hall.

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