5 Things: Phased return to in-person activities

Dear students,

Earlier this morning, you received an update from Chancellor Blank about campus returning to some in-person activities. Thanks to all of you who did what was needed to lower our positive case count and get us to this point. That said, we have a long way to go and need to stay vigilant.

There was a lot of information in the chancellor’s message, so I wanted to highlight the five most important takeaways for students.

  • Positive cases have gone down, but we still have work to do. Continue to physically distance, wear face coverings, and practice good hygiene — they are the best ways to prevent spread of the virus. Gatherings of fewer than 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors are allowed but must include space to distance at least 6 feet from one another. Everyone who is able to wear a face covering should do so both indoors and outdoors (except when exercising on your own).
  • Housing has put in place tighter restrictions, enforcement, and more frequent testing in residence halls. Students in Housing have received more details via email, and many questions are answered in Housing’s FAQ.
  • Respond to contact tracing or face conduct action. This isn’t new but is a renewed call for your cooperation and swift response to contact tracing efforts. Containing the virus as quickly as possible is vital to slowing its spread.
  • Continue to attend classes remotely until you receive further details from your instructors. Some courses may start in-person immediately while others may be delayed.
  • The Unions, Dining, Badger Markets, Recreation and Wellbeing, and Libraries will reopen in some capacity. Visit the Campus Operations page for details.

If you have questions, please look for an answer in the FAQs first. Email smartrestart@vc.wisc.edu if you don’t find what you need there. University Health Services is available remotely and for limited in-person appointments if you need to talk to someone about a medical or mental health concern. The Dean of Students Office is also a great resource if you simply need help — for any reason — and aren’t sure where to start.

I know we can do this, Badgers. Let’s stay focused, be safe and keep moving forward.

On, Wisconsin!

Lori Reesor, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs