UW-Madison shifts back to in-person instruction in phases after two weeks of online learning

Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 16:39:05-04

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is shifting back to in-person learning after two weeks of online instruction due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The university made the decision to shift to online instruction on Sept. 9 and quarantined two dorm buildings seeing a spike in coronavirus cases.

Classes were scheduled to be online until Sept. 25.

In a letter for students and staff, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said that campus activity would resume again on Sept. 26 in phases.

Courses that require equipment or facilities will resume in-person or in a hybrid form and students will be contacted by instructors no later than Sept. 25.

For other courses, students will remain online unless contacted by their instructors.

COVID-19 testing will happen more frequently and students and staff will be required to respond to contact tracing. The university also stated that if students felt they would not be able to comply with housing conduct rules, University Housing would accept contract cancellations and return prorated housing funds and unused dining funds.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency and a new mask order, citing a rise in cases on college campuses.

The emergency order and mask order are set to expire on Nov. 21.

For more information on UW-Madison's update, click here.

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