The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Wednesday that classroom instruction would be suspended beginning March 23 until at least April 10. Classes were already scheduled to be out during spring break beginning March 16.
“COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world,” Chancellor Becky Blank wrote in an email to staff and students. “UW-Madison is working to mitigate the effects of the disease on our campus population, in consultation with local, state and federal partners. Alternate delivery of classes will begin on March 23 and continue at least through Friday, April 10. A decision on when and whether in-person instruction will resume will be shared in early April. Students will receive additional information about this transition in the next few days.”
The email asks residence hall residents to “take essential belongings, academic materials, laptops and medications with them for Spring Break and not return to residence halls following Spring Break through at least April 10.” University Housing will work with those students unable to return to their permanent homes.
Campus will remain open and operational and employees should continue their normal work routines, Blank said. However, all university-sponsored travel and campus events of more than 50 people have been cancelled until April 10.
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