University of Wisconsin Chancellor Becky Blank announced Wednesday evening that all in-person classes would be canceled September 10-12 and all classes would be moved to remote instruction starting Monday, September 14th for at least two weeks.
She also announced, all residents in both Witte and Sellery Residence Halls are to quarantine in place for two weeks effective beginning at 10:00 Wednesday night. If they have not yet been tested, students from these halls are also required to test on Thursday and Friday. University Health Services will be onsite to administer testing.
Along with the change of instruction:
All in person study spaces in University Libraries, the Wisconsin Union and all academic buildings will be closed.
All dining services will shift to carry-out only for Housing residents and staff while the Wisconsin Union will offer curbside food pick up only.
In-person gatherings, including all social events and work gatherings for more than 10 people have been canceled. Employees may meet in groups of 10 or fewer for essential meetings.
The university is stressing at this time that students are not being asked to move out of residence halls or leave Madison. This new update comes shortly after Dane County Executive Joe Parisi sent a letter to both UW System President Tommy Thompson and UW-Madison Chancellor Blank asking they send students home. This also comes after Public Health of Madison and Dane County warns those working downtown near UW should assume they have been exposed with coronavirus and self monitor for symptoms.
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— @publichealthmdc (@PublicHealthMDC) September 9, 2020
On Sunday, Blanks requested that UW students limit their interactions starting Monday, September 7 through September 21 as cases from students both on and off campus have steadily grown. Yesterday, PHMDC reported that 71 percent of all cases from the past week in Dane County are from UW students and staff, and expect a growing number of new cases in the coming week.
UW-Madison re-opened for the fall semester on September 2.