UPDATE TO END ALL UPDATES 3/11/20 3:53 p.m. CT
The University of Wisconsin-Madison sent out a WiscAlert on Thursday morning informing students that: “To lessen the risk to our community as much as possible, UW-Madison will suspend Spring Semester face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 23, the date that classes would typically resume after next week’s Spring Break.
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.”
In the release it also had a section about campus events: “All campus events (including Division of Extension sponsored events outside of Dane County) of more than 50 people are canceled through at least April 10, with limited exceptions to be granted by deans or vice chancellors.”
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the health of the UW–Madison community is our most important priority.— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) March 11, 2020
UW–Madison will suspend Spring Semester face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 23.
See more information about campus operations: https://t.co/r7VRrPbcE5
As far as travel goes, since the men’s basketball team has the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament coming up: “All university-sponsored travel is cancelled through April 10, with limited exceptions from academic deans or vice chancellors. People who travel regularly as part of their job (such as Extension workers covering several counties) will typically continue to do so, but should check with their deans or other unit directors.
We strongly advise you to reconsider non-essential personal travel, including travel over Spring Break. Documented cases are growing rapidly both domestically and internationally. You may face a higher risk of infection, significant delays returning, and/or the requirement to self-isolate upon your return, all of which could significantly impact your professional and personal obligations at great individual expense.
All campus community members should be aware that if you travel, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days depending on where you’re traveling to and from, even if you do not exhibit symptoms.”
It should be noted that the release says: “Campus will remain open and all faculty and staff should continue their regular work schedules unless advised otherwise by their dean, director or supervisor. The university will continue daily operations, with some exceptions around travel and events, noted below. Faculty and instructional staff will receive detailed information from the Provost’s Office about the transition to alternative delivery of instruction.”
However, students who live in UW residence halls are being asked to stay home, if able, after spring break: “Residents are being asked 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. We hope that students will return to their permanent residence and complete their coursework remotely. A follow-up communication will be sent by University Housing to all affected residents shortly.”
The Badgers are set to host the quarterfinals of the women’s NCAA hockey tournament on Saturday between Wisconsin and Clarkson. Spring football practice is set to begin on March 22nd and run through April 24th. The softball team is set to open up their home schedule on March 24th.
We have emails out to Chris McIntosh, associate athletic director for the Badgers, as well as representatives from the football and women’s hockey team. We will update this post as we hear more from the athletic department.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11th, 2:22 p.m. CT
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says Saturday's #Badgers women's hockey NCAA quarterfinal game against Clarkson "almost surely be played in LaBahn Arena unless something else happens." But there will be a "limited audience."— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) March 11, 2020
Also, the B1G men’s basketball tournament is moving ahead as planned.
Here is the full statement from the B1G pic.twitter.com/223hBMvA6W— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) March 11, 2020
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11th, 2:38 p.m. CT
Greg Gard asked about the coronavirus developments on campus:— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) March 11, 2020
The biggest thing is just to stay educated. We prepare as everything will go on as normal basketball-wise. We’ll be flexible with everything else.
Essential events are those directly related to advancing the academic mission of the university and/or those promoting the health & safety of campus. All other groups are encouraged to seek alternative formats for meetings and can work with their department’s IT unit for support.— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) March 11, 2020