Will new employees be required to have a Badger Badge indicating “building access granted” on their first day of employment if they are required to be onsite?

No. A new employee will not be required to have their Badger Badge indicating “building access granted” on their first day of employment. Instead, they will be required to get tested as soon as possible within their first day.

If a new employee needs to access campus buildings on their first day, they should be treated as a visitor and escorted by a supervisor or supervisor delegate (e.g., a trainer). If the employee does not need to be onsite on their first day, they have the same testing expectations as a current employee needing to come to campus (they must have a negative test on file within the previous 8 days and meet other public health requirements).

For the purpose of this policy, a “new employee” is someone hired into a position on campus who does not currently have an active appointment in any unit of the university. An employee moving from one unit to another within UW–Madison is not considered a new employee and will be expected to be in compliance with employee building access requirements throughout their transition between units.