FAQs

During this period we are here and available to help you achieve success and navigate your academic experience. We remain committed to providing you the support needed to be safe, healthy, and successful.

General Instruction

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How were classes selected as the first to be resumed in person?

Some courses, particularly those that require specialized equipment or facilities, will resume, in-person or hybrid, beginning September 26. Students enrolled in these courses will be contacted by their instructors no later than Friday, September 25.

Will more classes go back to in-person later this semester?

Yes. We plan to phase in-person instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

How will I learn if my classes are now online or in-person?

Students enrolled in courses that require specialized equipment or facilities that will resume on Saturday, September 26 will be contacted by their instructors no later than Friday, September 25.   For all other courses, students should be contacted no later than Friday, October 2.  In the interim, these courses will continue to be offered remotely.  These changes may affect students with disability-related accommodations; they should contact their instructor to discuss any changes to the course. Students can also reach out to Access Consultant at the McBurney Disability Resource Center if they have questions.

I’m struggling with online courses – what can I do?

Students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors for academic guidance.

Is there space on campus for virtual learning?

Yes, view this directory of on-campus spaces for virtual learning. Rooms are distributed across campus, and include a mix of drop-in rooms, reservable rooms and special-request rooms (special-request rooms are prioritized based on specific virtual learning needs). All rooms are equipped with high-speed internet.

Is there a place to hang out and study between classes?

Study spaces are available at both Memorial Union and Union South, on the first floors as well as other areas throughout the buildings. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Memorial Union, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Union South.

What about libraries?

On September 28, the Libraries will move toward restarting services as they existed at the beginning of the fall semester. The restart of services means we are returning to providing access to all of our services and facilities for faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. Please check https://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2020/09/23/campus-returning-to-in-person-activities-libraries-operations-update/ for updated information.

I want to move home but I don’t have high speed internet access at my home. Can DoIT help?

The DoIT Help Desk has collected information about obtaining home internet access, including financial aid options, in this Home Internet Guide.

Campus Life

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What dining facilities will be open?

To learn what dining halls or markets are open, go to the University Housing and Wisconsin Union websites for the latest updates.

Is it safe to take the bus?

Capacity on all fixed-route buses is limited to 20 passengers plus the driver. Passengers are required to wear a face covering when riding. It is strongly recommended to keep physical distancing of six feet between passengers.  Metro maintenance staff also use disinfectant sprays to wipe down high contact areas in the bus.

What about events?

Whenever possible, the university recommends that events and meetings continue to be held virtually; it is highly recommended that in-person events also allow for virtual participation by attendees who choose not to or are unable to participate in person. Any in-person events must follow campus policy for schools/colleges/divisions, and student organizations.

Other Campus Services and Activities

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Can we play soccer or throw a football outside?

Solo exercise such as running, biking, walking or similar activities is still the recommendation.

Regardless of the kind of physical activity you choose to participate in, you should continue to wear masks when participating with other people and all participants should maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Different sports carry different risks. According to Public Health Madison & Dane County:

  • Low risk sports are sports that can be played individually or with physical distancing, such as archery, golf, running, and swimming.
  • Medium risk sports are sports that involve close, sustained contact, but the contact is intermittent or has other factors that reduce risk of respiratory transmission. Medium risk sports include volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis.
  • High risk sports are sports that involve close, sustained contact between individuals and have a high probability of respiratory transmission, such as football, lacrosse, hockey, boxing, and karate.

Will I be able to work out at Rec Well at the Shell?

Yes. The Shell will be open on a reservation basis beginning September 28.

Is the Nielsen Tennis Stadium open?

Yes. The Nielson Tennis stadium will open September 28.

When will the Nicholas Recreation Center open?

The new Nicholas Recreation Center will be opening with reduced occupancy and required reservations on Monday, September 28.

Is Lakeshore Path open?

Yes. However, face coverings are required while outside in campus spaces.

What activities will there be available to students?

Watch The Weekly in your inbox for upcoming student events each week. The Wisconsin UnionRec Well, and student organizations offer a variety of virtual activities and will begin to offer in-person opportunities as campus reopens. The Multicultural Student Center and Gender and Sexuality Campus Center also offer opportunities to engage with identity-based communities. Latinx Heritage Month events run through October 15.

Can my student organization hold a meeting at the Union or other areas on campus this semester?

Yes, student organization events are possible if they stay within public health guidelines. Contact the Campus Event Service Office for more information.

Will Union South, Memorial Union and the Terrace be open?

  • Both locations are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily and have instruction, study, size-appropriate meeting/event space, and dining options.
  • The Wisconsin Union dining delivery service now serves guests within a one-mile radius around Memorial Union.
  • The Wisconsin Union calendar continues to expand with event additions.

Will Libraries reopen and what services will they provide?

On September 28, the Libraries will move toward restarting services as they existed at the beginning of the fall semester. The restart of services means we are returning to providing access to all of our services and facilities for faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. Please check https://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2020/09/23/campus-returning-to-in-person-activities-libraries-operations-update/ for updated information.