Building Access Reminders and Vaccination Information

This message was sent on Feb. 5 from Steve Cramer, vice provost for instructional continuity and academic affairs to faculty and instructors teaching in-person or hybrid group enrollment sections this spring 2021.

Dear Instructional Colleagues,

We are passing along the most recent information that has been conveyed to us concerning campus’ COVID-19 testing requirements and vaccination protocols.

Testing and Building Access

Full implementation of the Safer Badgers app and enforcement of building access restrictions will now begin Wednesday, Feb. 10. As of that date, your Badger Badge must be green (access granted) to enter campus facilities. It is our understanding there will be no exceptions. Initial difficulties with testing backlogs and higher rejections rates have been mitigated.

  • There will be some students in the next couple of weeks who are unable to obtain green badges, and they will be denied building entry including for the purpose of attending courses. Please do what you can to allow them to stay enrolled and make progress in your course with the expectation they will come into compliance as soon as possible.
  • Ensure you get tested and have a green Badger Badge before Wednesday and thereafter – we recommend testing at least two days before your green badge is due to expire.
  • Do not ask Badger Wellness Ambassadors to let you or others into a building without a green Badger Badge. Answers to many questions about building access can be found on this FAQs page.
  • Make alternative arrangements for teaching your in-person course(s) if you are unable to obtain a green badge before teaching. Please consult with your department/program chair if this happens (or consult your supervisor if you are a TA).

Vaccination Update

Following federal guidelines and state requirements, campus is moving forward with its vaccination protocols. Our Instructional Continuity Team does not decide the order or priority of vaccinations. Using campus records and working with schools/colleges we are providing UHS with lists of those teaching in person and those in direct contact with students to support instructional activities. UW-Madison employees will be contacted when a vaccine is available for them, and instructors teaching in person will have some priority over others. It is our current understanding that UW-Madison employees will likely have the opportunity to be vaccinated through the university sooner than through other public health sources.

If you have questions that are not addressed above or in the list of FAQs, you can email covidresponse@vc.wisc.edu or call the UW–Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at (608) 262-7777. The line is staffed Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 Response website for updates.

Thank you, again, for your great work in sustaining our instruction and supporting student learning.

Steve Cramer – Vice Provost for Instructional Continuity and Academic Affairs