University Housing is optimistic from initial test results that we will be able to lift the quarantine on Sellery and Witte Residence Halls as scheduled on Wednesday, September 23. The number of cases in these buildings seems to be trending downward after the added restrictions were put in place. However, we cannot make an official decision until test results from 9/21 and 9/22 are processed to give us the full data, which we expect to have the morning of 9/23. Housing will announce the decision as soon as we are cleared to do so.
Our ability to avoid further quarantine of any residence halls or even closing them depends on our residents following public health guidelines and behavioral requirements for the safety of our Badger community.
We will be moving towards weekly testing with the intent to start the week of September 28. As we continue to closely monitor future test data from residence halls, students may be asked to move rooms in order to decrease density.
For those students who feel that these public health guidelines and behavioral requirements are too stringent for you to follow, University Housing will accept contract cancellations through the My UW Housing portal and will return prorated housing funds and unused dining funds.
Violations of any COVID-related behavioral requirements (listed below) will result in immediate removal of students from their residence hall and revocation of their Housing contract with no refund. Enforcement of these standards will be expanded through the end of the semester.
- Wear face coverings at all times except when in their room with the door closed, including outdoor spaces.
- Maintain 6-feet distance from others, including outdoors and in common areas such as hallways, lounges, and bathrooms.
- No visitors from off-campus or other residence halls.
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Comply with required COVID-19 surveillance testing.
- Follow current policies on visitors, gatherings, and building access.
We remind these students that before returning to their residence hall, they must have taken a COVID-19 test since 9/15 and submitted their results through MyUHS in order to access the building. (In MyUHS, select the “Messages” tab, click “New Message,” and select the “COVID-19 Outside Result Report” option to complete the form and attach your lab results documentation.)
Until we announce a formal decision on the quarantine, students who have temporarily gone home for the quarantine can tentatively plan their return as soon as 9/23 but should be prepared to delay coming back if the timeline changes. Additional details about drop-off parking, retrieving your room key, dining, etc. will be shared with our announcement when the quarantine can be officially lifted.