Monday’s letter from the Chancellor about new campus restrictions was an important response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, with new measures over the next two weeks to give all of us the best chance for success. Unfortunately, the number of cases in our residence halls has spiked to an alarming level in recent days, with the majority coming from Sellery and Witte Halls.
This is certainly not the kind of news we had hoped to be sharing. In consultation with campus leadership and health experts, we have made the difficult decision to place all residents of Sellery and Witte Halls into quarantine, effective at 10 PM tonight until 8 AM, September 23, 2020. We know this is extremely difficult news to be receiving and we are doing all we can to make this situation the best that it can be.
- Stay in your residence hall until September 23, 2020.
- Wear a face covering wherever you go, unless you have an accommodation.
- There is to be no congregating.
- Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.
- Residents of Sellery and Witte will receive onsite COVID-19 testing during this time period, rather than going to other testing sites. More details will be sent in the coming days.
- If you test COVID–positive, you will still be required to enter isolation. Isolation spaces administered through University Housing have been designated and are currently available.
- Even if you have a negative test, you must stay in the residence hall until September 23, 2020. The incubation period can take many days.
- Be aware that if more positive cases are found during the initial quarantine period, the quarantine could be extended.
No residence hall students are being asked to move out and return to their homes. However, if you choose to go home during this two-week period, you may do so. For the safety of your family and home communities, any residents who choose to return home should be tested before leaving campus and should quarantine at home for 14 days. If you choose to permanently return home for the school year, you will receive a prorated refund up through the days you remain in campus housing.
For residents who stay in Sellery and Witte, the following other changes will be in place for your hall during these two weeks:
- Predetermined food items from University Housing will be delivered daily to your residence hall. There will be no charge for this food. Students with dietary needs are asked to continue working with our registered dietician (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Breakfast (7:30 am to 9:00 am)
- Lunch (11:30 am to 1:00 pm)
- Dinner (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
- We understand the impact that remaining in the hall can have and will be keeping community spaces open.
- House Fellows will check in virtually with you regularly
- Campus will have mental health resources available to assist any residents struggling with feelings of isolation or depression
- All resident policies will be enforced, and any violations may warrant immediate removal from Housing
- All resident floors in Sellery and Witte have security cameras which can be used to investigate policy violations
We know you want to be here and we hope this necessary step will help us achieve the goal of remaining on campus all year. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UW-Madison, we’re relying on our students to make responsible choices for the Badger community. Thank you to all of the students who are following our guidelines and policies.