Housing COVID-19 Updates

Residents and Badger Families,

We hope you had a good move-in experience and that everyone is settling into their residence hall, making new friends, and getting a good start with classes. Now that the semester is underway, we wanted to share a few important updates with you related to COVID-19 guidelines.

We continue to work closely with campus, local, and state health officials to help keep our community healthy. While there are no COVID-19 specific requirements for mask use, testing, or vaccination, everyone on campus is strongly encouraged to use these tools as needed to limit the spread of the virus.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Stay home and follow self-care practices, including personal hygiene and masking in spaces where others are present.
  • Take advantage of the free testing options offered by campus.
  • We recommend testing during the day so you are able to make plans for isolation. If we are able to offer temporary accommodations, you will be moved Monday-Friday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (10 a.m – 2 p.m.).
  • Familiarize yourself with what to do if you are exposed or test positive.

If you test positive:

  • Follow current CDC guidance on isolation.
  • Isolate for at least 5 full days (the day you test positive or develop symptoms is day 0) AND until you have been at least 24 hours without fever and your symptoms are improving.
  • You may self-isolate in your room or at home. Have a discussion with your roommate(s) about your plans in the event of a positive COVID test or exposure.
    • A limited number of temporary spaces may be available for residents who need to isolate themselves outside of their room, by request, through Housing. Residents are responsible for transporting themselves to and from their temporary accommodation.
    •  It is important to have a backup plan if temporary spaces are not available.
  • Do not go to classes, or work, or travel while isolating. Notify your instructors and employers to discuss your options when you cannot attend class, meetings, or work. Instructors are encouraged to be flexible and supportive of all students in such circumstances.
  • Order food to be delivered or request friends to drop things off to avoid eating in public.
  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
  • After your 5 full days of isolation, you should wear a mask any time you’re around other people, typically for 10 days. You may remove your mask once you are fever-free, your symptoms have improved, and two sequential antigen tests taken 48 hours apart are negative.

If your roommate or a close contact test positive:

  • Follow CDC guidelines for exposure to COVID-19.
  • Discuss your plans with your roommate(s).
  • If you are uncomfortable staying in your residence hall room, a limited number of temporary spaces may be available to residents, by request, through Housing.

Temporary Accommodations
If temporary accommodations are needed, visit the COVID-19 Housing site to submit a request. Requests will be responded to Monday-Friday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (10 a.m – 2 p.m.).

If temporary accommodations are requested after hours, please remain in your room, self-isolating and limit your movements to only essential activities until a Housing Team member contacts you the following day.

Campus Updates

For ongoing information and updates about COVID-19 on campus, visit  covidresponse.wisc.edu.