*PLEASE READ* As #COVID19 continues to spread, the health of the #UWMadison community is our most important priority.⠀ ⠀ UW–Madison will suspend face-to-face instruction on March 14. Alternate delivery of classes will begin on Monday, March 23 and continue at least through Friday, April 10. A decision on when and whether in-person instruction will resume will be shared in early April.⠀ ⠀ We are particularly concerned about the safety of students in our residence halls who share bathrooms and eating facilities and live very closely together. @housinguw has asked residents to take essential belongings and academic materials with them for spring break and not return to residence halls following spring break through at least April 10. We recognize that some students may be unable to return to their permanent residence for various reasons and will need to stay in their residence halls. Residence halls will remain available to these students where necessary.⠀ ⠀ We strongly advise you to reconsider non-essential personal travel, including travel over spring break. Documented cases are growing rapidly both domestically and internationally.⠀ ⠀ If you develop symptoms, stay at home – please do not come to work or class if you are ill. If symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are present, contact @uhsmadison or your health care provider.⠀ ⠀ COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race. Racist behaviors or stereotyping in or outside of the classroom are not acceptable at UW–Madison. We need everyone’s support during this challenging time and to treat each other with respect and kindness.⠀ ⠀ While students may not feel like COVID-19 will affect them if they are young or healthy, please remember that you are members of a larger community and could carry it to those with compromised immune systems or to older or higher-risk people. There is no vaccine or protection at this time. We ask everyone to consider the safety and health of our entire community.⠀ ⠀ As you know, this is a constantly evolving situation. Thanks to everyone for their patience and creativity as we deal with these changes. For the latest updates, please see covid19.wisc.edu

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