SMPH timeline for implementing 2021 summer events guidance

Updated May 5, 2021: 

Room reservations in HSLC will only be taken for instructional purposes until the university releases updated guidance about classroom distancing and density requirements, and SMPH has determined how to operationalize this guidance in our school.


The following message was sent to all SMPH employees on April 26, 2021. 

  • This message is for: SMPH employees
  • Purpose: to share a timeline and next steps that the School is taking to prepare for any on-site events and activities that may occur this summer
  • Is action required: No. This information is to aid planning.


Dear colleagues,

On Monday, April 19, campus officials released information about university operations this summer. It includes guidance about on site, in person events and activities.


The announcement indicates changes to event guidelines that will become effective on Monday, May 10, and provides a road map toward expanded in person events that meet the health and safety measures outlined by the most current Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) Emergency Order, currently PHMDC Order #15.


While we look forward to the resumption of in-person events and activities in SMPH, from a logistical standpoint this will not involve an immediate or “flip of the switch” change in staffing and operations from May 9 to May 10. Time and planning are needed to support this effort safely and effectively.


The Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) and Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) are two facilities managed by SMPH that prior to the pandemic hosted a high volume of in-person events and activities. Over the next two to three weeks, a work group focused on HSLC and WIMR with representatives from facilities, HR, room scheduling, communications, public health expertise, and administration is developing a plan with recommendations for SMPH leadership about logistics of increasing on site event and activities in these locations. Those recommendations will be reviewed with a goal of creating and implementing a final plan by the end of May or early June.


Until that plan is in place, please continue to operate under current SMPH guidelines for events in HSLC and WIMR, which are described here:






Robert N. Golden, MD
Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership
Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison