- Ebling Library has created COVID-19: Special Access to Online Resources, a list of online resources that many publishers and content providers have temporarily unlocked to support remote research, teaching, and learning during this period of disruption. Ebling Library staff is fully available to support teaching and research and to provide help with accessing resources, ILL, online instruction, historical background on pandemics, etc.
- The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources has put together resources for supervising employees remotely.
- FAQ available about COVID-19 accounting codes: this guidance clarifies how to use new campus accounting codes to identify activities directly related to COVID-19, which will help with various reporting requirements. Learn more.
Education leaders for all programs have worked hard to ensure that the senior class will be able to graduate.
- Hands-on clinical learning activities for all SMPH health profession degree students are postponed until at least the end of May
- Education program leaders and faculty have done an exceptional job transforming curricular content into virtual learning activities
- UW–Madison has canceled all in-person summer classes and non-credit summer programs and activities. SMPH has been granted some exceptions to allow appropriate clinical learning activities and recruitment activities this summer, if and when it becomes safe to do so.
- Questions about how to request exceptions to the campus cancellation of all in-person learning activities and summer programs can be directed to Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
- The Shapiro summer research program will continue through modified virtual projects developed by students with their mentors. Questions can be directed to Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Profession Student Research.
Genetic Counseling, Master of Public Health, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy:
- Deliver curriculum online and minimize hands-on clinical and community work as feasible and necessary to optimize safety for students, staff, faculty, patients, and community partners
Basic science degree programs:
- Basic science courses are being converted to online formats. The Dean’s office is working with programs/departments and with central campus to provide resources needed for course readiness.
Advisory regarding graduate students: Please note that under no circumstances should a graduate student be forced or pressured to work on campus, including in labs where permission has been granted for the continuation of limited research activity.
- Guidance for restarting laboratory research activities in SMPH research laboratories Published May 27, 2020
- Message for the SMPH Research Community detailing information about policies, procedures, and required compliance measures for vital laboratory-based research Published April 24, 2020
- Summary of funding opportunities and information available from federal agencies including NIH, CDC, DOD, NSF, and PCORI Published April 24, 2020
- Temporary suspension of face-to-face (i.e. in-person) human subjects research interactions has been extended until June 30, 2020.
- FAQS: Research Activities and the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Campus Research Activities Update Issued March 19, 2020, last updated April 20, 2020
- UW SMPH Message to our Research Community Issued March 19, 2020.
- Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene requests specific reagents that are in short supply nationally; these reagents are needed for future contingency planning. Learn more
UH and AFCH Access
Any SMPH employees who work at University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital will undergo on-site COVID-19 health screenings by UW Health. This will include being asked upon entry about self-monitoring for symptoms, and whether experiencing any symptoms.
- Any symptomatic SMPH employees who are turned away should a) follow instructions of UW Health staff who are conducting the screening, b) contact their supervisor. Details and information about building access points are available on U-Connect – see “Employee Screening Updates: Process and Locations (3/29/2020)”
Essential personnel and those performing critical activities at key points in time must carry their WisCard ID. Buildings on campus, including all SMPH-affiliated buildings, now require card or key access.
The university has extended the cancellation of non-essential in-person campus events and meetings through June 30. Previously, the cancellation had been in effect through May 15.
We recommend checking with the Events guidance section of UW-Madison’s COVID19 Website for the latest information.
This is a stressful time, and the uncertainty of this situation weighs on all of us. Please be mindful that various university resources are available, including the Employee Assistance Office, and the University Ombuds Office.
Campus employees can receive counseling services for personal and work-related concerns through LifeMatters. These services can be accessed via phone, text, and online.
Text, call, or visit LifeMatters, available 24/7/365: https://hr.wisc.edu/employee-assistance-office/lifematters/
- Call 1-800-634-6433 or text “Hello” to 61295
- UW Health employees, including Residents and Fellows password: UWH1
- UW Health managers/supervisors password: UWH2
- Faculty Physicians and UW-Madison employees password: BUCKY1
SMPH has implemented a small task force, in concert with the Dean’s Leadership Team, to oversee COVID-19 readiness planning. We are taking our lead from leadership at UW–Madison and UW Health and contributing to the discussions and decisions at each institution. Regular updates will continue to be distributed.
As a School of Medicine and Public Health, we have an important responsibility to serve as standard-bearers in the attempts to mitigate the impact of this outbreak. We should all be mindful not to spread rumors and hearsay, and to take these restrictions seriously. Please also consider how these restrictions apply to your personal life and in your community.
Questions regarding COVID-19 planning should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.