Updates to SMPH Operations (COVID-19)

Access and Events

UW–Madison and SMPH buildings

Those working on site must carry their WisCard ID. Some facilities on campus require card or key access.

  • Exterior entry doors in the HSLC are unlocked during weekday business hours. Wiscard access will continue to be needed for access at other times.  
    • HSLC business hours: Mon-Thur (6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.), Fri (6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
    • The bridge to the School of Pharmacy is open during business hours
  • Ebling Library Hours are:
    • 24/7 Access (SMPH, Nursing, Pharmacy, Vet Med, UW Health)
    • Mon-Fri (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Sept. 3 for the public
    • Mon-Thur (9 a.m.-7 p.m.), Fri (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) after Sept. 7 for the public
  • The Badger Market in HSLC atrium is open.
  • University Bookstore is now open Mon-Fri (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Free masks are available in a cart in the atrium and hand sanitizer is available in all common areas.

UW Health building access

Refer to UW Health’s COVID-19 website for the latest information on patient and visitor guidelines, and the U-Connect intranet for information about clinical operations (U-Connect requires use of VPN or UW Health login to access).

  • UW Health requires universal mask-wearing in all facilities effective Tuesday, August 3. Read more on U-Connect (requires UW Health login or VPN to access)


Room reservations

  • Room reservations in HSLC are being prioritized according to standard guidelines. Physical distancing requirements are no longer in effect.


Respect Statement

COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race—disease does not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at UW–Madison. If you experience harassment or discrimination, students are encouraged to file a bias incident report. Employees may file a complaint with the Office of Compliance.

Ongoing Communication

SMPH has implemented a small task force, in concert with the Dean’s Leadership Team, to oversee COVID-19 response 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 throughout the pandemic.

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 health and safety measures seriously. Please also consider how these measures apply to your personal life and in your community.

Direct questions about COVID-19 responses to smphcovid19@med.wisc.edu.