Updates to SMPH Operations (COVID-19)

Access and Events

UW–Madison and SMPH buildings

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

Starting May 10, 2021, a green Badger Badge is no longer required to access most campus spaces. However, all students and staff are expected to maintain a green badge, as certain spaces and events may require one. Everyone should continue to follow all health and safety policies including abiding by applicable mask and physical distancing requirements. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

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).


Room reservations

  • As of May 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.

For room reservations prioritization and restrictions currently in effect, please see this page.


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.