- UW–Madison has instituted a campus-wide furlough requirement, Work-Share program, Position-Specific Furloughs and reassignments.
- SMPH employees will be receiving a letter with furlough or Work-Share information specific to their position. If you did not receive this letter by Friday, May 22, please contact your supervisor or your HR representative.
- More information is available from the campus Office of Human Resources. See also a message for SMPH personnel from Hope Broadus, JD, SMPH Associate Dean for HR, and a collection of furlough FAQs.
- The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources has put together resources for supervising employees remotely.
- See the Addendum to Telecommuting Policy In Response to Declaration of COVID-19 Pandemic by World Health Organization that was created in response to the pandemic.
- To request emergency COVID-19 leave after May 15, use the Request for Leave under Federal Emergency COVID-19 Leave Programs form.
- COVID-19 Pandemic Employee Work Location and Leave Policy, Issued March 17, 2020, last updated April 1, 2020, was available through May 15, 2020.
- For questions about the policy, contact your HR representative.
- 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
Give a shout-out to a member of the SMPH community who you feel is going above and beyond during the response to COVID-19.
- Hands-on clinical learning activities for all SMPH health profession degree students are postponed until at least the end of May
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:
- The Dean’s Office is working with programs/departments and with central campus to determine a plan for fall 2020 instruction.
- 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 Research Reboot Phase 2 Published July, 1 2020
- Guidance for Restarting Clinical Research from July 1-August 31, 2020 Published June 17, 2020
- Guidance for restarting face to face research interactions and previously suspended human subjects research Published June 3, 2020
- 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
Access and Events
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.
Details and information about building access points are available on U-Connect – see “University Hospital Employee Entrance/Screening and Parking Ramp (Lot 75) Changes: Effective May 11”
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.
In accordance with the Chancellor’s recent update on event and travel cancellations, all in-person SMPH events and travel remain canceled through August 17 or must be moved to a virtual format. Take caution in planning in-person events past this date as it is likely to be further extended. We are planning for most Dean’s Office events to be virtual through the end of 2020. Events and travel guidelines do not apply to approved, required onsite clinical training or approved research. Relevant information regarding specific implications for curriculum and training in health professions degree programs will be conveyed to their learners, staff, and faculty by program leaders.
RESPECT STATEMENT AND CONTACT INFORMATION
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.
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 email@example.com.