Summer Covid-19 testing, building access and events guidance – University of Wisconsin-Madison

The following message was shared to campus leadership on Monday, April 19.

As we head into the final weeks of the 2021 spring semester, we thank the UWMadison campus community for everything it has done to support health and safety by adhering to our COVID-19 protocols. Its critical that we continue to follow these protocols through the remainder of the semester so that we will be able to cap off the academic year with a return to Camp Randall for in-person commencement ceremonies on May8.

With summer just around the corner, and planning for our return to campus for the fall under way, we will be making some modifications to our approach to activities on campus after the end of spring semester. These modifications are informed by increasing vaccination rates, combined with more opportunities to be outside due to better weather. The Office of Human Resources will be providing additional details related to the return to campus for employees who are currently working remotely. As has been the case throughout this past year, our approach is subject to change in response to emerging public health trends.

Building/Facility Access

Effective Monday, May 10, access to campus buildings and facilities will no longer be limited to those with green/building access granted Badger Badges, unless required by those overseeing a specific space, event, or other in-person activity.

Testing and the Safer Badgers app

We will continue to support on-campus, no-cost testing for our campus community, as well as use of the Safer Badgers app. Starting Monday, May 10, testing and badging will operate as follows:


We continue to strongly encourage all members of our campus community to seek COVID-19 vaccination.


We will be gradually allowing more visitors on campus this summer starting May 10th.

Events and activities

The following changes to campus events and activities are effective Monday, May 10. In the meantime, current policies for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and schools/colleges/divisions remain in effect and are to be followed.

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