COVID-19 Public Health Concern Reporting

To protect the health and safety of members of the university community, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has determined everyone on campus will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms, and outside when physical distancing is not possible. In addition, students living off campus may be held responsible for behavior which violates public health directives.

For Spring 2021, the university has adopted new measures to enhance the safety of the campus community. The two main components of this program are expanded testing protocols and a new app, Safer Badgers. Students, faculty and staff will be required to use the app to manage and track test results, and to access campus facilities and services.

Please use this form to submit a complaint alleging a violation of the above mentioned requirements.

COVID-19 Public Health Concern Form

How is testing compliance being enforced?

The university believes one of the best ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 is through a comprehensive testing program that can quickly identify and isolate those who contract the virus. Student participation in this effort will help reduce community transmission and support the health of our campus population and the broader student community. These expectations are outlined in the Badger Pledge. To stay in compliance, students are required to test at UW-Madison sites. This enables us to track testing data.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are required to test if you are coming to campus for any reason, live on campus, or live in the Madison zip codes 53703, 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53715, 53726 and 53792, even if you are not planning to be on campus. For this reason, undergraduate students are expected to make sure their local address in their MyUW Student Center accurately reflects where they currently reside. Graduate and professional students who are coming to campus for any reason need to have tested negative within the past eight days. Graduate and professional students who are not coming to campus do not have to test.

We recognize this will require additional effort on the part of students. The University is working to make compliance as easy as possible through the Safer Badgers app and the wide availability of fast testing. We will provide reminders for students about the need to test; however, if those are ignored, additional measures may be needed to ensure compliance. These measures are justified due to the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to safeguard the health and safety of the campus community.

Our progressive approach first employs administrative consequences. These early warnings and initial deterrents will have no lasting impact on a student’s record. This is our preferred approach. Our response escalates only if more tests are missed or a student displays a pattern of negative behavior. The student disciplinary process will begin after several missed tests.

While discretion is built into our compliance approach, a typical progression starts with warnings. If the behavior is not corrected, restrictions would be applied, such as no longer being able to use campus WiFi, access transcripts or add/drop a class.

As more tests are missed, or if there is a pattern of missing tests, more serious sanctions could be applied. These can include disciplinary probation, which is part of a permanent disciplinary record. Disciplinary probation would be noted on a student’s transcript and would impact the ability to study abroad and impose other campus restrictions. It is possible that a student who is significantly non-compliant on COVID testing could be suspended. We hope such a step would be rare.

Students living in residence halls would be subject to the above consequences plus any additional ones contained in their University Housing contracts.

While these testing requirements will help reduce the spread of the virus, they can get us only so far. We will continue to need everyone in the campus community to adjust their behaviors and play their part: Wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, avoid gatherings with people you don’t live with, wash your hands often, and follow all local, state and national health directives.

Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to live and learn in safe environments.

OSCCS is responsible for upholding all students’ rights.

Students have the obligation to act with integrity, inside and outside of the classroom.

OSCCS has the responsibility to consistently and fairly follow university policies and procedures.

Students are accountable for the consequences of their actions.

OSCCS follows an educational and restorative approach to addressing student misconduct.

Our Staff

Tonya Schmidt

Position title: Assistant Dean of Students and Director

Email: tonya.schmidt@wisc.edu

Nicholas Oleksy

Position title: Associate Director

Email: nicholas.oleksy@wisc.edu

Ryan Podolak

Position title: Student Conduct Coordinator

Email: Ryan.Podolak@wisc.edu

Jennifer Van Roy

Position title: Student Conduct Coordinator

Email: jlvanroy@wisc.edu

Diana Madrigal

Position title: OSCCS Administrator

Email: dmadrigal2@wisc.edu

OSCCS also works with staff in University Housing to investigate cases involving students residing on-campus, instructors investigating incidents of academic misconduct, and the students, faculty, and staff of the misconduct committee who hear cases per university policies.