Working on Campus – Summer 2021

For Summer 2021, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is modifying the COVID-19 protocols and is reopening to visitors. Many UW–Madison employees who have been working remotely will be returning to their on-site workplaces over the next several months. Policies, procedures, and expectations related to workplace safety will continue to evolve as new regulations, information, and guidance becomes available. Additions and updates will be posted on the Summer 2021 Guidelines for Employees page.

Building/Facility Access

  • As of May 10, campus is again open to visitors and a green /building access granted Badger Badge will no longer be needed to access most campus buildings, including the Van Hise building. Certain campus spaces, such as UW Libraries and the Chazen Museum of Art, will continue to require an appointment or reservation for in-person visits. In addition, UW Libraries requires a Wiscard for entry.
  • Some spaces on campus, as well as specific events or activities, may require a green Badger Badge/building access granted status to enter or participate. Those designated spaces should be marked and badges may be checked by staff and event organizers. Visitors and guests, who are unable to use the Safer Badgers app, will not have access to these spaces.


  • Free COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered to students and employees on campus. This includes students who were enrolled in 2021 spring semester but are not enrolled during the summer semester, including new graduates.
  • Testing will be conducted using a PCR-based nasal swab test. No PCR-based saliva tests will be conducted this summer.
  • Hours and locations are available in the Safer Badgers app or on the COVID-19 Testing website. Results are expected to take about 24 hours.
  • Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated but need a green Badger Badge to access a particular facility or event should test every eight days. Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from testing and their badge will remain green unless they report symptoms in the app or test positive.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are expected to get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID Vaccination

  • The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.
  • UHS continues to offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, based on availability, to all members of the campus community and the general public.
  • Appointments are recommended, but not required, at the vaccine clinic at the Nicholas Recreation Center. For hours and more information, visit
  • If you require a specific vaccine type, such as Pfizer, UHS recommends you make an appointment, since you can’t be guaranteed specific vaccines at drop-in.
  • Two weeks after receiving your one-dose vaccine, or the second dose shot of a two-dose vaccine on campus, your Badger Badge will automatically turn green.
  • Students and employees vaccinated off campus should upload vaccine records to MyUHS:

Other Links

Language Institute staff should contact Jana Martin with any questions related to working on campus and campus reopening.