Madison College Communications

Updated March 23, 2020 - 6:15 pm

Dr. Jack Daniels, III, president of Madison College, and members of college leadership, have issued the following statements regarding coronavirus.

In the event of an emergency such as a campus closure, students and staff will receive alerts via email, and will see updates on the college website.

Campus statements

  1. Coronavirus Update - Campus-Wide - Feburary 6, 2020

    DATE:             February 6, 2020

    TO:                  All Madison College Employees and Current Students

    FROM:             Jack E. Daniels, III, President

     

     

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. On February 5, 2020, University of Wisconsin Hospital confirmed a new case of coronavirus in a patient that had recently traveled to China. This is the 12th confirmed case in the United States.

     

    This patient is not a student at Madison College. The individual was evaluated at UW Hospital and remains in isolation at home.  Madison College is closely monitoring the situation in partnership with Public Health Madison and Dane County.  The virus is considered low risk for the American public, and we will continue to assess and evaluate the risk and take preventive actions as needed.  Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending out information to raise awareness in the Madison College community.

     

    According to the CDC, symptoms for coronavirus can mimic the flu and can include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

     

    The health and safety of the Madison College community is very important and everyone in our community always should take the following precautions:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

     

    You can find additional information on CDC recommendations here.   

     

    Anyone on campus who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.  Generally, if you are ill, you should not attend class, work or other college events.

     

    A local hotline for information about the coronavirus is available at 608-243-0587.

     

    Find updates and information on the Public Health Madison and Dane County website.

     

    Madison College will continue to closely monitor the situation and release new information as needed. 

  2. Coronavirus Update - Campus-Wide - February 28, 2020

    DATE:    February 28, 2020

    TO:         All Madison College Employees and Current Students

    FROM:  Jack E. Daniels, III, President

     

    This is an update to my February 6th communication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor the widening COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and its growing potential to disrupt international travel.

     

    In recent days, the U.S. Department of State and the CDC have raised travel advisory levels and issued various alerts for several countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. 

     

    If you are considering international travel this spring, we encourage you to monitor travel advisories due to the outbreak of COVID-19. In countries where there are verified outbreaks, there may be new entry and exit control measures, and even quarantines implemented with very little notice. These actions could severely impact your plans and/or delay your return home with personal cost.

     

    Madison College has already made the difficult decision to cancel a college-sanctioned spring break study abroad program to Italy.  Other study abroad locations remain on schedule, but the college will be closely monitoring all travel advisories that could impact other programs.

     

    Because this situation is likely to continue to rapidly change in the weeks ahead, we highly encourage you to check both U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control websites to find updated guidance for your destination as well as for those countries you may plan to transit.

     

    Madison College continues to closely monitor the situation in partnership with Public Health Madison and Dane County.  The virus is still considered low risk for the American public, and we will continue to assess and evaluate the risk and take preventive actions as needed.

    As a reminder, according to the CDC, symptoms for coronavirus can mimic the flu and can include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

     

    The health and safety of the Madison College community is very important and everyone in our community always should take the following precautions:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

     

    You can find additional information on CDC recommendations here. 

     

    Anyone on campus who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.  Generally, if you are ill, you should not attend class, work or other college events.

     

    A local hotline for information about the coronavirus is available at 608-243-0587.

     

    Find updates and information on the Public Health Madison and Dane County website.

     

    Again, Madison College will continue to closely monitor the situation and release new information as needed.

  3. Coronavirus Update - Campus-Wide - March 10, 2020

    DATE: March 10, 2020

    TO: All Madison College Employees

    FROM: Dr. Jack E. Daniels III, President

     

    SPECIAL BULLETIN: PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL SUSPENDED

     

    Effective Tuesday, March 10: Madison College is suspending any college-supported travel to out-of-state locations and/or out-of-state large-scale events including conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings scheduled through April 30, 2020.

     

    The short-term suspension is a precautionary measure in response to the dynamic nature and accelerating pace of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The situation will be closely monitored and employees will be updated often as circumstances evolve during this suspension period. Employees can expect to hear an update from me no later than March 31, though we will communicate sooner, if a change is needed. Additional direction will be provided regarding travel prior to the close of the advisory period on April 30.

     

    While this is truly unfortunate and a potentially costly decision, it has been made with careful consideration, keeping the best interest of employees and students at heart.

     

    If you’ve planned or were planning to attend an event during this suspension period:

     

    • Research and pursue remote attendance options, if available.
    • Cancel plans that require out-of-state travel during the suspension period, March 10-April 30.
    • Cancel plans that involve large-scale, in-person events during the suspension period, March 10-April 30. 
    • Routine travel in-state for Wisconsin Technical College business is not included in this suspension.
    • At this time we are not canceling any Madison College internal or hosted events.
    • Regarding out-of-state and/or large-scale events scheduled to occur after April 30: Please do not make new travel requests; wait to register and make travel arrangements. If such arrangements have already been approved and booked, please wait for additional instructions before canceling your plans.
    • We will be working with employees to provide a full refund for expenses related to this suspension. We ask for your patience while we work with vendors and scenarios related to potential refunds or reimbursements.

     

    Madison College has created a website to offer COVID-19 updates. Government and professional institutions devoted to this issue include:

    Please discuss any questions regarding travel with your manager.

  4. Coronavirus Update - International Students - March 11, 2020

    DATE: March 11, 2020

    TO: All Madison College International Students

    FROM: Geoff Bradshaw, Ph.D., Dean of International Education

     

    SPECIAL NOTIFICATION FOR MADISON COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

     

    The Center for International Education (CIE) is reaching out to all Madison College international students to strongly suggest that you reconsider any plans for travel this spring due to global concern for the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

     

    We especially recommend against international travel at this time, but all travel, even within the United States, is discouraged.  The situation continues to evolve every day as new cases of the virus are confirmed, and communities respond with new plans to contain outbreaks. 

     

    Those who do travel should self-monitor for fever, cough, or shortness of breath for 14-days after your return.  If you are experiencing those symptoms, self-isolate from others and contact the Group Health (GHC) Nurse Connect Line at 608-661-7350 or toll free at 855-661-7350.  GHC staff can provide you with further instructions regarding care using your international student health insurance. Do not come to classes or to the college campus if you are sick. 

     

    We realize that the decision to cancel travel may be difficult given cost, desire to visit family, or other scheduled plans. Given the unpredictability of information on current levels of exposure and the rapidly changing possibility of flight cancellations, travel restrictions or mandatory quarantine, we urge you to take this recommendation to cancel travel seriously. 

     

    The college is also taking this situation seriously.  As of March 10, Madison College has suspended all college-sponsored business travel outside the state of Wisconsin for college employees.  This policy is effective starting immediately and will run through April 30 and could be extended.  This suspension of travel is a precautionary measure in response to the dynamic nature and accelerating pace of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).  Prior to this announcement, Madison College had already suspended all study abroad and faculty exchange programs scheduled for this March including programs to and from, Italy, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

     

    Madison College has created a website to offer COVID-19 updates.  Moving forward, this website will serve as the main point of communication, for college policy, resources, and updates regarding college responses to COVID-19.

     

    We wish you a safe and healthy spring break and ask that you travel responsibly if you are unable or decide not to cancel your travel plans.  Individuals considering travel within the United States, should review local news to understand the severity of local outbreaks within the USA.  Those considering international travel should be aware that there are multiple regions around the world experiencing significant escalation in confirmed cases.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released safety information for travelers. 

     

    The International Student Services travel information webpage also provides information, unrelated to current health concerns, including details regarding what documents international students should bring when traveling outside of the U.S and how to request a new travel signature on your I-20. Travel signatures are provided on the bottom of page 2 of the I-20, and must have been signed less than one year earlier than the date you will return to the U.S. 

     

    We also wish to acknowledge that concerns for preserving health and safety may result in extreme anxiety, stress or fears. These responses may result in a physical or emotional toll on an individual and may also lead to prejudiced behavior or comments being directed to individuals who either appear to be sick or from an area that has been impacted by the virus. Prejudiced behaviors are not acceptable and should be reported. Madison College’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy webpage outlines how to address and report these types of unacceptable incidents.

     

    During Spring Break, campus health resources remain open, which include Counseling Services and the GHC Community Health Clinic. The GHC network of hospitals and urgent care clinics is  available to students on the GHC Health Insurance plan. You may call the Madison Area Counseling Crisis phone number (1-608-280-2600) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you wish to speak with a counselor for support.

     

    Please know that CIE remains open during Spring Break, should you need our assistance.

     

  5. Coronavirus Update - Campus-Wide - March 11, 2020

    Madison College is committed to updated, quick response to coronavirus

    (MADISON, Wis.) March 11, 2020 – Madison College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. There have been three confirmed cases of the respiratory disease in Wisconsin—two current, one which has since tested negative.

    The one confirmed case in Dane County has no known association with Madison College.

    Madison College does not have residence halls, and its students primarily reside in private residences within our 12-county service district in Southcentral Wisconsin.

    What steps is Madison College taking to maintain student, staff health and safety?

    College leaders are working with CDC, Public Health Madison and Dane County and Wisconsin Department of Health Services to stay abreast of the fluid and changing situation and to share updates with the Madison College community.

    Dr. Jack Daniels, III, president of Madison College, has issued three statements regarding coronavirus, including one distributed on March 10 alerting staff and students to travel restrictions:

    • The college has suspended all upcoming out-of-state college-sponsored travel.
    • Employees and students who travel and return to Madison from a level 3 area must not return to campus for 14 days, even if they do not display symptoms.
    • The college community has been urged to reconsider non-essential personal and business travel.

    The college created a webpage containing information regarding campus status, college resources, preventive measures, travel restrictions and emergency preparations.

    Students and employees will receive updates via email and WolfPack Alerts, the college’s emergency alert system.

    The college continues to advise students, faculty and staff of what to do if they feel symptomatic, and urges them to contact their medical provider and stay away from classes, work and related events.

    What steps is Madison College taking to ensure continuity of teaching and learning?

    Madison College is preparing for academic continuity in the event of the suspension of on-campus learning. This would include a move to emergency remote instruction, for any time before the end of the spring semester. Presently, Madison College classes continue through Friday, March 13 and resume Monday, March 23, after the conclusion of spring break.

    Madison College will continue to stay abreast of national, state and county guidance and directives related to COVID-19 and communicate any future changes in its operations to its students, employees, and the public.

  6. Coronavirus Update - Campus-Wide - March 12, 2020

    Date: March 12, 2020

    TO: Students, Faculty and Staff

    FROM: Dr. Jack E. Daniels III, President

    SPECIAL BULLETIN: Spring Break extended for students to March 29

    Madison College will extend its Spring Break amid escalating concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19.

    Spring Break Extended through Sunday, March 29

    Spring Break is now March 14-29. No classes – in-person or online – will be held during this time. Madison College buildings will remain open and more details regarding online and alternative course plans beginning March 30 and beyond will be forthcoming.

    During the extended spring break:

    • Students should take personal items with them when leaving Madison College.
    • The Child and Family Center will be closed.
    • Madison College Shuttles will not operate.
    • Madison College buildings will remain open as the situation allows, with the exception of athletic and child-care facilities.

     

    Athletics

    • All Madison College current athletic team seasons are suspended.
    • All athletic facilities will be closed and may not be used for any purpose through April 5.

     

    Events and Travel

    • College events for 50 or more attendees on campus through April 5, are canceled.
    • Employee travel to college-supported events for 50 or more attendees is suspended. This supersedes communication sent March 10.
    • We discourage our students and staff from personal travel, both domestic and international.
    • Health officials advise against travel to places with coronavirus. It includes both international travel to Level 2 and 3 countries and domestic travel to states with more than 10 cases. That advisory now includes our neighboring states of Iowa and Illinois and numbers of cases are rapidly changing.
    • Those who do travel should self-monitor for fever, cough, or shortness of breath for 14-days after your return.  If you are experiencing those symptoms, self-isolate from others and contact your health care provider immediately. Do not come to campus if you are sick. 

     

    For College Employees

    • Employees should continue to report to work at their respective campuses.
    • Madison College buildings will remain open as the situation allows, with the exception of athletic and child-care facilities.
    • Any employee who is not feeling well or is immune deficient must stay home or work from home, if able. More detailed information will be sent to employees.

     

    Health recommendations

    If you are experiencing symptoms, self-isolate from others and call your health care provider or the GHC Nurse Connect line at 608-661-7350 immediately for advice on where to go for care. Do not come to the college campus if you are sick. 

     

    The Madison College community can help limit the spread of COVID-19. Limiting exposure among the Madison College community (more than 35,000 students, faculty and staff interacting throughout multiple facilities) is critical to the overall health of our greater communities. 

     

     Government and professional institutions devoted to this issue include:

     

    The situation continues to evolve every day as new cases of the virus are confirmed, and communities respond with new plans to contain outbreaks. We will continue to communicate with you. You can view the latest updates on Madison College’s policy, resources, and updates to COVID-19 on our website.

  7. Coronavirus Update - Press Release - March 13, 2020

    Madison College continues to plan for COVID-19 disruptions

    (MADISON, Wis.) March 13, 2020 – Madison College continues to make extensive plans and take proactive steps amid escalating concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday we announced Madison College will extend its Spring Break through March 29. No classes – in-person or online – will be held during this time.

    Madison College buildings will remain open (excluding athletic and child-care facilities).  All current Madison College athletic team seasons have been suspended. All athletic and fitness facilities and the campus Child and Family Center will be closed beginning March 14. 

     

    During spring break, administrators, faculty and staff will plan alternative modes of delivery and adjust campus learning spaces to ensure the safety of our communities.  Some courses may evolve into online delivery, alternative delivery modes that do not require face-to-face sessions, and possible small group lab work.  Examples of small group lab work include courses in areas such as manufacturing and health sciences.  Madison College will communicate with individual students prior to March 30 about how instruction will be delivered on a course-by-course basis.

    At this time, we have not determined how long we may be delivering courses via alternative learning formats.  College leaders are working with CDC, Public Health Madison and Dane County and Wisconsin Department of Health Services to make this determination.

    Dr. Jack Daniels, III, president of Madison College says, “The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priorities.”

    Daniels added, “We are working to find creative solutions to continue delivering high-quality learning to our students. Services such as financial aid, online tutoring, counseling and advising will remain accessible to students who need them.”  

    Madison College will be communicating updates via email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and at https://madisoncollege.edu/coronavirus

  8. Coronavirus Update - Athletic Seasons Suspended - March 13, 2020

    Madison College suspends athletic seasons

    (Madison, Wis.) March 13, 2020 - President Jack E. Daniels III and Athletic Director Steve Hauser announced yesterday that Madison College is canceling all athletic activities, including spring sports, for the foreseeable future.

    The decision, made with the health of our college and greater community in mind, is in response to growing concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19. The cancelation applies to all Madison College athletic teams. In addition, the college is closing all athletic facilities effective immediately. All events held at these facilities are canceled through April 5.

     

    “We are in full support of the measures taken by Dr. Daniels to protect the health and welfare of our Madison College athletics family. We know this is heart-breaking news to many of our athletes, particularly those who are in their final seasons with us,” Hauser said. “We also know that social distancing is a critical strategy in containing potential outbreaks. I want all of our athletes to understand this decision is in their best interest.”

  9. Coronavirus Update - All Facilities Closed - March 15, 2020

    Madison College is closing all facilities effective Monday, March 16 at 8 a.m. in response to escalating concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19. All facilities district-wide will be closed to the public and students through March 29.  Classes and activities scheduled from March 23 to March 29 are canceled in accordance with the previous announced extension of spring break.

     

    Employees will be receiving additional information via email. 

     

    Students currently enrolled in classes will receive next steps regarding their specific course from their faculty in the near future. At this time, we are planning alternative delivery modes of instruction that may not require face-to-face sessions beginning March 30.

     

    College leaders are continuing to consult with public health officials. We will continue to update you as new information as it becomes available. 

  10. Coronavirus Update - All Students - March 19, 2020

    DATE:     March 19, 2020

    TO:         All students

    FROM:   Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President

    RE:         SPECIAL BULLETIN: Facilities closing through May 15

     

    We’ve come to the difficult decision that all Madison College facilities will remain closed through the end of the spring semester, Friday, May 15, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Classes will resume in online delivery formats as appropriate and whenever possible beginning March 30. All college-wide activities are canceled until May 15. Faculty will provide students currently enrolled in classes with next steps regarding their specific courses before March 30.

    We want to assure you in this time of uncertainty that we are committed to doing what we can to help ease your fears. Our mission to serve our students and community is stronger than ever. Our goal is to continue to provide you with high-quality education so you can reach your academic and career goals. We understand there are many questions around graduation, financial aid and course structure. Let me assure you Madison College is working diligently to answer each and every one of your questions. 

    Current courses

    Students currently enrolled in classes will receive next steps regarding their specific course and online delivery from their instructor prior to March 30. 

    Access to Technology and Internet

    Madison College is exploring creative solutions for those of you who do not have a computer or internet access.

    Student Services

    Services provided by student affairs (online tutoring, counseling, and advising services) will be available for you via telephone and email.  Madison College employees will continue to work during this closure.

    Financial Aid

    We recognize each individual is facing unique challenges. We will do our best to address your concerns and will continue to guide you through this situation.  

     

    The Financial Aid Office is currently assessing how financial aid will be dispersed and will be contacting students directly regarding their disbursements. The Financial Aid Office is also awaiting guidance from US Department of Education on other issues related to financial aid.

     

    Bookstore

    Students can go online or call the bookstore to order books. The bookstore will ship books/materials to students free of cost.

     

    Commencement

    With deep regret, I must also share that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our spring Commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 15. While is I understand this is disappointing, we are exploring the possibility of a celebration, or series of celebrations, for our graduates in a different format. Please stay tuned for more details.

    We recognize the importance and significance of this event to both our students and their families who support them on their educational journey.

    Together we are facing many unknowns, disappointments and frustrations. The patience and understanding you have all shown is truly remarkable and our mission to serve our students and community is stronger than ever.

     

    We will continue to communicate with you. Watch your campus email, visit our website pages devoted to COVID-19 updates or follow news updates we provide on our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

  11. Coronavirus Update - Extended Closure - March 19, 2020

    Madison College extends closure of all facilities

    (MADISON, Wis.) March 19, 2020 – Madison College is extending the closure of all facilities until May 15, 2020 in response to escalating concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19. All facilities district-wide will remain closed. Classes will resume in online delivery formats as appropriate and whenever possible beginning March 30. All college-wide activities are canceled until May 15.

     Students currently enrolled in classes will receive next steps regarding their specific courses from their faculty before March 30. Students should watch their campus email, visit our website pages devoted to COVID-19 updates or follow news updates we provide on our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.  

    “This is an unprecedented time and we continue to put the safety of the entire Madison College community in the forefront of all of our decisions,” Madison College President Jack E. Daniels III said. “The college remains committed now more than ever to our mission of offering high quality, accessible education to our community. We continue to work together to help our students reach their personal and academic goals and also support our employees, who in turn are committed to supporting our students, through this challenging time.”

    College leaders are continuing to consult with public health officials. Updates will be posted as new information becomes available. Visit www.madisoncollege.edu for the most current information. 

  12. Coronavirus Update - Dr. Daniels' Video Message - March 20, 2020

  13. Coronavirus Update - Safer-at-Home Order - March 23, 2020

     

    From:            Jack E Daniels, III

    To:                 All Employees and Students

    Subject Line: SPECIAL BULLETIN: Safer-at-Home Order Effective March 23

     

    On Monday, March 23, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers informed the public of his intention to issue a “Safer-at-Home” executive order for Wisconsin residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

    To help protect our community, Madison College will grant extremely limited access only for essential facility, instructional and student support purposes. All college buildings will remain closed until May 15.

    I urge all students and staff members to adhere to the Governor’s directive to stay home. This will help us reach our collective goal to halt the spread of COVID-19.

    Please limit trips from home for only essential items such as getting food or medication. When you do go out, use caution. Limit contact with others and practice social distancing to halt the spread of COVID-19.

     I understand it is difficult to be away from family and friends. However, checking in with loved ones via call, text and video chat protects non only you—it protects them.

    In addition, please continue to practice good hygiene. The CDC states that washing your hands thoroughly and often is the best way to stop the spread of infections. Cover your nose when sneezing and coughing, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

    At Madison College, our first goal remains providing accessible, high-quality education for all. We are working to ensure this for you as we finish the semester with remote learning, our best, safest option. 

    We remain committed to each of you our students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to communicate with you as we have new information. Watch your campus email, visit our website pages devoted to COVID-19 updates or follow news updates we provide on our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.