Fall 2020 at Madison College

Your health and safety are at the forefront of our return to campus plans and our commitment to providing you with a high-quality, affordable education is unwavering.  

One thing is certain in these uncertain times -- our support for you will never change. Madison College will adapt to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

Madison College is committed to providing a safe space for all students, employees and staff. Negative attitudes and fear during the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to discrimination against people and communities. Prejudiced behavior violates our values and our policies and should be reported. If you experience or observe harassment or discrimination, Madison College’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy outlines the procedure for filing a complaint. Madison College does not tolerate discrimination of any type. We strive to provide an educational environment free from harassment.

Coming to campus

What to expect when you arrive
Watch this short video to find out how to prepare for a trip to campus. Check out the protocols we have in place to keep you safe and healthy.

To ensure your safety, please only come to campus:  

  • If your class requires it. 
  • For scheduled appointments with student services. 
  • To pick up books and class supplies. 

Be prepared for COVID screening and wear your mask. We will supply you with a mask if you don’t have one.  

COVID screener is required

Every day, between 1 and 3 hours before you arrive on campus, you must complete the mandatory screening questionnaire.

  • Take the COVID screener survey. Answer honestly and completely.
  • Scan the QR code for quick access on your phone.






  • Your result is either a green good-to-go checkmark or a red no-go stop sign.
  • Take a screenshot of the checkmark which includes the date.
  • If you get the stop sign prompt, the screener’s contact information will pop-up so you can reach out. At the same time, the screener will receive your survey results and will get in touch to review your symptoms.
  • Students – contact your instructors if you are required to stay home.
  • If you aren’t able to complete the screening survey online, please call the COVID screening coordinator at 608-243-4880 or email CovidScreener@madisoncollege.edu.


COVID-19 symptoms

To be on campus you must be free of any COVID-19 symptoms or have been evaluated and cleared by your health care provider. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website contains additional information regarding COVID-19.


Please monitor these symptoms daily:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Testing for COVID-19

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you have been exposed to the virus, you can be tested for free.


Positive test results
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has, please see these guidelines from Public Health Madison and Dane County.

Students are asked to disclose to the college if they or a household member tests positive. If your test is positive, we ask that you report your results to the Dean of Students. County health officials will initiate contact tracing. Test results are confidential.

Returning to campus after a positive test
You can return to campus when:

  1. You have been fever-free for three days without using fever-reducing medication.
  2. Your other symptoms have improved.
  3. It has been at least 10 days since your symptoms started.

Taking care of ALL of you

Staying apart but together presents its own physical and emotional challenges. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression for any reason, we will support you. 

Counseling Services will help you navigate student life during the pandemic and after. Appointments are in person and online.


Health resources at GHC

The Madison College Community Clinic - a GHC branch located at Truax Campus - remains open for students. It is not a COVID testing site. 

You can call the GHC Nurse Connect Line at 608.661.7350 to find out where you should go for care. The phone line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week (24/7). 


What to expect while on campus

New required safety protocols

Madison College will require everyone in our community to follow new safety protocols:

  • COVID health screener will be required daily for anyone entering any Madison College building. 
  • Cloth face coverings may always be required in all campus property, including classrooms and labs. The face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times.
  • Physical distancing guidelines must be followed on all college property. This requires you to remain at least 6-8 feet apart from other individuals, unless the core activity requires a shorter distance with additional PPE for safety (e.g., gloves, face shields, gowns, etc.)
  • Students should report to campus only when they have class or pre-scheduled meetings to minimize the number of people on campus.
  • Everyone entering our buildings may be asked to display their Madison College One Card for identification.
  • Everyone is asked to maintain good hygiene with frequent handwashing.

Madison College will follow stringent cleaning protocols in accordance with public health and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. New signs in all buildings will help you navigate traffic patterns and maintain social distancing. In addition, plexiglass shields at service counters have been installed for added protection. More seating has been added outside of our buildings, and seating within our buildings has been decreased to provide for safe distancing. 


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Safety is everyone's responsibility

Maintaining a healthy campus will take the commitment of our entire community. Everyone must follow our new safety protocols.

Failure to comply:

The College takes the safety of all community members seriously and expects all individuals to become familiar with and comply with all expectations within this policy. Community members who violate this policy may be restricted from campus for the day. A repeated violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for students and employment release for employees. For third parties (e.g., guests, contractors), it may result in removal from campus property or termination of a specific lease/permit/contract.

College community members who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or other health condition should contact Disability Resource Services (for students and guests) or Human Resources (for employees) to discuss reasonable accommodations.

Reporting a concern:

We each play a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our College community safe. Every community member is encouraged to address peers, colleagues, and students who may need a friendly reminder of social distancing and face-covering requirements. All Madison College students and employees have the right to respectfully ask college community members to wear a face covering if they are not wearing one in a required setting. If members of the campus community do not have a face covering, they should be directed to a Welcome Center or Public Safety Services and a mask will be provided.

In circumstances where members of our community do not feel safe addressing and educating others about this policy, or if there are repeated violations of this policy, please submit a concern [insert online form]. Student concerns may also be referred to the Dean of Students Office by email deanofstudents@madisoncollege.edu(link sends e-mail).


Academic instruction

Make progress toward your degree with our wide array of online and hybrid courses. The Fall schedule is flexible, offering you options that fit your learning style and ensures the health and safety of the Madison College community. While most classes have online and online live formats, those that require in-person instruction will have a hybrid format which combines in-person and online instruction.  Fall revisions continue daily, but we anticipate approximately 70% of our courses will be offered in remote formats. For programs, credentials and courses that require some in-person instruction, the focus is on hybrid delivery. Fully in-person classes will be extremely limited to targeted occupational programs. All classroom capacities have been adjusted to allow for safe physical distancing.


If the college needs to pivot to fully online instruction before Thanksgiving, after which all courses will be online wherever possible, contingency plans are in place to minimize disruption and maximize your ability to successfully complete your classes. If your program requires in-person classes and you cannot attend, advisors and faculty will help you find alternatives that fit your schedule and keep you on track to your goals.


Students will be offered the Credit/No Credit grade option again this fall. 


Student services

Student Support 

Find the resources you need to be successful.

On Campus Resources 

Get help balancing school, work and home.

Digital Backpack Workshop Series

Join us for online learning tools to help you succeed. You'll leave with your own toolbox!

Financial Aid – CARES Funding
Cover unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 with emergency assistance from the Madison College CARES Fund.

Health and Community Resources

Take advantage of this list of college and community resources.

Remote Learning Tips
Preparation and tips for success in remote learning environments.

Student Appointments
Our student appointments are online. Access support virtually.

Technology Support 

Madison College will provide you with a laptop and access to Wi-Fi.

Visit Us and Events

Visit us virtually with a variety of events. Madison College is not hosting any in-person events this fall.

Covid-19 and other infectious diseases and viruses are active in our local communities. While Madison College cannot guarantee that our campus is free of infectious disease, with everyone working together we can reduce the risk of transmission of these diseases within our community. We have adopted rules that are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of these diseases and viruses on campus. The rules are based on guidance and recommendations from state and local health experts and authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control, and more.  We expect that all students, staff and faculty will become familiar with the rules and comply with them as part of an overall effort to make our campus as safe as possible. We take the safety of our students, faculty and staff seriously. Failure to comply with the rules may lead to disciplinary action up to and including exclusion from campus. Questions about the rules should be directed to Geraldo VilaCruz PhD., Dean of Students, 608-243-4555 / deanofstudents@madisoncollege.edu (students and guests) OR employeerelations@madisoncollege.edu. Thank you for your cooperation.