Fall 2021 at Madison College
Be smart. Stay safe.
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.
Looking for information for Fall 2021? See our new term checklist for all you need to know before school starts.
Coming to campus
To reflect changes in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and county health agencies, the college has updated its health and safety protocols for Phase 2.
If you come to campus:
Face coverings recommended
- Wearing a face covering while on campus is no longer required. Individuals opting to wear face coverings while on campus are encouraged to continue to do so. Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.
- If you choose to wear a face covering, please follow these guidelines:
Face covering means a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely.
A face covering must be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head and must fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face.
Cloth face coverings must be made with two or more layers of breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
A face covering does not include bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose, or masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
Physical distancing recommended
- Physical distancing of 6 feet or more while on campus is recommended, but it is no longer required.
- Signage indicating physical distances, elevator practices and room capacities will remain to assist those choosing to follow the recommendation.
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- 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.
Vaccinations for COVID-19
You can be vaccinated for COVID-19 for no charge at a site near you. Visit vaccines.gov for help finding a vaccine.
What if I test positive?
Find answers to this and other questions about your next steps after COVID.
Students are asked to disclose to the college if they or a household member tests positive. We ask that you email our COVID Screener, or complete this reporting form. Reports of results are confidential.
Where can I find specific COVID-19 data from CDC and the counties served by Madison College?
- Public Health Madison and Dane County COVID information
- Columbia County Public Health COVID information
- Dodge County Public Health COVID information
- Jefferson County Health Department COVID information
- Marquette County Health Department COVID information
- Sauk County Public Health COVID information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID information
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 and offers an expanded list of student health services now including tele-visits, Flu and COVID testing. These services are available to degree credit students presently enrolled in a face-to-face instruction course at the Madison campus, or enrolled in an online course. See here for our testing services guidelines.
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).
Face coverings are required at all GHC clinics.
Safety is everyone's responsibility
Maintaining a healthy campus will take the commitment of our entire community.
In circumstances where members of our community do not feel safe addressing and educating others about our safety protocols, please direct concerns to our COVID Screener at CovidScreener@madisoncollege.edu or 608.243.4880.
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.
Find the resources you need to be successful.
Get help balancing school, work and home.
Join us for online learning tools to help you succeed. You'll leave with your own toolbox!
Take advantage of this list of college and community resources.
Remote Learning Tips
Preparation and tips for success in remote learning environments.
Madison College will provide you with a laptop and access to Wi-Fi.
Madison College is now open for campus tours.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org (students and guests) OR email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation.