Spring 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. 

See our Spring 2021 checklist for all you need to know before school starts.

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. 

If you come to campus:

  • Complete your COVID screening 1 to 3 hours before arriving. Be prepared to show your phone upon entry.  
  • Wear a washable face covering before entering and while on campus. Students should contact Disability Resource Services for exemption if health reasons prevent you from wearing a face covering.
  • Wear a washable face covering before entering and while on campus. Face covering guidelines have been updated to follow our local public health orders.            

    • 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.

    • Students should contact Disability Resource Services for exemption if health reasons prevent you from wearing a face covering.

    • Face coverings will be available at all screener stations and front desks to individuals that do not meet the requirements.

  • Leave non-essential items at home or in your car.  
  • See parking and entrance hours listed by campus. Your dean or a faculty member will notify you if you are required to enter from another door. 
  • Maintain a 6 to 8 feet physical distance from others. 
  • Adhere to signs and traffic patterns posted for your safety. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. If you must, use provided hand sanitizer often.  


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.

The COVID screener was modified on September 23, 2020 to include additional questions designed to help ensure the health and safety of our campus community and to improve the ease of use.


COVID-19 dashboard

The health and safety of the Madison College community is our top priority. We are committed to providing up-to-date COVID-19 case information, and continues to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local health protocols. 

The current Madison College COVID-19 Dashboard is updated on Fridays. 

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.


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?


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). 


What to expect while in class

Required safety protocols

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

  • Upon campus entry, report directly to your assigned room. 
  • Do not congregate in lounge or common areas. 
  • Make sure your attendance is recorded for both your records and for contract tracing if needed. 
  • Use restrooms nearest your classrooms. Otherwise stay in your classroom at all times.  
  • 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.).
  • Touch only the materials and surfaces assigned to you in class. Spot clean your area when finished (unless directed otherwise by faculty). 
  • Everyone is asked to maintain good hygiene with frequent handwashing. 
  • Students should report to campus only when they have class or pre-scheduled meetings to minimize the number of people on campus. 
  • After class, exit immediately through the main entrance.  

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 direct concerns to our COVID Screener at CovidScreener@madisoncollege.edu or 608.243.4880. 


Academic instruction

Make progress toward your degree with our wide array of online and hybrid courses. The Spring 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. Spring 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, 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 Spring. 


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 – COVID Impact Grant
Cover unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 with emergency assistance from the COVID Impact Grant.

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.

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 spring.

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.