Smart restart: Engineering COVID-19 updates

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Smart restart graphicThe university has announced plans for reopening in fall 2020, with modifications that ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community is a priority. Read about these plans as they emerge and evolve at the Smart Restart website.

Although faculty, staff and students at UW-Madison have been working and learning remotely, we also are approaching each new challenge and experience with open minds and an eye toward innovation. We are continuing our core mission of teaching and research. And as we look to the future, we see opportunity: To do things differently, and better. To work together on solving both old and new problems, and to make a difference in the lives of people in communities near and far.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty, staff and students have responded quickly with solutions that leverage their expertise and draw on partnerships with campus and industry colleagues.

We also know that the pandemic has affected each of you in different ways—and that the ways in which you expected to interact with the College of Engineering might look a bit different. What has not changed is that we are focused on you, your safety, and ways to support your success.

Engineering impact during COVID-19

We are continuing to provide leadership in COVID-19 solutions not only for our community and state, but on a global scale. Read more about some of this work.

Engineering students

The university plans to welcome students back to campus in fall 2020, but with modifications that help maintain the safety and health of our entire campus community. Even if you are learning remotely, you can still access the information and services you need.

  • UW-Madison’s Smart Restart plans: Visit the Smart Restart website for the most up-to-date information related to your return to campus in fall 2020.
  • General engineering student info: Our FAQ for students page covers many topics, including instruction and technology support, grading, progression, academic support and tutoring, advising, financial aid, career services, student organizations, health and well-being, and others. This page also includes answers to common graduate student questions.
  • Physical wellness and mental health: All UW–Madison students have access to SilverCloud, a no-cost cognitive behavioral health resource available 24/7. Students can call the UHS Mental Health Crisis Line 24/7 at 608-265-5600 (option 9).

Our engineering community

  • Information about campus operations: Visit the university’s Smart Restart website for information on campus reopening plans. Engineering faculty, staff and students are returning to campus, on a limited basis, to conduct research. Engineering buildings remain closed to those who have not received access permission.
  • Campus resources for employees: This page provides information about or links to topics that include furlough, leave, working remotely, wellbeing, and more.
  • Physical wellness and mental health: All UW–Madison faculty and staff have access to SilverCloud, a no-cost cognitive behavioral health resource available 24/7. Employees can call the Employee Assistance Office at 608-263-2987. Employees also have access to Life Matters, a free and confidential statewide service that provides 24/7 telephone and text support for employees’ personal and work-related concerns.

Author: Staff