Sept. 4, 2020: In coordination with UW–Madison, Public Health Madison & Dane County directs members of nine UW–Madison fraternities and sororities with off-campus live-in chapter houses to quarantine for at least 14 days in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their members.
- Public Health Madison & Dane County Order (PDF)
- News Release: University, Public Health Madison & Dane County Act to Stop COVID-19 Spread in Fraternity and Sorority Houses
- Web Chat: Update for Fraternity and Sorority Life (Sept. 5, 2020)
If a student tests positive, how do they get to an isolation space for live-in members?
A student who receives a positive test notification should contact their house corporation board or advisor immediately. They will gather some information from the student to submit to the Fraternity and Sorority Life team. The goal is to get a student into an isolation space the same day, depending on when the FSL team can connect with students to deliver keys for isolation spaces. In the meantime, a COVID-positive student who is in their chapter house should coordinate a roommate or someone in the house to pack for them. We encourage members to have a packed bag ready to go in preparation.
The FSL team is available to answer questions by email or phone. The student guide for isolation is also a helpful resource.
Fraternity & Sorority Life has space dedicated for use by members that live in chapter facilities. Isolation is for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. This space is limited and reserved for live-in chapter members. In order to access this space, students must contact their chapter advisor and/or house corporation board member.
Students should be in regular contact with their professors, as always, and should notify them in the event that they are unable to complete their coursework as planned. The instructor will work with the student to provide alternative ways to complete the work.
Location: Zoe Bayliss, 915 W. Johnson
- There is a microwave on the first floor
- Each room has a refrigerator
- Campus WiFi is available
- Common spaces are professionally cleaned
Students in isolation space will be able to have things delivered via a tent near the back of the building. This includes, but is not limited to, meals/groceries and personal items.
- Only leave room to use the restroom, pick up deliveries, use communal space/amenities or take out trash unless there is a facility evacuation or medical emergency.
- Wear a face covering and wash hands prior to leaving their room.
- Do not attend class, work, or any events/gatherings in person.
- Do not move rooms. Students are required to stay in their assigned room.
- Monitor symptoms and complete the COVID-19 Health Screen daily.
- Stay in communication with UHS and contact tracers as required.
- Call 911 or UHS at 608-265-5600 if symptoms worsen and there is need for medical attention.
- Call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 9) if experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. This is a crisis line staffed 24/7.
- No visitors at the isolation facility.
- Limit deliveries to the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and essential items only.
- Alcohol and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the isolation facility.
- Smoking and the use of controlled substances is prohibited in the isolation facility. This includes vaping. Students may not leave the facility to smoke.
- Residents in the isolation facility may not use cooking appliances, other than what is provided in the guest room or communal area.
- All pets are prohibited in the isolation facility. Service animals are allowed per ADA guidelines.
- Remove trash from room to the appropriate receptacle outside.
- Respect the quite of hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- Treat a roommate (if given one) with dignity and respect. Students isolating together should communicate boundaries, school schedules, etc., to ensure a comfortable stay in isolation.
- Return keys on the last day of isolation before returning to the chapter facility.
- Students are responsible for room keys and will be responsible for the cost to replace lost or damaged keys.
- Students are responsible for the provided items in their rooms and will be responsible for the cost to replace or repair any damages caused by the student.
Questions and Answers
What are the expectations of members that live-in if they have to quarantine?
Students are requested to quarantine at their facility or permanent residence. If live-in members have to quarantine in their facility, students/members who do not live in the facility cannot visit the house. Students in quarantine should let their instructors know in cases where they will not be able to attend class so that alternate plans can be made.
If an entire chapter has to quarantine, how can its members access basic needs?
Members should talk to their house corp/advisor and student leader about what amenities their chapter facility supplies (for example, laundry, meal services, toiletries, etc.). Be clear on how food deliveries will be handled as well as drop-offs for other basic necessities.
What are students supposed to do during a quarantine that lasts at least 14 days?
Students should remain in their residence, wear a face covering when interacting with others, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, maintain social distance, and isolate themselves if they become symptomatic. They cannot leave the house except for testing and/or medical care. Students/Members who do not live in the residence cannot visit the house.
Academically, students should be in regular contact with their professors and should notify them in the event that they are unable to complete their coursework as planned. The instructor will work with the student to provide alternative ways to complete the work.
Can I go home (or pick up my student) to isolate or quarantine?
Following guidance from public health experts, we recommend that students asked to quarantine do not travel and remain at their fraternity or sorority house where they can be monitored and be with their friends. We recommend that students who are required to isolate travel in a private vehicle directly to the location where they will be isolating. However, this is an individual decision. We recommend that families assess whether household members are at higher risk before bringing their student home. The student may put family members, friends and community at risk for 14 days after exposure. The CDC reports that travel increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.
Public Health Enforcement
How do we report chapters that aren’t adhering to university policy and/or public health rules?
Collect as much detailed information as you can — date, time, observations, names, addresses, photos/videos — and fill out a COVID-19 Public Health Concern Form. You can submit the report anonymously, but not providing your name and contact information could significantly impede the university’s ability to address the incident.
Can students who don’t sign the Badger Pledge legally face disciplinary action?
Yes. Regardless of whether or not they sign the pledge, students are held responsible for their actions according to UW System Chapter 17: Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures, in particular, if “conduct indicates that the student presented or may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of himself, herself or others.”
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