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The university’s transition to residential teaching, learning and research in the spring 2021 semester will be done in a measured, disciplined way that provides for the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, employees and the greater community. UW will move through each of the following steps while continually evaluating the safety of all constituents.


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Jan. 14-31

To mitigate the impact of possibly infected students returning to campus from across the country and beyond, during this period students will be allowed to attend in-person classes, participate in work and worship engagements, and be outside; but they are expected to limit their in-person contacts to people living on the same floor of a residence hall or the same apartment/residence.

Additionally, students and employees are expected to follow Centers for Disease Control guidance upon returning from winter break, including reducing nonessential activities for up to 10 days and being tested for COVID-19 three to five days following return.

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Jan. 21-22

The spring semester will begin with two days of online-only instruction Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22.


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Jan. 25-March 30

During this period, a combination of online and face-to-face learning with online components will be offered to allow for greatest flexibility and to provide students with the in-person experience where feasible.

  • Face to Face: We anticipate a significant portion of classes this spring will have a face-to-face component. These in-person classes will continue to be held in classrooms that are arranged to meet social distancing requirements, which means there could be alternating days when students attend face-to-face and when they complete assignments virtually.
  • Hybrid/HyFlex: A portion of courses will include a mix of face-to-face synchronous, remote synchronous, and remote asynchronous online instruction.
  • Fully Online: The remaining courses will be fully online classes that are either synchronous where students are required to be online, often via Zoom, on a specific day or time; or asynchronous, where students are given deadlines for assignments and they complete them at their own pace.

UW will continue measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including a rigorous testing program; requirements for face protection and physical distancing; and limits on gatherings.

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March 31-May 14

Following an abbreviated March 31-April 4 spring break, all classes will move to online delivery, with the final day of classes May 6 and finals week May 10-14.

The university intends to facilitate making a COVID-19 vaccine available as soon as possible to mitigate transmission of the virus and allow the other preventative measures to be more effective. However, it’s uncertain when students and employees will have access to the vaccine. As a result, the move to online-only course delivery following spring break follows the same rationale for the decision to go online during the fall semester following Thanksgiving break: to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission that would be caused by students leaving campus and then returning.


Contact Info

Contact UW’s COVID-19 Response Team by calling  (307) 766-COVD (2683) or emailing

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