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Campus open for essential functions only; no in-person final exams Thursday

In response to blizzard warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Madison and Dane County, UW-Madison will be open only for essential operations Thursday.  Scheduled, in-person final exam meetings will not be held.

Read below for details on how you may be impacted:

Students: Students who have finals scheduled for Thursday are asked to await information from their instructors. Instructors have been directed to offer alternative final exams or make grade evaluations based on work to date. Finals on Friday and Saturday are expected to be held as scheduled.

Instructors: Instructors who have finals scheduled for Thursday are directed to contact their students with alternate plans, based on Wednesday’s instructions from the Provost’s Office. If you have questions or need support, contact your department chair or dean’s office. In-person exam meetings cannot be held or re-scheduled to Friday or Saturday.

Employees: Employees designated as essential should report to work, following their departmental policies. Other employees will need to use available leave (vacation, personal holiday or compensatory time), or leave without pay, as appropriate to cover the absence. With supervisor approval (if needed), employees may also work at home or in an alternate location. Check with your supervisor if you have questions. Refer to these employee guidelines for more information.

Campus is expected to reopen for normal business Friday. More information about Friday’s status will be provided later on Thursday.

If you have special circumstances and have additional questions, email

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