In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the statutory, regulatory, and policy landscape is rapidly changing. To ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors to UW institutions, UW System has created a COVID-19 Interim Policy Resources website for staff to use as resource on already granted regulatory flexibilities and other regulatory relief and flexibility from state or federal law, Board of Regents policies, and other deadlines and operational issues.

As your institutions identify needs for regulatory flexibility, such as extensions to deadlines or waivers of requirements, whether from federal or state law, Board of Regent policy or System policy, please submit requests to President Ray Cross at, and copy David Volz. These requests should be submitted by Chancellors or their designee and should identify the type of relief requested with a detailed justification and point of contact at the institution. All requests will be monitored by a team at UW System and will be routed accordingly for evaluation. Determinations will be posted to the web site, along with flexibilities or waivers that have already been granted by state or federal agencies.

In addition to making more updates to the COVID-19 web site, a new tool has also been created for UW System and UWSA employees to ask questions about coronavirus-specific topics. You can access the link on the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.  This will require you to log in with your campus credentials.

Finally, given that information around this issue is changing on a daily basis, the State Relations newsletter will be updated with important information as it comes in rather than doing the weekly e-mail on Mondays. Please continue to reach out to Jeff Buhrandt, Deej Lundgren, or David Specht-Boardman with any questions or concerns.