Updated: 10/15/2020

For more information on the UW System response to Coronavirus, please see the University of Wisconsin System Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness website.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the statutory, regulatory, and policy landscape is rapidly changing to best ensure the health safety of students, employees, and visitors to UW institutions. The University of Wisconsin System is subject to federal and state law, the Wisconsin administrative code, regent policy documents, and UW System administrative policies. In response to the pandemic, new temporary policies may be developed or existing policies may be temporarily modified or suspended. The list of  interim statutory, regulatory and policy actions listed below provide stakeholders information about changes that have been enacted to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Regulations and Guidance

General Resources from Agencies and Associations







Federal Student Aid/Title IV

Federal Work Study

FERPA Guidance

Human Resources

Immigration, International Travel and Study Abroad

Precollege and Youth Programs




Another compilation of federal guidance from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities can be found here.

Wisconsin State Law

Wisconsin Administrative Code

Interim Regent Policy Document Actions

Interim Regent Policy Documents Approved

TitleRelated RPDLast Approved DateExpiration Date
Interim Regent Policy Document Waiver #05: UW System Freshman Admissions Policy ACT/SAT Requirements Waiver for UW-Madison7-3July 27, 2020December 31, 2020


TitleRelated RPDLast Approved DateExpiration Date
Interim Regent Policy Document Waiver #01: COVID-19 Grants and Contracts Waiver13-1June 8, 2020December 31, 2020
Interim Regent Policy Document Waiver #02: COVID-19 Leasing of Real Property Waiver13-2June 8, 2020December 31, 2020


Interim System Administrative Policy Actions

Interim Policies Approved

Interim PolicyLast Revised DateExpiration Date
SYS 1000-01, Interim: Information Security: Awareness Training ExtensionMarch 25, 2020determined by the UW System President

Interim PolicyLast Revised DateExpiration DateSuspension Date
SYS 1200-02, Interim: COVID-19 Leave PolicyOctober 1, 2020December 31, 2020 
SYS 1200-03, Interim: FMLA ExpansionOctober 1, 2020December 31, 2020 
SYS 1200-04, Interim: FurloughMay 20, 2020June 30, 2022 
SYS 1200-05, Interim: Vacation, Compensatory Time, and Personal Holiday CarryoverApril 27, 2020June 30, 2021 
SYS 1200-06, Interim: University Staff Vacation and Personal Holiday CarryoverOctober 8, 2020December 31, 2021 

Expired Interim Policies

For a listing of SYS interim policy actions that have expired, see the Expired Interim Policy Actions page.