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UW-Madison re-opens Thursday at noon after arctic blast

UW-Madison re-opens Thursday at noon after arctic blast

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Snow covers Abe Lincoln statue at UW. State Journal photo (copy)

Abe Lincoln, wearing a snow shawl on top of Bascom Hill on the UW-Madison campus. Classes and work will resume middday Thursday.

UW-Madison's thousands of students and employees will return to normal operations midday Thursday.

Classes that start at 1 p.m. or later on Thursday will be held. Students who cannot attend should contact their instructor.

Campus events that start at noon or later are allowed to proceed, but those attending should contact the event organizer to confirm that the event will be held as scheduled.

Faculty and staff should return to work at noon Thursday when campus buildings unlock, though some services may not be available immediately. More detailed information will be posted on

Employees who are unable to report to work should contact their supervisor. An employee who reasonably determines that it is not safe to travel will not be subject to discipline, according to the university.

Supervisors should make an effort to afford employees flexibility with scheduling. This may include allowing employees to work from home, make up work over the weekend or take leave time.

The University of Wisconsin System offices located on UW-Madison's campus in Van Hise Hall are closed until 7:30 a.m. Friday.


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