Active cases
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Last updated 05/13/2022

Total: Total number of cases (Active and Recovered) among Students, Faculty, and Staff, both on and off campus, since tracking began for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Active: Positive cases not yet recovered.
Recovered: Able to resume normal activities.

As of Friday, May 13, 2022, we have suspended tracking cases for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

To date, no cases of COVID-19 among the community of Edgewood College have required hospitalization. 



Return to Better

We are committed to a return to classes on campus and in-person when the 2021-‘22 academic year gets underway.

Our students expect to engage with our outstanding faculty and with one another – both in and out of the classroom – and they expect to do that in-person, in one of the best college towns in America – Madison.  That's why we are committed to teaching and learning in classrooms, and in-person, this fall.

Our Return to Better Task Force is taking steps to make that happen - not to return to ‘normal,’ but to return to better, applying all the lessons we have learned and continue to learn through the experience of the pandemic.

Protocol Update - Masks Required Indoors

August 4, 2021

We are not out of this pandemic. Effective Thursday, August 5, 2021, masks are required inside campus buildings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This requirement applies to everyone - those who are fully-vaccinated, and those who are not. As a valued member of the community, you will hear when this latest update to our protocol is no longer necessary. We do this for each other, because from the beginning of this pandemic, we have shown each other and Greater Madison that we live our values of Community and Compassion.

Again - getting vaccinated – for all who are eligible – is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We urge each member of our community to be vaccinated. 

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students


July 1, 2021

As a community we have followed the guidance of our public health professionals since the beginning of this pandemic. The CDC and the Wis. Department of Health Services recommends that all who are eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Therefore, we too are strongly urging each member of our community to be vaccinated.

Students – we have created a simple form for you to update your COVID-19 vaccination status, and have sent you the link via email. You will indicate whether you have been vaccinated, whether you plan to but have not yet, or whether you do not plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Please complete this simple form now, and no later than Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

There will be continued updates for students as we approach our fall semester, including some very attractive reasons for completing the form. (Did someone say ‘big scholarships?’ And ‘free parking spaces?’) Please remember to check your email often throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please email If you need assistance finding a vaccination appointment, reach out, we are here to help! 

Enjoy your summer!

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Student, Faculty, and Staff Pledge 2020-21

Preventing the spread

In order to do everything we can to keep all of our community as safe as possible, the Edgewood College community will adhere to a number of safety protocols during the 2020-2021 Academic Year as a way of minimizing risk of the spread of COVID-19. These protocols are based on guidelines provided by Public Health Madison Dane County.

As a member of this Community, I will…

  • Wash my hands properly and regularly.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes.
  • Comply with posted Public Health Madison Dane County requirements.  
  • Wear a mask covering my nose and mouth while in indoor spaces.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Assist in the use of disinfectant wipes to clean shared public workspaces prior to use.
  • Take reasonable precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 both on- and off-campus.
  • Avoid public places and minimize interpersonal contacts if I have been exposed or have any symptoms of any illness.
  • Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the College and follow any instructions to seek medical care or to quarantine.
  • Agree to be tested for COVID-19, as prescribed by health care professionals. Agree to be cooperative and flexible as we work together to support one another and give our community the best balance of learning and safety.

COVID-19 Reporting for 2020-21

We tracked positive cases of COVID-19 beginning in August of 2020. Data includes students, faculty, and staff. This data includes both on-campus and off-campus students, faculty, and staff. We reached a peak of active cases (28) on September 19-20, 2020. 

For 2020-21, we managed a total of 171 positive cases. None of those cases are associated with on-campus transmission. No case required hospitalization, and all cases reported as recovered.



Covid-19 Updates

These pages are a resource for students, parents, and our entire community.


Fall 2020 Update – Perseverance, and the Spring Semester Calendar

Dear Students and Colleagues –

There is a quote, attributed to British politician Walter Elliot, that goes “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”  I think that’s fitting for where we find ourselves this semester. We continue our shared work, managing challenges and setbacks one after the other.

Students, faculty, and staff have done a remarkable job, but it has not been easy. We adjusted the Fall semester calendar to limit days off, based on the best information we had at the time that decision needed to be made. I’ve heard your feedback on this semester, and have asked a team to assess the best way forward for the Spring semester. Based on that assessment, we will not make any changes to the Spring Semester 2021 as it is scheduled. If you take this as a positive announcement, then let’s call that a ‘short race we’ve won.’ Your stepping up and following the protocols we have in place this semester played an important part in reaching that decision. We may need to adjust those protocols based on circumstances in the Spring (if folks travel, etc.) but we’ll go with what we know: The Spring 2021 semester proceeds as scheduled—with spring break and Easter recess—and we will continue our practice of in-person classes with remote options for both students and faculty, based on their circumstance. College is hard (as it should be) and we all need breaks to keep us on a path to reach our goals.

Election is upon us. If you’ve been on campus you’ve perhaps noticed a steady stream of voters making their way to the Predolin Commons for early voting. That process ends Friday October 30. On Tuesday, November 3, the Oscar Rennebohm Library will serve as a polling place for Ward 65. I’d like to point out two resources if you have questions about registering to vote, and where to vote. First, is an excellent way to check the status of your own voter registration. Next, our Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement has done an excellent job of sharing information and coordinating our community’s participation in this critical civic duty. If you have a question about registering to vote, how to vote, where to vote, etc., email and they will assist. It is NOT too late to register to vote and to cast a ballot. National Stress Awareness Day is in April, but I think we’re all experiencing plenty of it right now. There is a great deal of stress surrounding this general election – many are feeling it, and if you are you are not alone. I am aware that our ALANA and LGBTQ+ colleagues may be feeling the stress of the upcoming election particularly acutely. To you I say the Edgewood College community is stronger because you are part of it. We will stand with you and support you through this election. And we reaffirm our commitment to respectful dialog and disagreement across ideological divides. Those who cannot cast a vote can still participate in the dialog. Please get informed and make your voice heard.

I have served as President at Edgewood College for five months now. I have to admit it feels longer than that. But what gets me up every day – what inspires me to persevere – is you, our community. I am grateful for each of you. Let’s win the short races each day, and support each other. Wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, and tighten your social circles.

Let’s keep it up, and let’s do it for each other.

Be well.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.