The majority of students are following public health guidelines, Blank said, but the university’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is investigating 300 students for virus-related violations, the most egregious of which include hosting parties or violating a quarantine or isolation order.
Eight students have received emergency suspensions, according to UW-Madison spokesman Meredith McGlone.
Blank’s biggest concern, she said, lies in how the university should operate the rest of the semester, a question that depends on what conditions will change between now and then.
One variable is student behavior and what lessons they take away from a two-week quarantine.
Another will be the hiring of an unspecified number of additional contact tracers to university staff. Blank said the goal is for UW-Madison to handle all of its student and staff cases, including those tested off-campus.