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.


Eagle Families Email Sent

The first week of fully online classes was – as expected – not without challenges; the Technology Assistance Center continues to provide support for students, faculty, and staff as our community moves into new forms of excellence in teaching and learning. 

Some faculty report feeling ‘surprised’ at how well the week transpired; one professor pointed out as each student has their own WebEx account, group projects and group discussions are easily facilitated. Special praise is reserved for the staff of the Oscar Rennebohm Library, the professor added, for doing great work, especially assisting students in using the technology each has available to maximize online learning. 

Dr. Heather Harbach, Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students, sent a communication this afternoon to parents of our undergraduate students. It appears below: 

“Dear Eagle Families,  

I hope this message finds you all well as we adjust to new ways of living, learning, and working. For the past weeks, I and the dedicated staff and faculty of Edgewood College have been diligently preparing for the transition to virtual learning as well as building out systems to keep your students safe and thriving. We take our commitment to your student’s Edgewood College experience seriously; it is our top priority as we make these adjustments.    

Our past communications have been completely centered around your students. As things changed quickly, regularly by the day, we wanted our students to have the most complete information. We recognize that some of our students may not have the support system in place as others may, so we worked to communicate directly with them. Today, I’m able to take a moment and communicate with you, our Eagle Families community. I’m so glad to include you all along this journey, and be a resource for you all if you need me!  

Some of you have reached out to ask for information and updates regarding changes. We are happy to answer those questions, and recognize that these transitions impact you just as significantly as they impact your students. You can reach us at or at 608-663-2212. Our staff are working from home and still have access to information, phone, video chat services, and email, all so we can serve you and your students.    

Another excellent resource for updates is our COVID-19 update page. We recognize that your students, while juggling new ways of learning and living, may not always share every email they receive. We post every campus communication to this website, as well as helpful resources available to our community. This website is updated daily, and has a complete history of any previous communications.    

I want to stress that resources and support are still available for you and your student. Our values run strong, especially right now those of compassion and community.  During times in our world of drastic change, uncertainty, fear, our Edgewood College community pulls together to support our purpose: to provide your student with an excellent education and college experience. We are not wavering in this commitment, and we also look forward to the times when we are back to seeing each other face-to-face.    

I wish you strength, comfort, and health during this time.  We are here for your students now, and many years into the future.  

Heather Harbach 

Dr. Heather Harbach, Ed.D ‘17  
Vice President for Student Development