UW-Madison mandates tests for unvaccinated staff, students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for employees and students who can't show proof of vaccination.

The school announced in a news release Wednesday that testing will begin Aug. 30.

Anyone who refuses will be held "accountable."

The university instituted an indoor mask mandate earlier this month.

The Legislature's Republican-controlled rules committee voted that day to require UW System get the panel's approval on COVID-19 policies.

A university spokeswoman said details of consequences would be shared with "those affected."

She referred questions about the committee to a system spokesman, who pointed to system President Tommy Thompson's July remarks in which he promised the system would act independently to keep campuses open.

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