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Russian Flagship COVID-19 Plans and Response

This page will be continuously updated. If you have immediate questions or concerns related to the Russian Flagship Program, please reach out to any member of the Russian Flagship leadership team through e-mail or Microsoft Teams. Please note that all Russian Flagship faculty and staff are currently working remotely.


All tutoring will be conducted virtually using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams. In-person tutoring will remain suspended until further notice. For details on tutoring assignments, please view the tabs for each term below.

In-person tutoring will remain suspended until further notice. Tutoring assignments will be available at the beginning of the fall semester. Please check back for more information.

Students enrolled in (1) intensive summer Russian coursework at UW-Madison, (2) virtual RLASP, or (3) the 2020-21 Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program are invited to participate in optional, drop-in tutoring during the 8-week summer session (June 15-August 9). Please check your e-mail for more information or contact Laura Marshall for assistance.

Beginning March 23 (following spring break), in-person tutoring will be suspended for the remainder of the semester.

For students in first- and second-year Russian: Group tutoring is canceled for the remainder of the semester. We encourage you to keep up your Russian using the program’s online language learning resources.

For students in third-year Russian or above: Group tutoring is canceled for the remainder of the semester. Instead, you will each receive two hours of individual tutoring (online). Your updated tutoring assignments are available on Canvas.

Cybersecurity Considerations

DoIT and the Office of Cybersecurity recommend using WiscVPN to create a secure connection between your computer and campus. Due to FERPA and other privacy issues, we strongly recommend that you install WiscVPN and that you do not use other, non-sanctioned web conferencing software such as Skype or Zoom for tutoring or any other academic or university business.

Resources for Students

The Language Institute has compiled a list of tips for remote language learning. In addition, consider exploring the Russian Flagship’s portal of online language learning resources.

Resources for Tutors

The university is hosting a variety of webinars related to continuity of instruction. We encourage you to attend a webinar and/or to explore resources for remote language instruction compiled by the Language Institute. Tutors who would like additional support with university-approved tutoring technologies should contact Laura Marshall.

Advising and Support

We encourage you to schedule a virtual advising session if you have any questions or concerns.

You may also wish to review UW-Madison’s COVID-19 information for students and University Health Services’ (UHS) resources on remote health and connection.

Co-Curricular Programming

With regret, all in-person Russian Flagship co-curricular events and activities are suspended until further notice.

Virtual Activities and Events

The Russian Flagship team has planned a variety of virtual activities to replace in-person co-curricular programming:

There are no upcoming events at this time.