The university has adopted new measures to enhance the safety of the campus community.

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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.


Russian Flagship tutoring will continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. Students and tutors should use university-approved platforms, such as Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom. Students should check Canvas for their current tutoring assignments.

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 workshops and forums 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: