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WhatsApp Campus Information Groups for UW‒Madison Employees

Join a free WhatsApp Campus Information Group to get important information about campus news, event announcements, and resources for UW‒Madison employees.

  • Install WhatsApp for free on your smartphone or other mobile device.
  • Choose to get messages in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, or Nepali.
  • Get around 5‒6 messages a month.

WhatsApp Campus Information Groups are an easy way to get important information from UW‒Madison. Any UW‒Madison employee is welcome to join a WhatsApp group. Employees who have little or no access to computers at work, or who work away from their desk, may find WhatsApp Campus Information Groups helpful.

To learn more, contact Jzong Thao at 608-263-2217 or

How To Install WhatsApp and Subscribe to the Group

Security Recommendations

Follow recommendations from the UW–Madison Office of Cybersecurity to safely download and use WhatsApp.

Download WhatsApp on your smartphone


You cannot reply to the messages sent through WhatsApp. Instead:

  • Contact CLS if you have questions about WhatsApp.
  • Contact HR or your supervisor if you have questions about messages.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What information will I get if I join a WhatsApp Campus Information Group?

You will get campus updates, event announcements, and information about resources for UW‒Madison employees. For example:

  • Changes to your pay or benefits
  • Reminders of important deadlines
  • Employee appreciation events
  • Free tickets to football games and cultural events
  • Health and safety information
  • Flu shot clinics
  • Required cybersecurity training
  • Free workplace learning opportunities

Will I get all the information I need as an employee through WhatsApp?

No. You will still get important information from email, campus newsletters, your supervisor, and staff meetings in your school, college, or division.

Can I only choose one language for WhatsApp messages?

No. You can join more than one WhatsApp Campus Information Group. Groups are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali.

Can I ask a question on WhatsApp or reply to the messages I get?

No. You cannot reply to messages from WhatsApp Campus Information Groups. If you have a question, contact your supervisor or the human resources (HR) department in your school, college, or division.

Can I send messages in WhatsApp Campus Information Groups?

No. You cannot send messages in WhatsApp Campus Information Groups.

I already use WhatsApp to communicate with family and friends. Do I need to download a different WhatsApp Campus Information Group?

No. You only need to add the CSL WhatsApp number to your contact list and send a message to the CLS WhatsApp number to join a WhatsApp Campus Information Group.

Can I choose to stop getting WhatsApp messages?

Yes. You can cancel anytime.

How can I get help installing or using WhatsApp?

Please contact Jzong Thao at 608-263-2217 or

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