As the University of Wisconsin-Madison joined universities around the country in shutting down dorms, classrooms and event venues because of coronavirus, Jennifer Morzfeld found herself wading through a barrage of emails.

In the midst of finding out about her coursework, the junior political science and international affairs student got one message in particular that left her with a pressing concern, one that thousands of college students now face.

Had she just been laid off?

“We got an email from somebody at the (Memorial Union) saying that student workers are nonessential workers so anybody who has a job at the union is not able to work anymore,” Morzfeld said. “That was pretty much the gist of it. They didn’t provide resources or tell us what we can do — if we