October 21, 2020  |  News & Events, Timely Announcements

Dear instructors,

First, thank you for your hard work as we navigate this academic year’s many changes.  We appreciate all you are doing for our students. The Registrar’s Office wishes to share a few reminders as we head into the second half of the semester:

  • All course evaluations have moved online. If you are already doing online evaluations through the RO Testing Center, you may want to revise your current array of evaluations to limit the total number of questionnaires. Due to limited staffing during this time, processing evaluation results will take longer than usual. If you do not have online evaluations in place, you can develop your own approach for collecting evaluations, ensuring that security and student anonymity are preserved. You may also work with Lisa Fugina (lfugina@uwm.edu) in the Registrar’s Office to develop an online evaluation in Qualtrics, using current templates and predeveloped questions.
  • While some of you may have made arrangement to offer tests in-person, you should also be prepared to accommodate students who are unable to be physically present because of illness, isolation/quarantine, or other valid reasons. In such cases, instructors are strongly encouraged to offer online exams (Proctorio will be available if needed) or other arrangements at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Due to staff reductions and COVID-19 related guidelines on processing, the timeline for the Registrar’s Office to process Scantron forms will be in excess of two weeks. Given the need to provide timely feedback to students, it is strongly encouraged that instructors use other testing formats (such as blue books).
  • The final exam schedule is published online, and the current final exam policy still stands.
  • At the present time, the plan is to continue instruction in the current mode through the end of the fall semester. Classes taught face-to-face currently will continue in that mode until the end of the semester. UWM leadership monitors the larger COVID-19 situation daily, including positivity rates on campus, and would notify the campus community immediately if this decision were to change.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs