September 1, 2021  |  News & Events, Timely Announcements

NOTE: On September 1, 2021, this message was sent to all instructors teaching Fall 2021 courses, as well as Deans and Associate Deans

Dear Instructors,

We are excited to start the semester and to have students and staff back on our UW–Milwaukee campuses. We are asking your help in supplemental messaging to students about the return to campus and our response to COVID-19.

First, please review with students UWM’s classroom safety expectations and your attendance policies. Next, take time to acknowledge the challenges and adversity of the past 18 months–students have been through a lot. Social connections are paramount in persevering through traumatic events, and building a community, even a small one in the classroom, is incredibly important. Even just a brief introduction acknowledging those challenges, letting students connect with one another, discussing resources and encouraging self-care, can go a long way. Along with the links below, please feel free to share this link to the Dean of Students Office for additional student resources:

Finally, please share this important information about getting COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and exemptions from COVID-19 testing, and the various incentives for those who are vaccinated. This simple link is a good one to share with students as it provides links to many Covid-related resources:

Please spend five minutes at the start of your class to announce the following information and allow students to get on their phones and upload their proof of vaccination information. You can also post this information to your Canvas course page or include it on your syllabus.



Submit proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination to UWM’s Testing Exemption/Vaccine Reporting Form

Students who submit proof of full vaccination are eligible for incentives, including:

The sooner students get vaccinated and submit proof, the better. UWM Incentives have multiple drawings in September, and the State of Wisconsin will give you $100 if you get your first vaccination shot before September 6, 2021, and fill out their registration form. Here are the details for UW’s 70 for 70 Program.



Students who are not fully vaccinated are required to test weekly for COVID-19. Schedule your COVID-19 test at If you test off campus, submit your test results to UWM’s Testing Exemption/Vaccine Reporting Form. Once you are fully vaccinated, submit your proof of vaccination to be exempted from weekly testing.



Students can still get vaccinated on the Kenwood campus through a partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department. There are clinics on September 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 20 and 22 at various locations on campus: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic – UWM COVID-19 Information. Students can also get vaccinated at the Norris Health Center on Thursdays by appointment.

The Waukesha and Washington County campuses will have vaccine clinics the week of September 6. Specific details will be communicated once details are confirmed.

Students can also get vaccinated at local pharmacies, including nearby CVS and Walgreens for those on the Kenwood campus. Students can find local pharmacies offering COVID vaccines at


Thank you for promoting vaccination reporting and incentive programs to your students. Together, we can make our community safer.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs