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What does it mean to “self-monitor”?

March 26, 2020

You should monitor yourself for a fever by taking your temperature twice a day and be alert for coughing or difficulty breathing. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate and contact your health care provider by phone immediately. The Wisconsin Department of Health has additional information here.



What is the status of UWM’s Summer 2020 study abroad programs?

March 20, 2020

The university is canceling all 18 faculty-led Summer 2020 study abroad programs. Programs to France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain had already been canceled March 11. We are now canceling remaining programs to Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Thailand and Vietnam. This decision is based on the U.S. Department of State’s recently issued Level 4 global travel advisory, which has no defined end date. The university is also canceling a planned seminar for 18 students to the United Nations in New York City, which was scheduled to start at the end of May.


I’m traveling to a country with a Level 3 warning because of terrorism, not coronavirus? Will I still have to self-quarantine after traveling?

March 19, 2020

No. However, it is worth being aware that international travel guidance continues to evolve, including the underlying reasons for a country having a Level 3 warning. You need to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The list of countries impacted includes China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, as well as the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

The list of states includes Illinois, California, New York and Washington. (To find the list of states: visit this CDC page; after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list; look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes. As of noon, March 14, the states with verified community transmission are: California, New York, and Washington.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.

On March 19, the U.S. State Department warned that Americans should not travel anywhere internationally.


Under what circumstances will I have to self-quarantine after traveling internationally?

March 19, 2020

You need to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The list of countries impacted includes China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Ireland and Malaysia, as well as the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

As of March 19, all of parts of more than 20 states are on the list. (To find the list of states: visit this CDC page; after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list; look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.

On March 19, the U.S. State Department warned that Americans should not travel anywhere internationally.


Can I get a refund for parking permits I’ve already paid for?

March 19, 2020

Parking in campus lots will be free for the rest of the spring semester. The Union, Lubar, NWQ, and Pavilion parking garages will be closed to everyone except those with existing permits because staffing is needed to keep them open. All outdoor parking lots will be open, in addition to the Sandburg and EMS garages. Individuals may not park vehicles in UWM parking facilities overnight without express permission.

All parking payroll deductions will be automatically stopped after the March deductions.

For semester and annual permits that were paid in advance with credit cards, prorated balances will be refunded to credit cards upon request here. Due to high volume, it could take up to four weeks before the credit appears on your credit card account.


Are there restrictions for upcoming travel for university faculty and staff?

March 19, 2020

Effective March 17, UWM is prohibiting any employee from booking university-sponsored and paid travel until better information is known about when travel may resume.

You must to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. The CDC is updating this list regularly. Visit this page, and after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list. Look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes.

Along those lines, UWM announced on March 16 that all employees who have traveled to states with sustained community transmission must stay out of the workplace for 14 days. All or parts of more than 20 states are included in the list of those with verified sustained community transmission.

We continue to strongly discourage employees and students from any non-essential travel outside of Wisconsin until the end of the semester. (This does not apply to out-of-state students who are returning home for the extended spring break.) If you do opt to travel, please know that there are health risks involved. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.


Under what circumstances will I have to self-quarantine after traveling domestically?

March 19, 2020

You need to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The list of countries impacted includes China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Ireland and Malaysia, as well as the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

As of March 19, all of parts of more than 20 states are on the list. (To find the list of states: visit this CDC page; after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list; look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.


If I have traveled, what precautions must I take before returning to work?

March 19, 2020

You need to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The list of countries impacted includes China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Ireland and Malaysia, as well as the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

As of March 19, all of parts of more than 20 states are on the list. (To find the list of states: visit this CDC page; after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list; look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.


Is the special spring break parking permit being extended?

March 18, 2020

Parking in campus lots will be free for the rest of the spring semester. The Union, Lubar, NWQ, and Pavilion parking garages will be closed to everyone except those with existing permits because staffing is needed to keep them open. All outdoor parking lots will be open, in addition to the Sandburg and EMS garages. Individuals may not park vehicles in UWM parking facilities overnight without express permission.




If our department has invited guests from the U.S. to come to UWM, should we cancel?

March 13, 2020

If your guests are coming from a U.S. state where the CDC has determined that sustained community transmission is occurring, you should cancel or postpone because the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that the guest self-quarantine for 14 days, which would likely encompass their entire visit.  However, even if they are not coming from a U.S. state with sustained community transmission, it would still be prudent to advise them to cancel or postpone their travel to Milwaukee. The CDC issued guidance March 12 about travel within the U.S., which seems to encourage that domestic travelers choose to delay or cancel their plans.



What is happening with UWM employees currently abroad who are being told to return? Will they be reimbursed for their travel home?

March 13, 2020

Fox World Travel is reaching out to all employees who are currently in Europe and working with each traveler to arrange flights back to the U.S. While airlines may be waiving change fees, please note that all flights booked through the UW Travel Program are non-refundable tickets, thus there will not be actual funds or credits provided back to the traveler’s department.


What is considered “university-sponsored travel”?

March 13, 2020

University-sponsored travel includes, but is not limited to:

  • Travel on UWM-related business,
  • Travel that relates to an employee’s professional interests and positions, such as board or other professional organization roles,
  • Travel paid in full or in part by UWM,
  • Travel organized, endorsed and/or sponsored by UWM or organizations associated with UWM such as student clubs, or
  • Travel that involves academic credit granted by UWM.

What are UWM’s travel restrictions for students?

March 13, 2020

All upcoming university-sponsored travel for students is canceled through the end of the semester. For NCAA sports, on March 16, the Horizon League decided to cancel all competition, both conference and non-conference, through the end of the academic year.

UWM also strongly discourages students from any other non-essential travel outside of Wisconsin until the end of the semester. This does not apply to out-of-state students who are returning home for the extended spring break. If you travel outside of Wisconsin to a U.S. state where the CDC has determined that sustained community transmission is occurring, you must self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Other domestic travelers should self-monitor for 14 days for fever, cough and difficulty breathing. To find out what states have sustained community transmission, see this CDC webpage.


Will UWM offer study abroad programs this summer?

March 13, 2020

Faculty-led study abroad programs in the summer of 2020 have been canceled for the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. We are evaluating the remaining faculty-led study abroad summer programs to other countries.



What precautions is MCTS taking?

March 12, 2020

According to the Milwaukee County Transit System website: MCTS has proactively implemented an extra daily disinfection process on all buses using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended cleaning products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning the vehicles receive regularly.



Do we cancel guests coming to UWM?

March 12, 2020

You should avoid hosting guests at UWM until further notice. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued an emergency order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people in a single room or enclosed space. Although the campus is not closed, on March 18, UWM began strictly limiting most onsite, nonessential operations. This includes closing most offices and services that are open to walk-in traffic and having staff provide services remotely as they can do so. Academic buildings have been locked for the rest of the spring semester and are accessible only to people with a key or other access to unlock the building.





If a conference is cancelled, will I be reimbursed?

March 12, 2020

Any travel (including conference registrations, airline tickets, personal expenses within the standard travel policy guidelines or similar) that is canceled due to COVID-19 will be a reimbursable expense. Airline tickets can be canceled in Concur or by contacting a Fox World Travel agent.



Where can I get regular updates with accurate information related to steps being taken at an international, national, state and city level?

March 11, 2020

Global updates:

National and state updates:

Local updates:


What information can or will the university share regarding any student or employee who recently traveled to affected areas or may be experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

March 11, 2020

In compliance with state and federal privacy laws, the university will not release information, except to the relevant health authorities, about any identifiable individual’s health status or travel history. UWM may share more general information if necessary to protect the health and safety of others.


Are travelers from affected areas, such as students or employees, prohibited from returning to campus?

March 11, 2020

Any returning travelers are expected to follow guidelines from the CDC, state and local public health authorities.

You need to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to countries with widespread transmission according to the CDC and/or traveled in the United States to states with sustained community transmission. All travelers should self-monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The list of countries impacted includes China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, as well as the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

The list of states includes Illinois, California, New York and Washington. (To find the list of states: visit this CDC page; after the U.S. map, click the States + bar to reveal the state list; look under the Community Transmission column for states marked yes. As of noon, March 14, the states with verified community transmission are: California, New York, and Washington.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.

If you develop symptoms, call your health care provider.


What is the university doing to keep the community safe?

March 11, 2020

At UWM, the Infectious Disease Preparedness Team and the Crisis Management Team are meeting regularly to monitor the situation, to review rapidly evolving guidance from national, state and local public health authorities, and to coordinate across departments to address needs. Consult UWM’s COVID-19 webpage for updates.

Norris Health Center is following public health authorities’ guidelines for health care facilities. This includes asking patients who have respiratory symptoms or fever whether they have traveled internationally in the past two weeks. If a student is identified as someone who has the risk factors identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, they will be isolated for assessment and staff will work with local and state public health professionals to prevent the spread of infection to others.