UWM’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been led by its COVID-19 Management Team (CMT), which includes Chancellor Mark Mone, members of his cabinet and key leaders from campus units.
Planning and operations are managed through UWM’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is led by UWM Police Chief Joe LeMire and includes more than 100 representatives from campus units. The EOC is organized into the following teams:
- Building Preparedness and Operations (BPO)
- Community Support and Impact
- Financial Impact Modeling and Decision Support
- Food Service
- Housing Readiness
- Human Resources — Employee and Supervisor Guidance
- Large Events
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies
- Purchasing, Contract and Travel
- Special Requests
- Student Finance Impacts
- Student Testing
- COVID-19 Campus Messaging Workflow
- Emergency Operations Center Report
- Scenario Planning Work Group Report
History and Background
UWM began preparing for a possible COVID-19 outbreak on campus in January 2020, when the Campus Infectious Disease Preparedness Team was activated.
In February 2020, UWM established its COVID-19 Crisis Management Team (later shortened to COVID-19 Management Team), led by Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen and Chief Student Affairs Officer Kelly Haag, in partnership with UWM Police Chief Joe LeMire and Dr. Julie Bonner, the campus health officer.
UWM’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated in March 2020 to move campus operations to on-site essential services as the coronavirus spread in the Milwaukee area. At that time, the EOC was led jointly by UWM Police Chief Joe LeMire and Dr. Julie Bonner.
To plan for the Fall 2020 semester, the CMT convened the Scenario Planning Work Group, led by Scott Gronert, dean of the College of Letters & Sciences, and Laura Pedrick, special assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives and executive director of UWM Online. The Scenario Planning Work Group developed and evaluated course options, making recommendations to the CMT. You can read its report here.
At the same time, the EOC developed and recommended options for campus operations. You can read its report here.
The CMT made its initial decisions on Fall 2020 courses and operations in June 2020. The decisions were based on the following guidelines: staying true to UWM’s mission; protecting the health and safety of students and employees; flexibility, creativity and adaptability; and preservation of UWM’s future. The CMT’s initial (and later) decisions were conveyed to students and employees in a series of emailed updates and FAQs.