UWM does not currently have on-site health services for faculty and staff. Employees should contact their primary care physicians or go to a public health/community testing site. For more information on COVID-19 testing and community testing sites, visit the Wisconsin… Read More
For the health and safety of all UWM students, faculty and staff, it is critical for UWM to gather information regarding employees who test positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of a… Read More
UWM strongly encourages members of the UWM community to wear masks or face coverings whenever 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained, including while off campus and while walking/traveling to campus. Public health authorities have determined that consistent use… Read More
Yes. UWM is tracking all positive tests among students and employees no matter their location and asks everyone to self report this information. This helps the university understand the scope of the infection’s spread and provide students and employees with support and resources…. Read More
UWM used a phased approach to reopen research facilities for the Fall 2020 semester, moving gradually in order to successfully restart research at a limited level. With the start of the semester upon us, we have made adjustments to provide… Read More
Everyone on all UWM campuses is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing whenever possible. Masks are required when indoors, except when in residence hall rooms or private offices. Masks are also required outdoors in situations when… Read More
UWM has reviewed and approved the health and safety plans for the majority of university buildings for reopening for the Fall 2020 semester. A detailed list can be found in this Fall 2020 UWM Buildings Hours document. Please note that… Read More
UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors when taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our campus. Those factors include: Number of positive cases among students, faculty and staff Infection rate within specific classrooms,… Read More
UWM still is trying to limit visitors to campus as much as possible as we observe federal, state, local and university health guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please arrange meetings virtually or over the phone whenever possible…. Read More
In the 2020-21 academic year, the number of intermittent furlough days that 12-month employees must take varies according to base earnings. $15/hour or less, and all exceptions listed below: 0 furlough days Over $15/hour, up to $99,999 per year: 8… Read More
Yes, but faculty and staff will be asked to help. Offices will be cleaned per the schedule that was in place before campus shut down. Main department offices will be cleaned weekly, and all individual offices once per month. Faculty… Read More
Students, faculty and staff considering personal travel are encouraged to follow applicable health and safety guidelines and advised to review the following: Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 travel page: This page provides information about travel within the state of Wisconsin… Read More
You will not need to use personal protective equipment, including items like gloves, eye/face protection or an N95 mask, unless your job duties or campus activities require you to wear them. However, in the best interest of the UWM community’s… Read More
Campus jobs may be available as we resume on-campus operations. Check out Handshake, the UWM job posting and application site, to learn about most on-campus job opportunities and to apply or check out the Student Union page for employment opportunities in the Student Union.
Students in need of support can contact the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-229-4632. Someone in that office can direct students to appropriate on- and off-campus resources. Students may also contact Norris Health Center for medical needs at 414-229-4716 or… Read More
Intermittent furloughs will not affect employees already on a position-specific furlough during one of the intermittent furlough dates. Employees serving a partial position-specific furlough at the time of an intermittent furlough will serve a prorated furlough for that date of… Read More
Faculty and staff who return will not do so all at once. Deans, directors and supervisors have considered how best to bring employees back to campus depending on factors including the employee’s duties, space configurations of offices and the ability… Read More
A position-specific furlough (PSF) is a continuous unpaid leave of absence designated for specific positions. Position-specific furloughs (PSFs) apply to employees unable to work right now or in current non-critical positions, but who are expected to return to work when… Read More
UW System allows three types of furloughs: position-specific furloughs, intermittent furloughs and voluntary furloughs. Position-Specific Furloughs Position-specific furloughs (PSFs) apply to employees unable to work right now or in current non-critical positions, but who are expected to return to work… Read More
If the test is negative for COVID-19, their symptoms are improved, they no longer have a fever, and a healthcare provider has instructed them they can resume normal activities, then the student can return to class.
Students with symptoms should be told to contact Norris Health Center or their own provider. There are also free testing sites in each county. Asymptomatic students who live in residence halls will be tested on campus as well. Those processes… Read More
“Isolation” refers to sick individuals who separate themselves from contact with healthy individuals. For COVID-19, persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been symptomatically diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate. “Quarantine” refers to the separation of individuals who… Read More
The CDC defines “close contact” as occurring when a person is “within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection)… Read More
Distribution of UWM-branded face coverings is beginning as the fall semester gets underway. For students UWM students on the Milwaukee campus can pick up a branded face covering at either the front desk of their residence hall (Sandburg, Cambridge or… Read More
Classroom Settings If a student is not wearing a mask in the classroom setting, instructors should ask the student to: First, provide information to the student on the health and safety standards and rules, including the requirement for mask wearing…. Read More
The intermittent furlough dates for the 2020-21 school year are: 12-month employees Friday, July 3, 2020 Friday, August 21, 2020 Friday, October 30, 2020 Friday, November 27, 2020 Monday, December 28, 2020 Friday, January 22, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021… Read More
UWM’s On-site Employee Work Practices have been updated to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. In an effort to ensure that employees who will be returning to campus have reviewed and acknowledged these work practices, University Safety… Read More
The prohibition on university-sponsored travel has been extended to at least Jan. 1, 2021. Individual airline tickets can be canceled in Concur or by contacting Travel Incorporated. Group block airfare tickets can be canceled by contacting Fox World Travel. Because… Read More
Employees, students and visitors must use UWM’s COVID symptom monitor each day before traveling to one of the UWM campuses. The monitoring tool does not collect identifying information when you use it. Based on the information you enter, it will… Read More
No, travel between UWM campuses or facilities is not considered travel for the purposes of requiring an exception. However, all employees working on-site must be approved to do so in advance by their supervisor and must follow UWM’s On-site Employee… Read More
Alert your supervisor to how you are feeling. Depart work as soon as possible. Upon departing, contact your health care provider via telephone for further direction.
UWM faces unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The top priority is the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while planning fall classes, ramping up research activities and continuing to engage meaningfully with the community…. Read More
UWM has adopted a set of rules intended to keep the campus community safe by limiting the potential spread of COVID-19. All students, visitors, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and wash their hands. Following… Read More
Some food service outlets in the UWM Student Union will be open in the fall. Initial plans call for the reopening of the Grind coffee shop and the Flour Shop, which are located on the atrium level. Retail services will… Read More
Yes. The university has procured a limited amount of cloth face coverings that have a clear section over the mouth to make it easier for lip reading. These are available by special request at the UWM PPE website. Please note… Read More
Cloth face coverings and masks serve as a simple barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and on to other people when the person wearing it coughs, sneezes, talks or raises their voice. This is known as… Read More
UWM continues to work to mitigate the impact of this crisis on our students and their families. Support efforts include: Distributing nearly $8.4 million in federal emergency CARES Act grants to eligible students. Refunding $7.4 million in Spring 2020 housing,… Read More
The Peck School of the Arts facilities area and Department of Music are committed to the safety and well-being of our student performers. We have been reviewing all available research relative to performance activities since the beginning of the COVID-19… Read More
Additional health and safety guidance can be found in the Employee On-Site Work Practices document. These other important practices include frequent hand-washing, as well as frequent cleaning of shared spaces, equipment and touch points with disinfectants.
UWM understands that faculty and staff may encounter issues with child care or elder care as a result of changes related to the pandemic. Employees who may face such situations should contact their supervisor and HR Business Partner/Prep.The HRBP/Prep can… Read More
UWM has always been a community that supports and cares for each other. We believe that when students, faculty and staff understand the importance of wearing cloth face masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus to others, they will… Read More
Yes, cleaning supplies are being purchased at a central level and will be distributed to any campus department that needs them for essential operations. This program is intended to supplement regular procurement by campus departments by serving as a reserve… Read More
Yes. The university is purchasing personal protective equipment at a central level that will be distributed to any campus department that needs it for essential operations. This program is intended to supplement regular procurement by campus departments by serving as… Read More
You might have opted out of emails from the chancellor (or others) without realizing it. The good news is that you can opt back in. The easiest way to do this is by finding an old email from the chancellor… Read More
The university is implementing prudent health and safety protocols that align with recommendations by local, state and national public health authorities. UWM is also asking campus community members to adhere to published health and safety guidelines to minimize the prevalence… Read More
Intermittent furloughs have no impact on legal holidays for UWM employees. An employee placed on a position-specific furlough before and after a legal holiday will lose the holiday. The exception is if the holiday creates a floating holiday, as is… Read More
Yes. In his message to campus about intermittent furloughs, Chancellor Mark Mone announced that he will take a 10% pay cut in the 2020-21 academic year. Provost Johannes Britz will also take a 10% pay cut, while all vice chancellors will take… Read More
UWM has scheduled intermittent furlough days for employees over a 13-month period starting in June, with a sliding scale based on salary and whether an employee has a 12-month or nine-month appointment. For instance, 12-month employees who make less than… Read More
It depends. If you are running an errand that will put you in contact with others for less than 10 minutes, it is not considered travel for the purpose of requiring an exception. An example would be driving to Marquette… Read More
Not at this time. Booking of any new university-sponsored travel is currently suspended until further notice.
If you have travel expenses on your personal credit card that otherwise would have been reimbursable per UW System’s standard travel reimbursement guidelines, they are still considered reimbursable expenses.
UW System provided an extension for the use of COVID-19 leave, which affords paid leave for employees who can’t perform their assigned duties during the pandemic emergency. Previously, the policy allowed employees COVID leave only until May 1, 2020. Now,… Read More
UW System’s COVID-19 leave policy provides paid leave for employees who can’t perform their assigned duties during the pandemic emergency. Previously, the COVID-19 leave policy allowed employees COVID leave only until May 1, 2020. To comply with the federal Families… Read More
An intermittent furlough will not affect an employee’s health insurance. Based on the current UW System policy, employees placed on position-specific furloughs will still be eligible to continue their health insurance benefits.
Position specific furloughs Temporary employees are at-will employees. Those who are not in mission-critical roles may have their hours reduced or their appointments ended. Intermittent furloughs Temporary employees will not be permitted to work on intermittent furlough dates.
No, graduate assistants, including teaching assistants, research assistants and project assistants, are exempt from intermittent furloughs under UWM’s guidelines.
Yes. Intermittent furloughs will not apply to: UWM employees on a H1-B or E-3 visas graduate assistants (TAs, GAs and RAs) student employees post-doctoral fellows non-FTE appointments Employees whose positions are funded by external sources, such as grants, are also… Read More
Although UWM does not provide advice or counsel on an employee’s eligibility for unemployment, UW System’s furlough-related FAQ reports that individuals who experience a wage reduction equivalent to 8 hours in a 40-hour week and who have earned less than… Read More
The hiring freeze announced by Chancellor Mone is not affected by UWM’s furlough plans. Yes, positions that are in an active recruitment should be passed through the process to reaffirm they should continue to be filled. HR business partners/preps are… Read More
The plan was discontinued because, relatively speaking, it was a more expensive way to accommodate early retirements, with savings not being realized until future fiscal years. Although UWM was aware of those VSIP costs, budget modeling prior to the COVID-19… Read More
No. Employees will not be forced to retire.
Yes, and UWM would continue to pay the employer portion of health insurance premiums.
No, vacation and other forms of leave may not be used during furlough. However, a furlough will not affect an employee’s leave time accrual.
UW System has posted its interim policy here, as well as several FAQs related to furloughs, which you can find here.
The Milwaukee Health Department conducts tests for coronavirus, and with a positive test, it begins a contact investigation. Using information gathered during this investigation, local or state health departments notify people it determines are at risk. Local health departments are… Read More
This will depend on the reason a person is self-quarantined. People who are self-quarantined/self-isolated can stop once their health care provider or public health official tells them they can. New guidelines become available every day, taking into account the limited… Read More
The freeze on compensation adjustments announced in March relates to individual requests, including raises for merit, expanded duties and other reasons. The freeze does not apply to promotional increments or January 2021 compensation plan increases, which are still planned.
Yes. All communications and documents created by employees that relate to university business are subject to public records law regardless of where employees are working. You must retain documents just as you would if you were working on campus. In… Read More
You should contact your supervisor or the HR Business Partner/Prep who primarily serves your school/college/division. To see which HRBP/Prep serves your school/college/division, please see the PREP/UBR/Shared Services Directories.
Campus Technology recommends administrative staff use Microsoft Teams for meetings and collaborating online. See its working remotely webpage to get started with Microsoft Teams.
UWM’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) recommends Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for synchronous classes.
Because most UWM employees are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW System has developed guidance on complying with the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law when meeting virtually. According to that guidance, the organizer of a public meeting that is not… Read More
UWM’s information security policies apply to both on and off-campus work. Here are a few tips for staying secure when working remotely: Do not store any UWM files on personal devices, including personal computers. Ensure your computer’s operating system, software… Read More
At this time, employees are being encouraged to use their iOS or Android device to facilitate multifactor authentication. To do so, they need to follow the steps for enrolling their device in the multi-factor authentication program, and details about enrollment… Read More
UWM’s Help Desk is using a Microsoft Teams phone system to answer incoming calls from the campus community. Callers will hear an introductory message and then choose an option to route their call to the Help Desk or the Classroom… Read More
UWM’s Employee Assistance Program provider, FEI Behavioral Health, can help faculty and staff manage the challenges and changes caused by the pandemic. FEI, which has been providing services for more than 40 years, offers assistance in areas including: Managing uncertainty… Read More
Yes, in times of emergency all UWM employees must remain flexible to get the work done and may be asked to do work outside of their normal duties. Employees should anticipate being asked to perform work in place of absent… Read More
Accommodation will be made to extend the probationary period for academic staff on track toward indefinite status. Because the circumstances are beyond the control of the staff member, there is a presumption of approval of these requests. The extensions will… Read More
The UW System Title & Total Compensation Project has been delayed at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some behind the scenes work on the project will continue, in-person work, such as manager/employee conversations, are on hold…. Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to disruptions in the normal progress of tenure-track faculty in the areas of research, scholarship, teaching and service, and thus toward tenure. Disruption due to the pandemic is a reason for requesting an extension of… Read More
Many employees have canceled vacations due to travel restrictions in place for the pandemic. Given the circumstances, UW System will be extending the deadline for employees to carry over vacation from the 2018-19 fiscal year. This means that employees will… Read More
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, student employees who are facing unemployment may apply for unemployment benefits. Students may be eligible based on previous jobs, but there is no guarantee of benefits.