Are students allowed to attend in-person social gatherings?

September 1, 2020

UWM strongly discourages in-person social gatherings with others who are not members of your household if social distancing cannot be maintained and face coverings cannot be worn.

Students are responsible for working with the rest of the UWM community for preventing the spread of COVID-19 both on and off campus. It is critical to lead by example and take health and safety precautions seriously. The Panther Community Health and Safety Standards and UWM COVID-related health and safety rules apply to anyone who is physically present on UWM grounds or campus or participating in a UWM-sponsored activity. We encourage you to do your part to educate your peers on the importance of following these guidelines as they are intended to keep you safe by limiting the potential spread of COVID-19, so all students can remain focused on their education.

The Dean of Students Office will work with students to address nonacademic misconduct. 

The nonacademic misconduct code (UWS Chapter 17) applies to on and off campus behavior.

Violations could include serious and repeated violations of municipal law, dangerous conduct, illegal alcohol/drug use, etc. The conduct process is educational in nature, so the Dean of Students Office will work with campus partners to engage students early and apply educational sanctions when there are violations. Repeat and egregious violations can result in more significant sanctions.

UWM Panthers care for each other, which means engaging in healthy and safe behavior, holding each other and ourselves accountable, and maintaining a caring, compassionate and collegial community characterized by mutual respect and safety. Please report concerns about student conduct to the Dean of Students Office using the Report It form.

All are encouraged to evaluate the risk level of events and gatherings as is noted on the CDC website.

Lowest risk: Virtual activities, events and gatherings.

More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city or county).

Higher risk: Medium-sized, in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.

Highest risk: Large, in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

Please also review current City of Milwaukee COVID-19 order limits and mitigation strategies. The City of Milwaukee may have future orders that may update campus guidance, and students are expected to comply with changes as they occur.