Many UWM buildings have windowless lecture halls or classrooms with windows that don’t open. What if I’m concerned about ventilation or air circulation inside the building?

June 25, 2020

UWM follows state specifications to make sure that indoor air quality is optimal. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in campus buildings brings outside air into the system, which then is filtered. Once the temperature is adjusted, the air is recirculated in the building, a process that includes more filtering and mixing with outside air.

It’s important to note that the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. According to the CDC, spread is most likely to happen when two people are in close contact with one another. This is why UWM is focusing on health and safety guidelines including proper social distancing, requiring the use of cloth face coverings/masks on campus and cleaning classroom and office spaces before and after each use to help reduce the risk of transmission.

Currently, UWM is not planning significant modifications to HVAC systems, which is consistent with other UW system institutions. We do continue to focus on preventative maintenance. If you do think there is a ventilation problem in a specific area, please contact your building chair or facility services help desk.