What factors will go into moving to all online instruction?

October 27, 2020

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, labs and common spaces
  • Number of students in quarantine or isolation in the residence halls
  • Availability of personal protective equipment
  • Capacity of the Norris Health Center
  • Ability to provide essential services in areas such as facilities, housing and police
  • Rate of spread within campus or the wider community

For most criteria, there is no absolute threshold or level that dictates a pre-prescribed action. The strategy allows UWM to track important data and their combined effects to manage a fluid situation.

Decisions could involve a range of actions, up to and including suspending in-person classes or closing facilities and/or residence halls. The university could decide to take one action but not others, depending on the entire context. For example, reverting to online classes may not necessarily mean the residence halls would close. There are always some students who must remain in the residence halls because they have nowhere else to go.

UWM is confident that the strategies in place will help mitigate campus closure. We are testing all residential students at least once every other week. We also are testing students who live off-campus as they elect to get tested. In addition, we are testing essential services employees (about 250) on a biweekly basis. UWM’s testing and quarantine/isolation strategy has successfully mitigated serious outbreaks.

To keep up with the latest COVID-19 incidence on campus, see the UWM COVID-19 dashboard.