What has changed in the UWM Student Union?

September 10, 2020

The UWM Student Union is open the following hours for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours may vary depending on special events.

Areas of the building may be closed from time to time, though closures are not expected to impact use.

Please note, individual offices within the Student Union manage their own operating hours depending on the services provided.

While the UWM Student Union is a public building, usage may be limited to students, faculty and staff. Guests will be asked to leave the building if they are not at the Student Union for appropriate university business, or if they are not adhering to UWM’s health and safety guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Other important information about Union operations:


Public spaces will be cleaned daily. In addition to a regular cleaning routine of wiping down surfaces with cleaners and disinfectants, we also will be using an electrostatic disinfecting sprayer. Union custodial staff will also use high intensity sprayers to clean restrooms during off hours.


Plexiglass has been installed at all in-person service locations, including the Union information desk.

Food service

Food will be available from the following outlets in the Union: the Grind Coffeehouse, the Flour Shop, Union Station and the Panther Shop. Please note that operations at the Grind and Flour Shop are modified for contactless service, with orders and payments being made using cellphones or other mobile devices.

Seating capacity in the Union is reduced to allow for social distancing.

Details about service days, hours and menus are available at this UWM Restaurant Operations website.

Student use

The Union will be open for food service and studying, although with reduced capacity in seating and lounge areas. Select meeting rooms will be available for reservation by campus organizations and the Union Recreation Center will be open.

Many students, especially commuters, use the Union for a quick nap between classes. Sleeping in lounges will be allowed, though Union staff will discourage people from rearranging or pulling furniture together.

Programming and events

The Union will host programs, though capacities will be limited, and campus safety guidelines will be practiced, including social distancing. Many programs will be offered virtually.

The Union will not be accepting reservations for space or events from groups outside of UWM for the Fall 2020 semester.

Student organizations

Student organizations will still be able to meet in the Student Union; however, space capacities and furniture will be limited. Social distancing will be required and moving any furniture from one room to another will not be allowed.

Food center and pantry

For Fall 2020, the UWM Food Center and Pantry will be using a “shopping” model hosted in the 8th Note Coffeehouse space, on the Ground Floor/Street Level of the Union. Visit the food pantry’s website for more information about guidelines, including health and safety measures.

Computer access

The Union computer lab will be open but with fewer machines to allow for social distancing. Additionally, machines will be added to the lounges on the second and third floors to offset the loss of computers in the main lab space on the first floor.

UW Credit Union

UW Credit Union is an independent entity that leases space from the UWM Student Union. The credit union will determine branch operating hours in the Union at a later date. Visit the UW Credit Union website for more information on other Milwaukee-area branches that office drive-thru service or in-person visits by appointment.