Chancellor’s Update: May 5 student town hall meeting with campus leaders

Dear Students,

During these extraordinary times of COVID-19, we understand that changing circumstances can be unsettling and that you have been affected in many ways. Please join me, Provost Johannes Britz, Chief Student Affairs Officer Kelly Haag, Campus Health Officer Dr. Julie Bonner, Student Success Director Kay Eilers and Financial Aid Director Tim Opgenorth for a Microsoft Teams Live student town hall meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

We will share the latest plans and actions taken in response to COVID-19, including information about academics, our campuses and financial support for students such as the grants we have been administering via the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Your voices are important and we invite your questions, which can be shared in advance or asked online during the student town hall by sending to: uwm-townhall@uwm.edu. We have created a FAQ resource that is updated daily on the UWM coronavirus webpage. Please check this comprehensive resource before submitting a town hall question; there are hundreds of answers available just a few clicks away.

Join the town hall meeting here on May 5 at 2 p.m. The same link can be used for viewing the meeting at a later time.

Need some help with Microsoft Teams? Here are the steps to view a Microsoft Teams Live event.

Please know that we are doing everything we can to support you. I look forward to our Town Hall.
Also please note the item below about off-campus housing and the reminder about applying for emergency aid for students through the CARES Act.

Best regards,

Mark A. Mone
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Off-campus housing

With the end of the spring semester approaching, students living off-campus may have questions about their leases or housing issues related to the pandemic.

These tips from the UWM Neighborhood Housing Office may help:

  • Communication between tenants and landlords is extremely important during this time. If you have any concerns with your rental, you should reach out to your landlord as soon as possible.
  • Communicate with your landlord in writing if you choose to move out before the end of your lease.

The University Legal Clinic is also available if you need help writing a notice to your landlord that you will be vacating the property or terminating your lease. Contact the University Legal Clinic for more information about services.

  • If you are having trouble paying your rent, ask for a rent deferment agreement in writing from your landlord. If you have received an eviction notice, contact the University Legal Clinic as soon as possible. Remember, Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a temporary ban on evictions in Wisconsin.

Landlords can hold tenants accountable for the entire rent and can send the security deposit to just one tenant. If one of your roommates vacate a lease early, remaining residents are still legally liable for the full rent.

Visit the Neighborhood Housing COVID-19 FAQs page for more information, or contact the office with any questions.

CARES grants for students

This is a reminder that new emergency aid for students is now available through the CARES Act, part of the federal COVID-19 relief effort. This allows UWM to support students who have been affected financially by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Funding is limited, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To qualify for a CARES grant, students must have been financially affected by the disruption of campus operations. Eligible expenses include food, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Some examples are:

  • Signing up for home internet service to complete your online coursework
  • Buying a laptop or other computer equipment to do coursework
  • Buying groceries after campus dining operations closed
  • Paying a fee to end your lease early
  • Paying rent for an apartment where you are no longer live

All applications submitted by May 12 will be considered. Applications submitted after May 12 will be considered on a rolling basis until funds run out. Grant amounts will be determined, in part, based on how many applications we receive.

If you have questions about eligibility or the grant application process, email cares-grant@uwm.edu. More information and a link to the application are available on the Dean of Students website.