Credit/no credit option available

Spring semester is wrapping up, and graduate and undergraduate students are reminded that they have the option to accept the letter grade they receive or convert their grade to credit/no credit in many of their classes.

Letter grades will be given for each course by May 21. Students have until July 3 to exercise the option to designate any eligible classes as credit/no credit. Each school and college has determined which classes are eligible for credit/no credit. That list is available online.

Students should contact their academic advisor to change their grade to credit/no credit. Letter grades of C-minus and above will be converted to “credit”; grades of D-plus and below will be converted to “no credit.” Neither will affect a student’s GPA.

This option is offered in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances produced by the coronavirus pandemic. Almost every university in the United States is taking similar action.

More information for undergraduate and graduate students can be found on the coronavirus website.

Free testing for COVID-19 offered

Free testing for COVID-19 is now available at two sites in Milwaukee. Testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, including weekends, at United Migrant Opportunity Services, 2701 S. Chase Ave., and Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Drive.

The tests are available to everyone, but officials hope that anyone experiencing symptoms will get tested immediately. The tests take just a few minutes, and results will be available in about three days.

No appointment is needed for a test. Both walk-up and drive-through testing is available.

Those who need transportation should call 211 to be connected to a community health center that can provide transportation. Those with symptoms should not take public transportation to the testing sites.

Those who test positive will be contacted by health officials and contact tracers to determine who they had contact with. Officials are asking anyone who has had contact with someone with COVID-19 to self-isolate.

Financial hold limit increased

UWM has temporarily increased the enrollment balance limit for Summer and Fall 2020 terms to $2,500. Previously, students could not register for classes if they had an outstanding bill to the university of $10 or more. Students with an outstanding balance of up to $2,500 can sign up for courses while continuing to pay off their balance.

If you would like to enroll in courses but cannot pay off your balance, please contact the Accounts Receivable Office at bursar@uwm.edu to schedule a time to talk to a staff member and explore payment options. If you need to enroll for summer or fall classes but have not reviewed and signed a UWM credit agreement in PAWS, please visit UWM’s One Stop website for instructions.

How UWM intends to use CARES Act institutional funding

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, UWM was allotted $16.9 million for pandemic relief. Half of that is going to students in emergency aid grants. The other half can be used by the institution to cover costs associated with the pandemic.

UWM intends to use the vast majority of the institutional portion of CARES Act funding – almost 95% – to reimburse university units that provided direct refunds or other payments to students. The remainder will be used to cover additional expenses associated with transitioning to remote learning and work, including computers, headsets and remote grading/testing software.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Housing refunds: $4,100,879
  • Dining refunds: $3,175,020
  • COVID-19 leave payments to student employees: $630,000
  • Additional hardware and software for remote learning: $446,686
  • Parking refunds for students: $110,248