Face coverings required for all

Everyone on all UWM campuses is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing whenever possible. Masks are required when indoors, except when in residence hall rooms or private offices. Masks are also required outdoors in situations when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Public health authorities have determined that consistent usage of face coverings can greatly limit the spread of COVID-19. UWM is not the only institution requiring face masks. Similar rules apply at all UW System facilities. The City of Milwaukee and other local municipalities have begun requiring the use of face masks, as have several states and retail store chains nationwide.

A free UWM-branded face mask will be provided to students, faculty and staff at the beginning of the fall semester. You can see the design above. Details on distribution will be provided when they are available.

For visitors without a mask, service/information desks and department offices throughout the Milwaukee and branch campuses will have a supply of disposable masks available.

There are a few exceptions to the mask rule, including:

  • Where an individual’s own health condition prevents the wearing of the mask and the individual has received an approved exception from Human Resources (for employees) or the Accessibility Resource Center (for students)
  • Where the individual’s work or school responsibilities prevent wearing of a mask
  • When working in a personal office or other non-shared space, or in one’s own residence hall room
  • Environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask, such as engineering bays, or biology, research and instructional labs
  • When performing physical exertion, such as manual labor, running and athletics training
  • When in an indoor area designated for eating food and social distancing has been maintained

In all cases where a mask cannot be worn and social distancing cannot be maintained, alternative methods must be used to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.

University Housing assignments

Room assignments are being made in phases to address student demand and meet indicated preferences. The first phase of assignments began on July 17, when about 1,000 students were notified by email. University Housing will continue to release assignments each Friday, with the goal to notify all students by Aug. 7.

Students should check their emails for updates. All contract holders should receive emails either with their room assignment, or with a notice that they are in a queue to be assigned. The goal is to house as many students as possible, while staying within the guidance provided by public health officials.

We thank you for your patience as we work through the assignment process. Please send an email to University Housing with any questions.

Klotsche Center

The University Recreation (UREC) staff is developing operational plans to open the Klotsche Center and Pavilion for in-person use for the Fall 2020 semester. The facilities will open with an initial focus on cardio and strength experiences, individual activity and programming that can be offered while maintaining physical distance. While there will be modifications to building hours, capacity, space availability, services and programs, there is a commitment to provide ways to experience UREC in-person in the fall.

You can also take advantage of a variety of virtual fitness classes and outdoor recreation programs offered by UREC, which will continue to provide online offerings in the fall. Please visit the UREC site for more information.

Fall sports

With health and safety as our top priority, the Horizon League Council delayed the start of all sports competition until Oct. 1, 2020. This will affect any team that would have had a scheduled contest (exhibition, league or nonconference) prior to Oct. 1.

Panther Athletics’ Return to Campus committee is reviewing options and guidelines for fan attendance for events this year.

Meeting with faculty and advisors

All individual student meetings with faculty, teaching assistants, peer mentors, advisors, coaches, coordinators and tutors will happen online in the fall. Instructors and student support offices and centers will post clear information about availability and scheduling.

Please note that these services are available for all students in all online and in-person classes, regardless of whether they are living in University Housing, off campus or taking courses virtually while staying at home with family.