Residence halls will be open

Residence halls will be open this fall, operating in many ways as they always have but with several modifications to increase safety.

Housing assignments will be made largely as they have in the past, with single and double rooms. Room assignments will be made in phases to address student demand and to allow staff to assign rooms with preferred roommates.

All UWM residential housing is suite-style, with typically three to four bedrooms in one suite connected to a bathroom. Unlike many universities, UWM does not have large, communal restrooms.

Move-in times will be staggered more than usual to reduce crowding and allow for maximum social distancing. Details on move-in days and times will be announced later in the summer. Some housing units will be reserved for isolation space for residential students exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Exposed students will be asked to return home for their isolation period, but residents without that option can stay in the on-campus isolation rooms.

Students will be required to wear masks except when they are in their rooms or outside with enough room to maintain 6 feet of distance.

Dining will be available in some residence halls and the UWM Student Union. Meals will be ordered and paid for using a computer, cellphone or other mobile device. Service will be contactless.

Planning continues for the fall, and more details about campus housing and dining will be posted when the information is available.

Students, including freshmen, are welcome to live off campus. However, residence halls provide maximum flexibility, with prorated refunds guaranteed should public health conditions require a return to fully remote learning.

For more information on housing, see the University Housing website. If you have a question, please fill out this University Housing contact form and a staff member can respond by phone or email.

More information on the university’s plans for fall are available on the Fall 2020 Reopening webpages.

Free class on city of Milwaukee

UWM is offering a free online class this summer focused on the city of Milwaukee. The class – Milwaukee: Past, Present, Future – will run July 6-31 and be broken into four weeklong modules:

  • Week 1: Great City by a Great Lake: Natural and Built Environments
  • Week 2: Made in Milwaukee: Manufacturing, Industry and Labor in the Cream City
  • Week 3: Civil Rights Milwaukee: From Turner Hall to the 16th Street Bridge
  • Week 4: The City as Museum: Art, Culture and Community in Milwaukee

Each unit will include short video lectures, interesting readings and optional assignments designed to inspire participants’ creativity. For example, participants may be asked to write a poem or draw a map. They also will contribute to group discussions and have an opportunity to interact with professors one on one during virtual office hours.

UWM students, their parents and community members are welcome to take the course for personal enrichment. One college credit was available to the first 200 freshmen or transfer students who enrolled for credit. Those slots have been filled.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Milwaukee was already home to Wisconsin’s largest online education program, with over 850 online classes and more than 40 fully online degrees and certificates. Since March, UWM has invested more than $450,000 in hardware and software for remote instruction and faculty training. This summer, UWM’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is providing faculty and instructional staff with additional training in online and blended instruction, covering topics such as supporting students, building community and delivering content.