UWM employee COVID-19 update

Timely communication is critical

Deans, division heads and other supervisors are asked to reach out to all employees to make sure that they are reading coronavirus updates from the Office of the Chancellor and University Relations & Communications. The coronavirus pandemic is spurring many rapid changes, and these messages summarize the most urgent and impactful campus decisions. With many people working remotely, it is critical that employees stay informed so that they can protect themselves and their families while completing their research, campus work and serving our students. Along with these summary updates from the Office of the Chancellor and University Relations & Communications, employees should watch for additional information from their supervisors and the heads of their units.

Libraries closing

Libraries at all three UWM campuses were closed as of 5 p.m. today until further notice.

Access to online databases, articles, and e-books continues uninterrupted, and many additional publishers are providing free, online access to their content during the coronavirus pandemic.

Reference support is available online. Interlibrary loan service has been disrupted by the pandemic, and it’s recommended that faculty submit requests for digital delivery of portions of books, rather than complete, physical editions of books.

See the Libraries’ Coronavirus Update page for the most complete and current information.

Campus access

There have been a number of questions about access to campus after academic buildings were locked yesterday. For the remainder of the semester, they will be accessible only to individuals with keys or other access to unlock the building. If you do not have a key or access card but need to get into a research lab, music studio or other facility on a regular basis for work, please contact your supervisor to arrange access.

If there are other special needs for unlocking a building, individuals should contact UWM Police at 414-229-4627. Those individuals will need to have appropriate employment permissions to enter the building, and those employees should be prepared to show a University ID.


Payroll deductions for parking and transportation will automatically stop for employees after the March deductions. The exception is a small number of employees with large balances who are past due.

For monthly employees, that means the last deduction will be taken out of the April 1 paycheck. For biweekly employees, the last deduction will be taken out of the March 26 paycheck.

Refunds for parking paid in advance

  • Monthly permits: Refunds will not be issued for monthly permits that have been valid for more than 10 days.
  • Semester and annual permits: Prorated refunds will be issued back to your credit card upon request.

To cancel a permit paid for with a credit card please fill out this UWM Transportations Services form. Due to high volume, please note that it may take up to four weeks before the refund appears on your credit card statement.

If you want to continue your bus permit, please contact Transportation Services at uwmpark@uwm.edu.

Those with parking permits for Lubar, NWQ, Pavilion, and Union can still park in those garages for the duration of the permit. The garages are only closed for parkers who do not have a permit.

UWM passwords

As of Friday, March 20, the current 180-day period before UWM login passwords expire will be extended to 365 days for all UWM faculty, staff and students with ePantherID. The hope is that this will help reduce the likelihood of inadvertent faculty, staff and student lockouts during UWM’s period of remote operations. Please contact the UWM Help Desk at (414) 229-4040 or visit their website if you have questions.

Microsoft Teams and campus technology

Your computer must have speakers and a microphone to use the online meeting and internal calling features of Microsoft Teams. University-provided headsets are available for UWM faculty and staff members whose devices do not have a speaker and microphone.

Headsets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and only one will be available per person. They can be picked up on campus weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through a “drive-through” service set up in the Merrill Hall parking lot (Lot #18) to help protect the health of our university community.

You must call (414) 229-5480 when you arrive at the Merrill lot and provide your name and UWM ID number. More information on pick-up and Microsoft Teams is available at the Campus Technology website.

Important note: There is also an “audio only” option for those who have not yet downloaded the Microsoft Teams app. Call-in information, which includes a phone number and conference ID number, is usually found in the notes section of your calendar invite to that meeting, below a link that says “Join Microsoft Teams meeting.”

Reminder: Information technology specialists from across campus have put together a detailed guide on how to prepare for working remotely.

Mail service and packages

Many packages are still being delivered to campus.

Any employee expecting a package from Amazon at a campus address must pick up that package at the Mail Services building.  Please call 414-229-4742, or send an email to warren@uwm.edu, if you plan to pick up a package.

If you are working remotely and use a campus address to receive Amazon packages, please change the Amazon delivery address to your home address.

Business-related FedEx and UPS deliveries should be directed to the Mail Services building:

115 E. Reindl Way
Glendale, WI 53212

UWM Mail Services is operating on regular hours from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Some departments have already contacted Mail Services about delivery arrangements. If your department has not, please call 414-229-4742, or send an email to warren@uwm.edu.

The delivery options are:

  • Delivery and pick up at your office, as usual (morning only)
  • Special circumstances and requests including, but not limited to
  • day-specific delivery (only M,W, F, for instance)
  • delivery to a central spot in the building for multiple departments
  • holding mail until further notice

To send out mail if you are not having regular delivery to your office, use the Mail Services drop boxes around campus.

Community News

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Latest coronavirus updates.

Wisconsin State Journal: Tony Evers restricts child care center capacity as state COVID-19 cases top 100

TMJ4: Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market stores to offer ‘senior hours’ seven days a week during coronavirus pandemic

CBS58: Kohl’s stores to close nationwide due to coronavirus

News links

Washington Post: The United States might have a secret weapon against coronavirus

New York Times: Census suspension “unprecedented,” UWM expert says

Cheddar: Financial hit to airline industry is “really, really bad,” UWM economist says

Milwaukee Magazine: UWM archive is chronicling Milwaukee’s coronavirus experience