UWM Residency Policy Update

UWM Residency Policy Update

Story courtesy of University Housing

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is continuing planning for a healthy, safe and successful Fall 2020 semester. While a number of possibilities are still being considered for fall instruction, we are writing you today about plans for University Housing.

As you may know from previous emails, we have slowed our University Housing contract and assignment process, to make sure that the living and learning environment in University Housing supports the academic environment on campus.

Thus far, we have extended the priority deadline for contracts, removed the housing pre-requisite steps to sign up for New Student Orientation, and postponed our release of housing assignments. All of these changes have been done to give you and your family more time to determine your best options.

Today, we are announcing another change: Effective immediately, UWM will not be enforcing the residency requirement for Fall 2020 new students.

This change will have different effects, depending on where you are in the housing process.

  1. Students who have not signed a contract or started the exemption process will have an automatic exemption processed on their behalf. No action will be needed to become exempt. This exemption would not stop a student from signing a University Housing contract, if they decide they still want to live in University Housing.
  2. Students who started the exemption process but have not yet received an approval will have their pending exemptions granted without any further documentation or correspondence needed.
  3. Students who already signed a University Housing Contract are not affected by this change. However, they may now be able to cancel their contract, subject to the deadlines and terms outlined in it. May 31 is an upcoming cancellation deadline. Students who cancel their University Housing Contract on or before May 31 will only forfeit their $50 non-refundable portion of the deposit. The other $50 would be refunded via PAWS.

Updates to PAWS and your housing checklists may still take a few days to process.

While final determinations for Fall 2020 are still being made, it’s likely that University Housing will not be able to house as many students as previously projected. It is our intention to house as many students as possible, while staying within the guidance provided by public health officials.

If University Housing has to cancel some Fall 2020 contracts, more information about that process, timeline, and effects will be emailed when it becomes available.

With all of these options, students are encouraged to choose a living arrangement that is most conducive to their health, well-being, safety and learning, whether that be living in a family home, on-campus in University Housing, or renting off-campus this fall. We know many students call Milwaukee their home, and the Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource for students who wish to live off-campus in the neighborhoods around UWM.

There is no rush to find housing in Milwaukee. You can wait until decisions are made on fall instruction to make a housing decision appropriate for your family and your personal situation. Incoming UWM students considering living off-campus this fall should attend the Neighborhood Housing Office session during orientation. For individualized advice and support, schedule a virtual meeting with a trained NHO staff member to discuss off-campus options and learn more about living on Milwaukee’s east side.

Story posted May 28, 2020