Panther Family Association

The mission of the Panther Families Association is to build collaborative partnerships between parents, families and UWM for the common goal of student learning, personal growth and development, student success and engagement with the institution.

You can get involved with the Panther Family Association and its resources and events in a number of ways.

Chapman 180B • 414-251-7276 • panther-families@uwm.edu

Panther Family Guide

The Panther Family Guide is edited and maintained by the Panther Family Association as a key resource for all Panther families.

The online format allows for direct links to campus offices, resources, and information as well as the ability to update regularly. The guide is a great companion as you assist your student in navigating their experience on the UWM campus.

If you notice out-of-date information, please alert us by emailing the Panther Family Association.

If you represent a department at UWM that would like to have its resources added, please email the Panther Family Association with updated information.

For more information:

Location – Chapman Hall
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2310 E Hartford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Email: panther-families@uwm.edu

Phone: (414) 229-5188

Tips for Family Members

Has your student talked with their Peer Mentor and/or Resident Assistant?
These student leaders can refer your students to all the resources UWM has to offer.

How is your student connecting to UWM?
Have they made friends, or joined a study group or a student organization? What about campus employment, intramural sports, undergraduate research, or studying abroad?

Has your student signed up for tutoring?
Many students wait too long to access tutoring or supplemental instruction, making it difficult to catch up. Tutoring is not just for students who may be struggling in a course; it provides valuable supplemental instruction for students at all skill levels. The Writing Center can also benefit writers of all levels by providing feedback on their work.

Is your student making healthy decisions?
Are they exercising and eating healthy? What about getting enough sleep? Have their social behaviors changed? Many resources highlighted within this guide exist on campus to help your students make healthy choices.

Has your student met with their academic advisor?
Advisors play a major role in student success. They can inform students about academic program requirements and ensure they take the necessary courses to graduate in a timely fashion. Additionally, advisors can inform students of all add/drop deadlines and any fees associated with courses.

Has your student gotten to know their professors?
Are they attending and participating in classes regularly? Have they been to visit their professors during office hours?

How will your student pay for college?
Have they completed their FAFSA? What about scholarship applications? Have they found on-campus employment?

Student Advocacy and Engagement

The Advocacy and Engagement Department of the Division of Student Affairs leads division-wide equity initiatives that support our strategic plan and contribute to the overarching goals and strategy set by the Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO) and the Chancellor. We work to build relationships with key stakeholders within Student Affairs and UWM to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are thoroughly embedded in the culture of the organization. Additionally, we provide consultation and facilitation to leaders and teams in managing the change associated with building a strong cultural competency and inclusive organization.

FERPA/Student Records

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

When your students were in elementary and high school, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your students specific rights to access and control their educational records. Now that your students are in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your students.

According to FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. While family members understandably have a vested interest in students’ academic progress, they are not automatically granted access to their student’s records without written consent.
In our experience, open and honest communication about academic standing and grades is the best way to help students succeed. Begin discussions with your students now about your expectations and how you would like to see their progress reported to you.

Student FERPA Consent

There are two options for students who want to provide third parties (parents, organizations, employers, etc.) with access to their FERPA-protected records.

  1. Designate Access in PAWS.  Designate access allows a student to issue unique PAWS login credentials to a third party that can be used to view To-Do Lists, Grades, and Financial Information, including making bill payments.  Students control the login credentials directly in PAWS.
  2. Student Consent Release.  Student consent release is designed to allow students to authorize a third party to receive academic, financial, financial aid, housing, or disciplinary records. Students are able to initiate, manage, and expire their consents directly through PAWS, although a universal paper form also exists, primarily for former students who no longer can access PAWS. Additional information on third-party access to student records can be found on the One Stop website.  New students will begin receiving information about the FERPA consent functionality in PAWS at upcoming orientations this summer.

How are grades reported?

At UWM, grades are reported electronically directly to students via their PAWS account. Typically, students will see grades and academic standing reported on PAWS within two weeks of final exams ending.

Registrar’s Office • Mellencamp 274  • (414) 229-3800 • registrar.uwm.edu

Student Directory Information and Public Records

As a public university, UWM is subject to Wisconsin public records law. Unless a student opts out, UWM is required to provide access to information designated as student directory data upon request to third parties. For more detailed information about how to restrict access to student directory data via PAWS or place a complete block on student records, please see the One-Stop website. UWM’s Office of Public Records can also provide more information.

For more information:
Office of Public Records – Chapman Hall 180B | public-records@uwm.edu | (414) 229-2849

Campus Technology

Campus Technology Connect with the technology services and resources that will allow you to achieve whatever you choose to pursue with Campus Technology. Contact the UWM Help Desk for technology assistance Make sure you know your ePantherID and password; do not share your… Read More

Student Handbook

The UWM Dean of Students Office maintains an online handbook of resources for your student. UWM provides tools and resources to assist students in navigating challenges and getting the most out of their UWM educational experience. Students can also learn more about conduct policies, academic policies, housing policies, and more.

For more information: https://uwm.edu/studenthandbook/
Student Union 345 | dos@uwm.edu | (414) 229-4632

Transportation

Transportation Services

Union WG25 • (414) 229-4000; uwmpark@uwm.edu

Parking Information

Campus Parking Passes

  • Commuter student parking and residential parking is available at parking garages around campus. Monthly fees vary.
  • Students living in the Sandburg Residence Halls may purchase semester-long reserved parking in the Sandburg garage.
  • There are a limited number of reserved parking spaces available for residents in Cambridge Commons and RiverView on a semester-long basis. Monthly parking is available at Kenilworth.
  • The most up-to-date rate information is available online.

Mobile Payments

With Mobile Pay, customers can use their mobile phones to pay for parking, extend their parking session remotely, receive notifications before their parking sessions expire, as well as view and print their receipts online. Parking customers with any type of mobile phone will have the ability to seamlessly start a parking session, whether it’s by app, mobile website, phone call, or text.

Pay Stations

There are over 20 garages and lots on campus with rates varying from $1.00 to $3.00 per hour. The pay stations will accept bills, coins, Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

UPARK

This is a satellite parking lot at Capitol/Humboldt and a shuttle bus system developed to address the parking needs of commuting students. The cost is part of student segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when it is used by students. On-campus parking is extremely limited, and parking on the streets surrounding UWM is also difficult. This location provides free parking and a free bus ride to campus– you just need to register your vehicles online and have a campus ID.

Public Transportation and Campus Shuttle Information

Be On the Safe Side (B.O.S.S.)

B.O.S.S. is a late-night safe ride service available to UWM students. It operates every day between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am during the traditional academic calendar and 7 pm-midnight during UWinteriM and summer. Students may get a ride within approximately a two-mile radius from campus. To schedule a ride, either download the free app TapRide, call (414) 229-6503, or use the walk-up window in the Student Union. Using TapRide, you can view the vehicle on a map and receive a notification once it has arrived. B.O.S.S. is funded through segregated fees, so there are no additional charges to use the service. See uwm.edu/transportation/boss/ for more information.

Union WG25 • (414) 229-6503

Prowl Line

The Prowl Line is a shuttle that provides direct transportation from residence halls and the Capitol and Humboldt (UPARK) Lot to the main campus. To use the service, riders need to present their PantherCard to a scanner for the driver. Guests of UWM Housing residents may accompany a UWM student and must present photo identification to the driver. See uwm.edu/transportation/prowlline/ for more information.

UPASS

It’s a semester-long bus pass that can be used on any MCTS bus route. The cost is part of student segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when it is used. A valid student ID is required each time the card is used. The UPASS can be used to travel for any purpose and to any route destination. It’s good at any time on any day, including weekends and holidays. See uwm.edu/transportation/upass/ for more information.

Getting Home

For more information: https://uwm.edu/transportation/
Union WG25 | uwmpark@uwm.edu | (414) 229-4000

UWM at Washington County

Families of students on the UWM at Washington County campus are also members of our Panther Family Association.

Some of the resources detailed in other sections of this guide are also available to your students while attending classes in West Bend. The UWM at Washington County campus also has its own collection of extensive resources to ensure the success of your student.

Many of those resources can be located by visiting the Campus Life section of the UWM at Washington County website.

The Solutions Center, which is part of Student Affairs at UWM at Washington County, is also home to a great number of student resources.

For more information:
400 S. University Drive, West Bend | wsh-cgs@uwm.edu | (262) 335-5200

UWM at Waukesha County

Families of students on the UWM at Waukesha campus are also members of our Panther Family Association.

Some of the resources detailed in other sections of this guide are also available to your students while attending classes in Waukesha. The UWM at Waukesha campus also has its own collection of extensive resources to ensure the success of your student.

Many of those resources can be located by visiting the Campus Life section of the UWM at Waukesha website.

The Solutions Center, which is part of Student Affairs at UWM at Waukesha, is also home to a great number of student resources.

For more information:

1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha | wak-info@uwm.edu | (262) 521-5040