University Housing Priority Updates Before Move-In

University Housing Priority Updates Before Move-In

With move-in to University Housing beginning this week, email communication was sent to all student contract holders with a number of informational and policy reminders.

Please continue to remind your students to check their UWM emails for the latest information on housing and other operational and academic matters for the fall 2020 semester.

The full text of the email message from housing is below:

We look forward to having you on campus here in Milwaukee in the coming weeks! The following information is essential to read before you arrive on campus.

In preparation for Fall 2020 Move-In, University Housing would like to take this opportunity to remind our incoming residents and guests of campus health and safety protocols related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, contained within this message you will find resources and information intended to assist you in the event you are significantly impacted by COVID-19 in the days leading up to Move-In.

Prior to your Move-In day, students and guests should familiarize themselves with public health and university guidelines, many of which are outlined below. We specifically encourage students and guests to begin self-monitoring, using the COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

If, as your Move-In day approaches, you test positive for COVID-19 or find yourself experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not come to campus and contact your medical provider.

Individuals who arrive on campus exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may be turned away and instructed to return after a 14-day quarantine period. More information can be found below on how to reschedule your Move-In date and time due to COVID-19.

Anyone who visits campus or participates in UWM-sponsored activities, including Move-In, is expected to follow the following public health and university guidelines:

  • Engage in recommended hygiene practices:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid using others’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect shared work areas, tools and equipment before and after each use by an individual.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever feasible.
  • Do not congregate in groups above the size recommended by public health officials and as designated by campus officials.
  • Use cloth face mask coverings according to our campus policy (see below). Students need to bring their own mask to wear on campus. If a student cannot afford a mask, or is unable to attain a mask, they can contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance.
    • UWM strives to create an environment that will allow our students, faculty and staff to live, learn and research to the maximum amount possible. Our community includes members who have heightened risk factors themselves or within their families. To protect those participating in UWM instruction and other activities, non-surgical face mask coverings (i.e. cloth face masks) must be used and 6-foot social distancing observed by all students, faculty and staff while on UWM property or engaged in UWM-sponsored activities.
      • Outside:
        • Six-foot social distancing should always be used unless the space prevents distancing.
        • Masks are required when/where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
      • Inside:
        • Six-foot social distancing should be maintained unless the space prevents distancing.
        • Masks are always required, with limited exceptions subject to approval by the individual’s supervisor or instructor, such as where an individual’s own health condition prevents the wearing of the mask.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. See the CDC’s Website for more information about COVID19 symptoms. In addition to this document, see the CDC’s Website for more information about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms. Additional guidance related to monitoring symptoms is currently under development. If you have traveled, review guidelines upon your return related to your specific route and destination. Follow public health guidance related to self-quarantine after travel. Travel recommendations continue to change and should be monitored regularly.
  • Follow all state, local and federal laws, rules, and orders relating to COVID-19 – in the event there is a conflict among such guidance, the most stringent measures are applicable. Such guidance may be issued by the following governments/entities:
    • City
    • County
    • State
    • Federal
    • UW System

The success of these guidelines is dependent on universal application of the above principles by all community members.

If, as your Move-In day approaches, you test positive for COVID-19 or find yourself experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not come to campus.

If this situation arises, we ask that you reschedule your Move-In for a date and time after the 14-day quarantine period has passed. To reschedule your Move-In date and time, please click the appropriate link:

Article posted August 19, 2020