Student Information for Campus Reopening for UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha

The UWM College of General Studies (CGS) priority is the safety of students, staff, and the community. Each employee, student, and community member has an important role to play in maintaining a safe environment. Read UWM’s Health and Safety Policy here.

  • Students will wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Face coverings/masks must cover both the nose and mouth. Some exceptions to this face mask rule exist.
  • Students will maintain six-foot physical distance, space allowing.
  • Students are expected to follow safety guidelines on UWM branch campuses.

CGS is committed to creating a safe environment on its campuses. Free at-home testing is now available to current CGS students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The tests are self-administered PCR tests, the same high-quality testing used at hospitals and clinics. Students can administer the test at home, send in the sample following the manufacturer’s instructions, and receive results back in about two to three days.

How to get your free COVID-19 test

1. Visit the UWM online Symptom Checker to verify that you have symptoms identified with COVID-19.

2. Contact by phone or email your local Student Solution Center:

UWM at Washington County Solution Center
wsh-cgs@uwm.edu or 262-335-5201

UWM at Waukesha Solution Center
wak-cgs@uwm.edu or 262-521-5040

3. Pick up your test kit and go home to test yourself.

4. Stay in quarantine until you receive your test results.

Depending on your test results, instructions will tell you what to do next. While you are waiting for your results, keep others safe: stay at home and quarantine yourself from others.

If you are expressing COVID-19 symptoms, it’s important to test yourself and to stay away from other people to avoid infecting them.

UWM Rapid Results Testing

UWM and other UW System campuses are serving as locations for a federal “surge testing” effort aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The program done in partnership with UW System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free, rapid-results tests for community members age 5 and older, as well as UWM employees and students at UWM’s Waukesha and Washington County campuses. Students on the main campus in Milwaukee continue to be tested through UWM’s existing antigen testing program.

Read more on this testing availability on our main College of General Studies Coronavirus page or by visiting UWM’s Rapid Results Testing page.

Self-reporting

If you test positive for COVID-19, it’s important to let UWM know with this COVID-19 self-reporting tool. When you self-report, you’ll receive coursework flexibility and wellness checks from the UWM College of Nursing. Another benefit to self-reporting is it allows UWM to get accurate data, which lets us work effectively with local health departments to keep our community safe.

Other facts about self-reporting:

  • UWM won’t share your name with other students or people outside the university.
  • Students who test positive and self-report will not get in trouble. UWM’s only goal is to provide students with academic and health resources.
  • Self-reporting data helps UWM make informed decisions about the health and safety of our community.

 

The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here.

The College of General Studies held a virtual town hall for students and parents on August 11th. A variety of topics were covered between campus safety, library services, academics, student services, and more. Watch the recording below.

Resources for Branch Campus Students

The following list explains how specific resources will be available for branch campus students this semester.

The Solution Center and Student Affairs Offices

These offices continue to serve students. The Solution Center is open for limited services and walk-in traffic. We ask that you call or email your questions in advance of stopping in the office.  Most student affairs staff will continue to work remotely, while some staff will have in-person hours as well.

In-person office hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed Fridays

Remote office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you have a general question please email your respective Solution Center at wsh-cgs@uwm.edu (Washington County) or wak-cgs@uwm.edu (Waukesha).

Academic Advising

Advising is available to students over the phone and via Teams.  You can schedule a meeting with your Solution Center advisor here:  To login to Navigate click here.

Access to Computers

We have a small number of computers available for check-out through the main campus and branch campuses. If you are in need of a loaner laptop for the fall term, please stop by your campus Library/Learning Commons for information.

Campus Bookstores

Washington County

  • Bookstore Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9a – 2p & Friday 9a – 1p.
  • Bookstore capacity is 3 people.
  • Textbook area will be limited to store staff only.
  • Social distancing is required.

Because of these practices, we are strongly encouraging students to purchase their course materials prior to the start of the semester. Included in this email is a link to the bookstore website where you can chose to have your materials sent to your home or request in store pick up. To avoid a long wait time for in store pick up, we suggest you order early and pick up as soon as possible after you receive your available for pick up notification.

UWMWashCoStore.com

Waukesha

  • Bookstore Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9a – 2p & Friday 9a – 1p.
  • The bookstore capacity is 5 people.
  • Textbook area will be limited to store staff only.
  • Social distancing is required.

Because of these practices, we are strongly encouraging students to purchase their course materials prior to the start of the semester. Included in this email is a link to the bookstore website where you can chose to have your materials sent to your home or request in store pick up. To avoid a long wait time for in store pick up, we suggest you order early and pick up as soon as possible after you receive your available for pick up notification.

UWMWaukeshaStore.com

Career Services

Career Services is available to students over the phone and via Teams.  Students can email to ask questions regarding resumes, cover letters, internships, jobs, etc.  In addition, students have access to online Career Services resources through the UWM at Waukesha https://uwm.edu/waukesha/campus-life/career-resources/

  • Job and internship searching – Handshake, MilwaukeeJobs, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.
  • Career exploration – MyPlan, ONET, CareerOneStop, etc. Includes videos to learn about careers
  • Interviewing, resumes and cover letters – UWM Career Planning and Resource Center’s online resources, BigInterview

Instructor Office Hours

All instructors are expected to hold office hours in some format. This could be done on Teams, in Canvas, by phone, etc.  If you are having trouble reaching an instructor, please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

Library Services

Library Service are taking place both in-person and virtually.

Research Materials:

Research Help:

Keeping up to date:

The UWM Libraries will provide updates related to the coronavirus on our website. Follow us on social media to keep up with what libraries are doing and how we can help you.

Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Counseling is available to students over the phone and via Teams. Email Counseling Services at your respective campus at wsh-counseling@uwm.edu or wak-counseling@uwm.edu to schedule an appointment.

Student Life

Student Life will have both in-person and virtual events each week.  Watch your campus email for a weekly listing of events. You can also find a list of upcoming events on the Waukesha and Washington County event pages.

Tutoring

Tutoring is available for CGS students.  Math tutoring will take place in-person and/or remotely, while all other tutoring and writing services will be offered remotely.

Washington County Tutoring
  • Writing: Students have two options to receive help with their writing this semester.
  • Math: The Academic Success Center will provide face-to-face and virtual math tutoring. Please contact Matthew Madsen at mamadsen@uwm.edu for more information regarding math tutoring or stop by the Academic Success Center next to the Learning Commons.
Waukesha Tutoring
  • Writing: Students have three options to receive help with their writing this semester.
  • Math: The Academic Success Center will remain open to provide face-to-face and virtual math tutoring. Please contact Joseph Kilroy at jpkilroy@uwm.edu for more information regarding math tutoring or stop by the Academic Success Center (W100).

Information about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and FAQ’s

The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here. At the university level, a number of important sites are available for information pertaining to the virus. The main site is https://uwm.edu/coronavirus. The site contains the latest developments in the University’s preventative efforts, responses to the numerous questions coming in for all three campuses (on the FAQ pages), information on symptoms to watch for and best health practices, University policies and restrictions on travel, and hygienic and cleaning tips. You can follow University updates at https://uwm.edu/coronavirus/category/updates/.

Contact us with additional questions:

UWM at Washington County Solution Center
wsh-cgs@uwm.edu or 262-335-5201

Academic Advising: wsh-adv@uwm.edu

Mental Health Counseling: wsh-counseling@uwm.edu

UWM at Waukesha Solution Center
wak-cgs@uwm.edu or 262-521-5040

Academic Advising: wak-adv@uwm.edu

Mental Health Counseling: wak-counseling@uwm.edu