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.
  • Students will continue to monitor their health and Covid-19 symptoms. Use UWM’s symptom monitor to help out with that:

CGS is committed to creating a safe environment on its campuses. Weekly on-site testing now available to current CGS students.

UWM Rapid Results Testing

For the Spring semester, students, faculty, and staff who come to campus at least once per week will be tested every other week. These requirements apply to all three UWM campuses.

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


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.

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. Our 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:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

If you have a general question please email your respective Solution Center at (Washington County) or (Waukesha).

Academic Advising

Advising is available to students over the phone and via Teams. Walk-in advising is available the first week of the term from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Monday through Friday by following this link: Virtual Walk-In Advising. You can schedule a meeting with your Solution Center advisor here:  To login to Navigate click here.

Access to Computers

We will 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 spring term, please stop by your campus Library/Learning Commons for information.


Students needing technical assistance with CANVAS should go here: UWM Canvas Support. Please note that when a student enrolls in a class, it can take 24-48 hours for the class to appear in the student’s CANVAS.

Campus Bookstores

The UWM at Washington County, UWM at Waukesha, and UW Collaborative Bookstores (as branches of Follett) are available to expedite your book-buying needs for spring 2021 courses.  Follow the instructions below to purchase your spring 2021 books.  

Go to the website of the location that where the course originates:

IMPORTANT: check the section number in PAWS for your course.

  • If the section starts with a 5, i.e. 5002, the course is through UWM at Washington County
  • If the section starts with a 3, i.e. 3001, the course is through UWM at Waukesha
  • If the section is 201 and the course has a prefix of UWX – the course is through the UW Collaborative

Then follow these steps to select your textbooks: 

  1. In the middle of the page under “Get your Textbooks” click on Find your courses
  2. Click on Select department (select the course you are looking for)
  3. Click on Select course
  4. Click on Select Section (only if multiple sections available)
  5. Once you have selected your course or courses click on Find Materials
  6. Select what you would like to purchase and proceed to check out.

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

  • 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

COVID Testing Requirements

Students who come to campus at least once per week, whether it’s for a class or an on-campus job, must be tested every other week. These requirements apply to students at all three UWM campuses.

Rapid-results testing for students is being done at the UWM at Waukesha Field House and UWM at Washington County gymnasium on a rotating schedule. All students must make an appointment at Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms should not wait for an appointment and should instead get tested as soon as possible, whether that is on campus, at a community site or with their personal health care provider.

Once registered for a test on campus, students will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer a rapid-results antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone.

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 Services 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 or 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 is available for CGS students. Math and writing tutoring will take place in-person and online, while all subject-area tutoring 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 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 stop by the Academic Success Center (W100) for more information.

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

At the university level, a number of important sites are available for information pertaining to the virus. The main site is 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

Contact us with additional questions:

UWM at Washington County Solution Center or 262-335-5201

Academic Advising:

Mental Health Counseling:

UWM at Waukesha Solution Center or 262-521-5040

Academic Advising:

Mental Health Counseling: