UWM Foundation employee tests negative for coronavirus, school also canceling study abroad programs

Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 17:55:35-04

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has announced a UWM Foundation employee has tested negative for coronavirus. The school also canceled all spring semester study abroad programs.

The school says they are working to bring the 63 students back to the United States.

UWM also canceled faculty-led study abroad programs planned for the summer of 2020 to France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. The university is evaluating its remaining faculty-led summer study abroad programs to other countries.

The school also announced the following:

  • The UWM Foundation employee who was tested earlier in the week for COVID-19 is not infected with the virus.
  • The university advised students who are returning home or to an off-campus residence during the extended spring break from March 15 to 29 and the period of alternate instruction from March 30 to April 10 to take essential items such as laptops, medications and items related to coursework. While UWM residence halls will remain open, the university is discouraging trips back and forth to retrieve items in order to slow the spread of disease.
  • Key facilities, including the Golda Meir Library, Klotsche Center, UWM Children’s Center and the UWM Student Union will remain open during spring break and the period of alternate instruction.
  • The university confirmed that it still plans to hold its two commencement ceremonies on May 17. Any changes will be announced well in advance of graduation.

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