Parent/Family Orientation


Panther Families

Stay connected to UWM! 

We understand the crucial role that parents and families play in the college experience, and we realize that maintaining communications with your UWM student is important, whether you live hundreds of miles away, or just down the block.  In order to help you support your student throughout his or her college career at UWM, we created the Panther Families Web Site.  Visit and bookmark www.pantherfamilies.uwm.edu, where you will find:

·       A free electronic subscription to Panther Family News;

·       Frequently Asked Questions;

·       Important dates, deadlines, and announcements;

·       Information about events especially for parents and families.

If you can’t find what you need on the web site, you can contact us at 414-229-5188 or at panther-families@uwm.edu.

Presentations and documents from Family Orientation

Academic Resources

UWM Bookstore

Career Development Center

Commuter Student Services

Panther Families and Neighborhood Relations

Financial Aid

Health and Safety

Recreational Sport and Facilities

Technology

University Housing

New Student Orientation Welcome Session

Family Orientation Closing




Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

When your child was in elementary and high school, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your child rights to access and control your child's educational records. Now that your child is in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your son or daughter. According to FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. While parents understandably have a vested interest in a student's academic progress, they are not automatically granted access to a student's records without written consent of the student.

In our experience, open and honest communication between families and students about academic standing and student’s grades is the best way to help them succeed. Begin discussions with your student now about your expectations and how you would like to see your student’s progress reported to you. More detailed information about your student's rights under FERPA and resources available to you as a parent can be found at www.ferpa.uwm.edu.

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.

Records and Graduation
Mellencamp 274
(414) 229-4226
desgrades@uwm.edu
www.des.uwm.edu

Stay Connected via PAWS

Under the Federal Reporting and Privacy Act (FERPA), UWM, like all institutions of higher education, is precluded from giving non-directory student information to parents, guardians, spouses or other individuals without specific, written permission from students or in the case of emergency.   However, we recognize that as someone connected to a UWM student, there are situations in which it would be beneficial for you (and your student!) if you had access to certain information that we have historically only provided directly to the students themselves.

As an important step in facilitating connections between families and students, UWM offers a feature within our PAWS student information system called “Designate Access”.  By utilizing designated access, students will now have the ability to give up to three individuals their own unique login and password for PAWS and assign them permission to see/do any combination of the following:

§  View “To Do” items

§  View Financial Aid

§  View Billing Statements

§  Make a Payment

§  View Grades

If you are interested in being able to have your own access to this information within your student’s PAWS account, your first step is to connect with your student as they alone can set this up.  Step-by-step tutorials to guide students through setting up your designated access are available as are instructions for you to follow once your student has granted you access at https://www4.uwm.edu/paws/students/designate.cfm

 

NeighborHood Relations and Panther Family Communications
   Contact: Heather Harbach
   Email: harbach@uwm.edu
   Phone:414-229-4451
   Panther Families Website: www.pantherfamilies.uwm.edu
   Email: panther-families@uwm.edu
   Phone: 414-229-5188
   Family Weekend: www.familyweekend.uwm.edu
   
Financial Aid
   Contact Information:
   Mellencamp Hall, Room 162
   P.O. Box 469
   Milwaukee, WI 53201-0469
   Phone: 414-229-4541
Fax: 414-229-5699
Email: finaid@uwm.edu
   www.uwm.edu/financialaid
   www.Fafsa.ed.gov
   PAWS - www.paws.uwm.edu
   www.studentloans.gov
   
Health and Safety
   Non-Emergency: 414-229-4627
   Emergency: 414-229-9911
   BOSS Van Services: 414-229-6503

Welcome and Closing

   www.fafsa.ed.gov
   www.pantherfamilies.uwm.edu

Technology
   Tech Store www.Techstore.uwm.edu
   Tech Repair www.Techrepair.uwm.edu
   Software Purchases www.Wiscsoftware.wisc.edu
   Anti-virus Software www.Security.uwm.edu
   Epanther ID www.Epantherid.uwm.edu
   Computer Campus Labs www.ccl.uwm.edu
   Panther Access to Web Services (PAWS) www.paws.uwm.edu
   Desire 2 Learn (D2L) www.d2l.uwm.edu
   PantherLink www.pantherlink.uwm.edu
   PantherFile www.pantherfile.uwm.edu
   Poster Printing www.creativeservices.uwm.edu
   Survey Instrument www.surveyinstrument.uwm.edu
   Mobile www.mobile.uwm.edu
   Consequences www.dmca.uwm.edu
   Student Employment www.uitsstudentjobs.uwm.edu
   UWM Technology www.technology.uwm.edu
   Free Short Courses www.shortcourses.uwm.edu
   UWM Help Desk www.gettechhelp.uwm.edu or 414-229-4040

University Housing
   Website: www.universityhousing.uwm.edu
   Phone: 414-229-4065 or 1-800-622-0286
   Email: contract-group@uwm.edu
   Facebook: www.facebook.com/UWMUniversityHousing
   Twitter: @UWMreshalls

Student Accessibility Center (SAC)
   Director: Laurie Petersen
   Room: Mitchell 112
   Email: laurie@uwm.edu
   Phone: 414-229-6287

Learning Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders
   Staff: Barbara Simon
   Room: Mitchell 113A
   Email: barbaras@uwm.edu
   Phone: 414-229-4564

Learning Disability and Brain Injuries
  Staff: Ann Kowaliczko
  Room: Mitchell 113B
  Email: Kowalicz@uwm.edu
  Phone: 229-6239


Blind/Visually Impaired

  Staff: Jean Salzer
  Room: Mitchell B16
  Email: jenao@uwm.edu
  Phone: 414-229-5660

Deaf/Hard of Hearing
 Staff: Jason Altmann
 Room: Mitchell 116C
  Email: altmann@uwm.edu
  TTY: 414-229-3871

Psychological and Systemic Disabilities

  Jon Broskowski
  Room: Mitchell 116C
  Email: bros@uwm.edu
  Phone: 414-229-6730

Panther Academic Support Services (Pass)
   Office: Bolton 120
   Phone: 414-229-3726
   Email: pass@uwm.edu
   Website: www.uwm.edu/PASS

Neighborhood Housing
   Website: www.neighborhoodhousing.uwm.edu
   Email: coastldrs@uwm.edu
   Phone: 414-229-6999