UW-Green Bay is one UW System school that will give refunds for housing expenses | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

UW System Schools are preparing to give refunds back to students for housing and dining expenses. UW-Green Bay’s early estimate of refunds is estimated at $2.1 million, according to Director of Residence Life Gail Sims-Aubert. More via ‘Pretty devastating’: UW Systems estimates campuses will refund $78 million in housing, dining expenses | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 

UW-Green Bay Interim Building Access Policy

Effective at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will limit building access to all campuses locations consistent with the Interim Building Access Policy.  The Interim Policy is enacted to comply with Governor Evers #SaferatHome Emergency Order which directs all individuals in the State of Wisconsin to stay at home or at their place of residence, with few exceptions.

Starting on March 25, 2020 all doors to all campus buildings, with the exception of Residence Life building were locked.  The Interim Policy will continue the locking of all campuses buildings, with the exception of Residence Life, but permit limited access to employees or student researchers consistent with the Interim Policy. Access at the Green Bay Campus will be permitted as follows:

  1. Employees who perform a function essential for the care and maintenance of State property or the safety and security of campus personal and students;
  2. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall  Main Entrance Doors for authorized individuals; individuals who have been named by their supervisor as needing to have limited access to a campus for an operational purpose (e.g. picking up mail, accessing equipment which is not available remotely);
  3. On rare occasions, individuals who require access beyond the “Access Hours” and upon the explicit approval by a Supervisor and notification to University Police;

All other access is prohibited at this time.

It is asked that you cooperate with this process to ensure that we can continue to control the number of people who are accessing campus and comply with the Governor’s Order.  Specifically;

  1. Prior to coming to campus, please confirm with your supervisor that you are an authorized individual.  ndividuals who are not on the authorized person list will not be allowed access, and asked to leave and return after the supervisor has authorized access;
  2. Please park in the Union parking slots. If not slots are available, please park in the Kress Event Center Lots. Do not park or stand your car in the circle in front of MAC Hall;
  3. Please make sure you bring your Employee/Student ID with you.  Upon confirmation of your access, you will be issued a tag to place your ID in.  You will be required to display this ID at all times while you are on campus.
  4. Please limit your time on campus. Certain task may require individuals to be present for an extend period of time, please do not use Access Hours to facilitate any work that could be performed remotely.  It is not the intent of the Access Hours to facilitate a more convenient or quite work space, but to facilitate work that cannot be performed remotely.  Presence in campus buildings beyond what is absolutely necessary to serve the educational mission of the institution is in violation of the Governor’s Order.

Employees at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan (other than those performing functions essential for the care and maintenance of State property or the safety and security of campus personal) and students should contact their CEO by email to discuss access to those locations.  

Please understand that these restrictions on access, while disruptive, is essential to adherence to the Governor’s Order and serves to mitigate the current COVID-19 Crisis.  Your cooperation with these restrictions is appreciated.

If you have further questions, please contact your supervisor or CEO of your campus.

UW-Green Bay Refund FAQs

Will I receive a refund for the following charges:

  • Tuition is not being refunded because courses are continuing to be offered, although via alternative methods. If earned by completing your courses, as in any semester, credits will be awarded, bringing students closer to the completion of their degrees. The UW System believes this is the best path forward, rather than ending all courses without any credits awarded, postponing the completion of degrees by all students. 
  • Segregated fees are not being refunded. Services such as the Counseling and Health Center, Student Life, UREC and the Pride Center are still providing services to students via alternative methods.  Please see their individual websites or social media for specifics.
  • Housing: The Office of Residence Life will be refunding students for the unused portion of their 2019-2020 housing contract. Refund amounts will be calculated from the end of spring break per UWS guidance. Refunds will be calculated based on this date if students complete the check-out process by 10:00PM on Friday, March 27, 2020. Refunds issued to students who depart after the deadline will be based on the actual date of departure. Refunds will only be issued to students who complete the check-out process in its entirety. Students who have questions should reach out to the Office of Residence Life at 920-465-2040. Please act promptly.
  • Parking fees will not be refunded for students or employees. While we understand that many individuals will not be using parking through the end of the semester, we are unable facilitate a refund because the parking fees will still be used towards the maintenance, repair, and resurfacing of roads and parking lots.  All of those items continue to be necessary regardless of whether individuals are using the lots.
  • Meal Plans: Residential students with meal plans who check-out and leave campus will automatically have their refunds calculated based on their check-out date. Non-residential students who want to cancel their meal plans can do so by requesting that by emailing universityid@uwgb.edu Dining dollars will be refunded as part of the meal plan refund process.  Pass points will continue to roll forward to the Fall 2020 semester.  Please note we have already worked to transition our campus dining program to carry-out only. All meal plans have had their transfer and reuse restrictions removed.  Meal plan refunds and adjustments will be processed as soon as possible. For meal plan and dining questions please email universityid@uwgb.edu.
  • Special course fees? We are currently reviewing the campus process for this course by course.

I was a student employee.  Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

Student employees are excluded from unemployment benefits by both federal and state law. The university recognizes student employees are a vital asset to keeping our university running.   UW System is looking for options to provide support to our student employees at this challenging time, but nothing as been determined at this time.  Future updates will be sent directly to student employees via their university email accounts.

I have work study through financial aid.  What will happen with those funds?

At this time, the Federal Work Study situation is still being evaluated. As new information becomes available, we will notify the individuals impacted by this.  Please watch your university email account.

My travel course is canceled, will I receive a refund? 

Yes payments made for travel courses that have been canceled will be refunded. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Education at oie@uwgb.edu

Will I be charged the $25 per credit distance education fee for my class since I am now taking the class on line? 

No additional fee will be charged due to all classes being temporarily offered online. If you have a new fee you do not understand, please contact the Bursar’s Office at bursar@uwgb.edu

Will I be refunded the $25 per credit distance ed fee since everyone is taking online classes and not everyone has to pay?

No refunds of the distance ed fee will be processed for a student that had originally enrolled in the online courses.

Will changes to my financial aid still be processed and will I still receive a refund on my student account?

Yes refunds on student accounts will continue to be processed.  If you have signed up for electronic refunding, you will receive the refund as an ACH to your bank account.  Paper checks will be mailed to your home address contained in SIS and will not be available for pickup in the Bursar office.  Please review your SIS account to confirm the home address is accurate.

If I have an outstanding account balance, and I am unable to come to campus to make a payment, will I still be charged interest on my account balance?

The application of interest on student account balances for the Spring 2020 term has been temporarily suspended through the end of May.

How can I make payment on my student account if I can’t come to campus?

You are able to make payment on your student account online. Payment using an electronic check is free.  Credit or debit card payments are accepted online which does have a 2.75% surcharge.  Payments can also be mailed to the Bursar’s Office, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311.  Please include your student ID number with the payment.

How can I get my student account refund check if I am not supposed to be on campus?

The Bursar staff will be mailing all refunds checks to your home address that is in SIS. Please review your home address in SIS to confirm it is accurate.  Checks will not be available for pickup at the Bursar Office.  You can also sign up for Electronic refunding through your SIS account. 

How can I pay my parking citation?

There are two ways you can pay your parking citation. The first is to mail it in.  Payments can be mailed to the Bursar’s Office, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311.  You can also call the Bursar’s Office and make a payment by phone.  Their number is 920-465-2224.

Wello releases a webinar ‘Connecting for Well-Being with Wello’ featuring former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung

Wello, a local nonprofit focused on improving health and well-being in Brown County, released today, an episode of our webinar seriesConnecting for Well-Being with Wello” featuring former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung discussing how to use psychological science to cope with the stress of the current times including an upcoming, free series he is leading.

Addie Sorbo creates Facebook group to help people stay connected

Spectrum News — The coronavirus has forced us all to practice Social Distancing. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a blueprint. A Facebook group popped up a week ago to help people stay connected, when they are physically apart. The NEW Social Distancing – Together group started in Green Bay but is gaining momentum across the state. Addie Sorbo (UW-Green Bay instructor) is the founder.

“It’s definitely a support thing. This is a new thing for a lot of people and we’re trying to figure it out, There’s this crazy thing going on in the world that we’re really unsure of but how can we support each other?” said Sorbo.In the group’s first two days it reached one thousand members.Beth Macco is a stay at home mom an finds the group useful.“It’s just light hearted and a place where you can find community and a little bit of joy in the midst of very strange times,” said Macco.The group isn’t just for parents dealing with changes. Delaney Langenberg attends UWGB. She’s used to a busy college life but with the campus shut down, she’s back at home with her parents.“I was like, sure I’ll do this. I’ve got nothing else going on,” said Langenberg.Delaney is one of almost three thousand members to join thus far.“It was a really big change for me and probably other students so it’s nice to have something. You have something to look at and feel positive about.”

Source: Facebook group connects while social distancing

Home safe and sound: Former Spartan returns from Belgium before borders close | Superior Telegram

Home safe and sound: Former Phoenix and Spartan returns from Belgium before borders close. Jessica Lindstrom’s last 30 days included knee surgery, a world-wide pandemic and a quick exit from Belgium.

Source: Home safe and sound: Former Spartan returns from Belgium before borders close | Superior Telegram

Faculty note: Prof. Kaye on ‘Fringe Voices’

We discussed Professor Kayes early life and inspiration along with his early introduction to Thomas Paine that has stuck with him ever since. Professor Kaye explained the importance of Thomas Paine to us, as American citizens, and why we should care about Thomas Paine. We then take a deep dive into the importance of FDR during his time and what we should take away from his Presidency for today. How Bernie’s policies align with FDR…
https://radiopublic.com/fringe-voices-Wz79VJ/s1!5f49d

UWGB Spring Commencements Being ‘Reimagined’ | News | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

On-campus spring commencement ceremonies at UW-Green Bay campuses, including Sheboygan, have been cancelled. But the university is working to “reimagine” a celebration honoring the grads, and many ideas are being explored.  Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven noted that so long as all academic requirements are met, degrees can be conferred regardless of whether or not a ceremony occurs.  Nonetheless, she said, “Make no mistake: UW-Green Bay will find a way to celebrate our students and their accomplishments following the end of this semester. There may not be an in-person ceremony, but there will be a celebration.”

Source: UWGB Spring Commencements Being “Reimagined” | News | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL