Housing update from Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert

On Monday, July 27, Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert shared a letter with Housing Residents and their parents with an update to fall 2020 housing. The full letter is below.

Dear Housing Residents,
Hello again! I hope this finds you in the midst of enjoying your summer and looking forward to moving to campus in a few short weeks. The Office of Residence Life has been busy preparing for your arrival, and is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information possible. The global pandemic persists, which means that our planning has to remain flexible and fluid. This is why it’s so very important that you check your UWGB email daily and consult the campus COVID-19 Update page  several time each week. We will continue to monitor changes, and will communicate those out to the best of our ability. Please read the following for the most current housing information.
An Express Check-In email will be sent to you the week of August 3. It is important that you not only read this message, but also complete all required fields. In doing so, you will be able to sign up for a check-in date/time, select a meal plan, and access information about move-in. Once this communication has been received, be sure to reach out to the Office of Residence Life (920.465.2040 or housing@uwgb.edu) if you should have questions or need clarification. Until then, please see the following for important campus housing information.
The pandemic has made it necessary to alter many of our community standards. All students living in campus housing will be expected to abide by these guidelines, which have been designed to support a healthy living environment. Help us to keep one another safe, by adhering to the following

  • Masks – Campus residents will be expected to wear face coverings in the residence halls and apartment buildings except for when in the privacy of their room/apartment.
  • Common Area Spaces – Residents can continue to utilize spaces such as lounges and laundry rooms, but will need to follow the capacity limitations set for each of these spaces. Notices will be placed at the entry point of each common area that indicates the capacity. If students are the only occupant of a common space, they may remove their mask until joined by others, at which time a mask will need to be worn by all.
  • Physical Distancing – Residents will be expected to physically distance themselves from others in 6-foot intervals in all common areas (lounges, laundry rooms, etc.).
  • Physical Hygiene – Residents will be expected to maintain a basic level of cleanliness in their rooms/apts. Proper and frequent handwashing is expected. Sanitizing stations will be placed at various entry/exit points throughout housing, and residents are encouraged to utilize this option when leaving or returning to their campus residence. 

Residents who fail to cooperate with the community standards identified by Residence Life may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of their housing contract and/or suspension from the university. Every reasonable effort will be made to gain voluntary cooperation from a student before engaging in the formal disciplinary process.
Campus residents are also strongly encouraged to self-monitor at all times for COVID-19 symptoms. Any student who develops symptoms should immediately contact the UWGB Wellness Center for further assistance. Any student living on campus who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to move to a self-isolation room on campus until they have been medically cleared to return to their permanent housing assignment. Any roommate of a student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to move to a self-quarantine room on campus and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
In an effort to keep the virus from spreading through campus housing, guest access will be temporarily restricted. Each resident will be able to bring one person with them to assist with move-in. From that point forward only other UWGB students will be allowed to visit campus housing residents. Additionally, the number of guests will be limited to one per residence hall and two per apartment at any given time. Guests will only be able to be hosted during non-quiet hours.  Overnight guests are not permitted.   
Students arriving in Green Bay via international or domestic air travel must self-quarantine for 14 days in a designated self-quarantine location. After this time, they will be allowed to move to their permanent housing assignment. Personal air travel during the fall semester is highly discouraged and residents may be required to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms for 14 days upon their return. Per recommendations from public health officials, if a resident does travel outside their community or travels using confined means he/she should limit contact with non-household members for 14 days and monitor symptoms closely.
The Community Center front desk will remain open for the fall semester. However, no equipment check-out (board games, sporting equipment, etc.) will occur. Vacuums will also not be available for your use except for extenuating circumstances such as a large/dry spill. The community kitchens will be accessible, but capacities will be limited. It is expected that residents use provided cleaning products to wipe down cooking/prep surfaces before/after usage. Personal cooking equipment may not be stored in the community kitchen spaces.
Vending machines will remain stocked. Residents should plan to use hand sanitizer before and after each use to ensure against contamination. Residents should plan to do the same in laundry rooms, where cleaning products will be provided in addition to the daily cleaning regimen performed by staff. Lastly, elevators will remain operational, but it is requested that only one person utilize the elevator cars at a time. Exceptions will be made for members of the same family during move-in and for roommate pairs.
Housing residents are expected to clean and disinfect their rooms and bathrooms on a regular basis. Common areas will be cleaned daily, but it will be up to the students to maintain their personal living spaces. Students are encouraged to bring additional cleaning supplies to keep their personal spaces clean and may want to consider bringing their own disinfecting wipes.
All of our housing communities will continue to be fully staffed with the following team members:

  • Area Coordinators: These live-in professionals supervise the student staff within a building complex. They are here to assist you in your transition to college providing academic, social, wellness, and personal development support.
  • Community Advisors: These senior-level student staff live in your housing communities and assist the Area Coordinators with day-to-day operations, community development and staff supervision.
  • Resident Assistants: Your RA is your go-to person for all concerns on your floor/wing. Whether you want to get more involved, are in the middle of a roommate conflict or are simply wanting a person to talk to, your RA is ready to assist you.

 We are planning many safe and virtual options to build community and connect housing residents to one another. Plans are in place for you to get to know other residents as well as your campus resources. Regardless of academic course modality, we feel confident that living on campus will still provide many benefits in the coming year. This would include but not be limited to close proximity to academic buildings and dining locations, immediate access to campus resources and connections to peers in a diverse environment.
This is an incredible amount of information to throw at you at once, but it’s important for you to understand what will be expected in the near future. We are doing the best we can to create a structure in which we can co-exist in a safe manner. Daily life will undoubtedly be different, but many things will remain the same. We have always been and will continue to be committed to providing an out-of-classroom experience that is supportive, educational and meaningful for each of our residents – that will not change! I am so very pleased that you’ve made the decision to live on campus, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Go Phoenix!
Gail Sims-Aubert
Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Campus Climate
Office of Residence Life, Director

Residence Life Clarification, March 18, 2020

No student is required to move out of campus housing. But for the health and safety of the community, students are strongly encouraged to do so if you have that option. All students can request to stay in housing and those requests will be honored. If you choose to move out of your University residence, please follow the procedures in the email sent on March 17, 2020. Call the Office of Residence Life with any additional questions, at 920-465-2040.bAs outlined in the e-mail:

Begin the Express Check-out process as soon as practical, but no later than 10:00pm Friday, March 27, 2020.

All trash and personal items need to be removed during departure including any food in refrigerators or other areas.  All bikes need to be taken home and not left on bike racks or in apartments/rooms. Once all of your belongings have been removed from your apartment or room you need to complete the Express Check-out process online.  Any potential refunds will be issued based on check-out date so it is important to complete this process on the date you depart.

Before you leave campus empty your mailbox and pick up all packages as well as change subscription addresses (magazines, newspapers, etc.) to your off campus mailing address. Make sure your address is correct in SIS for forwarding purposes.  We forward mail and packages up to three months after your final departure from campus. Not all mail and packages are eligible for forwarding. If you have questions please call the Community Center front desk at 920-465-2040 or e-mail Residence Life at housing@uwgb.edu.

Mailroom Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday: 5 to 7 p.m.

During the departure process please be respectful of the guidelines set by the CDC to limit the spread of the virus. For more information please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Remember to keep an appropriate amount of space from others around you and do not overcrowd elevators or corridors. We respectfully ask that you have no more than one other person assist you in moving out.

If you are currently experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms, do not return to campus to remove your belongings. You should contact the Office of Residence Life at 920-465-2040 or housing@uwgb.edu.

It could take up to 90 days to complete the room inspections and process advanced deposit refunds.  Continue to check your UW-Green Bay e-mail for updates.

If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from moving out your own belongings you can designate a person to do so for you.  Please complete the Designee Form.

If you feel you have an exception that requires you to stay in housing past Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:00pm please complete the Request to Stay Form.  Once Residence Life receives your request to remain in housing it will be reviewed and you will be notified of approval or denial via your UWGB e-mail within 24 hours.

Please keep watching your UWGB e-mail for updates on important topics such as room selection, summer housing, etc.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life, housing@uwgb.edu (920) 465-2040. Thank you for allowing us to serve you this year.

UW-Green Bay
Office of Residence Life
3350 Leon Bond Drive
Green Bay, WI  54311

(920) 465-2040



Press-Gazette coverage: Update on off-campus housing for UW-Green Bay students

The first tenants moved into new apartments built on the JBS Packerland Packing site less than six months after redevelopment of the 33.2-acre site got underway, reports the Press-Gazette. “An April blizzard, an August deluge and a sloppy September storm hampered progress, but University Heights at Baird Creek still welcomed its first tenants at the beginning of the month. Developer Todd Devillers said the August storm put a dent in plans to open two buildings in time for the start of the UWGB fall semester, but he’s pleased to have residents, demolition crews and construction crews on the site, 2580 University Ave.” The Press-Gazette has the full story.

Is college really worth it? Study shows most of America believes so

We know the cost of tuition, books, and housing is worth it. The majority of Americans believe so, as well. Seven in 10 seniors graduate with debt, owing about $29,650 per borrower. Still, 90 percent of parents and students say college is worth the investment, according to Sallie Mae. Almost 80 percent of Americans think that a college degree is more valuable today than it was in the past. Read the full story at CNBC.

Freshmen Move-In Day 2016

Photos: ‘Green shirts’ made Freshman Move-In Day 2016 a breeze

The gratitude came in fast and furious — both in person and via social posts. Most sounded something like this: “We can’t thank you enough for the help moving our son (or daughter) in.”

And it seems that campus volunteers now have a nickname, “green shirts.” Here is a post from Facebook, “The green shirts that assisted us today were amazing. We were moved in quickly. They setup the bunks for us in five minutes. Well done and thank you.”

And one more, “I think I’ve said 100 times today, thank goodness for the green shirts…”

Thank you to the 100-plus faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and students (most who wore the signature Move-In Day green polo shirts) who helped move about 900 UW-Green Bay freshmen on campus today. What a welcome. Well done!

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.
Freshmen Move-In Day 2016

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Campus mourns the passing of Bob Schaefer

Bob Schaefer  Chancellor’s Award May 20, 1995  Commencement
Chancellor Mark Perkins honors Bob Schaefer with Chancellor’s Award.
Spring Commencement — May 20, 1995


Bob Schaefer portrait
Bob Schaefer, 1989

UW‑Green Bay learned about the passing of Robert (Bob) Schaefer in Cocoa Beach, Florida, this week. Bob served as president of University Village Housing (UVHI) at UW‑Green Bay. He was a founding member of the organization, created in 1984, to ensure UWGB students would have affordable on-campus housing. In 1989 a new Residence Hall was named in his honor (Robert W. Schaefer Hall) and in 1995, Bob received the University’s highest honor — the Chancellor’s Award.

Kelly Franz, UWGB’s former vice chancellor for business and finance, who worked with Bob for more than 25 years, said that Bob’s leadership has been instrumental in the private/public partnership that has allowed UW‑Green Bay Residence Life to grow to meet campus demands. On campus housing is at capacity (about 2,000) this fall.

“In the 1980s, other UW campuses had empty rooms, and there was a UW System-wide moratorium on new campus housing, even though UW‑Green Bay was in desperate need,” Franz said. “Bob and the other UVHI founders (Roy Downham, John Robishaw, Don Long and James Temp) had the idea to build the housing privately, but allow UWGB personnel to use best judgement to run the apartments the way they saw fit. It is a sound partnership that continues to this day.”

The University continues to recognize Schaefer on a plaque in the building named for him and on the UW‑Green Bay website, where a profile reads, “Robert Schaefer has been the catalyst for bringing to fruition dreams for traditional student housing at UW‑Green Bay. He has worked tirelessly to keep projects on track. And when hopes had grown faint and bureaucracy had threatened to overwhelm efforts, Robert Schaefer unraveled the tangles and assured the continuation of planning and building of on-campus housing.”

Bob was born in Salina, Kansas, and moved to Green Bay, becoming an eventual partner in the law firm Trowbridge, Planert & Schaefer.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 22, at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, 101 North Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 9 a.m., on Saturday, August 27, at Resurrection Catholic Parish, 333 Hilltop Drive, Green Bay, with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating.

A full obituary is available for viewing online.

Reminder: Aug. 4 deadline to register for Move-in Day

Residence Life needs you… from 8 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, Sept. 1 to help assist our newest students moving to campus. Go to www.uwgb.edu/housing and click on the Move-in Volunteers icon to complete a short Qualtrics form by August 4. Please contact the Office of Residence Life, 920-465-2040 or by email, housing@uwgb.edu if you have questions.