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, where you will find:

  • A free electronic subscription to Panther Family News
  • 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

Presentations and documents from Family Orientation

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

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

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


Neighborhood Relations and Panther Families
   Contact: Keri Duce
   Panther Families Website:
   Phone: 414-229-5188
   Family Weekend:
Financial Aid
   Contact Information:
   Mellencamp Hall, Room 162
   P.O. Box 469
   Milwaukee, WI 53201-0469
   Phone: 414-229-4541
Fax: 414-229-5699
   PAWS -
Health and Safety
   Non-Emergency: 414-229-4627
   Emergency: 414-229-9911
   BOSS Van Services: 414-229-6503

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   Phone: 414-229-4065 or 1-800-622-0286
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Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
   Director: Barb Simon
   Room: Mitchell 112
   Phone: 414-229-6287

Learning Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders
   Staff: Barbara Simon
   Room: Mitchell 113A
   Phone: 414-229-4564

Learning Disability and Brain Injuries
  Staff: Ann Kowaliczko
  Room: Mitchell 113B
  Phone: 229-6239

Blind/Visually Impaired

  Staff: Aura Hirschman
  Room: Mitchell B16
  Phone: 414-229-5660

Deaf/Hard of Hearing
 Staff: Jason Altmann
 Room: Mitchell 116C
  TTY: 414-229-3871

Psychological and Systemic Disabilities

  Jon Broskowski
  Room: Mitchell 116C
  Phone: 414-229-6730

Panther Academic Support Services (Pass)
   Office: Bolton 180
   Phone: 414-229-3726

Neighborhood Housing
   Phone: 414-229-6999