Frequently Asked Questions - Campus Facilities and Events

Campus Facilities and Events

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Is Commencement still taking place?

In the most prudent interests of public health, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person Commencement events for the year. Please read the announcement from President Lovell and Provost Ah Yun in Marquette Today for more details, including ways the university will celebrate 2020 graduates virtually.

When will the Child Care Center re-open?

We expect to reopen the Child Care Center as more of campus returns to work in accordance with the phased return plan. There will likely need to be new protections in place, and we may not be at full capacity if there continue to be restrictions on the number of children and staff that are able to be in the center at one time.

How will students be able to socialize in an era of physical distancing?

Gatherings, such as those of student organizations, will be expected to follow City of Milwaukee and Marquette gathering guidelines, which will likely change before classes start. Given that space will be at a premium in order to accommodate smaller class sizes, student organizations and social groups will be encouraged to host virtual meetings whenever possible.

Will there be fall sports?

The BIG EAST announced the formation of a conference-wide COVID-19 Task Force to provide guidance and develop recommendations to assist member schools in safely resuming and conducting athletics activities. In addition, the conference announced plans for a regionalized scheduling model for conference play in fall 2020. The changes were approved by the league’s Directors of Athletics. Learn more at Marquette Today

Will reception desks have plexiglass shields installed for added protection?

We are exploring multiple options, including the potential use of plexiglass as appropriate for spaces with a greater level of human contact.

Will students and families be required to work with staff in small offices and conference rooms?

We’re looking at a variety of safety measures, including having meetings virtually, using partitions, wearing masks, undergoing new sanitizing procedures and social distancing.

What special precautions will be taken for clinics?

Even before COVID-19, clinics had more stringent cleaning procedures, and that will continue. This will be informed by CDC best practices, including cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

What is the status of the library?

The library will be open but will have reduced capacity like all other areas on campus. Masks will be required as they will in all public/shared spaces on campus. Increased disinfection and cleaning procedures will also be in place. All students, staff, faculty and visitors will need to show their COVID Cheq status to enter.

Will the Brew Bayous be open? Will university dining halls offer to-go options, or will in-person dining be the only option?

We are working closely with Sodexo, our dining services partner, and expect to see changes including reduced seating in most units, additional seating areas added (where possible and especially during peak times), online ordering and increased take out/grab-n-go options.

How will we enforce social distancing in the hallways (especially between classes when there are more people in the hallways)?

We are encouraging one-way flows in buildings that allow it; in spaces that don’t we are encouraging physical distancing. We are also looking into staggering class times to alleviate such flow in hallways. People should look before entering a two-way staircase or hallway to see if someone is coming from the opposite direction. The best way to mitigate the spread is if we all take responsibility and practice physical distancing and use our best judgement when finding ourselves in confined areas of campus (such as one-way hallways).

How do we know if our spaces have been reviewed for cleaning/distancing protocols?

All areas have been reviewed. Additionally, all non-residential areas with air conditioning have filtration. Our best defense is mask wearing and physical distancing.

What is happening with the DNC?

With the announcement last week that the Democratic nominee for president will no longer travel to Milwaukee to accept the nomination, the remaining convention-related guests who were planning to stay in the university’s residence halls have canceled. There will be no guests staying on campus during the convention, which is slated to take place virtually Aug. 17-20. As previously communicated, there will also be no convention-related events on campus.

Since protests are still expected to occur in the city during the week of the convention, the following campus security procedures will remain in place:

  • Campus buildings (except the AMU) will be locked and will require MUID access from Aug. 10 – 21.
  • Employees and students on campus are asked to display their MUIDs.
  • The university will utilize Marquette Today updates if there are any changes to traffic patterns or other areas around campus related to the convention.
  • The university will utilize its text and email safety alert system to notify the Marquette community of any active threats to campus.
  • The Milwaukee Police Department will utilize Twitter as its main source for sharing information. Follow @DNC_Security to stay informed.
  • As always, please report any suspicious incidents to the Marquette University Police Department using the non-emergency line: (414) 288-6800.
  • To report an emergency, dial 911 or call MUPD’s emergency line: (414) 288-1911.

What campus spaces and services will be open to students?

We anticipate spaces and services like the Rec Center and Rec Plex, the Raynor Memorial Libraries and other shared spaces on campus will be open, but with limited capacities. Masks will be required in all public/shared spaces on campus in accordance with City of Milwaukee mandates.

Are events currently being held on campus?

Currently, events are not being held on campus. We are working on a protocol to determine how/when events will be held on campus this fall.

In the past some dining halls did not allow students to take food outside of the eating area. Will people be allowed to do so now?

To-go options will be available in the fall, as well as some extended dining hours.

Will there be isolation spaces be made available to enrolled students living off-campus?

We are looking into options for this and how we utilize all of our campus spaces.

Will the AMU be open?

Some of the AMU spaces will be used for instructional space and other spaces are being assessed for how to appropriately achieve physical distancing.

Will students be able to go off-campus to Milwaukee-area businesses, and are businesses open without restrictions?

The university discourages in-person social gatherings and will enforce the City of Milwaukee’s current guidelines. With respect to patronizing local businesses, we would expect our students to follow public health guidance and mandates, including mask wearing and physical distancing, as well as each business’ unique guidelines. It is our sincere hope that students will exercise their best judgment should they choose to engage off-campus.

Can club sports play/practice/participate in events?


NO ACTIVITY FALL SEMESTER (Practice or Compete)-
Women’s Basketball
Men’s Basketball
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Brazilian Ju Jitsu
Kuk Sool Won
Men’s Lacrosse
Women’s Lacrosse
Men’s Rugby
Women’s Rugby
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball
Water Polo

Clubs that could possibly hold practices with guidelines
Water Ski
Power Lifting
Tae Kwon Do
Rock Climbing
Figure Skating
Men’s Golf
Women’s Golf
Snow Ski

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