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Fall Campus Return FAQs - Pause FAQs

General Overview

Updated September 3, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.

As part of the University’s contingency planning, there may be the occasion when a pause is deemed necessary to allow for further collection of information while reducing potential additional COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible. Information below provides an outline of the campus operational changes during a pause, as well as guidance provided for departments, colleges, schools, and other academic units at UW.


An automatic pause would result in all classes being delivered online, students being asked to shelter in place, and only critical pause personnel allowed on campus for a period of five (5) business days. Please see the contingency plan outlining the triggers for the pause for more information. It is critically important to understand that an automatic pause may be enacted with little or no advance warning, please make advanced preparations now.


  • All face-to-face operations on-campus will cease at UW Laramie during a pause, except for what is deemed critical. Consider measures that encourage the fewest number of staff to be on campus.
  • No in-person classes will be conducted. All courses will be taught online.
  • All employees, except critical pause personnel, are required to work remotely.
  • No in-person on-campus meetings.
  • No on-campus visits or hosting.
  • Activities including academic student groups will be suspended.
  • When work can be conducted remotely, faculty and staff are expected to do so.
  • Other work functions (e.g., critical for research or support) can be conducted in pods.
  • Exterior building doors will be locked as directed.

In the event of a pause, the University will share this news with students, faculty, staff and public via a variety channels with the goal to inform the UW community as quickly as possible:

  • Direct emails
  • Public news release
  • UW Alert – text message for those who have opted into this service
  • UW Campus Return website – including Pause FAQs
  • Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other channels

Regular communication will continue throughout the pause, and individuals are encouraged to check their UW emails and UW’s communication channels as described above.

Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor to confirm. Only employees designated as critical pause personnel will be allowed to remain on campus during a pause.

UW-Casper will have its own contingency plan and extension sites outside of Laramie are not affected.

In the case of a pause, students planning to move in are encouraged to reevaluate their move in plans. The goal of a pause is to limit the personal interactions on campus to help reduce potential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, for those with date flexibility, we ask that you delay your move-in date until after the pause is complete. For those who are already in transit or do not have a housing alternative, you are able to move into the halls. We recognize the inconvenience this presents to our students and their families. Students can coordinate directly with Residence Life & Housing at or (307) 766-3175.

A pod is a group of people that socialize with one another, but do not socialize with other people. Pods are able to engage with other pod members while wearing face coverings, social distancing, and participating in the University’s testing program. Should a pod member test positive, all pod members would need to quarantine for 14 days minimum. Surveillance testing will continue, providing members the opportunity to test weekly to identify COVID-19 status. If additional members test positive or become symptomatic, quarantine will continue.

For students living in a house/apartment in Laramie, their pod would be the other house/apartment members. For those living in a fraternity or sorority house, a student’s pod is the other live-in chapter members. For students living in the residence halls, pods are all other members on the same floor of the same building (i.e., White Hall, 2nd floor is one pod). Students are guided to engage exclusively with their fellow pod members during a pause.

No. Only on-campus students will be organized into pods.

Washakie Dining would provide meal service to students. Students would pick up meals in Washakie during student-assigned A or B regularly scheduled time. All retail dining will be closed. Students will also be allowed to purchase food off campus, as long as they wear a face covering, maintain social distance and only travel with others in their pod. We ask that students limit their grouping to 2-3 people, and students are strongly encouraged to limit off-campus activity.

Students are permitted to leave campus, but all non-essential travel is discouraged. We ask that students limit their grouping to 2-3 people in their pod, and students are strongly encouraged to limit off-campus activity.

Yes. Students are allowed to return home. For those in Quarantine / Isolation housing, they would need to obtain permission by Wyoming Department of Health.

The University’s testing program will continue as scheduled. If you have a COVID-19 test scheduled during the pause, then please complete as scheduled. The Union will remain open to allow for testing.

Yes. All students, faculty and staff – regardless of whether they are on campus or off during the pause – are asked to still continue to complete their daily health screening via COVID Pass. The COVID Pass helps the University understand the general health of the campus, which will help inform the University’s assessment of the health risk of returning to on campus instruction.

Student support services such as the Student Health Services and Psychology Clinic will remain open and available by appointment. Scholarships and Financial Aid; Office of the Registrar; Advising, Career, Exploratory Studies Center (ACES); Student Educational Opportunity(SEO); the Office of Graduate Education will shift to virtual support but will still be available. 

The University Counseling Center is open and providing counseling and crisis intervention services through telemental health appointments.  Students may call the UCC at (307) 766-2187 for more information or to set up an appointment.

During a pause, face-to-face meetings for student groups, clubs and organizations outside of pods will be restricted, as determined by housing.

Yes, health resources will continue to be available to students, including UW Student Health Services (307-766-2130). Students and employees can also contact the COVID hotline by emailing or calling 307-766-2683. Other options include but are not limited to:

  • Albany Community Health Clinic (307-766-3313)
  • Ivinson Memorial Hospital (307-742-2141)
  • Local Urgent Care Clinics: Grand Avenue Urgent Care (307-760-8602)
  • Local Urgent Care Clinic: Stitches Acute Care Clinic (307-721-1794)
  • UW Psychology Clinic: (307) 766-2149, or email
  • University Counseling Center: (307) 766-2187

Please follow the guidance for monitoring symptoms and reporting health data provided in the COVID Policy. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to take their own temperature and utilize the health monitoring tools daily. Students or employees who have symptoms should not visit campus for class or work. Students should first contact UW Student Health Services (307-766-2130) and alert them of any possible symptoms or a positive test result. Employees should seek medical attention as needed. Both students and employees should contact the COVID Hotline by emailing or calling 307-766-2683.

All in-person components of classes will be delivered online during the pause. Virtual classes will continue to be conducted online. Student are encouraged consult with their instructors for details.
Will UW buildings be open during a pause?
While most buildings will be closed, the following will remain open in support of campus, contingent upon their lack of involvement in the event that triggered the pause:

  • Audiology Clinic (in Health Sciences building, restricted access by appointment)
  • Early Care and Education Center (ECEC)
  • Information Technology Center (ITC) Computer Lab (limited access)
  • Lab School
  • Psych Clinic (in Physical Sciences Building, restricted access by appointment)
  • Student Health Center (in Cheney International Center, restricted access by appointment)
  • Union (for testing only)
  • Vet Science Lab (to conduct testing)
  • William Robertson Coe Library + Computer Lab (limited access)

All other buildings will revert to closed status, with limited access to those designated as critical pause personnel with authorized access to buildings. Exterior building doors will be locked as directed.
Does the pause affect non-Laramie UW facilities?
No. Non-Laramie UW facilities (e.g., clinics around the state, Ag sites, UW Casper, etc.) will remain open, contingent upon their lack of involvement in the event that triggered the pause.

Under a pause, work from home for this five-workday period is urged. Modification of work scope for those who would otherwise be in the lab or the field should be made in consultation with supervisors. If a research effort will be irretrievably compromised by not performing lab or field work during this pause, then the work may be performed in accordance with ORED guidelines already articulated. Notice of such work should be made to your department head, dean, and ORED. Travel needed to ensure that research is not unduly compromised by this pause may continue, per the review and approval processes already in place, and in accordance with ORED safety guidelines which can be found on the ORED COVID-19 webpage.

No on-campus visits or hosting is allowed by students, employees or researchers during a pause. The UW Community may need to contact scheduled visitors with very short notice to cancel or reschedule visits if a pause is declared.

All athletic facilities would remain open for necessary athletic activities including the Athletic Training Table, Sports Medicine, Sports Performance (weight room) and other necessary student-athlete support services. Practices and workouts (conditioning/lifting), etc. would be permitted in a modified fashion under the supervision of medical authorities. Competitions would also be permitted as approved by appropriate medical authorities.

UW-sponsored travel should be limited as much as possible, and all non-essential travel is discouraged.
Travel needed to ensure that research is not unduly compromised by this pause may continue, per the review and approval processes already in place, and in accordance with ORED safety guidelines which can be found on the ORED COVID-19 webpage.

UW understands some employees may need to alter their work hours when asked to transition (e.g., childcare needs may necessitate a change in start or stop times, a standing personal or family obligation may need to be honored, etc.); please reach out to your supervisor with any questions. Changes will be accommodated whenever possible.

Yes, only for critical campus tasks. Work remotely if possible and complete the COVID Pass daily health check.

All Fall 2020 career events are taking place virtually. Please visit the ACES website for career counseling, services and technology to support your job and internship goals.

Yes. Students with non-UW responsibilities off campus may continue.

If work-study can be conducted remotely or put on hold during the pause, then students are encouraged to consult their supervisors to make accommodations. However, for work that continues to require in-person activity that cannot be adjusted, then student will still be allowed to work on campus during a pause.

Student work responsibilities may shift during a pause, and any work executed virtually should be recorded as usual in your timesheet and will be paid accordingly. Consult with your supervisor regarding hours, work and additional questions. If you are a graduate student who thinks you may be on the critical pause personnel list, check to confirm this with your supervisor, chair or dean.

The university police department is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all university faculty, staff and students. Should a pause be deemed necessary the UW Police Department will ensure that all buildings are locked and closed to non-critical personnel and will maintain the security of campus.

All fixed routes (Union Express, South Express, Campus Commuter) and SafeRide would shut down. LaramieLink Dial-A-Ride would continue to operate 7:00am – 6:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am – 4:00pm on weekends. ADA Paratransit would function as normal.


Cleaning will continue to take place as normal. Common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Normal operations will continue but may experience a slight delay.

Other FAQs

In this time of uncertainty, we’re dedicated to helping answer your questions based on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavrius) pandemic.


>> Phase 3 FAQs

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>> Pause to Fall Return FAQs

>> Student FAQs

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