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Fall Campus Return FAQs - Phase 3 FAQs

Updated October 1, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.


The University of Wyoming will move to Phase 3 of its fall return plan Monday, September 28 with more on-campus classes and activities -- along with heightened efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

During Phase 2, which began Sept. 15, face-to-face instruction has only been available for first-year seminars and some graduate courses, with all other courses delivered online. Starting Monday, there will be an expanded mix of on-campus and hybrid instruction; campus buildings will open to the fullest capacity possible; and some in-person activities will take place.

All will be done in accordance with UW’s COVID-19 policy, which requires wearing of face protection on campus, except when in private spaces; physical distancing; use of the COVID Pass tool; regular testing; and enhanced cleaning measures across campus.

The UW Bridge Testing Program: All students on campus and in Laramie with face-to-face classes and a sample of faculty and staff on campus will be regularly tested using Vault Health tests that detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. The same saliva sample collection method used during Pre-Return Testing will be used during the Bridge Testing Program. Instead of collecting samples using a Zoom-enabled video, samples will be collected in-person at the Wyoming Union and supervised by trained UW staff.

The UW Surveillance Testing Program: Under the Surveillance Testing Program, all students in Albany County, and all employees who are on campus and not able to maintain physical distancing, will be required to be tested at least once per week. Other employees will be able to opt-in to the surveillance testing program. Those saliva tests will be processed at UW’s Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, allowing for faster results.

Both programs are designed to alert you if you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, particularly if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Early detection can help prevent disease transmission and protect others in the community.

You can learn more about the Bridge Testing Program test on the Student, Faculty, and Staff FAQs pages.

If students are enrolled in a face-to-face course that requires in-person attendance beginning September 28, they are welcome to attend the course on campus. Accommodations can be made for students with high-risk health conditions. Please contact your academic advisor if you require assistance or schedule changes.

Of course! Laramie welcomes students back home. However, all students in Albany County will be required to be tested at least once per week, and all students, faculty and staff are required to follow proper social distancing and safety guidelines, as this will help protect the community as a whole and reduce spread of COVID-19.

Once on campus, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to abide by the COVID-19 Policy, including but not limited to the following:


  • Wear a mask or face covering (e.g., cloth that covers both nose and mouth) while on University-owned property or when conducting University business or activities, including instruction and research. Masks and face coverings will be made available to all employees and students. The University will follow its normal processes and procedures for any exceptions to this requirement.
  • Conduct a daily temperature and symptom check and self-report the results to the COVID Pass prior to entering University-owned property or conducting University business or activities, including instruction and research. As with the wearing of masks or face coverings, the University will follow its normal processes and procedures for any exceptions to this requirement. Additionally, the University will provide ADA compliant masks/face shields upon request.
  • Immediately report symptoms that might indicate COVID-19 to Student Health Services, Employee Health or a health care provider, self-quarantine, and submit to a COVID-19 test.
  • Comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • Comply with all posted social distancing markers and navigational signs.
  • Limit gatherings based on CDC, Federal, State, and county guidelines with the goal of reducing risk. UW guidelines will change as CDC, Federal, State, and county guidelines develop.
  • Carefully consider the consequences of non-essential personal travel on the UW community. Non-essential personal travel is highly discouraged.
  • Seek approval from a vice president before embarking on institutionally sponsored travel outside of Wyoming (must be deemed mission critical). The travel policy will be updated regularly.

Compliance with these requirements is critical to the University community and will help to support UW’s goal to restart the campus for teaching, learning, and working. Non-compliance with these requirements compromises that goal and increases chance of disease transmission.


For further details, please see the University’s COVID Policy on the Campus Return page.

All facilities will be available in Phase 3 when all students are welcomed back to on-campus instruction. Some facilities will have new hours and guidelines for usage.

  • If you have questions or concerns about course delivery, you should contact your academic advisor.
  • If you have questions or concerns about your personal health, contact Student Health Services at (307)-766-2130 or your local healthcare provider.
  • If you have questions or concerns about housing, contact Residence Life & Dining Services at (307)-766-3175.
  • All other COVID-related questions should be directed to the COVID Hotline, which can be reached via email at or 307-766-2683.

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.


>> Surveillance Testing Program FAQs

>> Phase 3 FAQs

>> Quarantine and Isolation Housing FAQs

>> Student FAQs

>> Staff FAQs

>> Faculty FAQs

Additional Health Information

UW’s interdepartmental task force is diligently monitoring events worldwide to try and anticipate and prepare for potential changes. Here are some essential resources for global travel alerts and warnings to visit before you travel abroad:



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