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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I address my professors?

A: You will encounter professionals with varying levels of education and expertise in the campus community. It may seem trivial but it is important to show respect to all of your university instructors. You should always (in person, email, written correspondence and in telephone conversations) refer to him/her as Doctor or Professor unless they indicate otherwise.

Q: What’s the university attendance policy? Can I skip as many classes as I want as long as I take the midterm and final and still pass the course?

A: Students are expected to attend all required course meeting times. Individual instructors observe various attendance policies in their classrooms that are listed in the course syllabus. Most faculty require authorized absence documentation. An authorized absence provides the student an opportunity to make up the work missed but does not excuse the student from the work required. It is important to read and understand the attendance policy for each course. It is your responsibility to discuss absences with your instructor and make arrangements for missed assignments, notes or exams.

Q: Is there a dress code on campus?

A: There is no formal dress code on campus. During summer, T-shirts and shorts are the norm. However, certain wardrobe choices may be inappropriate for the campus environment. Inappropriate dress includes offensive or racist slogans on T-Shirts and revealing clothing. When a person decides to wear revealing clothes on campus, it is disruptive to the teaching environment. Students may talk and gaze rather than following the lecture. While professors and others should remain non-judgmental and often do not address the disruptive wardrobe with the student, there is certainly a level of judgment that comes into place.

Q: How should I dress for Laramie winters?

A: While autumn in Laramie can be glorious with that Indian Summer, often winter comes when we are not prepared. Laramie can have many sub-zero days where your nasal drip freezes and even eyelashes can feel frozen, so it is important to have a good winter coat, gloves, boots and hat for those days. Your classrooms may be warm, so dressing in layers is recommended during winter days.

Q: How often should I check my email?

A: All students at the university are provided with an official campus e-mail address. Set aside time daily to check your campus email since it is the default for all official communication. The department sends notices by e-mail on a regular basis to alert students to scholarships and other student opportunities, class cancellations, and other general information.

Q: Will I need to carry my WyoOne ID card everywhere on campus?

A: Since your WyoOne ID card is also your key to accessing the residence halls, you should keep it on you at all times. Cards are issued to all students during their first semester of enrollment at UW. The cards are used throughout the students’ entire careers at the university. The card is needed to pick up transcripts, financial aid, cash checks, access student health services, enter recreation facilities, check out library books and materials, access food services, enter residence halls and other necessities. The WyoOne card may also be used as a debit card to make purchases on campus after the deposit account is established. The WyoOne ID office is in the IT Building on the first floor just east of Room 167. There is a $20 replacement fee for lost, stolen, or damaged cards. You can make deposits, view transaction history, and access other card management features online. https://services.jsatech.com/index.php?cid=118

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