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UW Emerges from Pause, Moves to Phase 2 of Fall Return Plan

September 14, 2020 | 2 p.m.
The University of Wyoming will resume its phased fall return plan Tuesday, following a nearly two-week pause that helped stem an outbreak of COVID-19 among the campus community. Further details can be found in the UW Emerges from Pause, Moves to Phase 2 of Fall Return plan media release.

Campus Health Summary


*Updated Daily at approximately noon

If you have COVID-related questions, call UW’s COVID Hotline at 307-766-COVD (2683) or email COVID19@uwyo.edu.


Return to Campus

 

An Evolving Process

The University of Wyoming return to campus is designed to be adaptable and will change with the environment and virus transmission. Therefore, this webpage will be dynamic and updated frequently to reflect changes to the policies and plans of the University of Wyoming.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your direct supervisor (faculty or staff) or academic adviser (students). You may also email COVID19@uwyo.edu or call 307-766-2683 with questions or concerns not addressed on this page.

 

 

 

Phased Approach - Revised Fall Return

We are creating a flexible in-person fall 2020 experience that keeps our community as safe as possible while allowing students to continue their college experience. The following areas of focus have been developed by over 100 faculty members, staff, students and administrators of topics that will help our students return successfully to campus this fall.

 

 

  • Phase 1

    AUG. 24 - SEPT. 4

    1,500 students return to campus

    > Most instruction delivered online

    > Law school, WWAMI and junior nursing courses delivered face-to-face

    > Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

    > Virtual Cowboy Connect events

    > Student groups begin with virtual meetings

    > Advisors continue to be available to connect with students virtually

    > Knight Hall, including cashiers office, Dean of Students, registrar, scholarship and financial aid, admissions begin to reopen

    > Residence hall staff available to support limited numbers of students on campus

    > Students & employees complete UW COVID-19 online training

    > Conduct testing and appropriate pre-return procedures with each student, faculty and staff included in Phase 1 before their return to campus

    > In addition to pre pre-return testing, a random sampling testing program is implemented and required for all on campus

    > All student organization activities (on or off campus) including meetings are virtual.

  • Phase 2

    SEPT 7. - SEPT. 25

    Increase to 3,500 students allowed to return

    > Additional student categories return to campus, in-person classes begin, face-to-face critical employees return and weekly random sampling testing program begins.

    > First Year Seminar continues, shifting from online to face to face instruction

    > All other classes continue as in phase 1 except for Pharm D – P1 courses which shift to face to face instruction

    > Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

    > In-person student organization activities are limited to those included in the current testing phase and COVID gathering guidelines.

    > Advisors continue to be available to connect with students virtually

    > Campus buildings begin to further reopen in a gradual manner

    > Residence hall staff available to support increased numbers of students on campus

    > The random sampling testing program is continued and required for all on campus

    > On campus students, faculty and staff use the COVID Pass for daily health screening of unexpected symptoms

    > Students, faculty and staff practice social distancing and mask wearing at all times

     

  • Phase 3

    SEPT. 28 - NOV. 20

    All students may return to campus

    > All students may return for 8 full weeks of face-to-face instruction, increased campus employees, but continue to work from home where possible and surveillance testing program begins.

    > Expanded mix of on on-campus and hybrid / hyflex instruction

    > Fully online instruction still available, with a robust set of courses for students who choose this option

    > Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

    > Expanded in-person student programming

    > Advisors continue to be available to connect with students

    > Campus buildings open to the fullest capacity, promoting social distancing; Half Acre
    Recreation now open

    > In-person student organization activities can resume both on and off campus if following COVID gathering guidelines.

    > Residence hall staff available to support all students on campus

    > Surveillance testing program fully operational; all students, faculty and staff that come to campus will be tested twice per week

    > Students, faculty and staff use the COVID Pass for daily health screening of unexpected symptoms

    > Students, faculty and staff practice social distancing and mask wearing at all times

     

  • Phase 4

    NOV. 23 – DEC. 11

    All students transition to online course delivery

    > All classes and final exams switch to remote delivery, employees continue working as per staffing plan and testing conducted based on disease prevalence.

    > All students leave residence halls except for those granted exceptions

    > Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

    > Advisors continue to be available to connect with students virtually

    > Campus buildings will shift to restricted access

    > Surveillance testing program continues for those remaining on campus

    > Students, faculty and staff use the COVID Pass for daily health screening of unexpected symptoms

    > All student organization activities (on or off campus) including meetings are virtual.

     

 

Return to Campus Steps

 

The university’s transition back to residential teaching, learning and research will be done in a measured, disciplined way that provides for the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, employees and the greater community. UW will move through each of the following steps while continually evaluating the safety of all constituents. Review the Aug. 13 "Student Townhall" informational slides here for more details.

 

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PHASE 1 GROUP

1,500 students allowed to return to campus

The following student populations will be permitted to return to campus beginning Aug. 24. This phase will last through Sept. 4.

  • Students Currently in Residential Housing
    • Athletes
    • Residence Assistants
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Early Return Programs Already on Campus
    • ROTC
    • Speech Language Pathology Graduate Students
    • WWAMI
    • Junior nursing students
    • Law Summer Institute & first year law students
    • Bridge Program
    • Graduate students with Dean approval
    • Students who meet the housing exception
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PHASE 2 Group

Increase to 3,500 students allowed on campus

In addition to Phase 1 student groups, the following student populations will be permitted to return to campus beginning Sept. 7.

This phase will last through Sept. 25.

  • All phase 1 students
  • Students taking face face-to-face and First Year Seminars
  • All first year students in residence halls
  • All Law Students
  • LRCC
  • PharmD – P1 students

 

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PHASE 3 GROUP

All students welcomed back to campus

Beginning Sept. 28, all students will be welcomed back to UW's campus with an expanded mix of on-campus and hybrid / hyflex instruction. Campus buildings will also be open to the fullest capacity while promoting social distancing.

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PHASE 4 GROUP

All students depart campus for remote instruction

Beginning Nov. 23, all courses and final exams will be conducted online for the remainder of the semester*. Students living in the residence halls must depart expect for those granted exceptions. Ongoing research will continue with appropriate social distancing.

* Course exams that require in in-person component will be tested prior to this phase

 

Student Health Information


UW Student Health Services: 307-766-2130

Student Health Services is open to serve students and their health needs. Students who are experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath are directed to call Student Health Services before visiting the clinic. Faculty and staff who experience these symptoms should call their health care provider. The UW Family Medicine Residency Centers and the University’s Albany Community Health Clinic will remain open to serve the public. DO NOT call 911 for advice unless you or someone else is experiencing a life-threatening condition. If your concern develops outside business/clinic hours, you may call Ivinson Memorial Hospital at 307-742-2141 for further advice.

 


 

A top prevention strategy is to keep your hands clean. Take a moment to review these videos for helpful tips.

Frequently Asked Questions


We’re dedicated to helping answer your questions based on the latest information regarding the university's return to campus process.

 

>> Quarantine and Isolation Housing FAQs

>> Pause to Fall Return FAQs

>> Student FAQs

>> Staff FAQs

>> Faculty FAQs


Additional Health Information

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