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COVID-19 FAQ

Updated on August 19, 2021 | 4:15 p.m.

COVID-19 FAQ Table of Contents

TESTING QUESTIONS

The Testing Program is an on-campus testing program designed to help identify the potential spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 among UW faculty, staff and students. The program uses a UW-developed lab test and will allow UW to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, which may assist with more timely isolation/quarantine. Early detection can help prevent disease transmission and protect others in the Laramie community.

All students and employees must participate in both the pre-fall testing event AND random weekly sample testing throughout the term.  Even if you are vaccinated, you are required to test.    

Please also note the following important exemption information:

1) Mandatory pre-fall testing, conducted prior to the start of Fall 2021 classes

  • Students and staff engaged in 100% online coursework and/or 100% remote work and who will not be utilizing campus facilities or amenities may request an exemption from testing program requirements. A granted exemption for mandatory testing is only for the initial two-week period and does not exempt an employee from the random sample testing moving forward.

2) Random weekly sample testing throughout the fall semester.    

  • Students engaged in 100% online coursework and who will not be utilizing campus facilities or amenities can be exempted from testing. Students seeking information on possible exemptions from testing, or to confirm that they are identified as a fully online, should visit the COVID-19 Testing Resources page.
  • Employees who are fully remote and not utilizing campus facilities or amenities must complete a flexible work agreement to be exempted from random sample testing. The completed agreement must be added into the system by the department’s decentralized human resources representative prior to the weekly pull of random employees before the exemption takes effect.

The mandatory pre-fall 2021 testing event will use a saliva-based test that is processed in a pool of four samples at the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab. The UW lab test is faster to submit, more cost effective and provides rapid results, which allows the university to better detect COVID-19 cases early on.

However, the UW lab test is not an official diagnostic test. Therefore, individuals who are part of a positive testing pool will need to complete a confirmatory test through the University’s CLIA registered diagnostic testing program. An officially recognized positive test result is required to legally authorize Wyoming Department of Health actions, such as quarantine or isolation orders.

Starting July 1, 2021, students, faculty and staff are required to participate in the university’s Random Sample Testing Program.

Each week, randomly selected University students and staff (3% of the total University community) will receive an email to their UW account with a link to sign up for their appointment(s). The weekly sample test is a diagnostic test designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in saliva.  You will be asked to produce a small saliva sample through a straw into a test tube, to be delivered to the lab for testing. 

The university will provide reasonable accommodations and testing alternatives for faculty, staff and students who require medical accommodation. Individuals expected to participate in the Sample Testing Program can request a testing accommodation by completing a testing accommodation form. Testing accommodations may or may not pull the individual out of the testing population. Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Resources page and select the Student Accommodations or Faculty and Staff Accommodations page for further instructions.

Students will be notified whether their request is approved or denied. Employee exemptions will be automatically processed and an email will be sent to them directly, confirming submission of their form and providing further details.  Employees should maintain a copy of the email for their own records.   

Those with approved exemptions will be removed from the testing pool for the duration of the requested time period. After your requested end date, you will be expected to participate in the Random Weekly Sample Testing Program. See the HR COVID-19 Testing Resources page for more information.

Employees who are fully remote and not utilizing campus facilities or amenities must complete a flexible work agreement to be exempted from random sample testing. The completed agreement must be added into the system by the department’s decentralized human resources representative prior to the weekly pull of random employees before the exemption takes effect.

If you are an online-only student and do not intend to come to campus for any reason during the semester, please complete the Random Sample Program opt-out form to identify as 100% online.

The hours and locations of Testing Program sites are as follows:

 
August 18-23, 2021
Crane-Hill Dining Center
Surveillance testing from 9;00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wednesday, Aug. 18- Sunday, Aug. 22)
Confirmatory testing from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Thursday, Aug. 19-Monday, Aug. 23)

 

August 23 – 27, 2021
Crane-Hill Dining Center
Diagnostic/confirmatory testing Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

August 30-December 31, 2021
Crane-Hill Dining Center
Random weekly sampling testing/public testing
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

You should refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing, and tobacco use for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location. You will also be required to wear a mask while at the testing site, so it is highly recommended that you bring your own mask (note however that masks will be available on site should you not have one).  Please make sure to schedule a time to test to help keep the testing process as smooth as possible for all students and employees.

Individuals expected to participate in the sample testing program can request a testing accommodation by completing a testing accommodation form. Testing accommodations may or may not pull the individual out of the testing population. Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Resources page and select the Student Accommodations or Faculty and Staff Accommodations page for further instructions. See the HR COVID-19 Testing Resources page for the testing accommodations form.

No. UW testing programs are designed as an early warning system for those who are not currently experiencing symptoms. Research shows that about 25 percent of people who are infected do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-isolate, meaning that you should stay home and stay as far from other people living with you as you can. If you have symptoms, you should also get in touch with Student Health Service (if you are a student) or your health care provider, so that they can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. Please see the CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including, but not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention. Please see the CDC guidance on coronavirus symptoms.

No, you will not be charged any additional fees for the Random Weekly Sample Testing Program or the mandatory pre-fall testing.

For the mandatory testing period of August 18-22 where a surveillance test is completed, you will not receive a diagnostic result. You can expect to receive a response from the COVID Response Team via email within 1 to 2 business days, indicating whether you need to get a confirmatory test.

During the sample testing period where diagnostic tests are performed, you will receive a notification that your test results are available. You can also check for your results on the UW COVID-19 Testing Results website.

While awaiting confirmatory test results, students and staff are encouraged to take additional steps to ensure they are preventing potential spread.  At a minimum, you must wear a face covering and socially distance while on campus.  If you are unable to do so (for example in an office setting or while in class) you should take additional steps to immediately self-isolate.

If you have a positive test result, it indicates that RNA from several genes in the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) were detected, and that you were infected with the virus at the time that you produced the sample. If you have a positive test result, then you are presumed to be contagious (whether you are symptomatic or not).

Per guidance from the CDC, you should self-isolate, meaning that you should stay home and stay as far from other people living with you as you can. If you have symptoms, you should also get in touch with your healthcare provider, so that they can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. Please see the CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including, but not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention. Please see the CDC guidance on coronavirus symptoms.

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative result) in some people who are either infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who have symptoms of COVID-19. If you do have symptoms of any illness, you should contact your healthcare provider, who will take into account the test results along with your symptoms and your medical history–including possible exposures, and where you have recently traveled–in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your own primary care healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

While a negative test result does not mean that you should stop following the current state, local or CDC guidelines for your area, it may help you to make decisions about your potential risk of infecting others.

Importantly, a negative test result also does not mean that you cannot contract COVID-19 in the future.

No. University of Wyoming Testing Program staff do not provide treatment for COVID-19. When you receive your test results, we will provide an explanation to you and you will be referred to the most current guidelines for what to do if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you will be asked to get in touch with a local healthcare provider for care. You can share your test results with your primary care healthcare provider to assist in your care.

If you are unable to keep your testing appointment, please visit the COVID-19 Testing Resources and click “Reschedule Your Test.”

Please complete the exemption form providing the reason for missing your test. Please remember that it is important to test as requested. In addition, you can voluntarily participate in the sample testing program without an invitation. You can schedule at test at COVID-19 Testing Resources.

If you are unable to find your answer on the COVID-19 Testing Resources, please contact the COVID Hotline at COVID19@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2683.

At this time, no, there is no exception to test at home.  If an individual wants to request an accommodation to testing on campus, they should complete the testing accommodations form.  

If students or employees are unable to make the one-time fall testing event AND are unable to reschedule an alternate time during the same week, exemptions may be available. Exemptions could include vacation, illness or other emergency situations. This exemption will exempt employees and students for the initial two week period of the mandatory testing.  HOWEVER, it will not exempt the student/employee from the weekly random sample testing program. 

 

Individuals may request an exemption from the weekly random sample testing program if they do not intend to return to campus or are planning to work remotely.  More specifically, individuals may request an exemption to the weekly random sample testing program for the following:

  • Distance learners or remote employees who do not intend to return to campus or who plan to work remotely the entire semester.
  • Employees who are on vacation, ill, or whom have tested in the last 5 days.
  • Employees who are fully remote and not utilizing campus facilities or amenities AND who have completed a flexible work agreement. Note that in order for this exemption to be applied, the completed flexible work agreement must be added into the system by the department’s decentralized human resources representative prior to the weekly draw of random persons to be tested. 

To submit an exemption request, students and employees should go to the Testing Resources Page on the university’s COVID response website.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • First and foremost, take care of your own health. Obtain medical assistance if needed.

 

  • Prepare for a call from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). There is a possibility that WDH contact tracers my reach out to you in a few days.
    • Whether you receive this call or not, you are required to isolate for 10 days. This is calculated from the day you tested or the first day you were symptomatic (whichever is earlier).
    • Start thinking about others you have been around in two days before the day you tested/were symptomatic through today. The people that should be on your list are those that you spent more than 15 minutes at less than 6 feet over a 24-hour period (known as “close contacts”).
    • Per WDH policy, you are required to provide notification to your close contacts and allow them the opportunity to quarantine for up to 14 days.  The COVID Hub will provide you an informational letter, which you can provide to your close contacts that will help them ensure they are receiving proper confirmation from the WDH and understand their next steps. 
    • A WDH contact tracer may call you to assist with specific questions on close contacts and/or help you recollect who you might need to contact.  If you have not received a phone call and have specific questions, you may contact the WDH at 307-777-6004 or covid19@wyo.gov.

 

  • While you are in isolation, you are not allowed to enter campus or attend any university-sanctioned event (on or off campus), including work, classes, sports events, activities, etc. If you are an employee, please contact your supervisor for remote work options (if you are feeling well). If you are a student, please contact Dean of Students for an authorized absence and work with your professor to make up any work. 

 

  • Notify others. Please call your professors and/or supervisors and let them that you will not be able to follow your schedule due to needing to isolate. You should provide a copy of this letter to the Dean of Students Office when securing an excused absence from classes while you isolate. 

 

 

 

  • Due to your COVID test result, you should not test again through the university testing protocol for 90 days. If you are asked to test, please complete the exemption form.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the COVID hotline and they will answer your questions. Covid19@uwyo.edu
  • First and foremost, take care of your own health. Obtain medical assistance if you are having symptoms of COVID-19.   

 

  • If you are deemed a close contact, you will most likely receive a COVID Hub letter from the individual who has tested positive. This letter will identify you as a potential “close contact” and note that you may need to immediately quarantine for up to 14 days.  The Wyoming Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control define a “close contact” as: 

 

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation. See more information on contact tracing.

 

  • If you are vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine at this time. Rather, it is recommended that you secure a COVID test within 3-5 days after exposure, and that you wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you’ve received a negative test result.

 

  • If you are not vaccinated, you must confirm your status as a “close contact” and secure documentation from the Wyoming Department of Health by filling out the Wyoming Quarantine Documentation Request form.
    • Filling out this form will assist you with determining the length of your quarantine and provide you with official documentation – which you may offer as confirmation to an employer or professor in the event you need to miss time while quarantining. 
    • A copy of this letter may be provided to the Dean of Students Office for a temporary issuance of an excused absence, in the event you are required to miss class and have not yet completed the Wyoming Quarantine Documentation Request
    • If you believe you have received this letter in error, or need additional information, you may contact the Wyoming Department of Health Contact Tracing staff via phone at:  888-425-7138 or via email at: covid19@wyo.gov.

 

  • If you are living in university housing, please contact the Residence Life staff at 766-6503, to secure quarantine housing.  It is recommended that you have a copy of your Wyoming Quarantine Documentation Request form available, in order to assist University staff in coordinating your quarantine. 

 

  • The WDH indicates that a quarantine should be 14 days, but notes that this can be reduced to 10 or 7 days based on some specific facts. More specifically:

 

  • A 14-day quarantine can be shortened to 10 days if the person monitors themselves daily and does not have symptoms.
  • A 14-day quarantine can be shortened to 7 days if the person has monitored themselves daily, does not have symptoms AND has a negative PCR test after 5 days

 

  • If you are a student, the University would like to offer you a care package. Please find the link to the care package request form.

 

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the COVID hotline and they will answer your questions. Covid19@uwyo.edu

Yes. The supervisor/faculty must notify the COVID Hub of any reported positive case of COVID-19. Doing so will ensure the positive case receives important communication regarding steps for isolation, and also provides university staff the opportunity to assess if additional action is required. Note that supervisors/faculty should always encourage the employee/student to contact the COVID Hub directly as well. 

 

No, at this time, the University recommends but does not require COVID-19 vaccinations. However, should you elect to be vaccinated, the University requires you to report this information to the University.  For employees, a quick reference guide has been created to help report vaccinations within UW’s HCM. Students who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations should upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal as soon as their vaccine series is complete. This is as simple as taking a photo of your vaccination document and uploading the picture on the UW Student Health Services Patient Portal, using your regular UW user ID and password. Alternatively, students can report their vaccinations by emailing photos of their vaccination documents to Student Health at studenthealth@uwyo.edu.

With some exceptions, masks are required inside most University of Wyoming buildings where 6-foot social distancing isn’t possible through at least Sept. 20, 2021 under a policy that took affect August 16, 2021. Classrooms, labs and high-traffic areas, such as the Wyoming Union, are places where 6-foot distancing is not always possible, so masks would be necessary there. But some meeting spaces may lend themselves to required distancing and, of course, masks aren’t required for people alone in offices, residence hall rooms and private spaces. Exceptions to the indoor mask requirement are voluntary public events such as athletics and music, theater and dance performances; voluntary social events; and private, by-invitation events that involve rental and/or use of UW spaces on campus. For classes where the ability to see speakers’ mouths is essential, faculty members will have the ability to seek exceptions to the masking policy. As well, employees and students who have legitimate medical reasons to not wear masks can seek exceptions.

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 indoors where social distancing is not possible.
  • Immediately report symptoms that might indicate COVID-19 to Student Health Services (if you are a student), Employee Health (if you are an employee) or a health care provider of your choice (students or employees), self-quarantine, and submit to a COVID-19 test.
  • Carefully consider the consequences of non-essential personal travel on the UW community.
  • Get a COVID vaccine (strongly encouraged but not mandated)

For further details, please see the University’s COVID Policy.

Yes. The University Counseling Center offers student counseling services including crisis intervention free of charge to currently enrolled University of Wyoming students. Clinic hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After-hours crisis hotline: (307) 766-8989. The University will also offer remote counseling support.  For questions, call (307) 766-2187.

The University of Wyoming offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides benefited employees and their household members with professional counseling, as well as legal and financial assistance. UW partners with MINES and Associates of Littleton, Colo., to provide services at no cost to UW employees. Access any of the services by visiting the MINES and Associates website or by calling 1-800-873-7138.

These will be placed strategically around campus and maintained by UW Operations so that each building will have at least one station.

Operations staff will disinfect and clean all classrooms. Additionally, each classroom with an occupancy of over 10 students will have a sanitization station for additional as-needed surface sanitizing.

Operations staff will clean all offices, including the daily wiping down of high-touch surfaces such as phones, keyboards and doorknobs. Additionally, each building and department will have a sanitization station with sanitizer and paper towels.

No, the COVID Pass app has been discontinued.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath), please stay away from campus, self-isolate and contact your health care provider for care.  Supervisors have been instructed to work closely with employees to ensure compliance with isolation and quarantine orders.  More specifically: 

If you are a full-time, benefited employee, you will use the Emergency Leave with Pay time reporting code (a new time code created specifically for this issue) for up to 80 hours consecutively. See the Emergency Leave with Pay QRG for entry details. Thereafter, you should use your paid time off (i.e., sick or vacation), if necessary. Written medical clearance will be required for return to work.

If you are a part-time, hourly employee, you are eligible to use the Emergency Leave with Pay absence code (a new time code created specifically for this issue) prorated to your part-time schedule. To begin the process, complete the Request for Emergency Leave with Pay form. This form requires both employee and supervisor to digitally sign then submit to the HR Benefits Office. 

Employees who require an accommodation should complete the Reasonable Accommodation Intake form.  The questionnaire has been updated with specific COVID questions to assist the University with determining if your request will be processed as an accommodation under the ADA. 

Students should complete the Reasonable Accommodation / Campus & Academic Exception Intake form.  The Questionnaire has been updated with COVID-19 specific questions to assist the University with determining if your request will be processed as a request for an accommodation under the ADA or as a Campus/Academic Exception.

The University follows the CDC’s definition in which quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

The University follows the CDC’s definition in which isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should separate themselves until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

According to the CDC, quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

The details of your quarantine or isolation orders will help individuals decipher what they can and cannot do based on their specific case. In general, those individuals who are placed in on-campus quarantine or isolation housing can go outside, so long as they can properly socially distance, wear a mask and avoid close contact with others at all time. Individuals should defer to their quarantine or isolation orders from the Wyoming Department of Health for specific guidance pertaining to their case.

Face shields are generally noted by the CDC as significantly less effective than masking that fully covers the nose and mouth.  Therefore, unless an exception is allowed for medical or instructional needs, a face shield would not meet masking requirements on campus.  If an employee cannot wear face coverings for a medical reason, they will need to request an accommodation through HR.  If a student cannot wear face coverings for a medical reason, they will need to request an accommodation through UDSS. If a student or an instructor needs an exception for instructional reasons, they should submit that request to the Provost’s Office, who will consult with Student Affairs as needed.

All employees and students are required to take the training.

No, use of campus facilities and amenities requires that you participate in COVID-19 testing.

If you are seeking an exception to any COVID policy element (e.g., requirement to wear a mask, test, work on campus, etc.) and this exception request is based on your own medical condition, you may initiate the process to be considered for an exception through the ADA process.  Additional details can be found on HR’s Americans with Disability Act ADA Accommodation page.

If you are seeking time away from work, due to your own serious health condition or a serious health condition for a member of your immediate household, you may qualify for FMLA leave.  Additional details for requesting FMLA leave can be found on HR’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) page.

All other requests involving working remotely or a change of work schedule may be requested through the process provided by the Flexible Work Arrangement policy found on HR’s Flexible Work Arrangement page.

If none of the aforementioned circumstances apply to you, you need to comply with all elements of the COVID-19 Fall Plan. 

Please address any additional questions to your supervisor or the Human Resources team.

STUDENT QUESTIONS

The University of Wyoming will provide full in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester.  Faculty are not required to offer their in-person classes using Hyflex (i.e., students may choose to attend the class in-person or via synchronous online modalities).   Online learning may be considered a reasonable accommodation/modification on a case-by-case basis for a documented disability and based on the circumstances. To learn more about the process of applying for accommodations visit University Disability Support Services. 

The University offers a number of regularly scheduled online classes every semester.  To identify these courses, look for the “synchronous” or “asynchronous” code in the class schedule. 

Reschedule your test during open times (August 18-22, 2021).  If you missed that window, contact the COVID Hub or Student Affairs for assistance. Students who do not reschedule will be added to the University’s non-compliance list and will possibly be temporarily suspended.

Students who repeatedly miss their testing appointment(s) and have not received an approved exemption or accommodation will be subject to conduct procedures. 

You will be removed from the non-compliance list when you meet the testing requirements for the current testing cycle or have received an approved exemption or testing accommodation.

Under an abundance of caution, it is recommended that they reach out to COVID Hub and share this contact information.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath), please stay away from campus, self-isolate and contact your health care provider for care.

Students who are required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID (either because they are ill or determined to be a close contact, per Wyoming Department of Health guidelines) should notify the COVID Hub immediately and follow their applicable isolation or quarantine orders.  To secure an excused class absence, students should contact the Dean of Students Office and be prepared to provide a copy of their applicable isolation/quarantine order letter. 

Students living in the residence halls or FSL housing are encouraged to have a “COVID-19 bag” prepared if they need to be moved to isolation or quarantine housing.

Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to a room identified for isolation housing purposes for at least 10 days, as determined by the Wyoming Department of Health.

Students living on campus who are exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be moved to a room identified for quarantine housing purposes for at least 10 days, as determined by the Wyoming Department of Health. 

If you have been fully vaccinated and it has been at least 14 days since your last dose of a two-dose vaccine or 14 days since a one-dose vaccine, you do not need to quarantine. You should monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after the exposure.  If symptoms do occur, you should stay home except to seek healthcare or get tested.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to quarantine after an exposure. You should monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after the exposure. If symptoms do occur, you should stay home except to seek healthcare or get tested.

A close contact is defined as having been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, less than 6 feet apart over a 24 hour period.

Students who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms should report to the COVID-19 Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683. 

Crane Hall or other areas identified by the Dean of Students.

Students who need additional medical care while in UW quarantine or isolation housing should contact Student Health Service or their dedicated residence coordinator. UW will help support access to additional medical care through Student Health Service or local community providers as needed.

If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

For those on-campus students who test positive and are required to isolate, UW will:

  • Provide meals and other necessities for daily living.
  • Ensure the student’s residence coordinator checks in on them daily.
  • Support access to medical care through Student Health Service or community providers.

Each student in quarantine and isolation housing will have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

Yes. Students can order delivery grocery or food service while in quarantine and isolation housing. In addition, there are multiple resources for ordering groceries nearby campus:

  • Safeway – grocery delivery options ($)
  • Walmart – grocery pickup and delivery options ($)
  • Interfaith – community food pantry with delivery options

Each student in quarantine and isolation housing will have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

When a student is required to stay in quarantine and isolation housing, UW Residence Life will help them get prepared to do so. Upon arrival, students will be provided with a snack bag from Washakie Dining Center and a bag filled with necessities such as toiletries and activities such as coloring books, crafts and puzzles.

Each student will also have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

To prioritize the mental health of students in quarantine and isolation housing, each student will be checked on daily by a staff member (7 days a week) and a Student Health Service representative (Monday-Friday). Check-ins will take place via a phone call or Zoom call. Students will also be informed of various well-being resources available to them throughout their time in quarantine and isolation housing.

Students must follow Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) guidance regarding the application of their isolation orders issued by the State.  Students living in campus housing will be relocated to an isolation location on campus to assist with their compliance with the order; however, Residence Life and Dining staff will defer to WDH guidance if they advise/permit another isolation location (i.e. at home). 

No. Residence Life and Dining staff provide regular sanitization and disinfection of residence halls, community restrooms, and common spaces. As such, only the positive case and their roommate(s) will be contacted by University staff for isolation/quarantine housing accommodations.  However, any student living in University housing who have reason to believe they are a close contact and are in need of quarantine housing are encouraged to contact Residence Life and Dining staff for assistance. 

International students in F-1 status who entered the United States after March 9th, 2020 cannot engage in a 100% online course load. These students must take at least one course in-person if they will be studying in the United States for the Fall 2021 semester. Please visit with staff in International Students and Scholars (uwglobal@uwyo.edu or 307-766-5193) for further information.

Contact International Students and Scholars at uwglobal@uwyo.edu or 307-766-5193 to discuss what options may be available to you.

FACULTY QUESTIONS

Students who enroll in face-to-face classes must plan to be present on campus to attend the class unless the instructor has incorporated HyFlex into the course and they have received permission from the instructor to complete the course from a distance.

However, all reasonable efforts must be made by faculty to accommodate students who are impacted by COVID-19, including those in quarantine or isolation and/or whose caregiving duties have been affected by the pandemic, to ensure that teaching and learning is not disrupted. 

If a student indicates the need for an accommodation, they should work through University Disability Support Services (UDSS) and the Dean of Students Office to determine if they qualify for an accommodation such as learning online. See the Office of Academic Affairs Updated Guidelines for Faculty (PDF) for more information.

The deadline for making changes to the fall schedule has expired. Changes in mode of delivery will not be made without approval from the Office of Academic Affairs. See the Office of Academic Affairs Updated Guidelines for Faculty (PDF) for more information.

Classes scheduled for face-to-face delivery will not be required to have a HyFlex component (i.e., synchronous delivery for on-campus and distance students).  Faculty may choose to provide content for students who are unable to attend in person via either synchronous (e.g., live streaming/Zoom) or asynchronous methods utilizing video or audio recordings.  To the extent possible, in-person assessment of student learning (i.e., testing) should be scheduled. 

Faculty are also reminded to communicate with students about course delivery and expectations early and often. 

To the extent possible, course materials must be available online through WyoCourses, regardless of mode of instructional delivery.  Some class materials, including hard copy and digital textbooks, may not be available for inclusion in WyoCourses.  Course syllabi should note if any class materials are not available online and provide instructions on how to access them.

In addition to general campus wide COVID safety protocols, lecture halls and other spaces may retain the current infrastructure designed for social distancing between the faculty member and class (e.g., distance from lectern to front row of seats, plexiglass barriers, etc.).  However, faculty are encouraged where possible, to incorporate as much social distancing as the space allows.  

Additionally, implementing seating charts and attendance policies may assist Wyoming Department of Health contact tracing staff in the event of a positive case identified in the classroom.  (Note that class attendance policies (for any instructional delivery mode) are determined by the instructor and must be articulated in the course syllabi.

The standard practice for requesting a schedule change when an unexpected and/or exceptional event necessitates a change after the schedule deadline, such as mode of delivery, Unit heads should reach out to their Vice Provost for education (Dr. Jim Ahern for Grad – 5000+ and Dr. Steven Barrett for undergraduate – 1000-4000).  The Provost’s office will review the request and make a final determination. If a determination is made to support the requested change in modality, the Vice Provost will work with the Office of the Registrar to make the necessary changes.   No communication should be sent to students about a change in the class until final approval is given by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The ultimate responsibility for the academic schedule lies with the Unit Head, who may modify course assignments (i.e., instructor assigned to a given course), if needed.  The Provost is the final authority over the schedule.  Note that fall classes will be required to run on the adjusted course time schedule (e.g., 20-minute passing periods).

No. Instructors cannot specifically ask students for medical information (i.e., positive or negative COVID test, vaccination status, etc.) and cannot disclose medical information to any other instructor or student or to the class. Students will need to work through the Dean of Students for an authorized absence. 

Employees may be subject to a series of corrective actions based on the number of missed appointments. More serious corrective actions may ensue after your first missed appointment.

Students will receive an excused absence through the Dean of Students if they are identified as positive or as a close contact (and are required to isolate or quarantine, respectively).  In order for the Dean of Students to issue an excused absence in this instance, the student is required to provide their isolation/quarantine letter (issued by either the WDH or the COVID Hub).  Either letter will work to secure an excused absence from Dean of Students (verbal attestations are not valid). 

As a matter of practice, faculty may include in their absence policy the requirement for documentation from Dean of Students.  Please review University Regulation 2-108 for more information about student absences.

UW recommends social distancing, but does not require it.  If a faculty member can provide socially distanced seating in their current classroom or labs, they are encouraged to do so, but again, it is not mandated.

Given growing concerns about the rise of COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant, the Board of Trustees approved a temporary mask mandate for indoor spaces on campus when you cannot socially distance, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021.  This includes classrooms, studios, and laboratory spaces.  It does not include outdoor spaces you use for your classes.   Faculty have the authority to adjust the mask requirement when their indoor instructional spaces and activities allow for social distancing.  There may be activities where social distancing is possible and other activities where masks will be needed.  It is important for faculty to communicate their expectations with students early and often, including the need for students to come to class prepared (e.g., always have your mask available).

The President has charged an advisory committee led by College of Health Sciences Dean, David Jones, to develop a set of health science-based recommendations for further consideration.  It is expected that the Board of Trustees will consider these recommendations, including any associated with extending the mask mandate, at their next meeting on September 15-17, 2021

STAFF QUESTIONS

Yes. The University is working closely with the Wyoming Department of Health to address COVID-19 safety and health concerns in the campus community.

No. Supervisors cannot specifically ask the employee for medical information (i.e., positive or negative COVID test, vaccination status, etc.). But supervisors are encouraged to remind their employees about the importance of testing when they’re asked to do so and remind them about their obligation to report a positive test result to the COVID Hub.

Employees are not obligated to tell their supervisors if they tested outside of the University’s COVID testing program, but they should report to their supervisors when they are not going to be in to work so that arrangements can be made for their absence. Employees are obligated to report a positive test result to the COVID Hub. This enables the COVID Hub to take swift action in initiating cleaning protocols and other necessary measures.

Employees are not required to report their test results to their supervisors but are asked to report to their supervisors when they are not going to be in to work so that arrangements can be made for their absence. Employees are obligated to report a positive test result to the COVID Hub. Reporting positive test results is critical to the university community and enables the COVID Hub to take swift action in initiating contact tracing, cleaning protocols, and other necessary measures. Failure to report your test results compromises that goal and increases chance of disease transmission.

Under an abundance of caution, it is recommended that they reach out to COVID Hub and share this contact information. 

Employees may be subject to a series of corrective actions based on the number of missed appointments. More serious corrective actions may ensue after your first missed appointment.

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:

 

 

Contact Info

Contact UW’s COVID-19 Response Team by calling  (307) 766-COVD (2683) or emailing  COVID19@uwyo.edu

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