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Fall Return FAQs - Student Section

GENERAL

Before returning to campus and normal operations, all students, faculty, and staff will be required complete each of the following actions:

  • Take a test for active COVID-19 disease prior to returning to campus, as directed under the Phased Return; and
  • Complete the COVID-19 online required training.

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. Incidents of noncompliance for employees will be managed through the employee handbook and “corrective action” policies and procedures.

 

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

The latest information on confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus can be found on the Campus Return page.

The University of Wyoming is committed to the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. The phased approach was developed in response to evolving information about COVID-19 showing that testing, contact tracing and rapid isolation -- combined with measures such as requiring face protection and physical distancing -- are crucial to minimize the spread of the virus on college campuses.

Those with questions may also call 307-766-COVD (2683) or email COVID19@uwyo.edu.

Under the University’s phased reopening, class modality will be impacted for nearly all classes:

 

  • Phase 1 (Aug 24 – Sept 4):
    • Most instruction delivered online
    • Law school, WWAMI and junior nursing courses delivered face to face
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

  • Phase 2 (Sept 7 – Sept 25):
    • 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

 

  • Phase 3 (Sept 28 – Nov 20):
    • Expanded mix of on-campus and hybrid / hyflex instruction
    • Fully online instruction still available, with a robust set of courses for student who choose this option
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

  • Phase 4 (Nov 23 – Dec 11):
    • All courses and final exams conducted online*
    • All students leave residence halls except for those granted exceptions
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

While your class modality may change, your class schedule will remain the same. Classes will take place at the same time and cadence as outlined in the course catalogue.

 

* Course exams that require in-person component will be tested prior to this Phase 4.

The intent is to reduce the risk inherent with students leaving campus during the semester, then returning from other locations where the coronavirus may be prevalent.

Faculty members and academic departments will develop the best mix of in-person and online instruction, with classrooms scheduled to provide for social distancing. Under the phased return, every student will be offered a combination of online and face-to-face learning to allow for greatest flexibility to provide students the in-person experience.

Yes. See the FAQ above for details: Are there changes to the fall semester schedule?

There are two additional adjustments to courses that may impact the course modality and schedule. The first adjustment is to support social-distancing requirements. Many face-to-face (F2F) classes and lectures will move to an online format – some with specific meeting times, and others that will be asynchronous, meaning class content will be available on demand. Course modality changes will be reflected in your WyoRecords account prior to the start of the semester on August 24. Consult your Academic Advisor or the course instructor for confirmation.

Here are directions for identifying the mode of instruction for your current schedule:

  • First, login to your WyoRecords account.
  • Next, click on the “Register for classes” button and look for the “Summary” section in the lower right corner.
  • Under the course title the method for instruction will be listed (i.e. Online Only, Online/Web Conferencing or Traditional).
    • Online Only – this means that the class was either originally scheduled to be online or it is a Face-to-Face (F2F) class that has been converted to an online course. These courses do not have an established meeting time, and can be accessed “on demand”.
    • Traditional – this means that the originally scheduled F2F class will continue to have a F2F component – but it doesn’t mean all components of the class will be F2F.
    • Online w/Web conferencing – This means that the originally scheduled F2F class has been converted to online, but there will be a synchronous requirement, meaning students will have specific day/times scheduled for Zoom sessions.
  • Face-to-face courses will continue to meet at a scheduled time (ex. Thursday at 10 a.m.), but they will do so in a manner that reduces density of students in the classroom. Students will “rotate” between meeting in person, and participating virtually.
  • When a search for classes is performed, the instructional method is listed beneath the title of the course, as well in the search results.

The second adjustment to the fall schedule focuses on allowing our operations team to clean classrooms between groups by increasing the amount of time between classes. Previously, 10 minutes was allowed between classes, which will now be extended to 20 minutes. This means your class time start and end times may be different than when you originally registered. Please note: NO CHANGES are being made to length of classes or days they occur--only this adjustment to start and end times. This precaution will further reduce the density of students entering and exiting classrooms and hallways.

The university is mindful of student concerns about fees and devised an updated approach. Please visit the Program and Distance Education Delivery Fees page for additional details.

Masks are mandated for all students, employees and visitors to campus. The full COVID Policy can be found on the Campus Return page. Exceptions must be approved through Student Health Service and will be aligned to federal, state and local guidelines. Face coverings may be removed in residence hall bathrooms to shower, shave, apply make-up and to brush teeth.

Under the phased return to campus, select UW campus facilities will be opened to start the semester with additional facilities opening for use in subsequent phases. 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.

The fixed route services resume Aug. 24. Visit the Transportation Services website for more details.

Pre-Return Training for students is available by visiting WyoCourses. After you are prompted to complete your student account login, the course screen should appear. Click on the “Return to Campus Student Training” assignment. Students must view the videos and finish the knowledge checks throughout the training in order have successfully completed the training. All students must complete the training by Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Yes. Daily COVIDPass health screening will help the UW community identify signs of COVID and support students, staff and faculty in taking timely action. This daily self-reporting tool is a responsive website accessible by smartphones or computers. COVIDPass uses the current CDC symptom list to ask members of the UW community if they are experiencing symptoms and then generates a pass or fail regarding for coming onto campus that day. There is no cost to students, faculty or staff. Detailed instructions for using COVIDPass can be found on WyoWeb under the COVID Information tab.

Each day, each student, staff and faculty member will be expected to take their own temperature and, using the health monitoring tools (such as COVIDPass), and complete a brief health screening that checks for COVID-19 symptoms. Detailed instructions for using COVIDPass can be found on WyoWeb under the COVID Information tab.

Faculty and advisers will work with students for online learning opportunities. Every student will be offered a combination of online and face-to-face learning to allow the greatest flexibility.

The university plans to have in-person classes with fewer restrictions, but that will depend upon whether the pandemic situation improves.






PRE-RETURN TESTING

Pre-Return Testing Updates due to shift to Phased Return

Those who are still required to complete the test are:

  • Phase 1 (Aug. 24-Sept.4): Students who are on campus or using other UW facilities during Phase 1. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so immediately .
  • Phase 2 (Sept. 7-25): Students who are on campus or using other UW facilities during Phase 2. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have already ordered your test kit but haven’t taken it, please hold on to your test kit and take the test one week prior to your arrival.
  • Students Residing in Laramie or Albany County regardless of Phase: Students who currently reside or plan to reside in Laramie or Albany County during the semester are required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so immediately.

Those who are no longer required to complete the test are:

  • Phase 3 (Sept 28-Nov 20): Students who are on campus or other UW facilities in Phase 3. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you already have a test kit in hand, you should hold onto your test kit and take it one week prior to your arrival. If you have not ordered a test kit, you do are not required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test; please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.
  • Distant Learners not returning to Laramie or Albany County: Students studying remotely who are not coming to campus or using UW facilities across the state. You are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test. Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

If you are uncertain whether you are exempt from completing your Vault test, please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

For the latest information and developments on the Fall 2020 return, please navigate to the UW Campus Return page. Further information on ongoing testing programs will be shared prior to your arrival.

The Vault Test is no longer a Pre-Return requirement for students returning in Phase 3 (still required for Phase 1 and 2) because the University is establishing a comprehensive Surveillance Testing Program scheduled to be ready by Phase 3 that will test all students, faculty and staff regularly throughout the remainder of the semester. This program has been created to identify potential COVID-19 cases that may have been missed as part of the pre-return testing program. So, whether you have taken your Pre-Return Vault Test in July or in the week prior to your arrival, the on-campus testing program will provide as another layer of defense against the potential spread of COVID-19 in the UW community.

No. If you have already taken your Pre-Return Vault Test and received a negative test result, then you do NOT need to take another Vault Test prior to returning to campus. All students who are returning to campus or Albany County are only required to have one negative Pre-Return Vault Test result prior to arrival.

If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required.

Yes, if you plan to live in the residence halls, then a negative pre-return COVID-19 Vault test is required in order to move in regardless of phase.

If you have received your test kit but have not taken the test, then please hold onto your kit and schedule and complete your test one week prior to your arrival.

No. If you have already taken your COVID-19 Vault test and received a negative result, no further action is required.

If you are a distant learner NOT returning to Laramie or Albany County, you are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test. Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Students who currently reside or plan to reside in Laramie or Albany County during the semester are required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so: 1) immediately if currently living in the area or 2) prior to arrival to Laramie or Albany County.

No. Due to the shift to a phased return, only one negative test is required for your Pre-Return Testing requirement. If you have already completed two tests, then no further action is required. If you have ordered and received your kit but have not conducted your Vault test, then please contact the COVID Hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683.

If you have already ordered your test kit but haven’t taken it, please hold onto your test kit and take the test one week prior to your arrival. If you have questions, please contact the COVID Hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683 for further instruction.

If you are a distance learner living outside of Albany County and are not coming to campus or using UW facilities across the state. You are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test. 

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status. 

Please contact the UW Office of International Students and Scholars (uwglobal@uwyo.edu) if you have questions.

If you are a distance learner living outside of Albany County and are not coming to campus or using UW facilities across the state. You are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test.

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

If you are a distance learner living outside of Albany County and are not coming to campus or using UW facilities across the state. You are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test.

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Compliance with Pre-Return Testing 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. Violations could result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university.

General Overview

In order to keep COVID-19 out of the UW community to the greatest extent possible, we are requiring students, faculty, and staff returning to campus in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the new Fall Return Phased Approach to take a test for the active COVID-19 disease prior to returning to campus. 

The University of Wyoming community has shown incredible strength and compassion over the past few months. This commitment to supporting and protecting one another will continue to be essential as we come back together on campus. Our commitment to upholding the UW Community Standards – the five guiding principles for our students, faculty and staff – is more important than ever. These principles uniquely apply to our return to campus this fall:

  • Community: We, as faculty, staff and students, recognize we all have a role to play to protect our greater campus community. We understand and appreciate how our decisions and actions impact others. Community members will take all necessary precautions to minimize the incidence and spread of COVID-19 on campus.
  • Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honor and honest even in the most challenging times. We understand the need to adhere to safety guidelines and following protocols. The true test is what we choose to do when no one else is present to hold us accountable.
  • Social Consciousness: We respect the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing University community. We understand each member of our community may be facing distinct impacts during this unprecedented time. We will discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to the welfare of others.
  • Respect: We commit to showing positive regard for each other and for the community, especially in times of uncertainty and change. This means we will appropriately engage with one another to communicate and to acknowledge what is needed to reduce the risk on campus.
  • Responsibility: We acknowledge we are accountable for our learning, personal behaviors, and future wellbeing. All UW community members should use sound judgment and take personal responsibility for our actions.

UW’s Community Standards reflect our collective commitment to our great campus community. It will take every community member doing our part to create a safer environment for everyone. We all have a responsibility to stay up to date on changes. UW’s COVID Policy will evolve and we expect it will be revised throughout the academic year as understanding of the virus deepens, best practices change, and therapeutic measures become available. Updates will be announced, and each community member must stay informed of these changes as they occur.

Current guidance provides three important practices UW community members must follow:
1. Monitor and Report
2. Prevention
3. Provide Space

On August 12, 2020, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved a plan proposed by University President Seidel to welcome you back to campus using a phased approach.

 

The table below outlines the student population and testing requirements by phase:

Population Return to Campus Date Pre-Return COVID-19 Test (Vault Test)

Phase 1 Students:

  • Athletes
  • Resident Assistants
  • FSL on-campus students
  • 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 met the housing exception

August 24th – September 4th, and earlier for those who moved into on-campus housing, including university’s apartments prior to the start of classes.

You are required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test prior to your arrival to Laramie. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so immediately.

Phase 2 Students:

  • All phase 1 students
  • Freshman students taking face-to-face First Year Seminar
  • All first year students in residence halls
  • All Law students
  • LRCC
  • PharmD-P1 students

September 7th – September 25th

You are required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test prior to your arrival. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have already ordered your test kit but haven’t taken it, please hold onto your test kit and take the test one week prior to your arrival.

Phase 3 Students:

All students welcomed to campus. 

September 28th – November 20th

If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you already have a test kit in hand, you should hold onto your test kit and take it one week prior to your arrival.

 

If you have not ordered a test kit, please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Distant Learners not returning to Laramie or Albany County

Distant Learners include all students who will NOT be returning to campus at any time during the fall semester.

N/A

You are not required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test.

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Students residing in Laramie or Albany County regardless of Phase

Students who currently reside or plan to reside in Laramie or Albany County during the semester.

N/A

You are required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so immediately.

If you are uncertain whether you are exempt from completing your Vault test, please complete this online form confirming your exemption status. 

For the latest information and developments on the Fall 2020 return, please navigate to the UW Campus Return page. Further information on ongoing testing programs will be shared prior to your arrival.

No. Vault Health COVID-19 tests can be shipped anywhere in the United States.

No. The purpose of going through a specific provider (Vault Health) is to gather baseline data for our campus community in one place. We cannot support requests through alternate providers at this time.

Testing for international students will be conducted as soon as they arrive on the UW campus. Please contact the UW Office of International Students and Scholars (uwglobal@uwyo.edu) for details.

Negative: Congratulations! You may travel to campus based on your phase:

  • Phase 1: Aug 24
  • Phase 2: Sept 7
  • Phase 3: Sept 28

Please be thoughtful in the choices you make as you prepare to return to campus. Where you can, please maintain physical distance and put into practice the principles outlined in our COVID-19 Policy once you have completed your test.



Positive: You cannot come to campus. Please quarantine, and the University will follow up with next steps.

Inconclusive: You must be tested again. The University will follow up with next steps.

If you are distance learner living outside of Albany County and are not coming to campus or using UW facilities across the state. You are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test.

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Currently, all club sports have virtual activity only. The university plans to implement a modified in-person activity plan that adheres to all state, university, and national COVID-19 guidelines on a club-by-club basis upon review of the return-to-activity plan.

About the Test

*IMPORTANT: This test is to be performed only using saliva collected during a Zoom-enabled video supervised visit with a Vault test supervisor. This is done to ensure that the right type and amount of sample is produced, which is necessary to make sure that the results of the test are correct.

This test detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. After you provide a sample of your saliva, the virus's genetic material is extracted from it and these specific genes are looked for in a laboratory. If they are there, the test is considered positive.

This test is NOT a do-it-yourself at-home test, but rather a test in which the saliva sample collection is ordered and supervised by a Vault Health test supervisor on a remote testing (via Zoom video call) , and the sample is then sent back to a laboratory for testing.

Knowing whether you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can help you to know what steps you should take for yourself and in order to protect others.

Yes, you can order and take a COVID-19 test regardless of whether you're experiencing symptoms. There is a "no symptoms" option you can select when ordering your test.

No, this is NOT a test for COVID-19 antibodies, which are produced by people who have had the disease and have recovered.

There is no “carrier” status for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If you test positive, it means you are infected with the virus, based on what we currently know. However, about 25% of people who are infected do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others because these people are still considered infected.

 

No, this is not an antibody test, which would tell you if you have previously been exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Vault COVID-19 test looks for the presence of virus in your saliva, which if present indicates that you have the virus.

This test is very sensitive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, with 98% of tests providing either a positive or a negative result, and only 2% of tests providing an inconclusive result. The test can detect fewer than 10 copies of viral genes per milliliter of saliva and can detect the presence of virus in the saliva within 2 days of infection and up to 28 days after infection. Across all known gene sequences of SARS-CoV-2, the test detects the ones in the genes of interest ~100% of the time, making it highly sensitive and specific for those genes.

Currently, the false positive and false negative rates for this specific test cannot be calculated, because the lab and Vault do not receive data on what happens to patients after they receive a test. We do not know if patients with a negative test go on to develop symptoms and subsequently receive a positive test result (false negative) or if an uninfected patient with a positive result then goes on to have another test that’s negative (false positive). However, emerging data about false negative rates of saliva-based COVID tests are showing that the false negative rate for saliva-based tests may be closer to 10%, which is significantly lower than those of nasopharyngeal swab-based tests, which are in the 25-35% range.

Vault test supervisors 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.

Yes. This assay is intended for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization #200090 authorized on April 10, 2019. This is the only saliva test and saliva collection device that is FDA-authorized for at-home self-collection in the U.S. at this time.

The lab must test the sample within 56 hours of it having been produced, which means that you need to ship it back to the lab as soon as possible after producing it. As is widely done already in the medical community, specialized lab tests are routinely sent to single locations for analysis from around the country. The FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for this test states that "Saliva specimens must be transported and stored at ambient temperature and tested within 56 hours of collection.” For this reason, as well as to ensure that you can get your results as quickly as possible, Vault Health uses overnight shipping and, when necessary, insulated shipping materials, to get samples quickly back to the lab while maintaining their stability.

VAULT HEALTH WILL NOT PROVIDE RESULTS TO PATIENTS ON ANY SALIVA SAMPLE THAT ARRIVED AT THE LAB MORE THAN 56 HOURS AFTER THE SAMPLE WAS PRODUCED DURING THE ZOOM-ENABLED VIDEO SUPERVISED TESTING.

In regards to the at-home collection, Vault believes that i) this is fundamentally different from what is often thought of as traditional "at-home” collection because it is being supervised every step of the way by a test supervisor, patients are not left to their own devices; ii) remotely supervised testing interactions currently are, and continue to grow in widespread recognition of as an appropriate patient-supervised interaction, and given that Vault utilizes real-time synchronous audio/visual technology, it is no different than if a patient was standing in front of a testing supervisor in a physical office; iii) in the uncertain times we find ourselves, with social distancing showing real results of flattening the curve, plus the scarcity of PPE, Vault believes this is an effective method to maintain the safety of test supervisors and the patients to whom they provide care.

Ordering a Test

Ordering your test kit:
The kit will be delivered directly to you via overnight delivery if purchased by 3:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST). (All kits ordered from Friday 1:00 pm MST through Sunday will ship on Monday and be received on Tuesday).

Collecting your saliva under the supervision* of a test supervisor:
When your kit arrives and you are ready to collect your sample, log into your Vault account and you will be connected to a remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault test supervisor who will guide you through producing your saliva sample and collecting it in the tube provided in your kit. The whole process takes just a few minutes. You should not eat, drink or chew gum for 30 minutes before providing the sample.

*IMPORTANT: If you do not collect saliva under supervision from a Vault test supervisor, your test results will be invalidated.

The hours of operation for a patient to receive COVID-19 remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault Health test supervisor are below:

  • Sunday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Monday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Tuesday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Wednesday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Thursday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Friday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm MST
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm MST

NOTE: Vault’s peak hours are from 10am-1pm MST. You should try to complete your Vault test before 10am MST or after 1pm MST for minimum wait times.

COVID-19 testing with Vault is currently accessible in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Yes, if you have a US shipping address and a valid government-issued photo ID (from the United States or any country), you may purchase a test.
Forms of valid photo ID include:

  • a state-issued driver's license
  • a passport
  • a state ID card
  • UW ID card

If you do not have a valid government-issued photo ID, then please contact the COVID Hotline.

Contact the COVID hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683.

No. The costs of the Vault test are covered by the University.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must order the test for you.

If you get to a payment screen when ordering your test kit, do not enter your payment information. Make sure you order the test by clicking the link in your email. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link into your web browser – Vault Health recommended Chrome or Safari. If you continue to have issues, please try the below steps to activate the link:

  1. To place an order for your COVID, open up Safari or chrome and go to File > New Incognito Window in Chrome or New Private Window if in Safari
  2. Paste this link into the browse
  3. Click "taking the test for myself"
  4. Login or create a profile
  5. Answer the questions around symptoms, exposure and sign the HIPAA authorization
  6. Click Place Order (you should see it all says $0).

If you continue to have problems, please reach out to the COVID Hotline covid19@uwyo.edu or at 307-766-2683 for next steps.

If you received your Vault test link and have difficulties accessing the ordering page, copy and paste the link into Chrome and click refresh. Note: Test links work best in the Google Chrome or Safari web browsers. If you continue having issues with ordering, please contact Vault Health at covid@vaulthealth.com

All testing will be conducted through remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault test supervisor. There is no physical location to visit to take this test with Vault, all appointments for testing will be through remote testing (via Zoom video call). Only patients who have placed orders will be able to meet with a Vault test supervisor to supervise the test.

A number have ordered, and in some cases received, their Vault test but received an email suggesting that they had not done so and were out of compliance with the current UW COVID-19 policy. This was an error, and UW will not put holds on any student accounts until we are able to definitely confirm who has and has not ordered a test from Vault.

Individuals who have received duplicate Vault tests should hold onto both kits. Bring both kits to your Zoom session with the Vault Health Coordinator and ask the Vault Health coordinator to confirm the test tube number. Once your Vault test is complete and you have received your test results, you can dispose of the second test.

Yes. We ask that you quarantine at home until you receive your test results - that is, in addition to not returning to Laramie.

If you require additional accessibility for your supervised COVID-19 remote testing (via Zoom video call) with Vault, please reach out to our Patient Experience team by email at covid@vaulthealth.com. We will respond to you directly to schedule an appointment that can accommodate your request.

If you require a video appointment conducted in a language other than English for your supervised COVID-19 test with Vault, please reach out to our Patient Experience team by email at covid@vaulthealth.com. We have translation services available for 200 languages (including American Sign Language) and can connect with you to meet your translation needs for your testing appointment.

After completing your sample collection with a Vault test supervisor, please attach the overnight shipping label included. Find the nearest drop-off location that matches your label and send your test kit back.

You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending your completed test kit back for processing. Please reach out to our patient experience team at covid@vaulthealth.com. Please include your first and last name, email address and phone number.

When your results are ready, a Vault test supervisor generates an email notification with a link to your test results along with recommended next steps depending on your results. The test results will be ready within 48 - 72 hours after the sample arrives at the laboratory.

No. Vault’s SARS-CoV-2 test will only be performed in the laboratory after (1) a licensed test supervisor orders the test for you and (2) your sample collection is observed by a test supervisor (via Zoom-enabled video supervised testing). Once the sample has been received by and tested in the laboratory, you will receive your results via electronic reporting.

If you do not collect saliva under supervision from a test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.

We understand that some students may have made an error in ordering their Vault test (such as the wrong address), or their test has been delayed in shipping. Any questions related to the test from Vault need to be directed to Vault at covid@vaulthealth.com. If you ordered your test to your UW address but do not currently reside there, please contact Residence Life at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or 307-766-3175.

Test Results

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, and if you have symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, it is very likely that you have COVID-19.

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-quarantine, 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. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).

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. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

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.

If you opted into results over email, you will receive an email with your test result approximately 2-3 days after your sample is received by the lab.
If not, you will receive an email notification with a link to your test result approximately 2-3 days after your sample is received by the lab.

You can receive your results in two different ways:
If you opted into results over email, you will receive an email with your test result. If not, you will get an email notification when results are ready to view in your Vault account. There will be a link to your results in that email.
Vault test supervisors will make general recommendations for you based on your test results, but you will need to follow up with your own healthcare provider if you require care.

If you experience severe symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please seek medical attention. A negative test result indicates no presence of virus at the moment of sample collection. A negative test result cannot guarantee that you have not contracted the virus after you submitted your sample to the lab for testing, and in very rare cases, can represent a false negative result, in which case you have the virus but the test result is negative.

If you have a positive test result, then you are presumed to be contagious, and if you have any of the symptoms outlined below, it is very likely that you have COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include, but are not limited to:


  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Generally not feeling well (malaise)
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Purple / blue discoloration of one or more toes

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-quarantine, 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 he or she can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).

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. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

For immediate treatment and care for any acute symptoms you may be experiencing, please contact your local primary care healthcare provider. For specific questions related to your SARS-CoV-2 test results, you can contact Vault here or you reach out via the COVID Hotline.

Vault test supervisors 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.

No, a negative test result does not mean you should stop following the current state, local and CDC guidelines for your area (which may include wearing a mask when in public or social distancing). It may help you to make decisions about your current health and your potential risk of infecting others. Even if you test negative, you must comply with the university’s COVID-19 policy.

Vault reports COVID-19 testing results as required to applicable health care government authorities for their public health activities.

Shipping & Logistics

After receiving your test kit, you will be able to log into a designated link that allows you to join a live online queue for a Zoom-enabled video supervised testing appointment with a Vault test supervisor. Then you will proceed to collect your spit sample with video guidance from the Vault test supervisor. Afterwards, you will send the sample back (via the included overnight shipping label) to the lab for testing. Your testing kit includes everything you need to send back your sample, including a pre-printed return label for either FedEx or UPS.

If your kit comes with a UPS label, use this link to find your closest UPS drop box. If your kit comes with a FedEx label, use this link to find your closest FedEx drop box.
Do NOT drop off your sample at a pharmacy or convenience store even if it has a drop off option. Please ONLY use stand-alone drop boxes or UPS and FedEx store locations.

If your test kit shipment arrives damaged, please contact Vault Health with your contact information (first and last name and email) to let us know. Expect a response from our team within 48 hours, thank you for your patience!

If you do not receive your testing kit when expected within 24-48 hours after your purchase, please send Vault Health a note with your contact information (first and last name and email) to let us know. Expect a response from our team within 48 hours, thank you for your patience!

Safety & Privacy

Yes, Vault is HIPAA compliant and we will ensure that personal health information stays secure by employing modern security best practices and standards.

Vault reports COVID-19 testing results as required to applicable health care government authorities for their public health activities.

Vault Health does keep your data on file for six years. This is a HIPAA requirement that we unfortunately cannot work around on a case-by-case basis.

When going through the process to order your test, there is a checkbox that reads, “By clicking here, I would like to receive my results by email. I aware that these are not secure means of communication and that there is a risk that my protected health information could be accessed by unauthorized third parties.” Checking this box is OPTIONAL.

If you check this box, your test results will be emailed directly to you. If you choose not to check this box, you will receive an email from Vault Health that your test results are ready. This email will contain a link to your Vault Health portal, where you can login to see your test results.

Using Zoom & Video Call Questions

No, this is NOT a test you can do alone. If you do not collect saliva during a video call under supervision from a Vault test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.

Visit the Zoom website to download instructions for your correct device. Once you have downloaded Zoom, follow the link that is sent to you via email to enter into Zoom. You will need to enable your 'video camera' and 'join with audio' to complete your Vault remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a test supervisor.

Vault’s peak hours are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MST. You should try to complete your Vault test before 10 a.m. MST or after 1 p.m. MST.

To enable your audio, ensure you click on the 'Join Audio' icon located on the bottom left of the Zoom screen.

No. Collections should be conducted in separate Zoom sessions. Multiple individuals should not complete saliva collection at the same time.

BRIDGE TESTING

Approximately 45% of students, faculty, and staff will be randomly selected to take a COVID-19 Vault test on campus during each week of Phase 1 and Phase 2 (August 24th – September 25th). The Bridge Testing Program is 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.

The table below describes who will participate in the Bridge Testing Program during each phase:

Population Return to Campus Date Bridge Program COVID-19 Test (Vault Test)

Phase 1 Students:

  • Athletes
  • Resident Assistants
  • FSL on-campus students
  • 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 met the housing exception

Phase 1 Employees: Employees approved by Dean or VP for return to campus by Phase 1, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

August 24th – September 4th, and earlier for those who moved into on-campus housing, including university’s apartments prior to the start of classes.

Approximately 45% of the population within each cohort and department will be randomly selected to submit a sample during the first week of Phase 1 (August 24th - 28th). Those who are not selected to participate during Week 1 can expect to be selected in Week 2 (August 31st - September 4th).

 

All testing will be conducted in the lower-level Gardens at the Wyoming Union using the same Vault test that was required before returning to campus.  Students and employees will use their existing Vault login credentials to receive their test results.

Phase 2 Students:

  • All phase 1 students
  • Freshman students taking face-to-face First Year Seminar
  • All first year students in residence halls
  • All Law students
  • LRCC
  • PharmD-P1 students

Phase 2 Employees: Employees approved by Dean or VP for return to campus by Phase 2, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

September 7th – September 25th

Phase 2 Bridge Testing will operate the same as Phase 1 testing described above.  However, the frequency of testing will be increased as the campus population grows.  Students and employees who are randomly selected during each week of Phase 2 can expect to be tested twice between Monday – Friday.

Phase 3 Students & Employees:

All students and employees welcomed to campus. 

 

September 28th – November 20th

All students and employees will be tested twice a week throughout Phase 3 in a separate surveillance program.

Employees who are able to completely socially distance throughout Phase 1 & 2

Any employees who are able to completely socially distance (e.g. work in a private office without contact with others) themselves at all times on campus.

N/A

You are not required to participate in the Bridge Testing Program.  However, you will still be required to participate in the Phase 3 Surveillance Program beginning September 28th.

 

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Distant Learners not returning to Laramie or Albany County and Fully Remote employees

Distant Learners include all students who will NOT be returning to campus at any time during the fall semester.

 

Remote employees include all employees who plan to work from home and will NOT return to campus at any time during the semester.

N/A

You are not required to participate either in the Bridge Testing Program or the Phase 3 Surveillance Program.

 

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Yes, if you will be returning to campus during either Phase 1 or Phase 2. The Pre-Return Testing program administered by Vault Health was designed to establish a baseline for infection in the UW community and protect against people bringing the virus that causes COVID-19 to campus. The Bridge Testing Program enhances these efforts by providing an early warning if cases are found on campus within the first several weeks of classes.

If you have been randomly selected to be tested during any given week in either Phase 1 or Phase 2, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for an appointment at the Gardens, located in the lower level of Wyoming Union. Please arrive on time. There will be signs at Union directing you to the testing center downstairs, where saliva tests will be administered.

No, you will not be charged any additional fees for the Bridge Testing Program.

No. Students, faculty, and staff should expect to be tested at least every other week – if not every week – from the time their phase begins. Given our understanding of how quickly the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread, it is important that you get tested regularly to determine whether you may be infected, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.

The same Vault 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 Gardens in the lower-level of Wyoming Union and supervised by trained UW staff.

No. All testing during the Bridge Program will be administered at the Gardens, located in the lower level of Wyoming Union.

Yes, the testing location is ADA accessible and the staff on-site will make reasonable accommodations to assist you with the testing process.

If students cannot come onto campus to participate in the Bridge or Surveillance Testing Programs, they should request an exemption by contacting the COVID Hotline at 307-766-COVD (2683) or COVID19@uwyo.edu.

Students will be instructed to fill out a Student Exemption Form. Exemptions will be provided to individuals who will not be coming onto campus during the semester or those who are able to provide a doctor’s note to exempt them from this process.

You can expect to spend 10-20 minutes in the testing process. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Bridge testing will continue throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2 (August 24th – September 25th).

Yes. Starting in Phase 3 (September 28th), UW will implement a new Surveillance Testing Program where all students, faculty, and staff will be tested twice a week.

No. The Bridge Program is designed as an early warning system for those who are not currently experiencing symptoms. Research shows that about 25% 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-quarantine, 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 page for steps if you are sick for more information.  

 

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 page on COVID-19 symptoms for more information.

If you have other questions, or you are unable to keep you testing appointment, please contact the COVID Hotline at COVID19@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2683.

ACADEMICS

Yes. Under the Phased Reopening, classes will still start on August 24 and end on December 4, followed by exams December 7-11.

Under the University’s phased reopening, class modality will be impacted for nearly all classes:

  • Phase 1 (Aug 24 - Sept 4):
    • Most instruction delivered online
    • Law school, WWAMI and junior nursing courses delivered face-to-face
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing
  • Phase 2 (Sept 7 – Sept 25):
    • 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
  • Phase 3 (Sept 28 – Nov 20):
    • Expanded mix of on-campus and hybrid / hyflex instruction
    • Fully online instruction still available, with a robust set of courses for student who choose this option
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing
  • Phase 4 (Nov 23 – Dec 11):
    • All courses and final exams conducted online*
    • All students leave residence halls except for those granted exceptions
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

While your class modality may change, your class schedule will remain the same. Classes will take place at the same time and cadence as outlined in the course catalogue.

* Course exams that require in-person component will be tested prior to this Phase 4.

Instructors will communicate to their students about how the course will be offered, including how students should complete any assignments or exams. Assignments and deadlines may or may not be adjusted, but students are expected to continue completing the course requirements as outlined by the instructor. Make sure you understand your instructor’s expectations and ask questions if any expectations are unclear.

Undergraduate students can request leaves of absence through their College’s advising office. We encourage undergraduate students considering a leave of absence to consult their academic advisor. Your primary advisor will continue to provide expert care, guidance, and advice to ensure your time away from UW is used constructively toward degree completion. If you intend on enrolling at another institution during your absences from UW, your primary advisory will request that you complete a Transfer Evaluation Form to initiate this process and for the university’s record keeping purposes.

As a friendly reminder, there are several tools available for planning time away:

  • For any matriculated UW student, the university will guarantee transfer credits only for courses for which the student has received prior, course-specific approval from their advisor and the Office of the Registrar. A Transfer Evaluation Form should be submitted prior to enrolling for a transfer course .
  • Also, UW has a transfer catalog to assist in determining course equivalencies.

Yes. The full course catalogue remains available to students, including for courses that include a lab or in-person requirement. Please consult your academic advisor to ensure you are registered appropriately.

Students should contact their academic advisors and / or college-based advising offices, which remain open.

ONLINE LEARNING

Taking a class online could involve any combination of the following:

  • Watching a lecture or video(s), which may be live or pre-recorded
  • Submitting reflections on lectures or other course material
  • Participating in discussion boards
  • Participating in a class discussion virtually using Zoom
  • Submitting assignments online
  • Taking quizzes or exams online

All instructors are being asked to communicate to their students about how the course will be offered online. Make sure you understand their expectations for participating in the course and submitting any assignments.

With the University of Wyoming moving to online course delivery for the start of the fall semester, the Dean of Students office is dedicated to helping our students succeed. Below you will find a comprehensive list of student services. Although some of these services may not be available physically, students are encouraged to still reach out and find the support they need.

 

 

 

 

 

  • LinkedIn Learning is now available for all university employees and students. This university-wide resource culminated from the combined efforts of the President’s Executive Council, Human Resources and the College of Business to provide educational and professional development opportunities. LinkedIn Learning is designed to advance your business, technology, and creative skills with expert-led instruction from any device, anywhere and any time. You can access  UW LinkedIn Learningfrom  WyoWeb.

You will need a computer and reliable Internet access. The University is primarily relying on Canvas (WyoCourse) but instructors may also use other web-based tools including Zoom. Some individual classes may require utilizing specific software and further information will be provided by your instructor. Here are links to the most used tools and guides to those tools:

 

WyoCourses

Zoom

Yes, but remember that you should continue to be professional during synchronous sessions just as you would in an in-person class. You should be appropriately dressed and sitting down in an area where you can focus. Be cognizant of what is in the background. You should not be multitasking during online classes. And we really hope we don’t have to remind you not to ‘Zoom and Drive.’

All classes will be recorded, with content made available asynchronously.

If you are sick and cannot participate in the class or finish assignments, notify your instructor as soon as possible.

UW Libraries has put together a remote resource list of all the services they are offering remotely to students. These include such services as their librarian chat servicelibrarian consultationaccess to databases and more. For further support email the help desk or call (307) 766-3190.

Course labs will start the semester online. As students return in Phase 2 and 3, course labs will start to be carried out in-person. Accommodations can be made for online labs if a student is in a high-risk category.

Students should pursue their research experiences online to the fullest extent possible. Students who are involved in for-credit research experiences that are required for graduation and cannot be pursued online will be allowed in research labs on a limited basis. Access to labs will require participation in COVID Pass and strict adherence to safety protocols as outlined in the on the University’s Research COVID Response page.

 

For questions about graduate student education, please see the Office of Graduate Education COVID-19 Related Information website.

Disability Support Services (DSS) is still providing accommodation for DSS students in alternate learning environments. For additional support, email DSS or call (307) 766-3073.

Your academic advisor and faculty can answer your questions about your courses and can help you with your questions about online learning and support resources. Information Technology can assist you with technical issues in your online learning environment. You can also contact the Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at (307)766-4286 or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (307) 766-5123 or e-mail at studentaffairs@uwyo.edu.

TUITION, FEES & FINANCIAL AID

General Class Days Fall 2020 Percentage
Semester Class Day 1-8 August 24 - September 2 100%
Semester Class Day 9-15 September 3 - September 13 75%
Semester Class Day 16-20 September 14 - September 20 50%
Semester Class Day 21-25 September 21 - September 27 25%
Semester Class Day 26 and on September 28 and on 0%

We are working new ways to assist students and families in this difficult time and will continue to make emergency assistance available to support all students who need it, including:

 

CARES Wyoming College Grant Program

UW students can receive up to $3,250 through a new grant program.

 

University of Wyoming students who have suffered financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic can rest a little easier, thanks to a new program aimed at helping them achieve their educational goals. Using federal CARES act funding approved by Governor Mark Gordon, the temporary relief program is designed to provide up to $3,250 per eligible current student enrolled in the upcoming fall 2020 to help assist them with any financial burden. The CARES Wyoming College Grant Program funds are not required to be paid back to the university by the student.

 

Who qualifies?

 

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or in the final year of your graduate degree, many UW students are eligible for funding. Students must be enrolled during the fall 2020 semester to receive funds. Funding amount is concurrent with the number of enrolled credit hours during that semester, with 12+ credits (undergraduate/pharmacy) and 9+ credits (graduate/law) as the maximum attainable amount. Stimulus amounts are prorated for students enrolled in fewer credits. Use our eligibility checker to estimate your funding.

 

Important Note to Non-Resident Students:

 

All non-resident students MUST be enrolled in at least one course that was considered on-campus, face-to-face modality during the fall 2020 semester to be eligible for funding through this program. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

 

Important Dates:

  • August 21: Deadline to enroll in fall 2020 semester and become eligible to apply for funds
  • December 1: Deadline to apply for funds

 

For further details on this program, visit the CARES Wyoming College Grant Program website.

 

Trail Blazer Adult Education Grant Program

Wyoming adult learners can get $2,500 for the fall 2020 semester through a new grant program!

 

Starting on a new path in life takes determination. Taking the first step into a classroom as an adult can be the hardest. We understand that you may already be working full-time, have a family and other commitments that can make scheduling classes tough. The University of Wyoming is dedicated to providing top-level education opportunities and assisting you with the financial commitment and personalized academic support through the entire journey.

 

A grant born out of the difficult times due to COVID-19 has made funding of $2,500 per student for the 2020 fall semester available to individuals who wish to start or continue their education at UW.

 

Who Qualifies?

 

The Trailblazer Adult Education Grant Program is offered to Wyoming residents between the ages of 25 and 64. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19. Applicant must be a current Wyoming resident and a United States citizen.

 

Important Dates:

  • August 21: Deadline to apply for admission and become eligible to apply for funds
  • November 1: Deadline to apply for funds

 

For further details on this program, visit the Trail Blazer website.

 

If you need assistance from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid please contact us through email: finaid@uwyo.edu or by calling our main number: 307-766-2116. You can also schedule a time to connect with us through an online Zoom meeting.

 

Several of our staff members will be working from home in an effort to mitigate their exposure and interaction with a large number of people. There will be a team in the office processing the daily mail, faxes, answering telephone calls, and responding to emails. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (whether on or off campus) will continue to provide service to our students, faculty and staff as we prepare for students to join UW this fall.

 

Further information and tools to can be found online at the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid page .

Financial aid counselors are available through email: finaid@uwyo.edu or by calling our main number: 307-766-2116. You can also schedule a time to connect with us through an online Zoom meeting.

Please contact CARES-funding@uwyo.edu or call (307) 766-4340.

HOUSING, DINING, & CAMPUS SERVICES

The fixed route services will resume in phases starting on August 24th with limited services, including SafeRide, and expanding / modifying services to meet the needs of campus in each new phase. Visit the Transportation Services website for more details.

During Phase 1, only the following buildings / facilities will be available for use and will require a key card to access:

  • Lab school
  • ECEC
  • WY State Vet Lab (restricted access)
  • Knight hall services
  • Book store
  • Union
  • Jacoby Golf Course
  • Libraries + 1 Computer Lab
  • Washakie, Panda & Pita
  • 1 IT Computer Labs/WYO One ID Office
  • Law School for STI
  • WWAMI classrooms
  • Residence Halls
  • Chemistry Stockroom
  • Hill Hall-Third Floor
  • Student Health
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Psychology Clinic

 

Only students, faculty and staff included in Phase 1 will be allowed on campus. All individuals are encouraged to limit use of buildings as much as possible, and building doors should not be propped open.

A determination for which buildings need to be open in Phase 2 will be made in September.

Residence Life and Dining Services (RLDS) will prorate room and board costs based on the new move-in dates. If you would like to request to cancel your room and board contract, please contact our office.

No one who is already here needs to depart.

No. Your contact will be adjusted automatically based the new move-in dates. If you would like to request to cancel your room and board contract, please contact our office.

Our Residence Life & Housing team has emailed all our students who are scheduled to be in residence with us. Our preschedule move in calendar has been modified. Most students won’t be moving in on the original scheduled time on August 19, 20 and 21; however, you will be emailed by Friday, August 28 with your new scheduled move in date and time. If you’re moving in ahead of Phase 2 before September 5 and 6 to coordinate your schedule move in arrival on the September 7.

The University of Wyoming has moved to a phased return to campus. Due to this, move-in times have been adjusted.

  • First-year students will move in Sept. 5 or 6.
  • Returning residents will move in Sept. 26 or 27.

Students will receive their new move-in date and time by Aug. 28, and a negative Vault Health test will still be required to move in.

We understand that this is a significant change, and many of your travel plans will be or have been interrupted. However, this new approach increases our ability to reduce risk and avoid an outbreak during the semester.

We also realize some of you may need to come to campus at your originally scheduled time. We have created an exemption form for these individuals. Each exemption request will be individually reviewed and decided upon within 48 hours. Please note that not all exemptions will be granted and are reserved for those with extenuating circumstances.

If your plans change after you have submitted your Residence Life & Dining Services Contract, it is very important that you communicate the changes with the staff in the Residence Life & Dining Services office. Please refer to your Contract Terms and Conditions 2020-21 for more information about contract cancellation, release and termination.

For further details on move-in, please visit UW’s Move-In Fall 2020 Update online.

UW will convert all residence halls to single rooms and modify the residential dining plan to facilitate social distancing. Those who are paying for double-room occupancy will not be assessed the higher single-occupancy fee.

UW will repurpose Crane Hall as a 300-bed residence hall and is finalizing another option for students who will continue to pursue a housing contract throughout the summer. Students living in Crane Hall will receive a reduced housing rate.

Residence Life will modify the move-in schedules and procedures to reduce density through extended move-in times and days. Further, we have worked hard this summer to plan a UW Move-In that is flexible for residents, minimizes the work to move-in, and maximizes your safety. To have a successful transition to your new home at UW, we ask you to adhere the follow safety guidelines:

  • UW Residence Life & Dining Services will require residents and families to wear face coverings throughout the move-in process.
  • Students will be required to check-in during their assigned date and time, and are limited to two family members or move-in helpers.
  • Elevators will be limited to one family, and other guidelines including physical distancing and occupancy limits for all common areas will be posted.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in each lobby and floor.
  • Carts will be available to check out and will be sanitized regularly.
  • Varying from previous years, there will not be volunteers to help students move-in.

If you have any questions regarding Move-In 2020, please contact us (307) 766-3175 or e-mail us at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu. Also, stay tuned to our social media where we will post important information to help you get settled into your new home away from home!

Dining services is up and running and will be available to provide the meals you have planned. For students already with us, the meal plans will be honored and provided. The retail options will be limited to start since campus operations will be virtual.

In addition to our standard guest policy outlined in the RLDS Policies & Procedures, residents are allowed to have guests that also reside in their same community. Residents are not allowed to visit other halls or house communities.

The Washakie Dining Center will, among other things: pre-assign students a timeframe for meals, with flexibility to accommodate course schedules; require a card swipe into dining locations prior to entry; require students to select one of five dining lines upon entry in order to maintain social distancing; reduce or remove seating to encourage students to take food to-go; modify meal plan offerings and eliminate all-you-can-eat options; extend opening hours with a late-night option; and require workers to wear masks/face shields and gloves. Dining options may change as conditions evolve. There will also be additional grab-and-go options across retail dining options on campus.

Yes. The Fraternity and Sorority Life community at the University of Wyoming will be open in the fall. We are not modifying those move-in dates since they coordinated with their organization chapter.

 

If you have questions or are in need of assistance, please visit us online at the Fraternity & Sorority Life website, or you can connect us through email at FSL@uwyo.edu or at 307-766-6340.

Please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars website to learn more about how your assigned advisor can help you with an online appointment.

We also realize some of you may need to come to campus at your originally scheduled time. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to our office at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-3175. Residence Life will communicate our responses via students’ university email addresses.

We also realize some of you may need to come to campus at your originally scheduled time. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to our office at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-3175. Residence Life will communicate our responses via students’ university email addresses.

We also realize some of you may need to come to campus at your originally scheduled time. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to our office at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-3175. Residence Life will communicate our responses via students’ university email addresses.

If you would like to request to cancel your room and board contract, please contact our office at 307-766-3175 or rlds-dining@uwyo.edu with any questions.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, August 24 – classes begin, all online
  • Friday, August 28 – students receive an email with new move-in date, time, and instructions
  • Saturday, September 5 – first-year student move-in
  • Sunday, September 6 – first-year student move-in
  • Monday, September 7 – some face-to-face instruction begins for first-year students
  • Saturday, September 26 – returning resident move-in
  • Sunday, September 27 – returning resident move-in

You can contact Residential Life & Dining Services at (307) 766-3175 or e-mail us at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu

TRAVEL

Personal travel outside Wyoming will be discouraged, but not prohibited. UW students and employees are asked to exercise personal responsibility for the good of the UW community in making travel decisions. 

University-sponsored travel outside Wyoming must be mission-critical and approved by the appropriate vice president.

UW is not prohibiting students from leaving campus on the weekends, but it is the university’s preference for students to stay on campus and in Laramie. UW encourages students, faculty and staff to avoid activities that will put them at greater risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19.

OTHER RESOURCES

The university has established criteria that would trigger a pause in the return plan, which would involve employees shifting to remote work; moving all courses online; and requiring students to shelter in residence halls and other residences. Those details may be found in the UW COVID-19 contingency plan.

VA benefits are processed through the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office. Benefits have been certified for this semester, and moving to a total online delivery will not impact their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for the remainder of this semester. If students have any questions, please call Dori Gallegos 307-766-2525 or email  gallegos@uwyo.edu. For additional veterans support, please call Marty Martinez at 307-766-6908.

Contact the University Counseling Center (UCC) to begin telehealth counseling by calling 307-766-2187 or on the UCC website. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 307-766-3296 to speak with a welfare coordinator who can help connect you to on- or off-campus resources. Sign up for Big Sky Mindfulness offered via Zoom. Please visit the Wellness Center website for a variety of program options for managing stress and anxiety.

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.

 

>> Quarantine and Isolation Housing FAQs

>> Pause to Fall Return 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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