LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – The University of Wyoming, which Friday extended this week’s Spring Break an extra week, will go to online-only classes for the rest of the semester. Spring commencement ceremonies are still set to take place as scheduled in May.
Acting President Neil Theobald says plan allows students to continue progress toward their degrees and the university to continue operations with many employees working remotely to “best address the larger public health needs of the university community, Albany County and the state of Wyoming.”
Faculty members will email students enrolled in their courses as soon as possible to share plans for course continuation and access to WyoCourses, the platform used for online instruction. The university will work with any student who has technology or broadband accessibility issues.
Theobald says residence halls will close except for the relatively small numberof students who have no alternate housing options with dining facilities operating at a reduced level for those students. UW Residence Life will work with other students to coordinate gathering of belongings from the halls.
While all university events – including athletics competitions and practices, and all other organized gatherings – have been suspended until further notice, UW employees will continue to work.
UW’s Student Health Service will be open to treat the students who do remain on campus, and the UW Family Medicine Residency Centers in Cheyenne and Casper will be open to serve the public as will the university’s Albany Community Health Clinic.