University Of Wyoming Faculty Weigh In On Plan To Open Campus This Fall

Jun 11, 2020

The University of Wyoming plans for in-person classes this fall.
Credit University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming has released a flexible plan to reopen this fall that will allow students to choose between in-person and online classes. With this plan, professors will offer in-person classes that follow the restrictions on large gatherings, as well as online versions of the same classes for students who opt to stay at home.

While he believes that compromise is a necessity, UW Faculty Senate Chair Rudi Michalak said that some professors are not comfortable with the plan to resume in-person teaching.

"A lot of teachers are reticent to go back into the classroom and they really want to turn everything online. And maybe that's fair, you know, because they have safety concerns as well. But then there's also the interests of the students. And then there's also the interests of the university," says Michalak.

The UW Board of Trustees voted to approve the plan on Wednesday, June 10, pending the necessary funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Have a question about this story? Please contact the reporter, Ashley Piccone, at apiccone@uwyo.edu.