University Of Wyoming Plans To Reopen Campus This Fall

May 14, 2020

Acting President Neil Theobald
Credit University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming board of trustees passed a motion to ask Gov. Mark Gordon for $79 million in federal CARES Act funding to help pay for testing, upgrades, and technology to make the UW campus safe for the coming school year.

Acting President Neil Theobald said campus committees are working on plans that include testing the campus community every two weeks. University officials anticipate a thousand tests a day for UW students and employees. Theobald told trustrees that they also are developing a social distancing plan.

"Single rooms in the residence halls, bringing Crane Hill back on-line, how we set up the classrooms, how we set up passing in the hallway, how do we make sure the workplace is safe?" he said.

Theobald added that some additional solutions include smaller classes, cleaning classrooms after every class and limiting numbers in research and gathering areas.

The plan also includes baseline and game day testing for student athletes and their opponents.

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