UW Working Groups Focus on Fall Reopening Issues

In preparation for the May 13-15 University of Wyoming Board of Trustees meeting, five working groups of faculty, staff and students have been formed to put together policies and procedures that could be used if the trustees decide to reopen campus this fall.

“Our trustees will not reopen campus unless the administration can provide our students, staff and faculty with the gold standard in testing and prevention of COVID-19,” Acting President Neil Theobald says.

The five working groups focus on:

–University Operations: On-campus education/activities present numerous challenges (e.g., visitors to campus) that UW must mitigate with rules, regulations and policy changes.

Vice President/General Counsel Tara Evans and Acting President Neil Theobald, co-chairs. Other members: Athletics Director Tom Burman, Interim Vice President for Administration Bill Mai, Director of Government Relations Meredith Asay, Wyoming State Veterinary Lab Director Will Laegreid, Student Health Service Director Mary Beth Bender, Associate Vice President of Global Engagement Shelley Jewell.

— University Structure: Curriculum procedures such as class size restrictions and modes of instruction for larger classes.

Vice Provost Tami Benham-Deal and Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs David Jewell, co-chairs. Other members: Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Anne Alexander, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education Jim Ahern, Associate Vice President for Research Diana Hulme. (Additional subgroups listed below.)

— Social Structure: Residence hall practices and student interaction guidelines.

Vice President for Student Affairs Kim Chestnut, chair. Other members: Residence Life and Dining Services Executive Director Eric Webb, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Director Jeremy Davis, Associate Vice President/Dean of Student Success and Graduation Nycole Courtney, ASUW President Riley Talamantes, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Kyle Moore, Senior Project Coordinator Courtney Thomson-Lichty, Deputy Athletics Director Matt Whisenant, Student Health Service nurse Holly Bowlds, Sports Medicine Dr. Matt Boyer.

— Personnel Policies: Protecting older populations, especially those with underlying health problems and guidelines for working remotely.

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