By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
All undergraduate courses at the University of Wyoming will be offered only online for the rest of this semester, the university announced Monday.
The university earlier had decided to extend its spring break by one week to give officials time to develop a plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
On Monday, acting UW President Neil Theobald announced the plan to teach classes remotely.
“This response plan seeks to allow the university to best address the larger public health needs of the university community, Albany County and the state of Wyoming,” Theobald said in a news release. “We are invested in keeping our campus community members as health as possible.”
Theobald said students would be asked via an online survey to assess their limitations with and accessibility to the technology needed to take courses online.
Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, allowing students to continue building credit toward graduation.
About 9,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.
The university also urged students remaining in its residence halls to leave as quickly as possible and for those who have already left to plan not to return to campus after spring break.
Students who have no other housing options will be allowed to remain in the residence halls, Theobald said.
He added university employees would continue to work as usual.