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Amid pause for COVID, UW allows more time for students to withdraw

Brendan LaChance, Oil City

The University of Wyoming announced that students will be able to withdraw with a full refund of tuition and fees through Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Students may also defer their enrollment to the spring 2021 semester.

The announcement comes after the university paused reopening for the fall session to next Monday due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests among students and staff.

Dozens of students and staff members have been placed under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure.

“We understand the complexity of the situation created by COVID-19 and, with the extension of the pause, we are allowing students extra time to request a full refund if they choose to defer enrollment or withdraw through Sept. 15,” Interim Provost Anne Alexander said in a release issued on Thursday. “Of course, we don’t want any students to withdraw unless absolutely necessary but, in the event it is best for that student, we want to be as helpful as possible.”

UW says the university will determine next steps after the five-day pause ends on Monday, including considering returning to the phased fall return plan or completely shifting to a virtual environment.

Students are encouraged to talk with their academic advisors or contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance and guidance.