Coronavirus (COVID-19) and CC’s Updates

Casper College is committed to the safety and well-being of our community and is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The CC campus is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state health departments.

We will directly update the campus community periodically via email. As we do, this page will be updated with the most recent information.

Campus Status

In a message from Dr. Divine, dated June 10:

“While our complete list of plans for welcoming students back on campus this fall will likely not be ready for another 1-2 weeks, I believe it is nevertheless time to offer some insight into what the planning process looks like at this point in time. Please understand this is not meant to be a comprehensive list, simply some of the highlights:

Finalized:

  • Classes will resume in-person for the fall semester.
  • Fall schedule will remain as published.
  • Residence Hall will be open, and occupancy is currently planned as normal.
  • All instructors will be asked to have contingency instructional plans in place in case we need to move to remote instruction for some period of time.
  • We will reconfigure classes to ensure that six feet of spacing is maintained. This will necessitate moving some classes into larger rooms.
  • Voluntary masking by employees will be permitted and encouraged.

In process – still to be determined:

  • While it will always be permitted for students to wear masks if they so choose while on campus, a final decision on mandating masking while in confined spaces (classrooms) will not be made until we get closer to the scheduled start of classes and have the benefit of the most updated guidance from state health officials.
  • Athletic schedules and formats are yet to be determined, but Casper College remains firmly committed to continuing our strong tradition of sports programs and supporting our student athletes.

Student support, resources and accessibility

Events and travel

Travel restrictions and off-campus events
  • All college-related international travel is cancelled until further notice.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All currently approved college sponsored domestic travel from March 13 through April 12 must be evaluated and reconfirmed by Casper College school deans or appropriate vice president.
  • No additional college-sponsored domestic travel from March 13 through April 12 will be allowed without prior approval from the appropriate Casper College vice president.
International travel

Travelers should stay informed and abide by U.S. government guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State.

If you are planning any travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing healthcare while abroad. We urge you to consult guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State prior to and during your trip, and exercise caution when traveling to countries with Level 2 travel advisories and reconsider travel to countries with Level 3 travel advisories.

Casper College will continue to monitor the situation as the outbreak progresses. U.S. citizens who must travel are encouraged to register travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Registration allows you to be easily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.

Returning from international travel

Individuals returning from a country currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory should stay away from campus, self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days following their return. At this time, there are no limitations on the ability of individuals who have traveled domestically to return to campus. These travel advisories are subject to change as public health officials continually evaluate the situation. For further details about Level 3 status countries, and other travel updates, please read the CDC’s after travel precautions.

Medical guidance and tips

Medical guidance for students, faculty and staff
  • Avoid crowds of more than 10 people
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Work from home if that’s an option for you
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Isolate yourself if you feel sick

For the latest federal updates as well as information about how to prevent COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the latest Wyoming-specific information, visit the Wyoming Department of Health.

From the Casper-Natrona County Health Department

Precautions and prevention tips:

  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions.
  • Frequent and adequate hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.

If you feel you are sick:

  • Call your primary care provider prior to visiting the office.
    • If you do not have a primary care provider you may call the Casper-Natrona County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 307-577-9892.
  • DO NOT self-report to the Emergency Room.
    • If you are experiencing difficulty breathing please call 911.
  • Testing will be determined based on symptoms, recent travel, and other factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in compliance with national and state guidelines.
From Wyoming Medical Center

Community coronavirus updates

  • Telehealth screening for respiratory symptoms: 307-233-7288. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Urgent Care East is closed
    • Respiratory symptom screening clinic at 245 S. Fenway St. Call ahead (307-223-0291). Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
    • Telephone hotline: 307-233-7299. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mental health resources, stress management, and caring for our community

Are mental health resources still available for students who are experiencing a crisis?

Yes. Mental health counseling services for all students (CC, UW/C, UND, etc.) remain available through telehealth via computer or phone. Please contact Erin Fordd at erin.ford@caspercollege.edu to find out how to make appointments and/or speak with a counselor. You may also email Erin with questions about telehealth and counseling. The mental health counseling services staff will be using Zoom Meetings technology, and the service remains free, confidential, and professional.

We acknowledge the anxiety many are experiencing, and want to be as helpful as possible with offering services, resources and referrals when necessary, and deliver those services in a way that keeps us all safe and healthy. If you already had scheduled an upcoming appointment in our office, check your CC email for an email from your counselor with information about telehealth.

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Past campus updates

Friday, May 1: Important Move-Out Information

Greetings,

I hope this message finds you doing well.  You are receiving this message because according to our records, you have not yet moved out of your room or apartment — either because you are still residing with us, or because you have not yet been able to come back to campus to collect your belongings.

This email will outline next steps for moving out as we prepare for the end of the Spring Semester.  As a reminder, the Residence Hall and Wheeler Terrace apartments close on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 am.  All students must be moved out and have completed a check out by that time.

Action Required:  Tell us your plan for moving out

For moving out, you have three options.  Please let us know which one best suits your needs:

  1. In-Person (Staffed Check-Out).  If you would like to complete a check-out in-person with an RA, please let us know when you would like to schedule that.  The RA front desk is open Mon-Fri, 9-5.  We will have extended check-out hours until 8 pm on Wednesday, 5/13 – Friday, 5/15, and Saturday, 5/16 from 8-10 am to accommodate increased demand on those days.  To schedule an in-person check-out, you can (a) reply to [the original version of this email you received May 1] with your desired time, (b) call the RA front desk at 307-268-3084 during desk hours, or (c) call the Student Life Office at 307-268-2394 during College operating hours.
  2. Self Check-Out.  If you plan on moving out at a time when the RA front desk is closed, or would prefer a contactless check-out, we are still accommodating self check-outs.  However, so we are able to plan to check your room after you leave, please still reply to [the original version of this email you received May 1] to let us know that you would like a self check-out and when you intend to leave.  For self check-outs, please follow the steps listed below, and place your keys on your bathroom counter.
  3. Special Accommodations.  We recognize that some of you may not be in a position to return to Casper to move out prior to the Residence Hall closing on May 16th.  If this applies to you, please get in contact with us so we can set up a plan that meets your needs.
Move Out Checklist
  • Let us know your plan. Respond to [the original version of this email you received May 1] or call us to let us know your move-out plan and method
  • Belongings. Empty your room of all belongings
  • Trash. Take any trash to the dumpsters outside of the Residence Hall
  • Cleaning. Clean your room and bathroom to the best of your ability (we recognize that certain cleaning supplies are difficult to come by at present, but please clean your space as best as you can).  Vacuums are available for check-out at the RA front desk
  • Furniture. Return your room furniture to the original configuration (pictured below), including adjusting your bed height to the sixth and seventh rungs
  • Mail.  Check your mailbox and empty it of any contents.
  • Change Address.  Make sure to change your address on your MyCCInfo account so any College mail goes to the correct place.  Also change your address with any places that regularly send you mail or packages (Amazon, paychecks, magazine subscriptions, etc.).
  • Return Keys.  Please return your keys at check-out.  This includes your room key, mailbox key, and fob.
  • Bikes.  If you have a bike outside of the Residence Hall, don’t forget to take that with you as well! 

arrangement of furniture for moving out of dorm room

On behalf of Student Life at Casper College, we want to thank each of you for living with us this year.  While the year was cut shorter than we would have liked, we enjoyed the time we did have together.  As you prepare to move out, please let us know how we can assist you or if you have any questions.

Best,

Corey Peacock
Director of Student Live

Friday, April 24: Campus Update

Casper College Community,

Happy Friday!  I hope this message finds everyone enjoying the much anticipated spring weather.  I would like to provide an update to our students on several issues, as well as pass along on what I hope will be useful information as we begin to transition from the spring semester into summer.  As with my previous Everyone Messages, although this update is primarily geared towards our students, I have copied employees as well as students so that everyone has access to the same information.

Spring Semester Progress

The Spring semester is rapidly drawing towards a close.  I would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff who have worked tirelessly to bring this goal a reality.  I know that not everything has been as smooth or problem-free as we would like, but I do believe most classes have progressed well, and that students are re-engaged.

But…. If there is any student reading this message who is still struggling with a class because of technological difficulties, or scheduling problems, or for any reason whatsoever, please be sure to reach out to either your School Dean, the Academic Vice President, or myself, and we will do everything in our power to get you the assistance you need.

Finals Week 

Currently, we plan to follow the original schedule for finals week.  However; be sure to check with your instructor as some may opt for a different format than originally planned, or may need to make other adjustments.

Summer School

Yesterday, Governor Gordon announced plans to gradually relax some of the current Health Orders for the state of Wyoming.  Based on the trends in key data metrics, over the next several weeks, additional restrictions are likely to be gradually altered. These plans, along with the reality that most of our summer classes were originally scheduled to be offered online, help fuel our continued optimism that we will be able to run summer school as originally planned, or with only minimal alterations to the schedule.  Of course we will continue to monitor the advice from national, state, and county health officials, and make, and announce, any adjustments to those plans if and when alterations become necessary. 

Counseling Services

The COVID-19 spread has left many of us with feelings of anxiety, fear, and a general sense of unease.  Please know this is absolutely normal and understandable, and that mental health counseling services for all students (CC, UW/C, UND, etc.) remain available Monday through Friday between 9 and 5 p.m. through telehealth via computer or phone.

Please contact Joanne Theobald at  joannetheobald@caspercollege.edu to set up an appointment to speak with a counselor.  The mental health counseling services staff are using Zoom Meetings technology, and the service remains free, confidential, and professional. Students can usually get an appointment within 24 hours. 

Campus Bookstore Services

Casper College’s McCann College Bookstore is committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff through this challenging time, and is offering options to provide peace of mind and access to resources to aid in your success.

Accommodations have been made to return rented books by mail if the store is closed or if renters have moved off-campus. If you have rented a book, free shipping return labels are available.  Additionally, the non-return period without penalty has been extended by an additional 15 days past the current due date to assist with increased returns by mail. Please visit McCann College Bookstore, and click on the red banner at the top for rental return information.

If you have textbooks that you would like to sell back to the bookstore you can also visit the website, and scroll down to the bottom and click on the sell your textbooks link. There you will need to click on sell your textbooks and enter your 13-digit ISBN, located on the back of the book above the barcode. Once you have viewed the product and prices, you will ship the books back to the vendor for free, and you will be able to choose different options for payment.

The bookstore is filling online orders daily for the summer and fall term, and is offering free shipping until May 1st with no minimum purchase. Financial aid for the summer will open on May 18th to all students with excess aid. If you visit the website for the McCann College Bookstore, you will be able to place orders for textbooks, supplies, and technology items.

Please contact the bookstore if you need assistance returning rentals, buyback, purchasing items for the summer or fall, or technology needs. They can be reached via email at 0184mgr@follett.com, or by phone at 307.268.2202.

Virtual Commencement

To honor our graduates this Spring, we are planning a virtual commencement. This ceremony will feature the same speakers and music as our traditional commencement but will be via video so you can watch from the safety of home at your leisure. Graduates will be able to upload a picture of themselves and a message to loved ones and other important people who have helped them be successful in their educational journey.

We have partnered with LifeTouch, our commencement photographers, and GradPak to gather photos and your messages. They will create a slide that will appear on the screen when your name is called. Graduating students will receive an email with information on how to upload your photo and comments.

In order to participate in virtual commencement, please complete the Intent to participate in Virtual Commencement form by Friday, May 1, 2020. Names of graduates or anticipated graduates will only be read if you complete the intent to participate form. This form needs to be completed, even if you already submitted the intent to participate for the on-site commencement (the green slip).

We would also like to invite you to participate in traditional commencement in May 2021 so we can see you walk across the commencement stage. We will send more information as that date draws closer.

Class T Shirts

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on Casper College students, this year’s official 2020 Casper College Class of 2020 T-shirt will be given at no charge to all students who fill out a request form.  Each T-shirt will be printed with the names of the entire graduating class of fall 2019 and spring 2020 on the back.

The unique item has been a favorite of graduates and their families since its inception several years ago. Usually, a donation of $10 or more is asked for the shirt, with all of the proceeds going to a Class of Scholarship to help other Casper College students in need of financial support.

This year, in addition to providing the shirts, the Casper College Alumni Association will fund the scholarship. The association wants to ensure that students in need of financial support will still be helped with a scholarship next year in the name of the Class of 2020.

The deadline to order a T-shirt is Friday, May 22. To order an official Casper College Class of 2020 T-shirt, go to the Casper College Foundation website or call the Casper College Foundation at 307-268-2256.

Thank You!

I will end this message just as I ended the last, with a note of thanks.  Nobody wants to go through these types of traumatic events, yet we are never given a choice.  Except, that we do have a choice; we have a choice as to how we respond.  Events are events.  The only true defining characteristic is how each of us responds and chooses to view, and react to, our surroundings.

The manner in which the Casper College community has reacted to this current challenge has simply been, humbling.  Thank you so much for the inspiration, compassion, and understanding each of you has shown, and continues to show.

Best,
Darren

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, March 31: Library Services for the Time Being

Hello, CC community!

An update on library services, subject to change.

The library building may be closed until further notice, but your library staff is still able to help! Our print book collection is not accessible, but we have tens of thousands of ebooks and articles for your research needs!

  • Database A-Z list — Find article, ebook, streaming video and audio collections organized alphabetically or by subject
  • Cross-database search — search all of the databases at once, plus you can narrow down your search with a few easy clicks!
  • Need help with your research? Chat with a librarian Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from our the library’s homepage. You can also email us at library@caspercollege.edu or contact a librarian directly and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
  • If you have anything already checked out, the due date is now Friday, May 8.
  • Even though interlibrary loan is not available, the librarians will still be able to help you find ebooks and/or articles to fit your research needs.

Need something to keep you entertained? The Wyoming State Library offers many ebooks and audiobooks for all ages.

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe!
CC Library staff

Monday, March 30: College Update

Casper College Community,

Good Evening –  I hope this email finds everyone rested, and navigating these challenging times with an increasing sense of confidence.  As with last week’s Everyone Message, this update is primarily geared towards our students, but I have copied employees as well as students so that everyone has access to the same message.  As a reminder, I will continue to send out messages to the campus community as relevant information becomes available.

Classes Resume Tuesday, March 31st via Remote Instruction.

Over the past three weeks, the Casper College faculty have all been working non-stop to transition their coursework so that it can be taught remotely (Zoom, Moodle, etc.).  While for classes that were already being taught online, these changes are nothing out of the ordinary, but for classes that are not currently taught online, this has been a much more difficult challenge, especially given the incredibly short timeframe.  Rest assured, our faculty have taken up this challenge, and stand ready to do their absolute best to ensure a seamless transfer.  Please allow me to take a moment here to publicly acknowledge all of their hard work, professionalism, and dedication.

Spring 2020 Semester

With the latest guidance, not only from Governor Gordon, but also from President Trump, it is clear that all courses will have to be taught remotely for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.  While my earlier email had instructed students and staff to plan on finishing the semester remotely, it is only prudent to resend this message, and provide final direction of the timeline.

Graduation 2020

Of all the changes the College has been forced to make because of COVID-19, this message is by far the hardest to send out.  A traditional, physical Graduation Ceremony will not occur this May.  It is extremely unlikely that gatherings of that size will be allowed by early May, and thus we cannot in good conscience continue to keep that date on everyone’s calendar.

Casper College will instead develop a virtual graduation experience, and will do our absolute best to honor all of our graduates in a meaningful and inventive fashion.  We will keep everyone apprised of our progress as plans for a virtual graduation experience begin to take shape.

THANK YOU

My final thoughts for this evening are simply…Thank You.  Thank you for being a member of the Casper College community, and thank you for entrusting us with your educational needs.  The last several weeks have not been easy for anyone, and it is important to acknowledge that reality.  But together we have continued to forge ahead, and together we will continue providing a robust education, not only for the remainder of the semester, but well into the future!

Best,
Darren

Wednesday, March 23: Checking in

Good Evening,

Although I do not have anything substantive in the way of updates today, I nevertheless still want to touch base and check in on everyone, and pass along a few reminders:

1.       Current Health Order – Governor Gordon has closed most public spaces across the state, and is hopeful to avoid issuing a Stay at Home Order.  It is going to require cooperation from everyone to manage the spread of COVID-19, and thus please adhere to all the guidelines provided by the Governor, State Health Department, and the CDC.

2.       Cybersecurity – It is now, more than ever before, important to be vigilant about cyber-crime, phishing, spoofing, etc..  Nefarious actors all across the world know that Higher Education is doing everything online, and those same bad actors are making the most of the situation.  So please be extra cautious when opening and/or responding to emails, be they work-related or private.  Also, please understand that if and when you contact HR, they will quite probably ask you to provide some extra information to positively identify yourself.  This is simply an attempt to be extra cautious when dealing with personal information, while not requiring you to come to campus and physically verify your identity.

3.       Locked Doors – Earlier today, we put up signs on most of the outer doors on campus letting everyone know that the college is currently closed to the public.  I would like to ask everyone’s help in making sure that we keep those doors shut and locked.  Please ensure that outer doors are not propped open, and please make sure when you enter or exit through one of those doors, that it closes and latches behind you.  These precautions need to be taken not only to enforce the Governor’s Health Order, but also to help maintain physical security of the campus as most buildings are currently sparsely occupied.

As I close, please know that I am so very proud to be a part of Casper College.  I have talked to quite a number of people over the past several days and everyone has been supportive, upbeat, and ready to meet this current challenge.  You can already see the spirit of our community as people come together to figure out how to produce hand sanitizer, 3-D print facemasks, and locate and donate unused personal protective equipment.  Yes, we will get through this, and we will do it together!

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to talk, please reach out to me anytime…

Best
Darren

Monday, March 23: Mental Health Counseling for Students Available

Greetings, Students and Employees. 

I am reaching out to let you know that mental health counseling services for all students (CC, UW/C, UND, etc.) remain available through telehealth via computer or phone. 

Please contact me at joannetheobald@caspercollege.edu to find out how to make appointments and/or speak with a counselor. You may also email me with questions about telehealth and counseling. We will be using Zoom Meetings technology, and the service remains free, confidential, and professional. 

We acknowledge the anxiety many are experiencing, and want to be as helpful as possible with offering services, resources and referrals when necessary, and deliver those services in a way that keeps us all safe and healthy. If you already had scheduled an upcoming appointment in our office, check your CC email for an email from your counselor with information about telehealth.  

Joanne Theobald, LCSWDirector of Counseling
Casper College Campus Wellness Center

Monday, March 23: Student Success - We're here to help!

Sent to Casper College students


Although many things in your world have changed, the fact that we are here to help you hasn’t!

The Student Success Center is working remotely and is available to help you through both Zoom and phone appointments. Follow the appointment link below or give us a call (307-268-2089) to schedule an appointment for anything you need. If we can’t help you, we will make sure to get you to someone who can! Don’t forget to check out the FREE online webinar below on how to prepare for online classes!

Are you feeling anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed about how to be successful online this semester? Check out this free webinar!

Instructions:

  1. Go to: www.go2ie.com/onlinelearningstudent
  2. Create an account
  3. Fill out the information about who you are and where you study (select “Casper College” from the drop down list)
  4. Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops
Monday, March 23 - Casper College Reminders and Update

Casper College Community,

While this message is intended primarily to update our students on current College operations, I have copied employees as well as students so that everyone has access to the same message.  I will continue to send out messages to the campus community as relevant information becomes available.

A few reminders to start off with:

1.    Casper College is closed Monday, March 23rd, and Monday March 30th.

2.    Spring Break for students is extended through Monday, March 30th.

3.    Classes will resume via remote instruction on Tuesday, March 31st.

4.    Until the Governor’s Order closing public gathering spaces is lifted, all campus facilities are closed to the public as well as enrolled students; currently, the Order is in effect through April 3rd.  This means that all campus facilities will be locked, and access limited to college employees engaged in required work activities. 

5.    Campus housing will remain open and foodservice will be limited to students residing in campus housing.

6.    The date and format of graduation, as well as other end-of-year events and ceremonies, will be determined as we move closer to the end of the semester.

The Outlook for the rest of the Spring Semester:

Based on the latest directives from the Wyoming Department of Health and the CDC limiting group sizes for the next 8 weeks, it is virtually certain that classes will have to be conducted remotely (Moodle, Zoom, etc) for the remainder of the academic year (beyond April 12th as previously communicated).  This means that students, and faculty alike, should plan on finishing the spring semester via remote instruction.

We will continue to monitor all relevant guidelines, and will open campus buildings to students as soon as permissible.

As the semester progresses, it is inevitable that questions will arise, and although your course instructors are certainly available to answers questions, some topics may relate to questions outside of a particular class.  For these questions, as well as any other help, please remember you can always contact the Student Success Center for assistance.  You can call them at 307-268- 2089 or email them at studentsuccess@caspercollege.edu.

Please keep in mind they are working remotely, and will contact you as soon as possible. Look for an email to be sent from the student success center to set up individual meetings via zoom very soon.

In conclusion, I want to thank everyone for your patience, understanding, and support.  These changes have certainly upended daily life, not to mention the operation of the College; however, this is temporary, and soon enough we will all be ramping back up towards something that looks and feels much more normal. 

Best wishes for a calm week ahead!

Darren

Friday, March 20 - Important Residence Hall and Food Service Updates

Dear Students,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, you may have seen on Casper College’s coronavirus webpage that President Divine has stated: “ALL instruction will take place remotely until further notice.  While it is almost certain remote instruction will continue until the end of the semester, we will continue to monitor this evolving situation, and plan accordingly.”

With this update, we wanted to provide information about options for remaining in on-campus housing or moving out, if students and families feel it best for them to do so.  First and foremost, all campus housing and food service remains open and available to those who need it.

Action Required: Tell Us Your Plan

We have created a Google Form for all on-campus students to inform us of their intentions to either move out or remain in on-campus housing. Please fill out the form.

If I Stay

If you choose to stay on campus, your room and board charges will remain.  Please indicate your intention to stay on the options form linked above.  As previously communicated, campus dining will be operating on a reduced service, grab-and-go model with meal times exclusively in the Tobin Dining Room during the hours listed below.  Meal service will resume on Monday, March 23rd.  Students should enter through the far west door of the dining room.  Staff will limit entry to 10 students at a time, and students will be served meals in to-go containers from Sodexo staff, then be asked to immediately exit the dining room after receiving their food container.

  • Breakfast (M-F only): 8:30-9:30 am
  • Lunch (Brunch on weekends): 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5-6 pm

Students who remain in the residence hall and have a roommate who also chooses to remain in the hall can expect to be contacted by Student Life to arrange for one of the two students to move to a vacant room.  We will be doing our best to have all students who remain in housing residing in single (private) rooms.  Students currently in single rooms will have their rates adjusted to the double room rate to remain fair and consistent.

If I Move Out

We understand that you and your family may decide that moving out of campus housing is the best course of action for you.  If you indicate this intention on the options form, your room and board charges will be refunded on a prorated basis, effective the date you submit the form.  The options form has a place for you to indicate your preferred date for moving out and your options to complete your move-out.

  • Refunds. Room and board refunds will be prorated effective the date you submit the options form.  Due to limited staffing hours and high volume, please allow 1-2 weeks for your refund to appear on your student account.
  • Move-Out Options. The options form asks you to indicate your anticipated move-out date and asks whether you would like to do a “self move-out,” where you leave your keys and fob on your bathroom counter (kitchen counter for Wheeler), or a “staffed move-out,” where you conduct an in-person check-out appointment with a College staff member.  Staffed move-outs are available Tues-Fri, 9-3. Students who choose this option will be contacted to arrange a specific check-out time.
  • Move-Out Restrictions. Students or assisting family members who are either sick or who have been exposed to coronavirus will not be able to move out at this time.  Please contact the Office of Student Life to discuss next steps.
  • Move-Out Reminders. Regardless of your move-out method, please make sure to turn in your keys (see above for method), check and empty your mailbox, arrange for the pick-up of any packages we might have for you (you may call Campus Security if the desk is closed), and remove all of your belongings from your room.
  • Housing Deposit.  The return of student housing deposits will be processed after a student has fully moved out.  If you signed up for campus housing for the 2020-2021 academic year, your deposit will be kept on file.  Otherwise, it will be returned to your student account, minus any applicable charges for damages or missing keys/fobs.
  • Forwarding Address.  The options form asks you to indicate a forwarding address for mail and your deposit (if you are an international student).  Students are asked to change their address with all entities who may send mail or packages, as well as on their MyCCInfo account.  Mail will be forwarded for 30 days following move-out.
  • Carts and Cleaning.  Moving carts are available for students are located in the main residence hall lobby area.  Note that carts are on a self-service basis and will not be cleaned or disinfected by the College between use.  Due to limited supply, we are unable to provide students with cleaning products.  Students are asked to clean their rooms as best as they can with self-supplied materials.  We ask that students take all trash from their rooms to outside dumpsters.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work with all students on their desired housing option.  Please continue to monitor your Casper College email, check the coronavirus website for important updates, and let us know if you have any questions or specific concerns.

Corey Peacock
Director of Student Life

Friday, March 20 - Writing Center Update

Dear Students and Faculty of Casper College,  and faculty at UW at Casper, and UND,

The Casper College Writing Center is committed to being available despite that our classes are going to all meet online. You are likely aware by now that Casper College, the University of Wyoming, and many other colleges and universities are putting all courses online after an extended spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Writing Center wants to assure you of our availability and give you clear instructions for accessing our help.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, we will be available ONLINE only: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. The campus is closed to the public until further notice. Because so much is changing rapidly, monitor campus accessibility on the campus website at the following web address: caspercollege.edu/coronavirus.

We strongly encourage you to remain home as much as possible and take advantage of our online services, which include individual conferences with a tutor via ZOOM. For CC students, this is available in our MOODLE shell. For UW and UND students, they can find the appointment manager at the Goodstein Foundation Library website in the Research Guides. Look for the guide titled “@ the Writing Center.”

You can also send us questions via the Q&A board in MOODLE, email us at wco@caspercollege.edu or call us at 307-268-2610 or x 2045. We will try to answer your questions within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.

Please find attached PDF’s with instructions. One is for CC students, and another set is for UW-Casper and UND students. [Editor’s note: refer to your email for those attachments.]

Thank you to faculty for sharing these instructions with your classes and helping us get the word out.

Best wishes for safe and continued success this semester!

Sincerely,

Lisa Johnson, Writing Center Director

and Casper College Writing Center Tutors.

Friday, March 20 - College Operations Update

Casper College Employees,

As you are likely already aware, literally six minutes after I sent out yesterday’s update, Governor Gordon released a Statewide Public Health Order closing many public spaces in the state.  Late last evening I received the actual text of the Order, and my Sr. staff and I have studied that Order to make sure the College adheres to both the letter, as well as the spirit, of this new mandate.  Accordingly, I need to announce a few updated changes to our operations.

First.  Starting immediately, all campus facilities are closed to the public.  Until the Governor’s Order is lifted, all campus facilities will be locked, and access limited to college employees engaged in required work activities.  For clarity, this includes the T-Bird Gym, LH Gym, fitness center, campus library, testing center, bookstore, adult learning center, and all other areas usually open to the public.  Campus housing will remain open and foodservice will be limited to students residing in campus housing.

Second. ALL instruction will take place remotely until further notice.  While it is almost certain remote instruction will continue until the end of the semester, we will continue to monitor this evolving situation, and plan accordingly.

Finally, although the College is already operating under this plan, I want to reiterate that as many employees as possible work remotely.  While campus offices and workspaces remain available, they should be used as sparingly as possible during the period of the Governor’s Order which extends through April 3rd.  I would like to remind supervisors to communicate to employees in their area on a frequent basis to ensure that work assignments and expectations are clear, as well as checking on their physical and emotional well-being.

For clarity, all other information relayed in yesterday’s email such as the College being closed Monday, March 23rd, and Monday, March 30th, as well as my plan to send weekly emails to all employees remain in effect.

In conclusion, thank you for your continued patience as this situation has rapidly evolved.  This is all temporary, and the focus will soon turn to ramping back up to normal operations, and making sure we serve our past, present, and future students to the best of our abilities each and every day.

Darren

Thursday, March 19 - Campus Update

Good Day,

I hope this note finds each of you well, and adjusting to our new, yet temporary, version of normal.   There are several items I want to update you on as we head towards the end of the week.

1.     Thank You!  Thank you for being the wonderful professionals you all are.  The responses thus far from everyone have been positive and even heartwarming.  Hopefully everyday more and more people are coming to the realization that the world is not ending, that this will only be a temporary upheaval of our daily lives, and within several weeks, life will start to drift back to something that looks and feels much more normal.

2.    Email Updates – Beginning now until the end of the academic year, I plan on sending a weekly email to College employees, checking in with everyone, and letting you know any new relevant information that might need to be passed on, and to hopefully provide some degree of normalcy, and perhaps even some inspiration and levity, if I can pull those parts off…

3.    Physical Campus Hours – While we are dramatically scaling back physical campus operations, we still have, and continue to maintain, a rotating group of employees on campus to keep essential functions running.  This includes the residence halls, library, testing center, student success, financial aid, finance, human resources, and others.  Please know that while maintaining these essential services we will continue to maintain social distancing and other best practices as suggested by the Wyoming Department of Health, as well as the CDC. 

In our continuing effort to adjust to changing conditions, starting Tuesday, March 24th, and continuing until further notice, the College’s physical hours of operation will be 9am to 3pm, with a 30-minute lunch period.  As a reminder, the College is scheduled to be closed Monday, March 23rd and Monday, March 30th, and Spring Break was extended for students until Sunday, March 29th.

Specific Facility Considerations – As a reminder, a few facilities have special guidance.  The Tate and Werner Museums are closed to the public, and based on the most recent guidance from the county, until further notice, we are closing the Casper College Fitness Center to all users.

4.    Part-Time Employment – As the college has been forced, along with the rest of our community, to temporarily scale back its operations, we will likely require fewer hours from many of our part-time employees.  

a.    Work Study Students – If there is a need for any work-study students in any area moving forward, Deans and Directors should coordinate that work request with their appropriate Vice President. Work study students will be paid for the work they have already performed; however, moving forward we simply cannot guarantee work for them. 

b.    Part-Time Hourly Employees – Current part-time hourly employees will continue to be paid for their normal hours through the current pay period ending April 11th.  Beyond that point, Deans and Directors should coordinate with their appropriate Vice President to determine if workloads warrant part-time service from April 12th through the end of the academic year.

5.    Timeframe Outlook – Based on the latest directives from the Wyoming Department of Health and the CDC limiting group sizes for the next 8 weeks, it is almost certain that classes will be held primarily online for the remainder of the academic year (beyond April 12th as currently communicated); I will update students on that probability next week.  College events in May such as the employee retirement reception, and most importantly graduation, have yet to be determined.  As already expressed, my goal for Casper College is to make rational, informed decisions in a timely manner, while maintaining enough flexibility in our planning to be able to respond to conditions as they continue to evolve.

Best,
Darren

Monday, March 16 - Residence Hall and Food Service Updates

Dear students,

I am writing to share some updates regarding service and hours for the residence hall and food service.  Please see below.  For full information on the College’s response to COVID-19 and for past all-college communications, please visit caspercollege.edu/coronavirus.

Reduced Service in Residence Hall

Effective now through the resumption of normal instruction and college operations, there will be limited services in the residence hall.

  • Front Desk.  The RA Front Desk will be staffed Tuesday through Friday 1-3 pm for package pick-up and general questions.
  • Mail and Packages.  Mail will be distributed to resident mailboxes Tuesday-Friday.  Residents will be called and emailed about packages, instead of package slips being placed in mailboxes.  Packages may be picked up during the desk hours noted above.
  • On-Call Support.  During this time, if you have immediate needs or need support, please call Campus Security at 307-268-2688, which will remain operating 24/7.
  • Fob Access.  Until normal instruction resumes, fob access will be limited to the main front doors.
  • Guest Access.  During this period, we are restricting non-resident guest access to the Residence Hall.  We ask that you do not bring non-resident visitors into the residence hall.
Changes to Food Service & Hours

No food service is available on campus this week (as planned with the regularly scheduled Spring Break).  Food service will resume on Monday, March 23rd, with the following modifications:

  • Retail Dining Closure.  All retail dining locations (Sub Connection, Liesinger and Gateway Buildings) will be closed.  Food service will be exclusively through the Tobin Dining Hall.
  • Grab and Go.  The Tobin Dining Hall will be shifting to a “grab and go” model.  During the hours below to receive your meal, you will come to the Union building, collect your food in a disposable container, and take it back to your room or apartment.
  • Dining Hours. The following dining hours will be observed during this time:
    • Breakfast (M-F only): 8:30-9:30 am
    • Lunch (Brunch on weekends): 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Dinner: 5-6 pm

If you have any questions regarding these service modifications, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Office of Student Life, or Campus Security for more urgent concerns.

Corey Peacock
Director of Student Life

Monday, March 16 - Continuing Education

To Continuing Education students:

In response to growing concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, the following measures will occur with Casper College Continuing Education Programs.

  • All OLLI classes and events scheduled to meet between March 16 and April 12 will be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • All Community Education classes scheduled to meet between March 16 and April 12 will be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Workforce classes will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Classes may run, be rescheduled, or be cancelled.
  • In-person guided labs and classes at the Adult Learning Center will be moved online until further notice. We will notify students when these options are available and how to access them.

Casper College is closed today, March 16. We will begin contacting people about their classes starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. Monitor your email for messages from the college.

We will issue full refunds for cancelled classes that have not started yet, partial refunds will be issued for classes that have already begun. We will work with student on classes that are rescheduled or will be running.

Thank you for your patience in this unprecedented time.

Check your email for these important communications in days to come. Refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Casper College’s updates at https://www.caspercollege.edu/coronavirus/

Sunday, March 15

CC Alert (sent from President Darren Divine):

Casper College Community

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, so will the College response.  As you likely already know, the Natrona County School District has decided to close all K-12 schools through April 5th.  Please know that I am mindful of the hardships this may cause some of our employees.  Accordingly, after meeting with my Sr. Staff this evening, I am announcing the following alterations to the College schedule, effective immediately.

For the next three weeks, we will be shifting to (4) day work weeks.  Specifically, the College will be closed on Monday, March 16th, Monday, March 23rd, and Monday, March 30th.  We will be open regular business hours all other weekdays.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16th, the Early Childhood Learning Center will be closed.  The Tate and Werner Museums will be closed to the public.  These closures will extend through April 5th.

As communicated before, residence halls will remain open.

For all other functional areas of the College, supervisors will be working with individual employees to allow flexibility in work schedules, when necessary, while still ensuring continuity of college operations during open business hours.

As we have shared before, the best defense against this outbreak is washing your hands on a regular basis, avoiding large gatherings whenever feasible, and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms, especially if you have a fever over 99.5 degrees.

Please, above all else, remain calm. The World is not ending.  Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak has, and will continue to in the short run, alter everyday life.  But… we will all get through this, and we will do it together!

Darren

Thursday, March 12 - Research Help During Spring Break

To all student email addresses:

[Editor’s note: This includes an update to the college’s days of operation; a change that was announced after this email.]

The library will be open until April 12 on reduced hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need research help, but can’t make it to campus, we can still help you!

Email your question to library@caspercollege.edu or Ask a Librarian. We will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also find librarians’ email addresses here.

In the meantime, try the Cross-Database Search or any of the thousands of eBooks (EBSCO eBook Collections is a great place to start!) we have available. We will be continuing our Interlibrary Loan service as well. As long as the library is open, course reserves will still be open. Request any materials your instructors have left for your classes at the circulation desk!

If you need a break from studying, we have ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks available anywhere you have internet. Find directions and link to apps at GoWyld.net. Need a break from the scholarly stuff? We have a casual reading section, a young adult section, and we’re constructing a new graphic novel section (with titles added as soon as they arrive) if you want to stock up!

Finally, individual study rooms are open, but our larger group study rooms will be closed.

We hope you have a restful and healthy spring break!

CC Library Staff

 
Thursday, March 12

To all employee and student email addresses (sent from President Darren Divine):

[Editor’s note: This includes a correction to the length of the remote instruction timeframe, which was clarified in a subsequent email.]

Students and Colleagues,

As promised earlier today, I want to provide the campus with the operational plans of the College for the next several weeks.  We have tried very hard to synthesize all the available information from our Wyoming health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while at the same time maintaining some semblance of continuity with our sister institutions in Wyoming.  Below you will find this message divided into a Quick Overview to provide crucial information at a glance, and then Additional Details to provide further in-depth information.

As always, the main goal of these plans are to provide a safe environment for our students and employees, while maintaining an appropriate, thoughtful, and steady plan that minimizes disruptions to our everyday lives.

QUICK OVERVIEW:

Spring Break 

The College is extending Spring Break by one additional week (through Sunday, March 29th).  The College will remain open as originally planned, but classes will not be in session until Monday, March 30th.  This change will not result in any extension of the semester length.

Remote Instruction

All classes will resume on Monday, March 30th. The vast majority of classes will be moved to remote instruction (Moodle, Zoom, etc.) with a very limited number of classes being offered on-campus, with consideration given to social distancing.  Instructors will contact students by email and/or Moodle by Wednesday, March 25th to share individual class details.  For the few classes that might still need to be taught on campus, instructors will meet with their school Deans to discuss those exceptions.

This period of remote instruction will be in effect through Sunday, April 12th, at which time the College plans on lifting the remote instruction mandate.  Of course, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments, and extend the remote instruction dates, or make any additional operational changes if necessary.

Campus

During the two-week Spring Break period, the campus will otherwise remain open as scheduled.  All college and student services will be available, and college employees will report to work as normal.  College residence halls will remain open, and food service, as well as the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), will resume operations on Monday, March 23rd.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Spring Break Extension

The additional week of Spring Break will be dedicated to assisting instructional faculty with developing, redesigning, and delivering courses and curriculum through remote and/or distance modalities.  Although currently the distance mandate is only scheduled to last until Sunday, April 12th, faculty should nonetheless plan for short and long-term delivery of courses.  Faculty should assess whether individual course content is more suitable for Moodle, Zoom, or other remote modalities.

Health

Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath are directed to call the Natrona County Health Department hotline at 577-9892 to determine whether their symptoms qualify for a COVID-19 screening test. In addition, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, etc.) should stay home until 4 days after the fever has broken.

Employees who are immunocompromised, or live with individuals who are immunocompromised, should contact Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Travel

Individuals returning from a country currently under a Level 3 Travel Health Advisory should stay away from campus, self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days following their return. At this time, there are no limitations on the ability of individuals who have traveled domestically to return to campus. These travel advisories are subject to change as public health officials continually evaluate the situation. For further details about Level 3 status countries, and other travel updates, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

  • All college-related international travel is cancelled until further notice.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All currently approved college sponsored domestic travel from March 13th through April 12th, must be evaluated and reconfirmed by School Deans or appropriate Vice President.
  • No additional college-sponsored domestic travel from March 13th through April 12th, will be allowed without prior approval from the appropriate Vice President.

Campus Events

Until Sunday, April 12th, the college strongly discourages hosting or attending any non-essential large gatherings on campus. Deans and Vice Presidents have authority to assess essential events and address other questions.

Cleaning of Facilities

College facilities crews have increased their efforts in cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, restrooms, and our dining hall.

In Conclusion:

I want to remind the college community to please enjoy the upcoming Spring Break.  The College is open, and remains a place that is welcoming to students, faculty, staff, and community members alike.  While these operational changes are necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, they will not change the spirit or mission of the college, and certainly will not dilute our commitment to maintaining a high degree of excellence in education!

While we will update our college webpage as usual with announcements and information, please understand that campus email is, and will remain, our official communication platform to update the campus community.

Best,
Darren


To all employee and student email addresses (sent from President Darren Divine):

With the realization that the flow of information (accurate and otherwise) about the COVID-19 outbreak is occurring at a dizzying pace, I wanted to reach out with information for the Casper College community.  Please understand that social media will always run faster than official notifications, but rest assured faster does not mean more accurate.

I, and my team of Sr. Staff, are monitoring the COVID-19 situation on an hour-by hour basis, if not a minute by minute basis, and are attempting to chart a calm and methodical response.
 
Here is what I can tell you at the moment.
 
1. There is no reason to panic.  Please remain calm and know that the College will always strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible, and will always take into account the latest information in our decision making process.
 
2. Spring Break will occur as scheduled next week.  While classes are not in session, the College currently is planning to remain open as scheduled.
 
3. Just as soon as we have digested any guidance from State Health Officials and/or the Governor, I will reach back out (likely within the next 24 hours) on any alterations the College might make to schedules or instructional modality following the conclusion of Spring Break.
 
Stay tuned…
 
Darren
Friday, March 6

To all student email addresses (sent from CC Announcements):

As spring break approaches, we are writing to provide an update regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and to share additional guidance on international travel.

If you are planning personal travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing healthcare while abroad. We urge you to consult guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State prior to and during your trip, and exercise caution when traveling to countries with Level 2 travel advisories and reconsider travel to countries with Level 3 travel advisories.

The uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus have made travel to countries with extensive interactions with locations severely affected by COVID-19 more risky. As of February 28, 2020 the CDC has elevated the advisory level for ChinaSouth KoreaItaly, and Iran to Level 3 (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) and elevated the advisory level for Japan (Level 2 – Practice Enhanced Precautions). We urge students to stay informed and abide by U.S. government guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State.

Casper College will continue to monitor the situation as the outbreak progresses. U.S. citizens who must travel are encouraged to register travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Registration allows you to be easily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.

We wish you a healthy and restful spring break.

Monday, March 2

To all employee and student email addresses (sent from President Darren Divine):

Good Morning,

As everyone is well aware, a new variant of a common virus (coronavirus) has been spreading across the world during the past few weeks.  While there is no need to be alarmed, or take drastic steps to protect your health, there are several common-sense precautions I would encourage everyone to be mindful of, for any type of virus (Coronavirus, Flu, Common Cold, etc.) you may encounter during your normal activities. Below, please find a recent letter from Wyoming’s State Health Officer.

As always, the College will continue to monitor developments, and will strive to pass along pertinent and useful information as it becomes available.

Darren

Hello,

Understandably, many of you may have questions about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak situation. At the Wyoming Department of Health, we are closely monitoring the situation and sharing our recommendations.

At this time there are no reported cases in Wyoming and the risk to our residents from the disease remains low. Currently we believe the risk for disease is primarily among travelers to other countries with community transmission. However, it is becoming increasingly likely that COVID-19 will eventually spread to our state.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold in people and others that circulate among animals. This is a new virus and new viruses need special attention. There are simply some things we don’t know about COVID-19 such as how easily it spreads and how many patients may experience severe illness, and there is no available vaccine.

However, the symptoms reported with this disease are familiar to all of us:  fever, cough and shortness of breath. We know there are common-sense steps that can help prevent these kinds of illnesses from spreading:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Coronavirus information and updates from our department can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/. If you are interested in receiving our future news releases, you can sign up here: https://health.wyo.gov/news/.

For now, we also want Wyoming residents to pay attention to special travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Our most important piece of advice right now is for people to stay informed about COVID-19 and to look for updates and recommendations from credible sources such as our department and the CDC.

Thank you.

Alexia Harrist MD, PhD
State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer
Wyoming Department of Health