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University of Wyoming sets aside $2 million to support student employees, students in need
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University of Wyoming sets aside $2 million to support student employees, students in need

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Students leave William Robertson Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie October 2. The university has committed to paying its student employees $2 million in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the school's decision to shut down its campus through the remainder of the semester.

The University of Wyoming has committed to spending $2 million to support students affected by the coronavirus and the university’s decision to shut down campus to slow the spread of the disease.

The school will continue to pay its 2,200 student employees, “many of whom no longer have access to their positions,” through the remainder of the semester, the school said in a Wednesday press release. That decision will cost the school $1.5 million.

Additionally, the school’s foundation will set aside $250,000 as part of a matching effort to establish “an emergency fund of at least $500,000 for students in need.”

Computers will be provided to students so they can complete their coursework through the rest of the semester, which will be delivered entirely online. The school’s student government had previously committed to giving students in need $300 out of a $75,000 fund. That commitment has grown to $163,000, according to the press release.

“As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the world, the welfare of our students has been our top priority,” the school’s acting president, Neil Theobald, said in a Wednesday statement. “Many UW students have been dramatically impacted by this event, particularly those students who faced financial and food insecurity before the effects of this crisis took hold. For many, the university has served as the primary resource for not only educational needs, but also critical amenities such as housing, food and technology. Our students have entrusted us with their well-being, and we will not let them down.”

Students can receive more information about the funding programs via the dean of students’ website: uwyo.edu/dos.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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