UW students can access Wi-Fi in county extension office parking lots

University of Wyoming students facing internet difficulties to access online courses can utilize Wi-Fi in parking lots of UW Extension offices across the state.

Parking lot Wi-Fi is being offered in 12 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Extension director Kelly Crane said Wi-Fi access in parking areas is often provided through cooperative agreements with county commissioners. UW closed its Laramie campus to the public in mid-March following spring break and required all courses be offered online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our students with limited connectivity are mostly able to access email, but not videos, both synchronous and asynchronous (recorded),” said Warrie Means, associate dean and director of the Office of Academic and Student Programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Of course, some have limited or no cellular service.”

The Wi-Fi and contact information is available by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the “UW Extension Parking Lot Wi-Fi Availability” link under “UW Extension during COVID-19.”

Access to extension facilities is restricted due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, and students will not be able to access extension offices or other facilities.

“If students have questions or require a password for Wi-Fi access, they are encouraged to call the respective county extension office, or e-mail the UW Extension county coordinator listed,” said Crane. “UW Extension is happy to support our students.”

For specific information on how COVID-19 is affecting UW and for resources for students, staff and faculty, see www.uwyo.edu/shser/corona-virus.html.

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