The Northern Wyoming Community College District unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday evening, granting College President Dr. Walter Tribley special emergency authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resolution allows Tribley the oversight of discretionary spending on things like campus sanitation and technology for the use of remote learning without requiring that he obtain individual approvals from the NWCCD Board of Trustees, which consists of seven members that meet in regular sessions once monthly.
“During this unprecedented time, we must be able to move at the pace required. By taking this action, our Board is protecting the District,” Tribley said. “Health and safety are at the center of our focus, followed closely by our mission to educate.”
The resolution comes shortly after a recent decision to extend Spring Break for all NWCCD students across all three campuses in Gillette, Sheridan and Buffalo, and following Governor Mark Gordon’s plea that all Wyoming residents stay home and social isolate as much as possible.
Classes are scheduled to resume online on Monday, April 6, but all face-to-face instruction that would require students to travel to, visit or gather in groups larger than 10 at NWCCD’s college campuses will remain on hold at this time.
“In the face of these extraordinarily challenging circumstances, I am so proud of our faculty and staff for rising to the challenge and working to continue providing quality instruction and support to our students,” Tribley said. “While we are disappointed that we are not welcoming students back to our campuses, this measure is absolutely necessary to protect the health and well being of everyone in our communities.”
The spring semester will now conclude on May 22, with the extended spring break taken into account.
For those students who are graduating, the commencement ceremony will now take place at the end of the fall semester in December 2020.