University might seek stronger ties to Legislature

Nov 12, 2014 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Finding ways to prevent off-campus violence involving students and alcohol is one of the topics University of Wyoming administrators plan to discuss with state lawmakers in next year's legislative session, UW President Dick McGinity said.

University student Joseph McGowan of Lander was killed, and student Luke McConville of Casper was injured in two separate fights on Halloween, according to information from the university. Police say alcohol was involved in both incidents.

McGinity said the two incidents are fueling work to prevent similar events from happening in the future.

"There's a group on the campus called the A-Team, or Aware Team, and it's a mix of administrators and also city administrators, and that group has some work to do," he said. "We're at the early stage of looking beyond the campus."

The university also is looking to have a closer partnership with the Legislature to address four separate areas, he said.

The areas are faculty and staff compensation, the science initiative, transfer credits, and the energy and engineering initiative.

The university has been looking to increase compensation to help fill positions and slow staff turnover, he said.

"The point is to enable us to get to a level of faculty compensations that are beginning to be more competitive than those competitor institutions that are trying to steal our best faculty and also get something for the staff," McGinity said.

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