For Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We wanted to let you know Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has announced that the CU-Boulder campus will reopen Monday, Sept. 16, for classes and business operations. Although a significant number of campus buildings experienced some damage from flooding, all classrooms and business services will be operational. It is possible some classes might be canceled or postponed due to faculty availability, but most are expected to be held as normal.

As we prepare to reopen the campus tomorrow and employees return to work, it is important that supervisors understand the serious impact this weather emergency has had on some of our employees. The campus understands that some of our faculty and staff members might have extreme difficulty getting to work this week due to the recent storms and flooding. 

It is important that we keep the safety and well being of our employees in mind. Supervisors should provide employees with administrative leave that is appropriate for the employee’s situation (see below policies). Annual leave should be granted liberally to those employees who need to address issues related to the rain and floods. Supervisors should also allow employees to work from home if they have that capability and it is appropriate for the situation.

Our faculty and staff should also proactively communicate with their supervisors and colleagues so campus units can assess their staffing levels for the coming days.

If faculty are unable to get to campus Monday or Tuesday, they should let their chairs, directors, or deans know as soon as possible. Faculty are reminded that if they have to cancel a class, they should, first, work with their colleagues, chairs, directors and deans to find a substitute to teach their classes.  If that is not possible, faculty should reschedule their classes or provide an alternative learning experience, perhaps using online tools.  The Office of Faculty Affairs is ready to assist faculty in any way they can as is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.


Information about our campus’s leave policies are below:


  • Information regarding leave guidance for employees directly impacted by the severe weather and floods can be found in the Disaster Leave Guidelines, which can be found online at This document provides leave guidance, including information for pre-evacuees, evacuees and those who have suffered a loss of their home due to this emergency. It also contains information about the campus’s Leave Sharing Program.


  • We know that some of our employees have been significantly impacted by this weather emergency. Please remember that the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is available to assist our employees. For information about the FSAP program, please visit


For questions regarding the above referenced policies, please contact the Office of Labor Relations at 303-492-0956.

For those who are unable to return home, emergency shelters are open.  A list of open shelters can be found online at or at  Residents looking for assistance also are encouraged to call 2-1-1.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning Sept. 11, 2013 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Boulder County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.   

Individuals who have sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

People affected by the flood, even if they have flood insurance, should register with FEMA.

When returning to campus on Monday, you may discover property damage. Please work with your building proctor to report damage to the Facilities Management service desk at 303-492-5522. If you discover theft or missing property, please report them online at the top of the page on

We realize that this is a trying time for all in our campus community. We greatly appreciate the dedication and flexibility that have been demonstrated over the past several days.


Louise Vale, Vice Chancellor for Administration
Russ Moore, Provost


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