Photo of the Milky Way as seen over Longs Peak

These are challenging times for everyone with the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The incredible speed at which things are changing around us has created disruption and uncertainty.
APS has fully transitioned to remote operations, and remains committed to staying connected to ensure that every member of our community is supported during this stressful time.

This page will be updated as the situation continues to evolve and new information and resources become available. Something missing? Have an update?  Please email: or 


Campuswide info

University Operations & FAQs

Students facing financial impacts of COVID-19 may apply for emergency funds

 All APS Personnel - Will I still be paid? Yes! Please speak with your supervisor/advisor about specifics and complete any timesheets as usual. Note that the only employees working on campus should be classified as Critical Services*. Employees who are able to work remotely are expected to be working.
*Those personnel deemed “critical” (duties necessary to continue operations that absolutely cannot be completely remotely) have already been notified and this information submitted to campus. 

Building Access & Operations

  • Campus is not closed. However, all teaching, research and operations are currently being conducted remotely. APS offices and spaces are not physically staffed at this time. 

  • We highly discourage you from coming to campus - this includes any APS office/room in Duane. 

  •  If you absolutely must, Duane is currently operating the same as night/weekend building access with your Buff OneCard. 

  • Whether or not there is a change in building access, there will be no change to building infrastructure operations (i.e. chilled water, power, HVAC, etc)

  • Effective 3/18, all mail and packages - including UPS - will be staged, sorted, and HELD at the Distribution Center, 3300 Walnut St., Unit B. If you are expecting a delivery or urgent mail (please divert if at all possible), please contact Steph Preo for further instructions and arrangements. 

  • Any items needed to operate remotely - please have delivered directly to you. If you need assistance with purchasing (including travel), contact Steph.

  • CUPD will be in full force to protect campus from vandalism and theft.

  • Parking - permits are still being enforced. Temporary permits are available, and permanent permits can be placed on hold - more information on parking permits

Operating Remotely

Trouble with campus technology resources? contact OIT:

Learning Resources

Students - Questions about classes? FAQs Questions about online learning? We have answers, as well as guidance from OIT

Last day to drop a class - deadline extended to the last day of classes for undergraduate and graduate students - April 30 for full semester classes. 

Graduation - All in-person ceremonies have been cancelled for May, but campus intends to support alternative recognition activities, such as a remote/virtual ceremony. More info to come!

CU Book Store & Textbooks - 

  • Physical store is closed, but website is open - free domestic, standard shipping on ALL orders

  • Limited free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials - Bookshelf website

  • Extended the deadline for rental returns to June 1 - working on additional details for a ship back program.

  • Additional updates and information

Astronomy Mentoring - your Astronomy mentoring hold has been lifted for this semester, but keep in mind your mentors are available to connect with you remotely (via email or zoom) and we encourage you to do so. Your mentor is a great resource for talking through your major, thinking about research opportunities, or potential career paths. 

Help Room - the Astronomy Help Room has moved online! Recurring Zoom meeting at the following address: 
The TAs will be staffing the online room much like the old AHR: Tues-Thurs 2-6pm (Colorado time). 

APS Undergraduate Scholarships - Deadline extended to Friday, April 3 to ensure all students who wish to apply are able to do so. 

Registration, independent study issues? - can be handled electronically. Undergraduates please contact Jose.

Honors students - Spring 2020 theses will be conducted remotely.  Honors Program updates\

Post-Comp/Annual research progress reviews (graduate students) - no longer necessary for spring 2020, but may still be scheduled through Zoom if the student, advisor, or both feel it would be beneficial. Use the Annual Research Progress Revie fillable PDF form.

PhD Defense and Comps II Exams (graduate students) -  conduct via Zoom. The Grad School has relaxed some registration requirements for summer thesis/dissertation presentations. See Adjustments to summer 2020 registration for details or contact Troy.

Summer Session - Summer A term (June 1-July 2) will be taught remotely.  A decision on Summer B term (July 7-August 7) will be announced no later than April 15, 2020.  Updates on specific APS summer term courses to come.

Teaching Resources

Graduate School is working remotely for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.  Information for graduate students here.


  • We will gradually start to resume research and creative work on campus on Tuesday, May 26, achieving up to 25% by late June. Details here.

  • Additional updates and resources from RIO
  • JILA and CASA have essentially moved to remote operations entirely. Check in with LASP directly for its operational plans.

Stuff for everyone:

Have more APS questions, need support, or just want to talk?

Jose Aburto, Undergraduate Program  

I have set up all appointments on my Buff Portal calendar to reflect the option to use Zoom, including those appointments that are already scheduled, in order to meet virtually with you. I will be available during the core hours of 9a-4p Monday-Friday. Please note that all scheduled appointments are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). I am still accessible via email and, although I will not have access to answering my office phone line, I will be checking my voicemail regularly. 

Contact Jose for questions regarding: 

  • Core Advising

  • ASTR courses

  • Registration Issues

  • Drop/Add 

  • Changing tracks -Astronomy Track/Astrophysics Track 

  • Independent Study Questions

  • Course Substitution Petitions

Troy Latta, Graduate Program

For assistance in registration, dropping or adding classes, issues with technology, or if you just want a friendly ear during this stressful time, please contact Troy by one of the methods above.

Steph Preo, APS Business & Operations