Chancellor DiStefano announces we are welcoming students back to CU Boulder for a COVID-19 ready fall semester with a flexible, in-person experience designed for safety, ensures access and quality for our students and moves the campus forward.

Road Map to Fall 2020

The implementation plan, health and safety measures and other details can be found on the Road Map to Fall 2020 website


This page is intended to serve as a resource for closures, cancellations and postponements in the College of Arts and Sciences related to COVID-19. This page does not address changes happening in other units of campus.

Updates appearing on this page have been confirmed by the Arts and Sciences communications team and represent the most up-to-date information available at this time. Please refer back to this page for future closures and postponements.

Last update made May 26, 2020

Campus Announcements

Remote Work Continues

Remote work for employees will continue until further notice. A phased approach for returning to work on campus is underway.

Research & Creative Work

A phased return to on-campus research and creative work begins May 26. Our plans prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our student, faculty, researchers, staff, and community. 

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Event Cancellations 

Check the university's coronavirus coverage page for updated campus event cancellations and for guidance on event hosting exceptions.

  • Multi-day university-sponsored gatherings or those with more than 50 attendees are suspended until further guidance is issued. 
  • Sponsors may consider offering their events in a different format, such as online. 
  • Event sponsors may request their events still be held and can request exemptions via the campus events exception form. 

We know this raises questions, and campus leaders are encouraged to use discretion and make informed decisions to protect the health and safety of event attendees and the campus overall.

Key Canceled Events

Spring Commencement: Our in-person commencement on May 7 has been canceled, as well as all college, school and department-based recognition ceremonies. The university and units will, however, be holding virtual commencement events. Information on those can be found on the college's commencement page.

Conference on World Affairs (CWA): The 72nd Conference of World Affairs (April 6 -10, 2020) has been canceled. See the CWA website for more details.

Admitted Student Day and on-campus visit programs: In light of recent guidance around COVID-19, we have decided not to host our in-person Admitted Student Day on April 4, 2020. Additionally, we will be suspending all on-campus visit programs beginning Monday, March 16.

Sporting events: All NCAA championship events have been canceled for the winter and spring seasons; Pac-12 conference and non-conference spring sports events are canceled, and the organized team athletically-related activities are prohibited by the Pac-12 until at least March 29; determinations on cancellations or postponements for additional CU sports events scheduled for the spring will be made soon. See the statement from Athletic Director Rick George for more details.

BolderBoulder POSTPONED: The BolderBoulder race will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020. The event is postponed from its previously scheduled date of May 25. 

Buildings and Facilities

With the shift to online teaching and learning, the CU Boulder campus will begin operating under enhanced protocols for building access, effective Monday, March 16. This means that most buildings will require students, faculty and staff to swipe their Buff OneCard at entrances equipped with card readers for entry. Some buildings are already operating under this protocol. 

Those who forget Buff OneCards or keys, but usually have building access, will be granted entrance into their offices/buildings. If you experience problems with accessing a building with your Buff OneCard, you can contact Access Services 303-492-6609 during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, you can contact the Operations Control Center (OCC) at 303-492-5522 or The OCC is operational 24 hours per day.

The College of Arts and Sciences Office Coverage Policy includes templates for communicating office closures if department leadership determines this is required during the mitigation phase.

What if I need special access to a lab or other restricted space in a building?

Anyone with a Buff OneCard will have access to most buildings, including student access to all academic buildings. Students needing special access to labs/secured areas are asked to contact building proctors to ensure they have the authorization/access needed programmed to their Buff OneCard. Faculty and staff should do the same. However, faculty and staff who have after-hours access to their spaces should still be able to access these spaces during this time.

Faculty Resources

Disability Services is here to support you as you transition your course to a remote classroom. As you prepare, please review the faculty Accommodation Resources for Remote Learning page. Here you will find information about academic accommodations and how they show up in the remote classroom environment. Disability Services is also available to address any additional questions you may have at If you would like to schedule a phone call or Zoom appointment with a DS sccess coordinator, please contact them at 303-492-8671.

Remote Learning Resources

CU Boulder is transitioning to online and remote learning for the rest of the semester. This could be a challenge, as students have become comfortable and adjusted to their classes by now. Changing the mode of learning will require modifications, so we want to share some tips to make this transition easier. Keep in mind while the type of instruction is shifting, the level of commitment to your academics and average hours spent each week on academic tasks, including the virtual in-class time and the day-to-day out-of-class time, will remain constant, or could increase.

The Academic Advising Center from the College of Arts and Sciences has compiled resources and tips for how to successfully transition to online courses.