A Message From the Dean
Hi Leeds Community,
What an unprecedented year! None of us would have been able to imagine the events that have transpired over the past several months. That said, we at Leeds are continuing to do everything we can to lead our faculty, staff, and students through this uncertain time.
This past summer, the entire campus community came together and developed an experience that will feel both familiar and foreign. Leeds’ faculty listened to feedback from the spring semester and improved techniques for student engagement and teaching with Zoom and other technologies. I am proud of what they have accomplished in such a short time, so our students are able to continue their degree progress through a variety of in-person, distance and hybrid courses this semester.
We worked very hard with our own campus experts to develop and implement strategies for a healthy and safe fall experience. And with everyone’s help, we can keep each other safe and our campus open. Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay well, stay connected, and Go Buffs!
Sharon Matusik, Dean, Leeds School of Business
Updated: October 26, 2020
- CU Boulder has announced that the spring 2021 semester will start on Jan 14 and will continue to offer in-person and remote courses. The traditional weeklong spring break is cancelled; instead, the semester is starting three days later than previously scheduled and students will have two days off on Feb. 17 and March 25.
- In-person/hybrid classes have resumed and are scheduled to continue through November 25, with remote learning after fall break to the end of the semester.
- Team rooms at Leeds have reduced capacity to one person at a time; we appreciate your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe.
- Boulder County Public Health has announced a new public health order that allows 18- to 22-year-olds in Boulder to gather in groups up to ten people.
- CU Boulder has expanded testing to accommodate 3,000 off-campus students, faculty and staff for testing each week. Up to 450 people can be tested each day at the University Memorial Center and 150 people can be tested each day at the Sustainability, Energy & Environment Community building on campus.
- CU Boulder will kick off a series of weekly COVID-19 updates for students, faculty, staff and parents or guardians every Tuesday via Zoom from 12 to 1 p.m. starting Tuesday, September 29 and running through November 17.
- CU Boulder has introduced a live chat on the university's COVID-19 page, and you can refer inquiries there, call the central hotline at 303-492-8478 or submit question via the Ask a Question form on the COVID-19 page.
- Students who feel like they have symptoms of COVID-19 should go immediately to Wardenburg Health Center. If they think they have been exposed but don’t have symptoms, they should go to one of the six surveillance testing sites on campus. Faculty/staff should use their own doctors unless they are instructed otherwise by a contact tracer who contacts them. For additional guidance on COVID-19 testing, symptoms and surveillance, click here.
- CU Boulder has launched a public COVID-19-ready dashboard on the COVID-19 information webpage, which includes the state of Colorado status, Boulder County COVID-19 statistics and our current campus mode of operation. It will provide both a daily and a five-day moving average of positive CU Boulder cases that have been tested via our campus Medical Services testing operations.
- All students, faculty, staff, researchers are required to complete a Daily Health Questionnaire and Illness Reporting Form each day before they come to campus.
- CU Boulder announced the Protect Our Herd public health awareness campaign, reminding our community of the basic daily actions we all must take to protect ourselves and others.
- The CU Boulder COVID-19-ready campus experience includes:
- Required face coverings for everyone on campus.
- Courses provided in a variety of in-person, distance and hybrid formats.
- Redesigned classrooms and nontraditional spaces to support physical distancing.
- Extended class scheduling and 20-minute passing periods to decrease student density.
- Required COVID-19 tests of every student moving into a residence hall and cohorts within the residence halls for first-year students.
- Making COVID-19 rapid testing available for students, faculty and staff.
- Campus-based rapid response teams to track and isolate infected people in spaces reserved for isolation and quarantine and contact tracing led by faculty.
- Safety trainings for all faculty, staff and students.
- Some of the changes you will see at Leeds include:
- Redesigned classrooms to support physical distancing and reduce density
- Nontraditional spaces for teaching to support physical distancing requirements
- New classroom spaces will open as part of the Business and Engineering Expansion
- Team rooms will be open with reduced capacity
- The Gravity Café coffee kiosk will be open
- CU Boulder announced a campus-wide COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy and has updated the Student Code of Conduct (PDF) to include specific guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
- Buildings on campus will continue to require Buff OneCard for access. Students, faculty and staff will have access only to the buildings for which they normally have department or academic approval for access.
Support for current undergraduate and graduate students during the coronavirus pandemic.
CU Boulder and Leeds are hosting a sixth series of webinars featuring relevant, informative commentary from a variety of world-renowned faculty and alumni from disciplines across CU Boulder. Each presentation will provide frank and timely insights for life during and after the pandemic from their specific lens.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 12pm MT
Presenter: Dr. Doug Spencer
Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Connecticut and visiting Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School.
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 12pm MT
Presenter: Ben Linville-Engler (Mechanical Engineering’07)
Industry and Certificate Director for MIT System Design and Management (SDM) where he first joined as a Fellow in 2016.
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 12pm MT
Presenter: Dr. David Bortz
Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Applied Mathematics.David Bortz is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Applied Mathematics.
Monday, December 7, 2020 | 12pm MT
Presenters: Dr. Rich Wobbekind and Kelly Brough
Associate Professor Richard Wobbekind holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and is, amongst many roles at the University, Associate Dean for Business & Government Relations, Senior Economist, and Faculty Director of the Business Research Division.
As president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Brough is focused on putting more Coloradans to work in really great jobs.
This is an extraordinary time in history, one that is stressful and unsettling for many of us at CU Boulder. Rest assured, the health and safety of all of our community members is our top priority. When we protect our herd, we can stay together on campus. What can you do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy? Find out here.
Informed by the latest science, public health guidance and ideas from our campus community, CU Boulder is implementing a flexible, in-person fall 2020 experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move our community forward. Read more.
Buffs Together seeks to rally our campus community together to assist fellow Buffs and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is committed to helping students, staff and faculty navigate the financial hardships caused by the pandemic by matching up to $1.6M of gifts to the Student Emergency Fund and the Staff and Faculty Emergency Fund.
The initiative also connects Buffs to volunteer opportunities related to supporting those impacted by the pandemic and aims to gather and share stories of good deeds being done during these challenging times by research faculty, students and staff.
The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is helping entrepreneurs and small businesses during this crisis by providing connections to mentors, insights from our faculty, and eventually through student support on projects. Learn more.
Who to Contact
COVID return to work hotline for common questions regarding testing, services and illness prevention related to the common cold, the flu and COVID-19.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: M–F, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 303-492-5101, select option 9.
Technology issues or concerns: call the Office of Information Technology at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP).
Student health questions: contact your health care provider or Medical Services at 303-492-5101 (24/7 nurse line available) for advice and recommendations.
Student mental health questions or concerns: Call Counseling and Psychiatric Services at 303-492-2277 (24/7 support available).
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Call 303-492-3020.
For families: New Student & Family Programs will be happy to assist you. Call or text 303-492-4431 or email email@example.com.
Employment and payroll questions: Call Human Resources at 303-492-6475.
After reviewing the sections above and still have additional questions about how COVID-19 affects your studies or work with CU Boulder you can use the Ask a Question form.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides additional information about health guidelines, national statistics, travel recommendations and more.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) website has information specific to Colorado, including cases, guidelines, statewide orders and more. They also have resources to help identify local COVID-19 testing sites nearby.
Faces of Leeds – COVID Edition
Uplifting stories of Leeds Buffs helping others during the pandemic.
Alexis-Brooke “A-B” LoBianco (Mktg’21)
When COVID-19 impacted the campus community, A-B leveraged her student government experience to work directly with Dean Sharon Matusik as the head of her student task force, the COVID Cabinet. Learn about A-B and other Leeds undergraduates.
Sangati Shah (Mgmt'23)
Graphic Design Artist for CU Boulder Housing and Dining Services
When the FGX trips were canceled due to COVID-19, Sangati coordinated a virtual cooking class with Learn from a Chef, so everyone could get a taste of cuisines from the countries in which they were planning to travel. Read about Sangati and other Leeds undergraduates.
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Leeds School of Business
When the campus went remote as a result of COVID-19, Beth was inspired to use her passion for fitness to lead weekly virtual workouts for Leeds faculty and staff. Read more about Beth and other faculty and staff.
Casey Bergeron (HRMgmt ’17)
Clinical Programs Manager at DaVita
Dialysis patients are some of the greatest at risk of COVID-19. Casey Bergeron and her team at DaVita Kidney Care have been working tirelessly to make sure these specific patients get the care they need during the pandemic. Learn more about Casey and other alumni.
Daniel Knowles (Fin & Info Mgmt’22)
When sophomore Daniel Knowles and two of his friends began to notice the effect of COVID-19 on the local businesses of their hometown of Boulder, they started brainstorming ways to help their community and founded GyftCO. GyftCO connects struggling Boulder businesses to the greater community by providing an outlet for them to sell discounted e-gift cards to customers. Read more aboiut Daniel and other Leeds undergraduates.
Director of Leeds First-Year Experience
When CU Boulder announced the creation of First Year Academic Experiences for incoming students in fall, Andrea’s team expanded Leeds’ Residential Academic program and onboarding to support the success of Leeds’ entire class of 2024.
Ryan McMunn (Mktg and Mgmt’02)
CEO of Tricam Industries, CEO and founder of BRIC Language Systems, and founder of Leroy Street Capital
After Ryan and his wife experienced and recovered from COVID-19, they wanted to help others. They sourced hundreds of masks and donated them to UCHealth Boulder, the Anschutz Medical Campus, and to teams at their own businesses. Read more about Ryan and other alumni.
Tracy Jennings, PhD, MBA
Senior Instructor and Teaching Professor
When Leeds faculty needed to transition their classes online and reduce the spread of the virus on campus, Tracy quickly stepped in to support her colleagues by offering remote teaching trainings, creating an online content resource hub and more. Read about Tracy and other faculty and staff.