From the Chancellor - Shifting temporarily to remote instruction—minimum 2 weeks
Dear CU Boulder students, faculty and staff,
Since we began the two-week stay-at home period for students last week, our COVID-19 cases have started to come down. To continue this downward trend and help protect the health and safety of our Boulder community, our campus will operate under temporary remote-only instruction for all undergraduate, graduate and law classes for a minimum of two weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23.
We made this decision in close consultation with local and state public health officials. While the student self-quarantine remains in effect, between Sept. 23 and Oct. 7:
- All undergraduate, graduate and law classes will be taught remotely.
- Labs, studio and performance classes will be remote, unless approved for an on-campus format by the appropriate college or school dean.
- Staff currently assigned to work on campus will continue to work on campus.
- On-campus research will continue and is not affected by this shift.
Today and tomorrow, classes will continue as planned as faculty make adjustments to prepare for Wednesday.
The provost’s office will provide further guidance to faculty, and our Division of Student Affairs will provide further guidance to our students and families.
Your collective effort to comply with the student self-quarantine period is helping us bend the curve in our favor. Thank you and please keep up the good work. To solidify our progress, we are further increasing enforcement for the small number of students who violate public health orders.
Any serious public health violations by students, like hosting or attending large gatherings or breaking isolation guidelines, will result in an immediate 10-day suspension pending adjudication through Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. More than a dozen students already received notices of such over the weekend.
I know this situation is extremely difficult, and I wish, as I know we all do, that our circumstances were very different. The next two weeks are about more than our ability to see each other in person. The risks to our broader community are too great, and COVID-19 spreads too easily, for any further noncompliance with public health measures to go without immediate consequences.
And so to the members of our campus community who haven’t been abiding by public health guidelines, let me be clear one more time: It is your responsibility to follow these protocols as someone who lives in the Boulder community and is part of this university.
Practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings—24/7, on and off campus—are the only way we will keep our broader community safe enough to return to an in-person campus experience. This may be the last opportunity for our campus to bend the curve of infection and return to in-person instruction before we are forced to move to remote operations for the remainder of the semester.
Let’s prove we can do this and be Buffs together.
Joint Statement from Chancellor DiStefano and Boulder County Public Health
We understand the deluge of COVID-19 information and requirements can be confusing and overwhelming. As you settle into school and the Boulder community, we want to let you know about public health orders in place. It is critical to follow this guidance, which is based on data and science, to slow the spread of this disease, especially to those for whom it can be deadly.
- Face coverings (masks) are required at all times in a public indoor space and when outdoors and less than 6 feet from another person from a different household. Please bring a face covering with you whenever you leave your house or residence hall room and practice physical distancing at all times. Consider reviewing the Boulder County Public Health Face Covering Order or the Colorado Face Covering Order to ensure you’re aware of the requirements.
- Stay 6 feet apart. Practice physical (social) distancing whenever in public by staying at least 6 feet away from others.
- Gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people from different residences.
- Businesses have further restrictions in place. Please support local businesses by following the direction of all posted signage.
Please visit CU Boulder’s COVID dashboard which has the latest campus testing data and operating status, as well as the Protect Our Herd website for more campus information, including the daily health form.
If you believe you are sick, or have come into contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, stay home and contact CU Boulder Medical Services as soon as possible.
Your classmates and professors, CU staff and Boulder residents are all affected by your actions.Thank you for abiding by these campus, county and state public health protocols and laws to help us keep the community safe, and allow the university to continue operations. We will continue to support you as we work toward a healthy, safe and enjoyable semester.
oulder County Public Health Executive Director