We get it—you’re doing all that you can to keep yourself and your herd healthy. But sometimes, your friends, peers and roommates may not be showing up in the same way. How do you handle the tough conversation in order to keep yourself, your friends and, ultimately, our larger campus community safe during this time?

Know how to approach the conversation

Everyone has their own opinions and reasons behind their actions, and COVID-related health guidelines are no different. As a university, we appreciate and welcome respectful conversations, which is why we encourage our students to speak up.

Learn more about how to:

  • Keep an open mind
  • Listen to understand
  • Communicate effectively
  • Know your resources

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Students having a conversation during a lab with masks on

Understand how we’re approaching it as Buffs together

Really, we can’t get through a global pandemic without each of us playing our part. To help us all know best practices, we have an Effective Conversations about COVID-19 Course that allows you to learn:

  • Health and social behaviors that all Buffs must follow 
  • How to build effective communication skills related to the current circumstances 
  • Ways to stay connected 

Best part? It only takes 30 minutes to complete through Canvas.

Know the consequences

Not following health protocols at a time like this puts lives at risk, and it also comes with serious consequences for your academic standing. Know the Student Code of Conduct, consequences for violation and share what you know with your peers.

If you violate a public health order and the violation is connected to attending or hosting a party or large gathering, at a minimum, you will be:

  • Excluded from campus for two weeks. You will need to make arrangements to participate in your classes remotely. 
  • Placed on probation, which impacts your ability to study abroad or attend graduate school.
  • Required to participate in educational sanctions, which will provide you additional information on following public health orders in the future.
  • Multiple or severe violations will result in suspension from CU Boulder for a minimum of one semester. 

We cannot take action without formal complaints and individual names being shared. If you witness an incident or other concerning behavior that puts public health at risk, please report it to our conduct office. You must include a name and as much information as possible for us to be able to take action.

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Learn more and reach out

The Effective Conversations about COVID-19 Course covers campus expectations for health and social behaviors, helps students build effective communication skills and includes ways to stay connected. It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete through Canvas.

Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution offers guidance, coaching and support to help students navigate conflict and difficult conversations. They also provide oversight and enforcement for the Student Code of Conduct.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a variety of mental health services for students. They are offering a free virtual COVID-19 workshop series which is composed of 4 independent workshops designed to help you cope COVID-19 related changes in your life. This is a great option if you’re short on time, want quick coping skills or are feeling distressed.

CAPS is also available for:

  • Crisis support
  • Brief individual counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Consultations
  • Other mental health services. 

If you’re concerned about the well-being of a friend, roommate, classmate or colleague, please call 303-492-2277.