There are several different kinds of designated student study areas set up across campus. Some of these spaces are for quiet work; others allow students to have a private space to participate in remote coursework before or after their on-campus course. More information about the student study area locations, capacity, and how to find a spot is available here.
Academic advisors will continue to support students during remote learning. For undergraduates, visit the Undergraduate Academic Advising website and look for Remote Advising Details at the top of the page to get help. Graduate students should work with their primary advisor or program director.
About one-quarter of fall classes (686 of 2,574 sections) will have on-campus instruction, either as a completely on-campus course or as a hybrid course. All other classes will be held remotely or online.
Let your instructor know about your situation as soon as possible. In many cases, you can still attend your class sessions via Zoom. If that is not possible, you and your instructor may still be able to work out alternative arrangements. Make sure that you and your instructor are in agreement about any alternative arrangements and expectations.
Tivoli Station, the Auraria campus bookstore, is offering free concierge shopping and free shipping. Call 303-556-3232. You can also order books through other online services.
Yes! Visit the Career Center’s Student Employment website. Remote and on-campus positions are available and are posted on Handshake.
The ongoing nature of the pandemic requires us to stay flexible, so be aware that on-campus or hybrid courses may need to be changed to a remote or online format if conditions require it. Courses that are currently listed as remote or online are set and will not change to include an in-person component.
Hybrid courses were designed to have an on-campus portion due to the hands-on nature of the content. If you are sick or do not feel comfortable coming to class, you should reach out to the instructor to discuss the possibility of completing the entire course remotely. However, as the course format was selected to deliver the highest possible quality experience, there is not an expectation that faculty must approve these requests.
If you already know that you will be uncomfortable coming to campus or unable to do so, we recommend that you enroll in online or remote classes. These types of classes do not require you to come to campus.
All students who want to conduct field research will need to obtain authorization. An application process for fieldwork is currently being established. More information will be shared once the details of the application process are finalized.
“Zoom capable” means that if a class is on-campus or hybrid, but the student is sick or does not feel comfortable going to campus, they can opt into attending the class remotely via Zoom. Students who need this option should clear it with their instructor.
Both of these course formats are virtual, in that no on-campus attendance is required. The difference is whether class time is scheduled or unscheduled (synchronous or asynchronous). A remote class will have scheduled meeting times, and the class will meet via a videoconferencing technology such as Zoom. In an online class, students access the course material on their own schedule, usually following weekly or biweekly modules. For this reason, online classes do not have a “first day of class,” although you will definitely want to log into your class during the first week so you can make sure you are completing any assigned work on time.
Each day you are on campus, you will complete a daily attestation and check in at a campus check-in station. To avoid delays, have your health assessment ready before you get to the check-in station.
Find a designated health screening location on the Safe Return homepage. If a health check-in station is closed, please proceed to a nearby health check-in station. If it is after-hours, on the weekend, or on a holiday, please complete the daily attestation and save your approval email.
While you are on campus:
Wear a cloth face covering at all times on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
Follow physical distancing instructions by maintaining 6 feet between you and others at all times: when moving between campus buildings, entering buildings, in offices and labs, in classes, and when socializing with friends.
Follow the posted guidance when in hallways, stairwells, elevators, and common areas.
Wash your hands with soap frequently and use hand sanitizer before eating and after handling high-touch objects, including door handles, kitchen appliances in break areas, copy machines, and similar items.
Practice “respiratory etiquette” by coughing into a tissue or your elbow.
A complete list of health check-in stations and their hours is located on the Safe Return homepage, as well as on this campus map.
Visitors will need to complete a daily health attestation and go to a health check-in station to check in before entering a building on campus. They will need to attest to the department and contact they are visiting.
To limit the overall number of people on campus, we recommend that you refrain from inviting visitors on campus unless there is a critical need.
To reduce campus density and ensure social distancing at all times, on-campus events and activities (anything taking place on campus besides academic classes, approved research and creative activities, and regular office work in accordance with a unit safety plan) must be approved in advance by a Campus Events Committee. Review the Temporary COVID-19 On-Campus Events and Activities Guidance to see if your event/activity is a good candidate for approval and for information on how to apply for approval.
At present CU Denver is not approving any university events held off campus.
All residents in Lynx Crossing will have their own bedrooms, and no more than two residents will share a bathroom. Residents will have regular COVID-19 testing, and quarantine units are available for students who test positive. Social distancing requirements will be in effect, and spaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Staff have planned a wide variety of programming that can be accessed remotely if needed.
The Student Wellness Center plans to reopen for limited in-person activities on August 10 and will expand Wellness Center offerings pursuant to future public health guidance. Students who have paid the Wellness Center fee may participate even if they do not have classes on campus, and employees who pay may also participate. In the meantime, please take advantage of the Student Wellness Center’s virtual programs.
If you are able to do so, we are encouraging (but not requiring) students coming from other states to arrive early and self-quarantine for 14 days. This will minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread across states.
All students are authorized to be on campus as of Aug. 17. However, to limit the overall number of people on campus at any given time, we recommend that when students do not have on-campus or hybrid classes, they should refrain from coming to campus unless there is a valid need to do so.
Buildings with scheduled classes will be open during those hours. Otherwise, all buildings on campus are badge-access only. Make sure your ID badge is activated and that you have permissions for the buildings you need to access. For questions about your access permissions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can come to campus after hours or on weekends if you have badge access to the building you are seeking to enter. Please complete the health attestation form online before you come and limit your time on campus unless you have an approved unit return plan or research plan.
If you are a new undergraduate student, you will get your ID through New Student Orientation.
Everyone else will get their ID through the ID Station at the Tivoli. The ID Station is currently open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended, although they will also accept walk-ins. The ID Station is hoping to be able to accept online photo submissions soon; check the ID Station website for up-to-date information.
New graduate students can get a voucher to cover the cost of their ID from their school/college. As of Aug. 10, new undergraduate students who did not get their ID through New Student Orientation can pick up a voucher at Lynx Central on the first floor of the Student Commons building.
One of the most dangerous aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is that people can be highly contagious even if they are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. So, the only safe approach is to assume that everyone who comes onto campus, including those who pass the daily health check-in, is contagious. That’s why wearing a face covering is vitally important.
This is one of those situations where teamwork is essential, and unless everyone consistently and conscientiously follows all the guidelines, a single contagious person can have a very harmful impact.
As we have all experienced, face masks are now part of our normal life to protect each other. We expect employees and students to wear a face covering as part of their daily attire when coming to campus. If you’re not able to purchase one, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) has posted easy-to-follow webpage instructions for making a face mask and even a YouTube video that demonstrates an easy, no-sew method.
If you arrive on campus without a face covering, we will have one-time-use and reusable masks available. These will be available for pickup at multiple locations around campus including from health check-in stations, campus Ambassadors, schools and colleges, and in student service offices including Lynx Connect.
We have developed an online Safe Return training course that will be mandatory for everyone who will take classes, teach, or work on campus. The course describes the safe practices we are required to follow and reinforces that all people on campus are responsible for protecting each other.
As each building re-opens, we will institute a frequent schedule of cleaning and disinfecting high-use areas and frequently-touched surfaces, such as door handles, elevators, and countertops. More information on cleaning protocols can be found here.
We are instituting health check-in protocols that will require a daily attestation as to symptoms and a temperature check.
Each building will have a designated entrance and a designated exit to encourage one-way movement.
Room diagrams are being developed to facilitate adequate physical distancing in classrooms, laboratories, studios, study areas, student housing, dining areas, offices, and other locations.
To further minimize the risks of transmission, we plan to post signs guiding people to use the appropriate entrances and exits, observe any directional flows in hallways and stairwells, and abide by occupancy guidelines for common areas, elevators, and restrooms – as recommended by public health agencies.
To reduce the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus at any one time, we have carefully scheduled on-campus classes and work shifts for staff, faculty, and researchers. Although staff and faculty will be able to continue to perform many of their job duties remotely, there will be some offices/units that need to have an on-campus presence. We are asking central support units and schools/colleges to identify those units and work within the public health guidelines to plan for a safe, limited return.
All persons on campus must abide by safety protocols governing wearing cloth face coverings and maintaining 6 feet of distance from others at all times.
We are putting in place a contact tracing team that will follow up with individuals confirmed positive and those who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with them on campus.
Those who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive should contact the Auraria Health Center for testing and guidance.
Anyone can get COVID-19, but the effects of the illness can be particularly severe for people in the following groups:
People in these groups should take extra precautions against COVID-19.
COVID-19 is thought to be spread person-to-person, primarily through close contact with someone who is infected. Research is showing that the virus can spread even when infected people are not showing any symptoms.
Stay at least six feet away from others when you go outside your home
Wash your hands often with soap and water
Wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when you are around others who do not live in your home
Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands immediately afterwards
Most people who have COVID-19 will experience mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Get rest and stay hydrated. Separate yourself from other members of your household as much as possible.
Stay home. Do not go out in public except to get medical care. If you have symptoms, you should be able to get a COVID-19 test through your health care provider or at the Auraria Health Center.
If you have any of the following severe symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
Any other symptom that concerns you
Yes. One of the most important ways that we will protect against the spread of COVID-19 on campus is to do contact tracing for any known cases. That means that if an individual tests positive, they will be asked about their contacts with others while on campus, and those others will be informed that they may have come into contact with an infected person (while keeping the infected individual’s identity confidential). This allows potentially infected people to get tested and start quarantining.
If you test positive for COVID-19, inform CU Denver using this form.
You have been in close contact with someone if:
You have been within six feet of the person for 15 minutes or more
You live with the person
You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
You kissed, hugged, or touched them
You shared eating or drinking utensils
They sneezed, coughed, or spit on you
Mental Health and Related Assistance for Students, Faculty, or Staff:
The Health Center at Auraria has counselors who can help with undue stress or anxiety, for no charge. Call (303) 615-9999 and schedule a consultation.
Colorado Crisis Services provides 24/7 free, confidential, immediate support for any mental health or substance abuse concern. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.
The Phoenix Center at Auraria provides free and confidential assistance to survivors of interpersonal violence (relationship violence, sexual violence, and stalking), as well as their friends, families, and concerned others. The full range of the victim services program will be accessible while the campus is operating remotely. Confidential appointments will be conducted via Zoom or telephone and can be scheduled here. The confidential helpline remains available 24/7 at (303) 556-2255.
The Real Help Hotline provides access to professional counselors who can provide immediate crisis counseling or help you find additional local resources It’s a free and confidential service and it’s available 24/7.
The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) offers free confidential counseling session by appointment on a range of issues, from addiction to stress and grief. Call 1-800-821-8154 for questions or appointments.
See additional resources on our Human Resources page by clicking on the “Crisis/Mental Health Resources” tab.
You should quarantine—stay at home as if you were sick—for 14 days and watch for the development of symptoms.
The symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear 2 – 14 days after exposure and can range from very mild to severe. According to the CDC, common symptoms may include:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
We will follow any state or local public health guidance that mandates complete or partial closure. In addition, we will use campus and community indicators to determine whether we need to take proactive steps to suspend on-campus operations for a class, office, floor, or building, or if we need to further reduce our on-campus presence as a whole. If the situation calls for it, we will be prepared to return to entirely remote classes and services.
Governor Polis issued a statewide mask mandate on July 16, and federal, state, and local public health agencies have been recommending for several months that people wear masks when in public. Studies are showing that masks reduce the risk that you will infect other people (remember, you may be a COVID-19 carrier even if you don’t think you are sick or have no symptoms), and more recent studies are showing that masks may protect the wearer as well.
The Auraria Campus and CU Denver have decided to require people to wear face coverings while outside on campus as well. It is easy to forget to put on a mask when moving between indoor and outdoor spaces, and it can be difficult to maintain 6-feet spacing even while outside, for example while walking on the pathways throughout campus. It is expected that cloth face coverings will be worn at all times on campus.
CU Denver is following guidance specific to higher education from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are also consulting with the Colorado School of Public Health and local public health agencies and monitoring data on COVID-19 trends.
Current public health guidance recommends that higher education campuses screen for COVID-19 symptoms. The check-in station procedures in place now represent the most effective way for us to safely screen large numbers of people as they come on to campus. These procedures may be subject to change as public health guidance evolves.
CU Denver will conduct campus contact tracing investigations for all positive cases identified on campus. Investigations will be initiated and will generate a contact list of individuals who had close contact on campus with the affected individuals, in accordance with public health definitions. These individuals will be contacted and advised to self-quarantine and be tested. CU Denver will follow state guidelines for reporting outbreaks and will provide this information to the community.
Fear about coronavirus can lead to social stigma. For example, people may discriminate against individuals who have recently traveled or people of Asian descent. To reduce coronavirus-related stigma, get information from reliable sources such as the CDC, WHO, and CDPHE.
If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination, please reach out to the Office of Equity.
You’re correct. But the medical-grade surgical masks or N95 respirators worn by hospital medical staff or emergency first responders are meant to protect them from very close contact with patients. You will be wearing a cloth face covering while maintaining 6 feet of distance from other people. Recent research has shown that this combination does decrease COVID-19 transmission.
Your cloth face covering protects not only you but others—your fellow students or co-workers, the people you pass in the hallway or who ride in an elevator after you have, and everyone else you encounter on campus. A person can be highly contagious without experiencing any symptoms, and your face covering will protect others from the virus particles that you might be “shedding” when you cough, sneeze, or breathe.
Another way to look at this is that everyone who wears a face covering is protecting you from contracting the coronavirus. It’s only fair that you do the same to protect them.
All non-essential university domestic and international travel for students and employees has been suspended through at least December 31. Limited exceptions are available for essential domestic travel, such as essential critical care delivery or mission-critical research activity. Contact your supervisor/unit head for more information about exceptions. The exception must be approved by your school/college dean or by the vice-chancellor in charge of your unit.
CU Denver does not set requirements for personal travel, but those who choose to travel are urged to take the following steps to protect themselves and those around them:
You are encouraged to follow CDC guidance and self-quarantine for 14 days following any travel.
Tuition & Fees
Depending on your situation, you have a few options. The RTD LiVE Program provides a 40% discount on passes based on your income. We also have the Loving Lynx Fund that you may qualify for and can be used to help offset transportation costs.
On-campus parking is controlled by the Auraria Higher Education Center, not CU Denver. Daily parking on campus will range from $4 – $7. Parking permits are also available.
Tuition is not charged based on the mode of instruction. Your tuition will continue to be based only on your residency, so an online course or a remote course costs the same as an on-campus course.
CU Denver regularly offers online as well as in-person classes, and tuition is not charged based on the mode of instruction. Your tuition will continue to be based only on your residency, so tuition for an online course or a remote course costs the same as an on-campus course.
Students will have access to campus resources even if they do not attend on-campus classes. All student support services will be available to provide assistance in a remote fashion. Some will also have staff on campus ready to meet with students in a safe and clean environment. Students who need to come on campus to use computer labs or other study spaces may do so, although we encourage students to reduce their on-campus visits.
Students taking only online classes do not pay the Auraria Campus fee or the Wellness Center fee. All fee information for Fall 2020 can be found here.
The blend of in-person, hybrid, remote, and online courses that will be offered in Fall 2020 does not diminish the quality and value of a degree from CU Denver. The changes to mode of instruction are necessary due to public health directives issued by city and state government.
The primary accreditation criterion for our courses remains the same whether taught in person, online, or remotely: our courses must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. With remote and online teaching, faculty and instructors are still able to:
Provide instruction and interact regularly with their students;
Provide full and substantive assessments and regular feedback on students’ coursework;
Be proactive and available in providing information or responding to students’ questions about the content of the course; and
Incorporate best practices for teaching and learning into the design of their courses.
CU Denver has made a number of changes to the fees for fall 2020, as outlined in the Safe Return announcement found here.
Given the limited amount of on-campus instruction in fall 2020, the three AHEC institutions have determined that it is in the best interest of the student body as a whole to suspend the RTD contract for the fall 2020 semester. This means that students will not pay the RTD fee (approved by students at $131 per semester) and will not have a valid RTD pass for the semester.
The Auraria Fees and the CU Denver Wellness Center Fee will be discounted by 50%. This allows us to meet the student-approved debt service obligations funded by these fees while giving some financial relief to students.
We will continue to charge the Student Services Fee, Information Technology Fee, the International Student Fee if applicable, as well as school and college major and instructional fees. These fees fund a wide variety of student success support services that are provided in multiple modalities.
Do you have a question about how COVID-19 affects your studies or work at CU Denver?
Answers to the most common questions will be added to the FAQ section on a regular basis.