The Fall 2020 Safe Return Plan is guided by the following core actions:
April 27: Chancellor Horrell convened a Safe Return Initial Planning Team, chaired by School of Public Affairs Dean Paul Teske, to make recommendations on when and how to return to campus. The team included nearly 90 CU Denver faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
May 13: The Safe Return Initial Planning Team issued its report to CU Denver leadership. Read the Safe Return Planning Team Summary of Recommendations.
May 27: The Safe Return Team was convened and charged with implementing the planning team’s recommendations. It is working closely with executive leadership, schools and colleges, support staff, and our partners on the Auraria campus to drive implementation.
June 4: The Safe Return Team created the Fall 2020 Safe Return Plan and shared its initial components with the campus community.
The team is working to make sure the reopening of campus is consistent with public health guidelines and best practices designed to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. The Safety Team approves safety and health protocols and procedures, oversees their implementation, and consults with units and individuals on making their spaces compliant.
The Research and Creative Activities (RCA) Return Team oversees the process of gradually phasing limited research and creative activities back on campus over the course of the summer. Researchers and facility directors whose research must be done on campus are using a researcher application and school/college review process to pace re-openings and guide safety compliance, working closely with campus facilities and safety experts.
The Teaching and Learning Return Team is implementing CU Denver’s move to a highly flexible portfolio of class formats for fall 2020 that provide students with a wide range of choices and that allow for flexible adjustment as public health circumstances change. This team is working closely with schools and colleges to help faculty determine what formats are best for their classes and connect with appropriate training for each format.
This team is focusing on preparing campus resources and services for student return, and also helping students prepare for and navigate the changes planned for fall 2020. The team is working to ensure that resources such as advising, counseling, and career services are fully available for students who cannot or do not wish to be on campus. A survey of student needs, conducted in June, will be used to plan for student services improvements.