Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

2020欧洲杯正规平台Colorado School of Mines continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The latest updates, as well as all previous communications, are included below.

Emergency management officials are in close coordination with the Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and have assembled a cross-functional team to coordinate planning and actions in order to mitigate impact on education and services, develop contingency plans, and support students and employees.

Current University Travel Guidance

Effective June 1, 2020, the following new travel restrictions and guidance are now in place:

2020欧洲杯正规平台University travel is not permitted, except for travel paid through a research contract or by an external source. Any exceptions must be approved by the provost or a vice president. All university travel must follow .

If you do travel outside of Colorado, you should self-monitor your symptoms for 14 days upon your return to Colorado and the Golden/Denver metro area.

  • You are permitted to work on campus while self-monitoring, but every effort should be made to work remotely during your self-monitoring period.
  • Self-monitoring means to check your health for COVID-19 symptoms twice a day. Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not come to work and/or campus and should  for when you can return.
  • All Mines employees working on campus will be required to self-report their health status daily before reporting to work. Online and paper forms are being developed for this purpose. These forms can also be used for twice-daily self-monitoring and reporting after traveling. Both forms will be posted prominently on the following Mines websites: ,  and .

Anyone who travels to Colorado from another country is required to self-quarantine for 14 days before they are permitted in any university building or on university grounds.2020欧洲杯正规平台 This includes international guests.

2020欧洲杯正规平台These expectations apply to both personal and business travel.

How to Protect Yourself and Others From Coronavirus

What is a coronavirus?

2020欧洲杯正规平台Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include the common cold and more serious respiratory illnesses. The most current information and guidance about COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath        
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How to Protect Yourselves and Others

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. No sink nearby? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean common spaces with disinfecting wipes (doorknobs, countertops, desks, etc.)
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue (or the sleeve of your inner elbow) when sneezing or coughing. Throw the tissue away immediately into the nearest trash receptacle. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public spaces and/or places where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult. For further guidance on face coverings .
  • Practice social distancing at all times. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others and stay out of crowded places.

What to do if you become ill

  • If you have a fever (temperature of 100.4˚F or above), a dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, OR loss of smell or taste you should remain home (stay away from work/campus)
    1. In order for you to return to work/campus after having one of these symptoms you must be fever-free (without taking medication to reduce fever) for at least 72 hours and 10 days have passed since your first symptom began.
  • If you are feeling unwell in any manner, please take extra precautions during this time. Nasal congestion, chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and nausea are common symptoms of COVID-19.  Please stay home and take care of yourself. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention from your healthcare provider, if needed
  • If you do become ill with COVID19-like symptoms:
    1. Immediately leave campus and stay home at the first sign of any symptoms.
    2. Students: Notify the Student Health Center at shc@swflairish.com as soon as possible.
    3. Employees: Notify Human Resources at HRCovid19@swflairish.com as soon as possible.
    4. The Student Health Center and HR will alert the pandemic response team so appropriate actions can be taken.
  • If you share a house with someone (family members or roommates) who has tested positive for COVID-19, is a presumptive positive COVID-19 case, or has been asked by a healthcare provider to self-isolate you are not permitted on campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure to the COVID-19 case before returning to campus.
  • For additional information about COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek medical attention, please refer to the .

Remote Learning and Remote Work


Colorado School of Mines will continue to deliver all courses remotely through the Summer I session. Course delivery will occur mostly through Zoom and Canvas. A decision on Summer II will be announced in May. 


(Updated 5/21/20) Employees who are still able to work remotely should plan to continue to do so until June 30, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor as authorized by a vice president or dean. For many, we anticipate this status will be extended for the rest of the summer, but others will be needed to work on campus as some Summer II classes may be conducted on campus and Mines begins preparations for fall semester.

The research office, deans, and others are working on plans to be able to gradually increase access to research facilities for faculty, research faculty and students with most authorization granted via academic departments. We anticipate being able to communicate more about this plan and accompanying procedures within the next two weeks. Until those plans are announced, the process for accessing research laboratories will remain the same:

Employees who have not been able to conduct their responsibilities remotely will work with supervisors and respective vice presidents and deans to determine the timing and how best to return to campus safely.

Coronavirus-Related Campus Communications

Mines Alert: Notification of confirmed COVID-19 case on Mines campus

The following message was sent to all Mines students, faculty and staff on 4/22/20: Dear Mines Community: Mines has received confirmation of a new positive case of COVID-19 among our campus community. The individual was last on campus April 15. Those on campus with whom this employee had close contact have been notified and are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have not been notified, you have not been identified as a person who had close contact with the individual. As a...

From the Dean of Students: Important reminder about social distancing during E-Days and beyond

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to all Mines students on 4/14/20: Dear Mines students, During this challenging time, the Student Health Center and all of Student Life would like to thank you all for your collective resiliency, cooperation and flexibility over the last several weeks. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has clearly impacted Mines in unprecedented ways and we appreciate that you are aware of the health implications and are taking action to limit its spread. With E-Days coming up later...

From Student Life: Community Update to Mines Families

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to Mines parents and families on 4/10/20: Dear Oredigger families, We have consistently found Mines students to be resilient, hard-working, innovative, and caring individuals. These admirable characteristics reflect you – the parents, guardians and family members who raised such remarkable students. Thank you for all that you have done over the years and for all that you are doing now to support your student while they are engaged in online learning.  Please know...

From the Provost: One-Year Extension to Promotion/Tenure Process Available

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to all Mines faculty on 4/10/20: Dear Faculty, Earlier this week I sent the following email to all tenure-track faculty and department heads, but I wanted to make all academic faculty aware of this message. Sincerely, Rick _____ Dear Mines Faculty: We made it through our first week of remote instruction – I want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication to our students. This is not the semester we expected in January, but I am grateful...

From the President’s Office: Join us for one of four virtual town halls beginning next week

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to all Mines faculty and staff on 4/9/20: Dear Mines faculty and staff, Beginning next week, we will be holding virtual town halls to update you on the work underway and ahead as Mines continues to answer the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you will join us as we recognize the tremendous efforts of our community over the past month, share our thoughts on what we need to be prepared for in the months to come, and answer the questions that...

Important Information from Human Resources: COVID-19 Temporary Leave Provisions

The following message was sent to all Mines employees on 4/9/20: Dear Mines employees, First, I want to thank you for your incredible work to continue the Mines mission during these challenging and uncertain times.  We remain a strong and devoted community because of your tireless efforts and we cannot sufficiently express our gratitude. In March, the United States congress passed a federal law entitled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA.  The FFCRA has many provisions...

From the President’s Office: Remote Work Operations Extended to April 26, 2020

The following message was sent to Mines faculty, staff and graduate students on 4/8/20: Dear Colleagues, As many of you are aware, Governor Polis has signed an Executive Order extending Colorado's stay at home order until April 26, 2020. Consistent with this order, Colorado School of Mines is extending its remote work operations until April 26, 2020. All employees who are not identified as providing critical services are expected to remain off campus and work remotely. Essential employees will...

Office of Research and Tech Transfer: Updated guidance for on-campus research

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to all Mines faculty and graduate students on 4/2/20: Dear all, As we approach our one-week anniversary of conducting research under stay-at-home rules, I wanted to give you a better sense of how we are planning for different possible scenarios for the future.  I realize the uncertainty is high and the stress even higher; I wish we had more definitive answers, but hope that walking through a few examples may help you as you look ahead. Scenario 1: Stay-at-home...

From the President: In-Person Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies Postponed

2020欧洲杯正规平台The following message was sent to all graduating seniors and graduate students on 4/1/20: Dear May Graduates: I promised to provide an update on Commencement planning by April 6.  With the latest directives from federal and state officials extending event restrictions to at least April 30 and projections that COVID-19 impacts will extend into May, it seems best at this point to officially postpone our in-person graduation ceremonies that were originally scheduled for May 7 and May 8. We remain...

From the Provost: Remote delivery only for Summer I courses, update on field session

The following message was sent to the Mines campus on 4/2/20: Dear Mines Community, As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, it is becoming clear that we are not likely to be able to return to in-person instruction in time for the scheduled start of the Summer 2020 semester. Rather than delay that decision and risk further disruption to your coursework and summer plans, I am announcing today that only remote delivery courses will be offered in the Summer I session (May...


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