Chancellor's Communique

Keeping Our Campus Moving Forward, 11-11-20

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As another wave of COVID-19 hits Colorado hard, know that we at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are committed to doing everything we can to remain safe, open and operational. 

You have done an outstanding job during the pandemic, sustaining our critical research, education and clinical missions by enabling limited return to on-campus activity, and your continued dedication is what will help keep us going.

While we are preparing for the steps we would need to take in the event of another stay at home order, we are not anticipating a ramping down of our on-campus education or laboratory research, or other essential activities, at this time. Adjustments to clinical and community-based research may be needed based on access to clinical space and ongoing assessments of the risks and benefits to study participants. 

As conditions continue to change rapidly, however, we may need to get creative - considering extended research shifts or alternative scheduling of on-campus activity to ensure the safest possible working and learning environment for those on campus. The vast majority of our students, faculty and staff continue to work and learn remotely, and this will remain the case for the foreseeable future. 

Our goal has been, and continues to be, the safe continuation of vital activity on campus. The steps we have taken - from creating robust safety protocols and screening processes, to charging COVID officials with helping keep classrooms and workspaces safe, to meticulous cleaning and facilities maintenance standards - have been taken with your health top of mind. 

Right now, the best action you can take to help keep CU Anschutz moving forward is to:

  • Follow screening and on-campus safety protocols to the letter;
  • Keep your distance from others;
  • Wear a mask at all times;
  • Take breaks and eat meals alone on campus unless you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others; and
  • Stay home and self-report if you feel there is any chance you may be sick or may have been exposed to someone who is ill. 

Keeping our campus and community going strong is our top priority. With your continued vigilance and support, we can all rest assured that we are doing everything within our power to stay the course during these uncertain times.

Thank you for helping keep #CUAnschutzTogether.

Don Elliman

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