Mines Climbs Together

COVID-19 health and safety resources, updates

Mines Climbs Together


The Oredigger Promise: We Climb Together

As a member of the Oredigger community, I promise to protect my classmates and colleagues, our families and neighbors, and myself by adopting the practices and attitudes necessary to safely return to, and remain together at, Mines.

See The Oredigger Promise in its entirety

Mines Climbs Together

While the Colorado School of Mines campus and residence halls remain open, all classes are being delivered remotely for the final weeks of the Fall 2020 semester. The Spring 2021 semester will begin as planned on Jan. 12.

This website is regularly updated to offer our community, families and the general public the latest information related to safety guidelines on campus, testing activities and results, and more. The site will also continue to house resources for students and faculty and staff, including the Returning to Mines pages developed by the nine pandemic recovery teams leading Mines’ COVID-19 response.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and public health guidance, visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and consult with your primary care provider.

Total Confirmed Positive Cases in the Mines Community

Cumulative Total Since August 17, 2020 | Last updated December 1, 2020

Active Cases*


Total (Since Aug. 17)








*Total number of community members in isolation

Thanks, Orediggers!

“I want to tip my hat to all the Mines students that I have seen in class and on campus so far for respecting the Oredigger Promise. Frankly, I have been amazed by their dedication and sense of responsibility given the difficult situation we found ourselves in. Keep up the good work and be proud of this achievement!”

— Fred Sarazin, Physics Professor

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COVID-19 Email Updates

Parents, families and community members are invited to sign up for the weekly Mines Climbs Together update—an email containing the latest news, resources and reminders related to COVID-19 response activities at Mines.

University Status

  • Mines will remain open but deliver all classes and final exams remotely following the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, read the post-Thanksgiving FAQ.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is now available for whole Mines community, including family members. Learn more.
  • The Spring 2021 semester is expected to begin as scheduled on Jan. 12, with an increase in the percentage of classes offering some in-person components. 
  • All employees, unless otherwise directed, are expected to continue to work remotely until otherwise directed by their vice president, dean or supervisor.
  • The Office of Admissions is offering limited in-person campus tours as well as virtual information sessions.
  • University travel is not permitted, except for travel paid through a research contract or by an external source.

Returning to Mines

A tool kit for safely returning to campus

Learn about hygiene and safety protocols, instructions for classroom and lab use, resources for working on campus and guidelines for reopening buildings.

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Wear Your Mask
like you're preparing for reentry

Masks are required on campus sidewalks, walkways and other outdoor areas where six feet of social distancing cannot be easily maintained..

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Questions & Answers

Get more information about the semester

See answers to frequently asked questions about academics, campus life, health and safety, athletics and more.

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