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

  • Mines began its Spring 2021 semester as scheduled on Tuesday, January 12.
  • While some adjustments may be required based on local and state conditions, the spring semester calendar has not been altered, including Spring Break from March 27 to April 4.
  • More than 70 percent of spring classes have an in-person component, with an overall increase to in-person instruction expected compared to Fall 2020.
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.

Spring 2021 Total Confirmed Positive Cases in the Mines Community

Cumulative Total Since January 1, 2021 | Last updated April 12, 2021

Active Cases


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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 began its Spring 2021 semester as scheduled on Tuesday, January 12. Spring Break will still occur March 27-April 4. 
  • COVID-19 testing is now available for the whole Mines community, including family members. Learn more.
  • All employees, unless otherwise directed, are expected to continue to work remotely until otherwise directed by their vice president, dean or supervisor.
  • University travel is not permitted, except for travel paid through a research contract or by an external source.
  • Meeting and event guidance will depend on state and local health orders. Visit the Returning to Mines site for the latest information.

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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Most Recent Communications

  • Campus COVID-19 response update: April 9, 2021
    We’re nearing the summit, Orediggers. Let’s keep climbing together and following the Oredigger Promise – E-Days is next week, and then, it’s just three weeks (!!) before Review Day, finals and Spring …
  • Planned Changes to Mask Policy Related to Use Outdoors
    Dear Mines community, The City of Golden has stated its intention to amend its mask ordinance to reflect recent changes made by Jefferson County Public Health related to mask use outdoors.  Golden’s o …
  • Campus COVID-19 Response Update: March 26, 2021
    Spring Break is here! Here’s to a fun and safe week off – We made it, Orediggers. Spring Break officially begins tomorrow, and man, are we excited. Get out there, get some much-earned R&R and have …

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Questions & Answers

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

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