Mines Climbs Together

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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

Fall 2020 Update

Colorado School of Mines will resume on-campus classes on August 24, 2020. To do so, Mines will rely on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Colorado and local public health agencies, as well as procedures prepared by the nine pandemic recovery teams leading Mines’ COVID-19 response and preparations. Just as essential to this plan is the commitment of all Orediggers—students, faculty and staff members—to the plans and practices being put into place. By agreeing to climb together, Orediggers are committing to personal actions aimed at keeping our community safe and engaged in the classroom, lab and workplace.

Below are additional updates and details for students, faculty and staff and campus visitors. 

The road before us has its challenges, but this is a community that clips in and climbs together. We can reassemble this fall because we can rely upon one another to do the work required.


Fall 2020 Planning and Preparations

  • COVID-19 is still spreading in our state and across the nation. Members of our campus community have contracted this highly infectious and dangerous virus and this will continue to occur. However, we are attempting to manage the risk posed by this novel coronavirus by following public health guidance and best practices.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in effect across campus, including classrooms, laboratories, offices and common areas, and all members of the Mines community will be required to wear cloth masks that cover the nose and mouth when in the classroom, lab or group settings.
  • Custodial teams will be cleaning high-traffic surfaces and facilities twice daily, in addition to other activities.
  • Mines has set up a Rapid Response Team that will work closely with local public health officials to alert close contacts and put in place procedures aimed at limiting potential spread whenever a Mines community member gets sick.
  • Students showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus will be able to receive a COVID-19 test through the Student Health Center.
  • Classroom, office and residence hall HVAC systems are being adjusted to better facilitate air flow.

See also: Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (updated regularly)

  • The Fall 2020 semester will begin August 24. No adjustments to the current academic calendar are expected.
  • The majority of courses will be delivered entirely or partially in-person, with a special emphasis on delivering labs, design courses and smaller class sections on campus. The remaining 40 percent of courses, many of which are best suited to remote delivery, are expected to be offered in that format or online.
  • All classes, delivered remotely and in-person, will be recorded and made available to students enrolled in those courses.
  • Students wishing to take only remote-delivery lecture courses in Fall 2020 will be accommodated.

See also: Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (updated regularly)

  • Residence halls will be capped at 80 percent occupancy, with only single and double rooms available.
  • Dining facilities will remain open but will replace self-service dining with grab-and-go options, queuing procedures and other services, including expanded grab-and-go locations.
  • Facilities including the Student Recreation Center, Ben Parker Student Center, Mines Bookstore and Arthur Lakes Library will be open and offering new services, with safety precautions in place.

See also: Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (updated regularly)

  • In June, the Mines Board of Trustees approved a tuition rate freeze for in- and out-of-state students, online degrees and study abroad programs for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The mandatory fees for resident and non-resident students will increase just $38 for the 2020-21 academic year. While Mines continues to assess housing and dining programs, the board also approved a “not to exceed” increase to room and board expenses of $509 for the coming year.
  • Fall tuition is due September 10. See additional dates and deadlines on the Bursar’s website.

See also: Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (updated regularly)

Fall 2020 Community Updates

  • Mines will begin Fall 2020 classes as previously scheduled on August 24. A majority of Mines undergraduate courses will be delivered in-person, with a mix of remote, online and hybrid options also offered.
  • Classroom spaces will be de-densified to promote physical distancing. Mines is also adjusting traffic patterns, seating arrangements and HVAC systems to conform with emerging guidance and best practices.
  • All students will be required to wear cloth masks in classrooms and laboratories and while engaged in other activities or in high-traffic areas. 
  • The new student experience will begin with the traditional climb up Mount Zion to the M.
  • Oredigger Camp will be hosted virtually. Register for this important event, which will include ample social activities and opportunities, on the orientation web page.
  • Residence halls will be at 80 percent capacity to allow for reduced density in rooms and common spaces. The remaining rooms will be set aside for isolation and quarantine as needed.
  • Most Mines faculty and staff will continue to work remotely throughout the summer. Directors and supervisors will determine which individuals and offices may need to report to campus and when. Some offices will resume on-campus operations in support of Summer II and still others as preparation for the fall semester.
  • All employees reporting to campus or a Mines facility must comply with required procedures for reporting to work, including conducting daily self-screenings and wearing a cloth face covering.
  • Normal absent reporting, based on individual department or leadership procedures, is still required for employees who aren’t able to report to work, either remotely or on campus. Employees should contact their supervisor with questions about what absence procedures are in place for their department.
  • Researchers and those who work in research labs should continue to follow direction provided by the Research and Technology Transfer Office in addition to national and state health guidelines.
  • 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 and must follow CDC guidelines.
  • The Mines Admissions Office resumed on-campus tours July 6. Virtual visit events continue to be offered daily. The latest information about visiting Mines is available at the Campus Tour website.
  • Reduced on-campus operations will continue through the summer of 2020, although some faculty, staff and students are on campus for the Summer II term.
  • Any visitors to the Mines campus or at a Mines facility (such as the Catalyst HTI and the Water Innovation Hub facilities in Denver or the Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs) must wear a cloth face mask.
  • The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference delayed the start of fall sports practices to August 24, 2020. The first date of competition will be September 18, 2020. Football, soccer and volleyball will be conference-only competition. A decision about club sports has not been determined yet. 

Questions & Answers

Get more information about the upcoming semester

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

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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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Protecting Mines

Why I Wear a Mask

Mines students, faculty and staff share the many reasons they wear face coverings in public and when they are on campus.

Latest Guidance

  • 10 Summer II courses are being offered on-campus, with the remaining courses delivered remotely or online.
  • Mines will begin its Fall 2020 semester as scheduled on August 24, with no anticipated adjustments to its academic calendar. 
  • 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 resumed on-campus tours on July 6.
  • University travel is not permitted, except for travel paid through a research contract or by an external source.

Most Recent Communications

  • Campus COVID-19 response update: August 7, 2020
    Summer 2020 (and this physics course) are wrapping up—Students in Physics Teaching Professor Chuck Stone’s PHGN200 summer field session yesterday were fully engaged in a lesson on optics, while masked …
  • From the Mines Executive Team: Preparing to return to Mines
    The following message was sent to all Mines students on 8/6/20: Dear Mines students, Over the last few weeks, we’ve hosted three virtual town halls where we updated you on our fall preparations, answe …
  • Campus COVID-19 response update: July 31, 2020
    First time seeing this email? Welcome!—Mines Climbs Together is a weekly update the Communications office distributes to the Mines community with details about health and safety updates, new COVID-19 …

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