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

Colorado School of Mines has begun its Fall 2020 semester with students engaged in a mix of in-person, hybrid, remote and fully online courses. 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 October 23, 2020

Active Cases*


Total (Since Aug. 17)








*Total number of community members in isolation

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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.
  • Mines began its Fall 2020 semester as scheduled on August 24, with no 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 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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Most Recent Communications

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Say Thanks

Share words of encouragement and appreciation

Mines students, faculty and staff, and families are all doing their part to keep us safe and together this academic year. We’ll use your words to remind Orediggers everywhere how important their efforts have been to you personally—and to all of us.

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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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