University Status

University Operations

Mines is operating under Remote Work: Phase 2 through June 30, 2020. (Updated 5/22/20) 

  • All courses are being delivered remotely during Summer I (May 11-June 19).
  • Employees who are still able to work remotely should plan to continue to do so until June 30, unless otherwise notified by your supervisor as authorized by a vice president or dean.
  • The research office, deans, and others are working on plans to be able to gradually increase access to research facilities for faculty, research faculty and students with most authorization granted via academic departments. Until those plans are announced, the process for accessing research laboratories will remain the same, as described on the Research and Technology Transfer website
  • Employees who have not been able to conduct their responsibilities remotely will work with supervisors and respective vice presidents and deans to determine the timing and how best to return to campus safely.

University Building Access

All exterior doors on campus remain locked 24/7. Only those with proper Blastercard access or key are permitted to enter campus buildings – face coverings are required on campus and employees are asked to limit the frequency and duration of any visits. Contact your building’s proctor if you currently do not have Blastercard access. (Updated 5/22/20) 

On-Campus Events

All on-campus events and activities are canceled through the end of Summer I (June 19). A decision on late summer and fall events is expected in early June. (Updated 5/20/20) 

Summer Camps

All Mines Athletics youth sports summer camps are canceled for 2020. Any camp registrations that have already been made will be refunded in full with no action needed on the registrants part. (Updated 5/22/20) 

Summer Courses

Summer I: Summer I courses are being delivered online and began on May 11. 

Summer II: During Summer II, starting June 22, 10 courses will have in-person instruction on campus. The remaining courses will continue to be offered through remote delivery or Trefny-designed online courses. The in-person courses will be a mix of 100 percent face-to-face instruction and hybrid models, where lectures are delivered remotely but labs are on campus. For a full list of Summer II courses and their mode of delivery, go to mines.edu/registrar/summer-ii-2020-course-schedule/.

Field Session: Each program is working on a plan to ensure their graduating seniors can fulfill field session requirements and pursue their post-graduation plans, including job offers. Some programs are planning to offer parts of their field sessions remotely while others are considering delaying until the Summer II session (June 22-July 31). Check with your programs concerning their plans. 

University Travel

Effective June 1, 2020, the following new travel restrictions and guidance are now in place:

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. All university travel must follow CDC guidelines.

If you do travel outside of Colorado, you should self-monitor your symptoms for 14 days upon your return to Colorado and the Golden/Denver metro area.

  • You are permitted to work on campus while self-monitoring, but every effort should be made to work remotely during your self-monitoring period.
  • Self-monitoring means to check your health for COVID-19 symptoms twice a day. Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not come to work and/or campus and should follow the health screening procedures for when you can return.
  • All Mines employees working on campus will be required to self-report their health status daily before reporting to work. Online and paper forms are being developed for this purpose. These forms can also be used for twice-daily self-monitoring and reporting after traveling. Both forms will be posted prominently on the following Mines websites: Mines Climbs TogetherEnvironmental Health and Safety and Human Resources.

Anyone who travels to Colorado from another country is required to self-quarantine for 14 days before they are permitted in any university building or on university grounds. This includes international guests.

These expectations apply to both personal and business travel.

Research Continuity

The Office of Research and Technology Transfer has developed a page with guidance and resources for the Mines research community to assist in planning for potential impacts and ensuring research continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be updated frequently with the latest information regarding research actions and guidance. 

Working Remotely

(Updated 5/22/20): Employees who are still able to work remotely should plan to continue to do so until June 30, 2020, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor as authorized by a vice president or dean. For many, Mines anticipates this status will be extended for the rest of the summer, but others will be needed to work on campus as some Summer II classes may be conducted on campus and we begin preparations for fall semester.

The research office, deans, and others are working on plans to be able to gradually increase access to research facilities for faculty, research faculty and students with most authorization granted via academic departments. Mines anticipates being able to communicate more about this plan and accompanying procedures within the next two weeks. Until those plans are announced the process for accessing research laboratories will remain the same, as described on the Research and Technology Transfer website.  

Employees who have not been able to conduct their responsibilities remotely will work with supervisors and respective vice presidents and deans to determine the timing and how best to return to campus safely.

Per state order, vulnerable employees cannot be compelled to perform in-person work, and those employees who live with vulnerable persons should be provided remote work or alternate work schedules to the greatest extent possible.

Mines also expects supervisors to be flexible and understanding of the unique challenges presented by the pandemic, and the challenges employees may experience as they work remotely including juggling child care and work. This is especially acute this summer given the cancellation of most summer camps and programs.  For further guidance and resources on FFRCRA or supervisor considerations visit Human Resources’s COVID-19 website.

Guidance for Employees from Human Resources

Human Resources has developed a list of frequently asked questions about the Families First Coronavirus Leave Act (FFCRA) that can be found on the Human Resources website along with other resources and guidance. 

Email Human Resources at hrcovid19@mines.edu or call 303-273-3250 with further questions. If you call, leave a voicemail with your name, contact information and question, and someone from HR will return your call as soon as possible. 

Parking Enforcement

Parking permit enforcement on campus will resume June 1, 2020.