Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 13, 2020

Colorado School of Mines continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The latest updates, as well as all previous communications, are included below.

Emergency management officials are in close coordination with the Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and have assembled a cross-functional team to coordinate planning and actions in order to mitigate impact on education and services, develop contingency plans, and support students and employees.

Current University Travel Guidance

University Travel

  • Until further notice, all non-essential university-affiliated travel to international and out-of-state destinations is suspended. This includes travel for conferences, visits to Mines affiliates or research sites, athletics, alumni and donor events and more.
  • For questions about what qualifies as essential and non-essential travel, please contact the Provost’s Office (faculty/students) or Human Resources (staff).

Personal Travel

  • All non-essential personal travel to international destinations is strongly discouraged.
  • Should you travel through or to an area subject to a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus prior to returning to Mines.
  • Travelers returning from any other international destinations are asked to consider self-quarantining off campus for several days prior to returning to Mines. This will allow time to assess your health situation (and symptoms), as well as emerging information on possible infections connected to your travel destinations, flights and more. 
  • Mines is strongly advising against cruise ship travel, in line with the CDC’s explicit warnings. Anyone who disembarks from a cruise ship will be required to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days following that trip.  
  • Mines is requesting that all members of our campus community limit their personal out-of-state travel and avoid the U.S. cities and states currently hardest-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of this writing, the CDC is reporting the highest reported infection numbers in the states of California, Washington and New York.

How to Protect Yourself and Others From Coronavirus

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include the common cold and more serious respiratory illnesses. The most current information and guidance about COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath        

How to Protect Yourselves and Others

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. No sink nearby? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean common spaces with disinfecting wipes (doorknobs, countertops, desks, etc.)

What to do if you become ill

  • Stay home if you have a fever (100.4 F or above) or are experiencing significant bouts of coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not return to school or work until you are free of fever, signs of fever or any other symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications (e.g. cough suppressants)
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue (or the sleeve of your inner elbow) when sneezing or coughing and then throw the tissue away immediately into the nearest trash receptacle. 

CDC recommendations on when to contact a health care provider

  • If you have traveled to an area significantly impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing a fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If you have had recent contact with someone who may have been infected with COVID-19 and you are experiencing a fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If seeking medical care and you suspect COVID-19, call ahead and let the medical office or emergency room know about your symptoms and any recent travel.

Remote Learning and Remote Work


Effective March 30, 2020, Colorado School of Mines will transition to online delivery for all of our courses for the remainder of the semester. Course delivery will occur mostly through Zoom and Canvas.

To provide faculty time to prepare for this transition, Mines will cancel class meetings for the week of March 16-20.  Course instructors will be in contact with their students concerning updated plans for any exams previously scheduled for next week, and remote completion options will be offered for all remaining exams this semester. Similarly, instructors will be in contact with their classes concerning completion of laboratory and project-based course work.


In accordance with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order, all employees who are not identified as providing critical services are expected to remain off campus and work remotely. Essential employees will continue supporting the students who remain on-campus, the faculty and assistants who are maintaining critical research labs, and the remote learning of our students. Supervisors should keep in close contact with staff who are working remotely so that they can contribute to our mission as an academic and research institution.

The remote work mode of operation will continue through Friday, April 17. Should state or local health officials extend stay-at-home orders, Mines will follow suit and lengthen its remote work provisions again. 

Coronavirus-Related Campus Communications

From the Registrar: Process Changes for Fall/Summer 2020 Registration

The following message was sent to campus on 3/27/20: Dear Friends, As you know, registration begins on March 30th for the summer and fall semester.  We wanted to let you know that we have made some changes that will hopefully ease the registration process. The Registration Action Form (also known as blue slips) is now available on Trailhead. Students will complete the online form and it will email it to the departmental approver. The departmental approver will do a few things to complete the...

Research & Tech Transfer Office: Suspension of all on-campus research

The following message was sent to all Mines faculty and graduate students on 3/26/20: Over the past several days, we have learned of multiple instances of confusion regarding what on-campus research activities are allowed under the research plans that were submitted/approved last week.  In particular, we are extremely concerned about students and faculty feeling compelled to work in conditions that are not being effectively managed to COVID-19 health guidance, as well as regular lab safety...

Colorado Stay-at-Home Order: Further Guidance on Campus Access and Remote Work Extension

The following message was sent to all Mines faculty, staff and students on 3/25/20: Dear Mines Community: Governor Polis and local public health officials have issued additional guidance and directives that require us to update our expectations for remote work and campus access over the coming weeks. Effective March 26 at 6 a.m., the State of Colorado is under a stay-at-home order until April 11. This requires all Colorado residents to stay in their homes as much as possible and leave only for...

From Mines President and Student Life: E-Days update, spring break wishes and a call to stay connected

The following message was sent to all Mines students on 3/25/20: Dear Orediggers, With each daily news cycle, the seriousness of the health threat posed by COVID-19 becomes clearer, as does the expectation on each of us to help slow its transmission and protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Governor Polis has asked us all to be part of the solution, through school and business closures, sheltering in place, and restricting festivals and public gatherings. While the Mines...

Updates from MAPS: Invoices being processed daily, One Card pickups delayed, new hire paperwork by appointment

MAPS is still working hard to support campus – our entire team is currently working and ready to assist you. Email any questions to Invoice Payments Invoices entered through the Mines Help Center will be processed daily. We have team members available to run and mail out checks to vendors each Tuesday. This is a great time to encourage vendors to be set up on E-Payables, which continue to run daily. Vendors may also opt to be set up with ACH payments. The vendor will need to...

Important Update on Bright Horizons Crisis Care Benefit

Dear Faculty and Staff. I communicated with you Friday regarding the Bright Horizons Crisis Care back-up care benefit for children, adults and seniors. Bright Horizons has communicated with Mines that they have made the decision to suspend this benefit. However, Mines employees can get an identical benefit as an out-of-network care or MyCare Assist benefit. You can be reimbursed $100 per day for care that you arrange on your own up to our benefit maximum of 10 days per year. This could be for...

With “Labby,” students can take a seat in a Mines computer lab

ITS has enabled remote access to all of Mines’ open and classroom computer labs through a new service it’s calling “Labby.” Whether you’re on a Mac or PC, users can connect to labs and open workstations across campus using Microsoft Remote Desktop. Easy-to-follow instructions for connecting are available on the Mines Help Center.

Looking for an advocate? DI&A will help with your inclusion and access needs. 

Mines DI&A wants to thank you for being remarkable representatives of the Mines community and for treating others with the respect, empathy and regard we all deserve. Everyone has different needs, family or home situations and access to critical resources. If behaviors you experience or observe do not align with DI&A at Mines, we are here to support you collectively and individually. Faculty and staff, we emphasize leniency and understanding of your students and colleagues during this...

Mines Career Center moves all operations online

The Career Center has moved all operations online, and staff are working remotely Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Telephone and virtual career advising appointments are available now, with information about virtual recruiting and interviews coming soon. DiggerNet is the best source for finding and applying to summer internships, full-time and on-campus jobs and employers are actively posting opportunities. Log in to DiggerNet (Trailhead, Student Resources) to schedule an appointment...

Mines Faculty: Accessibility Considerations for Online Instruction

The following message was sent to all Mines faculty on 3/23/20: Dear Faculty, As we prepare to transition from in-person to online instruction, we remind you that Disability Support Services is still available to support you in ensuring that your course remains fully accessible to students with disabilities. Additionally, the staff from Trefny - who are supporting you with instruction as part of this transition to online - have tools and guidance on how to make your online content accessible....