Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 is suspended to in-state, out-of-state and international destinations. This includes travel for conferences, visits to Mines affiliates or research sites, athletics, alumni and donor events and more.
  • Exceptions for essential travel can be approved by the Provost per CDHE guidance. For field research, submit a Field Research Access Request to your Dean through the form on the research website.
  • Anyone traveling during this period must implement a 14-day quarantine from campus upon return from travel. 

Personal Travel

  • Personal travel is strongly discouraged. This includes travel to in-state, out-of-state and international destinations. 
  • Anyone traveling for personal reasons must implement a 14-day quarantine from campus after return from travel.

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        
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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.)
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue (or the sleeve of your inner elbow) when sneezing or coughing. Throw the tissue away immediately into the nearest trash receptacle. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public spaces and/or places where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult. For further guidance on face coverings visit the state’s COVID-19 website.
  • Practice social distancing at all times. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others and stay out of crowded places.

What to do if you become ill

  • If you have a fever (temperature of 100.4˚F or above), a dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, OR loss of smell or taste you should remain home (stay away from work/campus)
    1. In order for you to return to work/campus after having one of these symptoms you must be fever-free (without taking medication to reduce fever) for at least 72 hours and 10 days have passed since your first symptom began.
  • If you are feeling unwell in any manner, please take extra precautions during this time. Nasal congestion, chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and nausea are common symptoms of COVID-19.  Please stay home and take care of yourself. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention from your healthcare provider, if needed
  • If you do become ill with COVID19-like symptoms:
    1. Immediately leave campus and stay home at the first sign of any symptoms.
    2. Students: Notify the Student Health Center at shc@mines.edu as soon as possible.
    3. Employees: Notify Human Resources at HRCovid19@mines.edu as soon as possible.
    4. The Student Health Center and HR will alert the pandemic response team so appropriate actions can be taken.
  • If you share a house with someone (family members or roommates) who has tested positive for COVID-19, is a presumptive positive COVID-19 case, or has been asked by a healthcare provider to self-isolate you are not permitted on campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure to the COVID-19 case before returning to campus.
  • For additional information about COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek medical attention, please refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.

Remote Learning and Remote Work

REMOTE LEARNING

Colorado School of Mines will continue to deliver all courses remotely through the Summer I session. Course delivery will occur mostly through Zoom and Canvas. A decision on Summer II will be announced in May. 

REMOTE WORK

(Updated 5/21/20) Employees who are still able to work remotely should plan to continue to do so until June 30, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor as authorized by a vice president or dean. For many, we anticipate 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 Mines begins 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. We anticipate 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: https://research.mines.edu/coronavirus-advice-for-researchers/

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.

Coronavirus-Related Campus Communications

From Finance, Administration and Operations: Planning for fiscal years 2021 and 2022

The following message was sent to Mines employees on 5/27/20: Dear Mines Community, Earlier this month, the State of Colorado released their projection of revenue for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Largely due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the state is projecting a revenue deficit of $3.3B in fiscal year 2021. To help offset that shortfall, the state has been given $1.7B in federal CARES Act stimulus funds, which only addresses a little more than half of the deficit. Last week, the...

From the President’s Office: COVID-19 Remote Work Update

The following message was sent to all Mines employees and graduate students on 5/20/20: Dear Colleagues, As we approach 30 days since “Safer at Home” guidelines from the Department of Higher Education went into effect, I am writing to update you on our plans to further extend remote work assignments for many of you this summer while continuing to facilitate the careful return to campus for others after May 26, 2020. Any decisions that have or will be made balance the fact COVID-19 is still...

From Mines President Paul C. Johnson: Thank you, congratulations and a look ahead

The following message was sent to all Mines employees on 5/13/20: Dear Colleagues, You did it. On Friday, we conferred degrees to 1,080 Mines seniors and graduate students – and gave them a rousing sendoff. Students and their families especially appreciated the personal messages you submitted for inclusion in our first-ever virtual commencement ceremony. The day before that, our continuing students completed the spring semester and progressed toward not-so-distant commencement ceremonies of...

COVID19 Response Update: Remote Work Through May 26

The following message was sent to all Mines employees and graduate students on 5/5/20: Dear Campus Community: Last week, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) issued guidance to Colorado postsecondary institutions on implementing Gov. Polis’ “Safer at Home” Executive Order and the accompanying Public Heath Order. CDHE has directed higher education institutions to 1) continue remote instruction through at least May 26 and 2) continue to limit all but essential personnel and...

From the President’s Office: Mines Extending Remote Work Operations Through May 8, 2020

The following message was sent to the Mines campus on 4/24/20: Dear Campus Community: Earlier today, Jefferson County Public Health, along with other Denver Metro Counties, extended the State's Stay-at-Home order through May 8, 2020.  Consistent with those orders, Colorado School of Mines is extending its remote work operations through May 8, 2020. Additional details for operational status beyond May 8 will be forthcoming based on state and local guidance.

From the President’s Office: Temporary Closure of Alderson Hall until Monday, April 27

The following message was sent to the entire Mines campus on 4/23/20: Dear Campus Community, Based on reported illnesses of people working in Alderson Hall we have decided to temporarily close Alderson Hall effective immediately until 7 a.m. Monday, April 27. This means Alderson Hall will be closed to all access until Monday, even if you work in the building or have previously been given access to a research laboratory. If you need to enter the building to safely suspend laboratory equipment...

From the President’s Office: Mines Extending Remote Work Operations Through May 3, 2020

The following message was sent to Mines faculty, staff and graduate students on 4/22/20: Dear Campus Community: As you may have read, Colorado’s response to COVID-19 will enter a new phase next week, with "Safer at Home" beginning Monday, April 27. State and Jefferson County officials are currently finalizing guidance and expect to release more details sometime this week. In anticipation of that guidance and based on timelines provided by the Governor, Colorado School of Mines is extending its...

Mines Alert: Notification of confirmed COVID-19 case on Mines campus

The following message was sent to all Mines students, faculty and staff on 4/22/20: Dear Mines Community: Mines has received confirmation of a new positive case of COVID-19 among our campus community. The individual was last on campus April 15. Those on campus with whom this employee had close contact have been notified and are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have not been notified, you have not been identified as a person who had close contact with the individual. As a...

From the Dean of Students: Important reminder about social distancing during E-Days and beyond

The following message was sent to all Mines students on 4/14/20: Dear Mines students, During this challenging time, the Student Health Center and all of Student Life would like to thank you all for your collective resiliency, cooperation and flexibility over the last several weeks. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has clearly impacted Mines in unprecedented ways and we appreciate that you are aware of the health implications and are taking action to limit its spread. With E-Days coming up later...

From Student Life: Community Update to Mines Families

The following message was sent to Mines parents and families on 4/10/20: Dear Oredigger families, We have consistently found Mines students to be resilient, hard-working, innovative, and caring individuals. These admirable characteristics reflect you – the parents, guardians and family members who raised such remarkable students. Thank you for all that you have done over the years and for all that you are doing now to support your student while they are engaged in online learning.  Please know...