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.

Coronavirus-Related Campus Communications

Campus COVID-19 response update: August 14, 2020

Campus mask policy updated based on latest research on materials—A recently published study by researchers at Duke University found that bandanas and neck gaiters are not effective in reducing transmission of respiratory droplets. Until further notice, bandanas and neck gaiters should NOT be used as face masks to comply with Mines mask requirements, unless they are the only available option. In those cases, bandanas and neck gaiters should be folded into multiple layers. Read the full Mines...

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 up to keep themselves and others safe. The Summer 2020 term ends next Thursday, August 13. Finish strong, Orediggers! Students receive update on testing, travel guidance and more in Thursday email—Yesterday, Student Life leaders and the Mines executive team shared updates and new guidance with...

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, answered your questions and enjoyed your company. It was wonderful seeing so many of your names on the attendee rolls and in the Q&A. It made us all the more excited to begin the fall semester. And begin we will. While the COVID-19 pandemic poses many challenges, given the multi-mode course...

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 guidance and more. New Mines students were added to the distribution list today—just the latest sign that you’re now part of the Oredigger community. You can expect to see these updates weekly, across the fall semester. All students, faculty and staff will receive event notifications and news via...

From the Mines Executive Team: Fall Welcome Week

The following message was sent to all Mines employees on 7/28/20: Dear Colleagues, In just a few weeks, we’ll be kicking off the 2020-21 academic year. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us in person or virtually as we welcome our new students, faculty and staff to Mines. As usual, we could really use your help with some of the beginning of semester activities listed below. Move in Residence hall move-in is being spread out over a week for health considerations. It will begin...

Campus COVID-19 response update: July 24, 2020

Now available for Mines community members: A single portal for students and employees to report COVID-19 cases—Do you fall into one of these five categories? Have received a positive COVID-19 test result Live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results Have symptoms associated with COVID-19 Are reporting on behalf of a Mines community member who falls in one of the four categories above If any of the above apply, please let...

From the Provost: Modes of delivery for all Fall 2020 classes now available

The following message was sent to all Mines students on 7/22/20: Dear Mines students, Many of you joined President Johnson, other members of campus leadership and me for a town hall meeting late last week where we offered the latest updates on our fall reopening plans. If you missed it and would like to view a recording of the event, you can access it here. A second town hall for current undergraduate students will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 27 – register here to join us next week. A Town...

Campus COVID-19 response update: July 17, 2020

New Returning to Mines website offers tools, plans for fall—This morning, Mines launched a new website that offers detailed guidance aimed at helping faculty and staff prepare for a return to campus. Returning to Mines features the work of the nine pandemic recovery teams who have been gathering and preparing recommendations on everything from classroom configurations and campus service alterations to cleaning protocols. The site will be updated regularly as new developments emerge or new...

Campus COVID-19 response update: July 10, 2020

Classmates, faculty member notified of positive COVID-19 case on campus—The Mines Pandemic Response Operations Team notified students in a Summer II course being taught in Brown Hall of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case among their classmates this week. Due to the safety precautions in place—including active mask wearing, social distancing and frequent cleaning of the classroom—those notified were not required to take any special action and/or self quarantine. We ask all Mines community...

Campus COVID-19 response update: June 26, 2020

With the start of Summer II, President Johnson updated campus on the planning underway for fall—More than 175 students returned to campus this week for Summer II classes, and while our plans for fall are not yet complete, Mines President Paul C. Johnson shared an outline of the decisions made so far with all employees and new and returning students. Among the highlights of Monday’s message: The Fall 2020 semester will kick off as planned on Monday, August 24, with the academic calendar for the...

COVID-19 Email Updates

Every Friday, the communications office at Mines distributes the Mines Climbs Together update—an email containing the latest news, resources and reminders related to COVID-19 response activities at Mines.

Parents, families and community members are invited to sign up for these weekly notifications.