COVID-19 Protocols for Campus Housing:
As new variants of COVID-19 continue to evolve, it’s important to recognize that our individual actions do have an impact on our community. All campus community members are being asked to make thoughtful choices about their health – including staying home when sick – and to be mindful that those choices will affect the whole community.
Unfortunately, you, your friends, roommates, classmates and organization members may get sick this year – with COVID-19, influenza, or other communicable illnesses. We encourage you to talk with your family and roommates to come up with a plan for handling illness of any kind – before you arrive on campus.
For on-campus residents, that includes staying in the know on the latest COVID-19 variants, community transmission levels and what you can do to minimize your risk. That means:
- Don’t go to class when you’re sick – even if you think you’re healthy enough to attend
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters
- Wear a mask indoors in public (when community transmission rates are high)
- Get tested if you have COVID symptoms
Before you arrive on campus, we also encourage on-campus residents to talk with their families and roommates to come up with a plan for handling illness of any kind. A few things to keep in mind as you have these conversations:
These protocols are subject to change as the public health situation evolves.
Last updated Aug. 23, 2023.
Quarantine & Isolation
Mines will not be providing quarantine/isolation spaces for on-campus residents who become sick. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate in their assigned rooms or at their permanent residence (if feasible/within driving distance.)
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the latest CDC guidelines for isolation.
Mines Market will provide to-go meals for on-campus residents in isolation. Students will be responsible for picking up their meals and taking them back to their room while isolating.
At this time, Mines will not require COVID-19 testing for on-campus residents.
Limited COVID-19 testing (PCR and rapid antigen) is available in the Student Health Center (symptomatic students only). To make an appointment, call 303-273-3381, rather than go in person to the health center.
PCR testing is also available at locations throughout the Denver metro area. For a full list, go to covid19.colorado.gov/testing.
I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 (or have COVID symptoms) and have concerns may contact the Student Health Center (SHC) for guidance by calling 303-273-3381. Additional resources are available on the SHC website.
- Wear a well-fitting face mask when around other people (using the restroom, picking up to-go meals, around your roommate(s), etc.).
- Do not attend class, work or club/organization meetings for at least the first five days of your isolation period.
- Students must remain in isolation (and not attend class/activities) for five days from symptom onset (or date of positive test, if asymptomatic) AND be fever free for 24 hours and feeling better before returning to class.
- Students should wear a well-fitting face mask around others for a full 10 days post-symptom onset (or date of positive test, if asymptomatic)
- Communicate with your professors via email that you are ill or have tested positive for COVID-19. Your instructors want to work with you and support you, but they need to hear from you to be able to help.
- NOTE: This communication with your professors should be sufficient to explain your absence from the classroom. The SHC will not be providing excused absence documentation for positive cases of COVID-19. Your professors will provide guidance on how to make up any missed course work and exams.
- If you need additional support related to the impact of COVID-19, please reach out to one of the many resources on campus:
- Academic support: Email CASA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student Life Office: Excused absence (only if you must be away from class for more than three days)
- Experiencing a mental/emotional challenge? Email Student Outreach & Support (SOS) at email@example.com or fill out a SOS Referral.
- General support: Reach out to your Resident Advisor (RA) and/or Residence Life Coordinator (RLC).