Chancellor's Communique

Important Operational Update, 3-19-20

Dear CU Anschutz community:

We are writing tonight with two important updates to our campus operations. These decisions were made this evening, and we wanted to let you know as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the weekly Friday update we promised initially.   

We are extending remote course delivery through the end of the spring semester. Students should direct any questions to their respective school or college.

In addition, we are extending remote working through Friday, April 3, for all staff who have not been designated as “critical” to their unit or department. As always, faculty and staff with clinical responsibilities should consult with their clinical supervisors. 

Given the trajectory of the coronavirus spread throughout Colorado and the attendant closings throughout our communities, these are prudent next steps. We will continue to evaluate the situation and communicate with you as we have information to share, including a weekly update on Fridays.

In addition, the following operational decisions remain in place until further notice:

  • All university buildings are essentially closed, including lab facilities.
  • Clinical and critical staff ONLY should be in university buildings on the CU Anschutz campus. If you have a critical research exception, please submit to; for administrative critical staff exceptions, please submit to  
  • All non-critical faculty and staff are to work remotely and must register here.
  • Anyone exposed, under quarantine, suspecting they may have coronavirus, or tested for COVID-19 must file a self-report.
  • All university-sponsored events, regardless of size, are suspended, including in-person commencement activities originally slated for May 21-22. Alternative plans to celebrate the Class of 2020 are underway. 
  • All university-affiliated travel, domestic and international, is suspended for students and employees. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel, and U.S. citizens abroad currently to return to the U.S. immediately. Personal domestic travel, particularly for those considered at-risk per CDC guidelines, is strongly discouraged.

We certainly could not have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in today, but this challenge has demonstrated our incredible strength as a community. Our students, faculty and staff have come together in a spirit of support and collaboration, and your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility, and for doing your part to keep yourselves, your families and our community safe and healthy.

Don Elliman


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