As a reminder, university operation decisions do not apply to clinical operations. Please check with your clinical supervisors with questions.
As the only site that combines the missions of patient care, health
sciences education and biomedical research, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has a unique role in the state of Colorado. When questions arise about health issues, people look to us for answers and for the best medical care available. We therefore
have a special obligation to implement the evidence-based practices that will reduce the impact of the current viral pandemic.
Although the research has moved rapidly, with identification and sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
and the early descriptions of the COVID-19 syndrome, it is clear we have entered a phase of community spread and that neither a vaccine nor a specific antiviral therapy will be immediately available. Data for prior pandemics
that early institution of “non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI)”, i.e. social distancing, can have a substantial impact on the pace and magnitude of spread. In light of that, we have made the difficult decision to reduce research
and operational activities, as we have for elective clinical care and in person education. Additional Guidance for Researchers
By Wednesday morning, all activities other than critical maintenance (liquid
nitrogen top offs to preserve cell lines, maintenance of colonies) and programs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be suspended for a period of at least two weeks. Exemptions for
may be considered by leadership in extraordinary circumstances and can be requested at email@example.com
Please note that
access to the vivarium for ongoing critical work will be addressed in a separate communication sent by OLAR staff. In addition, exemptions for critical clinical research staff access will be addressed in a separate communication from the Clinical
Research Administration Office (CRAO).Additional Guidance for Students and Operations
By Wednesday morning, all non-critical students and staff should be working and learning remotely.
may be considered for students or individuals in administrative and business operations and can be requested by contacting Terri Carrothers, executive vice chancellor for Administration and Finance at firstname.lastname@example.org
or students may contact Jan Gascoigne, assistant vice chancellor for Student Services at email@example.com
. Deans and administrative unit leadership will be receiving
a separate communication explaining this process in more detail. As a reminder, employees working remotely should register here
decisions are difficult, but we believe the continued ramp down of our operations is warranted. While so much about the coronavirus remains unknown, we do know that fewer people on campus means fewer risks to our entire community.
you may be studying or working, we still need to do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. As a reminder:
We will continue to provide information as it becomes available, as well as a status update every Friday afternoon. Thank you as always for your support in these extraordinary times.