COVID-19 Updates for Spring Semester
Akirah Bradley
Interim Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs
Dear CU Boulder Families,

As part of the Buff family, we know there are concerns around COVID-19 and how it will affect your student’s experience at CU Boulder. We want you to feel supported and informed as we navigate the coming weeks.

We are working with the State of Colorado, Boulder County, the City of Boulder and campus medical experts in our health center to determine appropriate next steps for the safety and well-being of our campus community.

Beginning Monday, March 16, our campus will transition to a remote learning model, but the semester is not over. Academic work will continue through finals, which will take place from May 2 through 6.

We understand there are many questions, and as things change we are doing our best to provide updates and information. In recognition of each of our unique circumstances and needs, we hope that the information below will support you and your student in making decisions. As always, our staff is here to support you.

Campus remains open

It is important to know that the residence halls and many supporting services remain open. For many students, this is their home. They are supported here, learn here, and for many this is where their access to mental health or support services are.

While the campus is taking these proactive steps, the facts currently do not warrant the type of disruption to our students caused by closing the residence halls. Our primary goal in making the decision to move to remote learning and work is to promote social distancing. By moving to remote learning, we believe these actions will substantially reduce the number of contacts per day by students and employees, and allow us to help flatten the curve of this virus.

For students who also work on campus we are doing our best to accommodate their unique needs and circumstances as they finish the spring semester.

For students who live on campus

Our housing and dining facilities remain open and students are welcome to stay in their rooms or apartments. We encourage our students to evaluate options and make decisions that are best for their personal situation.

For a list of frequently asked questions related to on-campus housing visit

For students who live off campus

We encourage students to evaluate options and make the choice that is best for them. Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations can provide support to students with questions about their off-campus housing and leases.

Remote learning

Your student’s instructors should be communicating their plans for remote teaching to them. As classes are adapted to be taught online, instructors may have to restructure the course schedule and assignments for effective remote teaching. Encourage your student to keep in touch with their instructors and ask questions if they need clarification.

Travel and spring break

The university does not set requirements for personal travel. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation and guidance is changing frequently, all travelers should check travel advisories with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State Department and the World Health Organization (WHO). These agencies recommend all travelers thoroughly research their destinations and consult with their medical or nursing providers for any specific medical concerns. Students with specific medical concerns or questions can call the CU Medical Services nurse line at 303-492-5101 for advice.

Illness prevention tips

Everyone is encouraged to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when sick.

Students are encouraged to call their health care provider or the CU Medical Services nurse line at 303-492-5101 if they have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.

Staying informed

As this situation changes, decisions are being made to adjust and minimize impacts on our campus community. The following list of resources are available for students and families:

As public health recommendations evolve, we will continue taking steps to protect the campus and the community. As always, we appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our CU Boulder community.

Thank you,

Akirah Bradley,
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Colorado Boulder | Division of Student Affairs

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