Remote classes, conduct expectations and more
Remote classes, conduct expectations and more
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Buff Family Newsletter
September 21, 2020

Dear Buff Families,

As our valued partners, we wanted to share a message from the Chancellor to our campus community this morning. We are also sharing additional resources and information to help support your student.

From Chancellor DiStefano:

Since we began the two-week stay-at home period for students last week, our COVID-19 positivity rate has started to come down. To continue this downward trend and help protect the health and safety of our Boulder community, our campus will operate under temporary remote-only instruction for all undergraduate, graduate and law classes for a minimum of two weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23. We made this decision in close consultation with local and state public health officials. While the student self-quarantine remains in effect, between Sept. 23 and Oct. 7: 

  • All undergraduate, graduate and law classes will be taught remotely. 
  • Labs, studio and performance classes will be remote, unless approved for an on-campus format by the appropriate college or school dean. 
  • Staff currently assigned to work on campus will continue to work on campus. 
  • On-campus research will continue and is not affected by this shift. 

Today and tomorrow, classes will continue as planned as faculty make adjustments to prepare for Wednesday.

Read the full message.

Conduct and behavior expectations

We are appreciative of all of our students who continue to follow public health guidelines and keep each other safe. For students who are not adhering to public safety orders, increased enforcement will continue. Students are required to wear face coverings and to practice physical distancing. Serious public health violations like hosting or attending a large gathering or breaking isolation will result in an interim 10-day suspension pending adjudication through Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, with the presumptive result being suspension for the remainder of the semester.

  • Off-campus students must comply with local and state public health orders, and limit their activities and movement within the community.
  • Off-campus students should leave their homes only for essential tasks as outlined in the Boulder County stay-at-home/self-quarantine directive that the campus adopted on Sept. 15.
  • Off-campus students should not visit campus during this remote learning period other than for essential tasks outlined in the Boulder County directive
  • Gatherings of any size are not permitted for students living in Boulder. 

COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and isolation 

Campus testing options are available for students living on and off campus who are symptomatic, as well as those who may have been exposed. Boulder County is also offering COVID-19 testing to all residents.

Any students who have been told by contact tracing or public health officials to isolate or quarantine, including those living in collegiate group homes (e.g., sororities, fraternities, etc.), are not permitted to return home without prior approval by Boulder County Public Health or CU Boulder public health office. We also provide steps for isolating and support whether your student lives on- or off-campus.

Support and Resources

We know this is a challenging time for our students and families, and we are here to support you. 

Please reach out to us with any questions,
New Student & Family Programs

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