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UPDATE: Coronavirus Response

Dear CC Community,


Yesterday we announced that in order to maximize the health and safety of the campus and larger community in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we will extend Spring Break by one week, deliver instruction only via distance learning in Block 7, and require students to stay home after Spring Break. Today we are sharing additional updates related to our response.
 
While these major decisions may seem to have been made quickly and at an inconvenient time for students and faculty finishing the block, given the escalation of the spread of the virus in recent days, we felt we needed to act before Spring Break. As campus community members shared their Spring Break travel plans, it became clear that many would travel widely. Having hundreds of people return to campus after domestic and international travel and potential exposure to COVID-19 would put the entire campus and greater community at risk. 
 
Our response is not only based on prioritizing the health and safety of the college community, but that of Colorado Springs and the nation and world at large. It is clear from public health data and analyses that the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in any region is highly dependent on how organizations respond at every level. The more organizations act strongly to minimize transmission risks, the more contained and less lethal the overall disease will be. While we realize and deeply appreciate how challenging and disruptive these changes are, the policies we have adopted at CC may help slow the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the likelihood of our healthcare system becoming overwhelmed. 
 
The following are key updates on our response to COVID-19. We will continue to communicate as additional decisions are made. For further information, regularly updated FAQs, and resources, see our webpage, https://www.coloradocollege.edu/coronavirus. If you have questions that are not answered there, email covid19@coloradocollege.edu. If you prefer a personal call back, please provide your phone number.
 
Room and board
We will determine a process for prorated room and board for those students who are not residing on campus. More information on this will be provided once we know if we will have face-to-face instruction in Block 8.
 
Student belongings
The belongings students leave behind will remain in their residences. Key-card access to those buildings will only be allowed for students who have received permission to remain on campus. Students who need access to their rooms to obtain critical items after March 18 should contact Campus Safety, (719) 389-6707 or campussafety@coloradocollege.edu.

Students who live in CC residences will be emailed more information on check-out procedures.

On-campus services 

  • Dining services – will continue; specifics are forthcoming
  • Grocery-store shuttles will be provided over Spring Break and into Block 7; more information on dates and times is forthcoming. 
  • Student Health Center – closed this weekend as planned, reopens Monday, March 16, 12-3 p.m.
  • Counseling Center – Counselors are on call. Starting Monday, March 16, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Returns to normal hours on Monday, March 23.
  • Most Spring Break activities will be postponed and some will be rescheduled for after March 18 for students with approved exemption requests.
  • Tutt Library – normal hours
  • ITS support – will continue, and be bolstered to support upcoming distance-learning needs. See Student Resources for Distance Learning.
  • Adam F. Press Fitness Center – Starting Thursday, March 12, open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Monday-Friday. Open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This includes both Spring Break and the extra Spring Break week. Plans for Block 7 will be shared once finalized. 
  • Campus Safety transport for students – will continue
  • Honnen Ice Arena – closed; no rentals after March 18
  • Schlessman Natatorium – closed after March 18

Building access
In order to ensure greater security while there are fewer people on campus, after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, all campus buildings will be locked. Students, faculty, and staff will need to use their key cards for access. Students who do not have permission to remain in the residence halls will not have access to their rooms unless they make arrangements with Campus Safety, (719) 389-6707 or campussafety@coloradocollege.edu for temporary access to obtain belongings. 

Work study 
Students who are on work study as part of their financial aid package and have not yet earned their total award will earn their usual wages even if they cannot perform their duties. Contact financialaid@coloradocollege.edu for more information. 
 
Faculty, staff, and student travel
All non-essential college travel, domestic and international, is canceled beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. This includes conferences. Check with airlines and hotels to see if refunds or waivers are available. 
 
If faculty, staff, or students are returning to campus from a CDC Level 1, 2, or 3 country, it is mandatory that they self-isolate for 14 days once they have returned. Faculty and staff traveling outside the state must communicate with COVID-19 Emergency Response Team Incident Commander Maggie Santos, msantos@coloradocollege.edu, as well as their supervisor before departing; they should report where they are going, and their planned activity. Those traveling to high-risk areas or events will be required to self-isolate after their trips.
 
Athletics 
As part of the college’s non-essential travel restriction, Colorado College spring varsity sports will suspend their seasons effective March 18. Practice and competition will continue until then. Practice and games will resume if and when classes resume on campus. The college will update student athletes with further plans as soon as possible. 
 
No large gatherings
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, campus gatherings should be limited to no more than 30 people. 
 
We are grateful for your support and understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and do our best to help contain and minimize the effects of this outbreak. Thank you to the staff and faculty who are working so hard to make these adjustments. Their creativity, flexibility, and commitment to our mission and students are exemplary.