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Campus Closure Policy - Feb. 1, 2011

Dear Metro State Community,

The Auraria Campus is open and operating with normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 2. The decision to close the campus is vested with the Auraria executive vice president for administration and made in conjunction with both the State Highway Patrol and Denver Police to ensure that roads are safe for travel.

The current weather conditions of extreme cold, which Colorado is known for, can be difficult for some; however, in and of itself, cold weather alone is typically not a deterrent to providing academic instruction in higher education. Public K-12 school closures tend to occur more often due to a variety of inherent factors.

Our medical experts from the Auraria Student Health Center have assured me there are no significant health risks to our fully abled students, faculty and staff who dress appropriately for the cold temperatures. As always, our physicians suggest caution whenever temperatures are below freezing or ice and snow is present. Individuals should avoid excessively long exposure to the cold and be careful to avoid falling on slippery surfaces, which can occur whenever temperatures reach 32 degrees. For those with medical conditions that are exacerbated by cold temperatures, such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses or for individuals with certain disabilities that are impacted by extreme temperatures (including access issues), it is advised that these individuals consult with their private medical provider if they have concerns related to continuing their normal activities during periods of extreme low temperatures.

The following is a list of suggestions that our physicians recommend in general when cold weather is present:

  1. Dress appropriately. Cover exposed body parts, including your head, and layer your clothing.

  2. Make sure your feet are covered warmly and keep them dry by wearing the appropriate footwear. Wear shoes that provide good traction.

  3. Simply slow down when walking from one point to the next and be extremely careful on inclined surfaces.

  4. Leave early to get to your destinations so that you are not rushing.

  5. Stop inside heated buildings to warm up if traveling long distances by foot.

  6. Consider the use of public transportation when possible to reduce potential vehicular accidents.

We acknowledge the difficulty of an unexpected school closing as it relates to child-care concerns and the implications to parents who have to make decisions related to ongoing commitments while balancing their parental responsibilities. In my communication yesterday with Metro State employees and students about the campus remaining open, I indicated our need to be flexible in order to meet the needs of parents and others who cannot come to campus today because other schools and/or business are closed.

For our students who have paid to receive academic coursework at the College, our commitment is to ensure that the campus is open whenever possible. However, the decision-making process related to closing the campus is founded on an assessment of each individual situation and the associated risks to public health and safety. Please read the official closure policy for more information.

Please know that my first concern is to maintain the safety of our community while meeting our obligations to our students.

Sincerely,

Stephen Jordan
President
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Campus Box 1, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217
303-556-3022
303-556-3912 (Fax)


Public Health Update - Nov. 23, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to provide a follow-up to Friday’s e-mail regarding the death of a Metro State student.  College administrators and the Health Center have been in daily contact with officials from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on this issue.
Today the Department of Health made a final determination that there is no possibility that the death was caused by meningococcal disease. Health officials have given close consideration to any other types of illness or infection that would put members of the campus community at risk, and they have concluded there is no need for concern.

Complete details have been withheld out of respect for the patient’s privacy.

We again wish to send our condolences to the student’s family, friends and loved ones.

Sincerely,

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
President
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Campus Box 1, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217
303-556-3022
303-556-3912 (Fax)


Public Health Update - Nov. 19, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The Health Center at Auraria was informed by Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment that a Metro State student died yesterday from a sudden illness. Although the cause of death is not confirmed yet, among the possibilities is meningococcal disease. 

This is a very difficult time for our entire campus community, and our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and loved ones. The Health Center is working closely with the Department of Public Health, and as always, our priority is preventative action for the health and safety of our campus community.

Individuals who may have been placed at risk through very close contact with the deceased have been identified and recommended to receive a preventive antibiotic as a precautionary measure, per the Department of Public Health.  Routine exposure in the classroom is not considered a risk for meningococcal disease. 

Students are encouraged to read the fact sheet  about vaccination to reduce the risk of communicable disease.
The Health Center at Auraria has free vaccines against the meningococcal bacteria available for Metro State and other students on the Auraria Campus.

For more information, go to:
Health Center at Auraria    
http://www.mscd.edu/healthcenter
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov 
http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultImmSched/ 

Sincerely,

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
President
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Campus Box 1, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217
303-556-3022
303-556-3912 (Fax)

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