Latest updates on Fall 2021 planning, vaccines, and Covid-19 testing. Latest updates on Fall 2021 planning, vaccines, and Covid-19 testing.
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Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

MSU Denver to require Covid-19 vaccinations for all who will be on campus this fall.

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2021 Phased Return to Campus: Department Planning Tool

This tool is to assist departments in thinking through their return to campus. Each department must complete this form by May 26, 2021. Download the cover letter and tool document below for details.

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Planning Resources

Roadrunner Safe Return

The Roadrunner Safe Return (RSR) Team is a University wide planning team comprised of representatives from administration, faculty, staff and the student body. The RSR Team is currently charged with planning for a return to full on-campus operations for fall 2021. The team meets on a weekly basis and is comprised of several working subgroups focusing on the following areas:

  • Operations
  • Vaccine Protocol and Education
  • Contingency
  • Wellness
  • Communications

Safe Return Guiding Principles

In preparing for the full return to on-campus operations for fall 2021, the Roadrunner Safe Return team is to be guided by the following principles:

  • Our top priority is the continued health and safety of our students, staff and faculty, which will continue to be informed by public health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Colorado, the City of Denver and our on-campus health professionals at the Health Center at Auraria.
  • We will continue our mission to provide a high quality, accessible college experience that meets the needs of our students through a reimagined in-person experience for fall semester 2021.
  • MSU Denver serves a diverse student population requiring a full return plan reflective of our principles and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Charge

  • Plan for a robust student academic experience optimizing full in-person classroom capacity with no restrictions, returning 70-100% of the on-campus courses that were offered in fall 2019 to campus for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Plan for a flexible, agile and phased approach to a full return to on-campus operations that is that considers and integrates the constantly evolving information and guidance regarding Covid-19.
  • Plan for full-service on-campus operations.

Fall 2021 Key Points – What You Need to Know

  • MSU Denver is planning for a full return to on-campus operations for the fall 2021 semester with a course schedule mirroring 80% of the on-campus courses from fall 2019 and increased online course offerings.
  • The University is also preparing contingency plans allowing us to adjust to public health and safety guidelines for fall 2021 while working towards minimizing the impact of any changes on the delivery of instruction and our students.
  • Student activities will resume in person offering opportunities for community building and university life outside the classroom.
  • We will continue to observe the State of Colorado health, safety and travel guidance.
  • All members of the University community are highly encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as they are able per the University’s vaccination requirement.
  • The Health Center at Auraria has been designated a vaccine Point of Distribution (POD) in partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado and Denver Health, offering vaccinations to the Auraria campus community in accordance with state guidelines.
  • The Health Center at Auraria continues to provide Covid-19 testing for all MSU Denver students, staff and faculty.

Other Planning Resources

  1. The alternative work arrangement policy is still under development.  In the interim, supervisors should continue to meet the needs of our students while being solutions-focused and equitable with staff to identify the right life-work fit work schedule.
  2. ITS support will be available to help connect equipment in workspaces
  3. Increased cleaning will continue; find cleaning detail here.
  4. Department cleaning kits including a spray bottle, cleaning solution and paper towels will be available from [email protected] with 5-7 days’ notice (disinfectant wipes will be provided if available)
  5. Positive Covid-19 case protocols are in place for office and classroom settings; find protocol details here.
  6. Plexiglass is not planned for any spaces or locations on the campus, with the exception of customer facing “transaction counter” type locations where members of our campus community may be subject to increased contact with members of the general public. No Plexiglas is currently being considered for offices. Units with customer facing locations that fall under the exception described above may send requests to [email protected].
  7. Individuals are responsible for moving any equipment they are returning to the office, back in the same way they removed it.
  8. At this time, the university will not be providing additional office chairs, docking stations, monitors, etc. for dual work/remote setups.

Faculty and Staff FAQs

With planning for the summer 2021 semester and a return to on-campus operations for fall 2021 now underway, Roadrunners are likely to have questions. This FAQ provides the latest information for MSU Denver faculty and staff as we navigate this journey together and plan for a safe and equitable return to on-campus operations.

Last updated: April 7, 2021

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