MSU Denver

In preparation for MSU Denver’s spring 2022 semester, the following guiding principles and assumptions have been provided.

Safe Return Guiding Principles

Grounded in MSU Denver’s mission and values, the following principles were developed to improve decision-making and consistency.

  • 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.
  • MSU Denver serves a diverse student population requiring operations that reflect our principles and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Campus Return Assumptions

The following assumptions are based on feedback, perspectives, opinions and ideas gleaned from numerous efforts to engage all members of our campus community. Additionally, while Covid-19 health and safety protocols continue to evolve, MSU Denver is confident that our vaccination requirement and Covid-19-related policies will create a safe environment for all members of the campus community.


Physical Environment

  • Students are coming to campus to learn and engage
  • Faculty are coming to campus to teach and engage
  • Staff are coming to campus to work and engage
  • No social distancing exists in classrooms, offices, restaurants, common areas, etc.
  • The majority of the campus will be accessible during normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and to accommodate class schedules beyond those hours
  • In-person/hybrid events and meetings are held on campus
  • People are commuting to and from campus

Service Level

  • On-campus services are desired and are therefore available in a variety of in-person, hybrid and remote formats
  • All University services are functioning at maximum efficiency/availability
  • Service excellence is provided, and services are in alignment with health and safety protocols

Work Environment

  • Supervisors have assessed the service and business needs of their unit
  • Alternative work arrangement discussions have taken place with individuals to meet the service, business and the individual’s needs
  • Teams experiment with different arrangements, work hours, etc. to find the maximum state of service operations
  • Teams may experiment with workspaces becoming more fluid and shared.

Unit/Department Return Guiding Principles

  • Start with the customer experience and create a sustainable plan to address those needs.
  • Work with your employees to be equitable and fair, recognizing that everyone’s circumstances are different.
  • Acknowledge the difficulty of the ongoing changes in Covid-19 status and protocols and the impact on our operations.