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Dean of students message for Roadrunners who will be on campus for face-to-face classes

Email from Braelin Pantel, Ph.D., associate vice president, Student Engagement and Wellness and dean of students


This email was sent to students who will be on campus for face-to-face classes for the fall 2020 semester. Please note that MSU Denver is trying to limit the number of people on campus overall. Students who are taking online classes are respectfully asked not to come to campus. All student services remain available online.   


Aug. 13, 2020


Dear Roadrunners,

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for your scheduled face-to-face class next week. Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to the health and safety of our community and the academic success of you, our students.

As we resume limited on-campus operations, we want to share some specific expectations and resources. My staff and I, along with your faculty and the entire University administration, are here to support you during this unique time. Please read the information below carefully. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or needs not addressed here.



To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures are required during your time on campus. Failure to adhere to these expectations may constitute a violation of University policy. Accordingly, students found to be in violation of University policy may be held accountable per the Student Code of Conduct and students may be dismissed from class or asked to leave campus if they fail to comply with the stated policies.

  1. Social distancing of 6 feet or greater must be maintained between individuals on campus at all times. Classroom spaces have been set up to accommodate such distancing, but we ask that individual members notice others in their vicinity and make concerted efforts to maintain this distance.

  2. Campus photo IDs will be required to be displayed when entering all Auraria Campus buildings. If you do not have a campus photo ID, the campus bookstore will be open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to issue IDs or you can call 303-556-8352 to set up an appointment to get your ID.

  3. Face coverings (masks and/or shields that cover the mouth and nose) are required and must be worn by all individuals on campus when in the presence of others. While you will be responsible for providing your own face covering, if you are on campus and have forgotten a face covering, please visit the Health Center at Auraria (Plaza Building) for a replacement mask.

  4. Wash your hands regularly throughout the day and/or use hand sanitizer that will be available in multiple locations within each campus building.

  5. A daily home health self-assessment (below) is required each day. Prior to coming to campus each day, take the COVID-19 self-assessment below.

  6. Remember to stay home if you are ill. Contact your professor or instructor directly via email or otherwise as indicated on your syllabus to discuss your situation. Alternately, contact the Student Care Center for guidance or support with extended absences.



Fever or Elevated Body Temperature (100.4 or higher)?
Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing?
Runny Nose?
Body Aches/Muscle Pain?
Sore Throat?
Loss of Taste or Smell?
Chills and Repeated Shaking with Chills?
In the last 2 weeks, have you been in direct contact with a person with known COVID- 19?
In the last 2 weeks, have you worked or volunteered at a healthcare facility?
Were you diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 30 days?


If you respond with any “yes” answers, on any given day, then you should NOT come to campus. Instead, please call the Health Center at Auraria to assess your symptoms/situation and determine if COVID-19 testing is recommended. Please call 303-615-9999 Monday- Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus access will be determined by the medical provider, contingent on your medical evaluation.

If you, your family or household members receive a positive test result for COVID-19 from a community medical provider, please call to inform the Health Center at Auraria at 303-615- 9999. A medical provider will consult with you and provide relevant information based on your circumstances. You can find more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect your family and your community on the (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.

In addition, if you, your family or household members receive a positive test for COVID-19, contact your professor or instructor directly via email or otherwise as indicated on your syllabus to discuss your situation. Alternately, contact the Student Care Center for guidance or support with extended absences.

When you arrive on campus, you must have your campus photo ID present to enter any buildings. If you have questions once you arrive on campus, limited staff will be available to assist you throughout the start of the semester at the Jordan Student Success Building Front Desk.



We recognize that we are living in a time with many unknowns. In addition to the standing student supports, the University has several specific resources that may be helpful during this unique time. If your situation or needs are not addressed below, please feel free to contact me for additional support or referrals.

  1. The Health Center at Auraria is open on campus and offers no-cost COVID-19 testing. In addition, the Health Center at Auraria offers a wide array of general medical care, sports medicine, GYN and psychiatric mental health services, many of which are offered virtually through telehealth appointments. Most Colorado offered health insurance plans are accepted. Please call (303-615-9999) to schedule an appointment prior to coming directly to the Health Center.

  2. The Counseling Center offers students no-cost and confidential therapy in a virtual setting to help manage an assuredly stressful time, in addition to an array of clinical services. Please call 303-615-9902 to schedule an appointment with a therapist.

  3. The Student Care Center offers a variety of services to support students with difficult life circumstances impacting their academic success or University experience. If you find yourself in a particularly difficult situation, whether academic, financial or personal, the case management team in the Student Care Center can assist you with identifying options and relevant supports. Call 303-615-0006 or email to connect.

  4. The University has a variety of opportunities for you to connect with other students in ways that complement your academic experience. Check out the virtual engagement site to learn more and find your relevant [virtual] community.

  5. For additional student resources, don’t go to offices looking for support, as most departments are closed for in-person services. Check the Safe Return to Campus site FAQ for information on the best way to access student resources.

  6. Free personal protective equipment kits also will be available to students who are taking fall courses on campus. The kits include hand sanitizer and disposable masks. Availability is limited and based on need. Eligible students can pick up a kit at the Health Center at Auraria from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, while supplies last. Roadrunners will need to provide their University #900 for pick up.


Again, welcome back to campus! Thank you in advance for your adherence to the expectations detailed above and for communicating actively with your faculty or University leadership if there are ways that we can support you during this time.




Braelin Pantel, Ph.D. | AVP for Student Engagement & Wellness/Dean of Students

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