MSU Denver

This email was sent to students, faculty and staff who are taking, teaching or supporting face-to-face classes in late summer. The message only applies to the limited number of Roadrunners involved in those classes or employees who have been approved to be on campus through the campus access request process.  

Email from COO Larry Sampler


June 24, 2020


Dear Roadrunners,

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s gradual and safe return to campus begins on July 6, with the start of several late summer face-to-face classes. I’m reaching out because you are a student, staff or faculty member in one of those classes and I wanted to share the University’s expectations and guidelines for your time on campus.

As MSU Denver leaders have said since our first message on COVID-19, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, as well as their loved ones. With select Roadrunners returning to campus for late summer classes, we need to double down on that commitment. The following protocols and guidelines were created to protect our community and with input from the Roadrunners Safe Return Committee, the University’s Facilities Department, the Health Center at Auraria, and in consultation with our campus partners. They go into effect Monday, July 6, through the end of summer term.


Protocols MSU Denver is using to keep you safe:

Enacting public health-informed campus and building safety protocols, in coordination with our Auraria Campus partners, including more frequent and intensive cleaning.
Providing hand sanitizer stations at designated entrances for each building, plus more at elevator banks.
Maintaining social distancing in shared spaces such as classrooms and labs.
Limiting the number of people on campus to further minimize risk of spread.
Requiring a face covering (mask or face shield) over the mouth and nose while on campus in the presence of others.
Providing Personal Protective Equipment kits to Roadrunners. More details on availability and distribution to come soon.


Guidelines for Roadrunners before and during your time on campus:

  • Perform a health assessment daily before coming to campus (see below).
  • Wear a face covering (mask or face shield) at all times on campus when in the presence of others.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer on the way in and out of buildings.
  • Follow signage for designated entrances and exits.
  • Minimize touching of surfaces.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.
  • No food-based events or gatherings will be allowed.
  • Limit time on campus as much as possible and comply with posted signage in common areas.
  • For employees, wipe down work surfaces often, but at least at the start and end of your time on campus with disinfectant and paper towels.
  • Disinfectant will be available in classrooms.
  • Comply with occupancy limits posted on elevators; maintain physical distancing if using the stairs.
  • Bring your campus photo ID to access buildings. If you do not have a campus photo ID, the bookstore will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to issue IDs. Additionally, you can call this number to set up an appointment: 303-556-8352.


Required daily health assessment:

Each member of the campus community is required to perform this self-assessment prior to leaving home. If you are not feeling well or have any of the following symptoms, please do not come to campus.

If you answer "yes" to any of the following symptoms/circumstances, please call the Health Center at Auraria at 303-615-9999 for a phone consultation. A medical provider will assess your health status and advise you as to next steps. Do not come to campus until you are medically cleared to do so.


Do you have any of the following symptoms? Yes or No

  • Fever or elevated body temperature (100.4 or higher)
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain/body aches
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Chills and/or repeated shaking with chills


Situational questions - Yes or No

  • Have you had direct contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • In the last two weeks, have you worked or volunteered at a health care facility?
  • Were you diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 30 days?

We are excited to welcome a limited number of Roadrunners back to campus in July, but also see this return as a test of our determination to beat the virus and of our compassion for one another. Safety guidelines are only effective if we follow them. Each of us needs to act with a spirit of generosity and accept the shared responsibility of protecting each other. Doing so will ensure that we’re able to complete summer classes and set the stage for a broader return in the fall. I ask that you do your part to ensure the health and safety of yourself, your peers and colleagues, and our loved ones.


If you have additional questions, please refer to the FAQs on the Safe Return to Campus webpage, and feel free to ask a question using the form on that page.



Larry Sampler

Chief Operating Officer

MSU Denver