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Email from President Davidson
March 11, 2020
Dear MSU Denver community,
I am writing to update you on new teaching and learning policies that MSU Denver will be implementing in the coming days in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although there are still no known cases at MSU Denver, we have decided that now is the time to put policies in place that slow the spread of the virus and protect our students, faculty, staff and their families.
Remote teaching and learning
By Monday, March 30, we expect to have full implementation of remote teaching and learning. This means that classes will not be held on campus after that date and likely for the remainder of spring semester. Faculty will be determining how best to use technology to enable students to complete their coursework. For the remainder of this week and through spring break, we will be testing and preparing for this transition. Campus will be open during that time.
Staff and administrative operations
We are continually monitoring this situation and preparing to adjust our work day and work rules as appropriate. We are also testing our infrastructure and systems to be sure that we are able to successfully initiate a campuswide work-from-home directive. At this specific point in time, we are not prepared to initiate broad work-from-home guidelines. Individuals with unique circumstances should work with their supervisors to address their specific concerns.
Large events and meetings
Starting Friday, March 13, any meeting of 150 people or more will be canceled. Unfortunately, this includes our Open House event this weekend. University leadership is still evaluating future events, including Commencement.
Town Hall live stream this afternoon
We will be discussing these decisions and more at a Town Hall this afternoon at 3pm You can view the livestream of this meeting on our website.
We recognize that this may be a complicated transition for some at the University, but we feel that the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience. Your safety is our top priority and we remain committed to supporting all community members with the resources they need to provide and receive an excellent education.
Please stay tuned to the MSU Denver coronavirus updates webpage, the Early Bird, the Runner, social media and email for the latest updates on this unprecedented and continually evolving situation.
I am grateful for your patience and cooperation.
Janine Davidson, Ph.D.