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Dear Roadrunner Community,

I am writing to let you know that beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16, there will be no in-person, on-campus classes for MSU Denver students. However, online classes will continue and the campus will remain open for limited operations. We believe this action will best support our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distance, and it will allow our faculty and staff more time to effectively prepare for the March 30 deadline to transition to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester. 

Students: Please contact your instructors and other faculty members with any questions or concerns you might have, and please check your email frequently. Many faculty have already transitioned to remote course delivery while others are in the middle of this process and will soon be finished. During this time, we also encourage you to check the University’s COVID-19 website and social media for regular updates. The MSU Denver community of faculty, staff and administrators are here for you!
Staff and Administrators: On Friday, we also announced a liberal remote-work policy that allows for appropriate social distancing to support the health and wellness of our employees, while still fulfilling the MSU Denver mission. We encourage you to work with your supervisor tomorrow to determine next steps as we strive to further limit our overall on-campus presence in the coming week.

I want to thank everyone for your ongoing patience as we continue to manage and respond to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented situation for our community and the world and no one has all of the answers. But the efforts of our staff, faculty and students during these extraordinary times have been remarkable and I could not be prouder.

Know that the University is committed to placing the health, safety and well-being of our people first. Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families and each other during the coming weeks as we face these challenges together.


Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Immediate Preventative Actions:

Recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based in the United States, recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as coronavirus, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • There is no need to wear a face mask unless you are experiencing signs and symptoms of being sick. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

What To Do If You Get Sick

If you have symptoms and were in an affected area (or were in contact with someone from an affected area) and have a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. 
  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact the Colorado Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also email

MSU Denver Health Resources

If you have symptoms and were in an affected area (or were in contact with someone from an affected area) and have a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or 


March 9, 2020 - International Travel

Dear Roadrunner Community,

International Travel

  • All MSU Denver-related international travel, including study abroad, is suspended through the end of the semester.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. Please use your best judgment when making decisions about upcoming trips.

Domestic Travel

  • Domestic travel is not currently restricted.  Any planned domestic travel is at the discretion of each traveler.
  • Please use your best judgment when making decisions about upcoming trips.

Study Abroad - Faculty Travel

  • Study Abroad: Contact MSU Denver’s Office of International Studies at 303-615-1222 for more guidance.
  • Faculty Travel: Contact Provost Vicki Golich, Ph.D., at or 303-615-1900.

We will continue to monitor rapidly changing public health recommendations and provide regular updates. We recognize the challenges the spread of coronavirus present for our community, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation, assistance and ongoing efforts to prevent transmission .





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