Safe Return Weekly Update

Aug. 6, 2020 @ 4:48 p.m.

Our safe return to campus continues this week with updates on campus access and work spaces for students, as well as reminders for two upcoming webinars.

Reminder: Training Session on Creating a Safe Campus CultureAll faculty, staff, and student workers who are approved to return to campus are invited to join a training session on Friday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m., with a focus on creating a safe culture on campus. Participants will be briefed on safety protocols, learn about compliance measures, and learn critical conversational skills for requiring safety compliance.  Register here

Staff Survey Results
When we asked staff last month for their input about returning to campus this fall, responses surfaced three major concerns around health and family, enforcement of safety protocols, and transportation and parking. Here’s how we are addressing those concerns.

To address parking concerns for those who will be driving into work, we’ve made changes to CU Denver parking. View the parking changes here

Student Study Spaces
This fall there will be approximately 420 work spaces available for students on campus, including 69 centralized computer stations with drop-in and reservable options through the EMS scheduling system, 56 centralized landing zones without computers, and 233 school/college computer seats. Students should request an EMS account as soon as possible if they do not have an account, as it may take two days to get approval. Reservations will be available to work starting the week of Aug. 10.

Students will also be able to settle into open public spaces, with safe distancing in place, at the atrium of the North Classroom Building and the Auraria Library . OIT’s Student Labs and Printing webpage is expected to be updated with hours and locations of student work spaces early next week.

Student IDs
Students enrolled in on-campus courses this fall will receive an email to set up a profile which will allow them to upload a picture to be used for their ID. ID pick up information will be given in the message from the ID software. New undergraduate students who submitted a picture through New Student Orientation will receive an email in their CU Denver account to sign up for a timeslot to pick up their student ID.

Building Access
Hours will vary by building depending on the course activity occurring in the building. Buildings with no course activity will be on holiday mode, or badge access only. Check the Safe Return site for building hours prior to coming to campus. Badge access will not be required to enter buildings through the designated entrance during these times.

Each building will have one entrance and one exit. The designated entry for each building will be unlocked or open during the published building hours and identified with exterior signage. The exit will also be identified with interior signage. You will be advised to enter through designated entrances and exit through designated exits only. In the event of an emergency, exit using the nearest door, even if it is not a designated exit.

Completed Attestation Required to Enter Campus
Every morning before coming to campus, you should take your own temperature and then complete a daily health attestation . You will receive a completion confirmation email, which you should be prepared to show at a health check-in station location.  Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to check in. We also ask that you take the one-time Skillsoft training (“CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus - CU Denver | Anschutz) before coming to campus to cut down on time in check-in lines.

Request for Volunteers
We are currently planning on staffing five check-in stations on campus in North Classroom, Lynx Crossing, the Wellness Center, the CU Denver Building, and the Business School.

We are in the process of hiring students to staff the check-in stations, but will  also need faculty and staff volunteers to help with busy times in the first few weeks of the semester and to welcome and direct students. We'll be sending out a request for volunteers early next week.

Student Course Assistants Hired
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has hired 44 student course assistants and plans to hire another 31 next week. The CETL received more than 160 applications and is currently identifying the 150 remote course sections that hired student course assistants will be assigned to.

Recap: Lynx Launch: Start Fall 2020 Right
An interactive webinar designed to give students the information they need to begin the fall 2020 semester took place Aug. 4. View the webinar.

Unit Safe Return Plans Due Aug. 7
Faculty and staff may resume work on campus only as part of a fully approved Unit Safe Return Plan. The deadline for submitting a Unit Safe Return Plan is Aug. 7. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to complete reviews by Aug. 17 (the start of the fall semester) for plans submitted after the deadline, and units must have an approved plan to resume on-campus operations.

We are requiring plans from everyone, even those units that plan to operate entirely remotely this fall. If a question on the return plan form does not apply to you because you are not planning to physically return, leave it blank.

Welcome to Fall Semester Virtual Town Hall
To welcome you back and help answer some of your questions, we invite our students, faculty, and staff to participate in a virtual town hall Thursday, Aug. 13 from 4 – 5 p.m. Chancellor Michelle Marks will kick the session off with some introductory remarks followed by an interactive session where a panel will answer your questions.  Register for the town hall.

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