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Research Campus Life COVID-19

Health and Safety Take Top Priority in Return to Campus Planning

Beginning May 26, campus is further heightening new protocols

Author Staff | Publish Date May 19, 2020

While the post-pandemic new normal remains to be seen, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is taking measured steps to ensure a slow and safe return to campus activity.

In a video message about the gradual return to limited on-campus activity, CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman emphasizes that the first priority is to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

A host of new protocols have been developed to ensure health and safety. Please see the return to campus website that guides this phased and deliberate return to working and learning activities on campus.

 

 

Any work that can be done remotely, should be done remotely

“Our early return to campus activity has gone smoothly, and we’re optimistic about our ability to scale up should current conditions remain,” Elliman said. “In the meantime, all working and learning activity that can effectively be accomplished remotely should be done remotely. Let me repeat that: Anything that can be done remotely needs to continue to be done remotely.”

Elliman said the campus “will emerge fundamentally transformed” by the pandemic. In planning for both the short and long term, campus leaders have developed three guiding principles:

  • Protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and those that we serve. “It will be the primary focus in all that we do.”
  • Innovate and adapt, evolve and develop creative solutions for the challenges the pandemic has presented.
  • Lead. “Our campus is strong because we’re united in purpose,” the chancellor said. “We remain committed to delivering the finest healthcare in the world today, while redefining that healthcare for tomorrow.”

CU Anschutz’s operations as an academic medical campus demand a tailored strategy that accounts for our mission areas of research, education and clinical care, Elliman said. “That’s why we’re setting a high bar, often exceeding what federal, state and local guidelines may suggest.”

Heightening of new protocols

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the campus is further heightening these measures. Those invited and approved to be on campus will be expected to adhere to the following:

  • You must have completed the required, one-time Skillsoft training, “CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus - CU Denver | Anschutz” through the CU portal in order to be admitted to campus.
  • You must be wearing your CU Anschutz badge and a face mask while on campus. 
  • You must also have successfully completed the daily health questionnaire, and have a confirmation email ready to show, before arriving at a designated campus check-in point.
  • You must check-in daily at one of the designated check-in points, locations and hours of which are listed on the return to campus website. There, you will show your daily questionnaire confirmation email, get your temperature checked, and receive a wristband good for that day only.
  • Building entry will be limited, and anyone entering any campus facility must be wearing a wristband in the color for that day.
  • Instructional signage has been posted around campus and within buildings. Please adhere to posted guidance to ensure distancing and occupancy requirements are observed.

     

 

The chancellor emphasizes that the campus is “unwavering in our commitment to doing all that we can to minimize risk. By doing your part, you protect yourself and others and help us bring more of our community back safely to the campus.”

Regular updates about the phased return as well as resources available to the campus community can be found at cuanschutz.edu/coronavirus.

Elliman concluded his message by saying, “Today I ask you to join together with your peers and colleagues and support the new protocols we’ve put in place. Take a look at the resources available to you, read our regular updates … ask questions and ask for support when you need it.

“Above all, stay safe and stay well,” he said. “It goes without saying that you are essential to keeping the CU Anschutz community healthy, vibrant and strong.”

Please adhere to these protocols. They take full effect on Tuesday, May 26:

  • You must have completed the required, one-time Skillsoft training, “CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus - CU Denver | Anschutz” through the CU portal in order to be admitted to campus.
  • You must be wearing your CU Anschutz badge and a face mask while on campus. 
  • You must also have successfully completed the daily health questionnaire, and have a confirmation email ready to show, before arriving at a designated campus check-in point.
  • You must check-in daily at one of the designated check-in points, locations and hours of which are listed on the return to campus website. There, you will show your daily questionnaire confirmation email, get your temperature checked, and receive a wristband good for that day only.
  • Building entry will be limited, and anyone entering any campus facility must be wearing a wristband in the color for that day.
  • Instructional signage has been posted around campus and within buildings. Please adhere to posted guidance to ensure distancing and occupancy requirements are observed.