March 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The University of Colorado is closely following developments related to the international spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as we coordinate our planning and response. It is receiving the highest level of attention on our campuses and system administration.

I am having regular, ongoing conversations with the four campus chancellors to compare our approaches, share best practices and ensure we are doing everything we can to plan and prepare to limit exposure and lower risk. I am also talking with the leaders of other colleges and universities in Colorado and beyond. We are engaging experts inside and outside the university, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to get the latest information and recommendations.

As of this writing, we have had six people on CU campuses tested for COVID-19. Four of those tests came back negative and two are pending. The CDPHE reports nine confirmed cases in Colorado thus far. While none of those are on a CU campus, it would be irresponsible if we did not prepare for the likely event of cases of the virus on our campuses.

We have contingency plans for our fundamental activities in teaching and research and we continue to refine those and additional operational contingencies that arise. It’s important to note that planning for emergencies such as a pandemic are ongoing parts of what we do; they do not just happen when an emergency arises.

All the best,

Mark Kennedy, CU President
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