Colorado Christian University
Covid-19 Updates for Students

Covid-19 Updates for Students

Covid-19 Updates for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Throughout the fall semester, the CCU community has persistently adhered to the Cougar Commitment and followed protective and preventive health protocols, allowing CCU to have a safe and healthy on-campus experience.

We are very grateful for a relatively low number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus during the fall semester, with no serious complications and no hospitalizations due to COVID-19, to date. Information on the spring 2021 semester is below. 

Spring 2021 Semester

The spring 2021 semester will begin as scheduled on January 11, 2021, and will again feature the high-flex model of instruction, with in-person instruction and optional remote mode. Residence Halls will continue to be open and all on-campus services that were available during the fall semester will continue to operate during the spring semester.

The Cougar Commitment that all traditional undergraduate students signed for the fall semester has been extended through the spring semester and the University is requiring that all protocols presented in that agreement continue to be upheld in the spring 2021 semester by all students, faculty, and staff.

The CCU Community cannot become complacent and let our guard down against the virus. It will take all of to continue doing our part to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure or infection to keep ourselves and the CCU community safe over the next several months.

Academic Calendar

The 2020-21 academic calendar will remain as published with select winter term classes held January 4-8, 2021. The Spring 2021 semester will begin on January 11, 2021. University residence halls will open for spring on January 8, 2021, when Winter Welcome (orientation) begins for new undergraduate students. Currently, CCU is not considering ending the semester early or transitioning to online instruction. Spring break will occur as planned.

Spring Classes — College of Undergraduate Studies

It is our intent that all spring classes will continue to be held in-seat, with minimal adjustments to accommodate protection for vulnerable populations and appropriate social distancing. We plan on students in all classes to be able to have an in-seat University experience with in-person learning activities; however, if a student is unable to attend class in person, that student will continue on track through high contact, flexible learning.

Faculty are dedicated to accommodating students with special health concerns and course modality preferences, as we wish to empower all of our students to be successful and stay healthy. Some of the protective measures we have planned include implementing social distancing in classrooms by spacing out and rotating occupied student seats, ensuring everyone has masks, and requesting that all students attending class self-report instances when they are not feeling well. We are making adjustments to classroom technology, providing training to professors, and engaging educational expertise to create a flexible learning strategy as close to in-seat learning as possible for those students who choose it or who need it for health reasons.

If needed, a student may even stay in a residence hall and attend a class via technology for a season and then re-join in-seat students at a later date.

We are continuing to consult with industry experts, employers, and internship providers on how best to handle music ensembles, traveling teams, internships, and field placements. We have plans for experiential learning in labs, a creative music and theater season, and a fully operational library.

Campus Health: Prevention, Testing, Symptom Monitoring, and Social Distancing

CCU has new protocols in place to ensure a safe and vibrant community on campus. The University will be requiring all students to comply with the following requirements for the 2020-21 academic year:

  • Complete a confidential health survey, which will include disclosing any behavior that might have put them at risk before they return to campus in January. Students will also be given a baseline temperature check as they enter campus for check-in. Any student showing symptoms during their baseline health check when entering the University will be asked to return home for appropriate quarantine.
  • View a safety video outlining safe behaviors to adopt in terms of cleanliness, social distancing, and other best practices while on campus.
  • Wear a mask in all university buildings when social distancing is not possible, including when traveling to/from classes, to/from residence hall rooms, etc. Students may forgo their masks within their residence hall apartment, when walking around campus outside, and in situations where social distancing measures are available. Students should provide additional masks for compliance while on campus.
  • Understand that all large-scale University events and facilities (e.g. Chapel, fitness center, etc.) will adhere to State of Colorado guidelines on capacity and social distancing. In some cases, it may be necessary to limit attendance at University events and to offer Chapel programs online or in multiple locations.
On-campus Housing/Dining and Quarantine

CCU will open university residence halls as scheduled. No reduced housing occupancy is being contemplated at this time.

Social distancing and face coverings will be required in public areas in the residence halls. Students living on campus will be considered “family units” and therefore will be expected to maintain high standards of cleanliness in their apartments. All students will be required to sign a roommate contract outlining certain requirements for the “family unit” including forgoing activities that would put others at risk, revealing symptoms, and maintaining concern for the health of their roommates.

The University is recommending that each student contact their roommates well before move-in and have a conversation about each other’s health, activities over the summer that might present a health risk, and any other concerns.

  • The roommate contract will ensure a commitment to cleanliness, behavior, and symptom revelation as students enter the residence halls.
  • Throughout the semester, if a student living on campus begins to show symptoms, he/she will be required to be tested immediately at a local partner clinic, and quarantine off campus in University-controlled housing (as available) until given the medical permission to return to campus.
  • If a commuter student begins to show symptoms, he/she will be required to be tested immediately at a local partner clinic, and quarantine off campus at home (as available) until given the medical permission to return to campus.

Guests of any kind will be restricted from apartments for the fall and spring semesters and the University will ask roommates to monitor their activities to be aware of situations that would be considered at-risk to the health of the students and the “family unit” within the apartment.

A more extensive guide will be released this summer that will outline the details of promoting social distancing in on-campus housing and dining locations, i.e. staggered move-in during orientation, staggering dining options and times, and mobile ordering and grab-and-go meals. As a reminder, all campus housing options include full kitchens, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this amenity.

Division II Athletics

Beginning Friday, December 4, 2020, CCU Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams are slated to begin their NCAA Division II Championship season. Despite an NCAA mandated schedule reduction, the basketball teams are currently scheduled to play an RMAC only conference schedule. Both Winter and Spring NCAA Championship Schedules are still in place moving into the 2021 spring seasons. Therefore, Baseball, Softball and Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track, and Men’s & Women Golf seasons are still on schedule to compete within the RMAC and also play an NCAA Championship postseason.

Additionally, CCU Fall sport teams including Volleyball, and Men’s & Women’s Soccer, are scheduled to begin their abbreviated championship seasons beginning in January and March respectively. These seasons will culminate with an RMAC tournament, but there will be no NCAA postseason Championships. At this time it is likely that all winter and spring sport events will be played without fans. Game management details, including allowing fans to be present, will ultimately be determined based upon state and local health protocols, which continue to be extremely fluid.

Conclusion

It is important to remember that guidelines and requirements provided by CCU-FIT, as well as those from state and national authorities can change at any time. Students, parents, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be flexible with changes that may come daily as the spring semester commences. Rest assured the safety and health of our community will continue to inform these decisions; guided by health experts, we're committed to caring for our community in a responsible, flexible, and Christ-centered way.

We are looking forward to a great spring semester and concluding an extraordinary academic year!