Colorado Christian University
Updates for Students and Parents

Updates for Students and Parents

Students Return-to-Campus Information

We are excited to welcome our students home to Colorado Christian University! At CCU, we are intentional about building a community of students, faculty, and staff united by a common commitment to Christ. Our faculty and staff are preparing to re-open CCU’s Lakewood campus to return to the full in-person instruction in our College of Undergraduate Studies that preserves the great advantages of a residential Christian college education, but is also safe and healthy.

Specific guidelines will be announced in the coming weeks based on the most recent guidance from state health authorities. Similar to other universities, these guidelines will involve a combination of the use of appropriate face coverings, social distancing, personal hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, testing, and symptom tracking.

Academic Calendar

The 2020-21 academic calendar will remain as published with classes beginning August 24, 2020. University residence halls will open on August 19, 2020, when Weekend of Welcome (orientation) begins for new undergraduate students. Currently, CCU is not considering ending the semester early or transitioning to online instruction after Thanksgiving. All scheduled breaks will occur as planned.

Fall Classes — College of Undergraduate Studies

It is our intent that all fall classes will 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 actively consulting 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 fall 2020:

  • Complete a confidential health survey, which will include disclosing any behavior that might have put them at risk before they return to campus in August. 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, as they sit for classes, when walking around campus outside, and in situations where social distancing measures are available. All students will be issued one CCU mask at Weekend of Welcome or on the first day of classes. 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 semester 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 Weekend of Welcome, 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

As part of the fall reopening, University leaders are working on a plan to enable student-athletes to begin practice in August and competition throughout the fall semester. Final plans for all varsity sports will be subject to decisions made by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and NCAA, as well as directives of state and local health authorities. At this time, CCU is anticipating fall sports to be able to complete their seasons. Guidelines for athlete participation are being compiled and the CCU Athletic department training staff are preparing to oversee the student athlete health guidelines as camps begin in August for fall sports. In some cases, a cap on attendance at athletic events, practices, and meetings may be required by authorities, coaches, and the department. Additionally, fall camps may be altered or started later to accommodate revised RMAC schedules.

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 fall 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 semester and an extraordinary academic year — and we cannot wait to see our students again!