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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Important Coronavirus Updates

As the situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops, the University will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top. Please also note the links to additional resources and FAQs.

Please check Recent Updates below for the latest information.

Fall 2020 Update

May 6, 2020

The month of May is upon us! As all of our students in the College of Undergraduate Studies complete their finals remotely and conclude this semester, and as the Colorado economy slowly begins to re-open, many in our community have questions about the fall semester and beyond at Colorado Christian University.

Let me say this: there is some certainty among the chaos we've all felt. Colorado Christian University will be open for instruction in fall 2020. We know that there is still a great need for Christian liberal arts higher education — a CCU education. Our hope, goal, and fervent prayer is to see our Lakewood campus vibrant and alive with our students, faculty, and staff together again this fall. Additionally, our state government officials are fully expecting that students will be able to return to campus in the fall. We are working, preparing, and praying for that outcome. Therefore, all in-seat students should plan for instruction to begin in August as planned, whether in-seat or remote.

If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus:

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.

  • On-campus students in the College of Undergraduate Studies: Self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 303-963-3365.
  • Students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies: Stay home and contact your health provider for instructions.
  • Faculty and Staff: Stay home and contact your health provider for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor.

Recent Updates

May 6, 2020 - Regarding Fall 2020

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

May 6, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

The month of May is upon us! As all of our students in the College of Undergraduate Studies complete their finals remotely and conclude this semester, and as the Colorado economy slowly begins to re-open, many in our community have questions about the fall semester and beyond at Colorado Christian University.

Let me say this: there is some certainty among the chaos we've all felt. Colorado Christian University will be open for instruction in fall 2020. We know that there is still a great need for Christian liberal arts higher education — a CCU education. Our hope, goal, and fervent prayer is to see our Lakewood campus vibrant and alive with our students, faculty, and staff together again this fall. Additionally, our state government officials are fully expecting that students will be able to return to campus in the fall. We are working, preparing, and praying for that outcome. Therefore, all in-seat students should plan for instruction to begin in August as planned, whether in-seat or remote.

Over the past several weeks, the leadership of the University has been focusing on preparations for the coming fall semester, and obviously, our plan is highly dependent on the progression of COVID-19 in the Denver metro area, as well as the strategies and therapies that can be deployed to alleviate its effects. A range of scenarios is being discussed for the fall, and will continue to be evaluated as circumstances change. Paramount among our considerations is the continued health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and their loved ones.

Rest assured that we will continue to provide the members of our community with regular updates as we learn more and make decisions accordingly throughout the summer months. As always, please refer to www.ccu.edu/coronavirus for the most recent updates and information.

A CCU education is much more than what happens in the classroom. Our students, faculty, and staff are actively committed to supporting each other in their passions and dynamic pursuit of Christ. This hasn't stopped since we've had to shift to remote operations this spring. CCU is still CCU. We look forward to living out our mission together again, on campus here in Lakewood. Join us in praying that day comes as soon as this fall!

Yours in His service,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

April 22, 2020 - Update on Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

April 22, 2020

To our Students in the College of Undergraduate Studies,

I am writing to provide an update concerning an adjustment to student accounts for housing and meal plan charges for the 2020 spring semester. Adjustments are calculated based on the seven weeks for which you were not using your meal plan or living on campus in this spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This adjustment will be credited to your student account over the next few days. If you currently have a balance, this adjustment will reduce the balance. If you do not have a balance, or if your balance is less than the adjustment, the credit balance in your account will be sent to you via ACH directly to your account or by check, depending on how you have set up your account in self-serve.

To request a direct deposit of the credit balance on your CCU account if there is one, enter your bank account information in your Self-Service account. Credit balance refunds are deposited to the bank account that is on file with your Self-Service account. Please allow ten business days for changes to your banking information to take effect. More information can be found on the Credit Balance Refund FAQs. Paper checks will be sent to your home address. Please check to make sure your home address is current in the system.

We are pleased that we have received clear regulations today from the U.S. Department of Education regarding various rules that govern these refunds, and we have already begun the manual process to post these adjustments to the many student accounts. We estimate that this process will be complete no later than Monday, May 4, 2020.

Sincerely,

Steve Woodburn
Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid
Colorado Christian

April 7 - CCU Commencement 2020 Rescheduled

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

April 7, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

As we mark the beginning of our second week of this new and temporary online 'era' at Colorado Christian University, we continue to make changes to University operations in order to address the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Typically, at this point in the semester, we would already be looking ahead to final exams and to eagerly celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates as we prepare for Commencement. Unfortunately, as you all know, this semester has been anything but typical. We've had to make many quick decisions over the past few weeks in response to COVID-19, with the health and well-being of the CCU community always at the forefront of our thinking.

Two weeks ago, we announced plans to postpone our 2020 Commencement Ceremony originally scheduled for May 8, 2020, at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus and the public health recommendations from state and federal authorities, we have concluded that Colorado Christian University's 2020 Commencement will move to a virtual, online ceremony. While the format may be different, please know that our sincere hope is that this will still give our students and their families a meaningful way to mark one of the most significant achievements of their lives — graduation from Colorado Christian University.

The University-wide ceremony will be held online at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, May 22. It will include welcoming comments, speeches from student speakers, announcements of student awards and honors, a Commencement address, and most importantly, the conferring of degrees to the newest CCU alumni. Friends and family will be able to join in the celebrations from anywhere in the world via the live streamed event.

The University did consider a postponed in-person ceremony at a later date (both August and December). However, a late-summer ceremony still presented a degree of uncertainty due to the volatility of the pandemic, and it was determined that a winter ceremony was too significant of a delay for graduates and their families, complicated by potential travel just a few days before Christmas.

As we move to make this change, we are all mindful of the disappointment that many will feel in not being able to gather in person for Commencement. Clearly this is an enormous departure from our cherished graduation traditions at CCU. It's also a tremendous disappointment to all of us here at CCU, that we are unable to hold this event in person, but with input from a very innovative group of faculty and staff members, we will do everything we can to preserve the spirit and the joy of this special occasion. As many of us have learned over the last several weeks, technology-enabled engagement can still present an amazing opportunity to come together as a CCU community.

Members of the Class of 2020 will receive further instructions and information from the University Registrar in the coming days on the next steps they need to take in order to participate in the virtual Commencement ceremony. In addition, graduating students will receive (before May 22), a mailing that will include a diploma cover, the Commencement program, and their honor cords (as earned).

More details about the planned virtual ceremony will also be announced in the coming weeks on the Commencement website.

Finally, as a reminder, for all students who complete their degree program requirements in spring 2020, degrees will be conferred as scheduled despite the delayed ceremony. Diplomas will be produced as usual and there will be no changes in the availability of transcripts.

Again, it is our deepest desire to assure that our virtual Commencement ceremony is a joyful celebration that honors our graduates' achievements and honors Jesus Christ. Thank you for being part of our CCU community, and I pray that God would bless you abundantly in the days ahead.

Yours in His service,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

April 1 - Acting Against COVID-19 with Generosity

The Acting Against COVID-19 with Generosity is CCU's response to keep the community safe in wake of a heavy financial toll. When you support the CCU Fund, 100% of your gift will be put to use immediately to benefit students. Learn more about donating to CCU's COVID-19 Relief.

March 27 - Update from the Office of the President

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 27, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

I am writing to inform you that the University administration has learned that an individual in the CCU community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 directly related to the Lakewood campus.

This individual is a support staff member, and was last on campus on March 18 and has not returned to campus since becoming symptomatic. This individual is experiencing mild symptoms, and is in quarantine off campus in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Persons who have had close contact with the individual have been notified by their divisional vice president. If you have not been notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to the individual.

The University will do everything we can to support this individual through what is undoubtedly a difficult time. Please join me in lifting up this member of our community in prayer and wishing them a full and quick recovery.

Our coronavirus website remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on our Lakewood campus. Social distancing is critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Let me again thank you for partnering with us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protect the community at large.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 26 - Update on Commencement and Summer Trips

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 26, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

The University is announcing today, upon recommendation of the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), a postponement of the 2020 Commencement Exercises, scheduled for May 8, 2020 at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield. Of the many difficult decisions the CRT has been discussing, 2020 Commencement is perhaps the most meaningful one — especially to our graduates and their loved ones, who have invested so much during their years at CCU and have looked forward with hopeful expectation to a public and joyful celebration that honors their achievements and honors Jesus Christ.

This announcement also extends to all other Commencement related events, including the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony and Commissioning Ceremonies, the College of Undergraduate Studies Senior Banquet, and all individual school and center celebrations and ceremonies.

This decision aligns with the State of Colorado regulations in compliance with the CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings, as well as the stay-at-home orders for the Denver-metro area in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Please know that the University is considering all options related to this postponement, including a ceremony at a later date, a virtual ceremony, and/or a combination of both.

Because we cannot predict the trajectory of the pandemic, or when it will be safe to gather in great numbers, we ask for your patience until there is greater clarity. We will strive to announce further updates as soon as the situation allows, and will work to assure adequate lead time for individual plans and arrangements.

The Registrar's office will still confer degrees in May for those students who complete and satisfy their degree requirements, so those students who plan to continue on to graduate school or other endeavors can do so without delay. Diplomas will still be sent to home addresses via mail, and transcript orders and fulfillment will continue as normal.

Finally, the CRT has made the difficult decision to cancel all domestic and international student trips through August 2020. This includes any CCU2theWorld mission trips and all academic trips, in light of growing travel restrictions and conditions around the world.

The University administration and the CRT continue to be deeply grateful for your prayers and support, and we want you to know that we continue to pray for each of you. Despite the new social distancing requirements that we are all getting accustomed to, we share deep connections that are unbreakable and eternal as members of the body of Christ. We look forward to the day that we can celebrate together (in-person) God's continued faithfulness to the CCU community.

Thank you for your continued grace and patience with us as we make key decisions around this crisis. We invite you to continue to rely on ccu.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 16 - Cancellation of Classes and Lakewood Campus Closure

Dear CCU Community:

The University's coronavirus response team (CRT) has taken the following actions to support the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. These actions have been taken out of an abundance of caution for all members of the CCU community and their families, especially in light of a potential domestic travel ban that could be announced soon.

All traditional undergraduate classes will be cancelled on Wednesday March 18, and Thursday, March 19. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the University will officially be on spring break. As previously announced, there will be no in-person, on-campus classes for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies after Friday, March 20, for the duration of the semester.

The Lakewood campus will close all operations effective 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, until after spring break. Campus visits and all other on-campus operations will be cancelled during this time, and will be re-evaluated after March 30. Faculty and staff who work on the Lakewood campus should make immediate preparations to work from home.

This will also allow our faculty and staff more time to effectively prepare for the transition to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester.

Traditional Undergraduate Students: Please contact your faculty members with any questions or concerns you might have, and please check your CCU email frequently. Many professors have already transitioned to remote course delivery while others are in process and will soon be finished. During this time, we also encourage you to check the University's coronavirus website and CCU social media for regular updates.

Employees: Last Friday, March 13, we also announced the transition to a remote-work policy that allows for appropriate social distancing to support the health and wellness of our employees, while still fulfilling our obligations to our stakeholders. Please work with your supervisor to determine next steps as we strive to further limit our overall in-office presence in the coming weeks.

We recognize that closures and remote working arrangements raise questions and challenges for many of you. While we have not yet determined an end date for remote working arrangements, we will be working with supervisors and others across the University to provide further details regarding remote work.

Again, we are choosing to take these precautionary measures for the safety and well-being of the entire CCU community. Because the situation is evolving on a day-by-day basis, please continue to monitor your CCU email and CCU's Coronavirus Updates web page for the latest information. Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and each other during the coming weeks as we face these challenges together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 15 - Personal Note from President Sweeting to Students and Parents

Dear Students and Parents:

We are all experiencing a swirl of emotions this week as we take in and respond to an unexpected, extraordinary turn of events.

This moment is unprecedented in CCU's history and in the history of higher education in the United States. With little warning, the coronavirus pandemic has upended world health, business and commerce, higher education, and our own personal lives.

Most of all, our hearts go out to those who have this virus and to those who have lost loved ones. I urge you to pray for the caregivers, the medical staff, and health professionals on the front lines. And don't forget to uphold our nation's leaders who are trying to protect people all over this land. Also pray for those who are working to develop a vaccine that will be effective against this virus.

As I walked around campus yesterday talking to students, I noticed a mix of grief and confusion in your voices. I want you to know how badly I feel that we have had to radically alter the second half of your semester. I hope you know that the actions we have taken are done not only with your interests in mind, but also the interests of the wider community in order to prevent the virus from spreading. We are responding as best we can to wider events. As I often say, we may control the thermostat in our house, but we do not control the atmosphere or the weather system. We can only respond. And we have done our best to respond wisely, trying to be good stewards of the Lord's university.

These changes have come at considerable personal cost to all of us, and I want to acknowledge that. I am especially sorry for our seniors, because this is not how you imagined your last semester at CCU would end. I also feel badly for musicians who did not get to give their senior recitals, for athletes whose season was cancelled, and all the others who have experienced disappointment.

To all of you: we love you, and will try to support you in any way we can as we all adjust to these new circumstances. Jim McCormick and his team in the Office of Student Life stand ready to help you with all the transitions. Our faculty also will be supportive as we shift to a different format of course delivery for the second half of the semester. We will keep you posted about CCU news updates and Commencement plans as we get nearer to May.

When you return home and take up an online format, I encourage you to do two things. First, remember your primary calling at this time is still to be a student. So apply yourself to working hard and finishing the semester well. Second, see the opportunity in this very different format. In your future, you will have to get friendly with online education. You might as well start now; it will only strengthen your skill set and help you become a life-long learner.

As I walked around campus yesterday, along with the sadness and perplexity, I also noticed something else in your comments. I was so appreciative of all those who said you were praying for me and for CCU as we go through this unusual season. Thank you. I noticed a wonderful resiliency and faith in your words. Many of you said that you knew that the Lord was in charge. Several of you said, "what a fitting end to our year of evangelism. The Lord is sending us out to put into practice all that we have learned. And with the current insecurity that many are feeling, people may actually be more open to hearing the good news of the gospel." What a great perspective!

In the Christian calendar, the season of Lent reminds us how fragile we are and that we are not in control. We are finite and mortal. But Lent is followed by Holy Week and Easter which remind us of God's redemptive work in Jesus, His glorious atonement for our sin, and the power of His resurrection. It is my prayer that this gospel hope will sustain you for the weeks and months ahead.

In fact, I can't wait for those days when we can all look back on this extraordinary season with a sense of thanksgiving for the unexpected good that comes out of it.

And I especially look forward to seeing many of you back here next fall for a new academic year.

I am so grateful to be your president.

Yours in His Service,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 12 - CCU Announces Transition to Online Classes

Important Coronavirus Updates for the CCU Community

As the situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops, the University will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top. Please also note the links to additional resources, FAQs, and CCU's Travel Policy.

March 12, 2020
Dear CCU Community:

Out of an abundance of caution and upon the recommendations of the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), Colorado Christian University is announcing today that the University is transitioning all traditional undergraduate classes in the College of Undergraduate Studies from in-seat to online instruction beginning Friday, March 20, continuing for the duration of the semester.
 
In order to ensure continuity of teaching, learning, and research, in-seat instruction will continue through the final four days of class (March 16-19) before spring break in order for faculty to make adequate preparations and give final in-person instructions to students.

Faculty should communicate with their students before the first scheduled online class session with further course-specific details. Dr. Ryan Hartwig will follow-up with further instructions and resources for all faculty.

In addition, on-campus residence halls and dining services will close for the remainder of the semester at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Traditional undergraduate students should plan to remain at home or return home for the remainder of the semester after spring break. The Residence Life department will communicate further details moving forward.

On-campus accommodations will be provided to those who have no other option, including those from countries with travel restrictions and those with other extenuating circumstances. Dining services will not be available. Students should contact the Residence Life department and request on-campus housing exceptions.

All on-campus events are suspended effective Friday, March 20, until further notice. This includes departments utilizing on-campus facilities, including the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Additional information about Commencement, athletics, and other campus events will be forthcoming.
 
May we be a community that reflects the hope we have through Jesus Christ, for in Him, all things hold together. The safety and health of everyone affiliated with CCU is paramount — which is of course part of the Gospel of Jesus, who brings health and wholeness. Thank you for your continued understanding, prayers, and cooperation, as this situation continues to evolve and change hourly.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 12 - Update for Students and Parents

Dear Students and Parents:

The University is concerned about the health and safety of our University and broader community. Out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has made difficult decisions regarding University-sponsored travel and events, all effective immediately.

International and Domestic Travel

  • All University-sponsored faculty, staff, and student international travel is suspended through the months of March and April. Summer trips are not impacted at this time, but the situation is under frequent review.
  • All faculty, staff, and student university-sponsored, business/academic, non-essential, out-of-state travel within the U.S. is suspended, pending further notice. Employees who are travel sponsors may petition to their divisional vice president for exceptions to this restriction. The vice president will present the petition to the Coronavirus Response Team, who will make a final decision.
  • Travel within Colorado is currently not restricted.
  • All students currently studying abroad may continue in their locations as the Life Directions Center monitors this evolving situation. We may strongly advise that students already abroad return home as the COVID-19 situation changes in the country where they are studying. Upon return, study abroad students must receive permission to return to campus, and may be required to quarantine elsewhere for 14 days.
  • University administration is aware that many of you are currently planning travel (both domestic and abroad) over spring break to visit loved ones, friends, or special destinations. We urge you to follow all travel alerts closely and we strongly discourage you from traveling to countries with high-level travel alerts (CDC Level 2 or 3). Also, please be aware that a destination may be at a lower alert upon your arrival, but the situation may change quickly and returning to the U.S. may be difficult. See the CDC's Coronavirus Travel Information website for more information:
  • The University is requiring ALL students to register ALL personal domestic and international travel plans on the form below. If the University notifies you, you may be required to self-isolate or be quarantined off campus for 14 days after your return before returning to class or any University facility, including residence halls.

Therefore, if you are planning any of the following travel listed below, you are required to complete the Travel Reporting Form.

  • Personal, international travel of any type
  • Personal, domestic travel to any state other than Colorado

On-Campus Operations

The CRT is meeting on a regular basis to re-evaluate developing circumstances and is regularly updating its information and guidance for the University community to address changing local conditions. If warranted, in-seat classes may move to an online format should circumstances merit it.

  • Classes, chapel, and other operations on the Lakewood campus for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies will continue as usual at this time. Due to the special nature of the undergraduate nursing program and internships in hospitals, etc., the nursing program may have special provisions. These will be communicated directly to nursing students as necessary.
  • On-campus extracurricular events through March 31 have been reviewed and will continue as planned at this time.
  • Any outside visitors to campus that have recently traveled internationally in the last 30 days are requested to refrain from coming to campus until further notice.

We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on events, travel, and other operations. The University has established a coronavirus information website, where you can find important updates and the latest information.

Final Precautions

Finally, any traditional, undergraduate student who believes that they have potentially been exposed to coronavirus should notify CCU Health Services immediately at 303-963-3365 for further instruction.

Senior Vice President Jim McCormick will address the student body regarding these protocols during chapel on Thursday, March 12.

This is a difficult time for many. Let us continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this virus — in our community, our state, and across the world. We continue to seek God’s divine wisdom and protection in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

March 12 - Update for Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The University is concerned about the health and safety of our University and broader community. Out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has made difficult decisions regarding University-sponsored travel and events, all effective immediately.

International and Domestic Travel

  • All University-sponsored faculty, staff, and student international travel is suspended through the months of March and April. Summer trips are not impacted at this time, but this situation is under frequent review.
  • All faculty, staff, and student university-sponsored, business/academic, non-essential, out-of-state travel within the U.S. is suspended, pending further notice. Employees may petition to their divisional vice president for exceptions to this restriction. The vice president will present the petition to the Coronavirus Response Team, and the committee will make a final decision.
  • Travel within Colorado is currently not restricted.
  • All students currently studying abroad may continue in their locations as the Life Directions Center monitors this evolving situation. We may strongly advise that students already abroad return home as the COVID-19 situation changes in the country where they are studying. Upon return, study abroad students must receive permission to return to campus, and may be required to quarantine elsewhere for 14 days.
  • University administration is aware that many of you are currently planning travel (both domestic and abroad) over spring break to visit loved ones, friends, or special destinations. We urge you to follow all travel alerts closely and we strongly discourage you from traveling to countries with high-level travel alerts (CDC Level 2 or 3). Also, please be aware that while a destination may be at a lower level upon your arrival, it may change quickly and getting home may be difficult. See the CDC's Coronavirus Travel Information website for details.
  • The University is requiring ALL employees to register ALL personal domestic and international travel plans on the form below. If the University notifies you, you may be required to self-isolate or be quarantined off campus for 14 days after your return before returning to class or any University facility, including residence halls.

Therefore, if you are planning any of the following travel listed below, you are required to complete the Travel Reporting Form.

  • Personal, international travel of any type
  • Personal, domestic travel to any state other than Colorado

On-Campus Operations

  • Classes, chapel, and other operations on the Lakewood campus for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies will continue as usual at this time. Due to the special nature of the undergraduate nursing program and internships in hospitals, etc., the nursing program may have special provisions. These will be communicated directly to nursing students as necessary.
  • On-campus extracurricular events through March 31 have been reviewed and will continue as planned at this time.
  • Any outside visitors to campus that have recently traveled internationally in the last 30 days are requested to refrain from coming to campus until further notice.
  • We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on events and travel.

In-Seat Classes in the College of Undergraduate Studies

The CRT is meeting on a regular basis to re-evaluate developing circumstances and is regularly updating its information and guidance for the University community to address changing local conditions. If warranted, in-seat classes may move to an online format should circumstances merit it.

While we are currently operating as business-as-usual (except for possible nursing changes as noted above) and will continue to do so until further notice, we do want to be prepared for any sudden changes to our courses should a decision be made to conduct courses remotely.

Faculty: As the Coronavirus Response Team formulates next steps, would you please take some time in the next few days to consider how you will adjust your course if it becomes necessary? Here are some guiding questions, provided by Dr. Ryan Hartwig:

  • Do you have easy access to all of the materials you need if you are required to work remotely (books, articles, documents, etc.)? How will students access the materials they need?
  • How could you adjust your assignments and/or classroom activities for non-face-to-face interaction?
  • How could you adjust your syllabus in a way that will enable students to continue their course through a quarantine (for a short period of time through the end of the semester)? Consider this for all students, a few students, or a single student.
  • Are you prepared and competent to use Zoom technology should it become necessary? If not, please download CCU's Zoom User Guide for faculty and staff or submit a job request.
  • As you consider these things, what additional resources would be helpful for you?

CAGS Operations

Until further notice, all adult in-seat classes – including Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and all military bases will be moved online. Due to the nature of the Nursing program, including the skills lab on Union, there will be additional communication specifically to the nursing students.

Final Precautions

Any employee who believes that they have been exposed to coronavirus should notify their supervisor immediately to arrange alternative work arrangements and self-quarantine at home. The supervisor should notify their divisional vice president who will confidentially notify the coronavirus response team.

Any employees who have medical conditions or compromised immune systems should work with their supervisor to make arrangements to work from home effective immediately.

The University has established a coronavirus information website, where you can find important updates and the latest information.

Finally, please plan to join us for our March 13 Strategic Priorities Workshop, for an in-person update on COVID-19 and CCU's response.

This is a difficult time for many. Let us continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this virus — in our community, our state, and across the world. We continue to seek God's divine wisdom and protection in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

March 9 - Update for Faculty and Staff

Dear faculty and staff –

Colorado Christian University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).

Many, if not all of you, will be aware that cases have been confirmed in numerous counties in Colorado. University officials have been in contact with county and state officials and will continue to review updates from federal and international health agencies to monitor the situation.

Accordingly, the University has also assembled a Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) to prepare for and to address a potential case in the CCU community, whether student, faculty, or staff.

For our traditional undergraduate student population, the Office of Student Life has maintained a current Infectious Disease Response Plan for many years. The purpose of this plan is to assist CCU in preparing for and responding to a possible infectious disease outbreak on the Lakewood campus. The Office of Student Life also has a student travel policy in place. A copy of this policy can be found in the College of Undergraduate Studies Student Handbook (page 157 and page 172), or online at https://www.ccu.edu/private/response-plan/

In the event of an outbreak in the greater Denver area, the University will also work with local and state agencies to ensure the best possible response for the health and safety of the campus, as well as the local and state populations. For further information, please see the University's coronavirus statement.

Safety and precaution for all students, faculty, staff, and their families are of paramount importance during this virus outbreak. To honor that responsibility and out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, in the coming days the CRT will be making key decisions regarding working conditions, University-sponsored travel, employee personal travel, and other operational activities that could be affected. These updates will be communicated to you via email from the Office of the President, as well as in person by your supervisor and/or divisional vice president.

Equally, it is very important that all responses to all stakeholders be properly coordinated to avoid mixed signals and conflicting messages. Accordingly, all communications to the CCU community and beyond regarding CCU's response or actions relative to the coronavirus will only be from the Office of the President. Please do not take any actions or send any communications to any student, parent, or other stakeholder without prior authorization. Please coordinate all desired communication or questions at this time to CCU's Director of Communications and University Spokesperson, Lance Oversole (loversole@ccu.edu, 303-963-3447).

Finally, the CRT is gathering a comprehensive log of all events that are taking place over the next few months from March until June. These include University events that would have guests coming to campus or events that have faculty, staff, or students attending them off campus (e.g. the recent VALS Conference or the upcoming Western Conservative Summit).

In an attempt to monitor these events, we are asking all University personnel to register events in their areas that are not currently on the University public web calendar, and will take place between now and the end of June. If you are hosting or planning an event that is not currently on the University calendar, please notify Lance Oversole (loversole@ccu.edu) of the date, location, and details of the event for the comprehensive log, no later than close of business on Tuesday, March 10. If you have multiple events, please include them on an excel spreadsheet. Please do not assume that we know of any event that is not on the calendar (www.ccu.edu/events) . Be sure to include whether the event is on-campus, off-campus, or a trip somewhere in-state or out-of-state. If an out of state trip please include connecting flights to and from the destination.

Thank you for your cooperation. It is important that we maintain clarity in all communications, and are aware of potential risk to our community and visitors. Most importantly, please pray for the safety of the CCU community as we respond to this ever-changing situation. Let us continue to place our trust in the Lord, and not be bound by fear, for He is our hope.

Let us continue to place our trust in the Lord, and not be bound by fear, for He is our hope.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

February 27 - University Statement on Coronavirus

Colorado Christian University understands that members of the University community may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. At this time, there are no confirmed cases nor suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus, or in the State of Colorado. The risk of COVID-19 for Coloradans is low at this time.

However, in order to safeguard the health of the University community, Colorado Christian University remains in close communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Should there are any suspected cases on campus, the CDPHE will provide directions to our on-campus health care providers and University administrators on how to proceed. In the event that one of our staff nurses has a cause for concern regarding a patient, they will immediately direct the patient to their primary care physician and contact the CDPHE for further instructions.

Know the Facts

  • To become sick, someone has to be “exposed” to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
  • Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. However, even that is not a guarantee that someone will become sick with the virus.
  • For these reasons, people at higher risk of becoming sick are:
    • People who have traveled to China within the last two weeks.
    • People who have had close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.
  • Like any other virus, no identity, community, ethnic, or racial group in Colorado is more at risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.
  • State and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

Risk from other viruses is greater

  • There are many kinds of coronaviruses, like the common cold, currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. While these viruses may also be called “coronaviruses,” they are not COVID-19.
  • There also are many other kinds of respiratory illnesses (such as flu) circulating right now.
  • People are at much greater risk of getting the flu than the COVID-19. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Symptoms and severity

  • Symptoms of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Any of these illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
  • If you did not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely you have novel coronavirus. But if you are ill and concerned, contact your health care provider.

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

If you are healthy:

  • Continue your normal daily routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gathering such as work, school, or social activities.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

COVID-19 in the community

  • It's important to remember that the risk to most Coloradans from COVID-19 is low. If an individual does not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely they have novel coronavirus. But if they are ill and concerned, they should contact a health care provider.
  • Colorado state and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

This information was sourced from the CDPHE website.