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UCCS COVID-19 Information & Updates

UCCS to return to in-person operations this fall

UCCS will return to in-person operations this fall, welcoming new students and current students alike to campus. Explore our update and find our Return To UCCS website by reading more here. Preserving the health and safety of our campus community, including students, faculty, staff and friends of UCCS is at the heart of every decision we make. While returning to campus, we will continue to implement and utilize best practices to keep you safe. 

Our Return to UCCS website will serve as a roadmap for UCCS services this fall. Our COVID-19 website, which you're on now, will exist as a hub of resources and historical information, as well as to continue our line of communication on how we are keeping our campus and community safe in the face of the current health crisis. 

Before returning to campus, please visit our Campus Access page, here. Be sure to take our campus access training and wellness check, posted on our Campus Access page, and below. 

Campus Access Training

Wellness Check Test

Please see our frequently asked questions and UCCS resources sections below.

Your Questions Answered
Frequently Asked Questions
  • The UCCS Status Board can help

    Please view our UCCS and OIT Status Boards to determine what resources are available or are unavailable. 

  • Event updates

    REMOTE EVENTS

    Student Life

    • Although in-person events have been canceled or postponed through the rest of the semester, our Office of Student Life is creating programming designed for students to participate in remotely. 

      Learn more about these engaging events here. 

    Campus Recreation

    • Campus Recreation is offering remote programs and self-guided activity options for students and the UCCS Community. All programs and activities can be found on the Campus Recreation website here. Additions will be made each Monday to the resources, programs, and activities available on the Campus Recreation website. 

      For additional questions, email rec@uccs.edu

    Ent Center for the Arts Events

  • UCCS will is currently working and learning remotely

    UCCS transitioned to remote learning on Monday, March 16. Faculty members will be contacting students in their respective courses to share how to access classes. This remote status will remain through the summer semester at this time. This status applies to all but a select few classes that could not transition to online learning. 

    Deans are closely working with faculty members on classes that are difficult to move online. Students will receive specific communication in the coming days on these classes.

    • Symptoms and prevention for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

      Symptoms

      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath

      Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk.

      Prevention:

      • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home when you are ill.
      • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
      • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. 
      • It is especially important to clean your hands after gong to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
      • Cover your face with a face covering in public places, especially when on the UCCS campus.

      There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to practice the prevention strategies described above and avoid being exposed.

    • Guidance & Who to call
      • Please view and utilize our Campus Access page to find campus exposure guidance, as well as our face covering guidelines and more: https://covid19.uccs.edu/campus-access
         
      • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, seek medical advice. Contact your healthcare provider or Wellness Center Health Services at 719-255-4444 for advice, recommendations, or to make an appointment if needed. Please call before coming into the Wellness Center, doctor's office or emergency room to let them know about your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19, as well as your symptoms.
         
      • If you have general questions about COVID-19 you can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandrin (普通话), and more. 
    • Face Covering Guidelines

      You can view our Campus Access page for details on exposure, our face covering guidelines and more. Our face covering guidlines is also posted below.

    • Measures taken to increase physical space between people can be summarized as Social Distancing

      UCCS is supportive of health organization recommendations to practice social distancing. The CDC is supportive of measures that allow social distancing, including working from home if sick or at-risk, temporary closures, online learning, limiting mass gatherings and increasing the distance between people. 

      The recommended distance between humans practicing social distancing, according to the CDC, is six feet. 

      If you do choose to attend an event, the El Paso County Health Department recommends the following: 

      • Limit close contact with others and do not shake hands.
      • Cough/sneeze into your elbow.
      • Wash your hands regularly, if sinks and soap are unavailable use provided hand sanitizer or bring your own (use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
      • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, stadium arm rests and handrails. Use a tissue or your sleeve if you have to touch those surfaces.
      • Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
      • If you’re sick stay home, and do not attend events or social gatherings
    • Information on campus tech and equipment rentals

      Checkouts for Chromebooks, hotspots, and iPads are now available through a self-service process. A locker system has been installed on the second floor of the Gateway Hall Parking Garage, outside of the Public Safety Office’s backdoor.

      • All requests will be fulfilled in the order they were received

      • Eight requests can be fulfilled at a time

      • Further communication and pick-up instructions will be sent through your submitted ticket/s

      • We will be assigning pick-up windows, on Mondays only, to encourage social distancing. If the time assigned to you does not work, let us know as soon as possible to determine if alternate arrangements can be made

      • If the device is not picked up within the designated time slot, your request will be moved to the end of the queue

      • The Help Desk cannot accept requests through email, chat, or phone call; all requests must be done through the request form

      Other equipment may be added to this process at a later date.

      Devices are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis.  To reserve your device, you may complete the request form by signing into Cherwell and selecting Device Checkout Request under Personal Computing. 

    • Return to UCCS

      Yes! We're excited to get back to campus to be able to serve you in person and remotely. 

      For Campus Access information, please visit our campus access page here. For our plans to return to campus, please visit our Return to UCCS page below.

    Our Resources
    Resources for Students, Staff & Faculty
    • Remote Resources for Faculty, Staff & Students

      Visit our comprehensive resources hub for the latest resources related to remote work and remote learning. 

      Our resources relate to faculty transitioning to remote learning, students utilizing remote learning and faculty and staff working remotely. 

    • The UCCS Wellness Center

      Effective Monday, March 23, the Wellness Center will be moving to remote telehealth operations only, supporting Health and Mental Health Services

    • Leave information and more.

      The university is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and is actively working to plan and prepare for potential local impacts. As part of that effort, the Human Resources Office is sharing employment guidance to help you manage COVID-19 concerns.

      Please know that all campus-wide decisions are being made with the health and safety of our community at the forefront, and with the best available guidance from public health authorities. As the situation evolves, further updates may be forthcoming.

      For HR-related questions, contact the Human Resources Office at 719-255-3372 or visit their website.

    • Updates regarding NCAA athletics

      Following suit with NCAA recommendations, UCCS will be halting games until further notice.

      Please read more and follow additional updates from Mountain Lion Athletics here. 

    • Information on visits, tours, orientation and more

      For prospective and admitted students and their families, we are excited to help you in your college search and to help you become a mountain lion. 

      Please utilize our resources as we help you complete visits and orientations in a virtual way this spring semester. 

    • We're ready to serve you

      Get assistance through Disability Services while remotely learning and working through Teams and more. Contact Disability Services via dservice@uccs.edu

    • Guidance on financial impact

      The UCCS Controller's Office set up this list of guidelines on how to handle both general university expenses and sponsored projects, expenditures.

      Please read these guidelines and information closely. 

    • Working to fuel the success of our military affiliated students

      Please reach out to at military@uccs.edu with any questions and concerns.  

      We will be monitoring that email box during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  We are not able to answer the office phones, nor respond to voicemails, so please do reach out via email.

    • Resources by the Colorado Department of Higher Education

      A frequently updated list of resources available to students and faculty members is available and maintained by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 

       

    • Research Resources and Information

      Please visit our Office of Research page for information on how research is impacted by the remote work policy. 

      Please visit our Comptroller's site for guidance on sponsored projects and funding. 

    • Information on the copy center, bookstore and more

      BOOKSTORE:

      • The UCCS Bookstore continues to process orders placed online. Students have the option to have the order shipped to them (in-state shipping is free), or request a curbside pick-up Monday through Friday by appointment. Make sure to include a phone number for staff to contact you to coordinate the pick-up time. Get answers to your Bookstore-specific Q&A by visiting their site here.

      RECREATION

      • Campus Recreation is offering remote programs and self-guided activity options for students and the UCCS Community. All programs and activities can be found on the Campus Recreation website here. Additions will be made each Monday to the resources, programs, and activities available on the Campus Recreation website. 

        For additional questions, email rec@uccs.edu

      COPY CENTER

      • The UCCS Copy Center is still able to support needs on campus. While there are no reductions in service, your projects may take a little longer, and there is no walk-in service (scheduled pick ups only). Continue to send projects by email at printshp@uccs.edu.  

      ATHLETICS:

      • All games and events are canceled through the end of the spring season. 
    • COVID-19 EHS Resources

      Find information about disinfecting your office or workspace.

    • Relevant UCCS Policy

      Be sure to read and understand relevant policies in this rapidly-changing time. 

    • Adjusted Occupancy Information

      Explore updated occupancy information for classrooms and labs.

    External Resources
    Health & Wellness Departments
    • Up-to-date info from the CDC

      Stay up to date on the national impact of COVID-19 by following this department's updates.

    • CDPHE Information

      Stay informed on the COVID-19 impact upon Colorado by following this department's updates. 

    • Our County's Public Health Department

      Stay up to date on the COVID-19 impact upon El Paso County by following this department's updates.

    Please note: The UCCS COVID-19 website is updated multiple times daily. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us