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CMU has devised a plan in collaboration with medical experts and healthcare leaders to design a safe return to campus based on scientific evidence and medical best practices.


To reach our goal, planning committees have worked through detailed re-start plans focused on major sets of guiding questions that address three primary areas of focus and goals of the team.


Define best practices and the training needed for the campus community to ensure a safe return to campus.

What training is necessary for students, faculty and staff to safely open campus and return to in-class learning? What safety precautions, accommodations and behavior modifications are necessary for a safe return to campus? How does campus leadership implement policies and procedures to promote and ensure safety on campus? What changes will be implemented in daily operations and how will these changes be implemented by fall?


Implement guidelines and practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will the community medical experts, campus health teams and student health work together to ensure that CMU’s plans for a safe return to campus has scientifically based, rigorous protocols that reflect best practices to address preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Virus screening and testing

Define the most effective and clinically-proven strategies for virus screening and testing that address health and safety of students, faculty and staff in returning to campus.

How will campus experts collaborate with community health experts to approve a methodologically rigorous screening and testing protocol to address campus and community safety?         

Phase 3: Stronger Together

Return to Campus - August 2020

The Safe Together, Strong Together return plan and interim update was released July 17 and will be updated as pandemic conditions change. 

The path forward will be one of continuous adaption and the layering of strategies and tools. The CMU strategy will evolve as headlines, research, data and medical expert opinion informs an evolving strategy.

This adaptive strategy will live in a custom application (app) that students, faculty and staff can download onto their smartphones. The “Scout” web and mobile app will be the hub for COVID-19 adaption and serve as a digital passport to campus. The campus community will use this app to track symptoms, report contacts, and will be central to our efforts to mitigate any spread of COVID-19 on campus. A complementary back-end app will be used by the ST2/COVID-19 team to monitor and respond to what is happening at an institutional level.

CMU will work to overcome desires for simple answers, and will take a nuanced, thoughtful approach to maximizing safety, minimizing risk and delivering critically important in-person instruction at CMU.

Layering strategies and tools will create an effective shield to protect the Mavily.


Phase 2: Building Capacity

Implementation of Safe Together, Strong Together Operations Plan - June 2020

Phase 1: Providing a Safe Path

Pilot Openings and Development of Operations - May 2020

In April 2020, CMU partnered with Mesa County Public Health and Community Hospital to design partial opening plans for the CMU Recreation Center, The Maverick Stores and a small number of outdoor recreation facilities. This pilot opening was selected based on what current state and county orders allowed. The openings are meant to test the effectiveness of the team planning and partnerships outlined in this overview.

The focus of Phase 1 is also to consolidate the work from each team into an operational plan to be submitted to health officials in June 2020.