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April 5, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In less than a month, we'll take Spring Break (May 1-9) and then return — virtually — to finish classes (May 10-16) and take final examinations (May 17-20). The entire campus community has done phenomenal work to band together and continue learning in-person while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Thank you!

Here's what's next for us, Mavs:

  • Vaccinations are now open to the general public in Colorado. We continue to urge the campus community to schedule a vaccination and/or notify CMU if they have received one. Details and links to sign up are in our March 29 update.
  • Vaccinations are critical to our success, and if you have questions please consult the available data and schedule time to speak with Dr. Michael Reeder here at CMU for one-on-one guidance.
  • Mesa County is at Level Blue in the state's COVID dial and based on current trends we may be operating at Level Green soon.
  • Based on the above we anticipate our campuses will be able to relax mask and social distancing protocols and safely move back toward our pre-pandemic operations and protocols starting on May 1.
  • Our COVID-19 testing site will relocate to the Student Wellness Center and transition to purely symptomatic testing beginning May 1. We anticipate having the ability for same-day diagnostic tests on campus for fall operations.
  • We will turn our contact tracing operations back to our partners at Mesa County Public Health in the coming weeks.
  • Staff redeployed supporting testing and contact tracing operations will return to their primary, original functions. When you see them back at their “day jobs” please give them an elbow bump for an incredible job well done!

As always, we will continue to closely monitor data and recommendations of our medical advisory team and partners. As final decisions are made, we will continue to communicate with you.

This year brought many challenges, but as our co-chair of the Safe Together, Strong Together Task Force, Dr. Amy Bronson, is fond of saying, it's not been a 'less than' year, it's been a year of great accomplishments. To name just a few:

  • 1,950 first-time entering students — including 881 who are the first in their families to go to college — came to CMU and started their education. Most of whom may not have had that chance if we had not chosen to safely reopen for in-person learning.
  • We have added valuable knowledge about virology through our campus' partnership and collaboration with Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard.
  • We have been able to extend vital services to our broader community, both with COVID-19 testing and, more recently, with mobile vaccination units.

Thank you for your perseverance and resiliency. Finish strong. Hang tight and continue to practice the protocols that kept us safe. Register for fall classes. And, for our soon-to-be graduates, I'll see you on May 22 for one of our two in-person ceremonies!

Thank you,
Tim Foster, President