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May 7, 2021

Dear Campus Community:

As the spring semester winds down, and following the Governor’s updated executive order on May 1, below are CMU’s updated COVID-19 protocols effective today, May 7. These protocols have been crafted with input and advice from our medical and public health partners.
  • We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to get vaccinated.
  • We ask that all members of the campus community practice mindful masking and protocols established by Mesa County Public Health for Five-Star Businesses (i.e., MCPH Free to Choose Resolution).
  • Face coverings are no longer required for employees while at work.
  • Employees who are concerned about their safety within their work environment are encouraged to get vaccinated and/or wear a face covering.
  • Designated employees who regularly interact with guests, visitors and/or customers must continue to wear masks indoors when interacting with members of the public and distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Campus visitors and vendors are encouraged to wear masks when entering, exiting and moving about an indoor space.
  • Please respect that many in the campus community will choose to continue to wear a mask at all times and we must honor and respect one another’s decision to do so (or not).
  • As colleagues and others from outside of your immediate team engage with you, please consider asking their preference.
  • Cleaning and sanitation protocols remain in effect. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will remain omnipresent throughout campus.
  • Most classroom configurations are being returned to their pre-pandemic state for summer sessions. We are working alongside academic leaders and faculty to carefully evaluate all instructional spaces as we did prior to Fall 2020. In keeping with long-established academic practices, faculty are respected as the managers of their classrooms, and in some instances they make modifications (I.e. retaining 12’ distance from students in the class) that are consistent with overall university guidelines.
  • Plexiglass dividers will, in most cases, be removed.
  • Scout will continue to be used as a wellness tool for campus, however attestation will invert with the start of summer classes on May 24. Daily attestation will not be required for those individuals who are feeling well/not experiencing symptoms. If you do not feel well, you are required to attest via Scout as well as notify your supervisor/HR, per university sick leave protocols. Students may visit the Student Wellness Center for diagnostic COVID-19 testing. Employees should visit their primary care provider. Anyone exhibiting a dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, fatigue, or a recent loss of taste or smell should consider diagnostic testing and consult with their supervisor to possibly work from home and/or take sick leave while they get appropriate medical care from their doctor.
  • Social responsibility is paramount. Mavericks will observe universal precautions in an effort to keep the entire campus and Grand Junction community safe. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.

Protocols will be piloted throughout the summer term and will inform fall protocols. CMU is maintaining regular contact with our public health and medical advisory partners. We will continue to communicate changes and protocols throughout the summer and as we prepare to return to campus this fall.

Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 site and email safety@coloradomesa.edu with any questions.

Best,

Dr. Amy Bronson, Co-Chair – Safe Together Strong Together
VP John Marshall, Co-Chair – Safe Together Strong Together