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Message from President Foster

CMU and coronavirus COVID-19

As President of Colorado Mesa University, the wellness and health of students and the campus community is a top priority as our team plans and prepares a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The presidents of Colorado’s public colleges and universities are communicating with one another while we also engage state and local health officials. This high level of response is a result of ensuring our team uses the most accurate and up to date health information as we respond to COVID-19.

At this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus or in Mesa County. While this is good news, I have a responsibility to plan for and assume that cases may emerge on our campus or in our community.

I have asked CMU’s Vice President for Student Services to coordinate a campus-wide response planning effort. As a result, we are looking at alternative ways to deliver coursework and contingencies for campus operations.

I understand you may have questions about campus closures, classes, events, and or even our May commencement ceremony. At this time CMU is under normal operations and classes will resume after spring break. New information and input from health officials may modify the status quo, and may change our response. Campus services, housing, staff availability, events and classes could be affected, among a longer list of areas impacted.

To update you moving forward, information will be posted to CMU’s recently-published COVID-19 information webpage. This site will provide CMU specific information as well as new sources of information and preparation materials.

Shortly, you will receive a spring break travel advisory and COVID-19 best practices update from our Vice President Student Services as you prepare to leave campus.

Know that this situation has the full attention of our leadership team and that all decisions moving forward will be made with the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff as top priority.


Written by Tim Foster