UNC COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
- June 30 - The first edition of the new weekly COVID-19 digest was published and sent to students, parents, faculty and staff. This will be emailed every week with the latest news regarding our efforts related to the fall semester and keeping the UNC campus community safe. Read the Weekly Digest
- June 25 - Starting Aug. 14, students will start to move into campus housing. Along with UNC's Reopening plan, development of COVID-19 awareness training for students, faculty and sfaff is currently underway. Updates will be posted as soon as they are finalized. Watch the Campus Update
- June 18 - UNC will require cloth face coverings be worn by all students, faculty, and staff. Campus building card access will be restored for all buildings on July 13th, a state-mandated 50% occupancy cap will be observed in all working and learning areas. Watch the Campus Update
- June 12 - UNC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to keep tuition for the 2020-21 academic year flat. This decision is important given the effect an increase would have on our students and their families as they deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the Board of Trustees meeting recap
- The University of Northern Colorado is preparing to safely resume in-person instruction Aug. 24 with the start of the fall semester. Campus leaders are also determining flexible course delivery options to ensure campus health and safety while maximizing learning outcomes for students. Read President Feinstein's message to campus June 9th
- UNC Tuition Will Not Increase in Academic Year 2020-21
- Planning a Safe Return to Campus on August 24
- UNC Distribution of CARES Act Emergency Grants and Disaster Relief Funds
- An End of Semester Message
- Update on Efforts to Address COVID-19 Related Financial Impacts
Weekly Campus Operational Update
President Feinstein and his cabinet meet remotely on a weekly basis to discuss the
structure in place for managing UNC's response. Full transcripts are provided in the
Operational Update archives.
The latest communications from UNC leadership regarding COVID-19 resources, changes and information.
UNC has a dedicated group of staff providing accurate information and answers to questions related to coronavirus.
Curated articles featuring UNC students, alumni, faculty and staff on a variety of topics relating to COVID-19.
Health & Safety on Campus
The University of Northern Colorado’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for our health care providers, safety for our staff, safety for our faculty and students and for the community. The primary goals for UNC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff and continue the institution’s vital missions of education and research.
Things You Should Know
Last Updated June 26, 2020 4:25 PM
UNC will require cloth face masks to be worn on campus through the summer and fall semesters. Exceptions to the requirement based on state and federal health guidelines are currently being developed for certain situations, such as eating in dining rooms, lecturing in classrooms and working out in the campus recreation center.
Returning to Campus in the Fall Semester
UNC’s reopening plan is nearing completion and will be posted online once it’s finalized. It will include campus protocols around health and safety. Signs will be placed around campus that reinforce messaging about appropriate distancing, personal responsibility and mask wearing.
- Academics: Facilities will look different this fall with unique classroom spaces on campus.
Classroom capacity will decrease with six-foot distancing between desks. Because of
this, the University Center’s ballrooms and event spaces as well as group fitness
spaces in the campus rec will serve as classrooms during the day. Information Management
and Technology is working to ensure all of these spaces are configured with the necessary
technology. Provost Mark Anderson said preliminary data shows that about 50% of instruction
will be in person, either solely face to face or a mix with a virtual component. He
said the final schedule is on track to be released by July 6.
- Dining: Dine-in seating has been approved for UNC’s dining halls, and outdoor seating will
also be available during nice weather conditions. Dining options will include grab-and-go
and/or frozen meals (traditional buffets won’t be available based on public-health
guidance). Catering will be operational and available to the local community.
- Move-In: Starting Aug. 14, students will start to move into campus housing. Each student
will be assigned a time and date, which will be included in their housing assignment
notification scheduled to be sent Tuesday. Instructions on how to change the assigned
time and date will also be included.
- Training: COVID-19 awareness training is currently being developed. It will be required for all students and employees.
Planning for Our Return in the Fall Semester
UNC is preparing to safely resume in-person instruction Aug. 24 with the start of its fall semester. Campus leaders are also determining flexible course delivery options to ensure campus health and safety while maximizing learning outcomes for students. Decisions regarding individual course delivery options are expected by the end of June. Every decision being made is informed through active coordination with state and local public health officials as well as guidance from the CDC.
Distribution of CARES Act Emergency Funds
The U.S. government enacted the federal CARES Act to provide money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to give emergency grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. UNC has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification Agreement to assure that we intend to use, no less than 50 percent of the $7,650,214 received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Health and Safety Precautions
The UNC Student Health Center is providing COVID-19 viral tests and antibody tests for members of the UNC community.
Contact tracing protocols are being developed through the UNC Student Health Center in the event cases are diagnosed on campus.
Re-Entry Task Forces
The logistics task force has been working to determine classroom configurations and foot traffic flow in buildings as well as social distancing measures to include but not limited to signage, floor decals and adding clear barriers such as plexiglass at point of service areas to keep our students, staff and faculty safe. UNC public health faculty experts are also being consulted to discuss safety measures in housing, dining, and recreation areas.
Virtual Town Halls
President Andy Feinstein, Provost Anderson, and Vice President Rodriguez have been attending virtual town halls with admitted students and their families to answer questions about the fall semester. Similar town hall events are also being planned for current students.
Employee Assistance Program
UNC is continuing to make its Employee Assistance Program available during this time. We are here to support you with both professional and personal concerns that may impacting your overall well-being. Services are available by calling the counseling center 970-351-2496 or reaching out by email to UNCCounselingCenter@unco.edu.