The University of Northern Colorado has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and providing regular updates to the UNC community as the situation changes.
President Feinstein and his cabinet are remotely meeting on a daily basis to discuss the structure in place for managing UNC's response.
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
The health and safety of our community is our primary concern in this fluid situation, and we are making decisions as warranted following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), state government, and state and county health departments. These decisions are being made to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect the UNC community.
A Message from President Andy Feinstein: UNC Distribution of CARES Act Emergency Grants and Disaster Relief Funds
The disruptions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few months have had a direct financial impact on many of our students and their families. The University of Northern Colorado recently applied for and received approximately $3.8M from the United States Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to our students to offset some of the unexpected expenses they are experiencing. [READ FULL POST]
Board of Trustees Special Meeting
The UNC Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting on April 22, 2020 to discuss the potential budget implications of COVID-19 on the university.
An hourlong Q&A session with President Andy Feinstein and CFO Michelle Quinn followed the 2-hour meeting.
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Distribution of CARES Act Emergency Funds
The U.S. government recently 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.
Planning for Our Return in the Fall Semester
In order to help our community by limiting contact with others and to expand social distancing, all in-person university events and meetings through July 31 have been canceled. This will include in-person classes (all summer courses will be delivered online), New Student Orientations, Concerts Under the Stars, Little Theatre of the Rockies, sports camps, summer enrichment programs, and other events on campus or sanctioned by the university. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to hold activities that can leverage technology as an alternative to meeting in person.
UNC will offer prorated credits to students who moved out of the residence halls and/or
have meal plans they were unable to use after campus transitioned to online courses
in mid-March. These credits will be back dated to begin on March 23, 2020. The prorated
credit will be calculated based on each student’s individual dining plan and housing
Students living off-campus who stopped using their meal plans after spring break will receive a dining credit applied to their student account for Fall 2020. The credit will be calculated from Monday, March 23 through Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Students with questions regarding their account, billing, registration or financial aid should contact Bear Central at 970-351-4862
Working from Home
The University is asking everyone to follow CDC best practices during this pandemic and follow social distancing standards. Specifically, we are asking employees who are not designated as essential and who are able to work from home to do so. Please continue to work with your supervisor on essential personnel assignments and arrangements for working from home. Working from home agreement forms are available on the Human Resources COVID-19 website, and a work-from-home toolkit is available.
Resources for the Transition to Virtual Meetings, Events, and Alternate Delivery of Instruction
Information Management and Technology (IM&T) has developed several useful resources, including a quick reference guide on how to create a Microsoft Teams meeting. Microsoft also has a good Teams resource library. If you encounter technology challenges, have a question, or need to request technology resources, IM&T has created a special ticketing category for questions or requests specifically related to efforts to sustain business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once inside the portal, search for “COVID19.” A service request item will appear, allowing you to submit your request or question.
UNC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Instructional Design and Development team have developed resources to help faculty convert their instruction to an on-line format. Faculty are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these.
Access to Buildings: Facilities Lockdown
As of Friday March 27 at 5 p.m., all campus buildings are only accessible to those who have been designated as essential employees. At that time, normal key-card access to buildings was discontinued, and only essential employees will have access. We have been working with Vice Presidents and Deans to develop a list of essential employees.
If you forgot something and absolutely must come back after this date, you may contact UNC Police Department Dispatch by phone at 970-351-2245 to schedule a time to gain access to the building. Please understand that officers may not be able to assist at the time that is most convenient to you, as they are responsible for attending to other issues and emergencies throughout the day. You must have your Bear Card to identify yourself and any keys necessary to enter your office or lab. You will be asked to leave the building after retrieving your belongings.
On Thursday, March 19, Human Resources sent an email to all student workers and their supervisors outlining the University’s commitment to pay student workers through April 30, 2020. Some students will continue to report to work on campus and others may be permitted to work from home. Those whose work does not allow for either of these options will still be paid through April. If you are a supervisor for student employees on campus, please refer to the email that was sent for additional details and communicate with your students regularly.
Open Enrollment for Classified Staff
There are changes to UNC’s medical insurance providers this year. All classified staff are required to log into BenefitSolver and make elections during the open enrollment period or risk losing insurance coverages. Human Resources will send open enrollment materials to classified staff at their home address this week. There will be instructions included in your materials on how to contact Human Resources with any questions or to assist in makes selections if you do not have internet access. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 970-351-2718.
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.
Spring 2020 Graduate & Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
We are planning to host the spring 2020 graduation activities the same weekend as our fall 2020 ceremonies—the weekend of December 11-13. There will be separate ceremonies celebrating each class. The resilient, formidable members of UNC’s spring 2020 graduating class will have their own time to shine. Those who are unable to attend in December will be invited to join us for Spring Commencement in May 2021.
We will share additional details with graduates soon so they can make arrangements to attend with their families and others who have supported them throughout your lives and education.