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.
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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.
March 27, 2020: We have all used the word unprecedented more times than we can count lately, but few words better reflect the recent changes in our personal and professional lives. For several weeks, UNC has sought to manage wide ranging impacts to our students, staff, and faculty, sustain the health and safety of our community, and ensure the continuous delivery of our core academic mission and support functions—even before the federal, state, and local response to the Coronavirus pandemic accelerated. [READ FULL POST]
Last Updated April 2, 2020 1:16 PM
Updates on Housing & Dining
UNC residence halls will remain open for those students who do not have an alternative place to live. Please communicate your housing plans with your hall director or the UNC Housing office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UNC Dining will provide meals out of Holmes Dining Hall between 10:30-1:30 daily. Due to social distancing guidance the door will be monitored and only ten people will be allowed to enter at a time.
UNC will offer prorated credits to students who move out of the residence halls and/or
have meal plans they are now unable to use. 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 assignment.
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.
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.
Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at UNC
University of Northern Colorado has been informed that a UNC employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The employee has not been on campus since mid-March. To protect the individual’s privacy, and to be consistent with Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment public notifications, no identifying information will be provided. The individual’s close contacts are being notified.
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 Beginning Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.
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.
All In-Person Events and Meetings Canceled for the Remainder of Spring 2020 Semester
In order to help our community by limiting contact with others and to expand social distancing, all in-person university events and meetings for the remainder of the semester have been canceled. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to hold activities that can leverage technology as an alternative to meeting in person.
Spring 2020 Graduate & Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Based on guidance from CDC and others, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Spring graduation ceremonies. We are working on alternate plans to allow our spring graduates a chance to celebrate their commencement in the future and will share plans as soon as we are able.