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President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog

Block 8 Update

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

While we hoped to finish out our academic year together, in our small classes on our beautiful campus, it is now clear that to ensure the health and safety of our community during the Coronavirus outbreak, we must teach both Block 7 and Block 8 via distance learning.

Being apart from our friends, professors, and colleagues, and, for most, being away from campus, are huge disappointments. We love the opportunities to learn, perform, compete, present, create, explore, and collaborate in this special place with each other. This is hard for all of us.

The Coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented and quickly changing situation. The number of confirmed cases is growing rapidly, and state and national measures to mitigate risk are continually evolving. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and the White House advised against gatherings of more than 10 people. Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered all restaurants and bars in the state to stop dine-in service for 30 days. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers declared a state of emergency.

At CC, we must take additional strong actions to minimize risk and do our best to keep our campus community – and the broader community – safe and healthy.

Consequently, we are taking the following measures:

  • Both Block 7 and Block 8 classes will be delivered via distance learning. Our faculty and staff are putting in tremendous energy and creativity to adapt courses for distance learning, and most classes are moving forward. A few classes cannot be adapted and will be canceled. The Advising Hub is helping students navigate the impact of these changes.
  • Students still on campus should leave campus tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, no later than 5 p.m., and remain off campus until further notice. Students who can take all of their belongings with them should do so now. Students will receive additional communication from their residential life coordinator on the move-out/check-out process shortly.
  • Room and board will be provided only to students who have no other option and have been previously approved to remain on campus. However, all students who can leave are encouraged to go.
  • Students who need emergency assistance should contact John Lauer, associate vice president for Student Life, jlauer@coloradocollege.edu. Send other Student Life questions to Zak Kroger,zkroger@coloradocollege.edu.
  • We have not yet decided about Commencement, but will communicate that as soon as possible. While it seems unlikely that we will be able to celebrate in mid-May in the traditional way, one way or another, we will come together to celebrate our graduating seniors.

These have been very difficult decisions. We hoped that early actions to reduce exposure to this virus would have allowed us to come together again at the end of our academic year when we celebrate so many achievements and milestones.

While that is not possible, our faculty and staff are working hard to create distance-learning classes that are exciting, challenging, and engaging. In addition, we will find new ways to bring people together, honor the accomplishments and hard work of our students, and create the special experience that is CC, delivered in a different way.

If you have questions, visit https://coloradocollege.edu/coronavirus and the FAQs there. If you still need information, email covid19@coloradocollege.edu; please leave your phone number if you prefer a personal call back.

As we work through this very trying time, we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and strong, and that we all can come together again soon.

Sincerely,

Jill Tiefenthaler, President

Alan Townsend, Provost

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