Campus Life & Co-Curriculars
The University is a residential campus, encouraging first-time, first-year and second-year students to reside in on-campus housing. To support on-campus and off-campus living in 2020-21, we are providing additional guidance to enhance the health and well-being of our community. For example, we have increased the number of single occupancy rooms for first time first-year students from 0% to 56%. This allows us to both reduce risk and to increase options for isolation should students be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. We have also designated an entire building as a space for isolation and quarantine of individuals who are exposed to or become ill with COVID-19. To support the additional singles, we have rented additional space off campus.
The University has worked to secure housing for all of our undergraduate and graduate students who, as of June 18, 2020, had signed Housing and Residential Education (HRE) housing contracts or active housing applications for University owned or operated housing or any of the four University owned and/or operated facilities in Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL).
DU Community Campaign: Protect DU
Campaign to create education and awareness about the services available to students: Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, in partnership with our COVID-19 Coordinator and campus partners, created awareness campaigns for the services currently available to students through organizations and student governments during events like orientation. These services set expectations for students while prioritizing support.
Policies: Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, with the help of campus partners, has reviewed and adapted various policies surrounding student support, conduct and responsibility, and has defined guiding behavior policies for accountability using a preventative, educational approach regarding students’ responsibility for their health and the community health.
- Culture and Education Approach through campaigns and social norming:
- Community commitment campaign that “Being part of the DU Community means that each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and persistently protect each other, on campus and in the community. Accountable together, I commit to take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others and to help keep the DU community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections as identified and instructed by the University.”
- Our guiding principles underscore that “at DU we look out for each other, we respect each other and we commit to protecting our community together. Today, as the effects of the pandemic impact our friends, our families and our world, we must work to protect the health and safety of every member of our campus community.”
DU student leaders, staff and campus partners are developing a community campaign to articulate our shared commitment to protecting ourselves, each other and our community. As we return to campus, again this winter/spring we ask each other to renew our commitment to protecting our community together.