Guiding Principles & Values

The University of Denver is committed to a proactive, inclusive and supportive response to COVID-19 that honors our vision as a private university dedicated to the public good. Beginning with our first decision to recall students who were studying abroad and moving through lifting finals and then spring courses online and returning in-person last fall, we have maintained a commitment to excellence in our educational experience, to our community’s health and well-being, and above all to the safety of our students, staff and faculty. We moved online last spring quickly and effectively—maintaining many aspects of our high-touch teacher-scholar model—with the deep engagement of faculty and students. Because an in-person class experience resonates with our community and core mission, we worked diligently to return in-person for the 2020-21 academic year with adaptations that prioritize health, safety and well-being while on campus. As we implement these plans, we continue to refine them through the thoughtful input of our task forces, engagement with scientific and industry insights, guidance from our health partner, National Jewish Health, collaboration with other higher education institutions in Colorado, and compliance with federal, state, and local public health guidance and state and local public health orders. The most up-to-date information, additional supporting documentation, and broadly relevant FAQs can be found at the University’s COVID-19 website, as well as via our COVID-19 dashboards. Information specific to our internal community can be found on our COVID-19 Portfolio page.

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