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May 2014

Universitywide News

Thank our ASCEND donors

ascend thank you(May 27, 2014) Help us thank the many donors who have generously donated more than $460 million during our ASCEND campaign by spelling out "Thank You" on the Driscoll Green for a video. Join us on Wednesday, May 28 at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.





Seeking volunteers for student move-out – June 2-6

(May 27, 2014) Each year, students in the residence halls leave tons (literally) of items when they move out of the residence halls. We collect those items to donate to a variety of nonprofit organizations; last year we donated over 15,000 pounds of items to three nonprofits. This year, we need your help to load those items onto the trucks during finals week, June 2-6. The work entails helping to sort donated items into the correct bins and loading the donations onto the trucks. If interested, please sign up for a 90-minute shift (and log your hours in the 1864 Service Challenge). Housing and Residential Education will provide lunch for all of the volunteers on Friday, June 6 after everything is loaded up!

DU Hockey Select-A-Seat

(May 27, 2014) The annual DU Hockey Select-A-Seat is right around the corner! Join us on Friday, June 13 at Magness Arena from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to pick out that perfect seat for the 2014-2015 season. Opponents include Air Force, Boston College, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Season tickets start at $198! For more information, please call 303-871-4625 or click here.

Phishing alert

(May 27, 2014) Last week, you may have received an email with a subject line of "Secure Access." This is a phishing email attempting to get your personal information, DU credentials, or other sensitive information. If you did click on any links in the email and especially if you entered information on a website, please contact the UTS Help Center (303-871-4700) immediately so we can take measures to protect your information.

MERS and international travel

(May 27, 2014) The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) along with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) would like to remind anyone traveling internationally of a potential health concern called MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). MERS is a viral respiratory illness that causes severe acute symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients have had kidney failure and about half of people infected with MERS have died. MERS has been shown to spread between people who are in close contact and currently there is no vaccine or effective treatment. There are no official travel restrictions in place because of MERS, but travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula are encouraged to follow standard precautions, such as good hand washing and avoiding contact with people who are ill. If you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries, you should see your healthcare provider and mention your recent travel. The HCC and ISSS would like for everyone to have a happy and healthy summer and encourages anyone traveling abroad to stay informed by clicking on the following links:

Pioneers shine in NCAA academic progress report

(May 20, 2014) The National Collegiate Athletic Association released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report and the University of Denver once again scored very well. All 17 varsity sports teams scored above 962 for the multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.


Joseph Korbel School to hold disaster exercise on campus

(May 20, 2014) The Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Work and Graduate School of Professional Psychology, will be holding a disaster simulation exercise on campus over Memorial Day weekend. The majority of the activity will be held inside and outside of Cherrington Hall.

Norovirus suspected at Ricks Center

(May 20, 2014) Recently, a number of students at the Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver have experienced symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. It is thought this illness is due to Norovirus. Norovirus is a contagious stomach virus that causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea within 24 to 72 hours of exposure. It affects both children and adults. The illness can last about two to three days.

At this time, we have no confirmed cases of Norovirus, at Ricks or elsewhere on campus. As a precaution, we are sharing with you the following information for your protection and to prevent the spread of illness on campus.

While there is no specific medicine to treat people infected with Norovirus, replacing fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhea is the main therapy. There is no vaccine to prevent Norovirus but there are specific measures you can take to avoid getting this troubling illness:

  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water especially after using the bathroom and always before eating, preparing, or handling food. The virus is commonly transmitted via direct person-to-person contact or touching contaminated surfaces or clothing. Hand sanitizer alone is not sufficient to kill the virus.
  • When you are sick, do not care for and avoid contact with others. Continue these precautions for two to three days after you are feeling better as the virus is still around.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook food thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Noroviruses are resistant to many commonly used disinfectants. If Norovirus is suspected, it is important to use a bleach solution (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach [5.25 percent] per gallon of water) or a disinfectant approved by the EPA with specific claims for activity against Norovirus.
  • Wash contaminated laundry thoroughly on the longest wash cycle and then machine dry them.

These simple steps can help you avoid getting sick and help prevent the spread of this virus. If you have special circumstances that might require medical attention – dehydration, fever, severe abdominal pain, ongoing symptoms – please contact your primary medical provider or the Health and Counseling Center with any questions. Remember, the best way to help prevent Norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness.

U.S. Department of Education sexual assault information release

(May 6, 2014) As you may have seen in the news last week, the U.S. Department of Education has published through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) a list of colleges and universities that have an open investigation involving sexual violence. Because there has been one claim filed with OCR by an individual at the University of Denver, we appeared on the list of 55 institutions. We are cooperating fully with the OCR; as of this date, it has made no determination on this claim.

The University of Denver takes all matters such as this very seriously. We handle any and all claims involving Title IX or similar laws fairly, judicially and expeditiously. Cases such as the one that led to the University appearing on the OCR list remain open until the OCR makes a final determination on the outcome.

The most important point is that the University has a zero tolerance when it comes to discrimination and harassment on and off campus. This is spelled out in this policy from our Office of Equal Opportunity.

The University not only conducts investigations of every complaint, we work proactively to combat sexual violence in our community. The Health & Counseling Center operates the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) which provides programs and resources to help promote healthy relationships, teach non-violence and equality and foster a respectful and safe environment for all members of the DU community.

In addition, the Office of Campus Safety makes available to our DU community the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.

Off campus, the University has relationships with nonprofit groups that deal with similar issues and can provide services to our community, such as the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, the Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence and the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault.

We hope that this context helps you understand the commitment we have at the University of Denver to maintain a safe, welcoming campus for all and to address any situation that threatens this goal. If you have questions, please contact the University's Title IX office at

ASCEND campaign receives 100th $1 million donation

(May 6, 2014) Last week, the University's ASCEND campaign received its 100th donation of $1 million or more. ASCEND: The Campaign for the University of Denver ends June 30, 2014, and is the most successful fundraising campaign in the University's history thanks to the 46,000 donors who have already participated, many of them faculty and staff. Thank you! If you haven't yet participated in this year's faculty and staff campaign, be part of history and make your gift to the ASCEND campaign today!

Graduations on campus

(May 6, 2014) Starting this weekend, it is once again time for DU to host school graduations, and some of these events have the potential to make parking an issue on the north side of campus. Review the schedule of events; on these days if you routinely park in Lots 108, 103, C, T, W, or L, you may want to plan to arrive for parking before the events begin and consider giving yourself a few extra minutes in the event your normal lot is full. You may also consider utilizing alternative transportation to campus. You will not be refused entry or have to pay extra to park in your assigned lot; however this does not guarantee spaces will be available.