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Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to you today to share a few updates regarding changes to our current stage in the Campus Access and Support Plan, events, and travel.

Moving to Phase IIIA

We are moving to a soft opening of the campus to Phase IIIA of our Campus Access and Support Plan officially on July 15. We will announce this plan more broadly to the campus community next week. This is in alignment with the state of Colorado’s move to Level III, Protect Our Neighbors.  In Phase IIIA, we will no longer require multi-level permission to access campus. Individuals who would like to return, must request access. Return to campus will still require twice daily symptom monitoring, ID access to buildings, and coordination regarding scheduling to follow dedensification requirements. By requesting access through the portal, these steps will be initiated.  Phase IIIA will also reduce dedensification requirements to six-foot distancing and 50% occupancy per room, while removing the 50 person per building cap and the 10 person per class or event restrictions. Events and travel are also changing, as described below.


Due to the square footage requirements for six-feet social distancing and 50% occupancy, the University of Denver cannot accommodate events larger than 100 people, and in most cases, no larger than 50 people. From now until at least August 15, DU is prohibiting events consisting of external guests (those not holding an 87#). Internal essential events will be allowed, following dedensification requirements of six-foot social distancing and 50% occupancy or less. Essential events are those required for training, job performance, teaching, etc. Outside guest speakers will be allowed and required to follow visitor protocols. Requests will be managed through the 25Live event management. All events fitting these criteria will be approved through 25Live when space is available. Requests that fall outside these criteria will be required to submit an exceptions request to These will be reviewed for recommendation to the provost and senior vice chancellor for financial and business affairs. Approved exceptions will be then routed back through 25Live.

If you have questions related to events, please contact Sarah Adams.

Isolation after Travel

DU Community members returning from travel from a state that does not have widespread outbreaks of the virus may return to campus after travel while monitoring symptoms. Widespread is defined as a seven-day average of 10 or more new cases per 100,000 state residents. A list of the states exceeding the threshold will be published each Friday on the DU COVID-19 website, beginning Friday, July 17.

Individuals returning from travel from a state that has widespread outbreaks or from international travel will be asked to self-quarantine for 10 days. More information about travel guidance can be found on the DU COVID-19 website.

If you have questions related to travel, please contact your supervisor.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and cooperation as we move through this time and make adjustments to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

Best regards,