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Mary Clark

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December 3, 2020

Dear colleagues,

As we shared in early November, in light of the rise of COVID-19 rates nationwide and in Denver, we are scaling back in-person operations until the winter term begins in early January. See below for information on this process. Also below, please find further details about the upcoming holiday time, including flexibility for essential personnel.


Beginning next week, most of the community will return to working remotely. The Sturm College of Law community, however, will maintain its current, phase III, on-campus population through the end of their final exam period. Please review your status to find out if you are designated for phase II or phase I campus access. At that portal, you will also find a request form to revise your status if you wish to do so. 

This move to remote work will occur in two steps:

  1. On Saturday, December 5, only those designated as phase I or phase II on PioneerWeb will remain working on campus.
  2. On Saturday, December 19, campus access will be further limited to only essential personnel—those designated as phase I on PioneerWeb.

Below are additional changes triggered by the move to phase II and I:

  • Only 20 percent of the community is permitted to be on campus
  • Rooms and offices must not exceed 50 percent capacity
  • Visitation to campus will be strictly limited
  • The fitness center will remain closed through winter break
  • Anderson Academic Commons will be open to its staff only, and outdoor locker and curb-side checkout will continue

Please work with your supervisor if you have questions about your status, working remotely, or the move to phase II and I. Thank you, as always, to our essential personnel for keeping our beautiful campus running during this challenging time.


Early Release on Friday, December 18

Under normal circumstances, we would gather for our annual holiday party on December 18. We are sad not to have this DU tradition this year but are glad to announce an early release at noon on the 18th.

Additional paid holiday on Thursday, December 24

In recognition and appreciation of your work, Thursday, December 24, will be added to the paid holiday break for all non-essential faculty and staff. The holiday break will now begin on December 24 with work resuming on January 4.  We wish you the very best as you enjoy this time to recharge and connect with family and friends.

Supervisors have been asked to provide flexibility for essential personnel so that they, too, can experience a benefit from all that this year has demanded of them. They are encouraged to reach out to their HR Partner to discuss options and then communicate directly with essential personnel about their plans.

Thank you for all that you do for our community, and our very best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season and some well-deserved rest and relaxation!


Mary Clark
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Jerron Lowe
Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Resources