Message from Auraria Executives and Mayor Hancock

Dear CityHawks,

We’re writing to thank you for your efforts in successfully keeping our community safe and healthy since the start of the semester. Our institutions, in partnership with the city of Denver, have worked tirelessly to coordinate a safe return to our all of our locations, one that protects your health and safety, mitigates risk, and prevents COVID-19 from spreading within our community. Our ability to implement these plans has hinged largely on your adherence to our campus safety protocols.

Across the nation, several residential campuses have already had to pivot to remote operations because of COVID-19 outbreaks. Our situation is quite different since, as you know, many of our students commute to campus and live in communities across the Denver-metro area. While large on-campus gatherings are not as much of a risk for us, we expect the public health situation on our campuses will be inextricably linked to that of the city.  

Given that, we are especially reliant on our campus community to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus while off-campus. We would like to remind you of the importance of upholding public health guidelines both on and off-campus. Wear a face covering. Wash your hands. Keep your distance from others. Limit large gatherings. Adhere to isolation and quarantine protocols.  

As conditions continue to change rapidly, we are making careful decisions that factor in the public health situation both on campus and in the city of Denver and are guided by the best science and data available. We will continue to keep you informed about these decisions, especially if we need to shift our mode of operation to remote working, teaching, and learning.  

Thank you again for choosing to act responsibly and doing your part to keep our community safe. Our ability to remain healthy—and for the College to maintain in-person learning and services—depends on it.  


Everette Freeman 
President, Community College of Denver 

Janine Davidson 
President, Metropolitan State University of Denver 

Michelle Marks 
Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver 

Colleen Walker 
CEO, Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC)  

Michael B. Hancock 
Mayor, City and County of Denver