Message from President DeSanctis | The Decision to Transition to Remote

April 30, 2024

Dear CityHawk Community,

As I shared with you previously, our Auraria Campus has joined the growing list of nationwide campuses experiencing encampments and protest activities. While we recognize that college campuses are traditionally safe havens for civic engagement, freedom of expression should not come at the expense of respect for one another and must adhere to campus policies.

The difficult decision to move to remote operations and learning was made after unsuccessful efforts to appeal to protesters to exercise their free speech rights while also complying with campus policy.

Many of our classes, events, and operations were impacted on Friday, April 26. The continuity of academic and student services is best protected by moving to remote operations and learning during this fluid and volatile situation.

I understand this is not how you envisioned ending the semester, but this decision reflects our commitment to your academic success without distraction or distress. We know these are trying times, but they are temporary. Let’s not let this distract us from all your personal achievements to date and the exciting milestones to come.

I encourage everyone to prioritize their safety and well-being. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Warm regards,
Dr. Marielena DeSanctis
Community College of Denver