Coronavirus Response Updates

Coronavirus Response Updates

Denver Seminary’s COVID-19 FAQs   |  Who should you contact with questions?

Updated July 31, 2020

Denver Seminary is planning to offer both residential and virtual course options this Fall. Due to the ongoing concerns about Covid-19, residential courses will require proper social distancing on campus as well as wearing masks in the classroom, per county and state mandates. The safety and well-being of the Denver Seminary community—students, faculty, and staff—remains a top priority. We are committed to offering a full slate of courses, so you can work toward the completion of your degree and to continue offering the excellent and rigorous course experience that you’ve come to expect at Denver Seminary.

We are looking forward to providing students the opportunity to participate in courses on campus, while also offering a variety of virtual courses for those who desire to continue learning via our Denver Live format or fully online. Should local, county, or state public health guidelines be reinstituted that will prohibit residential courses, we will transition those courses to a Zoom format.

If you have questions about the Federal government’s recent Student Exchange and Visitor Program guidance, please contact the Dean of Students

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Building Hours
Buildings are open during the following days and times. The number of people allowed in buildings will be restricted with no exceptions. Online/Zoom appointments are preferred, during standard business hours. 

Graber Building Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday closed.
The front desks will be attended to greet, log temperature, and call employees to meet their guests. All guests, including students meeting faculty, must be escorted and will not be allowed to stay in the building without a host. Guests may visit outside of public hours, as long as they are escorted by an employee.

Shepherd’s Gate clients and counselors meet by appointment only 
Monday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Tuesday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday Noon - 8 p.m. 

Library: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
25 patrons maximum at one time, with a time limit if there is a wait.

Wild Goose: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Online orders or takeaway only. Limited seating available.

  • Face coverings are mandatory on campus. 
  • All on-campus events are cancelled until further notice though it may be possible to host a meeting via Zoom. Events celebrating Commencement have been postponed until August.  

We actively monitor the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website, and the Tri-County Health Department website for updated information.

If you have questions, please reach out to the appropriate contact:

Students: Kristy McGarvey, interim dean of students, 303.357.5842
Faculty: Lynn Cohick, provost/dean, 303.762.6900
Staff: Wendi Gowing, director of HR, 303.762.6887
Admissions: Amy Carr, director of admissions, 303.762.6888
Student Housing: Housing Helpline, 303.357.5885

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: coughing, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing symptoms, seek medical help immediately from a health care facility or private physician. If you are experiencing symptoms, do NOT attend classes or other events and do NOT come into work. Please err on the side of staying in or staying home. Students or employees should not return to classes or work until they have been free of fever and other symptoms, without the use of fever or symptom-reducing medicines, for at least 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected globally. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat 
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you are experiencing symptoms, seek medical help immediately from a health care facility or private physician.

CDC recommendations if you have symptoms

How serious is the coronavirus?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19. The CDC notes that the risk is higher for older populations as well as those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease.

Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Denver Seminary community?

As of July 31, there have been 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Denver Seminary community. If you are a student with questions, please contact the dean of students. If you are an employee, please contact the director of HR. Others with questions, please contact the senior director of communications

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
-Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
-Through respiratory droplets produced by an infected person.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
Spread of COVID-19 is possible before people show symptoms. Wearing a mask can help you prevent the spread of the virus. 

Can it spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects?
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds is recommended. 

How easily does the virus spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading easily and sustainably.

What are current recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

-Face coverings are mandatory on campus. 
-Practice social distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance between yourself and others, and do not spend time in groups of people. 
-Avoid contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Do not sneeze or cough on your hands.
-Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces. 
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

Will classes or events be canceled at Denver Seminary?

Denver Seminary is planning to offer both residential and virtual course options this Fall. Due to the ongoing concerns about Covid-19, residential courses will require proper social distancing on campus and facemask. The safety and well-being of the Denver Seminary community—students, faculty and staff—remains a top priority. We are committed to offering a full slate of courses this Fall so you can work toward the completion of your degree and to continue offering the excellent and rigorous course experience that you’ve come to expect at Denver Seminary .

We are looking forward to providing students the opportunity to participate in courses on campus, while also offering a variety of virtual courses for those who desire to continue learning via our Denver Live format or fully online. Should local, county, or state public health guidelines be reinstituted that will prohibit residential courses, we will transition those courses to a Zoom format.  

All on-campus events are cancelled until further notice. All meetings with staff will be held via Zoom, or, for staff working on campus, in locations that afford for appropriate social distancing.

Are the Denver Seminary offices open? 

Denver Seminary will continue normal operations with the necessary adaptations in place. Buildings are open during the following days and times. The number of people allowed in buildings will be restricted with no exceptions. Online/Zoom appointments are preferred, during standard business hours.

Graber Building: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday closed.
The front desks will be attended to greet, log temperature, and call employees to meet their guests. All guests, including students meeting faculty, must be escorted and will not be allowed to stay in the building without a host. Guests may visit outside of public hours, as long as they are escorted by an employee.

Shepherd’s Gate: Clients and counselors - meet by appointment only. 
Monday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday Noon - 8 p.m.

Library: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
10 patrons maximum at one time with a time limit if there is a wait.

Wild Goose: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Online orders or takeaway only. Limited seating available.

The classroom building and chapel are closed.  

What if someone in my household contracts COVID-19. How do I protect myself and others from getting it?

The CDC provides recommendations for taking care of your home, your family members or roommates, and yourself if someone becomes infected. Read more here. If you live in Campus Housing and you or your roommate becomes infected, please contact Dee Maier, housing coordinator, for more information, 303.762.6923. If you are caring for someone who has presented Covid-19 symptoms, we ask that you not come to campus. 

I am planning to travel. Are there any restrictions?

There will be no Denver Seminary-sponsored travel until further notice.

Can I access the Denver Seminary library?

Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
25 patrons maximum at one time with a time limit if there is a wait.

Face coverings are mandatory at all times.

Temperature screening at entrance is mandatory. Those with temperatures over 100.3 will be denied admittance.

A health questionnaire must be completed and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or illness will be denied admittance

Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required.

Materials being returned should be placed in book drops or placed on cart at entrance. These items will be held in quarantine for a minimum of 24 hours. Exception: Reserve items should be returned to circulation desk where they will be sanitized before being re-shelved.

We encourage working offsite using digital materials when at all possible. For help with electronic resources, please contact Charlotte Nutter.

Is Student Housing still open?

Student Housing is still open to residents. 

If you have a maintenance request, you will receive a phone call prior to a staff member coming to your apartment. You must take this call and participate in a health screening before staff will be able to provide service to your apartment. Please do not let anyone who does not live in your home enter if you are showing any symptoms of any illness, COVID-19 related or not.

Please follow the current social distancing guidelines; remain a minimum of 6-feet apart and avoid gatherings, whether you are inside your home or outside.

Laundry rooms are being disinfected daily. However, please practice guidelines for sanitation and wipe down all washing machine and dryer faces and door handles whenever you use the appliances. 

Is Denver Seminary holding its May Commencement Ceremony?

Denver Seminary's 2020 Commencement ceremony has been moved to August 15 via Zoom. 

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