COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Your Questions––Answered

Your Questions––Answered

We know you have questions, and we will strive to answer them as best we can. If you have a question on a topic that isn’t listed below, please contact us here.

Fall 2020 Preparedness

Screening, Testing and Contract Tracing: We are setting robust expectations and protocols to diagnose and respond to COVID-19. We’ll communicate the finer details of some of these before classes begin, and we outline our plans below.

Screening: Western has contracted with Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) for screening and testing services, expanding Western’s years-long partnership with the flagship county health care provider. This arrangement includes direct leadership from GVH nurse and infection preventionist Jodie Leonard, RN, CIC, with further support from other GVH staff dedicated on Western’s behalf.

A (non-location-tracking) screening app, nearing launch in early August, will be mandatory for Western faculty, students and staff who will respond daily to survey questions on their symptoms or exposure. If their survey responses suggest risk, the individual will be referred to GVH for follow-up. If GVH’s follow-up suggests testing is needed, a test will be approved and administered.

Testing for COVID-19 will be conducted by GVH on or next to Western’s campus in a dedicated location, convenient yet well-spaced from high-traffic campus areas. While nationally, processing of COVID-19 tests has recently seen lags, the State of Colorado this week is adding resources likely to improve test-result intervals in the near term. Test results will be conveyed to the individual and to county public health, and a positive result affecting campus will trigger followups from campus and health personnel.

A strong contact tracing program, with quick and reliable notification and directives for those who may come into contact with the virus, is one more tool for reducing potential COVID-19 impact to Western and the greater Gunnison community. For this we have dedicated resources from Gunnison County Health & Human Services—led by community health nurse Ashley Akerlund, RN, BSN, our newly appointed liaison for virus reporting and contact tracing.

Our campus best practices aim to align with Gunnison County Health & Human Services countywide recommendations. They recommend that individuals traveling to Gunnison from outside the County should self-quarantine for 7 days beforehand, monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms during that period, and defer travel to Gunnison if you have symptoms in that period. Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have on self-quarantine matters.

Yes–We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus in August!

Western announced on Thursday, June 4 some modifications to the Fall 2020 academic schedule, including the following:

  • The Fall 2020 semester will start Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, one week early
  • On-campus courses will end Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, before Thanksgiving Break
  • Final Exams will be online from Dec. 1 through Dec. 4, 2020, two weeks early, so that students need not return to campus between Thanksgiving and Winter Break (they may stay in campus housing if necessary)
  • Mid-Fall Break (previously, Oct. 16, 2020) will be eliminated (though the Sept. 7 Labor Day holiday will occur as scheduled)

Those with questions are encouraged to reach out to Western’s COVID-19 response team.

We will hold classes, including labs, in person. We are making major adaptions to classrooms and academic building spaces to support social distancing, cleanliness and hygiene. Classes may be be held in “hybrid” mode, with students attending some  class sessions in-person, and others partially online. Faculty are preparing courses in a flexible manner to enable them to transition online more seamlessly if campus health conditions change mid-semester.

Western commits to providing the same education, support, and crediting regardless of the educational modality. Therefore, tuition cost will remain the same.

Western also commits to continuing curriculum even if public health conditions change. We would likely consider some remedy or credit if campus presence is disrupted, depending on circumstances and timing.

We fully empathize with the economic disruption COVID-19 has brought upon us. We encourage you to contact our Financial Aid office if such a disruption–such as a family job loss–occurs, and we’ll try to address your situation individually. Note: Our Foundation has launched a fundraising effort to support students and families who have experienced COVID-19-related hardship.

You can, as this is always true with Western admission and enrollment. That said, in light of the difficult job market and restricted travel, this may be a great year to continue your education with other opportunities being limited.

Campus safety and infection prevention are multi-pronged issues that Western staff and faculty are working on day-by-day this summer in close alignment with public health authorities and evolving regulations. As part of our Western Strong—Maintaining Campus Safety effort, we’re developing comprehensive plans toward this end and will share details as the summer progresses. Visit for the latest on this front.

We believe the Western experience is most successful when all students participate in the same mode: with in-person classes planned for fall, we intend for all students to join us on campus. However, it may be possible for some students to complete their Fall 2020 curriculum path online, with accommodations you would make on a professor-by-professor basis. If you wish to seek an online Fall 2020 course schedule, please directly contact each professor in your enrolled courses. If you have medical imperative to study remotely, contact Cheyenne Terry at Disability Services.

Orientation will take place from August 12-16. A detailed schedule will be available in the coming weeks. Many components will be online, but many also will be on campus in small groups. The parent and family component has shifted online. For questions regarding orientation, contact the LEAD office.

Wilderness Pursuits in the University Center reopened July 1 for rentals by appointment ONLY, 10 am-4 pm weekdays. Call 970.943.7051 to set up a rental appointment.”

Move-In Dates:

  • Early Arrivals for select sanctioned University activities; check-in times will be emailed by July 23. Please use the Resident Director’s with specific hall locations (If anything changes, you will be updated promptly by your coach):
    • Football: Thursday, August 6
    • Wilderness Based Orientation: Thursday, August 6
    • Volleyball/Cheerleading/Soccer: Thursday, August 11
  • First-Year Residents (Ute Hall/Escalante Complex-Dolores/Colorado/Tomichi/Crystal)
    • 8 am – 4 pm Wednesday, August 12
  • Transfer and Returning Residents (Chipeta/Pinnacles/Mears Complex-Moffat/Mears/Robidoux)
    • 8 am – 4 pm Friday, August 14: please adhere to assigned check-in times!
  • Returning Residents (Chipeta/Pinnacles/Mears Complex-Moffat/Mears/Robidoux)
    • 8 am – 4 pm Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Before you leave home:

  • Bring no more than two support people to help you move in.
  • Fill out your Emergency Plan at
  • Sign up for a move-in time (you should have received a sign-up link in your email by Monday, July 20.
  • You will have 30 minutes to move all items into your room.
  • Pack all items in enclosed boxes or containers. We are recruiting volunteers from Mt. Movers to help you move all your items safely and securely. If your items are packaged incorrectly, you alone will be responsible for moving them in.
  • Your hall’s Resident Director will email you with move-in details specific to your hall.
  • Bring a thermometer, extra masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies for your personal space and hand sanitizer.

What to expect when you arrive:

  • Contact the Office of Residence Life at or 970.943.2101 if your travel plans are altered.
  • Come during your assigned check-in time. You will begin with the temperature check. (Temperature check locations will be emailed out the week of July 27th)
  • Western staff will take touchless temperatures of each occupant of your vehicle and will ask if anyone has any symptoms identified above.
    • Assigned locations will be emailed to you the week of July 27th.
    • Once temp is confirmed below 100.4, we will give you a W sticker to show at the assigned check-in location to serve as confirmation.
    • If symptoms arise, we will follow up with the Gunnison County Health & Human Services Call Center for additional guidance.
    • If symptoms exist, you will not be allowed to move into your assigned hall until they subside.
  • Vehicles will be guided to an assigned parking area, and occupants will be asked to unload all items into an assigned area at once.
  • With the aid of Mt. Movers, your belongings will be carried to your assigned room. Mt. Movers staff will have gloves and/or hand sanitizer for each move and will wear masks at all times.
  • As you depart your vehicle, wear your mask.
  • Approach the outside check-in table and use the hand sanitizer on the check-in table and/or wash your hands once you enter the hall.
  • Please follow flow patterns (for entry and exit) in the halls.
  • Community bathrooms in first-year areas will be cleaned twice a day.
  • Residents in suite or apartment-style living are responsible for their own disinfectant cleaning supplies.
  • High-touch areas will be cleaned three times a day (twice by custodial staff and once by Resident Assistants.)
  • If a resident’s roommate is symptomatic and not self-isolating or notifying anyone, please have the resident communicate this to a student Resident Assistant (RA) or professional Resident Director (RD) assigned to the building.

Contact Residence Life at 970.943.2101 with any questions on these procedures.

Students will be able to have roommates. We will follow state and local guidance on what is acceptable and advisable, and adapt our residence halls to reduce risk to good health and welfare.

Student Resources

Updated May 13, 2020

Per Section 2: Policies, XV. Emergency Response Policy, the University may develop directives and/or protocols to maintain the health and safety of the Western Community. To do so during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following protocols have been developed to keep students living on-campus healthy and safe while maintaining as much normalcy as possible.

Prior to returning to campus, you must contact Residence Life staff. Failure to do so could result in the University denying your request to return to on-campus housing.

Western Colorado University maintains the authority to require the self-isolation of a student seeking to return to campus. The following conditions represent reasons a person may be required to self-isolate:

  1. If you have been outside Gunnison County for more than 24 hours
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19
  3. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  4. If you are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 – you are also encouraged to report your symptoms via the Gunnison County COVID-19 Symptoms Self-Report Form and Western’s Quarantine Form at

7-day Self-Isolation Guidance:

If you have been outside of Gunnison County or identify with any of the reasons listed above, you are expected to follow this guidance while self-isolating for 7 days.

  1. If you are moving back into a multiple bedroom apartment and/or have a roommate currently in your apartment on-campus, you will have to isolate within a designated isolation room on a specific floor and/or in a specific building as identified by Residence Life staff.
  2. Avoid grocery shopping, visiting retail establishments, or picking up restaurant purchases except drive-through options
  3. Avoid washing your clothes or utilizing public spaces
  4. You will need to bring seven (7) days-worth of food, supplies, and/or purchase a To-Go Meal Plan to be delivered by Sodexo (20, 40, 80 Mt. Plan) @ 970-452-9236

On-Campus Protocols:

Whether you are returning to campus or have remained on campus all semester, you are expected to follow the below protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of the campus community.

  1. On-campus residents are required to sign a COVID-19 On-Campus Resident Policy agreeing to comply with the Western Colorado University COVID-19 guidance and protocols, as well as County and State Public Health Orders
  2. You must wear a fabric covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth when going through public hallways or gathering places?
  3. Practice frequent hand-washing and hand sanitizer (alcohol content greater than 60%) use and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  4. You must maintain 6 feet physical distance from others
  5. When utilizing public areas, you must be prompt to ensure proper compliance with distancing guidance in compact areas
  6. Visitors will not be allowed in the residence halls
  7. If you begin experiencing symptoms after returning to campus, follow the Self-Isolation Guidance listed above and complete the Western Quarantine Form at to identify needed resources and/or supports and the Gunnison County COVID-19 Symptoms Self-Report Form
  8. You must be aware of and follow protocols for each University Building, please look at external signage on doors and the COVID-19 Resources and Updates Page for guidance

Failure to comply with the COVID-19 On-Campus Housing Protocols could subject you to disciplinary procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Resulting sanctions may include anything from fines to eviction from Residence Halls. Western Colorado University is taking the COVID-19 Pandemic seriously and its top priority is keeping the campus and community safe.

Summer Meal Plans

Mountaineer 20, 40 and 80 meal plans are available for summer 2020. To purchase a summer meal plan, call Residence Life at 970.943.2101.

Meal Procedures

Please complete the Meal Order Form each week by 8 a.m. Monday for the upcoming week.

This form will help us plan for approximately how many people we will be serving each week. It only takes a few minutes to complete. We appreciate your participation.

Please visit our Rare Air Café Facebook page for current updates and menu postings.

We will serve from Mad Jack’s only. Please note that the menu will be limited, but will always include a full meal to include choices of vegan/vegetarian option, a meat/protein option, and a beverage and dessert. Please let us know if you need gluten-free or other allergen accommodation.

In order to help comply with the gathering of no more than nine people and social distancing of at least 6 feet between people for Grab and Go, we are assigning meal times based upon the first letter of your last name:

  • A-H: first 20 minutes of service time
  • I-Q: second 20 minutes of service time
  • R-Z: third 20 minutes of service time

You will enter the UC only through the Central South Patio door adjacent to Mad Jacks Café, one person at a time, to pick up your to go meal, and then exit through the southeast door adjacent to the bookstore. There are no dining in or seating options allowed at this time.

Meal Times


  • Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Dinner 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Dinner 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, we will only be serving lunch and dinner. The service times will remain the same for those meals (Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.). A continental breakfast may be picked up either at lunch or dinner the day before.

For students living on campus with a meal plan, meal swipes will work as normal. For students living on campus without a meal plan, we will accept flex, cash, credit card or Mountaineer Cash. Our prices are:

  • Breakfast $7.75
  • Lunch $9.45
  • Dinner $9.85

Mad Jack’s Summer Hours

Mad Jack’s Cafe will be open June 1 – August 8, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Western campus dining services with questions by texting or calling 970.452.9236.

We regret to inform our campus community that our 2020 commencement ceremony, which had been rescheduled for Sept. 26 in Mountaineer Bowl, has been canceled due to local health measures protect the health and safety of our students and families as well as the broader Gunnison community. We enthusiastically invite December 2019 and May 2020 graduates join us in Gunnison for Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies, at which they will be recognized and honored.

Western IT Services has added some new technological equipment to boost the Western Wireless signal to the East Hurst parking lot. This new area is intended for Western students, faculty and staff who do not have adequate internet access elsewhere.

In late Spring we reimbursed these specific prepaid charges:

  • Residence Hall housing cost for March 23 – May 8, for students who did not remain in campus housing after Spring Break and who are not receiving a scholarship covering room costs.
  • Meal plan costs for March 23 – May 8, for students who did not remain in campus housing after Spring Break and who are not receiving a scholarship covering meal plan costs. The reimbursement will include any prepaid Flex Plan balances. Graduates and non-returning students on Mountaineer 20/40/80 Plans will be reimbursed; returning students’ 20/40/80 plans will roll over to the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Student fees for March 23 – May 8 for mandatory Student Government Association, Athletics and Sustainability fees. If you paid optional Renewable Energy, Campus Recreation and Scholarly Activity fees, you will be reimbursed for that March 23 – May 8 interval.

These charges were reimbursed as follows:

  • For graduating or non-returning students: In the form of cash refund (less other outstanding student-account balances), to be credited to linked account at student’s financial institution (if set up) or by check to your permanent address on record. We request that non-graduating students notify Student Financial Services directly of intent not to return by June 1 in order to receive a cash refund.
  • For returning students: In the form of a scholarship reflecting all reimbursable prepaid costs specified above, credited to tuition, room or board balances for the 2020-21 academic year.

To initiate the process for refund or scholarship for residence hall charges, you must have moved out and have completed a Room Condition Contract; contractually stipulated charges for room damage and unreturned keys will be debited. Graduating or non-returning students will have housing deposits reimbursed; returning students will have housing deposits credited toward 2020-21 balances.

ACCUPLACER and WebCAPE exams are being administered remotely and proctored via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Cheyenne Terry for additional information.
CLEP exams will not be administered until further notice.
Disability Services is conducting intake meetings via Zoom until classes resume in August. If you need to schedule an intake meeting to facilitate academic and housing accommodations, contact Cheyenne Terry.
The ARC Staff can be contacted as follows for assistance throughout the summer:

Katie Wheaton, Director –; 970-943-3216
Laurel Fisher, Rady Program Advisor –; 970-943-7042
Derek Harwell, Success Advisor/Exploratory Program Coordinator –; 970-943-7058
Mikay Elliott, Academic Advisor/Study Away Program Coordinator –; 970-943-7122
Cheyenne Terry, Disability Services and ARC Testing Services Coordinator –; 970-943-7056
Front Office Assistants,; 970-943-7056

Summer 2020 Campus Operations

July 18 Virtual Preview Day will occur via Zoom beginning at 9 am.

We recommence campus visits July 1. Though we have suspended May campus visits, we would love to personally introduce you to our campus and the Western experience: register for Summer Experience, sign up for June 12 Preview Day, or take a virtual campus tour.

Library: Closed. The Savage Library website offers many resources for students and faculty, and library staff are still available to help.

University Center: all main doors: CLOSED with swipe access only for all staff that currently have access to the building

South Side Patio Door by Bookstore:

  • OPEN Monday-Friday noon-2 p.m. for access to Mail Center for pick up and drop off of mail for all campus departments and students
  • Special requests need to be directed to Cindy Asbury at 970-943-2468 or

Mountaineer Field House Summer Hours:
Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, August 16
Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Senior and high risk hour), 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Closed
Closures will be used to deep clean the facility.

Enter and exit through the east door.
At this time the entrance into the building is first come first serve for members and day use guests.

Taylor Hall: Taylor Hall is now open 9 am-3 pm weekdays. The University Center entrance near Mad Jack’s also is open during dining hours. Other buildings remain swipe-access for now as we review access procedures these next few weeks with an eye toward relaxing some restrictions before the Fall 2020 semester begins.

Wilderness Pursuits: Wilderness Pursuits lobby is CLOSED to walk-up customers. We are taking reservations over the phone to accommodate for and maintain social distancing guidelines. Please call our WP Office Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to inquire about or reserve gear: 970-943-7051

All electronically managed doors require a card swipe to enter. Additionally, student access to academic and administrative buildings is currently disabled. This includes all work-study students.

Student access can be restored on a case-by-case basis by contacting your Building Manager. If you do not know your who your building manager is, contact Aaron MacLennan (

NOTE: Unless you are in an emergency situation, do not use a physical key if a card swipe is available. Using a physical key results in a Door Forced Open alarm and makes managing our facilities ineffective.

Please refer to the following table for information about your building:

Building Access Notes
All Academic:

Paul Wright Gymnasium, Crawford Hall, Kelley Hall, Hurst Hall, Quigley Hall, Borick Hall

  • Essential Services#
  • Faculty housed in building
  • Admin Assistant
  • Students by faculty request only, per established guidelines.
  • *High Country News
Academic buildings will be receiving limited janitorial services until further notice.
Admin Assistants and Chairs manage student access.
Residential Halls
  • Essential Services#
  • Staff housed in building
  • Students housed in building
All visitors will be limited
Administrative (Taylor Hall)
  • Essential Services#
  • Faculty housed in building
  • Admin Assistant
  • Staff housed in building
  • Students by request only, per established guidelines
Admin Assistants and Chairs manage student access to academic spaces.
Field House, all facilities
  • Essential Services# for essential use.
  • Staff housed in building
Field House will not be receiving janitorial services during this time.

Recreational use will be strictly prohibited.

University Center Open, limited access To limit and focus traffic, only south doors will be operable
Paul Wright Gym, all facilities
  • Essential Services#
  • Staff housed in building

#Essential Services include Facilities Services, Security, IT Services and Cabinet

Faculty and Staff Resources

Western faculty and staff: Please follow this process to report a positive (confirmed or symptomatic) case—immediately after you become aware of it.

  • If faculty or staff: Notify Kim Gailey, [970.943.3142/],
  • If student: Notify Gary Pierson, Dean of Students [970.943.2049/]
    • They will share case details of with appropriate stakeholders that include the below—DO NOT identify the individual in any communications with any other parties.

For more on faculty/staff COVID-reporting protocols, see the July 23 email in Executive Communications on COVID-19 section.

We continue to advise that Western faculty and staff work from home if their job duties permit remote work.

IT Work Order System

If you need equipment or assistance during your transition to studying or working remotely, please submit a request through the IT Work order system describing what you need. IT staff are able to fix most problems remotely but will schedule an in-person appointment with you if necessary.

Working Remotely

The primary tools available for staff remote access are:

  • Zoom Conferencing Service
    • We have acquired a Zoom account for all employees. You can activate your account by going to and selecting Sign In.  Use your email address as the username and your regular Western password. NOTE: If you are already using a Zoom account, you should continue to use that account. We are investigating how to transfer information between accounts.
      After you have activated your account, you may also install a mobile app on your phone. If you choose to use the app, you must select SSO and enter “western” when prompted. Sign in with your email address and normal password (see attachment).
      Zoom is fairly intuitive but if you have difficulty or need a quick tutorial, put in a work request and we will walk you through Zoom use.
  • Office 365 Suite
    • Office365 provides access to the Microsoft Office Suite of desktop tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) as well as OneDrive for online file storage and sharing, Use your email address as the username and your regular Western password to login.
    • You can access your email from any device by going to
    • You can forward your Western phone number to a cell phone by using the Shoretel desktop application.  More detailed instructions will be available soon.
    • If you are already set up and using access Banner from home, you may continue to do so.
    • We are in the process of deploying a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client to all Windows computers. Once this is installed you may see it running in the system tray in the lower corner of your screen. Do NOT log into this client, even if prompted, while on campus as it will cause connectivity problems.
    • Once we have fully deployed the VPN client we will be following up with further instructions.
  • Native web services like MyWestern, Skype for Business, etc. will continue to work as usual.
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Banner and File Share Access
  • Web Services

Getting Equipped

If your Western computer is a laptop-equipped with a camera, you should have what you need for basic requirements. The Zoom client is very effective when used from a phone.

We have a limited number of laptops, webcams, etc. on site (more on the way) and will distribute these on a case by case basis.

Refer to this online guide created by Western library staff that offers resources, tips, articles and tutorials to help transition your courses to online format.

You should see the client pop up during a computer restart. If you do not, hit the Windows Key and type Global and you should see the client installed (see below).

Once you have the client installed and you need off campus access to Banner or Departmental file share, please submit an IT work request to activate the VPN. Please include in your request the resources you need to access, e.g. Banner. The VPN service in not yet active, but we expect to have it completed no later than early Monday morning. IT will be in contact once the VPN services is ready to go.

Accessible documents

Documents provided on Canvas and Blackboard need to be accessible to students with disabilities. For documents using the Microsoft Office Suite, the built-in accessibility checkers will provide feedback on errors and guidance on how to fix them.

Text Equivalents for Audio and Video

For any recordings, either audio or video, a text equivalent must be provided. For audio, this is a transcript; for video, captions. The best way to create a text equivalent is to write a script and record from that. However, if this is not an option, you can use auto-generated captioning tools like YouTube or to generate a transcript or caption file. You will need to edit the file to be accurate; auto-generated captions are typically about 60-70% accurate, which is unacceptable for students.

Make a text announcement in advance of a live video call informing students about the live meeting, and tell students to reach out to Disability Services if they need live captioning as an accommodation.

Text Equivalents for Images

Any images included in the course site need a text description. In documents, the accessibility checker will advise on how to add a text description. In Canvas or Blackboard, the image uploader may have a field for alternate text, which is where you can add a brief description of the image. It is recommended that this description is no longer than a tweet or about 140 characters.

Further Information

For more about creating an accessible course, contact Cheyenne Terry at Disability Services at or by phone at 970-943-2113.


Starting the 1st week of June, the University Counseling Services will be available for teletherapy

Services are available to established clients who are now in or out of state due to COVID-19. Unfortunately we cannot provide services to new clients who are currently out of state. If students out-of-state call to request services we will work to help connect them to their local support network.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12-1pm for lunch)
Open access/same day access: 2pm-3pm
Schedule appointment: call the University Counseling Center, 970-642-4615 (on Tuesday) or Center for Mental Health call center, 970-252-3200 (available during normal business hours) and please identify as a Western student.

Additional Mental Health Resources:

If you’re experiencing a mental health emergency, contact, 970-252-6220 (the 24/7 local crisis line) or call 911.
You can also use the  Crisis Text Line,  free, 24/7, text-based service can be accessed by texting “HOME” to 741741. Individuals will be connected with a crisis counselor in minutes and engage in a conversation via text. To be clear, a crisis may include a wide range of emotional pain

The Campus Medical Clinic, as usual, will be CLOSED for summer break. Western students remaining in the Gunnison Valley for summer break are directed to Gunnison Valley Health Family Medicine Clinic (GVH FMC) for medical services.

Address: 707 N. Iowa St. in Gunnison
Phone: 970.642.8413
Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (starting Saturday, May 9th with limited availability)
Sunday: Closed

We will continue to monitor the policies and regulations to provide the highest quality of services to students during this time. For any additional comments or questions, please contact Scott Cantril.

Initial symptoms of COVID-19—fever, coughing, and shortness of breath—are similar to those of seasonal flu. That said, the seasonal flu itself is a significant public health risk. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should remain home (notifying faculty or supervisors as appropriate) until these symptoms subside.

If you have traveled recently to an area in which COVID-19 has been prevalent, and/or have symptoms that worsen over several days, the CDC and local health authorities strongly advise:

  • Call the Gunnison County Health Hotline at 970.641.7660
  • Remain in your dorm room or place of residence (we will follow up as appropriate with roommates or housemates), and refrain from contact with other individuals until a diagnosis can be confirmed and further instructions can be tailored toward your circumstance.
  • If you are a student, notify Dr. Abel Chavez.
  • If you are a Western employee, notify your supervisor.

A student or employee who has had COVID-19 symptoms and was either:

  • Confirmed with positive COVID-19 test
  • Directed to self-quarantine by a health or government official
  • Self-certified (based on this self-certification form) with COVID-19-like symptoms

must, per CDC and local guidelines, have allowed 72 hours to pass at home since all symptoms have concluded without aid of medication (100.4+ fever, shortness of breath, dry cough), and must have allowed 14 days to pass since the onset of those symptoms. Before coming to campus or their worksite, individuals who feel they have met those criteria should notify their supervisor and Western Human Resources by phone to discuss and get confirmation from the supervisor that the individual is ready to return to work. We note that most campus jobs have been moved to remote locations and can be performed online, and that even many jobs that typically require on-site presence have not resumed physical operations on campus.

The state of Colorado has authorized 30 days of paid administrative leave for individuals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Individuals with this illness must complete the state self-report form (in lieu of a doctor’s note) to receive this benefit. If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, please use the confidential forms below to report your illness to both the county and state:

Gunnison County Self-Reporting Form
State of Colorado Self-Reporting Form

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers, including Western, to provide their employees – faculty, staff and temporary – with (1) emergency paid sick leave or (2) expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Effective Dates:

The FFCRA is effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Qualifying Reasons for Leave:

Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) if the employee is unable to work (or is unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:

  • Is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  • Has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • Is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • Is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
  • Is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19;
  • Is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.


An employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.  (Same as reason 5 above.)


The emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) applies to all employees – faculty, staff and temporary.
The expanded family and medical leave provides emergency public health leave (EPHL) for all employees – faculty, staff and temporary – who have been employed at least 30 days.

Duration of Leave:

For reasons (1) – (4) and (6): A full-time employee is eligible for up to 80 hours of EPSL, and a part-time employee is eligible for the number of hours of leave that the employee works on average over a two-week period.

For reason (5): A full-time employee is eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave (2 weeks EPSL and up to 10 weeks EPHL) at 40 hours a week, and a part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.

Calculation of Pay:

Employees unable to work for leave reasons (1) – (4) and (6): EPSL shall be paid at either their regular rate or the applicable minimum wage, whichever is higher, up to $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate (over a 2-week period).

Employees unable to work for leave reason (5): EPSL and EPHL shall be paid at 2/3 their regular rate or 2/3 the applicable minimum wage, whichever is higher, up to $200 per day and $12,000 in the aggregate (over a 12-week period—two weeks of paid sick leave followed by up to 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave). Employees may supplement the 2/3 pay with their own accrued leave to make wages whole.

Any employee in need of either type of FFCRA leave must complete the request form and forward it to the Kim Gailey, Human Resources Director.

To stay on top of quickly changing local regulations, click the “Public Health Orders” tab on the Gunnison County coronavirus webpage.

According to a Gunnison County public health order released on March 16, older adults (age 60 and older), including employees, and individuals with underlying medical conditions that are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 are not permitted to attend events with more than 10 people present. However, employees who must be present at their job site to perform necessary duties are permitted to report.

To read the full order, visit the Gunnison County Health and Human Services webpage.

Call the Gunnison County Delivery Assistance Hotline at 970-641-7959 if you need help with food and pharmaceutical deliveries. These services are reserved for people who are at-risk, over 60, and/or symptomatic or otherwise in quarantine. The hotline is operational from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week.

How to Help

If you are inspired to support our students with a donation, please consider a gift to the Western CARES (Critical Aid Relief Emergency Support) Fund. Your gift will support students who need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses and other essentials to sustain their continued education and success at Western.