UCCS Update: Campus closure, resources and healing events

2/16/24: 5:52PM – Full Email

Dear Mountain Lions,

We know that today has been difficult, and that as a campus we are all grieving. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we have worked through this difficult day. We have a few updates below on how we can process the events of today, mourn, and begin the healing process as a community. 

Campus Closure
Campus will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. All classes, activities and events are cancelled or have been rescheduled.

While classes are cancelled on Monday, February 19, the campus will be open for support and healing. We welcome all of you to campus and encourage you to set aside some time to process and focus on your mental health. Below, you can find more information about those events. 

Walk-in counseling will be offered from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Wellness Center on Saturday and Sunday, and from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. No appointment is needed, but please note that counselors will be focusing on walk-ins related to the crisis events of this week only.

Please remember that the TELUS app offers 24/7 mental health help and is available to all students. 

Please note the dining halls will return to their regular hours starting tomorrow. On Monday, dining retail locations will operate with reduced hours, but all locations will resume regular business hours starting Tuesday.

Day of Healing (Monday 2/19)
On Monday, there will be a day set aside to begin healing as a community following the recent tragedies. We encourage everyone to come to campus and set aside time to process, support one another and heal as a community. Please note, there will be no parking enforcement on Monday.We will have three open community spaces on Monday for students, staff and faculty: UC303, the Student Life lounge (UC104) and the MOSAIC space (UC110). All spaces will be offering food, comfort and support from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.From 10-11:30 a.m., the Division of DEI will be hosting a healing circle in Berger Hall. This is a group space for the campus to come together in solidarity, share thoughts and emotions, and create a space to mourn and heal together.Starting at 2 p.m., there will be a healing walk across campus, beginning at Roaring Fork and ending at the mountain lion statue by the library. There will be brief comments by Student Body President Axel Brown and Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet.We encourage everyone to come together throughout the day to support one another and intentionally set aside time for healing. Please continue to monitor your email and alerts.uccs.edu for any additional updates.