One community, many needs

Keeping our students and employees safe and healthy is our first priority as we return to campus for in-person instruction. Each of you has been affected by and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways in your respective communities. As the Skyhawk community, we’re taking campus-specific safety measures that allow us to continue engaging in academics and activities while protecting the health of others.


Updated July 30, 2020

Returning to campus

Students, faculty & staff

hand sanitizer iconWe're setting you all up with some PPE (personal protective equipment). To support you in meeting the safety measures in place to create a safer campus community, you'll receive a buff, a mask, and a thermometer.

Getting your Skyhawk PPE

  • Incoming students and those moving into residence halls will get them at check-in.
  • Continuing students will pick them up at the info desk after classes start.
  • Faculty and staff will get their PPE from their directors or chairs.

Health Awareness Certification

Before coming to campus, you will complete a Health Awareness Certification (HAC). The HAC is a brief online training, review of FLC's campus health protocols, and affirmation of your own health.

As part of the HAC, you will self-certify that you:

  • Have not been determined to be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 
  • Do not have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 as listed on the CDC’s website
  • Have not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
  • Agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Fort Lewis College community


Mandatory for all students

You'll need to complete the HAC before returning to campus, or by August 25 if you're not returning to campus. You still need to complete the HAC even if you're taking courses entirely online.

Complete the HAC in Canvas

You'll complete the HAC as a course in Canvas, the tool we use for online learning. If you're a new student, you'll complete it as part of your online Orientation.


Symptom tracking

Starting in mid-August, we will be using the Fort Lewis College app to manage symptom tracking campus-wide. If you do not have a smartphone capable of running the app, you can use a loaner wifi-only smartphone free of charge for the duration of the semester.

  • Testing
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Physical distancing
  • Virus mitigation
  • Exposure

FLC will procure adequate testing and implement a testing strategy that balances risk with responsible safety measures. While school is in session, students, faculty and staff will be expected to complete a daily self-monitoring checklist to monitor for symptoms. Additionally, students, faculty, and staff may be asked to participate in surveillance testing.

Students can receive free COVID-19 virus tests at the Student Health Center on campus.  Whether they are showing symptoms themselves or have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, students can receive tests in the Health Center during regular business hours. Students requesting a test can call the Health Center at 970-247-7355.

Faculty and staff FLC insurance will cover testing at Cedar Diagnostics in Durango and HR has protocols in place for isolation and returning to work for employees.

Personal protective equipment

Face coverings are mandatory in public places and for all indoor, in-person meetings and classes. If a meeting is taking place outside where physical distancing measures can be followed, face coverings are recommended but not required. Face coverings will be required in dining locations while getting items, but not while eating. Face shields may be worn as an additional layer of protection but are not a replacement for face coverings.  

Employees will be provided with PPE to conduct their jobs safely with a limited risk for transmittal. Students will be provided two washable face coverings and a personal thermometer.

Physical distancing

Community members are asked to maintain six feet of distance between each other. Academic classes and common spaces will also promote physical distancing.

Group meetings and one-on-one meetings (e.g. student services appointments, faculty and student meetings) should be held virtually when possible. Group meetings will follow guidance provided by local and state health officials. Meetings can be held outdoors or in spaces where physical distancing protocols can be met. Virtual meetings are mandatory when physical distancing protocols cannot be met.

Virus mitigation

To cut down on the density of campus, employees that can work remotely will continue to do so. Public areas, including classrooms and bathrooms, will be cleaned once daily, M-F, focusing on frequently touched areas. Residential building cleaning needs will be addressed seven days per week. Community members will be asked to clean their personal space regularly, common spaces will be prioritized by cleaning staff, and any COVID-exposed areas will be cleaned and disinfected expediently.

We will use a quarantine plan for those who have been exposed to positive cases or traveled to impacted communities.

FLC will support healthy hygiene behaviors by providing adequate supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.



Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in designated areas on campus. These students will remain in isolation until cleared by Health Center staff. Food will be delivered to their rooms and online, flexible instruction will be available. FLC is developing a responsive contact tracing strategy with local public health.


Students who have been in close contact with a positive case will be required to quarantine for 5 days and track symptoms. Quarantined students will be tested for COVID-19 virus and antibodies on Day 6. These students will remain in quarantine until cleared by Health Center staff. Food can be picked up at Campus Dining as a grab-and-go option and online, flexible instruction will be available.

Additional details


In-person Orientation 

  • Orientation for new students will have both online and in-person elements. The in-person orientation will be held on Sunday, August 23.
  • Orientation for family members of new students will be offered in an online format only.
  • Orientation for new employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) will be completed online with in-person I-9 ID verification.
Shared spaces

Cleaning expectations

  • All community members are asked to clean their personal workspace before and after each use.
  • Faculty and staff can order cleaning supplies and PPE for their department from Central Stores.

Safety modifications for campus services   

  • Forms and procedures will be electronic as much as possible.
  • We strongly encourage you to sign up for direct deposit for student payroll and processing of electronic refunds.
  • Use funds loaded on your Skycard or use a credit/debit card as much as possible, rather than cash, to reduce possible transmission. Many of our Skycard readers are “proximity readers” or touchless.
  • Any shared pens, clipboard or other office equipment will be cleaned between uses.
  • We are rearranging office spaces and reception areas, and should a line form, 6 feet physical distancing will be expected. Windows and doors will be open when practical.

Plexiglass barriers

  • Plexiglass barriers will be provided on departmental reception desks, not individual offices or classrooms.
  • Departments should contact Jeff Miller to install a Plexiglas barrier on departmental reception desks.
  • Individual offices may purchase personal dividers using their departmental accounts.

Study abroad, international research & other travel
We are not participating in any conferences or other trips/travel that would take students, staff, or faculty overseas.

Travel restrictions during the academic term

  • Non-essential travel is discouraged during the academic term. Students who travel outside of the area will quarantine for 5 days, test for the COVID-19 virus, then remain in quarantine until cleared by Health Center staff. Should you choose not to test, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Student travel in FLC vehicles (for field classes, etc.)

  • Transportation for college purposes is allowed at 50% capacity of the vehicle with face coverings on all passengers and windows open when feasible.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used by all passengers entering the vehicle.

Sharing hotel rooms / tents

Students traveling for college purposes should not share hotel rooms or tents, unless they currently share living quarters.

Study Abroad Programs
FLC strongly recommends that students NOT study abroad this fall semester. If you choose to do so, FLC will do its best to support you in your studies. However, students will be responsible for all costs incurred due to changes or disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; such costs will not be covered by FLC.

Getting sick

Flu shots

Flu shots will be available to all students, faculty and staff and all will be encouraged to take the flu shot.

Who to notify in event of illness

  • Community members who have tested positive are asked to call the Health Center 970-247-7355 immediately for guidance.
  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms should complete the form located at  

Medical withdrawal

Tuition and fee refunds will follow the schedule outlined on the student billing website. If this is a concern of yours, we highly suggest you consider getting tuition insurance. Find more information about insurance.

Contact us

Do you have questions? We're more than happy to address them.

Continuing students

First-time students