March 17, 2020
Dear Members of the Iliff Community:
To ensure the safety of our colleagues as the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to spread, I write to share the news that Iliff will be extending the closure of its building through May 16th. This is in conjunction with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s restrictions that align with the revised CDC guidelines recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks due to the COVID-19 virus.
The Senior Leadership Team continues to monitor the development of COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on Iliff and the greater community. During this closure, Iliff is still operating its business as usual with all employees working remotely. Supervisors will reach out to staff and faculty to plan accommodations having to do with specific operations. If circumstances allow us to lift this closure earlier than currently stated, you will be informed by email and with a posting on the Iliff website.
It is important to restate the following from an earlier announcement. The federal government has released guidance that schools are allowed to make work-study payments to students in “disaster-area” type circumstances. The President’s recent emergency declaration allows for this action. Thus, our work-study students can expect to be paid for their scheduled hours even though they will be unable to work them physically.
A word about commencement. Iliff will definitely be celebrating our graduates in some fashion on June 4, 2020. If we are not able to celebrate on-site together on that day we will be together virtually to celebrate. In that case, Iliff will invite the 2020 graduates to join us for the on-site “walk” in gown and hood with our 2021 graduates in June 2021. A decision about whether or not to hold the on-site ceremony will be made on April 15, 2020.
We are constantly monitoring developments to determine if and when further actions are needed. We continue to advise all to follow guidance from WHO and the CDC.
Care for yourself and each other,
Thomas V. Wolfe
President and CEO
Iliff School of Theology