President M. W. Scoggins
Provost and Executive VP Terry Parker
Kirsten Volpi, Executive VP of Finance and Administration
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate School Tom Boyd
Associate VP of Diversity and Inclusion Debra Lasich
Associate VP for Human Resources Michael Dougherty

About: Family-Friendly Campus Proposal
From: Faculty Senate of the Colorado School of Mines
Date: April 20, 2015

Due to our location in picturesque family-friendly Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines is a
good destination for young faculty, post-docs, graduate students with families, and non-traditional
students with children. Although we do stand out nationally for the way we support our students,
unfortunately we have not yet achieved a family-friendly campus. We ask the CSM Administration to
develop a plan toward a family-friendly campus over the summer, to be presented in the fall at the
Board of Trustees meeting and in a document for the whole faculty, as well as a response to this memo
for the Faculty Senate. We propose below actions large and small, that can dramatically transform the
campus environment, many with little to no cost. Rather than merely borrowing ideas from other
campuses, we feel CSM can do better: we suggest the first goal in this discussion be to create a family-
friendly campus that stands out nationwide, making CSM a destination university not just for top young
faculty with families, but also for non-traditional students, graduate students, and postdoctoral
researchers with families.
Action in this area addresses an important component of the strategic plan: from Mission, Vision, and
Values, “Mines is committed to providing a quality experience for students, faculty, and staff through
student programs, excellence in pedagogy and research, and an engaged and supportive campus
community.” The faculty senate believes a benefits package themed on family to be a great opportunity
for growth at little cost and large outcome; it is an easy way to improve faculty climate, recruitment, and
retention. While recognizing that we do have a great health insurance program for faculty, a partial
parental leave policy, and half-tuition benefit for dependents (the latter realized under the tenure of
President Scoggins), we believe the time is ripe for the next stage, to create a family-friendly campus
that achieves national and international recognition. Moreover, for the outstanding “Generation Y”
faculty we are now hiring, a family-friendly campus is key to attracting and retaining them. The 2014
faculty survey clearly supports this statement with data indicating strongly that quality of life is the key
item that facilitates retention.
By creating a family-friendly campus for students, too, Mines has an opportunity to achieve increased
national and international recognition. One of our hallmarks is the individual attention we give to
students. In fact we have created an excellent undergraduate environment, especially over the tenure
of President Scoggins, including the residential campus and diversity initiatives, the creation of
outstanding new teaching facilities emphasizing studio-style classes, and the beautification and
improvement of campus facilities. Such efforts have made CSM more attractive to many constituencies,

including under-represented groups. For example, our Society of Women Engineers is twice the size of
any other in the country, and this year CSM received a national award from the Society of Black
Engineers. The list is very long, and the faculty feel very good about the growth of our students and
their campus involvement.
Let’s build on these efforts to also promote an environment that further enriches our community. A
family-friendly campus will also support our non-traditional students and post-docs with families, and
grow our student-centered focus to be even stronger. It would allow us to more effectively pursue the
~75% of Americans nationwide who have not obtained a four-year degree, many of whom have family
responsibilities, as well as veterans. Veterans present a potential increased revenue stream toward the
university’s mission of excellence, via the GI Bill. The Board of Trustees has several times asked CSM to
focus on underserved groups, especially the poor, who are considered untapped intellectual resources;
at present 2/3 of children are born below poverty line in the US and over 1/2 born outside of marriage,
to single mothers. Moreover a large fraction of veterans are drawn from the poorer parts of American
society. Thus CSM has a real opportunity to meet important societal needs while also broadening its
student base and attracting outstanding young faculty, in accordance with the Strategic Plan.
The Faculty Senate proposes the following steps, ordered by practical timescale of implementation,
rather than priority. A complete family-friendly package should include all these items. Faculty Senate
will be glad to support such development via working groups during the academic year, or other means,
and present this plan jointly to the Board and the faculty. This initiative was supported unanimously by
the Faculty Senate and included input from many parties around campus from faculty to CSM
1. Family resources web page,, to be created by new campus and college
web content managers – Summer 2015
a. There are numerous family-friendly events held on campus and in Golden, e.g. Jefferson
County Symphony performances in the Green Center on weekends, or Mines Little
Theater. Young faculty are often unaware of such events, as they come piecemeal in the
usual deluge of emails, sometimes last minute. A family resources web page should list
such events and could possibly be coordinated with the present event calendar.
b. We recognize and appreciate present resources on
Mines-Policies-of-Interest, but feel this page is more a policy page than a resources
page. To this end an interactive component of in the form of a listserv,
message board, or other medium would also be helpful and easy to create, providing
babysitter resources, pediatrician recommendations, a stroller to give away, etc. This
will build campus community.
c. A family resources page should also clearly state family-supportive policies across
campus. We take as an excellent model the new Quick Reference Guide created by the
CSM graduate office:

2. CSM calendar shift to match Jefferson county public school holiday calendar as much as
possible – Summer 2015
a. In particular, spring break should be made flexible year to year and, as soon as the
Jefferson county public school calendar appears, be aligned accordingly. We note that
there is a precedent with this year’s change of E-Days, and there is no reason to wait.

We also note that the undergraduate student government appears to have no objection
to this change, according to representatives present at the 3/31/15 faculty senate
b. It is extremely burdensome to faculty with families to not have spring break aligned with
at least the county in which our campus resides. It has a serious impact on work
productivity and family closeness, and is perhaps the most negative family policy
presently on campus, called “anti-family” by many faculty. We note also that staff and
administrators with families are able to take these days off, while most faculty in good
conscience cannot do so without damaging instruction.
c. The faculty senate request that spring break be modified now, for spring 2016, just as E-
Days was for spring 2015. We see no reason to wait on implementing this change. There
are no federal or state constraints on moving the spring break to coincide with the
Jefferson County public school calendar.

3. Campus facilities opened during school holidays listed on Jefferson County, Boulder County,
and Denver County school calendars – Summer/Fall 2015
a. Once our spring break is aligned (see item 2), there are still going to be holidays which
do not line up with the public school calendar. For example, we have not been able to
arrange to have Martin Luther King Jr. day off, despite faculty requests. Unfortunately,
daycare centers are often not open on such days as well. This leaves faculty scrambling.
Some faculty remain frustrated over this matter. We ask a change be made to campus
facility use to help support the many faculty who have to bring their children to work on
such days. An announcement to that effect will have great effect on faculty morale.
b. We request the gym be made accessible on these days for students with children and
faculty who choose to join the gym. This may in fact grow income for the gym, by
attracting new members. The concept here is that faculty who have to bring their
children to work can at least take a one hour break and take their kids to the gym.
Anybody who has had a squirming 7 year old sitting in their office for 9 hours will deeply
appreciate such a gesture on the part of CSM. We note that presently the gym is only
open to children on weekends.
c. We ask that the geology museum provide special kids’ activities on these days (perhaps
sponsored by sororities/fraternities, see item 4 below). The Denver Art Museum has
been extremely successful with such activities. They are low cost and easy to set up and
d. We ask that the library have a story hour on these days, just like public libraries do. This
would be great press for the campus for our family-friendly initiative, low cost, and easy
to implement.
e. Additional campus facilities opened on these days can include lab tours. Lab tours might
also serve a double purpose as a recruiting tool, particularly for middle and high
schoolers from the area. We note that some lab tours already take place with Bell
Middle School; recently students in the Bell Middle STEM program visited campus and
used the electron microscope, among other activities.
f. We are open to other facility use ideas from the administration, most of whom have
children themselves and will have good thoughts on this topic.

4. Joint family programs coordinated with sororities/fraternities and campus clubs on school
holidays – Fall 2015
a. Sororities, fraternities, and campus clubs presently hold a number of events each year to
support families and reach out to the community, such as free or cheap babysitting, kids’
activity days like the Haunted Physics Lab, etc. Here we would like to see CSM
administration coordinate with these enthusiastic student associations to hold such
activities on public school holidays, and list these events on the family resources
b. There are also many dorm activities families could participate in, and the themed
dormitories could be challenged to create family programs once per semester. This is
another “free” resource which would even increase student involvement on campus and
help retain young students, especially our many outstanding young female students,
who ask themselves, “Can I have a family and be an outstanding engineer/scientist?” As
faculty members, we on the senate have been asked this question countless times.
Imagine if we could say, “Yes, and look how supportive CSM is of families! Have you
seen Engineers and scientists are devoted to their children.”
c. These types of actions not only affect faculty and students; they have the potential to
reach out to the community in a meaningful way at a time optimized for reaching those
with children. It thus serves a community relations, recruitment, and outreach function
as well.

5. Parental leave improvements – Fall 2015
a. At present parental leave is only used sporadically around campus, and does not extend
adequately to post-docs and faculty within their first year. We are aware of a case in
which a department head informed male faculty members that they could not take
parental leave, in contradiction to the faculty handbook. We are also aware of a case in
which a young faculty hire became pregnant in the first year and was forced to teach
three classes through her pregnancy and directly after the birth of her child, simply
because she had not yet been on campus for 12 months. Such actions pose special
hardships for women faculty, with potential implications for their research, teaching,
progress toward tenure, and overall job satisfaction. Similarly the post-doc situation is a
complex one which requires some unraveling in terms of benefit structure: some faculty
feel strongly that female postdocs are discriminated against under current policy, and
male postdocs preferentially hired. So this is partly a training issue and partly a
policy/resource issue.
b. One obvious improvement to parental leave is to provide a parental leave explanation
page on the family resources website. Parental leave is for both men and women, and
hosting our link to this on the Women in Science and Engineering Page is a good step,
but does not fully encompass modern 21st century families in which both parents are
strongly involved with child care.
c. Ideally, we would like a parental leave policy that covers all academic faculty (teaching
and T/TT) from the moment they begin working at CSM; that clearly treats mothers and
fathers on an equal footing; and that extends to post-doctoral researchers and graduate

students without breaking the bank on grants. Faculty Senate understands that such
financial issues must be carefully considered to match the CSM budget, and is ready and
willing to work directly with administration to develop the best possible policy given
constraints. We note that Faculty Senate is not asking for European-style benefits of 3-6
months family leave, but is making a minimal request according to US standards. We
feel strongly that growth of our graduate program, and therefore our research
excellence, is tied in part to family policy.

6. Diaper-changing facilities in all buildings, and mother’s room for nursing – Fall 2015/Spring
a. Over the next year, we ask that all buildings have designated diaper changing facilities
installed in both male and female bathrooms, at least two per building (one male, one
female). At present on campus such facilities are almost non-existent, except in newly
constructed buildings. A plastic diaper changing fold-down attachment can be installed,
and is relatively low cost. We ask that this item be included explicitly in the facilities
budget. Right now people have to change their babies or toddlers in their offices, or
other very awkward places. A spouse visiting on campus may not feel welcome to bring
their child for this reason.
b. In the long run, we would like to see one family restroom per building. This is of course a
long term goal. However, in planning for new buildings and/or major updates on
existing structures we ask that such facilities be included as part of the plan.
c. We ask that a room be designated specifically for nursing mothers starting in Fall 2015,
and a link on provided with information on this room. We are aware
that such a room recently existed in the Student Center; however, it was deemed
“unwelcoming” by some users and not known widely on campus. We would like all
nursing mothers working at CSM and/or visiting to feel welcome to nurse their children
in a safe and supportive place. To this end we suggest nursing mothers and mothers
with young children on campus have input as to the décor of the room, so that the place
be friendly and pleasant, not a bare room with white walls and desks. In the long run we
would like to see several such dedicated spaces across campus, where nursing mothers
can support each other but not have to walk 15 minutes outside in winter with a crying
baby. While we understand space at CSM is at a premium, we feel strongly that a
mother’s nursing room is a key component of any family-friendly campus.
d. Many faculty, and certainly post-docs and graduate students, have shared office spaces
that are not appropriate and/or comfortable for nursing. We therefore ask that mothers
returning from parental leave be offered an additional room in their building for nursing
as long as they have need, and at what hours they request. This campus benefit should
be prominently featured on

7. Dependent tuition exchange program between CSM and other universities, especially in
Colorado – Fall 2016
a. Although we are pleased to have a 50% dependent-tuition program, unlike many schools
it extends only to our campus. One way to attract outstanding students and also provide

benefits for our children who are attracted to science and engineering is to develop an
exchange program with at the very least other universities in Colorado.
b. It is possible to greatly expand such a program. For example, over 600 universities are
members of We would like CSM administration to do
a cost/benefit analysis of expanding our dependent tuition program to this or other
organizations, as well as growing our program to 100% tuition coverage, at least for
attending CSM.
c. Few things would be more attractive as a retention and recruitment tool for young
faculty. Thus, if this goal can be accomplished sooner we strongly recommend it.

8. On-campus daycare facility – Spring 2017
a. One of the major issues to have come up over the last five years repeatedly to faculty
senate and graduate student government both is creation of on-campus daycare. A
provider has been identified, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Early Education
program, but there has not yet been any action on this front. The faculty senate is
asking that a preliminary financial, insurance, and logistical estimate be made in
Summer 2015 toward an on-campus daycare facility. In this way young parents can
work more effectively on campus, stopping by the daycare to see their children as
needed during the day. RRCC operates such a facility in their main campus and it is
highly effective. In this sense, RRCC is more family-friendly than Mines. We can lean on
our excellent liaison relationship with RRCC to determine the parameters for creating
such a facility.
b. Imagine how powerful it would be during a faculty interview to show a young faculty
member a dedicated playground on campus full of young children, and say, “Your child
can play here while you work, and you don’t have to worry so much about juggling your
job and your family life. We are a family-friendly campus! You can work longer hours in
the lab and be more productive, without sacrificing your closeness with your children.”

Family Friendly
Campus Proposal

Family Friendly Campus Proposal

In April 2015, the Administration received a proposal from
Faculty Senate to make Mines a more “family friendly”

Tom Boyd and Kirsten Volpi asked by the President to lead the
Administrative response to the proposal.

Eight overall recommendations were included in the proposal.

Family Friendly Campus Proposal
1. Family resources web page,, to
consolidate all family related policies, activities, enhancements,
₋ We are in the process of creating
₋ will include:
‧ Family related policies.
‧ Mines calendar distinguishing family related events.
₋ Highlight Mines events that are open to the public and family related.
₋ Geology Museum activities.
₋ Related Greek Life activities.
₋ Provide links to the calendar of events hosted by the City of Golden.
‧ Locations of Nursing Mother’s Rooms.
‧ Other relevant information.
₋ We could include an e-classified system as part of Other e-classified
systems have been implemented in the past, but did not see significant use.

Family Friendly Campus Proposal
2. Shift CSM calendar to match (primarily spring break) Jefferson
County public school holiday calendar (as much as possible)
₋ Per our Handbook policy (section 12.7), the Calendar Committee is charged
with making recommendations on academic calendar changes to the
President and Board of Trustees. We have forwarded this Senate
recommendation to the Chair of the Calendar Committee for further
consideration. The Calendar Committee first meeting of the academic year is
to be held in September 2015.


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
3. Campus facilities opened during school holidays that are listed
on Jefferson County, Boulder County and Denver County school
calendars *
₋ Faculty may be able to bring their children to work on days when they have
no school. Input is needed from DHs, Deans, and other administrators as to
how potential disruptions can best be managed.
₋ Monday Holiday Pilot Program – we propose putting together a small working
group to discuss, coordinate, and organize a pilot program on campus.
‧ The program would consist of a series of child-friendly, on-campus activities for a
portion of a Monday holiday in the Fall semester and another in the Spring semester.
‧ The committee would explore activities to be offered, work with the relevant
functional areas to understand the boundary conditions and costs of offering these
activities, coordinate volunteers, organize activity pre-registration, and manage the
activity days.
‧ Activities might include Library time, Geology Museum, Recreation Center,
Laboratory Tours, and others as appropriate.
‧ Relevant stakeholders would need to include representatives from the faculty,
Research Council, Student Life, Library, Museum, AA, F&A, HR, and Compliance.
* Appendix 1


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
4. Joint family programs coordinated with sororities/fraternities
and campus clubs on school holidays
₋ Currently, the sororities offer babysitting services several times a semester.
We will coordinate with the sororities to better advertise these services on
₋ The Cheerleaders also host a cheerleading camp on a Saturday in both the
fall and spring semesters. We will coordinate with the Cheerleaders to better
advertise these services on
₋ The Greek community could be engaged as volunteers for activities
organized outside of the Greek system. For example, could the Greek
community provide volunteers for the Monday Holiday Pilot Program?


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
5. Parental leave improvements – currently does not adequately
extend to Faculty or Post-Docs (or anyone) in their first year
₋ Mike Dougherty has redrafted the existing parental leave policy that will be used as a
basis for discussion on whether the new or revised elements in the policy meet the needs
of faculty broadly.
₋ Currently, graduate students supported on RA or TA contracts may request up to 8 weeks
for parental leave (the cost of this leave is shared between the PI/Program and OGS).
₋ Recognition must be made that any increase in leave benefit will likely result in an
increase in the fringe benefit rate that is then charged to a research grant, department,
or other program. Current fringe rates are:

Academic Research
FY2016 Fringe Benefit Rates


Health and Dental Insurance

Other Insurance

Vacation and sick payout
Prior years actual to estimate

₋ There is some federal coverage for post-docs and graduate students for parental leave
who are working on research grants – both NSF & NIH appear to have programs (see
Appendix 2 for an example).


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)

6. Diaper-changing facilities in all buildings, and mother’s room
for nursing
₋ Diaper-changing facilities:
‧ At the end of Spring 2015 semester we had 53 baby changing
stations on campus. Over Summer 2015 we installed 23
additional baby changing stations in both men’s and women’s
restrooms such that there are at least two baby changing stations
in each building.
‧ Appropriate signage has been added.
₋ Family/gender neutral restrooms:
‧ There are family/gender neutral restrooms on
campus and we are in the process of assessing
the feasibility to renovate or add additional
restrooms. This assessment will be completed
Fall 2015.
‧ We have recently added a family restroom in Stratton Hall and the new football
stadium and one will be added in CoorsTek Center.


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)

₋ Nursing mother’s rooms:
‧ Student Center – renovation of an existing nursing mother’s room is scheduled to be
completed by the end of the Fall 2015 semester.
‧ Hill Hall – nursing mother’s room is scheduled to be open by September 2015.
‧ Starzer Welcome Center – nursing mother’s room is scheduled to be open by
September 2015.
‧ CoorsTek Center – nursing mother’s room is scheduled to be open by Fall 2017.
‧ Beyond the existing nursing mother’s rooms, we encourage departments to identify
appropriate space that could be dedicated to such usage. Once identified this
information should be provided to the Office of Public Relations for inclusion on


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)

7. 100% dependent tuition benefit at Mines and a dependent
tuition exchange program between CSM and other universities,
especially in Colorado
₋ Since its inception, the dependent tuition program has had good usage. The
university expends between $45,000 - $65,000 annually in support of this
program. As the program provides a 50% tuition benefit, a change to 100%
tuition will require an additional program budget of at least $50,000 -
‧ As part of the regular budget process, we will determine the ability to increase this
benefit and how it might relate to any implementation of a “Colorado exchange” or
broader exchange program.
₋ Tuition Program has membership of ~ 600 universities
(primarily private). The only Colorado institutions that participate in this
program are Regis University and Johnson and Wales University. Any
broadly impactful Colorado exchange would need to be created and
negotiated with the other Colorado institutions along with a full financial


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)

8. On-campus daycare facility
₋ This recommendation has considerable ramifications and impacts on many
fronts, therefore a comprehensive response will require additional time and
consideration. We note, however, the following items:
‧ We need to better understand the scale of the demand for such a facility. We can obtain estimates of
the pool of participants based on insurance enrollment of faculty/staff. As these are only insurance
datasets, a survey would need to capture not only true desire, but actual agreement to utilize the
facility. Based on prior years insurance enrollment, the size of the potential participant pool is:

Number of Employees
Dependents Under Age 6
With Dependent Under Age 6

100 (14% of all)

Classified Staff
15 (5% of all)
‧ There are many existing facilities in Golden as well as the surrounding communities of Arvada,
Lakewood, and even Denver that provide daycare services, including Red Rocks Community
College. A meeting is scheduled with Red Rocks CC to gather information regarding their daycare
‧ We need to better understand the licensing considerations, insurance, safety, if the building used is
cleared for children, food facility, etc.
‧ Space is a scarce commodity on campus, we will need to carefully assess the best location that will
accommodate a daycare facility.
‧ We have contacted an outside professional to perform a formal feasibility analysis during the Fall
‧ Met with Bright Horizons (Day Care provider) to discuss options.



Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)



Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
Appendix 1
3. Campus facilities opened during school holidays that are listed
on Jefferson County, Boulder County and Denver County school
₋ Geology Museum:
‧ The museum currently hosts numerous family-friendly activities - museum scavenger
hunt, education station, and areas of the museum that are dedicated to young children
and infants.
‧ The museum provides brochures for self-guided tours of indoor exhibits and the
outdoor geology trail.
‧ The museum is open 355 days/year and available virtually every day during the
regular school year.
‧ The museum is not currently staffed to coordinate or lead specific faculty events.
₋ Would faculty be available as volunteers to staff such activities?
₋ Would faculty support additional administrative/student staffing to support such
‧ Begin addressing opportunities and challenges by exploring as part of a Monday Pilot


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
₋ Gym accessibility:
‧ While there are overall concerns about unregulated gym usage by minors (e.g. lack
of dedicated supervisory staff), these concerns are not insurmountable. Within the
context of identifying specific times of availability and determining specific usage
needs, Rec Center staff are amenable to exploring how to manage and support such
an effort.
‧ Begin addressing opportunities and challenges by exploring as part of a Monday Pilot
₋ Library:
‧ The library can provide a venue for such activities (story hour), but is not currently
staffed to coordinate these events, nor provide the requested early literacy
₋ We have contacted Golden Library and they appear to be interested in a Children’s Hour
at the Arthur Lakes Library – likely additional CSM resources not necessary.
‧ Jefferson County provides regularly scheduled story hours, baby time, and toddler
time at various library locations, including Golden.
‧ The Library is currently not staffed to coordinate or lead specific faculty events.
₋ Would faculty be available as volunteers to staff such activities?
₋ Would faculty support additional administrative/student staffing to support such
‧ Begin addressing opportunities and challenges by exploring as part of a Monday Pilot


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
₋ Campus lab tours:
‧ Tour coordination would need centralized support and faculty/student volunteers. An
existing employee has not been identified to assume this coordination responsibility.
₋ Would faculty be available to volunteer their labs and student employees for tours
during the academic year?
₋ Would faculty support additional administrative/student staffing to support such
₋ Begin addressing opportunities and challenges by exploring as part of a Monday
Pilot Program.


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)
Appendix 2


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)


Family Friendly Campus Proposal (cont.)