Effective Monday, August 9, the following mask protocols are in place.
Masks are required for everyone in indoor campus spaces. All students, faculty, staff and visitors—including those fully vaccinated—are required to wear a mask in indoor campus spaces.
Masks are required universally at all times in clinical environments and in indoor public spaces—including large lecture halls and classrooms, conference rooms, hallways, restrooms and common areas.
Lecturers may remove their masks for clarity and ADA purposes, provided the first two rows of the lecture hall or classroom are vacant, and all participants are wearing masks.
Masks are required in these spaces regardless of posted COVID capacity.
Breaks and mealsshould be taken outdoors, weather permitting. We have increased seating and break areas outdoors for your safety. When taking breaks or meals indoors, observe COVID spacing and breakroom protocols, and ensure 10+ feet between yourself and others.
If you are vaccinated:
You may remove your mask indoors in enclosed offices or confined work units—where traffic can be controlled or masking can be adjusted in real time—when able to keep 10+ feet from others.
Masks are optional outdoors.
If you are unvaccinated:
You must continue to wear a mask at all times on campus.
The only exception is when outdoors and 10+ feet from others.
The Colorado School of Public Health requires that all students (MS, PhD, MPH, DrPH, certificate, and non-degree) must either be fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine or have a request for a medical or religious exemption submitted and approved by August 6, 2021. This requirement is in accordance with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement and Compliance Policy (policy number 3012).
Students should submit their vaccine verification or exemption directly to the school before beginning fall courses.
Faculty and staff:
The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and University of Northern Colorado require that all students, faculty, and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of fall semester 2021.
By September 1, all CU Anschutz faculty and staff must befullyvaccinated (2 weeks past final dose of current COVID-19 vaccines). Please follow these 5 easy steps to complete your vaccine verification or file an exemption.
Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as the campus leadership team evaluates the impacts of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on campus protocols, please visit the CU Anschutz Medical Campus website.
Effective Monday, August 9, masks are required for everyone in indoor campus spaces. All students, faculty, staff and visitors—including those fully vaccinated—are required to wear a mask in indoor campus spaces.
All CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by the fall semester. Students must be fully vaccinated prior to beginning fall programs. Everyone on campus must be fully vaccinated by September 1, 2021, per the CU Anschutz COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.Employees may follow the 5-step vaccine verification process to fulfill the requirement.Students are required to submit verifications or exemptions directly to the school.
Unvaccinated individuals must continue physical distancing and wearing a mask at all times, except when outdoors and 10+ feet from others. Unvaccinated individuals will need to complete the daily health questionnaire/attestation to be on campus. Mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing is coming for unvaccinated students and employees.
ColoradoSPH employees no longer need approval from Associate Dean Christine Gillen to be on campus. Employees must work with supervisors and unit leaders regarding visits to campus and/or an approved work schedule on campus
During this pandemic time, we are aware that our employees' home lives may have been greatly affected and plans need to be made for returning to work on campus. With this in mind, we have set a target date for the Colorado School of Public Health to come back together collectively on campus starting August 23.
Broader guidelines and an FAQ document for the school are under development by members of the ColoradoSPH Transition Committee, and more information will be forthcoming. Rest assured, we will adhere to what is deemed safest in the context of the pandemic's status in Colorado, and the requirements of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Tri-County Health Department, and any policies set forth by our partner universities and campuses.
Unit leaders have been advised of the August 23 target date, and units will set their own pace for return based on unit and work needs, including flexible work arrangements per the campus policy. While the policy offers guidelines for supervisors, we also want a school-wide approach that ensures a balance of in-person work as needed. Supervisors have been asked to propose a plan for their unit that will be reviewed by the Transition Committee.
If you have questions about what this might mean for your unit, please contact your unit leader and supervisor.
Effective Monday, August 9, campus events and gatherings must follow the guidelines below. Invited speakers, participants and guests must follow the same mask protocols as our students and employees.
Indoor campus events & gatherings
All attendees of indoor campus events, classes, meetings and other gatherings must wear masks, regardless of attendee vaccination status, group size or posted COVID capacity.
Outdoor campus events & gatherings
If you are vaccinated:
You may choose to wear a mask if desired.
If you are unvaccinated:
You must wear a mask unless able to keep 10+ feet from others.
Off campus events & gatherings
All attendees must follow protocols in place at the event venue.
Dean/vice chancellor-level approval is required for off-campus events only when attendance will exceed 45 people; for off-campus events of 45 or fewer attendees, no such approval is required, and event planners may book directly with the off-campus venue.
The CU Anschutz Medical Campus self-reporting requirement remains in effect for everyone—regardless of vaccination status—who has COVID-19-like symptoms, tests positive or may have been exposed to a COVID-19 case. Anyone fitting these categories is asked to stay home, self-report, and await one-on-one follow-up from the CU Anschutz Contact Tracing Team. Students and employees are not to return to on-campus activity until this team has officially cleared them for return. More information about self-reporting is available here.
COVIDCheck Colorado has generously extended no-cost COVID-19 testing to the CU Anschutz community (CU Anschutz employees and students—including all ColoradoSPH students—as well as their household members).
Free testing is available through COVIDCheck Colorado at their Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning and Conference Center location. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing are offered at this site. On-campus testing sites operated by CU Anschutz Environmental Health & Safety and COVIDCheck Colorado are closed at this time.
To schedule a test, use your CU Anschutz employee/student ID and university email address to register yourself, and use passcode F3E5D8BDE to register household members and minors 2+ years old.
ColoradoSPH instruction will continue to be remote for the 2021 summer semester at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and at the University of Northern Colorado. Plans for Colorado State University will continue as normal with both online and hybrid (in-person) course options.
If you need to use the library at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, please remember that campus safety and screening protocols remain the same for the foreseeable future for everyone, so please complete the screening process online before coming to campus.
New CDPHE guidelines stipulate that for those who have received both doses of the current COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) AND for whom 14 or more days have passed since they received their second dose, quarantine after exposure to a known positive COVID-19 case may no longer be necessary.
At CU Anschutz, a process is in place to determine whether and for how long those exposed may need to quarantine. In all cases, even for those who have been vaccinated, if you are feeling sick, symptomatic, have been exposed, or test positive, please self-report your status. The Contact Tracing team will follow up with individualized guidance and support.
The COVID Climate Survey that was completed by faculty and staff on the CU Anschutz campus this summer indicates that many people in our community are distressed but may be unwilling to seek support due to concerns about privacy. Two new resources are available to help navigate this stressful time.
First, the Department of Psychiatry has created a completely anonymous self-assessment tool called CUWellbeing to help anyone determine their own level of distress and to provide specific guidance to resources based on your responses. The site contains modules that can be completed in 10 minutes.
Additionally, the CU Anschutz Human Resources office has launched new confidential resources to support faculty and staff during this time. You@CUAnschutz is now available on the You@CU website to support the unique health and wellbeing needs of our campus faculty and staff:
The program offers resources for work-life balance, stress management, relationships, and more.
It also provides resources and information to support faculty and staff in working with students.
When you log in to You@CU as a faculty or staff member, you can customize your experience and content for your profile. Log in and start exploring!