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. Please see the linked update for more on events, and find event-related FAQs.
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.
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.
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!
A recent story in the Denver Post indicated that Colorado's vaccination data shows another layer of racial inequity. On January 14, a virtual town hall, hosted by the CU Anschutz Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, gathered leaders from under-represented communities to discuss the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy in Black and brown communities, and ways that healthcare and public health providers can help address it.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cerise Hunt, PhD, moderated a panel discussion as part of the town hall that included many local experts including Fernando Holguin, MD, director of the ColoradoSPH Latino Research & Policy Center, and Jerreed Ivanich, PhD, who joined us last fall as an assistant professor in the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.
As of June 1, there is a continuation of phased return to on-campus activity and changes to campus protocols. These changes are not intended to suggest a full return to on-campus operations, but to guide continued slow and steady return.
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.
Thedaily health questionnaire/attestation is not required for those who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals will need to continue to complete the questionnaire to be on campus.
Masks are recommended but optional, both indoors and outside, for those fully vaccinated. Masks are mandatory for unvaccinated individuals at all times except when outdoors and six feet or more from others.
Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated, indoors and outdoors, for those who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain six or more feet of distance between themselves and others at all times, inside and out.