Guide: Colorado colleges and universities issue COVID rules

CU and CSU require vaccination, but other institutions make it voluntary

By: - August 12, 2021 5:00 am
CU Boulder student studying

A CU Boulder student studies outside the library on the first day of the 2020 fall semester. (Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Colleges and universities in Colorado are facing difficulties when it comes to issuing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends institutions of higher education promote the COVID-19 vaccine by offering vaccine clinics on campus or partnering with local vaccination sites. The CDC also encourages colleges and universities to encourage unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors. Some of the state’s schools have gone further.

From mandating the COVID-19 vaccine to requiring unvaccinated individuals to fill out a daily wellness check, Colorado colleges and universities have adopted varied guidelines for the fall 2021 semester.

Here is a look at COVID guidelines, current as of Aug. 11, at major institutions of higher education in Colorado.

The University of Colorado

On April 28, the University of Colorado announced that all of its campuses will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19. CU has four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The CU website states that the university consulted with several public health authorities when making the decision on whether to require the COVID-19 vaccine. “The university has followed guidance from state and local health departments, as well as CU scientists and experts. We believe the science around the vaccines is clear and compelling. The university also consulted with the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.” 

The CDC defines fully vaccinated as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after receiving a dose of a single-dose vaccine. 

There will be a process for students and faculty to request a medical or non-medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CU website. 

Colorado Springs

All individuals must wear a mask indoors at UCCS, including fully vaccinated people, with the exception of faculty members who are teaching and able to be distanced from attendees, and vaccinated individuals who are able to maintain a 10-foot distance from others, according to an update from UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy on Aug. 6. “We are prepared to adapt these measures if circumstances change. If the resurgence continues and public health recommendations change, we may increase health and safety measures. However, if we see a significant reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases, and if the attestation shows an increase in vaccination rates, I will rescind the face covering executive directive. Until then, we must ensure the safety and well-being of our campus citizens in the middle of this resurgence, and we can only accomplish this by working together,” Reddy wrote. 

“UCCS continues to evaluate all aspects of the pandemic and make changes as needed as we continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our campus community,” said Jayme McGuire, the assistant director of communications at UCCS. 

The deadline for students, staff and faculty at UCCS to be fully vaccinated is by the start of the fall semester, which is Aug. 23, according to the UCCS website.

Individuals at UCCS must fill out a vaccination attestation or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination, but proof of vaccination is not required.

Forty-eight percent of students have responded to the attestation so far, and of that, “75 percent of respondents report being fully vaccinated with another 5 percent intending to be fully vaccinated. With classes starting Aug. 23, we anticipate response rates continuing to increase as we approach the first day of classes,” McGuire wrote in an email. 82% of faculty and staff have responded to the attestation, and 92 percent of those respondents reported being fully vaccinated. 

“The attestation process is being used to gauge our campus community’s progress toward herd immunity. This process has been important in our fall semester planning and is progressing well. Collecting the attestation data allows UCCS to follow up should verification become necessary,” McGuire wrote. 

Rachel Cauwels was the vice president of the student government association for the 2020-2021 school year, and is a junior at UCCS this year. Cauwels speaks highly of the administration at UCCS in regards to how it handled COVID-19 last year, stating that she was in conversations with administrators almost everyday. “The communication was astounding, I was really, really, impressed with that. I was grateful that they utilized student government in a really positive and impactful way,” said Cauwels, who is fully vaccinated. 

The average student at UCCS was compliant with what UCCS asked last year, especially in regards to the mask policy, according to Cauwels. 

When asked about the new mask mandate being reinstated as of Aug. 9, Cauwels said that for the most part, people at UCCS seem grateful. “I really commend our chancellor for being precautious. These are people’s lives at stake.” 

“The UCCS administration discussed most guidelines last year with Cauwels and Aidan Meadows, former student body president, according to Cauwels. “Every decision that was made was really, really worked over. They saw it from all angles, they asked us about it and we asked other people about it,” Cauwels said. Cauwels and Meadows met with the chancellor at least once a month last year, in addition to meetings with other administrators. 

Unvaccinated individuals who enter the UCCS campus must fill out a daily wellness check. 

UCCS follows guidance from the El Paso Health Department.

Denver

Everyone must wear a mask indoors at CU Denver, with the exception of fully vaccinated individuals who are able to maintain a distance of 10 feet, and faculty who are teaching and are able to maintain a distance from attendees, according to an update from CU Denver on Aug. 6. The message also states that about 87% of CU Denver students have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and that 97% of employees who have already disclosed their vaccination status have been vaccinated. 

The majority of classes, events, and activities will be in-person this semester, according to Ryan Huff, communications director at CU Denver. “We feel that our campus has done an amazing job prioritizing safety, getting vaccinated, and we believe the combination of our strong vaccine rates, with masks, will help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and more recently, the delta variant.”

The response from CU Denver students, faculty, and staff in regards to CU Denver’s COVID-19 policies for the fall semester has been largely positive, according to Huff. 

“We’re encouraging everyone on our campus and everyone across the metro region and the state to get vaccinated. It’s a very important step to helping to reduce the spread of this latest variant. It’s really a community-wide effort that’s needed to reduce the spread as much as possible,” Huff said. 

Students, staff, and faculty at CU Denver are required to report their vaccination status online by Aug. 27, according to the CU Denver COVID-19 website. Unvaccinated individuals must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, as well as complete a daily online health check. CU Denver requires that individuals who are requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement “submit to routine COVID-19 testing during the fall semester beginning Aug. 23,” according to its website

A mobile vaccine bus will be on the CU Denver campus on Aug. 19 and individuals will not need to show ID or insurance to get a vaccine. 

Boulder

The deadline for students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder to complete the process for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is Sept. 15. The process for completing the vaccine requirement is for students, faculty and staff to either submit proof of vaccination or to submit a vaccine exemption form. Classes at CU Boulder start Aug. 23. The majority of classes at CU Boulder will be taught in person, according to its website

Masks are required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, the CU Boulder Pandemic Response Office announced on Aug. 10. Some exceptions include vaccinated researchers who are working in a lab and are at least six feet away from the closest person, as well as vaccinated faculty who are teaching indoors and are at least 6 feet away from the closest person. The mask requirement will be effective Aug. 13. 

“Student government can’t stress enough how important it is to think about your fellow community members at a time like this. Meaning, to follow all campus guidelines, like wearing your mask when it is expected, and getting vaccinated if you are able to do so,” said Taylor Weinsz, one of three student body presidents at CU Boulder. “The quickest way out of this situation is by following the advice of public health officials and by keeping the safety of our community in mind.” 

CU Boulder student government worked remotely last year and through this summer, but is planning to return to their office on campus in the fall, while following all campus guidelines, including wearing masks, Weinsz said. 

Colorado State University

The Colorado State University system left the decision of whether to require a vaccine up to its three individual campuses: CSU Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global. 

On Aug. 11, CSU Fort Collins announced that students, staff, and faculty must submit proof of vaccination, or request an exemption, by Aug. 18. 

This is a change from the original position on April 28, when the CSU system announced that both CSU Pueblo and CSU Fort Collins would require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall semester only if one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines received full FDA approval. 

“The university anticipates that a vaccine will be fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at some point in the fall, and then the requirement will be implemented. Until the FDA has fully approved a vaccine, the university will continue to strongly encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated,” wrote the pandemic preparedness team to the CSU community on July 27.  

“Because one or more of the vaccines has not yet moved out of emergency use authorization and received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval — a prerequisite of our CSU System COVID-19 vaccine requirement — the vaccination will continue to be voluntary and will not be required for the fall semester,” wrote Donna Souder Hodge, the chief strategy officer and COVID-19 response and planning coordinator of CSU Pueblo in a message to the CSU Pueblo community on July 24. 

Because one or more of the vaccines has not yet moved out of emergency use authorization and received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval ... the vaccination will continue to be voluntary and will not be required for the fall semester.

– Donna Souder Hodge, of CSU Pueblo

The message from Hodge also states that unvaccinated individuals are “strongly encouraged to wear a mask indoors or when in close contact with others,” and will be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. 

The New York Times reported that the FDA is aiming to complete the approval process for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by early September. 

More than 20,000 CSU Fort Collins students are fully vaccinated, according to the Aug. 11 message from Joyce McConnell, the president of CSU Fort Collins. 

CSU Fort Collins also instituted a mask mandate for all individuals indoors, regardless of vaccination status. “Once again, CSU is mandating vaccines, screenings and masks on our campuses, effective immediately,” McConnell wrote. 

At CSU Pueblo, vaccines remain optional. 

CSU Global is an entirely online program, and classes and start dates currently remain unchanged, according to its website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSU Global has temporarily changed its policy to accept transfer credits of passing and satisfactory that were earned during the spring and summer 2020 semesters. Prior to this change, CSU Global required that a transcript indicate whether the passing or satisfactory grade was equivalent to a 70% or higher, according to its website

University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado, a public school in Greeley, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for community members who will access the campus during the fall semester. This includes students and staff attending in-person classes, students who live on campus, or students or staff who participate in any on-campus activities. Last spring, UNC announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for the fall semester contingent on at least one vaccine receiving full approval by the FDA. On Aug. 9, UNC announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for fall semester even if a vaccine does not receive full FDA approval by the start of the semester. “Public health experts anticipate that one or more of the vaccines will be approved in the coming weeks. With this anticipated approval and the rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant — which is highly contagious and is resulting in a rise in cases, illness and hospitalizations globally — UNC is continuing with its vaccination requirement policy deadline of Aug. 15, 2021, without waiting for any further action by the FDA,” the website states.  

Students were required to submit their COVID-19 vaccine records or request an exemption by Aug. 15. According to the UNC website, students who have not submitted COVID-19 vaccine records that confirm they have received at least one dose or have not received an exemption to the requirement by Sep. 3 will be “out of compliance with this policy and subject to penalties.” These penalties include being dropped from their full course schedule, according to the COVID-19 section of the website. Employees who have not been granted an exemption or have not confirmed that they have received at least one dose by Aug. 23 will be “subjected to disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with existing disciplinary processes for the applicable employee classification,” according to the website

Unvaccinated employees and students who have been granted an exemption to the vaccine requirement will be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing, as well as quarantine for 14 days if it is determined that the unvaccinated student or staff has been a close contact of a positive case. 

UNC is requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

Colorado Community College System

Colorado Community College System has 13 colleges with over 35 locations throughout Colorado. CCCS educates over 125,000 students annually and is Colorado’s largest system of higher education, according to its website. The CCCS includes Pikes Peak Community College, Front Range Community College, Otero Junior College, and the Community College of Aurora, as well as several others across the state. In an Aug. 16 announcement, the Colorado Community College System announced that all individuals using the system office facilities must wear a mask. Employees working at the system office facilities must also practice social distancing. 

In an April 28 announcement, Joe Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System announced that the CCCS will not require COVID-19 vaccines for students or staff for the fall semester. 

On July 21, Amazon and CCCS announced that the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges will award two scholarships of $5,000, and five $1,000 scholarships “at each of the System’s 13 colleges to students who are enrolled and attest to being fully vaccinated by mid-September. In total, CCCS and Amazon will award 67 scholarships to community college students.” 

Pikes Peak Community College is strongly recommending COVID-19 vaccines, but is not requiring students or faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of some departments which are requiring the vaccine, according to its website

The nursing department and the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy are requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is because of the close physical interaction required in this curriculum, said the communications coordinator of PPCC, Karen Kovaly, via email. Additionally, hospitals require nursing students to be vaccinated when the students go there to do their clinicals. “The deans and department chairs are the decision-makers about this,” Kovaly wrote. 

In a message to the PPCC community on July 20, PPCC President Lance Bolton wrote that masks are required for unvaccinated people and are not required for vaccinated people. “Masks are required for those not vaccinated, however, we are not taking on the role as a college of trying to police who has been vaccinated and who has not. We are using an honor system for this practice. We will support anyone who chooses to wear a mask,” Bolton wrote

Front Range Community College is one of CCCS’ community colleges with campuses throughout Colorado. Front Range Community College’s main campus is in Westminster, and is requiring masks in all indoor public spaces, effective Aug. 10, according to a message to the FRCC community from president Andrew Dorsey. The message also states that about 74% of the on-campus study body is vaccinated. 

Individuals on the Front Range Community College campuses are required to continue practicing 6 feet of social distancing, according to its website. 

Front Range Community College is encouraging all members of the FRCC community to get vaccinated but is not requiring the vaccine. FFCC is hosting vaccine clinics on Aug. 25 (Larimer campus) and Aug. 26 (Boulder and Westminster campuses). Individuals who participate in these clinics are asked to wear a mask at the testing site and to bring a photo ID. 

Your safety is our priority. If we deem that it is no longer in the best interest of our FRCC community to keep our campuses open, we will implement plans to finish the semester remotely,” the website states. 

Otero Junior College, located in La Junta, is requiring students who will live on campus, participate on Otero College athletic teams, or participate in “designated health sciences programs” be vaccinated or receive an exemption, but the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students who don’t fall into one or more of these three categories, according to the website. The deadline for these students to either submit their COVID-19 vaccine record or request an exemption is the day they move on campus, if living on campus, or the day they begin classes. 

If a student does not submit a COVID-19 immunization record or receive an exemption, they will not be permitted to live on-campus in the residence halls, participate on college athletic teams, or participate in designated health sciences programs.” Students who are granted an exemption to the vaccine requirement may be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. 

In an Aug. 13 update, Otero Junior College asked students and staff to wear face coverings for indoor group settings, according to the website

Community College of Aurora is not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for its students or staff for fall 2021, with the exception of the Colorado Film School, which will require employees of Colorado Film School to be fully vaccinated because of Denver’s vaccination mandate, according to its website. Denver’s vaccination mandate requires certain city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30. Colorado Film School students are not required to be vaccinated. 

The Community College of Aurora is recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for all community members, according to its website. “That all being said, CCA is still highly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. The vaccine has shown to slow the spread of COVID-19, and as the new Delta variant has emerged and continues to spread, getting vaccinated is important now more than ever. Even if you don’t believe the virus poses much of a threat to you personally (and your family), please still consider getting vaccinated to reduce the risk for others,” Mordecal Brownlee, president of the Community College of Aurora, wrote in an Aug 11. message to the CCA community. 

The Community College of Aurora is requiring all individuals to wear masks indoors, with the exception of faculty presenting and students studying alone in a room. The school is not requiring any social distancing, according to its website.

U.S. Air Force Academy

The Air Force Academy is requiring all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Secretary of Defense has announced his plan to request a waiver from President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for active duty, as well as cadets, according to the COVID-19 section of the Air Force Academy website. “If a vaccine receives full FDA approval before mid-September then the Secretary has the authority to make the vaccine mandatory,” the website states. 

Adams State University

Adams State University, a public university located in Alamosa, will require the COVID-19 vaccine once there is full approval by the FDA, according to the Adams State University website. The website also states that “an estimated 60 percent of Adams State employees have already been fully vaccinated and we are expecting to increase this percentage over the next couple of months. Any faculty or staff member who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine should do so before the start of the fall semester in August.” 

Masks are required in indoor public spaces. Most indoor spaces on campus will be at 100% capacity. Unvaccinated students and staff will be required to be tested once a week. 

Aims Community College

Aims Community College is requiring face masks in all indoor spaces. Aims Community College will be 100% fully operational, and there are no social distance requirements, according to the website. Aims Community College will be at 100% capacity as well. 

Aims Community College is recommending everyone get the COVID-19 vaccine, but is not requiring it for fall semester. “Please note, Aims is encouraging, but not requiring, everyone to get vaccinated. We realize this is a personal and private medical decision,” the website states

Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University, a private Christian school, encourages students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but is not requiring it, according to its website.“While Colorado Christian University does not currently require students, faculty, or staff to be vaccinated, the University encourages students and employees to receive the vaccine when made available. The University has followed and will continue to follow CDC recommendations to maintain a safe and effective learning and working environment.”

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Colorado College

Colorado College, a private liberal arts school in Colorado Springs, is requiring all students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline for Colorado College students and employees to submit proof of vaccination or an exemption was Aug. 1. As of July 28, 75% of employees uploaded their proof of vaccination or exemption, and of those almost 95% are vaccinated, according to a message to employees from Laurie Mozingo, the acting director of human resources, and Barbara Wilson, the associate vice president for administrative services.

Colorado College campus
Armstrong Hall at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, pictured Oct. 16, 2020. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

Students who are not fully vaccinated must follow the “enhanced social distancing protocols” for seven days, which entails receiving a COVID-19 test upon arrival on campus and taking a COVID-19 test seven days after arriving on campus. Students in enhanced social distancing should only leave their rooms to pick up food until they get negative results from their second COVID-19 test, according to the CC COVID-19 website

All individuals on the Colorado College campus must wear a mask indoors, with the exception of student residences and one-person private offices. 

All students will be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus at the beginning of the academic year, according to an Aug. 6 email from Mike Edmonds, senior vice president and chief of staff, Robert Moore, senior vice president for finance and administration, and Andrea Bruder, chair of the scientific advisory group. The email also says that the Colorado College community has “at least 87% and likely higher,” vaccination coverage. About 82% of CC students have uploaded their vaccination documents, and of those 98% are vaccinated, according to the email. 

Colorado Mesa University 

Colorado Mesa University, a public university in Grand Junction, is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, or staff for fall 2021, according to its website. “Our approach is not one of forced compliance, but of engagement, education and empowerment to utilize critical thinking to make informed choices.” 

Students and staff at Colorado Mesa University who have been vaccinated are asked to voluntarily upload their vaccination records. Students and staff who have not been vaccinated but had a positive PCR test result last year or have a positive antibody test are asked to upload the test results and the COVID-19 response team will be in touch if the students or staff are required to do any further testing. Staff who did not have a positive PCR result and have not been vaccinated will be part of Colorado Mesa University’s random COVID-19 testing protocols, according to the website. Students who do not have a positive PCR test result or antibody test are required to show a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to moving on campus, or 72 hours prior to the start of classes for students not living on campus. Classes begin Aug. 23. Students who do not want to be tested are required to sign a COVID-19 test waiver and will not have access to any campus facilities or campus events, according to the website.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College will require students who live in residence halls, participate in athletics, or “enroll in academic programs such as health care, public safety and first responder,” according to its website. These students will be required to submit proof of vaccination. Students who do not fit into these categories, as well as staff and faculty, are encouraged to be vaccinated but are not required to be, according to the CMC COVID-19 website. As of Aug. 12, masks are not required to be worn on any CMC campus, with the exception of some academic programs or healthcare settings. 

In an Aug. 12 update, CMC said they will announce their fall semester COVID-19 protocols on Aug. 18. 

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines, a public university in Golden, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccination. All students, staff, and faculty working or studying on the Colorado School of Mines campus “should be fully or partially vaccinated, or have filed an exemption, by the start of the fall semester on August 23, 2021,” according to its website. The website also states that Colorado School of Mines’ leadership “anticipates a full return to in-person classes and vibrant on-campus living and learning in Fall 2021.”

Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College, a public school in Durango, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, and staff for fall 2021. Students are required to upload proof of vaccination or an exemption request by the beginning of fall semester. Students are required to have at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine by the beginning of the semester, according to the Fort Lewis College website

Classes begin Aug. 30. Students who are taking online classes only and will not be on campus are not required to upload proof of vaccination. 

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are required to be tested weekly, as well as wear a mask indoors, and practice physical distancing, according to its website. 

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver, a public university in Denver,  is requiring everyone who will access campus during the fall semester to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to its website. MSU Denver employees must submit proof of vaccination by Aug. 18. Additionally, students who have been vaccinated outside of Colorado must also submit proof of vaccination by Aug. 18. Students who have been vaccinated in Colorado do not need to submit proof of vaccination. 

“MSU Denver believes that requiring COVID-19 vaccines will support the health and safety of our campus community. Additionally, a vaccination requirement is critical to achieving our goal of having an on-campus experience and the academic success, equity and personal growth that comes with it,” the website states. 

Unvaccinated individuals who are on campus must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing beginning the week of Aug. 23. Staff members and students who work or attend classes remotely are not required to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Fully vaccinated students and staff are not required to participate in testing, according to the website. 

In an Aug. 6 letter to the MSU Denver community, Janine Davidson, the president of MSU Denver, and Larry Sampler, the chair of the Safe Return to Campus Committee, announced a new mask mandate for all individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status. The mask mandate requires everyone to wear a mask indoors, with the exception of employees in private offices online, and vaccinated individuals who are able to maintain 6 feet of distance. Masks are not required outdoors. 

Classes at MSU Denver begin Aug. 23.

Naropa University

Naropa University, a private, “Buddhist-inspired,” university, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all members of the community participating in any on-campus activities in the fall semester. Students and staff are required to submit proof of vaccination or file for an exemption prior to the first day of the semester, according to the website. If students and staff do not upload their documents by Aug. 23, they will be listed as a “remote student” or “remote staff person” and will not have access to campus, according to its website. Students who are enrolled in fully online programs are not required to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption. 

All individuals on the Naropa University campus are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals working alone in private offices and students living in residence halls do not need to wear masks while in these indoor private settings. 

There will not be any social distancing requirements at Naropa University this fall, and classrooms will be at “pre-Covid occupancy limits,” according to the website. Residence halls will also be at maximum capacity. Additionally, Naropa University is not offering COVID-19 testing on campus in the fall semester. 

In a letter to the campus community, the Naropa Board of Trustees voiced their support for the vaccine requirement for the fall semester. “As Trustees, our role is governance-related, and we don’t typically participate in operational decisions. It is appropriate to leave such decisions to the administration to design and implement. That said, the global pandemic — amidst other layered crises — has presented deeply personal challenges for so many of us, especially those who are most vulnerable and at risk. To be clear: amidst diverse opinions, the Board of Trustees is in support of the Naropa University vaccination requirement for Fall 2021.”

Regis University

Regis University, with three campuses around Denver, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall 2021 semester. Individuals will be able to apply for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Members of the Regis University community who are fully online are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but are not required to do so. 

University of Denver

University of Denver, a private school in Denver, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for members of the DU community who will be on campus in the fall. There were 11 positive tests between July 29 and Aug. 4 at DU, according to the university’s dashboard

Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University, a public school located in Gunnison, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester. Unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty must be tested for COVID-19 once a week, beginning Aug. 23. 

Beginning Aug. 16, Western Colorado University is temporarily requiring masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. Public spaces include academic and administrative buildings, classrooms, indoor recreational spaces, buses and vans, and hallways, according to its website. Individuals are not required to wear a mask indoors in residence halls and private offices. 

Western Colorado University is hosting a vaccine clinic on Aug. 18 and 26, Sept. 16, and Oct. 7, according to its website. 

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:09 p.m., Aug. 17, 2021, to add the COVID-19 guidelines of additional schools.

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