Return to Campus Protocols

Updated June 3, 2021

A series of changes began on campus starting in June. These changes are not intended to suggest a full return to on-campus operations, but rather to provide new protocols and guidelines to help us maintain a healthy community as we continue a steady return.

Please note that details on implementation are underway, and more information is to come. Look for continued updates via email and on the campus coronavirus website.

RTC Protocols

Phased Return to On-Campus Activity

Academic Activity

Students began returning for on-campus courses in June and will continue throughout the summer months, per the standard academic schedule. Summer educational programs that are currently scheduled as hybrid will make their own decisions as to whether to continue as scheduled or pivot to additional in-person learning activity.

Administrative Activity

Administrative units planning for return are no longer required to complete return to campus forms. Units may make their own decisions within campus guidelines that best serve their work unit and function, while also protecting students and employees and helping to preserve workplace safety. 

Research Activity

Laboratory, vivarium, clinical and community research will continue at its current operational status. Research administration will work with COVID officials to update guidelines reflecting the changes described here to ensure the safety of researchers and participants. A separate communication regarding changes in vivarium operations will be sent to impacted research groups.

Supervisor/Unit Head Responsibility

It is the responsibility of supervisors/unit heads in all areas to plan and oversee a safe return to campus schedule that is appropriate to their operations and function. They may choose to implement stricter requirements than the on-campus protocols delineated below, particularly pertaining to mask wearing and physical distancing, as deemed appropriate for maintaining the health and safety of their areas. Supervisors/unit heads and HR directors are also responsible for documenting work arrangements, per campus policy, for the members of their teams.

Supervisors/unit heads may ask their students and employees about their vaccination status in order to facilitate planning. It is wholly up to students and employees whether to voluntarily provide information about their vaccination status, and they may choose to decline. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to follow alternative procedures on campus, which may include regular COVID-19 testing and mask-wearing at all times; more to come soon. 

COVID Officials

COVID officials will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and may be assigned in administrative areas. New responsibilities aligned with changes to campus protocols will be determined for those holding this role over the coming weeks.

Phased Return

Changes to On-Campus Protocols

Building Entry & Access

Building exterior doors will remain under badge access for the foreseeable future. Each person must badge in individually. Even if the door is open, or someone is holding the door for you, please run your badge on the card reader for authorization. All movement restrictions within university buildings will be eliminated, except where applicable during pre-COVID operations. No action is required to reactivate your badge, unless it has expired, in which case you need to contact the Security Badging Office.

Daily Health Questionnaire

  • If you are vaccinated:
    • The daily health questionnaire, or “attestation,” requirement has been lifted for fully vaccinated students, employees and visitors.
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Unvaccinated individuals will be required to complete the health questionnaire daily – i.e., every day you plan to be on campus.

Masks

  • If you are vaccinated:
    • Masks will be recommended but optional, both indoors and outdoors, for fully vaccinated students, employees and visitors on campus.
    • Exceptions:
      • Masks are required in conference rooms and classrooms when attendance exceeds the approved posted COVID-capacity, regardless of vaccination status.
      • In clinical environments, masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Masks will continue to be mandatory for unvaccinated individuals at all times, except when outdoors and able to safely keep 6 feet or more from others, or when working alone indoors in a fully enclosed space.

Anyone may choose to continue wearing a mask, even once vaccinated, and units may choose to implement more conservative mask policies if desired. 

See “Events, Gatherings & Activities” below for additional mask guidance.

Important exceptions: masks are required in clinical environments, and in conference rooms and classrooms when attendance exceeds the approved COVID-posted capacity, regardless of vaccination status.

Physical Distancing

  • If you are vaccinated:
    • Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated, both indoors and outdoors, for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Unvaccinated individuals must maintain 6 feet or more of distance between themselves and others at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

Full PPE may be required in certain settings, such as anatomy labs, when distancing cannot be maintained for essential in-person activity.

Self-Reporting & Contact Tracing

Self-reporting will continue to be required of anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive or may have been exposed, regardless of vaccination status. Our highly effective contact tracing program will remain in place, to help safeguard community health. 

Visitors

  • If you are vaccinated:
    • Fully vaccinated visitors are allowed on campus in all areas and do not need to complete the daily health questionnaire, wear masks, or observe physical distancing – with the exception of common areas and clinical environments, where mask are required at all times regardless of vaccination status; and in conference rooms, when attendance exceeds the approved posted COVID-capacity.
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Unvaccinated individuals may visit campus but must complete the daily health questionnaire, remain masked at all times (unless outdoors and able to safely keep 6 feet or more from others), and observe physical distancing indoors and outdoors on campus.

Gatherings

Events, Gatherings & Activities

Masks

  • Indoors:
    • Masks are required in conference rooms and classrooms when attendance exceeds the approved posted COVID-capacity, regardless of vaccination status.
    • In clinical environments, masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoors:
    • Masks will be recommended but optional for fully vaccinated individuals for outdoor events, gatherings or activities of any size.
    • Masks will be recommended but optional for unvaccinated individuals for outdoor events of any size, provided they maintain 6 feet or more of physical distancing.

Venues

  • Indoors:
    • Space in university buildings is currently being allocated to academic and educational activities. Once this process is completed, and all academic space needs are met, space will be made available for those wishing to schedule other events, gatherings and activities. If planning an indoor event at an off-campus venue or location, please be prepared to follow relevant CU Anschutz protocols, as well as those in place at the event venue and health department in that county.
  • Outdoors:
    • Students and employees may hold on-campus events, gatherings and activities outdoors, so long as the mask protocols above are followed.

Parking

Parking & Shuttles

Numerous parking options on campus allow you to choose what works best for your schedule. An electronic Parking Agreement form makes signing up, renewing or switching parking options easy. Find complete details and FAQs here.

New Part-Time Rate

$42/month for up to 10 days/month of parking in gated permit lots; also includes employee RTD EcoPass

Monthly, Reserved & Student Parking

Parking rates and permits for other parking options remain unchanged; details on the parking website

Parking Agreement Form

Submit a new CU Anschutz Parking Agreement form, available electronically here, if you previously canceled your permit parking

Daily Visitor Parking

$1/hour with a maximum daily rate of $8 for parking in visitor lots

Shuttles

The CU Anschutz Rail Shuttle to the RTD Fitzsimons Station is running 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, with stops throughout campus. The Intercampus Shuttle from CU Anschutz to the CU Denver Lawrence Street Center is not currently in operation.

Remote Work

Remote Work Policy

The remote work policy has been updated, and provides guidance and requirements for supervisors navigating ongoing full-time and part-time remote work, as well as hybrid work arrangements, by individuals in their units. A formalized agreement documenting remote work arrangements is required for safety and risk reasons, and forms are available in the policy document. These agreements should be in place by Labor Day.

Travel

Travel

University-sponsored domestic and international travel is allowed for those fully vaccinated, with appropriate approvals. For international travel, this includes formal approval of your planned destination. The process for requesting travel approval is currently being updated; more information will follow.

Travelers are required to follow CDC travel and safety precautions, and observe any protocols in place at your destination.

See CDC guidelines for personal travel.

Vaccine

Vaccination Requirements

All CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff are asked to be fully vaccinated no later than September 1, 2021. The CU system is requiring all students and employees on all four campuses to be fully vaccinated ahead of fall semester.

Students with in-person coursework this summer must be fully vaccinated before beginning on-campus activity. Your school, college or program will work with you to collect proof of vaccination or exemption.

You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The total timeframe for becoming fully vaccinated may be as long as 6 weeks or more, so please plan accordingly.

Medical or religious exemptions will be allowed, and guidance will follow in the coming weeks on how to obtain exemption. Those who qualify for exemptions must continue to complete the daily health questionnaire, wear a mask and maintain physical distancing, and may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. 

Please note that supervisors/unit heads may ask students and employees about their vaccination status in order to facilitate planning. It is wholly up to students and employees whether to voluntarily provide information about their vaccination status, and they may choose to decline.