Return to Campus Protocols

Updated September 15, 2021

As our community continues a steady return to on-campus operations this summer and fall, the following protocols are in place to keep our campus healthy.

Vaccine

Vaccination Requirements

  • All are required to be fully vaccinated by fall semester. 
  • Students must be fully vaccinated prior to beginning fall programs. 
  • Everyone on campus must be fully vaccinated by September 1. 
  • Medical and religious exemptions may be requested.
Learn more about vaccination requirements and exemptions here.

Phased Return

On-Campus Protocols

Mask Guidelines

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. Campus visitors include contractors and vendors.
    • 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 in lecture halls and classrooms for clarity and ADA purposes, provided there is sufficient distance (10+ feet) between themselves and participants, and all participants are wearing masks.
    • Masks are required in these spaces regardless of posted COVID capacity.
  • 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. 
    • See below for additional requirements.

Campus events, classes and gatherings must follow these mask guidelines.

  • 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.
  • Invited speakers, participants and guests must follow the same mask protocols as our students and employees.

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

Breaks & Meals

  • Breaks and meals should be taken outdoors when possible and as weather permits.
  • We have increased outdoor seating and break areas for your use.
  • When it is necessary to take breaks or meals indoors - whether in an office, conference room, classroom or common area - please ensure sufficient distancing (6+ feet) between yourself and others, and wear a mask when coming and going.
  • We are working on designating additional indoor break and meal spaces for use during inclement weather, which will allow for distancing when masks must be removed to eat and drink. Details are coming soon.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing 

Weekly COVID-19 testing is required for unvaccinated students and employees, starting September 1. This includes those who have an approved medical or religious exemption on file. 

Testing is available at no cost through our partner - COVIDCheck Colorado - at numerous area locations. More information on the mandatory testing program is detailed here.

Building Entry & Access

Building exterior doors 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 are 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 (which includes contractors and vendors).
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to complete the health questionnaire daily – i.e., every day you plan to be on campus.

Self-Reporting & Contact Tracing

  • Self-reporting continues 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 remains in place, to help safeguard community health. 
  • After reporting your status, please wait for one-on-one guidance from the CU Anschutz Contact Tracing Team, and do not return to campus until officially cleared to do so.

Visitors

Visitors and guests (including contractors and vendors) are allowed on campus, provided they follow the same campus protocols as students, faculty and staff. It is the responsibility of sponsoring units or individuals to ensure visitors and guests are informed of and adhere to campus protocols.

    Gatherings

    Events, Gatherings & Activities

    Booking Event Space on Campus

    • Space requests through December 2021 can be submitted in EMS and will be confirmed if current campus guidelines are met.
    • EMS is also open to submit space requests for classroom and common conference spaces through June 2022.
    • Confirmations for activities occurring after December 2021 will not be issued until spring academic classes have been assigned to rooms and guidelines have been determined for non-academic activities.

    In-Person Event Precautions & Protocols

    The following apply to in-person activities for the foreseeable future. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Posted COVID capacities must be followed for meetings, events and indoor gatherings other than essential academic activity directly related to student/trainee teaching and learning. COVID capacities may be exceeded for essential indoor academic activities and academically focused meetings when necessary, to ensure continuity of in-person teaching and learning.
    • Large events unrelated to essential academic activity are discouraged from taking place in person at this time. However, such events may be approved if aligned with safety protocols and COVID capacity guidelines.
    • All events and activities of 45+ attendees, other than classes and essential academic campus activities, require approval, and must not exceed posted COVID capacities.
    • Food may only be served and consumed outdoors.
    • Masks are required of all attendees indoors at meetings, events and gatherings of any size.

    Academic Activities & Classes – Indoors

    • Classes, grand rounds, seminars, lectures and academically focused meetings that are part of or critical to the student/trainee educational experience are considered essential academic activities. These may continue to take place, and COVID capacities are not applicable.
    • Student organizations may host meetings, trainings and workshops outdoors, or indoors while adhering to the posted COVID capacity of the venue.
    • Applications are required for all activities other than classes or essential academic activities, when 45+ attendees are expected.
    • All participants in indoor academic classes and activities must wear masks at all times while in indoor facilities and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
    • Lecturers may remove their masks in lecture halls and classrooms for clarity and ADA purposes, provided there is sufficient distance (10+ feet) between themselves and participants, and all participants are wearing masks.

    Event Protocols – On Campus, Indoors

    • Large meetings, conferences, CME courses, symposia, and similar activities are discouraged from taking place in person at this time. However, such events may be approved if aligned with safety protocols and posted COVID capacities.
    • If the expected number of attendees exceeds the room’s COVID capacity, either the number of attendees must be reduced or the event must be relocated to a larger venue.
    • Applications are required for all activities other than classes and essential academic activities, when 45+ attendees are expected.
    • All participants at indoor events must wear masks and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
    • Food is allowed only outdoors at this time and cannot be self-serve (buffet style). Those serving food to attendees must be masked and vaccinated

    Event Protocols – On Campus, Outdoors

    • Outdoor events are generally permitted. Applications are required for events with 45+ expected attendees. 
    • Unvaccinated attendees must wear masks unless able to keep 10+ feet from others.
    • Food cannot be self-serve (buffet style). Those serving food to attendees must be masked and vaccinated

    Event Protocols – Off Campus

    • Off-campus university events of 45+ attendees require approval by the dean or vice chancellor of the organizing unit, regardless of whether university funds are being used. Contact the dean’s/vice chancellor’s office directly with such requests.
    • Off-campus university events of 45 or fewer attendees do not require approval and may be booked directly through the event venue.
    • Attendees must follow protocols in place at the event venue and local public health authority.

    Visitors & Guests

    • Visitors and guests, including contractors and vendors, are allowed on campus, provided they follow the same campus protocols as students and employees. Sponsoring units or individuals must ensure visitors and guests are informed of and adhere to campus protocols.

    Event Management Tools

    • Events involving paid registrations must use Cvent or CU Storefronts.
    • Fundraising events and events with paid sponsorships must use Cvent.
    • Contact ecomm@cuanschutz.edu with questions.
       

    Questions? Visit the events FAQ, or contact events@cuanschutz.edu.

     

    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.

    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 above 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 by Labor Day, 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 are required to follow alternative procedures on campus, which include completing the daily health questionnaire, wearing masks and distancing and complying with mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.

    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.

    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.