CU Boulder is closely monitoring the emerging global public health concern involving the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The university is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This webpage provides updates relevant to the CU Boulder community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty and staff. The content will be continually updated as new information becomes available. Explore information by clicking on various topics:

Health and Wellness

  • The risk coronavirus poses to the general public in the United States is considered low as of Jan. 29, 2020. The CDC identifies influenza (flu) as a far greater threat at this time, especially for college campuses. People can protect themselves and others from the spread of illness by practicing these healthy habits:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.
  • For students, Medical Services offers a 24/7 nurse line and can provide advice and recommendations: 303-492-5101.

Symptoms: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

For the majority of confirmed cases, symptoms have been mild and resolved after several days.

When to contact a healthcare professional:

  • If you have traveled to Wuhan, China, within 14 days and are experiencing a fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If you have had recent contact with a coronavirus case and are experiencing a fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If seeking medical care and you suspect coronavirus, call ahead and let the medical office or emergency room know about your symptoms and any recent travel. 

Recent travel with cold symptoms should not trigger significant concern. Symptoms that seem to be worse, including cough and fever, are more likely to represent flu than coronavirus at this time. 

CU Boulder Medical Services is updating coronavirus health information online.


There are resources available for members of the CU Boulder community experiencing personal impacts due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Whether individuals have loved ones in affected areas or other connections to people impacted by the outbreak, all members of the CU Boulder community have access to services that may be helpful. 

View a comprehensive list of resources for faculty, staff and students.

Resources for International Students, Faculty and Staff

The ISSS office provides resources for all international students, faculty and staff. The ISSS office is located in the Center for Community, room S355 (third floor). Drop-in advising hours are Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., except for Wednesdays when drop-in advising is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The office can be contacted via email or by calling 303-492-8057. Visit the ISSS website for more information and the latest news relevant to international students, faculty and staff.


CU Boulder has suspended Education Abroad-sponsored programs to China for the spring 2020 semester based on the travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State. Anyone with questions about Education Abroad programs may contact the Education Abroad office.

The university’s International Risk Committee on Feb. 14 voted to suspend all summer 2020 education abroad programs in China over concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. The summer suspension is based on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory for China being a Level 4; the CDC’s Travel Advisory for China being a Level 3; partners of Education Abroad suspending their programs; and the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

For details about program cancellations or suspensions, please see the CU Boulder Policy on Cancelation or Suspension of CU Boulder International Programs Involving Students.

As of Jan. 30, 2020, university-related travel to China for research or other purposes is restricted and requests for travel to China will require additional review and approval through the Concur system. Travel to China previously approved is now also required to go through this second level of review. Those previously approved for such travel will be contacted through email from the Office of the Provost. The travel review does not impact those traveling from China. The utmost consideration on approval or disapproval of travel will be the health and safety of CU Boulder’s faculty, staff and students. For more information, please contact the Office of the Provost.

Under a presidential proclamation, a temporary restriction applies to individuals who have recently traveled to China and wish to enter the United States beginning at 5 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 2, 2020. The International Student and Scholar Services office has published additional information online.

Last updated Feb. 6, 2020