In support of the university’s commitment to health and safety, CU Boulder will require faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall 2021 semester. This is in alignment with the decision to institute this requirement for the CU System and will enable the campus to more fully return to a traditional campus experience for the fall 2021 semester.

CU Boulder will have a vaccine verification process to determine that the requirement has been met for all CU affiliates. Students, staff and faculty should not inquire about an individual’s vaccine status, which is considered protected health information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

There are two ways to complete the vaccine requirement:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Vaccine exemption

How to complete the requirement

Students, staff and faculty will not get a confirmation that proof of vaccination or vaccine exemption was successfully submitted. However, faculty and staff will receive an email stating the COVID-19 vaccination requirement was completed after the submission is verified. Students will receive an email stating they have completed their requirement only when all vaccination requirements are complete.  In either case, the process of verifying records and sending confirmation of receipt may take 7-10 business days.


Based on federal regulations announced Sept. 9, 2021, only medical and religious exemptions are allowed.  CU Boulder announced on Nov. 11, 2021 that Boulder students, staff and faculty who submitted a non-medical exemption form for the COVID-19 vaccine must submit a new exemption or provide proof of vaccination by Jan. 1, 2022.

Only vaccines that are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet the CU vaccine requirements.