Published: Sept. 8, 2021

To our graduate and professional colleagues,

We hope you had a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Please see below for a weekly update from the Graduate and Professional Student Government, which you should also be receiving from your department representative or college senator.

Upcoming events and opportunities:

GPSG Week in Review:

  • We met with the Pandemic Response Office about COVID-19 testing and other concerns about campus policies 

    • Wardenburg testing: You should be able to get a test. If you are turned away, the most likely reasons are:

      • It is too soon since the time of exposure

      • You are not officially enrolled for the semester (common issue with dissertation/thesis credits)

      • If you are turned away from Wardenburg, email

    • Rec Center masking policy: The rec center has been granted an exemption to the mask mandate due to its classification as a “controlled access” rather than “public” space. Due to this, the lack of masks in the rec center is not in violation of the Boulder County mask mandate.

    • Instructor Guidance:

      • Department chairs are supposed to be sharing university instructional guidance and COVID-19 policies with grad student instructors. If this is not happening in your department please let us know.

      • Full unmasked student policy as of 8.31.21 here. If this was not previously shared with you, please let us know. 

    • Monitoring Tests

      • Program ended due to low participation

      • Not reaching the population it actually would have helped monitor

      • University unwilling to enforce strict monitoring requirement

    • Please continue to share any questions or concerns about campus COVID-19 policies via this survey.

  • We met with the Assistant Director of Grad Housing last week regarding housing policy changes. Here is a summary of the meeting. 

  • We met with the CUSG executives on Tuesday morning to discuss priorities for the year and possible collaborations. We will post a summary of the meeting soon.

  • Spotlights for Teaching and Research Excellence Awards from Spring 2021 are now posted on the website! Take a moment to support your peers and check out the cool things they are up to.

If any questions arise, you can reach out to your representative or contact us at


We hope you stay safe and have a great week,

Emily Jensen, Barra Peak, and Bobby Vondrasek

GPSG Executive Team