Can I require a mask to be worn in my private office?

The campus requires facial coverings or masks to be worn in all indoor public areas. Everyone who uses or visits a shared office space (including cubicles, huddle spaces, etc.) will need to be masked. Those who have private offices may wear masks and may request that visitors wear masks, including posting signage with that request if desired.

Can I designate my private office as a public space?

If another individual enters a private office, the office owner can decide that designation based on business needs. Examples may be advising, counseling or office hours.

If I sit in a group of cubicles, do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. If you are in a publicly accessible space and not in a private office, masks will be required.

In the mask exemption, does "controlled-access facilities" mean a locked building?

No. If any building, locked or unlocked, can be accessed via Buff OneCard by other university employees outside your department and/or the public, masks should be worn in all shared spaces. While working alone in a private office, a mask can be removed. Buildings with controlled-access include residence halls.

If a student or guest refuses to wear a mask in a public indoor space, can service be denied?

Yes. An option is to reschedule the service by suggesting an online meeting or moving the meeting to a larger room or outside. If a service is being performed, the service can be rescheduled when the area is empty or when the occupant will wear a mask.

Where can departments order disposable masks?

Departments can order disposable masks through the face mask order form for their reception areas, suites or other areas as needed for faculty, staff and students.

Can staff request Plexiglas or other barriers in their offices or cubicles?

Plexiglas or other barriers are not recommended in offices or cubicle spaces as this can restrict airflow and air exchange rates. Plexiglas and other barriers could be an option in open spaces such as reception areas.

What should an employee do when they have someone in their immediate household who is exhibiting cold/flu symptoms, even if they themselves are not?

Employee should track their own symptoms. The Buff Pass is not required but is an option to track symptoms. Employees should go to work as usual and consider additional mitigation practices such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, sanitizing their workspace before and after shift and maintaining social distance.

If you need to take care of a family member who is sick:

  • Request to work remotely. This is dependent on the unit’s needs, agreed upon work modalities, and the employee’s role.
  • Take sick leave.

If a person has had a known exposure to COVID-19 and been asked to quarantine by a Public Health official, they should stay home. COVID leave information can be found on the COVID-19 HR Processes page.

Can employees ask individuals to refrain from coming in if they are not feeling well?

Yes. A standard request for everyone to not come into the class/office if they are not feeling well would be allowable.

When can the supervisor tell an employee to stay home or go home?

When an employee’s illness or injury impacts the employee’s ability to perform the job or the safety of others. If the supervisor tells an employee to stay home or go home the leave should be coded as sick leave. If no sick leave is available, vacation or leave without pay can be used.

Am I eligible for COVID-19 leave if my child's school goes remote?

At this time, employees may be eligible for Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) that allows for sick leave to be used for childcare if a public official has ordered the closure of the school or place of care of the employee’s child and the employee needs to be absent from work to care for the employee’s child. If schools close in the future, there may be updated emergency leave guidance. COVID leave information can be found on the COVID-19 HR Processes page.

Do I need to isolate if I test positive for COVID? If so, for how long?

When you have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, connect with the Public Health Office (303-735-0017 or They will ask you about your symptoms, health concerns, possible exposures, and current situation. The case investigator will provide you with a timeline for isolation and recommendations based on your situation, as well as other resources as needed to support you and those around you.

What happens if I get exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

If fully vaccinated and you do not have symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or test and you are asked to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after an exposure. Masking when in indoor public places and testing day 3-5 from last exposure may be recommended (CDC recommendation). You should return to work on campus during your regularly scheduled time periods.

If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and you have been identified as a close contact you should quarantine and consider testing day 5-7 from last exposure. The length of time for the quarantine would depend on several factors and should be determined by a contact tracer. Contact tracers do ask about vaccine status and can help make appropriate determinations. Please contact the CU Boulder contact tracing team (303-735-0017 or Once you know how long you will be out of the office on quarantine, please let your immediate supervisor know.

If you do have symptoms, please isolate and get a COVID-19 test immediately, either by calling Medical Services to schedule a test or testing at a community testing site.

Why are you not requiring quarantine or isolation for employees who have or have been exposed to COVID-19?

Isolation and quarantine guidance is provided in alignment with CDC directives and based on vaccination status. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must follow isolation instructions provided by their public health official. Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be provided with guidance, resources and support from a public health official.

Do employees need to disclose their exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19?

An employee who tests positive should receive resources from their county public health. We encourage employees to disclose the diagnosis with their supervisor to facilitate sick leave requests. Employees can also connect with to understand how to implement the directives from contact tracing. COVID leave information can be found on the COVID-19 HR Processes page.

Can a supervisor request a negative COVID-19 test for an employee to come back to work?

No. CU Boulder would not require testing for an employee to come back to work.

Will individuals who are not employees or students (contractors, POI, volunteers, etc.) be required to adhere to CU Boulder's vaccination compliance?

Departments are encouraged to share CU Boulder policies with non-employees but cannot ask or collect vaccination information.

Can I get vaccinated on campus?

The mobile vaccine clinic will be available on campus starting August 13. We also have vaccines available through Medical Services: you can schedule an appointment online through your MyCU Health portal. Vaccines are also available at various community locations, which can be found on Boulder County's Covid-19 Vaccines page.

An employee is fearful to return to the office. What resources do they have to request a fully remote work arrangement?

If a department is not offering remote or hybrid work options, an employee can work with ADA to document a personal medical condition that would require an accommodation. ADA is not providing workplace accommodations based on vulnerability and the decision to work remotely or hybrid is handled at the department level.

What if I am pregnant and do not want to return to work?

There is no longer a designation for vulnerable populations and individuals should work with supervisors on available options and make the right decision for themselves and their families.

Can an employee or department add more restrictions to the campus COVID-19 mandates? Restrictions such as limiting group sizes or requiring social distancing?

No. We are not restricting group size at this time or imposing social distancing. If you are uncomfortable, you can move your meeting to a larger space or outside.

Are the HVAC systems and buildings still equipped for COVID-19 mitigation?

Yes. Protocols put into place for COVID-19 mitigation within our buildings will continue. In addition, we will continue enhanced cleaning in public spaces.

What are my options for parking on campus?

Parking Services has published FAQ's on Fall parking.