Published: Jan. 14, 2021

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I hope you are settling into the first few days of the spring semester. I’m writing to follow-up on the provost’s message yesterday, and to reiterate and add important information.

Return to in-person classes

Yesterday the provost confirmed that in-person instruction will resume on Monday, Feb. 15. Courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin their in-person format on this date. Courses designated as entirely remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.

COVID testing

I also want to highlight from the provost’s email the new COVID-19 testing expectation: All faculty, staff, and students with a need to be on campus during the spring semester will need to participate in the campus monitoring surveillance program once a week. Participation in the monitoring program, which entails taking a saliva-based test, is critical to help avoid further public health restrictions. More information on the monitoring testing program, which is also available to immediate family and members of the households of CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students, can be found here. The nearest monitoring testing site is the adjacent Kittredge compound and you don’t need an appointment.


In partnership with Boulder County Public Health, CU Boulder Medical Services has been asked to be a provider for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. The campus anticipates serving as a site where faculty, staff, and students can choose to get the vaccine. CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students will become eligible and be notified based on the current state eligibility phase. Eligible CU Boulder community members will be notified through their email account as vaccines become available. Vaccine timing and availability through CU Boulder will follow state guidelines and will depend heavily upon national and state vaccine supply. More information can be found here.

Please also note the following information:

  • The law library, which is partially open to law students, faculty, and staff (including journals), reopened to reservations on Monday, January 11. Study spaces outside the library are available for reservation, including classrooms and the dedicated study rooms on the third and fourth floors of the law building.
  • The majority of law school staff will continue working remotely, but remain available to students via email, phone, Zoom, and other electronic options.
  • Like the rest of campus, we will not have a typical five-day spring break but will have February 17 and March 25 off as wellness day, in addition to having the usual MLK holiday off on January 18.
  • We will have a wellness/study break from Friday, April 9, through Tuesday, April 13. There will be no classes during this period, however, the university will be open for business.
  • Law school classes will end April 23.
  • Final exams will take place April 26 -May 6.

I wish you all rest and peace for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. It’s a good moment in the country’s history to ponder the meaning of the holiday and the legacy of its namesake.

Take good care,

S. James Anaya
Dean and University Distinguished Professor