May 11, 2021
Operations update from the CU Boulder Pandemic Response Office
The transition to an in-person CU Boulder experience for the fall will begin over the summer. This includes changes to COVID-19 mitigation measures and campus operations.
This transition is supported by the vaccine requirement for faculty, staff and students and changing public health guidelines. Boulder County is expected to move into Level Clear on May 16. Level Clear provides a 90-day period of greatly reduced public health restrictions while COVID-19 conditions are monitored.
For the fall 2021 semester, campus will return to pre-COVID-19 classroom capacities and standard event sizes. Courses already designated as remote for the fall will remain remote. Departments will have the opportunity to increase capacity for in-person classes and add in-person sections if there is student demand.
Regular in-person student activities, intramural sports and cultural events will be permitted. In-person dining will be available across campus. The system-wide COVID-19 vaccine requirement supports the transition to regular campus operations.
Campus leaders will answer questions about these updates during a Campus Q&A at noon on Tuesday, May 11.
Operations transition this summer
As the campus transitions back to full operations in the fall semester, certain changes are taking effect during the summer term. The information below provides details on COVID-19 mitigation measures that are continuing, mitigation measures that are ending and various changes to campus operations.
Continuing COVID-19 mitigation
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
Faculty, staff and students can begin to submit information regarding their COVID-19 vaccine or requested exemption on May 15. Instructions on how to complete the process will be available as of May 15 on the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Process webpage. The deadline to complete the process is Sept. 15.
COVID-19 vaccine availability
The campus vaccine sign-up form is no longer being used. Visit the campus COVID-19 vaccine webpage for information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including on campus through Medical Services.
Facial coverings (masks)
Facial coverings will continue to be required in indoor spaces on campus and on Buff buses through at least June 30, 2021. The requirement may be extended beyond June 30 based on circumstances at that time. This allows for a safer transition as vaccines continue to be administered.
Diagnostic testing for faculty, staff and students will continue to be available during the summer and fall semesters through Medical Services.
Case investigation and contact tracing
Case investigation and contact tracing for students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will continue during the summer and fall semesters.
COVID-19 mitigation measures that are ending
Monitoring testing and Buff Pass requirements end
Monitoring tests for COVID-19 and daily completion of the Buff Pass are no longer required. The monitoring testing program will continue to be available through Aug. 6. View locations and hours.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy
The COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy will retire May 16.
COVID-19 SkillSoft training course retires
The COVID-19 Safety and Awareness course in SkillSoft is no longer required and will be retired.
Isolation will continue to be offered for on-campus residents through the summer term.
The COVID-19 dashboard will be retired as of Aug. 6.
The COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program ended at the end of the spring semester.
On-campus work, student finances, visits and events
On-campus work for staff
Once units have their plans approved by their administrative officer and submitted to Human Resources, staff can begin to work on campus regularly as early as June 1. Some units may choose to implement their plans closer to the fall semester. The timing of each unit’s return to more staff working on campus is a unit-by-unit decision. Supervisors can reference guidance from Human Resources.
Return to campus approval process used by Research, creative work, College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences ended May 10
The return to campus approval process for CEAS and A&S instruction, research and creative work ended May 10.
Full resumption of research and creative work; and faculty who wish to be on campus
Beginning with the fall semester, the campus will discontinue the waiver of location-based fees for fully remote/online students. The campus will return to the previous tuition payment schedule, including withdrawals and refunds.
As of May 17, events on campus will be open to the broader community. Event organizers should review the updated event guidance and policy and the summer guidance policy. A full schedule of athletics, arts and culture, and campus events is anticipated for the fall semester.
Visitors are permitted on campus as of May 17.
In-person admissions tours will resume May 17.
The Hiring Request Form is no longer required. Job interviews will continue to take place virtually until further notice from Human Resources. Interview guidance will be updated on the HR website as campus operations and public health orders are updated.
Norlin Commons will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday to Friday, throughout the summer. Please check the University Libraries website for information on individual services.
Several options across campus will be open during the summer to serve students, staff, faculty and the general public as the campus prepares for in-person dining this fall. Check the dining hours webpage for updated information. The Center for Community will only serve conference guests for the summer.
Residence Halls will be at regular capacity for the fall semester.
The Rec Center will be open for regular use as of May 24.
Most academic buildings with classes will be open and unlocked 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CU students, faculty and staff will continue to have extended access (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) via Buff OneCard swipe. Building access information.
Vaccination offers the greatest protection against transmission of COVID-19 in campus facilities. As an added precaution, the campus will continue with the same mitigation measures for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as employed in all buildings during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters to maximize airflow, filtration and outdoor air.
Summer classes will continue with reduced in-person capacity. Physical distancing should continue during this summer transition period.
For the fall 2021 semester, most classrooms are expected to be at pre-COVID-19 capacity levels. Because classes must remain in the instruction mode for which students have already registered, as designated in the schedule of classes, classes already designated as remote will remain remote. However, departments will have the opportunity to increase capacity for classes already designated as in person and add in-person sections if there is student demand.
During the summer, classrooms will have furniture re-installed in preparation for greater capacities for the fall semester.
The Buff Bus network of on-campus shuttles will observe normal reduced operations over the summer.