Fall semester is officially here. And with it, many changes to our usual school routine. We’ve outlined a brief checklist of common experiences our returning students may have this semester. Read through to be prepared for campus each day.

Night Before Class

Because a face covering is required on campus and anywhere in public, make sure you have one that is clean and ready for the next day.

It doesn’t hurt to pack an extra face covering, just in case.

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Morning Before Heading to Campus

Student checking temperature

Check in With Your Health

  • Take your temperature and make sure you don’t have a fever
  • General check-in: Do you have any symptoms? Are you feeling sick?
  • Complete the Daily Health Form each day before coming to campus.  

If you aren’t feeling well, stay home and be sure you know what to do if you feel sick.

Have COVID-19 symptoms? Anyone with symptoms should be tested, so make sure you’re prepared ahead of time by knowing when and how to complete a COVID-19 test.

Come to Campus Prepared

Like last fall, you’ll need to bring your usual items for learning. Unlike last fall, you’ll need to grab a couple of extra items before heading out the door.

  • Face covering
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Buff OneCard for building access
  • Books and notebooks
  • Computer and phone
  • Campus Cash and the downloaded Nutrislice ordering app
  • Food and water


Commuting to Campus



  • Be aware of your parking space
    Keep at least 6 feet from others when leaving or returning to your car
  • Make sure you have a parking permit
    You can buy a fall semester parking permit or download ParkMobile for short-term parking areas


While riding any public transportation, please follow all public health protocols: 

  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep physically distant from other riders
  • Sanitize your hands before and after riding the bus 

Buff Bus

  • Plan for extra time
    Buff Bus capacity will be significantly reduced because of physical distancing requirements; Buff Bus riders should plan for longer wait and commute times, and consider alternative forms of transportation like biking and walking
  • Download the Buff Bus Transit app to track the bus schedules, timing and to plan ahead


  • Plan for extra time
    RTD Bus capacities may be reduced because of physical distancing requirements; plan for longer wait and commute times
  • Sign up for RTD rider alerts to track the bus’ status and to know if there are any delays


Student riding a b-cycle   biking

Walk, Bike or Skate

You can also consider walking and use suggested walking paths with time estimates.  While on any public or campus paths, please follow all public health protocols: 

  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep physically distant from others
  • Pay attention to vertical signs and signs painted on paths


Have more questions? Learn more about COVID-19 parking and transportation

Navigating Campus

  • Sanitizer stations
    You’ll be able to sanitize on the go. We've strategically placed many sanitizer stations around campus. 
  • Know when to wear a face covering
    Short answer, always. Face coverings are required indoors and outdoors while on campus, consistent with state and county health orders.
  • Physical distancing
    Everyone will need to practice physically distancing, both on campus and off. While on campus, you’ll see physical distancing guidelines clearly marked and updated as needed. Be sure to check the signs across campus.
  • Building access
    Most buildings on campus will require a Buff OneCard for access. Students, faculty and staff will have Buff OneCard access to all academic buildings with scheduled, active teaching from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some high-traffic buildings like the Rec Center and the UMC have capacity limits on how many people can be inside the building at a time. Students, faculty and staff who normally have weekend and after-hours access to specific buildings will still have access to those buildings. 

Want more information? Learn more about navigating campus spaces and workplace environments.


Buff Card building access

Sanitation station  Extra masks

During Class

CMCI classroom in CASE

Music Safety   Lab  social distancing entering classroom

In-person Classes

Classrooms will look a bit different, with reduced capacities and new configurations that provide 6 feet of physical distancing on all sides of each desk and workstation. In some classrooms, excess furniture will be removed or moved aside, while others with fixed seating will have unused seating clearly marked.

  • Pay attention to signs and sit only in designated seats
  • All furniture and seating must stay in its designated location
  • No food or drink is allowed in any classroom
  • All entrance and exit directional signs must be followed

We expect everyone who comes on campus to observe our campus safety protocols. This only works if we work together. Be sure to review and commit to the Student Code of Conduct.

Outdoor and Indoor Study Spots Across Campus

For periods between classes, students can use the campus map to find study spots and outdoor tents with power and wifi across campus. 

Remote Classes

Be prepared by ensuring you have full access to the internet and our student platforms with help from our IT department

  • Internet access resources
  • Access courses on Canvas and receive online support for using Canvas
  • If your class will use Zoom, be sure you have it downloaded and updated
  • iClicker Reef will be used for live course participation. If your course requires this platform, you will need to create an iClicker Reef account to participate in clicker questions during your live online course.

Learn more about guidelines, resources and tips for remote learning.

Person on computer outside

Food Options

Campus dining has changed, so come to campus prepared. We have food options specific to campus residents, and others that are open to the campus community. Learn more about what is available to you.

Dining Payment Options

  • Students living in the residence halls can pay with meal plans, Munch Money, Campus Cash or credit/debit cards
  • Bear Creek and off-campus students can pay with Campus Cash and credit/debit cards
  • Faculty and staff can pay with Campus Cash and credit/debit cards

Order Food and Drinks for Pickup

  • Students, faculty and staff can use the Nutrislice app or the Nutrislice website to view menus, place an order and schedule a pickup
  • Download Nutrislice app
    Search for Nutrislice through your phone or tablet’s application platform

Stay up to date with any dining changes at our Dining Services webpage


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