Fall 2020, we’ve prepared for you. From protocols and class adjustments to new signage and sanitizer stations, we’ve developed many ways for our campus and community to be safe this semester. Learn how we've prepared for your return to campus, as well as steps you can take to navigate the change.

What We’re Doing

Avoid Congregating in large groups

Signage Program

We’ve developed a series of signs that have been placed across campus.

These signs help guide you as you enter, travel through, occupy and exit buildings. They share directions and reminders of safe practices, and are displayed in common areas such as entry doors, corridors, lobbies and elevators.

Navigating Campus

Moving about campus and through buildings takes a little bit of thought. Here are some tips.

  • Building safety
    Learn what to do before entering a building, how to move about when in the building and our daily sanitation practices.
  • Campus spaces
    • Classrooms: Everyone must wear face coverings while in class and practice physical distancing.
    • Dining spaces: Most dining centers offer take-out services and accept a variety of payment options. To keep safe, stay at least 6 feet apart at all locations. Learn more about where to eat here
    • Restrooms: Please stay at least 6 feet apart in restrooms across campus, and limit the number of people inside a restroom.
    • Research labs: For the most up-to-date information, check our Research and Innovation Office COVID-19 Resources page
    • Elevators: Unless stated otherwise, keep elevators to four or fewer people at a time. Consider taking the stairs.
  • Workspace environment
    Are you working in an office on campus? We’ve got you covered. Check out our protocols for waiting in reception areas, keeping your private office clean and how to navigate meeting rooms. 

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Recreation Center

Cleaning Protocol

We’ve implemented many new protocols to disinfect our campus areas and keep people safe. Below are a few ways we’re helping to keep our surfaces and surroundings safe.

  • Communal areas
    We frequently and routinely clean public areas and  disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are available in high-traffic areas and in main building entrances.
  • Restrooms
    Restrooms are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. Among our usual cleaning practices, our custodial staff also dust and disinfect surfaces and fixtures.
  • Classrooms
    All classrooms contain disinfecting wipes, so instructors and students can wipe the surfaces they touch during a class period. Each night our custodial staff disinfects all classrooms. And classrooms have enhanced air filtration.

What You’ll Need to Do

Before Coming to Campus

We want everyone coming to campus to feel comfortable knowing they are in a safe environment. We implemented a few steps all Buffs should take before joining us on campus.

  • Before the semester
    Everyone is required to take the COVID-19 Basic Awareness and Safety Training. All students must take the pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test.
  • Before coming to campus and class
    Everyone must fill out the brief Daily Health Form. Check your temperature. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.

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Know When to Get Tested

  • Three’s company
    Have you been in a crowd? If so, you should you be tested for COVID-19.
  • Close exposure
    If you’ve been in close contact with someone who is infected, you should be tested.
  • Showing symptoms
    Anyone with symptoms should be tested. Use the CDC Self-Checker to guide you to make a decision and seek appropriate medical care.   

Understand Prevention Steps

We know the most effective preventive actions—face covering, distance and sanitizing. Learn why these practices are so valuable. 

  • Wearing a face covering
    Face coverings are required in all public areas in Boulder County, and with reason. The mask helps prevent passing the virus along to others—through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing—when around people or when out in public. 
  • Physical distancing
    COVID-19 spreads when people are in close contact with each other. When someone who is infected by the virus talks, coughs or sneezes, infected air droplets can be transmitted from one person to another. Staying away from people and avoiding large gatherings protects you and our community. 
  • Proper hand washing
    As the CDC puts it, clean hands save lives. When left unwashed, hands accumulate germs that can be transferred onto objects or people. But washing your hands not only protects yourself after touching objects and surfaces, it also protects people from anything you’ve recently touched.


Two students sit at different tables studying while wearing face coverings.