The Department of Theatre & Dance is excited to welcome students, staff, and faculty back to campus. We are keeping health and safety a top priority while continuing to provide incredible arts education.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The majority of courses will be in-person. Larger lecture classes will be taught remotely. In addition, departments offering multiple sections of the same course are working to designate some of those sections for remote mode to provide flexibility for students. Check the theatre schedule of courses or dance schedule of courses for details
  • Unless they are in an online degree program or have a documented disability requiring accommodation, students should not assume they will be able to take all their courses online or remotely

  • The fall academic calendar will be back to normal, including fall break. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 23
  • Class meeting patterns will remain the same as the 2020-21 academic year, with 20-minute passing periods to reduce hallway density

Request to Return forms are no longer needed. Campus spaces may be used in the traditional manner – common spaces and offices are open for use and classrooms, shops, and performance spaces may be requested via Event Management Software (EMS).


CU Boulder will return to requiring masks in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status as of Aug. 13, 2021. This requirement is a temporary precaution during the delta surge to supplement CU Boulder’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement by providing a multi-layered approach to keep our community safe. 

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Individuals in the space will be responsible for their own cleaning before working in the space
  • Disinfecting wipes are stationed in each room 
  • Spray disinfectant is in the main office
  • Marley floor cleaner supplies will be stationed in the Upper Shop. Please email Ciera Barrow and Steve Balgooyen for instructions for floorwork disinfecting if needed

Building Access

  • Most academic buildings, including the University Theatre building, will be open and unlocked between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to allow non-affiliates access to scheduled events and other activities
  • Doors to be unlocked are electronic doors only. Manual action doors will remain locked at all times and be available for exit only
  • CU students, faculty and staff will continue to have extended access (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) to these same academic buildings via Buff OneCard swipe
  • A few buildings may maintain slightly different hours based on class schedules and staffing
  • Prior access preferences established on Buff OneCards for students, faculty and staff will remain in place
  • Students, faculty, and staff who normally have weekend and after-hours access to specific buildings will still have access to those buildings
  • CU affiliates needing special access to the University Theatre building or Imig Music Building should complete this Buff OneCard Access Form
  • More information on campus building access

  • Always have your Buff OneCard
  • Depending on the type of card reader, make sure you are either ​swiping with the stripe on the back of your card facing to the right, or tapping the card on the proximity reader with your photo facing toward you
  • Proximity readers will only work with Buff OneCards issued after Sept. 2, 2016. If you need a new Buff OneCard, you can request a new card online or email

You will need to request a new card online or by emailing You will be given a time to pick up your card at the Buff OneCard office which is in Room N180 in the Center for Community (C4C) building. The office can be reached at 303-492-0355 or

Those who forget Buff OneCards or keys, but usually have building access will be granted entrance into their offices/buildings. If you experience problems with accessing a building with your Buff OneCard, you can contact Access Services 303-492-6609 during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, you can contact the Operations Control Center (OCC) at 303-492-5522 or The OCC is operational 24 hours per day.

Human Resources provided guidance to supervisors regarding the process and timing for assessing work environments and planning for increases in employee presence on campus beginning in June. The Research & Innovation Office is providing guidance on the timing and process for increasing on-campus research and creative work. Campus leaders will be working with their supervisors within each unit to develop their staffing plans.

COVID-19 monitoring testing is no longer required but will continue to be available through Aug. 6 with reduced locations and hours. View site locations and hours. In the fall semester, the monitoring testing program will not be operating. Medical Services will continue COVID-19 diagnostic testing for faculty, staff, and students.

Vaccine Requirement

  • There are two ways to complete the COVID-19 vaccine requirement: through proof of vaccination or by completing a vaccine exemption form. Information on the process for submitting information to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is on the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Process webpage
  • No action required for faculty and staff vaccinated in Colorado
    • Faculty and staff who receive a COVID-19 vaccine (both doses for Pfizer/Moderna or one dose for Johnson & Johnson) in Colorado before Aug. 1, 2021, do not need to take any action to submit their information to meet the university requirement
    • This information will be confidentially provided to CU Boulder Health and Wellness Services by the state of Colorado


  1. Medical exemption: Medical exemptions must be signed by a licensed physician and must include a date and a reason for exemption.
  2. Non-medical exemption: Non-medical exemptions are provided for religious or personal beliefs that are opposed to immunizations.

As with all required vaccines, in the event of an outbreak, exempted persons may be subject to exclusion from CU Boulder and quarantine. The specifics may vary depending on the circumstances of the outbreak.

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

The state of Colorado has a provider map online to help find locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Part of our adaptation to be more flexible is providing online tools to students and instructors for enrollment needs, including departmentally-controlled courses, independent study and practicums, and internships. Please follow steps outlined on our enrollment page.

Yes. CU Infrastructure & Sustainability teamed up with Facilities Management to complete modifications, including HVAC upgrades, barrier/plexiglass installations, or other major equipment installations.

Custodial services will continue providing routine and frequent cleaning of public areas and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces (light switches, door knobs, etc.) and to help promote hand hygiene, the campus is providing an increased offering of hand sanitizer in areas of public access in campus buildings.

Connecting With Staff & Department Leadership

  • We are committed to continuing to provide excellent service to our students and community
  • Our staff are currently working hybrid schedules; please view the individual staff member's profile below to view in-person and remote work times. Staff are available via email on remote days