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 Office of the Registrar updated instruction methods to the following options:
  • In-person: meets in person, typically on campus, on scheduled days and times (synchronously)
  • Remote: class meets over Zoom, lecture capture, or Canvas on scheduled days and times (synchronously)
  • Online:  class is taught online with no scheduled class meetings. Students can complete the coursework throughout the week when it's convenient for them (asynchronously)
  • Hybrid In Person/Remote and/or Online: A combination of in-person and online and/or remote instruction
  • Hybrid Remote/Online: A combination of online and remote instruction

Each course is different. Instruction methods are posted in the Buff Portal so students know what to expect when registering for classes.

Find Your Study Spot

The CU Boulder campus boasts a wealth of places to study, both those that are well-known and those that only a select few are aware of. Whether you're looking for a nice view or somewhere nearby to get a snack, these spots will make the hours spent studying or participating in an online class more enjoyable. 

Although Study Spots are not designated dining areas, we recognize students may want to eat in these locations. If food and drink are permitted, ensure you are the only person in the space while eating, and sanitize the space before and after eating.

For the spring 2021 semester, students have access to most buildings with scheduled, active teaching from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information on campus building access.

Always keep your Buff OneCard with you while on campus.

Part of our adaptation to working remotely 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. Due to COVID-19 case projections by the state, and in consultation with state and local health officials, the CU Boulder campus will begin the semester with fully remote courses for the first four weeks of the spring term. 
  • All classes will begin remotely on Jan. 14, 2021​
  • We intend to resume in-person instruction with on-campus student activities and experiences on Feb. 15
  • Spring break 2021 will be replaced with a later start date and two wellness days on Feb. 17 and March 25. While there will be no courses, the university will be open on the two wellness days

Read more details on key dates, campus life plans, student engagement and support and public health plans for spring 2021 >> 

Yes. CU Infrastructure & Sustainability is teaming up with Facilities Management to check on needed modifications, including HVAC upgrades, barrier/plexiglass installations, or other major equipment installations.

Custodial services is also 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.

Returning to campus? Here’s what you need to submit: 

Already Approved?

If you've already been approved to return in previous semesters and you're working in the same room(s) at the same time(s), this does not need to be repeated.

  • What if I need to change the room I am in? If you have been previously approved to work onsite in specific buildings/rooms but would like to request different buildings/rooms, please complete a new Request to Return Form.
  • What if I need to change the times/hours/days onsite? The requester will select the appropriate link in Table 1, then choose the tab that corresponds to their home unit. Note: Only the requester will have access to these fields to make changes for everyone they requested for previously. Fill out the three fields (columns Z, AA, and AB) to be considered for more time on campus or in the field. All three columns must be completed. The department chair will make a decision to approve or not. Approval emails will be sent to all of the approved individuals each week.

What should I do if a student wants to take my in-person or hybrid class remotely?

The modality your class is set up as is the modality you should return to campus as. If you are set up to be hybrid (remote/in-person) or in-person, you should teach the class in that modality. In the briefing yesterday this was repeatedly confirmed. Instructors are not obligated to accommodate an alternate modality they weren’t set up for. Students were told this when they signed up for classes and if they have decided to stay remote for a class that is not set up as remote, then the student should get with their advisor. While it doesn’t mean that you can’t accommodate, a modality should not be outright changed. A class cannot vote to change the modality. If you wish to change the established modality the instructor will need to email Stacy.Norwood@colorado.edu and she will petition to the Dean and if approved, update the modality.

Floorwork

We are still working within the "less contact on the floor" rule. The concern is about touching floor and then touching the face and thus should be avoided.

Breaks

Breaks must be taken outside of the spaces you're working in after 30 minutes (Theatre & Dance Building or Imig) or 60 minutes (Rec Center) of high respiratory-producing activity.

Masks

Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of medical and high-risk accommodations

  • To discuss mask exceptions, contact ADA through the Employee Accommodation Request Form.
  • If employees (faculty, researcher, staff, graduate student or student employee) anticipate they will not be able to return to campus, faculty and staff should review options found on the Employee Guidance for Returning to Campus.  Guidance is provided on topics such as:
    1. Caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed
    2. Child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19
    3. Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
    4. Being diagnosed with COVID-19 or advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine because of COVID-19
    5. Caring for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19 subject or advised to quarantine or isolate Students seeking/needing exemptions should refer to the student code of conduct.

Expectations for expanded occupancy on campus

As a reminder, here are the conditions and attributes of the expanded occupancy on campus:

  • You will also need to fill out the Buff Pass each day you go on campus

  • Faculty, staff and students on campus at least once a week: Please participate in weekly monitoring tests
  • Only work that requires an on-site presence for work purposes is permitted to be carried out on-site
  • Masking, decontamination, disinfecting, distancing, etc. need to be continued
  • Occupancy is expected not to exceed 50% of capacity at any given time, both for individual research groups and for buildings. This is not a target, but rather an expected outcome of the campus COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy 
  • Offices cannot be used simply for convenience, but they can be used if the work cannot be done remotely and if use is consistent with social distancing and other safety rules

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

Please apply through the Request to Return to Campus Form.

When do I need to fill out the Request to Return Form?
Short answer: almost always!

  • For working in a room on a creative or research project? -yes
  • For teaching classes or using my office space? -yes
  • For recording my remote or online classes? -yes
  • For every enrolled student in my class? -no
  • For making reservations for space in EMS? -yes
  • For student employees? -yes
  • For students who require on-campus space for independent study/research/creative work? -yes
  • For working remotely? -no

When will I hear back if I am approved or not?
Based on the most current approval process, on Thursdays. Please give 1-2 weeks for processing. There is no way to speed up processing.

Already Approved?

If you've already been approved to return in previous semesters and you're working in the same room(s) at the same time(s), this does not need to be repeated.

  • What if I need to change the room I am in? If you have been previously approved to work onsite in specific buildings/rooms but would like to request different buildings/rooms, please complete a new Request to Return Form.
  • What if I need to change the times/hours/days onsite? The requester will select the appropriate link in Table 1, then choose the tab that corresponds to their home unit. Note: Only the requester will have access to these fields to make changes for everyone they requested for previously. Fill out the three fields (columns Z, AA, and AB) to be considered for more time on campus or in the field. All three columns must be completed. The department chair will make a decision to approve or not. Approval emails will be sent to all of the approved individuals each week.

When can I request a room reservation in EMS?

After you’ve received approval through the Request to Return Form process.

Expectations for expanded occupancy on campus

As a reminder, here are the conditions and attributes of the expanded occupancy on campus:

  • You will also need to fill out the Buff Pass each day you go on campus
  • Faculty, staff and students on campus at least once a week: Please participate in weekly monitoring tests
  • Only work that requires an on-site presence for work purposes is permitted to be carried out on-site
  • Masking, decontamination, disinfecting, distancing, etc. need to be continued
  • Occupancy is expected not to exceed 50% of capacity at any given time, both for individual research groups and for buildings. This is not a target, but rather an expected outcome of the campus COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy 
  • Offices cannot be used simply for convenience, but they can be used if the work cannot be done remotely and if use is consistent with social distancing and other safety rules

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Individuals who book out space in VEMS (Virtual Event Management System) will be responsible for their own cleaning before working in the space
    • Disinfecting wipes are stationed in each space, 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

Jan. 13 - Feb. 14

  • Most buildings on campus are locked. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, all CU affiliates have general access via Buff OneCard to the Engineering Center and SEEC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as the CASE building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

  • This access provides students the use of these facilities for study space and use of computer labs during the fully remote start to the spring semester.

  • 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 a specific building is asked to contact their building proctors, C-CURE operators or department chairs to request the authorization/access needed on their Buff OneCards. 

University Librariesthe Recreation Center and the UMC publish their respective hours on their websites.

Beginning Feb. 15, 2021

  • With the return to on-campus teaching and learning for the Spring 2021 semester, the university will update its building access protocols to allow all CU students, faculty and staff Buff OneCard access to most buildings with scheduled, active teaching from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Feb. 15. 

    • Most buildings on campus will continue to be locked and require Buff OneCard swiping for access to support campus efforts to improve physical distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19 while supporting building safety and security. This includes limiting population densities within buildings.

    • 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 a specific building are asked to contact their building proctors, C-CURE operators or department chairs to request the authorization/access needed on their Buff OneCards. 

University Librariesthe Recreation Center and the UMC publish their respective hours on their websites.

More Information About Building Access

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 occ@colorado.edu. The OCC is operational 24 hours per day.

CU Boulder leadership announced a phased approach beginning May 26, 2020 for employees to return to work on campus. It’s important that we continue to minimize the number of people coming to campus and research facilities, and that we take actions to prevent opportunities for infection. Depending on their roles and personal circumstances, some employees will continue to work remotely for an extended period. Please consult your supervisor and department leadership for specific guidance. 

Note: any work that can be done remotely should continue to be done off-campus. 

Employees who were part of mandatory monitoring tests during the Fall 2020 semester will continue to be required to participate under the direction of their supervisor. Compliance is tracked and reported weekly to the employee’s department.

Expanded Testing for Spring 2021

Weekly monitoring tests are expected for all faculty, staff and students who are on campus at least once a week.

  • Faculty, staff and students on campus at least once a week: Please participate in weekly monitoring tests. 
  • Testing locations and hours are available online. The process is designed to be quick and convenient.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 with a diagnostic PCR test should not participate in monitoring tests for 90 days after receiving the positive PCR test result.

Employee questions

  • Employees should work with their supervisors as needed on scheduling time for testing during regular work hours.
  • Supervisors with questions about testing requirements and expectations for their team members can email the Human Resources Employee Relations Team.

Testing Information & Scheduling

Please see Human Resource's COVID-19 guidance page for the Instructional Personnel Decision Tree and the Staff and Researchers Workplace Risk Mitigation Decision Tree if you have:
  • symptoms of the coronavirus
  • exposure to someone who has symptoms
  • exposure to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 test
  • a positive COVID-19 test
  • traveled internationally

Connecting With Staff & Department Leadership

  • We are committed to continuing to provide excellent service to our students and community
  • Our staff are remotely working during normal business hours so please connect with us if you need any assistance
  • If you need to speak with someone by phone, please email or chat a staff member to arrange a phone meeting