Published: Sept. 24, 2020

Through the fall semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates, including dashboard stats and items of note on positive cases, isolation, contact tracing, mitigation measures and more.

Updates on Boulder County public health orders

Temporary remote course instruction

  • On Monday, Sept. 21, Chancellor DiStefano, in close consultation with local and state public health officials, announced a temporary period of remote course instruction.
  • The temporary remote course instruction will continue through at least Oct. 7.
  • All undergraduate, graduate and law classes will be taught remotely. 
  • Labs, studio and performance classes will be remote, unless approved for an on-campus format by the appropriate college or school dean. 
  • Staff currently assigned to work on campus will continue to work on campus. 
  • On-campus research will continue and is not affected by this shift. 

Isolation space

  • As of the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, the university had 273 beds in use of the 623 beds available for on-campus residents in need of isolation space. The majority of reserved isolation spaces are on campus.
  • Some of the isolation spaces continue to be double occupancy.
  • The university will, in collaboration with public health officials, consider designating additional spaces for isolation, if case counts require this action.


  • The CU Boulder COVID-19-ready dashboard was revised on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
    • The dashboard now includes a chart from Boulder County Public Health (BCPH).
    • The dashboard now includes student conduct data.
  • To best meet community needs, the university will continue to review the dashboard design for potential changes to what is provided and how the information is presented.

Reported outbreaks

  • According to the state database for COVID-19 outbreaks, the CU Boulder campus has received an outbreak designation.
  • The university’s actions of following the county recommendation that all students abide by a voluntary self-quarantine and the move to temporary remote instruction are meant to help contain the outbreak.
  • The university will work with state and county public health officials to address the outbreak and follow any additional guidance provided.

Testing sites off-campus

Community briefings

  • Recognizing the growing concern about the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Boulder, the city of Boulder, the Boulder County Public Health Department and CU Boulder are offering weekly community briefings to provide updates for and take questions from the public.

Screening tests

  • Data from the wastewater monitoring continues to be part of the university’s approach to understanding the status of COVID-19 on campus.
  • As of Wednesday, Sept. 23, the campus has performed 22,955 monitoring tests, with a total of 906 referrals for diagnostic testing.

Contact tracing

  • The campus contact tracing team works during the week and on weekends to follow up on positive cases and complete outreach to people who may have been in close contact with an infected individual.
  • For most individuals contacted by the contact tracing team, immediate testing is not recommended when the person contacted is asymptomatic and does not meet the criteria for having been exposed. For asymptomatic individuals identified as exposed to an infected person, the recommendation is to complete a COVID-19 test seven days after the known exposure. This delay represents the time it takes a potential infection to become detectable.


  • The Student Code of Conduct was updated on Sept. 18, 2020.
    • It previously required students to follow public health orders. With the latest update, it now states that when campus policy allows, a student must also follow directives from public health officials. 
  • The COVID-19-ready dashboard now displays aggregate information regarding students who have been, or are currently, under investigation based on reports of public health order violations. The data will be updated once per week. 
  • As of Wednesday, Sept. 23:
    • 243 students have received educational interventions.
    • 48 have received interim exclusions from campus.
    • 27 have received the disciplinary status of probation.
    • 14 have received interim suspensions, pending the adjudication of a conduct hearing.

Whom to contact:

  • For campus technology issues or concerns, call the Office of Information Technology at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP).
  • For health questions, contact your health care provider or Medical Services at 303-492-5101 (24/7 nurse line available for students) for advice and recommendations.
  • For mental health questions or concerns, call Counseling and Psychiatric Services at 303-492-2277 (24/7 support available for students).
  • For faculty and staff, call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 303-492-3020.
  • For families, New Student & Family Programs will be happy to assist you. Call or text 303-492-4431 or email
  • For employment and payroll questions, call Human Resources at 303-492-6475.
  • Have additional questions about how COVID-19 affects your studies or work with CU Boulder? Use LiveChat at, call the central hotline at 303-492-8478, or submit your question via the ask a question form.
  • For students who need assistance or who may be in crisis, please contact Students of Concern at 303-492-7348,, or visit the Students of Concern website.