Published: Oct. 8, 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.

Temporary remote course instruction

  • On Oct. 7, the chancellor announced CU Boulder will transition from our current remote teaching mode of operation and resume in-person and hybrid in-person teaching on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Updates on the latest Boulder County Public Health orders

  • Boulder County Public Health issued new public health orders and updated their FAQs. View the latest information on their website.
  • The new order on gatherings initiates a “step-down” approach to provide gradual flexibility on gatherings for 18-to-22-year-olds in the city of Boulder. 
  • The restriction on gatherings for 18-to-22-year-olds of no more than two persons together in the city of Boulder remains in place until at least Tuesday, Oct. 13. On that day, Boulder County Public Health will assess and provide further guidance on gathering requirements. Updates will be provided as requirements change.
  • Students who live in identified group properties off campus are still under more strict stay-at-home requirements and BCPH will provide assistance on mitigation and testing plans for compliance. Residents of these properties can find details in the full order issued by Boulder County Public Health.

Study space reservations

  • Students, faculty and staff can use the campus scheduling system, EMS, to book classrooms for studying (up to three hours) or eating (up to 30 minutes). This and other options for finding space on campus are available on the Find Your Study Spot page.

Isolation space

  • As of the morning of Thursday, Oct. 8, the university had 23 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. 

COVID-19-ready dashboard

Testing sites off campus

Community briefings

Screening tests

  • As of Monday, Oct. 5, all on-campus monitoring testing sites changed locations in preparation for seasonal weather changes, the need to be able to move equipment indoors and to improve setup efficiencies.
    • Residence hall students and employees already required to participate in monitoring because of their job duties should schedule appointments for, and visit, one of the four sites:
  • The on-campus monitoring testing program was expanded and now offers testing on a walk-up basis to any CU Boulder student living off campus, as well as any faculty or staff member not already required to participate in monitoring based on the nature of their job duties.
    • This testing is available at two sites:
      • University Memorial Center (north side near fountain court).
        • Walk-up site primarily for off-campus students, as well as staff and faculty not already required to do weekly monitoring.
        • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (maximum capacity 450 tests per day, first-come, first-served).​
      • Sustainability, Energy & Environment Community (SEEC) building (south entrance at breezeway between SEEC and SEEL).
        • Walk-up site primarily for off-campus students, as well as staff and faculty not already required to do weekly monitoring.
        • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (maximum capacity 150 tests per day, first-come, first-served).​
    • Note that the hours of the SEEC testing site will change to noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting Monday, Oct. 12. This is to accommodate frontline shift workers on East Campus who need to visit a testing site later in the day.
    • Full details of the on-campus monitoring sites can be found on the Protect Our Herd website.
    • As of Wednesday, Oct. 7, the campus had performed 31,519 monitoring tests, with a total of 1,038 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 COVID-19-ready dashboard displays information regarding students who have been, or are currently, under investigation based on reports of public health order violations. The data is updated once per week. 
  • As of Wednesday, Oct. 7:
    • 324 students had received educational interventions.
    • 34 students were on an active interim exclusion from campus, pending the adjudication of a conduct hearing.
    • 58 students had received the disciplinary status of probation.
    • 10 students were on an active interim suspension, pending the adjudication of a conduct hearing.

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