Published: Feb. 4, 2021

Through the spring semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates through CU Boulder Today and weekly Campus Q&As.

Boulder County remains at Level Orange: High Risk 

Reminder: Under Level Orange: High Risk, a personal gathering is limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households.

Boulder County shifted to Level Orange: High Risk on the COVID-19 state dial on Monday, Jan. 4. It is important to continue following public health guidance by wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and following the guidelines on personal gatherings.

New this week:

Testing requirements and expectations

  • A new webpage details information about the requirements and expectations for campus participation in the monitoring testing program.
  • Required testing: For students living in residence halls and Bear Creek and for employees who were required to participate in monitoring testing during the fall 2020 semester, the same requirement for weekly participation applies.
  • Testing expectation: Weekly monitoring tests are expected for all faculty, staff and students who are on campus at least once a week.
  • Incentives:
    • All faculty, staff and students who participate in monitoring testing will be eligible to receive incentives from weekly and monthly drawings. Items will include gift cards from a variety of vendors, Buff gear and gadgets.
    • No additional registration is needed to qualify. Through participation in the COVID-19 monitoring program and by using Buff Pass, students, faculty and staff automatically become eligible to receive incentives.

Buff Pass upgrades

  • Buff Pass has launched a suite of new features to improve the COVID-19-ready campus experience, including reminders of assigned testing days, individual monitoring test results and upgrades to the Herd Tracker. 
  • The Buff Pass is still the home of the daily health questionnaire, plus it gives users convenient access to campus information on COVID-19 and testing.

My Assigned Testing

  • Members of the CU Boulder community who are regularly on campus are expected to complete a weekly monitoring test. An assigned testing day is recommended in order to balance testing capacity throughout the week. If you are unable to complete a monitoring test on your assigned day, please complete your monitoring test on another day in the same week.

Test Results Center

  • Users will receive the results of their on-campus monitoring testing directly within the Buff Pass, along with instructions on any necessary next steps. Availability of results is indicated by a red dot in the upper right-hand corner of the Test Results Center button.

Herd Tracker improvements

  • This feature contains occupancy information for campus locations. Users can search a specific campus building and click the location tile for a detailed view, filter by day to see when locations are most and least visited and favorite their top-visited buildings for a more compact view.


On-campus administration

  • CU Boulder is administering second doses of vaccines this week to recipients identified according to the state’s current phase for eligibility. 
  • The state determines how many vaccines the university receives. As vaccine doses become available, the university will contact eligible faculty, staff and students.

Current and upcoming phases of eligibility

  • The state released an update to the phases of vaccine eligibility and a vaccine FAQ document (PDF).
  • Individuals in Phase 1A and 1B.1 are currently eligible to receive vaccines. Phase 1B.1 includes Coloradans 70 and older, as well as moderate-risk health care workers and first responders. Phase 1A includes highest-risk health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents.
  • Individuals in Phase 1B.2 are currently expected to begin to be eligible on Feb. 8. Phase 1B.2 includes Coloradans ages 65 to 69, as well as Pre-K-12 educators and child care workers in licensed programs. This does not include instructional faculty in higher education.
  • Phase 1B.3 includes frontline essential workers and Coloradans ages 16 to 64 with two or more high-risk conditions. Individuals in Phase 1B.3 are expected to be able to start getting vaccinated in early March, estimated by March 5.
  • Phases 2 and 3 do not have estimated dates of eligibility yet. View more details about the state’s vaccination phases.

Read more about vaccines at CU Boulder.

Weekly Campus Q&A


Campus Public Health Clinic open Saturdays

  • To meet the need for diagnostic testing and other services on Saturdays, the Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Services include: COVID-19 diagnostic testing and in-clinic appointments for COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • To schedule an appointment, please visit the online scheduling portal. You may also call 303-492-5432 to schedule by phone.

Please note: monitoring testing is not conducted through the Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg.

Buff Pass reminder

State COVID-19 resources

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched the Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Facts campaign Jan. 19 to convey that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Video ads have been produced in English and in Spanish.

Spring 2021 semester

Contact information

  • Available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, contact Buff Info via email or by phone: 303-492-INFO (4636).