Published: March 4, 2021

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

Boulder County remains in Level Yellow: Concern

Boulder County shifted to Level Yellow: Concern on the COVID-19 state dial on Saturday, Feb. 6. Under Level Yellow: Concern, a personal gathering is limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households. A household is composed of one or more people who occupy a housing unit. On campus, your household is defined as you and your roommate(s). Off campus, household means your roommates and anyone who lives in a dwelling with you. Learn more about what Level Yellow: Concern means for your campus experience.

COVID-19 Vaccines

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State phases of eligibility

See the full COVID-19 vaccine distribution table from the state for information about the state phases.

  • Phase 1B.3 is expected to begin Friday, March 5.
  • Phase 1B.4 is expected to begin in late March.
  • The university will work with the state to support the distribution of the vaccine according to the updated distribution table.

Student-facing designation

The state phase of 1B.4, estimated to begin in late March, includes student-facing employees in higher education. Read more on the COVID-19 Vaccination Options webpage to understand what it means to be a student-facing employee.

  • There is an option on the COVID-19 sign-up form to indicate you are a student-facing employee.
  • Completion of the form is based on self-disclosure and includes a self-attestation where you certify that the information you provide is true and correct.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine added

  • CU Boulder has been approved to provide the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
  • CU Boulder is scheduled to administer 500 doses of the Janssen vaccine this week, being among the first providers in Colorado to administer this single-dose vaccine.
  • CU Boulder is also approved to provide the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
  • The state determines allocations and recipients are not able to select which vaccine they will receive when accepting or arriving for an appointment.

Campus Q&A on vaccines

Monitoring testing hours and locations

The monitoring testing sites at Kittredge Central, the Sustainability Energy & Environment Community (SEEC), Village Center, University Memorial Center (UMC) and Rec Center are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Updates on utilization:

  • The UMC site has been the busiest site. Consider using other sites for faster service. 
  • Thursday has been the busiest testing day. Unless Thursday is your assigned testing day, consider completing your monitoring test on a different day.

Location details:

Travel approval requirement continues 

Domestic and international travel for university-related business continues to be restricted. Exceptions to this restriction must be approved by a unit’s respective dean or associate vice chancellor and the provost or chief operating officer. All new trips being planned will be subject to enhanced review and approval before they can be booked via Concur. 

Research, Scholarship & Creative Work update

The Research and Innovation Office has developed additional guidance–in compliance with current COVID-19 dial status and current COVID-19 public health orders–for individuals approved through the Return to On-Campus and Field Work form and process to meet within small groups under certain conditions. Details are available on the Research & Innovation Office website

Events and Activities Policy updated, approval process published

A campus event approval process has been established in support of the updated campus Events and Activities Policy. All approved in-person, on-campus activities, events and gatherings will be held in accordance with applicable public health guidelines with the goal of providing safe and meaningful experiences for members of the university community.

Elements of, and updates to, the policy include:

  • All activities, events, and gatherings that take place at CU Boulder must comply with COVID-19 public health orders.
  • Definition and section added for “research, scholarship, and creative works.”
  • Educational activities do not need to have a professor, teaching assistant, etc. present.  Educational activities need to follow the events and activities guidance.
  • Clarification that events are for CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.
  • Clarified that off-campus events need to follow the events and activities guidance, and added information to the guidance document.

Interviews continue virtually

Job interviews should continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. COVID-19 hiring guidance is provided by Human Resources.

Find your study spot

  • Over the course of the winter break, teams worked on improvements to space reservation and increasing bookable space on campus.
  • Visit the Find Your Study Spot webpage to see more about spaces available to reserve for studying or eating.
  • Bookable rooms also have posters outside the door with links directly to the CU Boulder Room Scheduling tool.
  • Campus affiliates can now sign in with their IdentiKey and password, and no longer have to wait to have an account approved.
  • Get detailed instructions for scheduling a space with the room scheduling tool.

Campus Q&As

  • The Campus Q&As are held at noon each Tuesday and continue throughout the spring semester. On March 9, the session will focus on questions from faculty and staff. 


Buff Pass 

  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the CU Buff Pass Daily form each day before coming to campus. The Buff Pass replaces the daily health questionnaire used during the fall 2020 semester.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions and contact information for support are available on the Buff Pass Information and FAQ webpage.

Building access

CU students, faculty and staff Buff OneCard holders have access to most buildings with scheduled in-person classes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, as of Monday, Feb. 15. The University Libraries, Recreation Center and UMC publish their respective hours on their websites. Get building access information and see FAQs.

State COVID-19 resources

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).