Published: March 11, 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. At this level, a personal gathering is limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households. Learn more about what Level Yellow: Concern means for your campus experience.

Find your study spot

Campus affiliates can sign in with their IdentiKey and password and no longer have to wait for account approval. Get detailed instructions for scheduling a space with the room scheduling tool.

Travel approval requirement continues 

Domestic and international travel for university-related business continues to be restricted. Exceptions 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.

Campus protocols in severe weather

In the event that severe weather impacts campus operations, a delayed opening or closure would affect in-person and remote classes. Read more about campus protocols and notifications during severe weather.

COVID-19 vaccines

Sign-up form

Students, faculty and staff interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine through CU Boulder can sign up using the CU Boulder COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form. The form must be completed to be added to the campus vaccine eligibility list. Read more in the campus announcement about the form.

  • As of noon on March 10, 17,687 CU affiliates have completed the sign-up form.

Appointment availability, process

When a vaccine shipment is received, eligible CU Boulder faculty, staff and students will be notified through their email account. Vaccine appointments at CU Boulder are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • If you are contacted about appointment availability and see “No appointments found on this date," when you try to make an appointment, that means there are no more appointments available. Those who are unable to make an appointment during the allotted time frame or who miss/cancel their appointment will need to wait for the next vaccine availability. You will be automatically notified each time vaccines arrive at CU Boulder until you receive a vaccine or you opt out of being notified about vaccines in the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form.

State phases of eligibility

See the full COVID-19 vaccine distribution table from the state for information about the state phases. Phase 1B.3 began 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.

New vaccine education webpage

Learn more about why you should get vaccinated, get vaccine safety information and more from Medical Services’ vaccine education webpage.

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.

Mobile testing site opens

In addition to the sites across campus, students, staff and faculty with a Buff OneCard can complete their COVID-19 monitoring test at a mobile testing unit that began operations this week.

  • March 10-March 19: The mobile site will be set up at the Pleasant Street location (on Pleasant Street just east of Broadway and between Hale Science and the Koenig Alumni Center), Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • March 22 onward for the spring 2021 semester:
  • Severe weather conditions may require temporary delays or closures of the mobile testing site.

Mobile testing site temporarily offers community testing

In response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 following the March 6 riot on University Hill, CU Boulder is offering COVID-19 monitoring tests to members of the community. The free community testing will be available at the mobile testing site through Friday, March 19. 

While open to anybody, the testing option is intended for anyone who lives in the University Hill area, was present during the large gathering or feels at risk of getting COVID-19 due to what occurred. The mobile site can accommodate up to 375 tests per day for community members.

  • March 10-March 19: The mobile site will be set up at the Pleasant Street location (on Pleasant Street just east of Broadway and between Hale Science and the Koenig Alumni Center), Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Monitoring testing requirement continues for students in residence halls

  • On-campus residents continue to be required to complete a monitoring test weekly.
  • If an on-campus resident does not complete their required weekly test, they will begin to receive notifications regarding potential consequences.

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.

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.

Interviews continue virtually

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

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).