Published: April 8, 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 remains in Level Yellow: Concern on Colorado’s COVID-19 dial, which the state updated to version 3.0 on Wednesday, March 24. 

New mask order for Boulder County

Boulder County Public Health issued an updated public health order on masks, effective as of Monday, April 5. Masks continue to be required in indoor public spaces. Masks are no longer required in outdoor public spaces. The campus health and safety policy was updated on Tuesday, April 6, to reflect this change.

Masks continue to be recommended for use when within 6 feet of people outside of one’s household, indoors and outdoors. It is recommended that individuals who are not vaccinated continue to mask and maintain physical distancing.

Hours change for campus public health clinic

The Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg will no longer see patients and conduct diagnostic COVID-19 testing on Saturdays. Staffing adjustments are being made to support vaccination clinics. Read more about the Public Health Clinic.

Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccine distribution began April 2, CU to follow state eligibility order 

Individuals in phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan became eligible to receive vaccines April 2. See the full COVID-19 vaccine distribution table for information about the state phases.

  • Phase 2 includes the general public.
  • In an effort to support student-facing faculty and staff and per the governor’s request to prioritize earlier phases, CU Boulder will continue to offer appointments according to the eligibility order outlined by the state.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form to be added to the vaccine distribution list at CU Boulder.
  • CU currently receives a very limited supply of vaccine doses. As of April 7, 2,009 faculty, staff and students have been fully vaccinated through CU Boulder.

Completing the form does not mean faculty, staff and students will immediately be contacted to make an appointment. If you are able to receive a vaccine through your primary care provider, another health care facility or a community vaccination site before you are notified by CU Boulder, you are encouraged to take advantage of your first opportunity. If you receive a COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, please remove yourself from the CU Boulder list by selecting the “opt out” option on the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form.

State offers community vaccination sites

The COVID-19 vaccine is available through community vaccination clinics throughout the state. CU Boulder faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine at their first available opportunity.

Six community vaccination sites are available in addition to opportunities available through medical providers and the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Vaccine guidance

Notification of COVID-19 vaccine type

As CU Boulder faculty, staff and students become eligible, they will be notified of the specific vaccine that will be administered in their appointment scheduling invitation email. 

COVID-19 vaccine 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. If you have received your vaccine elsewhere and have signed up before, please update your status on the form and opt out

COVID-19 vaccination status and monitoring testing requirements

If you are required to complete weekly monitoring testing based on your role with CU Boulder, you will continue to be required to participate regardless of when/if you are fully vaccinated.

Mobile testing site temporarily offers community testing

In response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 following the mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers, 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 Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 9. While open to anybody, the testing option is intended for anyone who was present during large gatherings in the past week 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.

Campus Q&A 

  • The Campus Q&As are held at noon each Tuesday and continue throughout the spring semester.


Summer 2021 Event Guidance

The campus’s Events and Activity Policy is in effect for this summer. Get additional guidance for summer 2021 events.

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.

Travel approval 

Concur has been updated to reflect final approval for domestic travel for university-related business to be considered “approved” once the appropriate officer-level (dean or associate vice chancellor) is achieved. Provost or chief operating officer approval is no longer required for domestic travel. International travel for university-related business still requires approval from the appropriate officer and the provost or COO. Further guidance related to travel approvals is forthcoming from the CU System offices.

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.

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 hours and locations

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. Mobile site locations and hours of operation:

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. 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).