Published: April 28, 2021

In support of the university’s commitment to health and safety, CU Boulder will require faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall 2021 semester. This is in alignment with the decision to institute this requirement for the CU system. The vaccine requirement will allow the campus to more fully return to a traditional campus experience for the fall 2021 semester.

Proof of vaccination

Beginning May 15: Faculty, staff and students will be able to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. More information about how to complete this process is forthcoming. Faculty, staff and students should be prepared to provide the date(s) of their COVID-19 vaccine dose(s) and a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card.


The deadline for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty to complete the vaccine requirement process is Sept. 15, 2021

Exemption requests

CU Boulder will develop a process for obtaining a medical or non-medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. More information is forthcoming on the exemption process and requirements.


As updates to this process are announced, they will be added to the CU Boulder COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will more information be available?

More information on this requirement and other operational updates will be shared with the campus the week of May 10. 

Where can I find ongoing updates on this requirement?

As more information becomes available about the vaccine requirement, it will be added to the CU Boulder COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

How do I complete an exemption?

More information is forthcoming on the exemption process and requirements.

How will CU verify this requirement is met?

CU Boulder will have a vaccine verification process to determine that the requirement has been met for all CU affiliates.

Can I ask students in my class or co-workers if they’ve been vaccinated?

No. Students, staff and faculty should not inquire about an individual’s vaccine status, which is considered protected health information.

How does this decision benefit the campus?

This decision will solidify the ability for CU Boulder to offer a full range of in-person campus experiences in the fall, including co-curricular activities and events. 

Will visitors to campus be required to show proof of vaccination, or need to ask for an exemption, before coming on a campus tour or attending an event?