Published: May 13, 2021

Through the spring semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates through CU Boulder Today.

Boulder County in Level Blue: Caution

Boulder County will be in Level Blue until at least May 16, 2021, as Boulder County Public Health adopts a Boulder County COVID-19 dial framework. The webpage will be updated if and when Boulder County changes levels.

Operations update from the Pandemic Response Office

The transition to an in-person CU Boulder experience for the fall will begin over the summer. This includes changes to COVID-19 mitigation measures and campus operations. This transition is supported by the vaccine requirement for faculty, staff and students and changing public health guidelines. As the campus transitions back to full operations in the fall semester, certain changes are taking effect during the summer term.

A May 11 campus update provides details on COVID-19 mitigation measures that are continuing, mitigation measures that are ending and various changes to campus operations.

Q&A session focused on operational updates

A COVID-19 Campus Q&A webinar on May 11 provided an opportunity for the campus community to ask questions about updates to campus operations.

Updates forthcoming on vaccine requirement process

In support of the university’s commitment to health and safety, CU Boulder will require faculty, staff and students to receive a 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. There will be medical and non-medical exemptions in alignment with other vaccine requirements.

Information on the process for submitting information to meet the requirement is under development and will be added to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Process webpage by May 15.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

The state of Colorado has a provider map online to help find locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Monitoring testing no longer required

COVID-19 monitoring testing will continue to be available through Aug. 6 with reduced locations and hours. View site locations and hours.

In the fall semester, the monitoring testing program will not be operating. Medical Services will continue COVID-19 diagnostic testing for faculty, staff and students.

Buff Pass no longer required

The daily completion of the Buff Pass form is no longer required. Monitoring test results will still appear in Buff Pass through Aug. 6. The weekly report to supervisors is no longer being sent.

Summer 2021 event guidance

As of May 17, events on campus will be open to the broader community. Event organizers should review the updated event guidance and policy and the summer guidance policy.


Staffing transition guidance for returning to on-campus work

Human Resources provided guidance to supervisors regarding the process and timing for assessing work environments and planning for increases in employee presence on campus beginning in June. The Research & Innovation Office is providing guidance on the timing and process for increasing on-campus research and creative work. Campus leaders will be working with their supervisors within each unit to develop their staffing plans.

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 (dean or associate vice chancellor) has reviewed and signed off. 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.

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).