High campus vaccination rate
Most students have completed the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, and the Health and Wellness team has verified that 95% of students who submitted their information received the vaccine. Nearly all employees submitted their information, and 96% of employees who completed the requirement have received the vaccine. For the latest vaccine requirement data for students and employees, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.
All submitted information has been processed. Students not in compliance will receive individual communications about fees and a registration hold. Employees will receive follow-up communications from Human Resources.
State of the Campus
The Road Back, a documentary released Sept. 22 as part one of Chancellor Philip DiStefano’s State of the Campus event, features interviews with members of the campus community reflecting on the campus response effort to COVID-19.
In part two, released Sept. 23, DiStefano also addresses the pandemic and gives a look ahead to a year focused on student well-being, improving diversity, equity and inclusion, and continuing rigorous academic work.
COVID-19 testing on campus is open to all CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate students through the Public Health Clinic.
- Asymptomatic students: Schedule an appointment through the MyCUHealth portal.
- Symptomatic students: You will need to meet with a provider to assess symptoms and provide the best care and tests for your situation. Symptomatic students can schedule an appointment through the MyCUHealth portal or seek a same-day appointment by calling the Public Health Clinic at 303-492-5432. In-person and telehealth options are available.
Asymptomatic faculty and staff may be eligible for on-campus Public Health Clinic testing based on certain criteria. Symptomatic faculty and staff are not eligible to be seen at the Public Health Clinic and should schedule an appointment with their personal medical provider.
Low case number comparison
Last year, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 25, 2020, the campus recorded 1,019 positive diagnostic PCR tests. This year, from Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2021, the campus recorded 57 positive diagnostic COVID-19 PCR tests.
Campus mask requirement
CU Boulder requires masks in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Read more about the temporary masking measure. Find more answers to frequently asked questions by faculty and staff.
If you see someone not wearing a mask, in most instances the person has forgotten or has an approved exemption. You can politely remind people of the mask requirement or point out nearby signage. Keep in mind that there are medical reasons that may prevent an individual from wearing a mask. The Public Health Office is the resource for requesting mask exemptions. Mask exemptions will be granted based on a clear and compelling need in alignment with public health guidance. All exemption applicants will need to complete a risk assessment conversation with the CU Public Health Office. A form is available for individuals and departments to submit exemption requests.
Campus infrastructure mitigation efforts
While vaccination now offers the greatest protection against transmission of COVID-19, many mitigation measures at campus facilities are continuing this fall as an added precaution. This includes the mitigation measures employed in all our campus buildings for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) to maximize airflow, filtration and outdoor air. Enhanced cleaning measures will also continue. Read more about infrastructure mitigation efforts.
Campus vaccination requirement
The deadline for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty to complete the COVID-19 vaccine requirement process was Sept. 15.
Missed the deadline?
- Students: Submit your information as soon as possible. You will have a fee assessed on your October 2021 bill as a “immunization and non-compliance fee”. Submitting your vaccination requirement now will not remove the fee. You will also have a hold on spring 2021 registration. Complete the requirement to have the hold removed.
- Employees: Submit your information as soon as possible. Employees who do not complete the requirement will be subject to disciplinary actions, potentially up to and including termination. For faculty and staff in a merit-eligible position, future merit could also be withheld. Note: If you are on an extended leave of absence, you will be given time to comply when you return before disciplinary actions are considered. Consequences will begin in October.
Local COVID-19 vaccination opportunities
Medical Services is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to CU Boulder students, staff and faculty. Drop-in vaccine clinics and appointments are available at Wardenburg Health Center.
Appointments can be scheduled through the MyCUHealth portal. Medical Services is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine. Additional vaccination clinic options can be found at Boulder County's COVID-19 Vaccines webpage and Colorado’s Find out where you can get vaccinated webpage.
Updates to Buff Pass are now complete
The option to use the Buff Pass health questionnaire continues to be available to help you assess any symptoms you may be experiencing and next steps to take, if applicable. Visit the Buff Pass webpage to log in. To access the Daily Health Tracker click “Get Today’s Buff Pass.” If you have not used the feature before, you will be prompted to update your contact information first.
How to Stay Informed
The Buff Info team is available to answer questions on a wide variety of topics related to CU Boulder and help faculty, staff, students and parents connect with the appropriate campus office for additional information or assistance as needed.
Buff Info liaisons can be reached at 303-492-INFO (4636), through Live Chat or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The university will extend these hours when needed.