To keep our community safe and supported this semester, we will be providing weekly updates on COVID-19-related news, resources, announcements, and more.
Updated Dec. 2, 2021
As news reports have shared this month, COVID cases have been on the rise in Colorado and a new variant has been detected. Effective Nov. 24, Mayor Hancock announced a new face covering order for Denver as part of a coordinated approach to prevent the region’s hospital system from collapsing. CU Denver has and continues to require all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks while indoors on campus. We encourage everyone in our campus community to get their booster shot as soon as possible.
The Health Center at Auraria is offering free COVID-19 booster shots and flu shots. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is NOT available at the Health Center. However, the CDC has approved mix and match protocols that permit the use of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as an acceptable booster for those who initially received the J&J vaccine. All Colorado adults are eligible to receive booster shots. However, you must have received your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least six months ago or your J&J vaccine at least two months ago.
Flu shots are limited this year; therefore, all flu shots will be administered at the same time an individual either receives a COVID-19 booster shot or a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Booster shots and flu shots will be administered in the Plaza Building, room 111, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To reduce wait times, appointments are required. Use this link to schedule an appointment. You must bring a copy of your vaccine card to your booster shot appointment. If you do not have a vaccine card, access your immunization records and print out a copy of your vaccine record from the State of Colorado’s immunization data base.
As we look ahead to the spring semester, we expect our current COVID safety protocols to remain in place. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors and booster shots are strongly recommended. In addition, we must continue to do what we know works:
All CU Denver community members and their families can get tested for free on campus or in the community. Through our partnership with COVIDCheckColorado, you can sign up to get tested at various locations.
All CU Denver community members are required to fill out this COVID-19 self-report form if they:
Plaza Building Vaccine and Testing Location
5th Street Garage Surveillance Testing Location
This year, because of the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the flu season presents additional risks, from concurrent infections to strain on the health care system. The CDC recommends that you and your family members get a flu vaccine in September or October, before the flu begins spreading in your community. It takes up to two weeks for your immune system to build maximum immunity in response to the vaccine, so the earlier you vaccinate, the better. Many locations in the community, such at Target, Walgreens, grocery stores, primary care providers, and urgent cares, offer flu shots.
If you submit for a vaccine exemption, you have been automatically routed into a mandatory COVID-19 weekly testing program through Primary HealthBio. To be recorded as compliant with this program in CU Denver’s database, you must get tested weekly and do the following three things:
*As a reminder, unvaccinated individuals MUST wear a mask everywhere indoors on campus at all times, including in private offices.
If you do not schedule your test, you will not be allowed on campus and you will be placed on leave without pay until you complete the required testing. If an employee continues to fail to get tested as required, their supervisor will be notified and they may be subject to additional corrective and disciplinary action, including possible termination.
Students who continuously violate the terms of the mandatory testing program will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. A regular pattern of failing to get tested, refusing to wear a mask while on campus, or failing to regularly complete the daily attestation will result in sanctions, including but not limited to summary suspension, permanent removal from campus, and or expulsion.
Binax over-the-counter (OTC) test kits are now available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Rapid At-Home Testing Program. Click here to request a kit.
All participants at indoor events must wear masks. Vaccinated event attendees can remove their mask if they are actively eating. Food is permitted at seated, indoor events if some distancing can be accomplished. Banquet rounds of 4 instead of 8 are recommended. Food cannot be self-serve (buffet style), and those serving food must be masked and vaccinated. Receptions are not permitted at this time. Beverages can be enjoyed indoors by briefly lifting your mask during an event or meeting. Outdoor events and activities are generally permitted. If your event will include 250 people or more, political presence, or media, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view more event guidance.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’d like to update CU Denver faculty and staff teaching in classrooms or working in office settings on how the Contact Tracing Team responds to positive cases of COVID-19.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, we encourage you to get your COVID vaccination as soon as possible. All CU students, faculty, and staff are required to get the vaccine if you are on campus this academic year.
Free vaccinations are available on campus at the Health Center at Auraria in the Plaza Building, room 111. Scheduling hours through the fall semester are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday. Please also see the CDPHE website for all the locations that offer free vaccinations across the state.
Masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus. Events can continue to be held indoors and outdoors. If you’re offering food, it needs to be outdoors or grab and go. Beverages can be enjoyed indoors by briefly lifting your mask during an event or meeting. Events with food cannot be self-serve (buffet style). If someone is serving food to attendees, they must be masked and vaccinated. This also applies for off-campus events. At this time, we highly encourage campus members to host events outdoors if possible.
Because of the ongoing requirement for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks on campus, individuals with disabilities may need accommodations. Students encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources at email@example.com employees can contact Human Resources at HR.ADACoordinator@ucdenver.edu.
Caring for our mental health during these challenging times is essential. View common questions about mental health resources available to students, faculty, and staff.
Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others, according to the CDC. Due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, all individuals regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks while indoors on campus. Vaccinated individuals may remove their masks indoors when able to maintain 10 feet of social distancing. Faculty and staff with private offices with a door may work mask-free when alone. Unvaccinated individuals MUST wear a mask everywhere indoors on campus at all times, including in private offices.
Compliance with this guideline will be monitored by campus ambassadors. Violations will be reported to employee supervisors or the Office of Student Conduct.
June 1 marked the start of our “soft return” to campus for CU Denver employees. We want to hear your positive stories about returning to the office. What did you miss the most? How does it feel to see your coworkers in person again? What positive disruptions will you carry forward? Submissions will be featured in the Lynx Together newsletter and CU Denver News. If you’d like to share a return-to-campus story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Lynx Together weekly update, important information is routinely emailed to the campus community. These messages address topics related to changing campus protocols, vaccination timelines, and more.