Building and Room Protocols

These protocols apply to all buildings occupied and used by CU Denver students, staff, and faculty and will continue to be in effect for the spring 2021 semester:

  1. Prior to returning to campus, everyone must take the “COVID-19 Return to Campus - CU Denver” SkillSoft training. This is a one-time requirement.
  2. All students, staff, and faculty will be required to have their CU Denver ID cards visibly displayed while on campus, such as on a lanyard or in a transparent ID card holder.
  3. Everyone on campus should maintain safe-distancing of six feet at all times.
  4. Building hours will vary by building and depending on the hours of course activity occurring in the building. When buildings do not have course activity, they will be badge-access only. Check the Safe Return site for building hours prior to coming to campus.
  5. Everyone is required to wear a face covering while on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
  6. Upon arriving to campus each day, you are required to visit a health check-in location . The check-in includes completing a daily attestation prior to arriving on campus. After successfully completing the health check-in, you will receive a color-coded wristband for the day. The wristband must be worn at all times while you are in campus.

Building Protocols

Building Entry

  1. Each building will have one entrance and one exit, which will be clearly identified with signage. Please enter and exit only through designated doors. In the event of an emergency, please exit using the nearest door, even if it is not a designated exit. View a campus map which displays all campus entrances, exits, and health check-in stations.
  2. The designated entry for each building will be unlocked during the building hours. Badge access will not be required to enter buildings through the designated entrance during these times.
  3. Upon entering the building, you will be greeted by campus ambassadors. The ambassadors are there to answer any questions about campus and building protocol and to remind you about safety protocols.
  4. You must have your campus ID and daily wristband clearly visible when you enter the building.
  5. Follow any visual guides such as arrows or safe-distancing markers as you continue to your destination.

Elevators (Including Parking Garages)

  1. The maximum capacity for elevators is two, unless otherwise posted.
  2. Due to occupancy restrictions, elevator lines are a certainty. To preserve elevator capacity, first access should be politely afforded to those who most need an elevator. Use stairs if you are able.
  3. Follow posted signs about where to form lines for the elevator. Maintain social distancing while waiting in line.
  4. When in the elevator, passengers should stand in opposite corners to maximize distance.

Stairwells (Including Parking Garages)

Unless other guidance is posted, two-way stairwell traffic is allowed. Stay to your right when going up or down stairs, and maintain 6 feet of separation between those in front of and behind you.


The established campus protocol is “Stay to the Right” in hallways when moving through buildings. Maintain 6 feet of separation between those in front of and behind you.


  1. Maximum occupancies for restrooms (based on the number of sink fixtures) will be posted outside each restroom. The occupancies have been calculated to maximize distancing in the restroom while maintaining the number of available code-mandated fixtures. 
  2. Please observe restroom occupancy limits. If the restroom has reached its maximum capacity, wait until others have left or use another restroom.
  3. Please refer to the Building Cleaning Protocols for cleaning responsibilities and protocol for restrooms.

Common Areas

  1. Common areas include hallways or open areas with seating, such as elevator lobbies or atriums, publicly accessible food prep and microwave areas, and other areas of the building that are publicly accessible and not assigned to one particular unit. Common areas do not include instructional spaces. Guidance on those spaces is provided elsewhere in this document.
  2. Building occupants must follow protocols for common areas as communicated on-site through signage, including not entering closed areas and not using seats that have been marked off to allow for social distancing. Please do not move seats that have been placed at a set distance to ensure safety.
  3. Seating within common areas, due to distancing protocols, is likely to be limited on the campus. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to limit time on campus as much as possible and refrain from gathering in groups outside of the classroom environment.
  4. There will be areas within buildings designated for individual study, printing, joining a course using your own device, and joining a course using a university-provided desktop. These areas will be identified onsite through signage and will be available soon.
  5. Seating that is close to building entrances and exits will be removed to eliminate crowding and ease general building traffic.
  6. Please refer to the Building Cleaning Protocols for cleaning responsibilities and protocol for common areas.

Vendors and Retail/Food Services

  1. CU Denver and AHEC will work with individual vendors to invite them back onto the campus as allowed by the City of Denver and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance.
  2. Vendors will be required to follow any restrictions imposed by the City of Denver and to follow campus protocols related to health screening and PPE.
  3. Food options may be limited. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to bring their own food to campus.


  1. A signage package has been developed for the campus for use in common areas and unit areas. The signage can be viewed, downloaded, and printed here.
  2. CU Denver administrative staff or Auraria Higher Education Center staff (depending on building ownership) will be purchasing and installing signs for the exterior doors, the common areas (atrium, hallways, restrooms, elevator lobbies), and classrooms and instructional labs in every building on campus. 
  3. Units are responsible for obtaining and posting signage as needed or desired within office suites and research and creative activities spaces. This can be done two ways: units can download and print and their own signage from the link provided above, or for a fee they can order signage to be printed by Printing Services.
  4. Signage will indicate the following in and around buildings:
    • Entrances and exits;
    • Health check-in areas;
    • Queueing in locations where lines are anticipated;
    • Circulation protocol; and
    • General protocol messages regarding hand-washing, PPE, and social distancing in commons areas, near entrances, near restrooms, and other high traffic areas.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be provided in common areas within the building, prioritizing high traffic and high touch areas such as entrances and exits, elevator lobbies, and restrooms.

Guest Access

Campus guests will need to arrange access to campus buildings before coming to campus.

  1. Guest visits to campus should be minimized.
  2. Guests should review our safety training before coming to campus.
  3. Guests are also required to go through the health check-in process, including the attestation. A representative of the sponsoring unit is required to be present when the guest is checking in at the health check-in station.
  4. Guests will be asked to provide their name, ID, contact information, and destination. 
  5. After successful completion of the health check-in, the guest will be given guest identification and a wristband for the day.

Drinking Fountains and Bottle Fillers

  1. Drinking fountains will remain operable as required by code.
  2. Bottle fillers will also remain operable.
  3. To mitigate risk from surface contact, building occupants are encouraged to bring their own water to campus.

Room Protocols

Classrooms and Instructional Labs

Capacity: Classrooms and instructional lab capacities have been adjusted to allow for proper social distancing. Modified capacities and room layouts will be posted outside of classrooms and instructional labs and are also available here. Inside the room, chairs and tables will either be removed or marked to note what seating positions are available and not available. Do not move the furniture in the room. Seat locations have been carefully measured and placed to ensure proper distancing.

  • Entrances and Exits: Classrooms and instructional labs with more than one point of entry will have a designated entrance and exit to maintain distancing and avoid conflicts while passing. Entrance and exit information will be noted with signage and will also be included on the room layout posted outside the room.
  • Entering and Leaving the Room: Follow floor prompts (if applicable) that provide guidance on where to line up while waiting to enter the room. If there are none, maintain social distancing while waiting to enter the room. The following guidance on entering and exiting the room is provided for faculty consideration. When entering the classroom, have students proceed first to the area farthest from the entrance and fill toward the entrance. When dismissing, begin with the area closest to the exit and work toward the area farthest from the exit.
  • Please refer to the Building Cleaning Protocols for cleaning responsibilities and protocol for classrooms and instructional labs.

Office Suites

  • Office suites are defined as areas that are not publicly accessible and are assigned to a particular unit for their exclusive use or scheduling oversight. They encompass non-academic uses such as offices, open office areas, waiting rooms, departmental conference rooms, copy rooms, break rooms, and storage rooms.
  • Units are required to submit a Unit Return Plan and to gain approval for that unit plan prior to returning to campus.
  • The Unit Return Plan review process includes working with the Office of Institutional Planning to create a space plan for your unit that will allow for safe distancing and adherence to other safe return protocols.
  • Members of the unit must comply with the approved Unit Return Plan and associated space plan.
  • Please refer to the Building Cleaning Protocols for cleaning responsibilities and protocol for office suites. 

Research and Creative Activities Spaces

  • Research and Creative Activities (RCA) spaces (research labs, faculty studios, etc.) will also be reviewed as part of the RCA application process that began in June 2020. This review will result in a space plan that allows for safe distancing and adherence to other safe return protocols.
  • RCA occupants must comply with the approved RCA application terms and the space plan.
  • Please refer to the Building Cleaning Protocols for cleaning responsibilities and protocol for research labs, studio and other faculty research and creative activities spaces.

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