Campus Protocols

Updated January 4, 2022

COVID-19 conditions are changing quickly, and our campus is monitoring circumstances closely. Check this website and your CU Anschutz email inbox for the latest information.

NOTE: Remote working and learning currently in place. In-person activity may resume Jan. 24, or as specified by school or unit. Clinical faculty and staff are to consult their clinical supervisors.

The following protocols are in place to keep our campus healthy.

Vaccine

Vaccination Requirements

  • COVID-19 boosters are required for all eligible students and employees starting January 24. Learn more here.
  • All students, employees, badged affiliates and POIs were previously required to be fully vaccinated by September 1, 2021. 
  • Find details on vaccination and booster requirements here.

Phased Return

On-Campus Protocols

Mask Guidelines

Masks are required for everyone in indoor campus spaces. These spaces include classrooms, conference rooms and common areas such as elevators, walkways and hallways.

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors - including those fully vaccinated - are required to wear a mask in indoor campus spaces. Campus visitors include contractors and vendors.
    • Masks are required universally at all times in clinical environments and in indoor public spaces - including large lecture halls and classrooms, conference rooms, hallways, restrooms and common areas.
      • Lecturers may remove their masks in lecture halls and classrooms for clarity and ADA purposes, provided there is sufficient distance (6+ feet) between themselves and participants, and all participants are wearing masks.
    • Masks are required in these spaces regardless of posted COVID capacity.
  • If you are vaccinated:
    • You may remove your mask indoors in enclosed offices or confined work units - where traffic can be controlled or masking can be adjusted in real time - when able to keep 6+ feet from others.
    • Masks continue to be an important tool in preventing the spread of the virus. Please consider wearing them at all times indoors.
    • Masks are optional outdoors.
  • If you are unvaccinated: 
    • You must continue to wear a mask at all times on campus. 
    • The only exception is when outdoors and 6+ feet from others. 
    • See below for additional requirements.

Campus events, classes and gatherings must follow these mask guidelines.

  • Indoor campus events & gatherings: 
    • All attendees of indoor campus events, classes, meetings and other gatherings must wear masks, regardless of attendee vaccination status, group size or posted COVID capacity.
  • Outdoor campus events & gatherings:
    • If you are vaccinated: 
      • You may choose to wear a mask if desired.
    • If you are unvaccinated:
      • You must wear a mask unless able to keep 6+ feet from others.
  • Off-campus events & gatherings:
    • All attendees must follow protocols in place at the event venue.
  • Invited speakers, participants and guests must follow the same mask protocols as our students and employees.

Anyone may choose to continue wearing a mask, even once vaccinated, and units may choose to implement more conservative mask policies if desired. 

Study Spaces

Academic buildings which include Education 1 and 2 (North and South) remain open for classes. Students wishing to study please use the library. We ask that you study one person per room.

Breaks & Meals

  • Take breaks and meals outdoors or in your vehicle when possible and as weather permits. Increased outdoor seating and break areas are available for use.
  • When it is necessary to take breaks or meals indoors, keep 6+ feet from others. Wear a mask when not eating and drinking, and limit unmasked time in these spaces.
  • During inclement weather, find a designated indoor break and meal space for use. These spaces allow for distancing when masks must be removed to eat and drink. They are marked with posters, and a full listing is online.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing 

Weekly COVID-19 testing is required for unvaccinated students and employees, this includes those who have an approved exemption on file. 

Testing is available at no cost through our partner - COVIDCheck Colorado - at numerous area locations. More information on the mandatory testing program is detailed here.

Building Entry & Access

Building exterior doors remain under badge access for the foreseeable future. Each person must badge in individually. Even if the door is open, or someone is holding the door for you, please run your badge on the card reader for authorization. All movement restrictions within university buildings are eliminated, except where applicable during pre-COVID operations. No action is required to reactivate your badge, unless it has expired, in which case you need to contact the Security Badging Office.

Daily Health Questionnaire

  • If you are vaccinated:
    • The daily health questionnaire, or “attestation,” requirement has been lifted for fully vaccinated students, employees and visitors (which includes contractors and vendors).
  • If you are unvaccinated:
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to complete the health questionnaire daily – i.e., every day you plan to be on campus.

Self-Reporting & Contact Tracing

  • Self-reporting continues to be required of anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive or may have been exposed, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Our highly effective contact tracing program remains in place, to help safeguard community health. 
  • After reporting your status, please wait for one-on-one guidance from the CU Anschutz Contact Tracing Team, and do not return to campus until officially cleared to do so.

Visitors

Visitors and guests (including contractors and vendors) are allowed on campus, provided they follow the same campus protocols as students, faculty and staff. It is the responsibility of sponsoring units or individuals to ensure visitors and guests are informed of and adhere to campus protocols.

    Gatherings

    Events, Gatherings & Activities

    Booking Event Space on Campus

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Note that, while existing room reservations may appear active in the EMS room reservation systems, all space reservations through January 24 have been canceled.

    • Space requests can be submitted in EMS and will be confirmed if current campus guidelines are met. All future bookings are subject to the current restrictions and protocols regarding in-person events.
    • Confirmations for activities occurring after December 2021 will not be issued until spring academic classes have been assigned to rooms and guidelines have been determined for non-academic activities.

    In-Person Event Precautions & Protocols

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Conference rooms must be reserved in advance whenever possible, if not within your unit’s assigned space, and must be scheduled in the EMS room reservation system. Meetings and events in campus conference rooms must be held in accordance with COVID capacities shown in the EMS system and with 6+ feet distance between attendees.
    • Posted COVID capacities must be followed for meetings, events and indoor gatherings other than essential academic activity directly related to student/trainee teaching and learning. COVID capacities may be exceeded for essential indoor academic activities and academically focused meetings when necessary, to ensure continuity of in-person teaching and learning.
    • Large events unrelated to essential academic activity are discouraged from taking place in person at this time. However, such events may be approved if aligned with safety protocols and COVID capacity guidelines.
    • All events and activities of 45+ attendees, other than classes and essential academic campus activities, require approval, and must not exceed posted COVID capacities.
    • Food may only be served and consumed outdoors.
    • Masks are required of all attendees indoors at meetings, events and gatherings of any size.

    Academic Activities & Classes – Indoors

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Classes, grand rounds, seminars, lectures and academically focused meetings that are part of or critical to the student/trainee educational experience are considered essential academic activities. These may continue to take place, and COVID capacities are not applicable.
    • Student organizations may host meetings, trainings and workshops outdoors, or indoors while adhering to the posted COVID capacity of the venue.
    • Applications are required for all activities other than classes or essential academic activities, when 45+ attendees are expected.
    • All participants in indoor academic classes and activities must wear masks at all times while in indoor facilities and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
    • Lecturers may remove their masks in lecture halls and classrooms for clarity and ADA purposes, provided there is sufficient distance (6+ feet) between themselves and participants, and all participants are wearing masks.

    Event Protocols – On Campus, Indoors

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Large meetings, conferences, CME courses, symposia, and similar activities are discouraged from taking place in person at this time. However, such events may be approved if aligned with safety protocols and posted COVID capacities.
    • If the expected number of attendees exceeds the room’s COVID capacity, either the number of attendees must be reduced or the event must be relocated to a larger venue.
    • Applications are required for all activities other than classes and essential academic activities, when 45+ attendees are expected.
    • All participants at indoor events must wear masks and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
    • Food is allowed only outdoors at this time and cannot be self-serve (buffet style). Those serving food to attendees must be masked and vaccinated.

    Event Protocols – On Campus, Outdoors

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Outdoor events are generally permitted. Applications are required for events with 45+ expected attendees. 
    • Unvaccinated attendees must wear masks unless able to keep 6+ feet from others.
    • Food cannot be self-serve (buffet style). Those serving food to attendees must be masked and vaccinated.
    • Catered, box lunches or other group meals/refreshments indoors continue to be restricted and not allowed at this time within our facilities for groups on campus.

    Event Protocols – Off Campus

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Off-campus university events of 45+ attendees require approval by the dean or vice chancellor of the organizing unit, regardless of whether university funds are being used. Contact the dean’s/vice chancellor’s office directly with such requests.
    • Off-campus university events of 45 or fewer attendees do not require approval and may be booked directly through the event venue.
    • Attendees must follow protocols in place at the event venue and local public health authority.

    Visitors & Guests

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Visitors and guests, including contractors and vendors, are allowed on campus, provided they follow the same campus protocols as students and employees. Sponsoring units or individuals must ensure visitors and guests are informed of and adhere to campus protocols.

    Event Management Tools

    NOTE: In-person meetings, gatherings and events of any size - both on campus and off - other than academic classes and essential academic activities, are on hold until January 24. Once in-person activities are permitted again, the following rules apply. Guidelines are subject to change. 

    • Events involving paid registrations must use Cvent or CU Storefronts.
    • Fundraising events and events with paid sponsorships must use Cvent.
    • Contact ecomm@cuanschutz.edu with questions.
       

    Questions? Visit the events FAQ, or contact events@cuanschutz.edu.

     

    Parking

    Parking & Shuttles

    NOTE: All university permit parking lots except the Leadville lot will be open and available for student and employee parking, regardless of parking permit or permit type, until January 24.

    There are numerous parking options on campus, including a part-time rate, monthly permits and daily visitor parking. An electronic Parking Agreement form makes signing up, renewing or switching parking options easy. Find complete details and FAQs here.

    Shuttles

    The CU Anschutz Rail Shuttle to the RTD Fitzsimons Station is running 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, with stops throughout campus. The Intercampus Shuttle from CU Anschutz to the CU Denver Lawrence Street Center is not currently in operation.

    Remote Work

    Remote Work Policy

    NOTE: Remote working and learning currently in place. In-person activity may resume Jan. 24, or as specified by school or unit. As always, faculty and staff with clinical responsibilities should consult with their clinical supervisors.

    The remote work policy provides guidance and requirements for supervisors navigating ongoing full-time and part-time remote work, as well as hybrid work arrangements, by individuals in their units. A formalized agreement documenting remote work arrangements is required for safety and risk reasons, and forms are available in the policy document. These agreements were to be in place by Labor Day.

    Travel

    Travel

    University-sponsored domestic and international travel is allowed for those fully vaccinated, with appropriate approvals. For international travel, this includes formal approval of your planned destination.

    Travelers are required to follow CDC travel and safety precautions, and observe any protocols in place at your destination. Be prepared for uncertainty: be ready if you are unable to return as planned or as public travel requirements or campus return protocols shift. Do not travel if you may be sick with COVID-19, or if you may have been exposed.

    See CDC guidelines for personal travel.

    Travelers are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 five days after return from travel, and to monitor for symptoms. You may return to campus while awaiting results, unless you are symptomatic or may have been exposed. Schedule testing through COVIDCheck Colorado here, and find more testing options here.

    Self-report if you have COVID-19 symptoms, test positive or may have been exposed, whether on campus or off. Our contact tracing team will follow up with support and guidance.