List: COVID-19 rules for Colleges and Universities in Colorado


DENVER (KDVR) – The state’s colleges and universities are preparing to welcome students, faculty and staff to campus after spending most of last school year away from the traditional university setting.

This year, each school has different rules for masks, but most will have some sort of vaccine mandate that aligns with guidelines from the Colorado Department of Advanced Education.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has not issued any guidance on how institutions should deal with the pandemic at this time.

“Vaccines are the gateway to ending this pandemic, which is why we must all do our part to get as many Coloradians vaccinated as possible,” Governor Jared Polis said. “That’s why I expect most higher education institutions to give parents and students the peace of mind they want by making vaccines a requirement for next fall, and students want to get vaccinated so they can take full advantage of the university experience. “

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued guidelines that do not encourage warrants. Instead, the agency encourages administrators to “help protect students, faculty and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19, by encouraging vaccinations.” They also encourage establishments to offer the vaccine to their clients.

When it comes to masks, the CDC has updated its guidelines to strongly encourage masks for everyone in areas with substantial or high transmission risk that apply to most of Colorado.

COVID-19 Rules for Colleges and Universities in Colorado

  • Auraria Higher Education Campus: Metropolitan State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the Community College of Denver will require everyone, regardless of their immunization status, to wear a mask indoors. The policy went into effect on August 9. Masks will not be required outdoors and those vaccinated can remove their masks if they are able to maintain a social distance of six feet.
  • Colorado State University: The CSU will require indoor masks for everyone, unless someone is alone in one location or for students who are in their own room inside a dormitory. The school will also require that all students, faculty and staff on campus receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated people can submit an exemption form, but even if it is approved, they will still need to get tested twice a week. Information must be updated by August 15th.
  • Colorado School of Mines: According to the school’s website, masks are not mandatory for people who have been vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated or who are between doses are “strongly encouraged” to continue to wear masks in all public indoor spaces or in private offices and laboratories when others are present. Mines also has a vaccine requirement for all students, faculty, and staff before the fall semester. The requirement can be fulfilled by providing proof of vaccination or submitting an exemption form. This requirement must be met by August 23, when the semester begins.
  • CU Rock: Masks will be mandatory in all indoor environments, regardless of immunization status on August 13. Masks will not be compulsory in areas that are not accessible to the public. Students, staff and faculty will also need to get vaccinated, which matches the decision to institute the requirement for the entire CU system that was made in April. Exemptions are available for certain campus users. The deadline to complete the vaccine requirement process is September 15.
  • Régis University: School officials will require employees and students who are not fully immunized to wear a mask inside campus. Visitors and vendors will also be asked to wear a mask anywhere on campus, unless they provide verification that they are fully immunized. All students, faculty and staff will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions are available for some, including those who are totally remote. The requirement must be met by August 23 when the school year begins.
  • US Air Force Academy: All service members, cadets, federal employees, on-site contractors, and visitors, regardless of their immunization status, are required to wear masks in all indoor Academy facilities. The Academy also remains under health protection condition level “B” which indicates a “significant level of disease spread”. HPCON means the school will continue to implement its mask mandate and restrict some in-person meetings. The school has not announced anything about a specific vaccine requirement, but the Pentagon has said it will require all members of the U.S. military to be vaccinated by September 15.
  • University of Denver: The university does not currently require masks for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Anyone who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should wear one in most indoor settings, outdoors in a group of five or more, or as part of a larger event or gathering. They are not compulsory if someone is alone in their office or for students alone in their living room. The school has a vaccination mandate that faculty, students and staff must complete before returning to campus for the fall term. Exemptions are available.
  • University of Northern Colorado: As of the last update on June 2, masks are not mandatory indoors or outdoors on any of the school’s campuses. The school will implement a vaccine requirement that goes into effect on August 15. Exemptions are available for certain individuals and for students enrolled in exclusive online programs. Students on campus who are granted an exemption may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. The requirement must be fulfilled by September 3.


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