Health, Wellness & Prevention

We must all do our part to minimize the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community. Wash your hands frequently, monitor your symptoms each and every day, and if you’re sick, stay home. If you're unvaccinated, we ask that you wear a face-covering while on campus, including while outside and practice social distancing of six feet or more.

Community responsibility also includes reminding peers and colleagues to practice personal hygiene. This will be important not only for COVID-19, but also for other transmissible illnesses such as flu

If you are immunocompromised, or caring for someone who is—or if you have other health issues that make you particularly vulnerable to COVID-19—you have options. Employees, please work with you manager and HR to submit an accommodation request.

Looking to submit COVID-19 test records?

Visit the Health & Counseling Center Website
students and faculty wearing masks in a classroom

Face Coverings

At this time, fully vaccinated University personnel, students and visitors do not have to wear a face covering, unless required in a particular location. All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated University personnel, students, vendors and visitors must wear a face covering at all times while indoors on campus, except as provided below, and while outdoors in groups of five or more or when part of a larger event or assembly. 

People choose to wear face coverings for many reasons. They may be immunocompromised, caring for a vulnerable person, living with someone unvaccinated, including small children currently without access to a vaccine, or because they themselves are unvaccinated for personal reasons. DU is a compassionate, respectful community. Let us embody these values as we come together on campus by treating one another with kindness and avoiding assumptions.

  • Face Covering Requirements
    • Must cover the nose and mouth at all times
    • Should fit snugly but comfortably against the face
    • Should include multiple layers of fabric
    • Should allow for breathing without restriction
    • If not single-use, should be washable and machine dryable without being damaged or changing shape
    • Should be looped around the ears or tied behind the head and neck
    • Should remain in place until taken off safely
    • Should be replaced with one that does not need to be frequently adjusted if the initial face-covering moves during work
    • Should be replaced when dirty, wet and/or difficult to breathe through
  • Exceptions
    • All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals who are alone in single offices or study rooms and those alone in their own residential room are not required to wear face coverings.
    • All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals may take off their face coverings to eat and drink provided that they replace the face covering when not actively eating or drinking. Eating in classes is not permitted, however.
    • Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals also may take off their face covering outdoors in groups of 4 or fewer.
    • Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering should engage with the appropriate office to request a reasonable accommodation. Employees and visitors should contact the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX by email at or by phone at 303-871-3941. Students should contact the Disability Services Program by email at or by phone at 303-871-3241.

Personal Protective Equipment

DU will provide gloves and other protective equipment as appropriate for an employee’s job duties. It is the department’s responsibility to provide gloves and PPE for specific jobs as required by OSHA, CDC or DDPHE.

University staff responding to a positive case must wear N95 masks. The required use of the N95 mask requires a fit test through Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). Medical clearance to wear surgical masks is also provided for many on-campus roles, including custodial and dining, as these face coverings provide additional protection, are disposable and are comfortable without restricting air flow even during more strenuous work.

Social Distancing

All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated University personnel, students and visitors should maintain social distancing (6 feet from others not in their household) wherever feasible while on campus. Fully vaccinated University personnel, students and visitors are not required to maintain social distancing.


Following all applicable COVID-19 protocols is critical to promoting a positive and safe living, learning and working environment at the University. Students, employees and visitors are expected to comply with applicable requirements, some of which are based on vaccination status. Individuals should refrain from asking about vaccination status when addressing enforcement concerns. Where necessary for program participation or role, lists of individuals who are cleared at the required level can be provided.

The COVID-19 Responsibility and Enforcement Protocol sets forth mechanisms for addressing non-compliance. Failure or refusal to comply with applicable COVID-19 protocols may result in a student’s referral to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities for action pursuant to the Honor Code; corrective action for an employee; or a visitor being asked to leave campus. Possible outcomes for students and employees may include temporary or permanent removal from the University, building restrictions, removal from housing, additional trainings and interventions.