Alert Levels & Triggers

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Current Level: Green

In response to increased COVID-19 transmission, as of January 2021, the University has developed seven tiered alert levels from clear to purple to guide its operation. Adjustments of these levels will be based on factors including positivity rates, average number of cases, hospital availability, campus conditions and public orders. DU’s alert status operates independently from state and city alerts but carefully considers and abides by all state and city ordinances.

DU community members must comply with state and city orders as well as campus protocols described in each alert level. This includes social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand hygiene, daily symptom monitoring, and complying with testing and contact tracing. Rules apply to all, including individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who have an acknowledged positive COVID-19 test in their medical record and are finished with their isolation period are exempted from further testing and quarantine for 90 days per CDC guidance.

Non-compliance may result in a loss of campus access and may have other implications for your relationship with the University (see the compliance & enforcement protocol for more information). 

The following University of Denver alert levels have been revised based on new CDC guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear face coverings indoors in areas with substantial or high community transmission. The CDC reports county transmission levels based on reported positivity rate and the total number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 7 days. Community transmission levels are then categorized by the CDC as low, moderate, substantial, or high.

Clear: Low Viral Risk; High Vaccination

Virus prevalence is very low on campus and community transmission is low or moderate in the surrounding community, vaccination rates are high, testing capacity and supply chain are strong, and compliance with DU COVID-19 protocols is high.

  • Most classes are in-person
  • Capacity for buildings is according to normal usage
  • Campus clearance requires compliance with vaccination and mandatory testing protocols
  • Badge access required
  • Face coverings required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals at all times indoors on campus, except as provided in the face-covering protocol
  • Face coverings required indoors for fully vaccinated individuals in certain limited locations indoors including:
  • Admissions tours and other events and performances are open to the public, consistent with the visitor protocol and the events protocol
  • Visitors allowed consistent with applicable visitor protocol
Green

Green: Low Risk

Virus prevalence is very low on campus and community transmission is substantial or high in the surrounding community OR virus prevalence is low on campus and community transmission is low or moderate in the surrounding community, testing capacity and supply chain are strong, and compliance with DU COVID-19 protocols is high. 

  • Most classes are in-person 
  • Capacity for buildings is according to normal usage  
  • Campus clearance requires compliance with vaccination and mandatory testing protocols 
  • Face coverings required for unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals at all times indoors on campus, except as provided in the face-covering protocol 
    • Face coverings required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors for all classes and all in-person meetings/events with 5 or more people, except while actively speaking/performing at 6 feet or more distance from others, or while actively eating or drinking, and in certain limited locations and situations, including:
      • the Health & Counseling Center;  
      • while preparing and serving food;  
      • in clinics and field placements;  
      • in certain laboratory classroom settings,  
      • in the SPIT lab and testing locations; and  
      • in certain settings involving children under 12, including the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Fisher Early Learning Center 
  • Face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors: 
    • while actively moving (in hallways, etc.) in groups of 4 or fewer; 
    • in meetings of 4 or fewer; or  
    • in common areas where 6-foot distancing can be maintained 
  • Badge access required 
  • Admissions tours and other events and performances are open to the public, consistent with the visitor protocol and the events protocol 
  • Visitors allowed consistent with applicable visitor protocol 
Blue

Blue: Low to Moderate Risk

Virus prevalence is low on campus and community transmission is substantial or high in the surrounding community, conditions on campus are well controlled, testing capacity and supply chain are strong, and compliance with DU COVID-19 protocols is high. 

  • Most classes are in person 
  • Capacity for buildings is according to normal usage 
  • Campus clearance requires compliance with vaccination and mandatory testing protocols 
  • Face coverings required for unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals at all times indoors on campus, except as provided in the face covering protocol 
    • Face coverings required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors for all classes and all in-person meetings/events with 3 or more people, except while actively speaking/performing at 12 feet or more distance from others, or while actively eating or drinking and in certain limited locations and situations, including:
      • the Health & Counseling Center;  
      • while preparing and serving food;  
      • in clinics and field placements;  
      • in certain laboratory classroom settings,  
      • in the SPIT lab and testing locations; and  
      • in certain settings involving children under 12, including the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Fisher Early Learning Center 
  • Face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors:  
    • while actively moving (in hallways, etc.) in groups of 2;  
    • in meetings of 2 people; or  
    • in common areas where 6 foot distancing can be maintained 
  • Badge access required 
  • COVID-19 Response Team reevaluates testing schedule for mandatory testing protocol 
  • Admissions tours and other events and performances are open to the public, consistent with the visitor protocol and the events protocol 
  • Visitors allowed consistent with applicable visitor protocol 
Yellow

Yellow: Moderate Risk

Virus prevalence is low to moderate on campus and community transmission is substantial or high in the surrounding community, conditions on campus are well-controlled with strong testing and supply chain capacity, but indicators point toward potential challenges in responding to the increased rate of transmission and/or declining compliance with DU COVID-19 protocols. 

  • Most classes are in person 
  • Capacity for buildings is according to normal usage 
  • Campus clearance requires compliance with vaccination and mandatory testing protocols 
  • Badge access required 
  • Face coverings required for all individuals indoors at all times, except while actively eating or drinking or when an individual is alone in a private office or residential room 
  • Stricter event review and approval procedures resume 
  • COVID-19 Response Team reevaluates testing schedule for mandatory testing protocol 
  • Admissions tours and other events and performances are open to the public, consistent with the visitor protocol and the events protocol 
  • Visitors allowed consistent with applicable visitor protocol 
Orange

Orange: Moderate to High Risk

Virus prevalence is moderate to high on campus and community transmission is substantial or high in the surrounding community, and indicators point to even further increase. Conditions on campus are manageable with strong testing capacity and minimum 30-day supply chain and 14-day isolation/quarantine capacity. Conditions in Denver and Colorado may be difficult; ICU bed capacity at 50% or greater. 

  • On-campus in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online courses are available 
  • Capacity for buildings is reduced to no more than 80 percent 
  • Campus clearance requires compliance with vaccination and mandatory testing protocols 
  • Badge access required 
  • Face coverings required for all individuals indoors at all times, except while actively eating or drinking or when an individual is alone in a private office or residential room 
  • Gatherings/Events restrictions resume: no more than 100 people 
  • COVID-19 Response Team reevaluates building access restrictions and testing schedule for mandatory testing protocol 
  • Visitors only as an exception and must follow applicable visitor protocol
Red

Red: High Risk

Virus prevalence has increased on campus and in the surrounding community, and testing, isolation, quarantine and/or hospital capacity are stressed. 

  • On-campus, in-person and hybrid courses and activities require approval 
  • On-campus building access limited to no more than 50 percent capacity 
  • Face coverings required for all individuals indoors at all times, except while actively eating or drinking or when an individual is alone in a private office or residential room 
  • Badge access required 
  • Gatherings/Events restrictions resume: no more than 10 people 
  • Visitors prohibited 
Purple

Purple: Severe Risk

Virus prevalence has increased on campus and in the surrounding community, and conditions are not managed–insufficient testing, isolation or quarantine resources at DU and/or insufficient hospital capacity in the surrounding community. 

  • Quick pivot to fully online classes & de-densification 
  • On-campus community limited to: 
    • Essential on-campus employees 
    • Students who cannot safely return home 
    • Students who are experiencing housing insecurity