The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) strongly support requiring full vaccination of students against COVID-19 before returning to in-person learning and on-campus activities. Consistent with this recommendation, and in consultation with its health partner, National Jewish Health, the University of Denver (DU) requires students, faculty and staff who are living, learning or working in person to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for fall term. This requirement applies to individuals who are studying or working in person as part of their DU role, even if the in-person activity does not occur on campus (e.g., study abroad, other off-campus programs, or conducting DU business in other locations).
Students must have received either an FDA-authorized (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or WHO-listed (AstraZeneca/CoviShield, Sinopharm or Sinovac) vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose. Individuals who received a non-WHO-listed/FDA-authorized vaccine, or who have received either a single dose of a multi-dose vaccine or mixed multiple vaccines, are considered not fully vaccinated.
Submit your verified vaccination record or approved exemption by your fall term start date, and no later than September 1 on MyHealth. Visit the Health & Counseling Center COVID-19 immunization page for directions on submitting your vaccination record or information about vaccination exemptions.
Individuals Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated Must:
- Complete the symptom monitoring survey daily as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Protocol
- Wear face coverings and social distance where feasible, as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Protocol for Face Coverings and Social Distancing
- Test more frequently, as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Mandatory Testing Protocol
- Quarantine following travel or exposure, as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Plan for Managing Reduced Quarantine Periods.
- Not travel internationally for any University-related purpose, including study abroad and University business, per our COVID-19 International Travel Protocol
Individuals Who Are Fully Vaccinated:
- Test at a reduced frequency, as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Mandatory Testing Protocol
- are not required to wear a mask (except in limited circumstances), as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Protocol for Face Coverings and Social Distancing
- are not required to quarantine following travel or exposure so long as they are asymptomatic, as set forth in DU’s COVID-19 Plan for Managing Reduced Quarantine Periods
DU will consider requests for certain limited exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical and nonmedical reasons. DU may reconsider the availability of certain exemptions based on changing conditions on campus, in the surrounding community, or the state; changes to public health guidance; and/or developments related to the COVID-19 vaccines.
To submit an exemption request, an individual must download, complete, sign and upload the applicable form and any required documentation to the HCC’s COVID-19 Vaccination website. HCC will review uploaded exemption requests, send a confirmation message to the individual, and for approved exemption requests, update the individual’s vaccination status on the campus access portal to “exempt.”
Individuals with an approved exemption will be considered not fully vaccinated.