Return to Campus

We're committed to providing our students, faculty, staff and community with a safe and healthy on-campus environment. To that end, as students return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, we're asking that each student takes necessary preparations to help combat the potential spread of COVID-19. 

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    If you have been vaccinated or have an approved exemption, this should be displayed when you log into PioneerWeb on the top left on the campus access page. If your status is not displaying properly, verify that your records have been acknowledged in your medical record on the MyHealth Portal. For more information on vaccinations and exemptions, view our Vaccination Protocol. 

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    You must test negative via RT-PCR test on campus within 48 hours of your planned campus return in order to have badge access to campus. Testing is available 6 days per week through September 3rd, and 7 days per week from Sept 4. Please see the SPIT lab page for up-to-date hours and locations. Tests generally result the same day; wherever possible please test 1-2 days prior to your planned start date. Following your initial test, please visit the campus access status page on the top left after you log into PioneerWeb for your next required test date.

    Note: If you test positive, you are required to isolate until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication and other symptoms are improving. Asymptomatic individuals who had a positive test can resume interactions with others 10 days after the date of the positive test. For more information about testing, view our Mandatory Testing Protocol.

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    If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, we require that you quarantine for 7 days prior to arrival on campus and log quarantine in PioneerWeb; once you test on campus, you must quarantine off-campus or in your room until you receive a negative test result. Meal delivery will be available. For more information, view our Quarantine Protocol.

Pre-Arrival Quarantine

Vaccinated Individuals

Although pre-arrival quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated individuals, we strongly recommend that everyone limit their close contacts in the week before their fall on-campus start as a preventive measure to reduce the chance of exposure before you come to campus and to reduce the prevalence of asymptomatic infected individuals arriving on campus.

Unvaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 7 days prior to arrival and log that quarantine in Pioweb. The pre-arrival quarantine means you limit travel and socializing, wear a mask when around people outside your household, and maintain social distancing. Please complete this attestation form regarding your quarantine behavior.


Testing on campus is provided to students, faculty, staff and other personnel at no cost. For fall 2021, you must take a test on campus either within 48 hours prior to your designated fall arrival date or upon arrival.

If you test positive, we strongly encourage you to immediately contact a healthcare provider. We will also require you to isolate until:

  • If symptomatic
    • Ten days have passed since your first symptoms; and
    • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without medication); and
    • Your symptoms have improved.
  • If asymptomatic
    • Ten days have passed since your positive test date; and
    • You have not developed symptoms

If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated and exposed to someone known or presumed to have COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to your on-campus arrival date, you must delay your travel and not return to campus until you have completed your required quarantine. Such exposure is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes in 24 hours, within 48 hours of the individual’s symptom onset or positive test. Once your quarantine is complete, you can resume the return to campus.

Periodic Required Testing

We will periodically require students, faculty and staff to participate in testing on-campus at no charge. In Fall term 2021, the schedule for this required periodic testing will depend on conditions on campus, in Colorado and nationally. We will begin with more frequent testing during reintegration and hope to drop this frequency considerably. Individual testing schedules and compliance will be viewable on PioneerWeb.