Dear Roadrunners,

I’m sure many of you have seen the news that several university campuses will begin the spring semester remotely and that others have canceled activities and closed facilities in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which has now been detected in Denver.

At Metropolitan State University of Denver, our Covid-19 health and safety protocols have been working. As of Dec. 16, 99% of MSU Denver on-campus employees and 91% of on-campus students were fully vaccinated, and the University’s weekly positive-test rate was 1.9%.

However, the Omicron variant is easily transmissible and quickly spreading. As always, we will continue to monitor events and Denver Covid data and to follow public-health guidance to discern whether any adjustments are necessary.

In the meantime, here’s what we need from you to stay safe and foster a safe return to on-campus operations next semester:

If we can all follow these guidelines, I’m hopeful we can celebrate even more impressive data and return safely in the New Year.

Health Center at Auraria holiday closures 

  • The Plaza Building Vaccine and Testing services are closed through Jan. 2.
  • The 5th Street Garage Surveillance testing will be closed from Friday through Jan. 2. For after-hours crisis support only, please call 303-615-9911.

Other sites for testing are available from your health care provider and CovidCheckColorado.

Please have a safe, happy, healthy and Covid-free winter break.


Larry Sampler, vice president for Administration