MSU Denver

MSU Denver will join campus partners in requiring masks to preserve the opportunity for in-person learning while mitigating virus risks

August 6, 2021

Dear Roadrunners,

As we excitedly prepare for the fall semester, the leaders at MSU Denver are also closely monitoring public health guidance to ensure a safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, MSU Denver has made deliberate, proactive public health decisions in line with expert recommendations, and we are once again doing so with the rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant. 

Effective Monday, Aug. 9, MSU Denver will require everyone on campus (regardless of vaccination status) to wear a mask in indoor settings, with few exceptions.  

      • Masks will not be required outdoors.
      • Vaccinated individuals may remove masks indoors when able to maintain 6 feet distance, which could include faculty teaching. 
      • Employees with private offices with a door may remove masks when alone. 

In late July, the CDC recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. MSU Denver, along with the other institutions on the Auraria Campus, is implementing this guidance to preserve the opportunity for in-person learning this fall while mitigating the risks associated with the Delta variant, which has proven more infectious than other variants. 

According to the CDC, Covid-19 infections are still rare among fully vaccinated people, but preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. In order to protect our community, especially those who are immunocompromised or under age 12 and ineligible for the vaccine, we must continue to take precautions, including wearing masks indoors. 


The campus mask requirement is not a semester-long decision, and we will regularly revisit it as we do with all of our public health requirements in close consultation with local, state and federal health agencies. 

Most importantly, the best way to protect yourself and others is still to get vaccinated. If you haven’t received a vaccine, I strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible. You can get a free vaccination at the Health Center at Auraria or other locations throughout the state. The sooner everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner we can relax mask requirements. 

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a public health order this week stating that city employees and private-sector workers in high-risk settings, including higher education employees, will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. Next week, we will be announcing additional vaccination accountability measures. Thank you for all your hard work toward a safe and successful return to campus this fall. 




Janine Davidson, Ph.D. 



Larry Sampler 

Vice president for Administration, Finance and Facilities and chief operating officer 

Safe Return to Campus Committee Chair