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MSU Denver will implement updated COVID-19 vaccine verification and testing requirements
August 11, 2021
Metropolitan State University of Denver announced in April that it would require students, faculty and staff to receive Covid-19 vaccinations before the start of the fall semester.
We consulted with state officials, health experts and other higher-education institutions throughout Colorado in making that decision and are pleased with the progress made toward vaccinations. As of this week, 71.5% of eligible Coloradans have received at least one vaccine dose.
However, Covid-19 cases are rising in Colorado and nationally thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant, and it is as important as ever that we continue to be vigilant with our public health strategies. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a Public Health Order this month requiring workers in high-risk settings, including higher education, to provide proof of vaccination to employers.
To comply with that order while ensuring the safety of our community, MSU Denver is announcing new vaccination-verification processes and testing procedures for unvaccinated individuals. All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who will be on campus this fall will be required to participate in mandatory weekly Covid-19 testing beginning the week of Aug. 23.
Later today, all employees will receive an email from [email protected] detailing the required steps to submit proof of vaccination. Vaccination status for students will be determined using the Colorado Immunization Information System, a confidential electronic process managed by the Colorado Department of Health. Unvaccinated students will receive more information from the Dean of Students Office today.
Testing will be administered free of charge by CovidCheck Colorado at the 5th Street Parking Garage on campus or any of CovidCheck Colorado’s community testing sites. Appointments are required at all locations, including on campus. Unvaccinated individuals who fail to adhere to required weekly testing will not be permitted on campus. Regardless of exemption status, all unvaccinated individuals must comply with additional testing measures to help safeguard the health of our community.
I say thank you to all the Roadrunners who have been vaccinated and taken that step to safeguard themselves and members of our community. Increasing our community vaccination rate is our best chance to protect the on-campus learning experience this fall. Once again, I urge anyone who hasn’t yet received a vaccine to get a free vaccination at the Health Center at Auraria or other locations throughout the state.
Regardless of your vaccination status, your responsibility doesn’t end there: Please follow the campus mask requirements announced last week and continue to observe MSU Denver’s Required Health Protocols and Daily Health Assessment. If you are feeling sick, do not come to campus.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about our Safe Return to Campus, please review the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Requirements and reach out via [email protected] with additional questions. Thank you again for continuing to work toward a safe return to campus and a successful fall semester.
Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice president for Administration, Finance and Facilities and chief operating officer
Safe Return to Campus Committee Chair