MSU Denver Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
MSU Denver to require Covid-19 vaccinations for all who will be on campus this fall. Learn more about this requirement >
In addition to outlining ways for us all to protect ourselves and others, MSU Denver will continue providing important information to keep students, families, faculty and staff safe, healthy and thriving. Use the links below to find information and resources covering most aspects of being a member of the Roadrunner community and preparing to for a fall return to campus.
The Auraria Campus, in partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado, is currently serving as a vaccine point of dispensing (POD). All Coloradans ages 16 and over are eligible to be vaccinated, so the Auraria POD has moved to an open scheduling format.
Although scheduled appointments are encouraged, individual walk-up/drive-up vaccines for people seeking a first dose are available with no scheduled appointment. Second doses must be scheduled at the time of the first dose.
Find more information on the Health Center at Auraria website.
If we have a fully vaccinated community on campus, the risk of transmission in extremely low. This is why all parties need to be vaccinated at the first opportunity they have to receive the vaccine. In addition, all individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask during the fall semester and possibly beyond. It is well documented that wearing a mask significantly reduces transmission. Learn more about the efficacy of each vaccine.
Yes. MSU Denver will host some summer courses on campus (adhering to all health and safety protocols), and the University is actively planning for a safe return to full on-campus operations. The Safe Return to Campus webpage is the best place to learn the latest.
If you have any questions or need help registering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an advisor.
Returning to in-person learning requires months of planning. Throughout the pandemic, MSU Denver has committed to giving everyone the most timely information as transparently as possible, acknowledging that things can change quickly. The University will be developing plans and policies between now and fall and will seek feedback along the way.
In-person learning is also an equity issue: Covid-19 has disproportionately affected low-income individuals and communities of color, from job loss to health disparities to bigger disruptions to their education. Without more in-person opportunities, this equity gap will only get worse.
No, not all classes will be face-to-face this fall. MSU Denver is targeting 70-100% of its credit hour production from 2019 to return on campus for fall 2021. This allows for different departments to adjust their ratio of class modalities. The University will still be offering a wide array of online courses for students to choose from.
MSU Denver is looking to move back to campus gradually to not overwhelm Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment capacities or University personnel and support teams such as ITS and facilities. Supervisors should be empowered to staff their offices as they see fit to follow social distancing protocols and capacity guidelines while these are still in effect.
Long term, an alternative work arrangement policy is in the works with plans to be approved prior to fall 2021. The draft policy is currently being vetted with different constituent groups within the University.
Human Resources has advised that employees ask supervisors to have discussions with their teams on how to accomplish the University mission and adequately serve our students, faculty and staff while accounting for work/life balance and remote work.
For specific situations like this, faculty should consult with their chairs, and staff with their supervisors.