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MSU Denver Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

MSU Denver to require Covid-19 vaccinations for all who will be on campus this fall


Metropolitan State University of Denver, along with other institutions of higher education in Colorado, announced on April 28 that it will require all students, faculty members and staff members to have Covid-19 vaccinations before the start of the fall 2021 semester. MSU Denver campus leaders made this decision in consultation with the Office of the Governor, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, MSU Denver Board of Trustees members and other higher-education CEOs throughout the state. Read more about our decision in this letter from President Davidson to the campus community.

The following Frequently Asked Questions section, which will be updated regularly, aims to answer common questions about the vaccine requirement. Specific timing and implementation details are still being developed, and new information and guidelines will be shared with the campus community here as they become available.



Frequently Asked Questions

MSU Denver believes that requiring Covid-19 vaccines will support the health and safety of our campus community. It will lower the rate of infection and create a safer campus environment. Additionally, a vaccination requirement is critical to achieving our goal of having an on-campus experience and the academic success, equity and personal growth that comes with it.

The fall 2021 semester, which begins August 23.

You can find information about obtaining a vaccine here:

In addition, the following link will provide vaccine sites throughout the state of Colorado by zip code:

MSU Denver has followed guidance from state and local health departments, as well as community experts. We believe the science around the vaccines is clear and compelling. The University also consulted with the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

MSU Denver joins several other Colorado public and private higher education institutions in this decision, including the University of Colorado System, Colorado State University System, the University of Northern Colorado, Fort Lewis College, Colorado College and the University of Denver.

We will adhere to forthcoming FDA guidance on the question of booster shots.

This policy is still being developed. Additional details will be forthcoming.

It is anticipated that the vaccine requirement will not apply to online-only students. However, additional details will be forthcoming.

The decision is based on guidance from public health experts. We are in a deadly global pandemic, which necessitates taking extra precaution to ensure the health and safety of our community.

MSU Denver is developing a process that will be communicated soon. Please watch for more details.

As with current State of Colorado vaccination policy, there will be a process for requesting exemptions. It is possible that additional safety measures may be required when exemptions are granted, such as weekly testing for Covid-19 to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Additional details will be forthcoming. 

MSU Denver is developing a process for exemptions. Please watch for more details.

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