To keep our community safe and supported this semester, we will be providing weekly updates on COVID-19-related news, resources, announcements, and more.
Updated July 29, 2021
We are aware of CDC’s updated recommendations earlier this week for mask-wearing in certain communities and are closely monitoring the spread of the Delta Variant. We are requesting guidance from Denver Public Health & Environment and the state and anticipate that information soon. Thus far, Denver County has not changed its public health order based on the new CDC recommendation. We continue to monitor state and local guidelines and we will communicate with the campus community as soon as we have any updated information. We know that the best way to combat COVID-19 is with vaccines so please continue to share the stories of why you were vaccinated with friends and family.
he State of Colorado's mobile vaccine bus is parked on the Larimer Street side of the Student Commons Building (1201 Larimer St.) today, July 29, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be provided. Anyone can show up. No appointment necessary. It’s free and no ID or insurance is required. Those who get the vaccine at the mobile vaccine bus will receive a buy-one-get-one-free breakfast burrito voucher for QDOBA Mexican Eats in the Student Commons, which will open for business next week.
As previously announced, all students, faculty, and staff are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine before the fall 2021 semester, or file for an exemption on the basis of medical, religious, or personal reasons. A new web-based self-disclosure system for fulfilling this requirement is now available for students, faculty, and staff. For students, we will be cross-listing this self-disclosure with the state’s vaccination records for accuracy. Approximately 87% of our students are already vaccinated.
Important Information for Individuals who Submit for a Vaccine Exemption: If you submit for a vaccine exemption, you will automatically be routed into a mandatory COVID-19 weekly testing program through Primary Bio. The testing program will begin the week of Aug. 23 and will offer both on- and off-campus locations to conduct weekly saliva testing free of charge.
Important Information for Remote Employees: Faculty and staff members who are 100% remote and do not plan to come to campus at any time are still required to fill out the vaccine verification and exemption form. If you fall into this category and file for a vaccine exemption, please email email@example.com so we can identify you as exempt from the weekly testing program.
Important Information for Online Students: Students who are taking 100% online courses and do not plan to come to campus at any time are still required to fill out the vaccine verification and exemption form. If you fall into this category and file for a vaccine exemption, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can identify you as exempt from the weekly testing program.
All CU Denver students and their parents/families are invited to join the Lynx Together team for a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Aug . 3 from 4 - 5 p.m.
With the start of the fall semester right around the corner, panelists will provide updates and answer questions on everything you need to know to prepare for your first week of classes.
In order to ensure we cover the topics that are most important to you, we encourage you to submit your questions during the registration process. You may also ask them during the event.
Register now to confirm your participation for New Student Convocation on Aug. 20 from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Faculty and administration members will not be dressing in academic regalia and are asked to wear CU Denver attire at the event. If you are a faculty member and would like to receive a CU Denver Lynx polo shirt to wear, we must receive your registration by Friday, July 30. Lynx Together t-shirts will be available for staff at check-in at the event (while supplies last).
Employees who have been working remote have an opportunity to explore and get to know our beautiful campus in-person before the fall semester begins. Tour stops will include ID stations, parking garages, the Wellness Center, and other points of interest for employees. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5, Aug. 9, and Aug. 19. Groups will meet at the CU Denver Undergraduate Admissions Office in the Student Commons Building.
The Lynx Together Faculty Return committee will host a virtual Faculty Information Session on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. The goal of this session is to help prepare faculty for a successful return to the classroom. Some of the topics to be covered
Please RSVP for the session at this Zoom link. You can submit questions live during the session or in advance by emailing email@example.com. Please use the subject line “Faculty Info Session question.”
Nearly 87% of CU Denver students have received at least one COVID vaccine dose, according to aggregate data collected from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In Denver County, 73% of the eligible population has received at least their first dose. We appreciate that everyone in the Lynx community is doing their part to come back safe to campus this fall.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, we encourage you to get your COVID vaccination as soon as possible. All CU students, faculty, and staff are required to get the vaccine before the start of the fall semester.
Free vaccinations are available on campus at the Health Center at Auraria in the Plaza Building, room 111. Scheduling hours through the fall semester are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday. Please also see the CDPHE website for all the locations that offer free vaccinations across the state.
Because of the ongoing requirement for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks on campus, individuals with disabilities may need accommodations. Students encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org employees can contact Human Resources at HR.ADACoordinator@ucdenver.edu.
Kick off the academic year with your fellow students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community friends at the annual CU Denver Block Party, presented by Capital One. Activities include lunch from some of Denver's favorite food trucks, live music, interactive games, giveaways, academic information, and more. When: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Lawrence Street between Speer & 14th streets.
To help our employees prepare for returning to the office, we’ve created a checklist. Items include parking, RTD EcoPasses, best practices for your first week back and what to bring, such as your activated campus ID badge and a face covering.
CU Denver will cover the cost of the RTD EcoPass for faculty and professional and classified staff from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. The rate for the 6-month EcoPass would normally be $135. All employees must get a new card at the AHEC Parking and Transportation Services Office (777 Lawrence Way, in the 7th Street Garage). Employees can obtain new cards on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Anyone getting a new card should give themselves up to a half-hour in case there is a line.
June 1 marked the start of our “soft return” to campus for CU Denver employees. We want to hear your positive stories about returning to the office. What did you miss the most? How does it feel to see your coworkers in person again? What positive disruptions will you carry forward? Submissions will be featured in the Lynx Together newsletter and CU Denver News. If you’d like to share a return-to-campus story, please email email@example.com.
As our faculty plan to return to campus this fall, we understand some of you may have questions regarding teaching different types of course formats. To help you prepare, several campus partners are hosting academic technology trainings in the upcoming months. If you are in search of technology help, best practices, or individual consultation on a specific issue, you may schedule a time to meet with an expert. If you have access or enrollment questions or need help from a Canvas expert, you may contact the OIT Service Desk 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Caring for our mental health during these challenging times is essential. View common questions about mental health resources available to students, faculty, and staff.
In addition to the Lynx Together weekly update, important information is routinely emailed to the campus community. These messages address topics related to changing campus protocols, vaccination timelines, and more.