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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if I’m having trouble logging into UNC’s Secure Student Portal to upload my COVID-19 vaccination documentation?

    All students should log in to UNC’s Secure Student Portal using their UNC credentials (Bearmail username without @bears.unco.edu and Ursa password). If you are experiencing technical difficulties logging into the portal or uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, please contact the IT help desk at 970-351-HELP or email help@unco.edu.

  • If one of the COVID-19 vaccines hasn’t received full FDA approval, do I still need to upload vaccination documentation by Aug. 15? 

    Unless otherwise noted, UNC’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement is effective Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, however, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their vaccination documentation early.  

    As noted in UNC’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, if none of the vaccines available in the United States are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the university may either delay implementation of this requirement or amend the same.  

    If one of the vaccines has not received full FDA approval by Aug. 1, 2021, the university will provide an update on the status of the vaccination policy to our campus community no later than Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, including on our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement webpage. 

  • If I received my COVID-19 vaccination at UNC, do I still have to submit documentation? 

    If you received your COVID-19 vaccination at UNC, you still need to submit your vaccination record through UNC’s Secure Student Portal by Aug. 15, 2021. Log in using your UNC credentials (Bearmail username without @bears.unco.edu and Ursa password). 

    If you experience technical difficulties logging into the portal or uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, please contact the IT help desk at 970-351-HELP or email help@unco.edu. 

  • If I can’t or don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still have to submit documentation? 

    All students, faculty and staff have the right to request an exemption from UNC’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for a medical or nonmedical (religious or personal belief) reason using one of the forms below: 

    Students who wish to seek an exemption need to submit the appropriate exemption form through UNC’s Secure Student Portal by Aug. 15, 2021. Log in using your UNC credentials (Bearmail username without @bears.unco.edu and Ursa password). 

  • What should I do if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?

    If you lost your COVID-19 vaccination card and live in Colorado, you can check your records using the Colorado Immunization Information System Public Portal. Read more about how to use the public portal  to retrieve your immunization records. If you cannot retrieve your record through this system, contact the vaccination provider site or the state health department to find out how you can get a new card.

  • If I can’t or don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still have to submit documentation? 

    All students have the right to request an exemption from UNC’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for a medical or nonmedical (religious or personal belief) reason using one of the forms below: 

    Students who wish to seek an exemption need to submit the appropriate exemption form through UNC’s Secure Student Portal by Aug. 15, 2021. Log in using your UNC credentials (Bearmail username without @bears.unco.edu and Ursa password). 

  • What is UNC doing to ensure student safety on campus this fall?  

    The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. 

    We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and taking preventative measures that are in line with current public health guidance and the level of COVID-19 transmission in our community, this includes requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for our university community and increased cleaning of campus buildings. As we move closer to our Fall 2021 full on-campus experience, we will continue to evaluate our policies to ensure they are aligned with best practices for maintaining the health and safety of our community.  

    Public health measures for Fall 2021: 

    • UNC is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the Fall 2021 semester, which begins August 23. Medical and non-medical exemptions are available. The process to submit vaccination records, seek an exemption and more information regarding requirements that may be applicable to individuals choosing an exemption, are outlined in UNC’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. 
    • The university will follow any requirements put into place by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding social distancing.
    • Quarantine and Isolation:
      • If two full weeks have passed since an individual has been fully vaccinated, they will likely not need to quarantine if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
      • For individuals not fully vaccinated, we will continue with our current protocol of quarantine or isolation for those who are experiencing  COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 who tested positive. 

    Current Policies & Procedures

  • If COVID makes a comeback this fall, how would UNC be impacted?

    Our UNC community has been very successful in limiting disease transmission on our campus. There has been no evidence that COVID-19 transmission has occurred in our classrooms and we are confident that they are safe spaces for instruction. 

    We are prepared to be flexible as public health guidance changes. We remain committed to keeping our community connected, safe and supported with every decision we make. 

    Stay up-to-date on the Fall 2021 website.

  • How can I stay informed about COVID-related updates at UNC?

    UNC informs faculty, staff, students and their loved ones about COVID-19 updates in the following ways:

  • What will Student Life look like for Fall 2021? 
    • Dining facilities will continue to offer a variety of dining options for students and plan to increase in-person dining location options across campus. 
    • UNC’s Residence Halls will return to nearly full capacity in fall 2021. 
    • The plan is to host events similar to pre-pandemic times unless state restrictions compel being outside. 
      • All units under Student Affairs will be staffed in person with some possible mixed modality options available.  
      • The Boomerang/Bear Bus is expected to operate on a normal schedule.  
      • Campus Recreation is planning for all programs to be in person and back to normal, or close to capacities. Some virtual options may be available for flexibility and/or comfort level of participants.This fall’s RecFest will be in person and take place the week before fall classes start. 
      • Athletics will have its normal full schedule of games starting with football, volleyball and soccer in the fall. We look forward to having fans back to cheer on the Blue and Gold next year. Head Coach Ed McCaffrey’s first football game at Nottingham Field is set for September 18 against Lamar. Students can enjoy the free student tailgate before every football game. 
  • What will Academics look like for Fall 2021? 

    UNC will return to a semester of course modalities mimicking what was offered pre-pandemic, meaning the overwhelming majority of courses will be taught in a traditional, face to face format. Similar to a typical semester, there will continue to be a small percentage of courses that will be offered either online or in a mixed face-to-face format (combining both in-person and online delivery). We anticipate that classrooms and other spaces will return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels but we will continue to follow guidance from local and state public health authorities to deliver our courses safely. 

  • Are there any special COVID-19 restrictions if I traveled outside of the U.S. over the summer? 

    UNC recommends that anyone traveling internationally this summer follow CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for seven days after your arrival back in the U.S (for unvaccinated travelers). For students arriving in the U.S. from other countries, if your self-quarantine period overlaps with the start of the semester, it is your responsibility to directly contact your professors and let them know.