Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Government Health Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Boulder County Public Health

Naropa University is monitoring information from the State Department, CDC, WHO, the state of Colorado and the Boulder County Public Health Department as it relates to decisions on campus. The Boulder County Public Health Department has also scheduled weekly meetings with school administrators to discuss COVID-19 response and Naropa is participating in those conversations. 

Boulder is currently operating under…

Level Clear: local capacity restrictions and mitigation are no longer required but may be encouraged. – see details here https:/https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/ 

For specific questions about each area, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page or visit our Contact Page for phone numbers and email addresses to connect with campus operations.

 Please send any inquiries to: covid19questions@naropa.edu

COVID VAccinAtion

On April 30, 2021, Naropa University President Charles Lief announced that all Naropa University students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior the beginning of the Fall 2021 Semester in order to study, teach, work or attend any on campus activities. For further information see the memo below in Latest Updates as well as the FAQ's.

Latest Updates

 

Memo from Office of the President:


Vaccine Verification & Exception Forms are OPEN; Summer Campus Safety Protocol

How to Submit Verification of Covid-19 Vaccination or Apply for Exception to Policy

Throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our campus and community has and will continue to be our highest priority. We have therefore determined to require that all Naropa University students, faculty, and staff receive the complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester in order to study, teach, work or attend any on campus activities.

We have made this decision in accordance with the clear science-based advice from the Governor's Office, state and local health departments, and the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and we are acting in concert with hundreds of other universities around the country, including the growing majority of schools in Colorado. We are very aware that there are different views about COVID-19 policies and especially about vaccination mandates. We can say that most of the communication we have received about the issue supports this decision.

In this announcement, you will find the following:

  • Information about and the link to access the Vaccine Verification Form
  • Information about and the link to access the Application for Exception to the Vaccination Requirement
  • Update on Summer (June 1 - August 1) 2021 Campus Safety Protocols

Mandatory Vaccination Policy: Verification Process

Beginning today June 1, 2021, students, staff and faculty will be able to submit proof of vaccination online. Vaccination verification is due NO LATER THAN August 1, 2021. However, you are encouraged to submit verification as soon as possible. The verification portal may be accessed by clicking HERE.  This information will also be posted at www.naropa.edu/coronavirus.  Please note that you must be logged in with your Naropa single sign on credentials to access the form.  You will be prompted to log in if you are not otherwise.

Parties will be asked to upload a picture of their vaccination card – showing completion of two rounds of vaccination for persons receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one round of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Submitted vaccination verification information will be received by:

For Students: Your Academic Advisor

For Employees: The Human Resources Department

Student-provided information will be shared only on a need-to-know basis in compliance with the Family Rights and Educational Privacy Act (FERPA).

International students may submit proof of the Covid-19 vaccination that was obtained in your home country.  International students who have not been able to access the vaccine in your home country will not be precluded from attending classes on campus provided that you work with the International Student Advisor to schedule vaccination upon arrival in Colorado.

Students residing in the residence halls will need to upload proof of vaccination through the portal in order to proceed with moving in to the resident halls.  Your submission will be shared with the Director of Campus and Residential Life.

Application for Exception to Vaccination Requirement

Any incoming or returning student, staff, and faculty may seek an exception under this policy.  Exception requests must follow the outlined process and must be made in a timely manner.  Late requests will not be granted. This is because each exception is individual and requires considerable work by faculty, the registrar, and facilities staff and cannot be completed under too much time pressure.  As specified below, all applicants will be notified in a timely manner as to whether their requests have been approved.

Seeking an exception to this requirement means that Naropa will not require you to receive the vaccination and will offer to you the reasonable accommodations related to accessing your education and employment remotely.  While we respect all personal decisions regarding whether or not to vaccinate, unvaccinated persons may not access Naropa’s physical spaces, programs or events in-person through at least December 31, 2021, but may do so utilizing remote options as provided by the university.

Eligibility:

Students, staff and faculty may seek an exception in the following circumstances:

You are unable to receive the Covid-19 vaccination due to:

  1. Sincerely held religious beliefs;
  2. Moral or philosophical objections to vaccinations;
  3. Disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or medical condition impacting ability to obtain vaccination; and
  4. Pregnancy, pregnancy-related medical conditions and/or breastfeeding.

The application for seeking an exception may be found HERE.  The application may also be found at www.naropa.edu/coronavirus. Please note that you must be logged in with your Naropa single sign on credentials to access the form.  You will be prompted to log in if you are not otherwise.

Completed application forms will be received by the Exception Review Panel consisting of the Director of Human Resources, the Special Advisor to the President, and the Associate Dean of Students.  All applications are due no later than July 15, 2021 and determinations will be communicated back to the applicant by July 28, 2021.  Information submitted with your application will not be shared and communication about approval of an exception request will be shared only on a need to know basis.

Summer 2021 Campus Safety Protocols

We will continue to ask community members accessing campus or other in-person Naropa sponsored activities for Summer 2021 (June 1 through August 1) to follow the following safety procedures:

  1. Continue to wear masks both indoor and outdoor while on Naropa property UNLESS you are fully vaccinated AND have completed the Vaccine Verification Process.
  2. Continue to practice social distancing UNLESS you are fully vaccinated AND have completed the Vaccine Verification Process.
  3. Continue to utilize the Campus Clearance Process (found at www.naropa.edu) each time you access campus UNLESS you are fully vaccinated AND have completed the Vaccine Verification Process.
  4. At this time, we will continue to reduce access to our campus facilities and will not host third party rentals or events.
  5. Events hosted by students or employees should follow the above safety guidelines.  While there are no longer caps on the number of people allowed to gather, anyone hosting an event with more than 25 people estimated to be in attendance should contact the COVID Taskforce (covid19questions@naropa.edu) for support.

NOTE: Safety protocols for the Fall 2021 semester will be announced in August.

Please send any questions to covid19questions@naropa.edu or visit www.naropa.edu/coronavirus for updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

MEMO FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT:


VACCINE Exception & Verification

Mandatory Vaccination Exception: Eligibility Policy & Application Process

Throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our campus and community has and will continue to be our highest priority. We have therefore determined to require that all Naropa University students, faculty, and staff receive the complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 Semester in order to study, teach, work or attend any on campus activities. We encourage all who are participating in the Naropa community fully online to receive the vaccine as well, understanding that failing to do so means we cannot welcome you to campus, even briefly, at least through December 31, 2021. 

We have made this decision in accordance with the clear science-based advice from the Governor's Office, state and local health departments, and the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and we are acting in concert with hundreds of other universities around the country, including the growing majority of schools in Colorado. We are very aware that there are different views about COVID-19 policies and especially about vaccination mandates. We can say that most of the communication addressed to Naropa about the issue supports this decision. Out of respect for personal views to the contrary, or health issues making vaccination inadvisable, exemptions can be sought. Below is information outlining how to apply for an exception to this requirement.

Any incoming or returning student, staff, and faculty may seek an exception under this policy.  Exception requests must follow the outlined process and must be made in a timely manner.  Late requests will not be granted. This is because each exception is individual and requires considerable work by faculty, the registrar, and facilities staff and cannot be completed under too much time pressure.  As specified below, all applicants will be notified in a timely manner as to whether their requests have been approved.  

Seeking an exception to this requirement means that Naropa will not require you to receive the vaccination and will offer to you the reasonable accommodations related to accessing your education and employment remotely.  While we respect all personal decisions regarding whether or not to vaccinate, unvaccinated persons may not access Naropa’s physical spaces, programs or events in-person through at least December 31, 2021, but may do so utilizing remote options as provided by the university. As we have consistently noted, as the scientific advice changes and evolves our policies will also be updated and modified as appropriate.

Eligibility: 

Students, staff and faculty may seek an exception in the following circumstances:

You are unable to receive the Covid-19 vaccination due to:

     1. Sincerely held religious beliefs;

     2. Moral or philosophical objections to vaccinations

     3. Disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or medical condition impacting ability to obtain vaccination; and

     4. Pregnancy, pregnancy related medical conditions and/or breastfeeding.

Process For Seeking an Exception:

Beginning June 1st, an application form to apply for an exception online will be made available.  Completed application forms will be received by the Exception Review Panel consisting of the Director of Human Resources, the Special Advisor to the President, and the Associate Dean of Students.  All applications are due no later than July 15, 2021 and determinations will be communicated back to the applicant by July 28, 2021.  Information submitted with your application will not be shared and communication about approval of an exception request will be shared only on a need to know basis.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy: Verification Process

Beginning June 1, 2021 students, staff and faculty will be able to submit proof of vaccination online.  Vaccination verification is due NO LATER THAN August 1, 2021. However you are encouraged to submit verification as soon as the portal opens. The verification portal will be posted to www.naropa.edu/coronavirus and the link will be sent via email.  Parties will be asked to upload a picture of their vaccination card – showing completion of two rounds of vaccination for persons receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one round of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.  

Submitted vaccination verification information will be received by:

     For Students: Your Academic Advisor

     For Employees: The Human Resources Department

Student provided information will be shared only on a need-to-know basis in compliance with the Family Rights and Educational Privacy Act (FERPA).

International students may submit proof of the Covid-19 vaccination that was obtained in your home country.  International students who have not been able to access the vaccine in your home country will not be precluded from attending classes on campus provided that you work with the International Student Advisor to schedule vaccination upon arrival in Colorado.

Students residing in the residence halls will need to upload proof of vaccination through the portal in order to proceed with moving in to the resident halls.  Your submission will be received by your Academic Adviser and shared with the Director of Campus and Residential Life.

Please send any questions to covid19questions@naropa.edu.

 

Memo from Office of the President:


VACCINATION UPDATE

 

Dear Members of the Naropa Community,

Throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our campus and community has and will continue to be our highest priority. We have therefore determined to require that all Naropa University students, faculty, and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior the beginning of the Fall 2021 Semester in order to study, teach, work or attend any on campus activities. We encourage all who are participating in the Naropa community fully online to receive the vaccine as well, understanding that failing to do so means we cannot welcome you to campus even briefly. 

We are making this decision in accordance with the clear science-based advice from the Governor’s Office, state and local health departments, and the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and we are acting in concert with hundreds of other universities around the country, including the growing majority of schools in Colorado. As with our established vaccination policies, exemptions can be sought. Information about eligibility and how to apply for an exemption will be provided by May 19th.  Please continue to check your Naropa email and naropa.edu/coronavirus, even after the semester ends, for important information. There will be a deadline by which exemption requests must be made. Adjustments may be made to the delivery mode of certain courses.

All students, staff and faculty will be required to show proof of vaccination by August 1st, 2021 in order to have access to Naropa’s campuses, buildings or to participate in on-campus Naropa sponsored academic and co-curricular activities. All students who choose to live in our on-campus residence halls will also be required to be vaccinated. 

This decision affirms the science behind vaccinations and their effectiveness in lowering infection and transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus. We believe this requirement will not only benefit our on-campus community, it is also vital for public health and wellbeing of the surrounding community of which Naropa is a part.  An important part of the in-person Naropa educational experience is being together on campus; and it is our goal to ensure that we can do that as safely as possible this fall. This will require everyone to be a part of ensuring the safety of our community.

More details and resources for the Naropa community will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. In the meantime, questions can be directed to covid19questions@naropa.edu. Information will be updated as it becomes available at naropa.edu/coronavirus/.

We are grateful for the commitment and resilience from all in the Naropa community who have continued to show up with service and compassion in the face of extraordinarily difficult circumstances. We believe this decision will help move us forward and bring us together, as we continue to provide a contemplative and inclusive education for all who seek it.

Sincerely, 
Charles G. Lief

President

Memo from Office of the President:


Fall 2021 Updates

Community Announcement Re: Fall 2021

Naropa University is planning to welcome students in our residential programs back to campus for in-person course delivery, with some exceptions, for the Fall 2021 academic semester.  As we have learned over the course of the past year, we must adapt and pivot as necessary to account for changing conditions.  However, with the advancement of the COVID-19 vaccination and the likelihood that the vaccine will be available by late summer for those seeking to obtain it, we can forecast a return to pre-COVID operations - modified to maintain good health and wellness practices. 

We believe it is prudent to plan for social distancing guidelines to continue to be in place for this fall. The sizes of our classrooms, coupled with room occupancy limits, poses an impediment to our ability to offer all of our residential course in-person.  As such, courses which historically enroll 20 students or more will be taught online or hybrid (with predetermined in-person sessions to occur in the Performing Arts Center, Nalanda Events Center, or another appropriately-sized space).  Of the 418 fall course offerings, 100 will be delivered in an online or hybrid format.  On March 15th, details of the fall course offerings will be published.  In the meantime, the Registrar’s Office and faculty leadership are working together to specify the 100 courses that will be offered online or hybrid.

Students should prepare to attend classes in Boulder this fall. Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, residential courses will no longer accommodate remote participation.  We will discontinue use of OWLs for this purpose.  We found that the OWLs worked reasonably well given the urgent need for options, however most students and faculty prefer a learning environment where all students are participating by the same means - all in-person or all online. If an individual student needs or prefers to study remotely, they should speak with their Academic Advisor to determine whether transferring into one of our fully online programs makes sense for them. Advisors are prepared to work with any student seeking a way to earn a Naropa degree virtually.  Students with qualified disabilities seeking academic accommodations should work with the Office of Accessibility Resources to determine reasonable accommodations.

At this time, we do not foresee making changes to the academic calendar, meaning that courses will begin on August 23, 2021 in the mode of delivery stated during registration.  Breaks and holidays will not change from what is stated in the 2021-2022 academic calendar.

While we encourage community members to get vaccinated when it is possible, we do not foresee Naropa requiring that students, staff and faculty receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless it is mandated. Discussion is ongoing as to whether or not this will be a requirement of living in university-sponsored housing, and no decision has been made to date. 

Campus safety precautions will remain in place until we are able, based on Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance, to lessen them.  This means that social distancing (remaining at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, and adherence to campus clearance procedures will continue for the time being.  We are exploring what additional safety precautions may need to be enacted or enhanced to best support an increase in community members on campus.

At this time, we anticipate being able to bring our residence halls back to full occupancy and again are discussing whether vaccination against Covid-19 will be required to maintain residency.

Retreats, intensives, or field trips may happen in-person provided safety precautions continue to be followed.

More information will be forthcoming this summer regarding our ability to hold on-campus gatherings, as that depends on state and city ordinances.  External rental of Naropa space will continue to be suspended throughout the fall. At this early stage, we don’t yet have a firm decision as to the location for either the Winter 2021 or Spring 2022 graduation ceremonies.

A staff working group has been formed to discuss how to maintain the flexibility afforded by remote work while continuing to provide high quality services to our students. The pre-COVID presence of staff on campus may look different this fall, and more detail will be provided once decisions are made.

Please know that with this announcement, we are attempting to provide certainty in the midst of uncertainty; and things may still need to adapt.  Thank you for your commitment to remain nimble. As always, questions may be sent to covid19questions@naropa.edu, from which they will be directed to the right person.

With appreciation,

 

Charles G. Lief

President

 

Naropa Preparedness

Care Team Support for Students of Concern (SOC)

Naropa University is committed to the health, safety, and success of each of our students. We prioritize this commitment through our Care team, which supports Students of Concern (SOC). The Care Team serves as a dispatch and case management team for students who are going through a difficult time due to various life circumstances including but not limited to, their academic progress and behavior, overall wellbeing, basic needs, and conflict resolution. If you know of a student who falls into this criteria please complete a Care team referral for the Student of Concern through My.Naropa.com (instructions below). 

The Care team is not a first responder team. Please call 911 in the case of an emergency,  then campus Security & Safety 720-309-8211, then put in a Student of Concern alert.

Please note, the Care team follow-up strategies, outreaches, and outcomes are confidential and generally will not be shared, except on a need-to-known-basis. Student information and their educational records are protected under the FERPA. Thank you for understanding, and supporting our students.

How to Submit an alert:

  • Go to My.Naropa.edu and log-in with your employee credentials.
  • Scroll to the "Quick Links" section. This is on the left-hand side of the page if you are viewing from a web browser.
  • If you are on a mobile device, continue to scroll down until you see "Quick Link. 
  • "Click "Report a Student Concern," which has a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in it near these words. 
  • Follow the prompts to fill out the form and then "Submit." 
  • Note: Submissions are limited to 400 words

If you have questions about the Care team, please direct them to Amanda Aguilera, aaguilera@naropa.edu.

 

*The Naropa Student Counseling Center is providing sessions via Tele Mental Health to continue to provide therapy throughout the pandemic. At this time, Tele Mental Health can only be offered to folks who are located in Colorado. If you are outside of Colorado, email studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu to receive support on connecting with affordable care in your area. We have temporarily suspended walk-in and crisis support on campus for public health reasons. Any student who needs crisis support during this time can access it by calling MHP at 303.447.1665 or walking into 3180 Airport Rd Boulder, CO.

Student Resources SilverCloud (self-guided online behavioral health module for all students TAO is offering some of their online resources for free during the pandemic: https://www.taoconnect.org/english-exercises/

Title IX and Anti-Discrimination Commitment

Naropa University’s mission embraces inclusivity, personal integrity, civility and mutual respect as we aim to foster a more just and equitable society and an expanded awareness. Our mission thus commits us to provide an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of sexual discrimination, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Such acts violate an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity and have a damaging, long-term effect on victims. Naropa University considers discrimination, sexual misconduct and relationship violence to be serious offenses, and such behavior will not be tolerated in our community.

In accordance with this commitment, the University does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or gender identity/expression in its educational programs and activities; and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or University activities, regardless of whom is the perpetrator.  Sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual exploitation are forms of gender discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

This commitment is unwavering, even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will proceed with prompt and equitable sexual misconduct intakes, informal resolutions, investigations (all as applicable to the policy) during this period of remote learning. We live this commitment through:

  • Virtual and phone intakes, reports, and consultation regarding Title IX concerns.
  • Virtual and phone intervention practices including conflict resolution, no-contact directives, academic accommodations related to Title IX incidents, and other interim measures as appropriate.
  • Virtual and phone case management and case resolution including restorative practices and formal administrative adjudication applied as applicable. In any situation where a timeline change to case resolution is necessary, we commit to prompt and clear communication of those delays and an explanation of their necessity.
  • Limited counseling sessions for those involved in a Title IX case, followed by referrals to external providers for on-going care.

For more information on Naropa’s policy, definitions, confidential resources, examples of prohibited conduct and reporting, please visit www.naropa.edu/gender-equity.

Any questions that you may have related to your rights under Title IX may be directed to Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Naropa’s Title IX Coordinator, at ssilvas@naropa.edu.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to make Naropa University a safe and welcoming place for our community to learn, live and work.

Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19

The Naropa Student Counseling Center is providing Tele Mental Health therapy sessions throughout the pandemic. Email: studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu 

Current Services Available:

  • Therapy with Individual Clients
  • Group Therapy
  • Case Management and Referrals for Out of State Students
  • Drop-in, same-day sessions are available from 3-4 PM daily
  • Extra Session for Clients as Needed
  • Student of Concern Outreach

Ongoing Support:

Students who wish to engage in ongoing therapy with a counselor in training or short-term therapy with a licensed counselor should reach out to us at studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu so we can help get you set up. Our process begins with a screening and an intake, and then progresses to weekly sessions for those students who are in the Scope of Care we provide. To help support the health of all, we will be providing only video tele-counseling during this time.

Drop in Support: Students who need same-day, drop-in support can email us at studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu. We’ll have you fill out some online paperwork, and try to schedule you into a spot during our daily 3-4 pm drop in time.

Crisis Support:

Students who need crisis support during this time can access it by calling Mental Health Partners (MHP) at 303.447.1665 or go to 3180 Airport Rd Boulder, CO for the 24/7 Walk-In Crisis Center. Clients who need extra support are encouraged to email studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu. Licensed staff check messages several times a day and will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule a phone follow up.

Student Resources:

SilverCloud is a self-guided online behavioral health module for all students through the school insurance webpage.

TAO is an online self-directed support platform available to Naropa students throughout the pandemic

Articles on How to Manage COVID-19-related Anxiety

Institute for Disaster Mental Health offered skills/tools for individuals 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Naropa is committed to doing what we can to mitigate the risk of transmission of this virus.  While all of our buildings are routinely cleaned, we have instituted additional cleaning protocols per CDC guidelines to wipe down surfaces with disinfectant cleaners on a daily basis.  Additionally, cleaning supplies will be placed in classrooms, meeting rooms, common areas and the libraries for use by everyone throughout the day.  Faculty and staff are asked to help by transferring their individual waste basket trash to the common area trash collection areas and to utilize the cleaning supplies to wipe down their individual desks and equipment.

Students living in the residence halls should take necessary steps to clean and disinfect their living spaces.

 

Coronavirus Health Information

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19. Please check for additional information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering when in public.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.

Additional Information

There is information from the CDC posted around campus and in both Snow Lion and 2333. In addition, the following resources are also helpful: