COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates & Resources


Naropa University students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to be on campus and to attend any Naropa-sponsored activities.  Anyone who is unable to or chooses not to be vaccinated for religious, moral or health reasons must apply for a vaccine exemption in order to be on campus. Unvaccinated individuals will have additional safety requirements, including weekly testing, which are outlined in the FAQs.


Masks will be required for everyone when indoors on campus, except when actively eating or drinking.  Masks should be properly fitted and worn over the nose and mouth at all times. The use of N95/KN95 masks or double masking with a paper mask underneath a cloth mask is highly recommended. The use of masks with vent holes or the use of clear face shields is not allowed. The use of gaiters and bandanas is discouraged.


Dear Naropa Community,

We look forward to coming together in community when residential classes begin on Monday, January 24, 2022.  The Spring 2022 On-Campus teaching and Community Life Plan was announced last fall and can be found on the Covid-19 Updates page of our website. Below is some important information and updates to that plan. They relate to the three pillars of risk mitigation that we are focusing on: vaccination and testing; ventilation; and masking.  At all times we are operating in alignment with guidance from the following agencies: the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the State of Colorado; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and the Boulder County Public Health Department.  Naropa’s operations plan and mitigation strategies have been vetted through representatives of the Boulder County Public Health Department, with who we have been in consistent contact throughout the pandemic.

In order to keep the Naropa community as healthy as possible, we each need to know the below information and how it applies to us personally and to the community.


Vaccination and Testing:

All Naropa students and employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must submit proof of their vaccinations prior to the start of in-person classes. Naropa will also require boosters for all vaccinated students and employees. You will be required to submit verification of your booster shot by February 15, 2022 (see Medicat information below).  THIS IS A NEW REQUIREMENT that aligns with new state guidelines and the practices of the private and public colleges and universities across Colorado.

Those who choose not to or are unable to be fully vaccinated (including boosters) based on religious, moral, or medical reasons may apply for an exemption. Unvaccinated persons with an exemption must submit a negative Covid-19 test result every seven (7) days in order to access campus.  The first test is due BEFORE returning to campus and should have been administered no more than 72 hours prior to returning to campus. You may not access campus if you are not in compliance with this requirement. Please refer to the Spring 2022 On-Campus Teaching and Community Life Plan for more detailed information.


New employees and incoming students will be required to submit their vaccine verification or apply for a legal exemption to this requirement prior to the start of in-person classes.  We have vaccine verification and exemptions on file for anyone who submitted that information during the summer and fall of 2021, so those people will not need to resubmit. In addition, anyone who previously submitted vaccine verification will need to submit verification of booster shots.

In order to securely collect vaccine and booster verification, exemption requests, and required test results, Naropa has partnered with Medicat, an electronic health records system.  All Naropa community members are enrolled in and may access the Medicat system using their Naropa email login credentials.  A link to access the Medicat system can be found on MyNaropa, on the Covid-19 Resource page of our website, or here:



During the winter break, Naropa worked with Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) to install technology referred to as needlepoint bipolar ionization (NBI), which works to eliminate Covid-19 and other viruses and bacteria from recirculation through HVAC systems. NBI has been installed in Sycamore, Wulsin, Paramita, Lincoln (first floor), Nalanda (with the exception of the recording studio, some practice rooms and the atrium which already have separate, dedicated HVAC systems), the Pamela Krasney Pavilion, the Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Allen Ginsburg Library, the Cultural Center, the 1st floor of the 2111 offices, and the common areas of the 2333 residence hall. NBI was installed in the areas determined to be the highest risk, highest usage, and highest density. Close/prolonged contact in other areas, such as individual offices, can be minimized through the reduction of staff working in-person at any given time, as well as the continued use of remote technology for meetings.



Naropa University will continue to require the proper use of masks.  Masks must be worn indoors at all times except when actively eating or drinking, and must cover both the nose and the mouth. N95 or KN95 masks have been shown to offer the best protection against the Covid-19 Omicron variant.  Use of these medical-grade masks is highly encouraged. The use of masks with ventilation holes and clear face shields is not allowed. Use of gaiters and bandanas is not recommended.

The State of Colorado is rolling out a plan for residents to be able to pick up free N/KN95 masks at libraries and community centers. Right now, they are only available at selected libraries - with Broomfield and Louisville the closest to Naropa, but locations are being updated. You can see details and sites here: N/KN95 masks are also available on sites like Amazon for about $1 per mask.


Covid-19 Resources:

Naropa has a detailed Covid-19 Resources page where you can find up-to-date information about Naropa’s Covid-19 safety procedures, important Frequently Asked Questions, information about what to do if you are feeling ill/miss class, information regarding isolation and quarantine protocols and requirements, as well as local and state resources.  Please familiarize yourself with the information found on this page.  Anyone with questions related to Naropa’s Covid-19 response should go to this page first.

Please reach out to the Covid-19 Taskforce at if you are unable to find the answer to your question on the resource page.

Best Wishes,

Charles G. Lief




  • Practice social distancing when possible
  • Wear a face mask when present on campus indoors.
  • 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. Get tested for COVID-19.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.


COVID-19 Menu


Naropa University monitors information from the State Department, CDC, WHO, the state of Colorado and Boulder County Public Health Department as it pertains to COVID-19-related decisions on campus.


Boulder County is currently in high transmission, which is the highest level of transmission of COVID-19 under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission tracker.


Boulder County now requires masking in all indoor, public spaces regardless of vaccination status.  Please see:


Please send any inquiries to: