COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates & Resources


Naropa University students, faculty, and staff are required to receive the 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 and required quarantine following known exposure - which are outlined in the FAQs.

 As of February 15, 2022, students, faculty, and staff are also required to receive a booster shot. If someone is unable to receive the booster shot for health or moral reasons, they must apply for an exemption. Once approved, they will be required to submit weekly test results and quarantine following a known exposure.

As of March 4 at 5 pm, masks will become optional when indoors on campus. The use of N95/KN95 masks continue to be recommended for anyone who is immunocompromised or at risk for severe illness. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is supported to do so. Faculty may request mask wearing in classrooms, but may not require it. We could return to required mask wearing if new variants or community spread necessitates.


Dear Naropa Community,
Based upon updated guidance from the CDC, and in alignment with Boulder County’s “Low” positivity rate - which was 4.4% last week, and continues to decrease - Naropa University will allow the mask requirement to expire at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
After that, masks will be optional in all indoor spaces. Masks, and especially KN or N95 masks, are still suggested for anyone who is immunocompromised or at high-risk for severe illness; and anyone who prefers to continue to wear a mask is supported in doing so. If you are recovering from Covid-19, you can return to campus after five full days of isolation if you are no longer symptomatic and are feeling better; however, you should continue to wear a mask when on campus or around other people for five more days.
  • Anyone who feels symptomatic should stay home until they can get the results of a Covid-19 test.
  • Vaccinations and boosters are required for everyone.
  • Anyone not vaccinated or boosted must apply for an exemption.
  • Anyone with an exemption must submit a weekly negative Covid-19 test through the Medicat system.
  • In the event of a known exposure, anyone with an exemption will be required to quarantine for 5 days and then test.
  • Students on retreat will need to follow the requirement of their retreat and the retreat site, which may be different from Boulder County or Naropa masks requirements.
As always, the mask mandate could be reinstated should a new variant that is more contagious arise, or should community transmission rates increase to “High” per CDC data. Thank you for your care and concern for our community. Please direct question to
With appreciation,
The Covid-19 Task Force



  • 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 low transmission according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission tracker.



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