COVID-19 Updates


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.


Current Boulder County COVID-19 status: Level Clear. Local capacity restrictions and mitigation are no longer required but may be encouraged. see details here.

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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 to the beginning of the Fall 2021 Semester in order to study, teach, work or attend any Naropa-sponsored activities. For more information, please read our latest updates, available below.


Beloved Naropa Community,


I write to you today on behalf of the Naropa University Board of Trustees.


Each member of this Board is deeply committed to the health and safety of our campus community. Together, we are dedicated to Naropa being a place where all people feel heard and are safe, to the greatest extent possible.  When a conducive environment exists, growth and learning can flourish in all parts of our community. This goes to the heart of our mission, is a goal we can all support and is why I am writing you today.


As Trustees, our role is governance-related, and we don’t typically participate in operational decisions. It is appropriate to leave such decisions to the administration to design and implement. That said, the global pandemic - amidst other layered crises - has presented deeply personal challenges for so many of us, especially those who are most vulnerable and at risk.


Given this context, and the careful weighing of all voices, factors, and the science that went into the decision regarding the Fall 2021 vaccine requirement, I felt compelled to write about the Board’s support for Naropa’s vaccine policy.


To be clear: amidst diverse opinions, the Board of Trustees is in support of the Naropa University vaccination requirement for Fall 2021. Here you can find the plan and further information as developed by the Naropa administration.


I want to publicly thank the Naropa staff who have done incredible work listening to and caring for our diverse community via our COVID processes and action over the last year and a half.  The board trusts you and is deeply grateful for your respectful listening and skillful means.


Wishing each of you, and your families and friends, a healthy and safe summer and start to the coming academic year.


Sincerely, Tyler

Tyler Norris, MDiv (’12)  (he, him)

Chair, Board of Trustees

Naropa University



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