Boulder County now requires masking in all indoor, public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please see: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19-information/face-coverings/.
On April 30, 2021, Naropa University announced that all students, staff and faculty must submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination in order to access Naropa’s campuses or otherwise attend in-person, Naropa-sponsored activities for the fall semester of 2021. This policy is in line with higher education institutions throughout Colorado (including our neighboring University of Colorado) and across the country. All members of our community must submit proof of vaccination or file for an exemption prior to the start of the semester. If we do not have any information on file for you by August 23, you will automatically be listed as a “remote” student or staff person, and will not be able to access campus. Remote students will be given remote options for course attendance and will continue to have access to student support services, but must make appointments to meet with staff via Zoom or another online platform. As we have noted in prior communications, staff are not guaranteed that their job is one that we will support being done remotely; and any staff member seeking exemption must address that with their supervisor. Anyone may amend their information should they choose to become fully vaccinated, at which time they will be able to attend classes, events or work in person. Students in our fully online programs do not need to submit proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption.
Decisions about the spring semester of 2022 will be made later this fall.
Please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine for information about how to obtain a vaccine in Colorado, including information on obtaining rides to vaccinations sites.
Beginning June 1, 2021, students, staff and faculty will be able to submit proof of vaccination online. The verification portal may be accessed by clicking HERE. 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 their home country. International students who have not been able to access the vaccine in their 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 into the resident halls. Your submission will be shared with the Director of Campus and Residential Life.
Anyone may amend their information at any time during the semester should they choose to become fully vaccinated, at which time – once fully vaccinated - they will be able to attend classes, events or work in person.
Students in our fully online programs do not need to submit proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption.
Students, staff and faculty may seek an exception in the following circumstances:
You are unable to receive the Covid-19 vaccination due to:
- Sincerely held religious beliefs;
- Moral or philosophical objections to vaccinations
- Disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or medical condition impacting ability to obtain vaccination; and
- 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.
Anyone participating in Naropa-sponsored activities is required to show proof of vaccination by August 1, 2021. Persons who have been granted an exception to this requirement will be allowed to participate remotely in Naropa-sponsored activities but will not be granted access to campus. All classrooms are equipped with OWL technology that allows remote students the ability to fully access classroom material.
No. Students, staff and faculty should not inquire about an individual’s vaccine status, due to the right of privacy afforded personal health information.
However, faculty and advisors have access to regularly updated class rosters, which include information about which students are approved to be on campus and which students are exempt and approved to study remotely. This is so that faculty and advisors can assist students to connect to their classes appropriately. Supervisors should work with their staff who require exemptions, and Academic Affairs will work with faculty requiring exemptions.
We will not be offering Covid-19 testing on campus this fall. Regular testing is no longer required of our students residing in our resident halls or for retreat participants. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms commonly associated with Covid-19 should seek a Covid-19 test. The CDC also recommends testing 3-5 days after exposure to a confirmed case of Covid-19, even if you don’t have symptoms. Local testing locations are listed on the Boulder County Covid-19 information webpage.
Community members will not be required to complete the Campus Clearance Process prior to accessing campus or in-person activities. The Campus Clearance Process will be replaced with the Campus Participation Health Assessment tool. This tool is available to help you assess whether or not you should come to campus if you are feeling any possible symptoms associated with Covid-19.
Anyone who is feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms should stay at home. You can check your symptoms through the Campus Participation Health Assessment. Please notify your professor or supervisor. We ask that all faculty and staff supervisors be flexible with attendance and paid time off policies when it comes to working with students and staff with Covid-19. Isolation is required for anyone with a confirmed case of Covid-19. Naropa community members with a confirmed case of Covid-19 must report their status to the Covid-19 Taskforce by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors, visiting prospective students and vendors are not required to show vaccination proof. However, all visitors should wear a mask at all times while on campus.
While fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, all individuals who are exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and get tested within 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
If you are feeling ill, you should stay home and get tested.
Faculty who are teaching in person and who have a confirmed case of Covid-19 (positive Covid-19 test) must follow Colorado state requirements for self-isolation. Specifically, the faculty member must self-isolate for a period of ten (10) days following receipt of a positive Covid-19 test result. The faculty member may not participate in any Naropa-sponsored programming in person during this period. The faculty member may return to campus after the expiration of 10 day period provided that there are no current Covid-19 symptoms and that you have been fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours.
During the 10 day period of isolation, a Covid-19 positive faculty member who is asymptomatic (not showing signs of the infection) may teach their courses remotely, via Zoom or other acceptable platforms. The entire class should attend remotely as students should not be physically in the classroom without a Naropa faculty member present. In-person instruction may resume after the expiration of 10 day period provided that there are no current Covid-19 symptoms and that you have been fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours.
Faculty members who are feeling ill from Covid-19 and who are unable to teach remotely should work with their program Chair and Academic Affairs staff to find a substitute to teach their class until they are able to resume teaching, have completed the period of self-isolation, and after the expiration of 10 day period provided that there are no current Covid-19 symptoms and that you have been fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours.
Vaccinated faculty members with exposure to Covid-19 are not required to quarantine per state guidance. Please refer to the Naropa Covid-19 Response page and the Fall 2021 Update from the Office of the President for more information.
Students who are attending in person and who have a confirmed case of Covid-19 (positive Covid-19 test) must follow Colorado state requirements for self-isolation. Specifically, the student must self-isolate for a period of ten (10) days following receipt of a positive Covid-19 test result. Upon receipt of a confirmed positive case, the student is to immediately inform the faculty of each course in which they are currently enrolled to determine how/if they can attend remotely, describe their learning needs, confirm any changes regarding assignment due dates, etc. The student may not participate in any Naropa-sponsored programming in person during this period. The student may return to campus after the expiration of 10 day period provided that there are no current Covid-19 symptoms and that you have been fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours or may, in consultation with their faculty members, complete the semester remotely.
Vaccinated staff members who have a confirmed case of Covid-19 (positive Covid-19 test) must follow Colorado state requirements for self-isolation. Specifically, they must self-isolate for a period of ten (10) days following receipt of a positive Covid-19 test result. Staff should contact their supervisor to arrange to work from home or take PTO. The staff member should not come to campus during this period. They may return to campus after the expiration of the 10 day isolation period and after receipt of a negative Covid-19 test has been provided to the Covid-19 Taskforce (via email to email@example.com).