Plans for post-fall break and spring semester

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Post-Fall Break 2020

All public health guidance and requirements will continue in all university spaces after Fall Break and during spring semester 2021:

  • Limited numbers of students, faculty and staff are allowed in each building during business hours based on unit or department need, according to public health requirements set by Larimer County
  • Building closures will adhere to typical university holiday and weekend schedules
  • Classrooms, labs and other learning spaces, along with research spaces, offices and other work spaces, will be open with hours and access as determined by the departments that oversee the spaces
  • Offices and units that serve students will be open; this may include face-to-face service options or remote/online service options
  • Employees who can work remotely should continue to do so; those who do not have to be on a campus should not report to university grounds. These decisions should be made in conjunction with the leadership of each unit.
  • The Daily Symptom Checker has been replaced it with the Symptom Reporter.
  • All other public health requirements will be expected on all university grounds:
    • Wear a mask
    • Physically distance
    • Avoid large gatherings
    • Wash your hands
    • Cover your cough
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Report symptoms through the COVID Reporter, including to alert the university about other concerns such as a potential close contact, positive test result or other issues.

COVID-19 screening and testing

The Pandemic Preparedness Team and COVID testing team will continue with its multi-pronged strategy of screening students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 through wastewater testing, saliva samples, and then requiring nasal swab tests for anyone whose sample indicates that a test is needed to confirm they may have COVID-19.


  • Custodial staff will continue to regularly disinfect all spaces.
  • Faculty, staff and students will be required to disinfect their personal classroom and work place spaces such as desks and chairs.
  • Disinfecting stations will continue to be replenished as needed during weeks that instruction is remote

Information for instructors and faculty

Spring 2021

Spring semester will look very much like fall semester; however, it is important to recognize that Larimer County or Colorado public health guidance and requirements could change at any time, shifting the university to fully remote operations (other than those that must be conducted in person on a campus) and academic delivery.

Offices that serve students will continue to do so either physically on campus or through remote options, as determined by individual units and departments.


Jan. 19, 2021 – First day of classes
April 12-16 – Spring break (adjusted dates)
April 20 – May 14 – Classes resume with remote instruction only 
May 10-14 – Finals week (delivered remotely)

Class delivery

All courses will continue to be delivered through a mix of online, face-to-face, and hybrid of online and face-to-face.

Decisions about specific classes are made at the department level. Public health physical distancing planning for each class is a collaboration among the Pandemic Preparedness Team and Registrar’s office to ensure appropriate physical spaces for classes.

Furniture in classroom, study, work places and all other university spaces should not be moved. It has been pre-measured for physical distancing requirements.