Covid-19 Protocol, Resources and Information

Current Covid-19 Guidelines

As new Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths remain low in Denver and across the state, Metropolitan State University of Denver has no mandatory Covid-19 protocols or requirements. The decision to pause the requirements was made in consultation with state and local public health officials and with input from stakeholders across campus, following successful prevention and mitigation efforts including the administration of more than 36,000 vaccine doses at the Health Center at Auraria.

The suspension includes all Covid-19 vaccine requirements for students and employees as well as any related registration holds for student non-compliance. Students and employees will no longer need to show proof of receiving the vaccine or apply for an exemption. No further action is needed from either current students or employees at this time.

If public health conditions demand, requirements may be reinstituted at any time. To safeguard your health, please stay up to date on your Covid-19 vaccinations.

As of Sept. 29, 2022:

  • There is no requirement for those testing positive, or for employees who become aware of a positive case, to call or report a positive case to the Health Center at Auraria. In response to changing guidance from public-health agencies, the Health Center at Auraria will no longer conduct contact tracing on campus.  
  • However, faculty and staff members should contact the Health Center if they encounter five or more Covid-19-positive students in the same class or five or more Covid-19-positive employees in the same work environment within a two-week period. In this case, call the Health Center at 303-615-9999 and request a call back from the medical director. The Health Center will work closely with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment in determining whether any intervention is necessary. 
  • Students and employees who are returning to campus after any type of respiratory illness should wear a mask while on campus until all symptoms are fully resolved 
  • Students and employees should report any absences to their instructor(s) and/or supervisor, as is routinely expected for all absences due to an illness. Students may return to class without a doctor’s note, according to the guidelines in Items 5 and 6 below.  
  • Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 should contact their medical provider for consultation if desired or if medically necessary. 
  • Anyone who receives a positive test result should isolate for a minimum of five days. Isolation means withdrawing from all contact with others and isolating alone to prevent the spread of the disease. If after five days symptoms are resolving and there has been no fever for 24 hours, it is safe to resume normal activities on Day Six. However, a mask should be worn during reengagement with others on days six through 10 to ensure maximum safety for the campus community.    
  • If after Day Five symptoms still prevail without positive signs of resolution and/or a fever persists, then isolation should continue until there is no fever for 24 hours and symptoms are noticeably resolving. A mask should be worn for five days after reengagement commences to ensure maximum safety for the campus community.
  • Consider therapeutic treatments through your primary-care physician or through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 


Get your flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster 

The Health Center at Auraria strongly recommends that all students, faculty members and staff members be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19 and flu (unless medically contra-indicated). 

The center provides free flu vaccinations and fall 2022 Covid-19 omicron booster vaccines for all MSU Denver, Community College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and Auraria Higher Education Center students, faculty members and staff members. 

Roadrunner Expectations

Regardless of these changes, Roadrunners are expected to: 

  • Stay up to date on Covid-19 vaccinations and all immunizations to safeguard both personal and public health  
  • Stay home when feeling ill, whether with COVID-19 or not, to recover and prevent community spread 
  • Contact the Health Center at Auraria with questions or concerns. The Student CARE Team is also available to assist students should there be any concerns.
  • Remain flexible, as certain protocols may be reinstated as public health conditions necessitate 
  • Be kind and act respectfully around others by continuing to carry a mask and be prepared to wear it when asked 

Elle Heeg Miller gives Rowdy his vaccination at the 5th Street Garage vaccination site.

Get Vaccinated & Boosted

Covid-19 primary vaccine doses and boosters are available free of charge on campus. Visit the Health Center at Auraria Covid-19 webpage for more information on eligibility, scheduling and more.

Frequently Asked Questions
Updated August 22