COVID-19 Response

Information & Resources

In combination with the CDC and state guidelines, the UCCS campus policy has been updated.

Effective Monday, March 7, UCCS will make face coverings optional both indoors and outdoors across the UCCS campus.


  • If you wish to do so, please continue to wear a mask on campus for as long as you feel comfortable. N-95 respirators are still available on campus. Surgical masks are available in all academic buildings.
  • Please be considerate of one another’s needs and respect an individual’s choice. Faculty, staff, and students may respectfully request others wear face coverings in the classroom, in offices, or in meeting spaces.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, are considered high-risk, or have people in your household who are high-risk, please continue to follow appropriate precautions as recommended by the CDC.
  • Please continue the precautions that helped us get to this point: staying up to date on booster shots, getting tested when you don’t feel well or think you may have been exposed, staying home when you’re sick, and self-reporting if you test positive.

At-Home Testing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are vaccinations, face coverings, and regular testing. UCCS now has a limited supply of free COVID-19 at-home tests that will be distributed to priority groups across campus.

We were not provided enough tests for every student, faculty, and staff member to receive one. However, there are many other sources of free at-home tests. Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests per month. The tests are completely free, and orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

In addition, the Wellness Center is currently offering testing for students experiencing COVID-like symptoms and for close contacts of positive cases. The Wellness Center offers rapid antigen testing with same-day results or PCR testing that is sent to a lab with results typically available in 48–72 hours. Current students can make an appointment by calling 719-255-4444. Commuter students may find it easier to visit a community testing site


Additional Resourecs

El Paso County Health Department

Stay up to date on the COVID-19 impact upon El Paso County by following this department's updates.

The UCCS COVID-19 website is updated frequently. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us.