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UCCS COVID-19 Information & Updates

Striving to provide the safest in-person experience possible through multiple mitigation strategies

Individuals coming to campus must complete online COVID-19 training prior to being on campus and are required to complete a daily health screening and attestation which denies access for anyone identified as being at risk for having or being exposed to COVID-19. Face coverings are required inside all buildings and are strongly encouraged in outdoor settings.

All classrooms, offices, and events have been set up to maximize social distancing. Facilities are disinfected according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus.

El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) toured the UCCS campus on two separate occasions and all suggestions for enhanced mitigation strategies were implemented. UCCS will continue to follow CDC, state, and county public health guidance and will make adjustments to campus services and programs in alignment with the COVID-19 Dial created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Please follow all posted guidelines and protocols to continue to preserve our ability to host in-person classes.

Before coming to the UCCS campus, please visit our Campus Access page, here. Be sure to take our campus access training and daily wellness check, posted on our Campus Access page, and below. 

Campus Access Training

Wellness Check Test

COVID-19-ready dashboard

Please see our frequently asked questions and UCCS resources sections below.

Your Questions Answered
Frequently Asked Questions
  • The UCCS Status Board can help

    Please view our UCCS and OIT Status Boards to determine what resources are available or are unavailable. 

  • Event updates

    REMOTE EVENTS

    Student Life

    Campus Recreation

    • Campus Recreation is open to students, faculty and staff this fall for open recreation. Events and activities include SOLE outdoor meet-ups, bike and climbing workshops, intramural sports leagues and tournaments, club sports, group fitness classes and personal training, virtual cooking classes, and more. For a full list of activities, visit campusrec.uccs.edu. Any questions can be directed to rec@uccs.edu

    Ent Center for the Arts Events

  • Symptoms and prevention for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Symptoms: 

    • Symptoms may include new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, nasal congestion, fatigue, and new loss of sense of taste or smell, diarrhea and vomiting, although not all those who have COVID-19 develop symptoms.

    Prevention:

    • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home when you are ill. 
    • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. 
    • It is especially important to clean your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
    • Cover your face with a face-covering in all indoor and public places.

    There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to practice the prevention strategies described above and avoid being exposed.
     

  • Guidance & Who to call
    • All individuals coming to the UCCS campus must complete the daily wellness check. If you are experiencing any new onset COVID-like symptoms you should refrain from coming to campus, isolate yourself, and reach out to your primary care provider or the UCCS Wellness Center (719-255-4444) for next steps. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing/shortness of breath you should seek immediate medical attention. Please call before coming into the Wellness Center, doctor's office or emergency room to let them know about your symptoms.
       
  • Face Covering Guidelines

    You can view our Campus Access page for details on exposure, our face covering guidelines and more. Our face covering guidlines is also posted below.

  • Return to UCCS

    A plan for post-break learning will be posted in the coming days as UCCS works to understand local and state guidance given a rapidly changing situation. 

  • Who should Isolate vs Quarantine?

    Who Should Isolate?

    Individuals experiencing any  COVID-like symptoms should isolate themselves for 10 days, but can discontinue their isolation sooner if

    • All symptoms completely resolve within 24 hours after onset OR

    • If they test negative for COVID-19,

    • AND if symptoms have improved

    • AND if one of the symptoms is not a new onset of loss of sense of smell and taste

    • AND if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications OR

    • If they receive another definite medical diagnosis that explains their symptoms such as strep throat

    An individual that experiences a loss of sense of smell or taste, or tests positive for COVID-19 needs to isolate from others for 10 days without exception. To end isolation after those 10 days they must also have significant improvement in other symptoms and they must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. To see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s algorithm for isolation click here.

    Who Should Quarantine?

    Any individual that is a close contact of a positive case, which is defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours, should quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure. If an individual continues to be exposed to the positive individual, they cannot start their quarantine until the last day they were in contact. Visit the CDC’s website for an example of how to properly calculate quarantine time frames here.

  • Quarantine Information

    Anyone considered to be a direct contact, within 6 feet for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours, of  a positive case will need to quarantine for 14 days from their last day of exposure. Individuals CANNOT test out of quarantine as they can develop COVID-19 up to 14 days after exposure. Visit the CDC’s website for an example of how to properly calculate quarantine time frames here.

  • Individuals experiencing any  COVID like symptoms should isolate themselves for 10 days, but can discontinue their isolation sooner if they test negative for COVID-19, AND if symptoms have improved, AND if one of the symptoms is not a new onset of loss of sense of smell and taste, AND if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. They may also end isolation if they receive another definite medical diagnosis that explains their symptoms such as strep throat. An individual that experiences a loss of sense of smell or taste, must isolate for 10 days without exception even if their test result is negative.

  • Anyone that does not have a close contact to the actual positive case does not need to quarantine.

    The person who was a close contact to the positive individual should follow quarantine instructions, which includes avoiding contact with you to keep you from having to quarantine as well. See below for examples.

    Examples:  

    • My significant other was exposed to a positive case at work, but they have not tested positive and do not have any COVID like symptoms. Can I come to work? 
      • Yes. You may come to work, but your significant other should quarantine away from you. Should they test positive at a later date, you will need to quarantine for 14 days at that point. 
    • My friend’s mom tested positive. I didn’t spend any time with her, but my friend did. Do I need to quarantine? 
      • No. You only need to quarantine if your friend tests positive. You should avoid contact with your friend during their quarantine period. 
    • Someone in one of my classes mentioned that they have COVID like symptoms. Can I come to campus? 
      • Yes, you may come to campus. Until we know if someone has tested positive a quarantine is not put into place. Someone from the UCCS Wellness Center or El Paso County Public Health will reach out to you if you need to quarantine based on close contact with someone who tested positive.
         

  • An individual diagnosed with COVID is infectious for 48 hours prior to the onset of their symptoms and for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. During contact tracing, individuals should report any close contacts they had after the development of symptoms as well as the 48 hours prior. 
     

  • Students should notify the Wellness Center by calling 719-255-4444 or emailing wellness@uccs.edu so that an email can be sent stating it was an error and clearing them to come to campus. Employees should notify Human Resources by emailing hrhelp@uccs.edu. 
     

  • If you have developed NEW COVID-like symptoms, you should refrain from coming to campus until symptoms resolve or until you receive a different diagnosis by a health care provider that has ruled out COVID-19. 
     

  • Info for Employees & Students

    Employees should contact their supervisor and work with UCCS Human Resources for next steps. 

    Students who receive positive test results from a non-UCCS provider should notify the Wellness Center at 719-255-4444 or by emailing wellness@uccs.edu.

    Students who need additional support with things such as notifying professors, should contact the Dean of Students office at dos@uccs.edu
     

  • Information on Testing

    TESTING FOR STUDENTS:

    Active UCCS students can be tested for FREE at the UCCS Wellness Center through an appointment by calling 719-255-4444. The Wellness Center is currently offering telehealth visits and testing for students experiencing COVID like symptoms and for close contacts of positive cases. The Wellness Center offers rapid antigen testing with results in 15 minutes or PCR testing that is sent to a lab with results typically in 48 -72 hours. Commuter students may find it easy to visit a community testing site which can be found at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid-19-testing-information. 

    TESTING FOR EMPLOYEES:

    Faculty and staff may be tested by contacting their primary care provider or by visiting a community testing site

    WHEN TO GET TESTED:

    For optimal results, COVID testing for symptomatic individuals is days 2-5 after developing symptoms. Optimal results for individuals exposed to a positive case that are currently asymptomatic is 7 days after exposure. 
     

Our Resources
Resources for Students, Staff & Faculty
  • Remote Resources for Faculty, Staff & Students

    Visit our comprehensive resources hub for the latest resources related to remote work and remote learning. 

    Our resources relate to faculty transitioning to remote learning, students utilizing remote learning and faculty and staff working remotely. 

  • The UCCS Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center will returned to campus Aug. 10, 2020.

    We be offering in-person appointments and will continue to offer remote telehealth appointments for Health and Mental Health for students that live in Colorado. Please call 719-255-4444 to schedule an appointment.

    DO NOT WALK IN TO THE WELLNESS CENTER IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: fever, shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting.

  • Leave information and more.

    The university is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and is actively working to plan and prepare for potential local impacts. As part of that effort, the Human Resources Office is sharing employment guidance to help you manage COVID-19 concerns.

    Please know that all campus-wide decisions are being made with the health and safety of our community at the forefront, and with the best available guidance from public health authorities. As the situation evolves, further updates may be forthcoming.

    For HR-related questions, contact the Human Resources Office at 719-255-3372 or visit their website.

  • Updates regarding NCAA athletics

    Following suit with NCAA recommendations, UCCS will be halting games until further notice.

    Please read more and follow additional updates from Mountain Lion Athletics here. 

  • Information on visits, tours, orientation and more

    For prospective and admitted students and their families, we are excited to help you in your college search and to help you become a mountain lion. 

    Please utilize our resources as we help you complete visits and orientations in a virtual way this spring semester. 

  • We're ready to serve you

    Get assistance through Disability Services while remotely learning and working through Teams and more. Contact Disability Services via dservice@uccs.edu

  • Guidance on financial impact

    The UCCS Controller's Office set up this list of guidelines on how to handle both general university expenses and sponsored projects, expenditures.

    Please read these guidelines and information closely. 

  • Working to fuel the success of our military affiliated students

    As of August 10, 2020:  Open by appointment only, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 719-255-3253 or email us to set an appointment.

    Please reach out to at military@uccs.edu with appointment requests and any other question you may have.  

  • Resources by the Colorado Department of Higher Education

    A frequently updated list of resources available to students and faculty members is available and maintained by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 

     

  • Research Resources and Information

    Please visit our Office of Research page for information on how research is impacted by the remote work policy. 

    Please visit our Comptroller's site for guidance on sponsored projects and funding. 

  • Information on the copy center, bookstore and more

    BOOKSTORE:

    • The UCCS Bookstore continues to process orders placed online. Students have the option to have the order shipped to them (in-state shipping is free), or request a curbside pick-up Monday through Friday by appointment. Make sure to include a phone number for staff to contact you to coordinate the pick-up time. Get answers to your Bookstore-specific Q&A by visiting their site here.

    RECREATION

    • Campus Recreation is offering both in-person and remote programs, events, and activities for students, faculty, and staff. All activities can be viewed at campusrec.uccs.edu. Please visit the Campus Recreation homepage for any program, activity, or operational COVID-19 related updates. 
      For additional questions, email rec@uccs.edu

    COPY CENTER

    • The UCCS Copy Center is still able to support needs on campus. While there are no reductions in service, your projects may take a little longer, and there is no walk-in service (scheduled pick ups only). Continue to send projects by email at printshp@uccs.edu.  

    ATHLETICS:

    • All games and events are canceled through the end of the spring season. 
  • COVID-19 EHS Resources

    Find information about disinfecting your office or workspace.

  • Relevant UCCS Policy

    Be sure to read and understand relevant policies in this rapidly-changing time. 

  • Adjusted Occupancy Information

    Explore updated occupancy information for classrooms and labs.

External Resources
Health & Wellness Departments
  • Up-to-date info from the CDC

    Stay up to date on the national impact of COVID-19 by following this department's updates.

  • CDPHE Information

    Stay informed on the COVID-19 impact upon Colorado by following this department's updates. 

  • Our County's Public Health Department

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

Please note: The UCCS COVID-19 website is updated multiple times daily. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us