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UCCS COVID-19 Information & Updates

 

We are making strong progress in combating COVID-19. Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment show that a majority of our in-state student population has either been partially or fully vaccinated.

Beginning this summer and moving into the fall, UCCS will relax some COVID-19 protective measures for the vaccinated campus community. Reduced capacities in classrooms will remain for summer, but capacities in other venues will adjust. You can read the Return to UCCS plan here. 

 

Additionally, we've built a vaccination requirement FAQ to answer initial commonly asked questions, but new questions will be asked, and new information will become available as we move forward. Please check back on this page, as we strive to continue to update this page with information regularly.

 

Vaccination Requirement Information

Return to UCCS Plan

Wellness Check Test

 

 

Vaccination Information, Challenge & Requirement

The Importance of the Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are crucial to keeping our community safe. All students, faculty, and staff are asked to get vaccinated before the fall 2021 semester.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free. For vaccine questions, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides a toll-free hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926).

Get Your Vaccination Today

There are dozens of providers and locations throughout El Paso County, and vaccination is open to all. Consider signing up for your vaccine today. 

UCCS Joins Vaccine Challenge

UCCS is committing to the nationwide COVID College Vaccine Challenge, spearheaded by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education. This means engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing our college community; and delivering vaccine access for all.

Learn more about how we're asking our community to get vaccinated at the link below. 

Your Questions Answered
General Questions
  • Please utilize local and state resources. All of the campus community is eligible to receive some version of the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. 

    Click here to learn about the UCCS vaccination requirement. 

    Click here to learn more about El Paso County vaccine distribution

    Visit this link to learn more about the state vaccination plan.

  • UCCS will approach Summer & Fall in two phases

    We are making strong progress in combating COVID-19. Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment show that a majority of our in-state student population has either been partially or fully vaccinated.

    Beginning this summer and moving into the fall, UCCS will relax some COVID-19 protective measures for the vaccinated campus community. Reduced capacities in classrooms will remain for summer, but capacities in other venues will adjust.

  • The UCCS Status Board can help

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

  • Symptoms & Prevention

    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.

    UCCS encourages members of our community to get the vaccine at an upcoming UCCS COVID vaccine clinic or at a community vaccine clinic that can be found by visiting https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/how-can-i-get-a-vaccine. In addition to getting vaccinated, practicing the prevention strategies described above remains an important strategy in preventing infection.

     

    Please visit our illness & exposure webpage for more information. 

  • Face Covering Guidelines

    Face coverings are required on campus for unvaccinated individuals.

  • Remote Assistance

  • Healthcheck Information

    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. 
     

  • 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
     

  • A Hub for Exposure & Illness Information

General Resources
General 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 is currently open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

    DO NOT WALK INTO 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. Please call 719-255-4444 to make an appointment instead. 

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

  • Updates regarding NCAA athletics

    All games and events will proceed. Should an event be postponed for any reason, Mountain Lion Athletics will release that information. 

    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

    Open between 8 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 questions 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. 

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

  • 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. 

  • Support Is Available

    UCCS continues to add additional resources to support the mental health of our campus community.

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 frequently. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us