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Risk Mitigation Plan

Colorado College is taking a data-driven, evidence-based approach to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on our campus. Our layered mitigation system is designed to reduce the risk of infection while allowing us to resume our signature experiential learning environment including in-person classes, field trips, and campus activities.

We encourage individuals in the CC community to act in ways that minimize risk of harm to themselves and to others – including mental, physical, emotional, or psychological harm – and ask them to promote the safety of individuals and the overall community.

Protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation requires.


If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. Students should contact the Student Health Center (719-389-6384) and their professor. Employees should contact their healthcare provider and their supervisor. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In accordance with CDC guidance, even if you are fully vaccinated you should get tested and stay home and away from others. Students and employees may schedule their COVID-19 test at the Student Health Center here. If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate (see the section on Isolation). If your test is negative, please stay home until your symptoms subside or you have confirmation that your symptoms were due to a non-communicable condition.

If you are showing emergency warning signs or any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds

Colorado College requires all students, faculty, and staff who are learning, living, working on or accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CC students, faculty, and staff will be most protected from COVID-19 if everyone is vaccinated. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption. We consider requests for exemptions for medical, religious, and personal reasons.

Fully vaccinated people are much reduced in their own risk of infection, although breakthrough infections may occur. People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.



Students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated upon arrival and wish to begin or complete the vaccination process should contact Heather Horton. These students must follow protocols for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose.)

NOTE: All vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization are accepted.


Mitigation and campus protocols

Following CDC guidance for masking in counties with substantial or high transmission, everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, is currently required to wear masks when inside campus buildings, including for recreational use of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. People in individual offices need not wear a mask when no one else is present. Masks are also not required when students are alone in their rooms or with only their roommates.

Masks reduce the risk of transmission through droplets and aerosols that tend to accumulate in poorly ventilated indoor spaces. We expect universal indoor masking to be in place temporarily, until transmission in the county has declined to lower levels.

You can look up transmission levels in El Paso County (and any other county, e.g., when you are traveling) on the CDC website and use them as a basis for your own decision making when off-campus.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands when soap and water aren’t readily available. 

Because CC is a highly vaccinated community, students, faculty and staff do not need to physically distance when on campus. We recognize that individuals who are vulnerable to severe illness due to underlying health conditions may wish to continue physical distancing.

Public events are college-sponsored, on-campus events that are open to the general public. All members of the public age 12 or older attending a Colorado College-sponsored, indoor public event will be required to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result, along with a valid photo ID. All attendees age three or older will be required to wear a mask indoors. People may remove masks temporarily when actively eating and drinking. This applies to all attendees of public events who are not members of the CC community. 

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record. Vaccination documentation must indicate that attendees are fully vaccinated, having received their final dose at least two weeks prior to the day of the event. Unvaccinated attendees may show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Attendees younger than 12 years old do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result but must adhere to the college’s indoor mask policy (three years or older) and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult or an adult providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Staff will verify proof upon entry.

Documentation will not be collected or stored by the college. Colorado College students, employees, and other Gold Card holders who have already met this requirement may use their Gold Cards as proof of vaccination/negative COVID-19 test.

Ongoing wastewater testing has been a component of CC’s mitigation plan since September 2020 and will stay in place as an early warning system.   Wastewater testing is being conducted twice weekly at Mathias, South Hall, and the Loomis area of the campus. Increases in viral load in wastewater may indicate new infections, however, they may also come from people with prior infections who are not currently infectious. Thus we may respond to increases in wastewater viral load by conducting additional screening testing of students and employees in affected areas of the campus.

Because the Coronavirus spreads primarily through the air, and more specifically in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces where aerosols tend to build up, ventilation and encouraging outdoor activities are another important layer in our mitigation system. Our facilities team has improved fresh air intake and air filtration in many campus buildings, and several classes and programs will take place outdoors on our beautiful campus. Please remember to prioritize lower-risk activities and outdoor options over indoor gatherings while transmission in the county is substantial or high.

Colorado College departments and programs may decide to welcome visitors to campus. The visitor policy applies to official visitors — this includes college-sponsored visitors such as visiting scholars, athletic teams, guest speakers, VIPs, prospective students and families — and visitors who are invited to campus by CC faculty, staff, or students. This policy supersedes previous policies and may change in response to updates to public health guidance.

All visitors must understand and abide by current college policies and are required to wear a mask indoors during their visit. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate. All visitors are expected to report positive COVID-19 test results to college COVID Response Coordinator Maggie Santos ( immediately if they have been on campus within 48 hours of symptom onset or have received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Host departments should keep logs of when official visitors were onsite and their contact information to aid in contact tracing efforts. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test prior to arrival at their own expense.

Please note that individuals (including visitors) attending public events must follow the college’s public events policy (see the dropdown above). For information about guests in residence halls, please see the college’s current Housing COVID Guest Policy.

Testing and quarantine

All students are required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 testing. The frequency of testing will be adjusted as the situation changes. Testing is available free of charge at the Student Health Center. Employees may test during regular work hours. All members of the CC community are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 when feeling sick and should not come to class/work when feeling ill. Those who receive a positive test result will be asked to isolate. We will provide isolation rooms to students as needed.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students: Required to test twice weekly.

Fully vaccinated students: A percentage of this group is tested weekly.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated faculty and staff: Strongly encouraged to test twice weekly.

Students and employees may make an appointment for COVID Testing at the Student Health Center


CC follows CDC guidance on quarantine for individuals who have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID-19. Mask wearing does not affect the close contact definition.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result comes back negative.

If you are not fully vaccinated and exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10 days and receive a negative test result on days 8, 9, or 10 of quarantine.

Food and mail will be delivered to students in quarantine on campus. Contact tracers will conduct daily check-ins and refer students to additional support services. Students in quarantine should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

Close contacts of close contacts do not need to quarantine.

CC follows CDC guidance for isolation. Isolation rooms for students will be available on campus.

Students, faculty, and staff who receive positive COVID-19 test results and remain asymptomatic must isolate for 10 days following the positive test result.

Students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms and receive a positive test result must isolate until

  • 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

Food and mail will be delivered to students in quarantine on campus. Contact tracers will conduct daily check-ins and refer students to additional support services. Students in isolation should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

The COVID Response Team will continue conducting contact tracing of infections among the CC community. We will continue sending out notifications when CC community members receive positive test results. 

All CC community members are expected to cooperate with CC and county contact tracers.

When off campus

We strongly encourage everyone to promote public health in El Paso County by masking when in public indoor spaces, including grocery stores, gyms, and other shared spaces; limiting the size of gatherings with multiple households; and choosing lower-risk options such as restaurants with outdoor seating, whenever transmission levels in El Paso County are substantial or high. 

You can look up transmission levels in El Paso County (and any other county, e.g., when you are traveling) on the CDC website and use them as a basis for your own decision making.

All travelers must follow CDC travel guidance for domestic and international travel.

Because the quarantine requirement is incompatible with class attendance, students who are not fully vaccinated will not be able to travel during block breaks.

Field trips may be conducted. Vehicles may be used at full capacity. All participants must follow masking requirements.

Student athletes will follow NCAA guidelines for travel and participation requirements.

For Employees

All campus offices are open during regular office hours with full coverage and service available to students, staff and faculty, and families.

Supervisors may allow staggered shifts and/or staggered on-campus work schedules to accommodate employees working remotely, as long as full service is available. Remote work is not an option for all positions and it is up to the supervisor to determine whether or not a position may work different hours and/or days on campus.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to test twice weekly. Testing is available free of charge at the Student Health Center, and employees may test during regular work hours.

Employees may make appointments for COVID-19 testing at the Student Health Center.

Employees experiencing any symptoms or warning signs including but not limited to fever, shivering, shaking, chills, body aches, headaches, excessive sweating, sore throat, persistent cough, sinus congestion, fatigue, etc., must not report to work until they are either symptom-free for 72 hours or have been treated by a doctor who has provided a written authorization to return to work.


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