Safer at Home: Higher Education








  • The institution must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.

Institutes of Higher Education may use the Indoor Event guidance to establish their capacity. Remote learning is still encouraged.


  • Ensure 6-foot distance between all students, faculty, and staff wherever possible

  • Limit, wherever possible, the sharing of equipment and other resources

  • Ensure classes allow for appropriate physical distancing

  • Restrict group gatherings outside of classes, social or otherwise, unless pre-approved  

  • Conduct increased cleaning of campus spaces in accordance with CDPHE guidance  (Additional Guidance)

  • Ensure ventilation of classroom and office spaces meets OSHA guidance 

  • Post signage for staff and students on hygiene and safety measures

  • Develop heightened procedures to maintain cleanliness of any on-campus housing and to stagger access to shared areas (consider leveraging existing RA programs)

  • Increase capacity of campus health facilities and personal protective equipment

  • Develop protocols for how to treat symptomatic students including guidance on how to self-isolate and self-quarantine, whether to leave campus to return home, depending on travel requirements, etc.

  • Recreational services remain closed.

  • Ancillary student services including bookstores, other retail and food, maintenance, etc. to follow relevant industry guidelines


  • Conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees and refer symptomatic employees to the Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool. (Additional Guidance)

    • Best practice is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance. If this is not feasible, employee will check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the business.

  • Require use of face coverings or masks whenever possible; extend separation to 12 feet if lecturing without a mask  (Additional Guidance)

  • Require frequent handwashing upon arrival, departure and throughout the day, and have hand sanitizer available in public areas

  • Require faculty and staff to stay home if showing any symptoms or signs of sickness

  • Encourage all employees not critical to in-person operations or not classified as essential employees to continue working from home / remotely

  • Limit non-essential travel for faculty and staff and implement 14-day self-quarantine measures when travel does occur

To protect students/visitors

  • Restrict all non-essential visitors

  • Conduct symptom checks for any essential visitors who will interact with students

  • Provide clear communications on COVID-19 symptoms and implement social contracts with students to acknowledge that they are symptom-free if on campus

  • Update student Codes of Conduct to influence responsible on- and off-campus behavior

  • Leverage all student communication channels to educate and reinforce responsible behaviors

  • Require students showing symptoms to report symptoms to campus health for instruction on next steps

  • Face coverings are required to be worn in all public indoor spaces

  • For students who require on-campus housing, limit to one student per room, if possible

  • Restrict all study-abroad programs and limit non-essential travel during scheduled breaks

  • Monitor student self-quarantine after essential travel or potential exposure

  • Ensure physical distancing in common areas

  • Maintain neat and detailed attendance records and visitor logs to enable contact tracing (if ever needed)

This guidance is for:
  • 2- and 4-year institutions, both public and private 

  • Private religious institutions authorized by the CDHE

  • Private occupational schools 

  • Postsecondary career and technical education programs