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Tuition/Financial Aid

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Risk Mitigation

What protocols have been put in place to mitigate risk?
Read more about our risk mitigation protocols.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
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. 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

What policies are in place regarding college-related travel?
All travelers must follow CDC travel guidance for domestic and international travel.

Students who are not fully vaccinated must follow CDC travel guidance, which requires a week-long quarantine upon return, so they cannot travel during block break.

Students who travel with their classes for academic reasons or due to an emergency will be accommodated via daily testing for seven days upon return. Student athletes will follow NCAA guidelines for travel and participation requirements.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
Colorado College departments and programs may decide to welcome visitors to campus. 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 faculty, staff, or students.

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 (click the ‘Public Events’ dropdown). For information about guests in residence halls, please see the college’s current Housing COVID Guest Policy.

Are members of the public allowed on campus for events?
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.

What guidance is in place when interacting with the wider Colorado Springs community?
The CC community has significant protection through high vaccination coverage, but the same is not yet true for El Paso County. In response to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, CDC recommended wearing masks, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor settings in areas with substantial or high community transmissionCheck this website to learn whether El Paso County is currently classified as a substantial/high transmission county and follow CDC masking guidance.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccine information from the State of Colorado

Are vaccinations required for the Colorado College community?
CC requires all students, faculty, and staff who are accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We consider requests for exemptions for medical, religious, and personal reasons. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption. All vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization are accepted.

How do students submit proof of vaccination?
Students can submit vaccination paperwork via SUMMIT. The Immunization/Health information website provides links to the Student SUMMIT portals, as well as exemption forms and instructions.  

How do employees submit proof of vaccination?
Use these documentation links:

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
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. 

If a student receives the first dose of the vaccine in another state, can they receive their second dose in Colorado?
Yes. Students should contact covid19@coloradocollege.edu to request information about setting up a second dose with UC Health.

Do I still need to wear a mask, socially distance, wash my hands frequently, and avoid crowds after getting the vaccine?
All people on campus must wear a mask while in public spaces indoors, including for recreational use of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. We expect this will be temporary, until the high level of COVID-19 cases in the county declines.

Given CC’s highly vaccinated community and layered mitigation system, physical distancing is not required. We recognize that people who are vulnerable to severe illness may wish to continue physical distancing.

We encourage everyone to avoid large indoor gatherings, wear a mask indoors when not at home, and prioritize outdoor activities. Keep in mind that the Coronavirus spreads through the air through breathing, particularly in indoor spaces where aerosols tend to accumulate, and even seemingly healthy people can transmit the virus.

Isolation/Quarantine Procedures 

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What does quarantine mean?
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

What does isolation mean? 
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

When will quarantining be required?
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.

When will isolation be required?
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.

Who conducts contact tracing?
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.

Employment

View the FAQs for employees.

Athletics

Student athletes will follow NCAA guidelines for travel and participation requirements. See the CC Tigers website for more information.

International Students

Read the international student frequently asked questions.

 

 

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Submitting Proof of Vaccination

CC requires all students, faculty, and staff who are accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit a claim for exemption. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption.

Students:

Employees: