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Coronavirus Response

Guided by the Jesuit principles of cura personalis (care for the whole person) and service to others, Regis University is preparing for a return to the new normal this fall with in-person classes, events and activities while adhering to public health guidelines to ensure a safe campus for all.

Coronavirus vaccine required as Regis returns to in-person classes this fall

To ensure a return to normal this fall with in-person classes, athletics and student activities, and to protect the health of our students and personnel, all on-campus students, faculty and staff are required to have a verified COVID-19 vaccine. Standard medical and religious exemptions apply. However, everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated to keep our community safe.

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Information for Students, Faculty and Staff

Information for Students

Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021, students may submit documentation of their completed vaccination or seek an exemption. For instructions, visit Student Health Services.

Important note: Students who received their vaccine at an on-campus clinic still need to submit documentation.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021, faculty and staff may submit documentation of their completed vaccination or seek an exemption. For instructions, visit OneRegis.

Important note: Faculty and staff who received their vaccine at an on-campus clinic still need to submit documentation.

Find your Shot

All Coloradans 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Covid-19 Cases

Spring 2021 (Beginning 1/4/2021) - Last Updated 5/14/2021
Campus Cases: 0 | Recovered Cases: 104
Residential: 0 | Commuter: 0 | Employee: 1 | On-Campus Isolation: 2 | On-Campus Quarantine: 0
Current Campus Case Rate: 0%
Colorado Test Positivity Rate: 5.35%
Spring Semester Case Count: 104

Current cases reflect the number of positive cases and are not yet recovered. Campus rate is calculated as current positive cases per 1,000 people per DPHE guidelines; based on ~2,500 people on the Northwest Denver campus during a typical weekday. Semester case count is the cumulative number of positive cases since traditional students returned to campus in January. All data based on campus cases reported to the university by students and personnel. Positivity rate is the percentage of total tests coming in positive in the entire state of Colorado, as reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data.

Testing and positive case reporting

  • The university’s Student Health Services department offers testing on the Northwest Denver campus by appointment, or will assist symptomatic or exposed students in getting a test at centers near the university.
  • If a student reports that they have tested positive, or a close contact like a roommate has tested positive, they should contact the Dean of Students immediately. They also can use the #CampusClear app or this form to report a positive test.
  • If an employee reports that they have tested positive, they are to notify Human Resources immediately. They also can use the #CampusClear app or this form to report a positive test. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you should immediately isolate yourself (do not physically attend class or work) and seek medical attention, and notify either the Dean of Students (Students) or Human Resources (Faculty/Staff)
  • If you were in close contact with someone who tested positive (like a roommate), you should quarantine (strictly limit movement) and seek a COVID-19 test, either at Student Health Services or at a state testing center (the closest is six miles away at WaterWorld).

Campus Information: Masks, cleaning and more

Regis University will encourage employees and students who are not fully vaccinated to wear a face mask indoors on campus. Visitors and vendors will be asked to wear a mask anywhere on campus unless they provide verification that they are fully vaccinated. For updates, visit one.regis.edu.

For information on religious services, please visit the University Ministry page.

Custodial staff does enhanced cleaning operations for all buildings and offices are being supplied with additional cleaning supplies. All restrooms in unlocked facilities are cleaned twice daily. Sanitizer stations, plexiglass shields, social distancing reminders and other related signage are installed throughout campus.

Our 90-acre campus is an arboretum with more than 1,300 trees and many open spaces for fresh air (and classes) and additional social spacing. The mountains are within view and worth the trip for a respite and mountain-crisp air.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccines

Regis believes that doing so will support the health and safety of our campus communities and the cities that call our campuses home. It will lower the rate of infection. Additionally, a vaccination requirement will further the goal of having an on-campus experience that is critical to academic success and personal growth.

Academic Year 2021.

The university has followed guidance from state and local health departments. We believe the science around the vaccines is clear and compelling. The university also consulted with the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Regis joins several other Colorado public and private higher education institutions to make this decision, including the Colorado State University System, the University of Northern Colorado, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado College and the University of Denver.

We anticipate FDA approval in the near future. Meanwhile, experimental use is safe. You can learn more about experimental approval here.

We are considering vaccines used internationally but not approved by the FDA and will have a determination soon.

We will adhere to FDA guidance on the question of booster shots.

As with current Regis vaccination policy, there will be a process for requesting exemptions on medical and non-medical grounds.

Faculty and staff may request the exemption form by contacting Liz Whitmore, associate vice president for human resources, at ewhitmore@regis.edu. Students can have the medical exemption section of the Regis University COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request form filled out by a licensed medical provider to be exempted for a medical reason. The same form can be filled out for a religious exemption.

They will be able to apply for exemption.

Yes, if you anticipate the need to be on campus; otherwise you are exempt.


The decision is based on guidance from public health experts. We are in a deadly global pandemic, which necessitates taking extra precaution to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Faculty, staff and students may submit documentation of their completed vaccination through the COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Form online. Be prepared to provide the date(s) of their COVID-19 vaccine dose(s) and a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card.


No, but they will be required to wear masks and socially distance at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions: Funding

Yes. On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed H.R. 748 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act), which established emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Yes. On December 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which provided over $21 billion to be allocated to colleges and universities under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Yes, On March 11, 2021 the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 was signed into law, authorizing the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III to provide $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) are to be distributed to help students with exceptional financial need for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs experienced due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care costs.

Institutions must prioritize students with exceptional need when allocating grants.

If you are experiencing financial distress, you may contact the Office of Student Affairs Emergency Funding Committee at studentaffairs@regis.edu to apply for support.

Eligible students: Regis University will provide notice through RegisNet accounts to all students who may be eligible to apply for funding once the application process is established in fall 2021. Students receiving funding will be notified directly through RegisNet accounts and all other applicants will receive a general notice when funds have been depleted.

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Employees, faculty and staff should regularly check one.regis.edu for information regarding university operations.