Faculty getting vaccine shot at Regis

Coronavirus Response

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

Regis holding in-person and virtual classes with coronavirus vaccine, booster and indoor mask requirements

Due to the Omicron strain of coronavirus, the University will adopt a flexible classroom plan for the Spring semester with the goal of keeping our community as safe as possible while delivering the high-quality college education and experience our students want and deserve.

To protect the health of our students and personnel, the following public health guidelines are in place:

Instruction: Classes will meet but we will provide flexibility for faculty to decide whether to hold classes in-person or temporarily hold them virtually through February 1. For classes that meet in-person – such as labs and related courses that cannot function virtually – students are encouraged to wear N-95 or KN95 masks.

On-campus living: See the flexible campus plan for details on requirements to return to student housing for the Spring semester.

Vaccine and booster requirement: All on-campus students, faculty and staff are required to have a verified COVID-19 vaccine and booster by Feb. 1, 2022, or six months after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two months after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Medical and religious exemptions apply. However, everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted to keep our community safe.

Mask requirement: Face coverings are presently required indoors to further protect the community from the spread of the highly infectious Delta and Omicron variants. Masks are highly effective in preventing the spread and do not cause negative health effects. The University encourages use of the N-95 and KN-95 masks.

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Vaccine information for Students, Faculty and Staff

Information for Students

Students must submit documentation of their completed vaccination and booster 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

Faculty and staff must submit documentation of their completed vaccination and booster or seek an exemption. For more information, visit HR on 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 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Boosters are available to Coloradans 16 and older.

Covid-19 Cases

Spring 2022 (Beginning 1/4/2022)
Campus Cases: 52 | Recovered Cases: 48
Residential: 31 | Commuter: 17 | Employee: 4 | On-Campus Isolation: 16 | On-Campus Quarantine: 0
Current Campus Case Rate: 17.33%
Colorado Test Positivity Rate: 28.51%
Spring Semester Case Count: 100

Covid-19 Vaccination Rates

Student Vaccination Rate: 93.48%
Student Exemption Rate: 4.48%
Employee Vaccination Rate: 95.35%
Employee Exemption Rate: 3.87%

Total Campus Vaccination Rate: 93.89%
Total Campus Exemption Rate: 4.35%

Updated 1/11/2022

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 covid19.colorado.gov/data.

Symptom monitoring

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor their health, promptly test if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, and then self-quarantine until receiving either a negative test result (a PCR test if unvaccinated) or you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and with symptoms improving.

Self-quarantine means staying off campus, or staying in your room if you are a residential student, until you receive a negative test and are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. We expect an increase in viral and bacterial infections other than COVID-19, such as flu, but symptomatic individuals still must test for COVID-19 and self-quarantine to prevent spread.

Testing and positive case reporting

The University’s Student Health Service offers COVID-19 testing on the Northwest Denver campus. Students may make appointments via the online student health portal or call 303-458-3558. Faculty and staff may use SHS for a COVID test only and must call to make an appointment. SHS also can assist in getting a test at nearby centers: covid19.colorado.gov/testing.

Students: If you test positive, or a close contact like a roommate tests positive, contact the Dean of Students immediately or use the #CampusClear app or the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Reporting Form to report a positive test.

Faculty and Staff: If you test positive, notify Human Resources immediately, or use the #CampusClear app or the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Reporting Form to report a positive test.

If you test positive, immediately isolate yourself (do not physically attend class or work on campus) and seek medical attention.

When to quarantine or isolate

Quarantine: For those who have been exposed to COVID-19, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by mask use for an additional five days for people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and have not yet received a third dose (or second dose if receiving J&J).

People who have recently completed their primary vaccination series (within six months of their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or within two months of their J&J dose) or who have received their third dose (or second dose if receiving J&J) do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

Regardless of vaccination status, CDC recommends testing on day 5 after exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.

Isolate:

  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • If you are getting ill and think you might have COVID-19. Symptoms, especially early on, may be mild and feel like a common cold. Early symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. Some people may not develop fever or fever may not appear until several days into the illness.

For additional guidance regarding quarantining or isolating, please see CDC Quarantine and Isolation Protocols.

Additional Questions

Students can direct questions to Student Affairs at studentaffairs@regis.edu; employees should contact Human Resources at hrinfo@regis.edu.

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.

The FDA has approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Visit the FDA website for more information.

Faculty, staff and students are required to show proof of a booster shot by Feb. 1, 2022, or six months after receiving a Moderna or Pfizer dose or two months after a Johnson and Johnson dose.

Faculty and Staff seeking a religious exemption should fill out and submit the Request for Religious Exemption/Accommodation form by December 3, 2021.

All individuals seeking a medical exemption should complete and submit the Medical Exemption Request form. Students, please send this form to rushs@regis.edu; Faculty and Staff, please send it to ewhitmore@regis.edu.

Students seeking a religious exemption should fill out and submit the Request for Religious Exemption/Accommodation form. Please send the completed form to rushs@regis.edu.

They will be able to apply for an 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.

Yes.

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

Supervisors are advised to work with their employees to work from home at the same time they are caring for a child or other dependent during state-recognized emergency situations. In these instances, employees may use up to 80 hours of Colorado Paid Sick leave (based on your full-time equivalent FTE) or if available, accrued paid leave time (vacation or sick leave) as approved by their supervisor. Please consult Human Resources if you need to utilize the Colorado Paid Sick leave. If accrued time has been exhausted, staff may be placed in unpaid status if unable to work from home. Faculty members will need to work with their chair and/or dean.

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.

Eligible students: Regis University sent notice on 9/22/2021 through RegisNet accounts to all students who had a 21/22 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid and an Estimated Family Contribution of 15,000 or less that the HEERF III application was open. Notice was also posted on this website with a link to the HEERF III Application process for all other students. This application was open through October 8, 2021 and at this point has now been closed. Students receiving funding will be notified directly through RegisNet accounts and all other applicants will receive a general notice on this site when funds have been depleted.

If you are experiencing financial distress but you do not qualify, did not apply, and/or have not received any funding from HEERF III, you may contact the Office of Student Affairs Emergency Funding Committee at studentaffairs@regis.edu to apply for support.

HEERF III Student Report 2nd Quarter 2021
HEERF III Student Report 3rd Quarter 2021
HEERF III Student Report 4th Quarter 2021

HEERF III Institutional Report 3rd Quarter 2021
HEERF III Institutional Report 4th Quarter 2021

 

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