A Message from the  Auraria  Executives  Council: A Campus Mask Update

Dear CityHawks,

As COVID-19 infection rates in Denver and throughout the state continue to increase, Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock are urging all eligible Coloradans to get vaccinated immediately. The spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a surge in infections and hospitalizations across the United States, even in communities with high vaccination rates.

This week, Mayor Hancock issued a Public Health Order stating that all City and County of Denver employees and private-sector workers in high-risk settings will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30. The new Public Health Order applies to the city's municipal workforce of more than 10,000 employees and teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions.

After reviewing the data and conferring with public health experts, and our campus leadership, all four campus constituents have decided to follow the CDC’s recommendation and require face coverings indoors for everyone on our campus (regardless of vaccination status) effective Monday, August 9. While each of the four Auraria Campus entities have more institution-specific guidance on this mask order, these requirements are universal across campus:

  • Everyone on campus, including visitors and contractors, must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are not required outdoors unless you choose to wear one.
  • Employees in offices with a door may work mask-free when alone.

The City and County of Denver is relying on employers to ensure that employees are complying with the Public Health Order. We will continue to remain in close communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Health Center at Auraria for guidance on the best next steps as we move forward.

It is so easy and quick to get your COVID-19 vaccination, and it's more important than ever to do your part to keep yourself, your family, and our community safe. Everyone 12 years of age and older are currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • The State of Colorado offers $100 Walmart gift cards while supplies last to anyone who gets a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating state-operated vaccine site. To find a participating location, visit the Colorado Comeback Cash website.
  • COVID-19 vaccines will be available, August 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Mobile Vaccination Clinic located on the Larimer side of the Student Commons Building (1201 Larimer Street). It's 100% free of cost—no insurance or photo ID required. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome! Click the link for more information on the Mobile Vaccination Clinic.

We’ll be sharing specific institutional operational updates as we move ahead. In the meantime, if you are feeling ill for any reason with or without physical symptoms, including sneezing, coughing, nausea, etc., you should not come to campus. We hope this will minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, including viruses and the flu. We also encourage you to consult a medical professional if needed.


Marielena DeSanctis, Ph.D.
President | Community College of Denver

Colleen Walker
Chief Executive Officer | Auraria Higher Education Center

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
President | Metropolitan State University of Denver

Michelle Marks, Ph.D. 
Chancellor | University of Colorado Denver