Before coming back to campus in the fall, students at the University of Denver will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The private university is the latest Colorado institution to announce a requirement. Earlier this month, Durango’s Fort Lewis College became the first Colorado university to issue a mandate.
DU’s chancellor, Jeremy Haefner, said the school came to the decision hoping it would accelerate a return to normal.
“We have made vaccination an urgent priority because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect ourselves and each other,” he wrote. “In addition, through widespread vaccination, DU can confidently loosen or remove restrictions that have impacted social and mental well-being.”
Students are being asked to upload photos of their CDC-issued vaccination card to DU’s health portal. As is the case with other mandatory vaccinations, students can apply for exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons. Those who opt out will be required to continue participating in DU’s testing protocols.
Haefner also said the university is weighing a similar mandate for faculty and staff. According to his letter, “nearly 80% of campus faculty and staff” reported that they are at least partially vaccinated.
DU will frequently update its frequently-asked-questions page following feedback from its student population.