In response to Gov. Jared Polis’ memo noting institutions of higher education are expected to require their campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Adams State Board of Trustees voted Friday to require the vaccine “contingent upon the full approval by the FDA of at least one of the current emergency-use authorized vaccines.” Exemptions allowed under State and Federal law will be fully available to all students, faculty, and staff once the requirement is in place.

The Trustees engaged in a robust discussion on the vaccine requirement and ultimately sided with the scientific evidence that demonstrates vaccination as the leading prevention strategy and the best way to ensure a healthy environment for students to learn.

However, until there is full FDA approval for at least one of the vaccines, Adams State will continue to encourage and emphasize the importance for students and employees to get vaccinated ahead of the start of the fall semester in August.

Adams State will also continue to emphasize masking and physical distancing as two of the most effective means of combating the spread of COVID-19 for non-vaccinated individuals.

Adams State, through its Safe-to-Return Task Force, adopted new guidelines for the campus that allows for 100 percent capacity in classrooms, laboratories and research spaces, and offices and work spaces once the fall semester begins in August.

For campus guidelines visit Return to Campus.

Adams State also continues to document any positive COVID-19 cases on campus. The University’s COVID-19 dashboard can be found by visiting COVID-19 Dashboard.