ASU COVID protocol changes and timeline
Due to the extremely low number of cases in the San Luis Valley and Alamosa County, and in alignment with current CDC guidance, the Adams State University COVID response team is implementing the following changes to Adams State’s COVID protocols:
Immediate changes, taking effect on Monday, 4/11/22:
- The vaccination requirement for employees and students remains in effect, utilizing our current process for uploading vaccination information or exemption forms. However, beginning April 11th, weekly testing becomes strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. Adams State may revert to mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if the trajectory of the pandemic warrants, alongside any future Public Health guidance or orders.
Protocols changing or being eliminated after Spring Graduation (after 5/14/22)
- Indoor masking will remain a choice, and will no longer be required in any classes or performing arts events
- ASU’s interim travel procedure will be suspended
- Use of the ASU Visitor Form will be suspended
- Tracking of campus vaccination rates and positive case counts will be suspended
- COVID-related syllabi policies and language will be removed, and reverted back to pre-COVID status (effective for summer semester 2022)
Protocols remaining in effect:
- Students or employees who experience symptoms are strongly encouraged to stay home and seek testing, regardless of vaccination status
- Students or employees who test positive must follow isolation requirements and other guidance from Public Health
- Students who test positive should continue coordinating with their faculty and the Office of Student Affairs for any impacts to their instruction
- Employees who test positive should continue to coordinate with their supervisors and Human Resources for any impacts to their work schedules and leave situations
The safety of our students and staff continues to remain our highest consideration. ASU will continue to monitor the evolving pandemic and will maintain communication with public health officials. If current conditions or public health guidance change, ASU may revisit and reinstitute protocols as appropriate in response to the situation.
Thank you for your continued support.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Requirements
In support of our goal of continuing to provide a full, in-person learning experience for our students, Adams State has made some difficult decisions based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
Masking: Wearing a mask is a personal choice rather than a university requirement, with few exceptions, as of Friday, March 4, 2022. Performing arts events in which performers are not masked may choose to require audience members to wear masks at the discretion of the event host (e.g. theatre and music performances). Individual faculty members may choose to require face coverings of all students in any given class at this time. Questions can be sent to the VPAA’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vaccination Requirement for Employees: All Adams State University employees must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records.
- Weekly testing is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory, as of April 11, 2022.
- Adams State may revert to mandatory testing for unvaccinated employees if the trajectory of the pandemic warrants, alongside any future Public Health guidance or orders.
Vaccination Requirement for Students: All Adams State University students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records. Any student who does not report their vaccination status will be considered unvaccinated, and a “hold” will be placed on their account that prohibits them from registering for classes.
- All unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to test weekly for COVID-19, as of April 11, 2022. Weekly testing is no longer mandatory.
- ASU may revert to mandatory testing for unvaccinated students if the trajectory of the pandemic warrants, alongside any future Public Health guidance or orders.
Vaccination Documentation: Upload your vaccination information here.
Free vaccinations are available every Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m at the mobile vaccination unit parked in the library parking lot. No appointment is required.
All students and employees are strongly encouraged to get the COVID booster shot as soon as they become eligible.
On-campus testing is available weekly Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the lobby of Conour Hall. This testing is available for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Please fill out registration form ahead of time.Register for Testing
Contact information: Phone: (720)-419-1087, e-mail: email@example.com. Please use registration form linked above to sign up for testing.
Weekend COVID Testing: If testing is needed on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, local drive-through testing is available at the ValleyWide Convenient Care clinic. To register for weekend testing, please visit https://www.affinityecarecolorado.com/co/.
- Mask wearing is a personal choice rather than a university requirement, with a few exceptions. Performing arts events in which performers are not masked may choose to require audience members to wear masks at the discretion of the event host (e.g. theatre and music performances).
- Faculty members may choose to require face coverings of all students in any class. Questions can be sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Utilize hand sanitizing stations and hand hygiene
- Identified exposures and positive cases, follow Public Health requirements for quarantine and isolation
- Vaccines required
- COVID-19 surveillance testing strongly recommended, but not required, at least weekly for all unvaccinated employees and students
- 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
- Faculty members may require face coverings of all students in any class. Questions can be sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ office at email@example.com.
Students in University Housing
- Designated isolation and quarantine spaces available
- Mask wearing becomes a personal choice rather than a university requirement, with few exceptions, as of Friday, March 4, 2022.
Travel and Visitors to Campus
ASU is still operating under our interim procedure for COVID-19 travel. Specifically, we want to remind campus of the procedure for verification of vaccination status for travelers. All travelers must either be fully vaccinated, or they must be tested within 72 hours prior to departure.
Employee vaccination status verification – Traveler’s vaccination status must be verified by contacting the Human Resources Office directly before eTeam approval of the travel request. Please DO NOT collect vaccination records from travelers, or attach records to the travel request.
Student vaccination status verification – Traveler’s vaccination status must be verified by contacting the Student Affairs Office directly before eTeam approval of the travel request. Please DO NOT collect vaccination records from travelers, or attach records to the travel request.
Vehicles and Transportation
- Increase ventilation when possible
- For group travel, maintain contact information for passengers for contact tracking purposes
- Masking is now a personal choice rather than a university requirement, with a few exceptions.
Visitors (including tours)
- Authorized if following Adams State requirements
Health & Safety Measures
Maintain Physical Distance
Wash hands regularly
What are the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus?
The symptoms of COVID-19 include a combination of, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or a fever above 100.4.
The following health habits go a long way toward helping prevent the spread of Coronavirus
Clean Your Hands with Soap and Water
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. When washing, think about the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to know how long to wash. Turn off the faucet with a paper towel, open the door with the paper towel, and then dispose of the paper towel so you are not touching contaminated surfaces.
Use a Gel Hand Sanitizer and/or Antimicrobial Wipes
You can use a gel hand sanitizer to cleanse your hands when there is no visible dirt. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. The gel hand sanitizer can help eliminate the germs.
Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette
Masking is now a personal choice rather than a university requirement, with a few exceptions. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Make sure others around you use tissues properly and dispose of them in the trash can. After coughing or sneezing, always wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too. Use Lysol, Clorox or any other type of disinfectant to sterilize your room/work area.
Next Steps after Displaying Symptoms
- Return to your room or home immediately with minimal contact with others.
- Call the SLV Health Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 extension 9
- Comply with medical instructions/advice you were given
- Monitor your symptoms at home for the next 48 hours. If you have a fever at or above 100.4° and/or are experiencing a combination of the below symptoms (where symptoms are not common relating to an underlying condition), stay home.
- Notify your professors/coach via email you will be unable to attend classes.
- If you live on campus, contact the Housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-587-7227 to notify them of your condition.
- If you were tested and the test came back positive for Coronavirus, contact the Office of Student Affairs at email@example.com or 719-587-7221.
If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call:
SLV Heath Respiratory Clinic
719-589-2511, extension 9
Valley-Wide Health Systems
719-589-3658, extension 9, Monday–Friday
Your Primary Health Care Provider
Alamosa County Public Health
Valley Wide Convenient Care Community Clinic