Last updated SEP 22, 2021
CMC Trail Map: Plans for Fall 2021
CMC is actively monitoring developments involving the COVID-19 Delta variant with local public health authorities. Please check back for any changes in requirements and recommendations.
The purpose of this memo is to provide the CMC community with general guidance regarding the college’s COVID protocols and related activities. Read more: COVID Procedures for CMC Employees and StudentsRead More
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COVID, particularly the highly transmissible Delta variant, is a threat to everyone in our mountain communities. Help us keep crushing COVID by following these important precautions.
Fall 2021 COVID FAQs
We implore everyone who can to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
The COVID vaccine will be a requirement for students enrolling this fall who live in CMC residence halls, athletes, and/or those enrolled in some health care, public safety and first responder programs where vaccination is required for clinical or internship placement. Study abroad programs with the college also require vaccination in order to participate. Other students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to get vaccinated.
CMC is making vaccines available to students, faculty, and staff on certain campuses during the first week of in-person classes.
Students must be fully vaccinated before moving into the residence halls or by the time they begin classes in a program that will require proof of vaccination. Fall 2021 courses begin on August 23, 2021.
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment maintains a list of free testing locations. To assist those with limited health care options or those who cannot access one of the many free testing sites, the college will pay for testing for faculty, staff and students who need a COVID-19 test. Guidance for this service will be posted on Basecamp.
Masks are required to be worn in indoor public settings, including classrooms, on all CMC campuses. The college will re-evaluate this policy on or about Labor Day, after which we may adjust our policies to follow prevailing public health guidelines.
A survey conducted on Monday, August 16 found that 89% of CMC faculty and staff have received a COVID-19 vaccination. Despite these high vaccination rates, the COVID-19 Delta variant is on the rise in our communities, and survey data indicated that nearly two thirds of respondents would feel safer if everyone wears a mask to begin the semester.
Additionally, college leadership feels wearing masks at the beginning of the semester will ease and facilitate the transition back to an in-person environment, and eventually to something resembling the pre-COVID teaching and learning environment.
“If vaccination rates continue to increase and transmission rates improve, we expect to conform our procedures to county-level public health guidelines,” said CMC Chief Operating Officer Matt Gianneschi. “In the meantime, and while the summer tourism season is still in full-swing, we will ask students and staff to wear face coverings while we monitor local public health data in order to consider adjustments to our procedures.”
“Not everyone will agree to the proposed directions, but all can appreciate and recognize the clarity necessary to welcome students back to campus,” says CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser. “If we all cooperate and do our part, hopefully we will be able to relax this requirement in the very near future.”
Monitor the Trail Map web page for updates.
Social distancing is encouraged when appropriate but not required.
No, but if you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home and get tested before returning to campus.
While most services will be offered in-person this year, many will continue to be offered virtually.
CMC plans a full return of traditional residential and student life activities, including open dining halls (at residential campuses), recreation facilities, libraries and the like.
No, the live-on requirement will be enforced this fall. Students who choose not to be vaccinated may request a vaccination waiver (when available). The normal process for requesting a release from the live-on requirement will also be in place this fall.
Personal health information is private and protected under federal law. The college cannot disclose who has been vaccinated.
Yes, although some restrictions may apply. Contact your residence life staff.
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