UNC COVID-19 Information
The University of Northern Colorado is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and providing regular updates to the UNC community on this website.
Due to the extremely low amount of COVID-19 transmission and high vaccination rates within our university community, and in line with CDC guidance, individuals no longer need to report exposures, symptoms or positive tests. This means the university is no longer performing contact tracing or placing individuals in quarantine or isolation. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 transmission within our community and reevaluate this decision as necessary.
Guidelines are still in place for individuals who are symptomatic, test positive or have been exposed:
- Symptomatic: Anyone with COVID-like symptoms should get tested immediately and not come to campus. If you suspect that you have COVID-19, follow CDC’s isolation guidelines until you have your test results.
- Positive Test: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should
isolate from others and follow the CDC's isolation guidelines.
- A limited amount of temporary housing is available for individuals who want to voluntarily isolate if they or a roommate tests positive. See our quarantine and isolation FAQs for details about isolation support.
- Positive Test: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate from others and follow the CDC's isolation guidelines.
- Exposure: Anyone who is exposed to someone with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should begin wearing a mask immediately. Follow CDC's exposure guidelines, including getting tested at least five full days after your last exposure. Testing at the wrong time can lead to inaccurate test results.
- A confirmed positive case is when a student or employee receives a positive COVID-19 test result from a rapid antigen test (e.g. over-the-counter Binax test) or a molecular PCR test (I.e. nasal swab test performed at a testing site).
- Exposure is defined as being within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. It is not considered an exposure in a classroom setting if everyone was wearing a mask.
COVID-19 cases are now handled similarly to other illnesses for those who need assistance or accommodations:
- Employees should work with their supervisors and Human Resources, or consult UNC's COVID-19 Employee Guidance.
- Students should work with their instructors.
- Students seeking accommodations can contact the Disability Resource Center.
- Students seeking additional support are encouraged to submit a Referral for Student Support form online.
Public Health Measures
The university strongly recommends UNC students, faculty and staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. Click below for more information about vaccinations.
Face Masks Optional
In light of significant declines of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and updated guidance from CDC, masks are optional for everyone at UNC.
Symptomatic? Get Tested
UNC students and employees are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms. Free test kits are available on campus.
Need Additional Info?
UNC has established a dedicated group of staff to provide information and answers to questions regarding COVID-19 and the direct impact on our students, staff and faculty.
We'll respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours or the next business day.