Experiential learning is an important component of the DU educational experiences. To support experiential learning, the University provides protocols for field trips and overnight travel, study abroad, field experiences, internships and clinic and service-learning, all of which have resumed under current conditions.
Many DU clinics have integrated telehealth into their treatment options. This may continue at the clinic’s discretion in support of their clients and following individual accrediting bodies’ training requirements. In-person clinical services are permitted on campus guided by a central protocol for general clinic operation requirements under all alert levels. Each clinic should provide a plan for in-person operations at each alert level to allow a seamless transition of services should conditions change quickly. Please see the clinic protocol for more detailed information.
To mitigate health risks, programs that decide to permit some in-person fieldwork, community-based research, service-learning, clinical or internships should follow the below guidelines:
- The student must discuss their program requirements, career goals and rationale for working in person with a member of their DU field/internship team.
- The field/internship program should consider the placement’s commitment and ability to adapt to changing conditions to mitigate risks for student participants.
- All participants must have a cleared for clinical/field placements campus status prior to participation, which requires vaccination as well as acknowledgment of risk. If the DU field/internship program vets the organization and agrees to apply in-person hours, the students must acknowledge and confirm that they have considered all of their options and discussed their decision with the program designee; that they will remain in compliance with city/state/federal orders; that there is a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of in-person fieldwork or internships; and that they understand the fluidity of the public health crisis.
Students should be encouraged to contact their program designee at any time with questions or concerns about their in-person work.
Internships, Service Learning & Field Placements
In keeping with DU's commitment to experiential learning, many of our programs require or recommend field placements or internships, experiences that help students bridge academic course work with community-based or industrial work experiences in a supervised manner. These experiential programs teach students how to think and act in their chosen professions prior to graduation. Because students can secure these opportunities on their own and/or these hours are required for licensure, the University has put in place processes to allow students to work virtually or in-person to gain course credit and/or satisfy program practicum requirements. These policies are designed to enhance safety, make students aware of risks and empower students to make informed decisions in light of these factors.
Each program has unique considerations, including regulations from accrediting and licensing bodies. Programs should make decisions regarding field work/internships based on prioritizing public health and abiding by governmental mandates, while also supporting students in finding ways to gain field or internship hours needed for their degrees. Every field placement or internship program has a designee who oversees partnerships with industrial or community organizations. These program experts are the best source for advice on finding creative solutions to optimally train students to prepare for their careers while taking into consideration existing information regarding safety precautions and concerns, personal risk tolerance and academic needs.
This year, the University of Denver reinstated its hallmark study abroad program. All students in this program must follow normal program requirements. In addition, the University is requiring full vaccination for all international travel prior to departure. Many of the host Universities and countries have additional restrictions that students and families should educate themselves on before departure
Field Trips & Off-Site Opportunities
To protect University students, staff and faculty during transportation to and from campus activities related to academic instruction, sports competition and practices, and other University activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has established protocols for day and overnight travel.