For more information, check out the general Coronavirus FAQs page.
When will Fall 2020 classes start and end?
The Fall 2020 quarter for most units will start September 14. Instruction will end Wednesday, November 18. Most students will leave campus after their last day of class and remain away from campus for the remainder of the quarter, taking final exams online. The Law School fall semester begins on August 17 and the last day of fall semester classes is Monday, November 23. The Law School’s exams will also be online.
How will Fall 2020 courses be delivered?
There will be four modes of classes:
- Online — a class designed from the ground up so all students can attend the main class experience online. These courses may be synchronous (will have days/times published in the schedule of classes) or asynchronous (will not have days/times published in the schedule of classes).
- Hybrid — a class that has both in-person and remote learning elements, with the frequency of in-person learning based on instructional needs. Hybrid courses will require students to be on campus for a portion of their coursework. Specific frequency of in-person class meetings will vary by course, but the course will meet in person at least one day per week. The other days the course may meet online synchronously (the other days of the week will be published in the schedule of classes) or asynchronously (the other days of the week will not be published in the schedule of classes).
- Hyflex—a class that is designed to be multi-modal such that each student can either choose their mode of engagement in the course for the day or will be assigned a mode of engagement for that day. That is, in some cases, students can choose to attend face-to-face meetings in person or participate fully online, and can choose to go back-and-forth between these different modes of participation throughout the duration of the course. In other cases, students will be assigned a day to participate in person and will not be allowed to attend class on other days. Classes are conducted for the most part as if it were a regular face-to-face class, where cameras and microphones are set up in the room and students have the option of viewing and participating in class activities in person or remotely. Instructors will be in the classroom every day the course is scheduled.
- In-person — a class for which there is at least some essential material that can be acquired only through in-person attendance. All in-person classes and the in-person portions of hybrid classes will be streamed and/or recorded to allow students who become ill or who need to self-isolate or who cannot attend for some other reason to keep up and continue to make progress. Instructors, however, will not be expected to engage online students as if the course were a hyflex course.
Will students need to re-register for courses?
Students will not need to re-register for courses if there are no problems with their schedule or the modality of their courses. Students who need to—or want to—make changes to the classes they were planning to take may make changes at any time after the schedule is published, with the exception of the week of first-time first-year undergraduate student registration (July 18-24) when registration will be closed to returning students.
What is the Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass grading model? Am I eligible?
- The Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass opportunity is optional, and is being offered for spring and summer quarter 2020 only;
- All undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Denver are eligible for Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass grade designations for spring and summer quarter 2020 (The Sturm College of Law operates on a semester system and moved to a Pass/Fail system on March 23);
- Pass Plus (P+) is defined as a grade of C- or higher. Pass (P) is defined as a grade of D+, D or D-. No Pass (NP) is defined as lower than D-. None of these options will impact GPA calculations;
- Students can make the decision whether to exercise the Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass option up to 72 hours after their final grades for the quarter are available for viewing;
- Students should consult with their program advisors as they consider the Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass option;
- It is important to note that the Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass option may not be appropriate for students in some graduate programs with accreditation, licensure and/or professional requirements;
- If a student chooses the modified grading policy it will have no impact on their GPA calculations for financial aid eligibility; and
- Students will be allowed a one-time opt-in and opt-out for each course in which they are enrolled.
Will I be able to stay on track academically during this crisis?
We are committed to ensuring student academic progress is maintained during this challenging time. What does this mean? It means that we will work closely with you to make sure you stay on track and not lose progress to your degree as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically:
- For students anticipating graduation in June: We will be rapidly conducting degree evaluations for all those intending to graduate in June, looking for missing classes, seeking alternatives, and communicating frequently.
- For our commitment to diverse learning styles and neurodiversity: We will be ramping up resources, tools and advising to support the transition and navigation into these new online learning environments.
- For students who anticipate technology challenges with online coursework: Please contact the Provost’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will help you troubleshoot.
- For students using GI Bill benefits: We know you are concerned about potential impacts to your benefits as a result of transitioning all courses online. A legislative solution is currently moving through Congress. Please be assured that as updates come in, Veterans Services and the Certifying Official will update you as soon as possible.
- For all students: We are working to create or modify policies to support your success and help you stay on track for degree completion.
My work requires access to campus facilities. How will my efforts be affected by COVID-19?
We realize that while many of you can work remotely on your creative work, research and scholarship, others require the use of campus facilities. In those laboratories where research is deemed essential, please follow the instructions of your faculty mentor, and observe best practices to minimize risk and prevent the spread of illness
How is DU supporting students enrolled in the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) or who have neuro-diverse needs? For them, online learning may be an even more significant hurdle that impacts their social and academic experience?
Because of our low student-to-faculty ratio, our faculty can support the needs of all of our students even at a distance. For example, they are able to adjust with asynchronous delivery, adjusting deadlines, working one-on-one with students, and more.
Some non-traditional students find online learning preferable to a rigid on-campus schedule. What alternative strategies could you consider for the future?
After the crisis, it is likely that DU and other universities will rethink many of our approaches and structures. It is too early to know how we will evolve, but we definitely are learning a lot more about different learning styles and ways to deliver education creatively and effectively.
How will student support services evolve to help ensure all are in a position to succeed on DU's campus?
DU will continue to offer comprehensive support services and co-curricular programming that empowers students to succeed in the classroom while also developing dimensions of character, physical and emotional well-being, and preparing for future careers.
To request support, visit https://sos.du.edu.
How will DU adjust its course delivery in the event that public health officials require the University to do so?
If public health officials require an abrupt end to in-person teaching, our in-person and hybrid courses would convert immediately to online delivery, thereby ensuring that teaching and learning can continue without disruption.
When will this Fall 2020 schedule be available for students and faculty to see?
The schedule will be available for students on July 15, 2020. Prior to this date, drafts of the schedule will be shared with administrators, faculty, and staff.
Should instructors let students into their course from the waitlist?
Once courses are scheduled, instructors should limit in-person, hybrid, and hyflex courses to the number that was used to determine the size of the room assigned to the class. Instructors teaching online courses may add students as they see fit.
Fall 2020 Classroom Experience
What if an instructor gets sick and needs to miss one or more classes?
Every course should have an instructional continuity plan such as designating a teaching partner to take over the class in the event of instructor illness or emergency.
What if there are new stay at home rules that require in-person, hybrid, and hyflex classes to be shifted fully online?
Every course should have a plan in place to switch to fully online learning (either synchronously or asynchronously) in the event that in-person/hybrid/hyflex courses are no longer able to be offered.
Can instructors use paper assignments and paper handouts?
No. DU will be paperless for Fall Quarter 2020. Instructors must distribute and receive all assignments and class material electronically.
How will instructors hold office hours?
All office hours will occur online or by phone unless instructors can ensure proper distancing. Most faculty offices are too small to ensure proper distancing.
How many students are allowed in each class taught in-person?
Class size will depend on the size of the room. DU will follow guidelines from the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). Under current guidelines, classes in regular sized rooms are capped at 50 students. Classes held in “extra-large” spaces are capped at 100. DU has very few spaces that qualify as “extra-large” under current guidelines.
When will instructors know what room they will be teaching in?
Now that the Registrar’s office has a draft of the revised 2020 schedule of classes that includes the class modality, they will be working to place those classes into physical locations as quickly as they can. Classrooms will be assigned based on size and the technology available in the room.
What technology will be available in classrooms?
Classrooms will be equipped with a camera and microphone to transmit video and audio content to students who are not able to attend that course in person. Courses scheduled to be taught as “hyflex” will be scheduled in classrooms with enhanced technology to facilitate teaching and student online participation.
Will classes be held on Saturdays or Sundays or during extended hours?
Currently, the only programs that will host classes on Saturday or Sunday are programs that were previously scheduled to hold courses on weekends. No courses that originally were scheduled for Monday-Friday have been rescheduled to Saturday or Sunday at this time. Similarly, at this time, we have not yet had to expand the hours during which courses will be offered. As state and local health guidelines evolve, however, changes may have to be made to the schedule. Any decision to expand hours of operation will be made collaboratively with units.
Will students be required to wear a face covering while in class?
Currently, DU’s Return to Campus Protocol requires wearing cloth face coverings at all times while on campus will be required for all DU community members except:
- When alone in a private office;
- For students, when alone — or with a roommate — in an assigned dorm room;
- When eating and drinking while practicing social distancing — including in a campus dining facility if sit-down dining is resumed during Fall quarter;
- When an alternative has been approved as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act or religious observance accommodation processes.
How will wearing a face covering and other safety precautions be encouraged or enforced?
All instructors, staff, and students will be required to complete a Canvas course related to COVID19 supports, expectations, and procedures. This course will be part of a community public health campaign that communicates to instructors, staff, and students the benefits of wearing a face covering and following other guidelines such as handwashing and sanitizing, including sanitizing classroom spaces. Finally, the DU Honor Code has been changed to reflect the requirement to comply with COVID19 related protocols. Students not wearing a face covering will be in violation of the DU Honor Code and can be required to leave campus if they refuse to wear a face covering.
Living on Campus
What will on-campus housing look like in the fall? Will I be able to live on campus?
For more information, please visit the Housing FAQs.
What happens if someone in my dorm is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Per the recommendation of the CDC and public health officials, those who test positive will be asked to self-isolate and quarantine. We will work closely with public health officials and will follow their guidance to mitigate the spread of this virus.
What happens if I get sick while living in a residence hall?
In order to prevent more cases of the COVID-19 virus, the current recommendation from the CDC is to self-isolate and quarantine in your current location. It is not recommended that you travel or move to another location.
How does the University plan to conduct orientation for new students?
Throughout the summer we will engage new students and their families in a virtual orientation program including Canvas modules, webinars and remote events. We are currently developing a plan for a staggered move-in process and a fall cohort Discoveries Orientation that will include a blend of small in-person experiences, as well as virtual programming.
COVID-19 & Wellness
What should I do if I have symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath?
During business hours, call the Health & Counseling Center nurse triage line, 303-871-2615. Our afterhours medical staff may be reached through the HCC mainline, 303-871-2205. Please be sure to call first before showing up at the clinic. Our medical staff will help you determine best next steps.
What if I become ill for an extended period of time and fall behind academically?
The university is committed to students' academic success and progression. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis. It is important to know that symptoms of COVID-19 are often mild and it is the expectation that students continue their coursework online should they be isolated or quarantined.
Who will be on campus to support students who are sick?
A variety of campus health and counseling staff will be available on campus to serve those who are sick. The University continues to follow all HIPAA, FERPA, CDC and public health guidelines in terms of care.
How do I tell if I have COVID-19 or flu?
Because the symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as influenza, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, call the HCC at 303-871-2615 during business hours or after hours at 303-871-2205, before showing up at the clinic. Staff at the HCC will determine next best steps.
- What can I do to maintain my mental health and well-being?
Can I get care from the Health & Counseling Center even if I am at home?
Yes. The DU Health & Counseling Center is prepared to go online with medical and counseling services. Visit https://myhealth.du.edu/
Will I be transported off campus if I test positive or will I stay in campus housing?
Per the recommendation of the CDC and public health officials, those who test positive will be asked to self-isolate and quarantine where they are and remain there. This will prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
What health and safety services will DU provide to the community once we've returned to campus?
DU will offer additional medical services to test, monitor and track the coronavirus.
The healthcare subcommittee will soon identify healthcare providers that can augment the University’s capacity to test students, staff and faculty for the coronavirus. The University has already deployed a comprehensive symptom monitoring system and will implement contact tracing and other virus surveillance approaches. The exact methodology is actively under discussion.
I'm concerned that other students may not adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. How do you plan to safe and healthy behaviors on campus?
We will adapt our Student Code of Conduct to include new expectations around wearing facial coverings and following physical distancing guidelines. Our Health Promotion team is also leading a group of campus partners and students to create programming that will help students understand their responsibility to follow all health and safety guidelines.
Are campus visits, tours or sessions impacted at this time?
All admissions-related programs are cancelled until further notice. The Admissions office is open virtually.
What financial assistance resources are available to students during this crisis?
- Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
- Purpose: The Student Assistance Fund provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. (Request examples: Supplies for self-quarantine, funds for traveling home, concerns about food insecurities.)
- How to apply: Click here to submit an application to the SAF
- Documentation is required for the Student Assistance Fund Process. State, local policies, and company support options are rapidly evolving in response to COVID-19. Therefore, when considering fund requests related to rent and utilities, documentation is needed that demonstrates landlords and utility companies are reporting students to collection companies, evicting students, or disconnecting services to move forward with the Student Assistance Fund in order to address student need.
- For Rent & Utility Requests: During the COVID-19 crisis students are being directed to their local governments for guidance on support with Rent and Utility resource requests.
- Denver Resources: City of Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program
- Resources for those outside of the City of Denver:
- Please work with your local governments regarding resource options within your city.
- If requested, a case manager can work with you to help identify resources within your home city.
- Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
What should I do if I plan to return to campus after visiting an area with sustained outbreak?
In this situation, the University asks that you self-quarantine in your current location for two weeks and not return to campus unless you have housing insecurity needs. In that situation, we will work with you accordingly and students with housing issues should email email@example.com to have questions answered.