How will my internships, placements and fieldwork be impacted by COVID-19?
Refer to the COVID-19 Positive Case Protocol.
- How should I submit forms and collect faculty signatures?
Will DU be able to adhere to licensure and accreditation guidelines during this crisis?
The faculty and administration also are working closely with licensing and accrediting bodies. They will provide continual updates on how they are addressing these guidelines.
How are graduate students being intentionally supported during this time?
The Office of Graduate Education and the individual academic units provide academic and advising support to graduate students. In addition, our Programming Council (through Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence), serves graduate as well as undergraduate students with a wide range of health-and-wellness and engagement opportunities. Any student who needs additional support can access services by submitting a referral through Student Outreach and Support (SOS).
Are campus visits, tours or sessions impacted at this time?
While all in-person visits are cancelled, Undergraduate Admission offers virtual tour and visit options.
Why are most athletics and recreation programs canceled?
It is well understood that the aerosol known to transmit the Coronavirus are generated at a higher rate when individuals are exercising. Transmission is even higher indoors. In addition, to adhere to city ordinances, we must temporarily close the Coors Fitness Center.
However, student organizations are working on programming for the fall.
Will orchestra and other performances continue?
The Newman Center for Performing Arts had canceled their fall program in alignment with other performing art institutions around the country. Student performances on campus will continue if we can develop protocols that minimize the spread of the virus (for example, streaming). We are currently working with aerosol scientists to understand how, given our spaces and performance types, these activities can resume.
If all my classes are online, and I will not be living on campus, can my activity fees be waived for the quarter?
The fees students pay cover a number of services including support for student government, support for clubs and organizations (including club sports), the regional transit pass, and the Health and Counseling Center. The Coors Fitness Center and the Anderson Academic Commons (library) are not covered by fees, as they are included in our normal operating budget.
This fall, student government, student engagement (virtual and in-person), and club sports will be essential to the well-being of our campus both online and virtually. Our student government is already working to help return-to-campus planning by providing input, acting as ambassadors, and engaging with and lending support to students across the campus. Reducing fees would dramatically impact student government’s contribution. Student engagement will be done both virtually and in-person this year, making it available to all students regardless of their modality – unlike this past spring. Club sports, especially those played outside, will provide a foundational support to the well-being of our student body. Lifting these activities into a hyflex modality will cost more, but we have remained committed to not raising fees. The health and counseling fee is also unchanged even though the University is now offering both in-person and telehealth services, as well as a massive program to provide COVID-19 testing free to students.
The costs have grown substantially for the services needed to keep students healthy and involved, and they are available to students regardless of modality. However, the pandemic is always changing, and our approach may need to adapt over the course of the term. If, for instance, the regional transit district (RTD) reverses its charges to the University, we will pass this along to the students. If the governor moves the state back to “stay at home,” we will reexamine our charges for fees and housing, as we did in the spring. For now, the University is not considering modifying or waiving any fees for this fall.