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Academics

  • When will Fall 2020 classes start and end?

    The Fall 2020 quarter for most units will start September 14. Instruction will end Friday, November 20. 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other days of the week will be published in the schedule of classes) or asynchronously (the other days of the week will not be published in the schedule of classes).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 (provost@du.edu) 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. 
  • 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.

  • How will I know what modalities my classes are in?

    On July 15th, the registrar will release the course schedule with class modality (online, in-person, hybrid, and hyflex) clearly listed. Below your course title, you will see the following designations: lecture (which means in-person), hybrid, or online. Advisors will be available to assist students who need to change their courses due to changes in modality.

  • Will the University consider another Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass grading model if we need to pivot to fully online?

    In the event we would need to move online in the fall, we would explore options, and a pass plus/pass/no pass grading model would be a likely outcome. However, this method can complicate students’ ability to get licensed or into medical school if we utilize this option for a long period of time.

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

COVID-19 & Wellness

Miscellaneous

  • 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. We look forward to resuming small campus tours in the coming weeks.

  • 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. 
  • 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 housing@du.edu to have questions answered.

    DU Community members returning from travel from a state that does not have widespread outbreaks of the virus may return to campus after travel while monitoring symptoms. Widespread is defined as a seven-day average of 10 or more new cases per 100,000 state residents. A list of the states exceeding the threshold will be published each Friday on the DU COVID-19 website, beginning Friday, July 17.

    Individuals returning from travel from a state that has widespread outbreaks or from international travel will be asked to self-quarantine for 10 days. More information about travel guidance can be found on the DU COVID-19 website.

    If you have questions related to travel, please contact your supervisor.