As a school of public health, a first priority is to protect and promote health at all levels. For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to move all coursework at the CU Anschutz and UNC campuses for Fall 2020 to remote offerings, leaving open the possibility that some courses may have some optional on-campus components depending on the circumstances.
Each of our partner institutions has a unique set of circumstances to consider related to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety on campus. The program will continue to follow decisions made for their campus, and will provide information to students about details and plans for the fall semester as it becomes available.
We believe firmly that, as a school of public health, it is our responsibility in this unprecedented situation to provide leadership in protecting the health of students, staff, and faculty. We believe we can create both a safe and quality learning experience for our students using remote approaches. By making this decision now, we allow our faculty the time to plan a robust remote curriculum for Fall 2020, and allow you to make decisions about housing and living situations and, if applicable, childcare needs.
We know that many of you will have questions. Below is some important logistical information that may be helpful:
- Course fees will be assessed according to the original plans for fall instruction, so that courses originally planned as in-person will not be assessed the usual $100 online fee and courses originally planned as hybrid will continue to be assessed the $50 hybrid fee.
- Students who were planning to apply for in-state tuition, but whose residency in Colorado has been interrupted due to COVID-19, will likely be able to maintain their original plans for qualifying as Colorado residents even though they will not be physically in the state. If this applies to you, please complete this form.
- “Remote learning” is not the same as “online learning,” which is usually delivered asynchronously. Courses that were originally planned for in-person or hybrid may be delivered by a variety of modes, including real-time live zoom sessions, taped sessions, asynchronous content, online discussions, and more. You should currently plan to be available at any times that appear in the course schedule to participate in virtual class sessions. As the semester evolves and if COVID-19 conditions improve, some courses may offer optional in-person sessions.
- We know that a sense of community is a very important part of an academic program. We are hard at work developing community-building activities for students to connect with their peers and faculty. This will include virtual activities, and may include some socially-distanced in-person activities in Fall 2020. If you have ideas to share with us, please complete this form.