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.
Colorado State University will provide face-to-face instruction on campus this fall, beginning as scheduled on August 24. Some classes will be online-only, and CSU administrators are working to facilitate remote learning for those with health and other concerns. CSU will move to remote, online classes following Fall Break. This means that the last two weeks of classes (November 30-December 11) and finals week (December 14-18) will be delivered virtually. Read more from CSU President McConnell’s email communication.
Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, during summer 2020, ColoradoSPH students must complete their practicum and capstone projects in the state of Colorado. Exceptions for domestic sites outside of Colorado will be considered on a case by case basis. ColoradoSPH students will not be allowed to travel internationally for practicum or capstone during summer 2020.
Additionally, we encourage students to wait to contact potential preceptors until after April 1, 2020 because of the current increased strains on community organizations. To accommodate this, we are extending the practicum proposal deadline from May 11 to June 1, 2020. We are committed to doing what we can to facilitate students, preceptors and advisors to successfully complete practicum requirements over the summer 2020. If you have difficulty meeting the June 1 proposal deadline, please contact us so that we can try to accommodate your late practicum proposal.
We anticipate there may be fewer practicum opportunities this summer. If your course sequence and schedule will allow, you may want to consider waiting until the fall semester to complete the practicum experience. To allow for the time to complete the practicum in fall, please consider taking 1-2 summer courses.
ColoradoSPH Faculty Senate approved the adoption of an optional Pass/No Pass Policy for Spring 2020 that aligns with a policy released recently through the Provost’s Office. After students receive their letter grades for the semester, they will have the option to switch to P+/P/NP through June 5, 2020. The P+/P/NP grades will not be calculated into the GPA. See the full policy here.
Effective March 13, the Colorado School of Public Health suspended all work-related travel for all employees and students. This includes any travel associated with scholarly activities as a CU employee, even if travel is funded by a government grant, foundation, company, or other university.
We will not provide exemptions for conference attendance or presentations. Exceptions will be considered only in extraordinary cases. For consideration of requests for approval, the school has created the Travel Exemption Request Form that must be completed to request a review for an exception.
While we acknowledge the inconveniences created by this restriction on work-related travel, we are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our community. The school administration will monitor conditions and the work-related travel restriction will remain in place for the immediate future
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the ongoing, widespread, sustained transmission of COVID-19. As has been widely reported, travelers who have been exposed to others who have COVID-19 infection are required to be in quarantine for 14 days after the exposure. Travelers who have been to areas with ongoing community or widespread transmission will be asked to stay home for 14 days.
If you are required to self-quarantine after a personal trip, be aware of how your absence affects your unit and university operations. In cases of personal travel, you may not be eligible for administrative leave if you are required to be in quarantine. Please view the latest information from the HR department of your home campus: CU Anschutz,CSU, and UNC.
The CU Anschutz Student Food Pantry in the University Police station in building 407 near the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is open 24/7. Students can sign in with their student ID. ColoradoSPH at UNC students can pick up grab-and-go bags of food from the UNC Bear Pantry by emailing email@example.com.
For alternatives close to you, please reach out to the Food Bank of the Rockies as they update their distribution sites daily.
The Office of Financial Aid team is working remotely. We do not anticipate any changes in services for students. To reach us, please call 303-724-8039 or email FinAid@cuanschutz.edu.
CU Anschutz Shares is a resource available to students facing temporary financial hardship that threatens the student’s ability to successfully complete the current semester. To learn more about CU Anschutz Shares and submit an application, visit the Campus Student Services website.
All Phoenix Center services remain available, although the office is closed. The Phoenix Center is a confidential resource for students who have experienced interpersonal violence or know someone who has experienced interpersonal violence. More information about the Phoenix Center can be found on their website. A free, confidential, 24/7 hotline is available at 303-556-2255. To schedule a virtual appointment with a confidential advocate, email Michaela Calhoun (Program Manager) at Michaela.Calhoun@cuanschutz.edu.
The Registrar’s Office is currently conducting operations online and via phone. You contact the office by phone 303.724.8000 or emailing Registrar@cuanschutz.edu. Please make sure to include your name, student ID, and email address so that we can respond to you quickly. Additional information can be found in this communication.
Writing center services have moved online. Two versions of online writing support are available: asynchronous support via the Graduate DropBox and synchronous (real-time online) support across all other schedules. To learn more about these services, please visit the Writing Center website.