Our on-campus resident students will build community by living and learning in and near your residence halls with courses you will take as a cohort with your peers—with a CU 101 course and remote electives available.
Our incoming commuter students will also build community and take courses with a cohort of your peers—with a CU 101 course and remote electives available.
Students can get something to eat via quick-service dining options, including grab-n-go, takeout and order-ahead. All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications.
For in-person courses, we will practice physical distancing in classrooms and academic technology support.
As we approach our academic mission during this time, students and faculty will see a number of changes this fall that emphasize the health and safety of everyone on our campus. These modifications are aimed at maintaining a robust instruction and learning environment, while keeping all of our community members safe.
The main accreditation criteria for our courses remain the same whether they are taught in person, online or remotely: Our courses must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. With remote and online teaching, instructors are able to:
Provide regular instruction and interact regularly with their students.
Provide full and substantive assessment and regular responses to students’ coursework.
Be proactive and available in providing information or responding to students’ questions about the content of the course. (Instructors typically begin the semester with a class discussion about the content of the course to make sure that all students understand expectations.)
We are implementing a first-of-its-kind “First-Year Academic Experience” for all first-year students. Those students will be housed and enrolled in classes with small cohort groups. Courses will be offered in a variety of in-person, distance and hybrid formats.
Instructors across campus are thinking carefully about how to interact with students and design teaching practices that promote learning in face-to-face, remote and online modes. The Center for Teaching & Learning has partnered with Continuing Education, the Office of Information Technology and the Provost’s Office of Academic Innovation to offer workshops and provide resources and individual consultations for faculty on effective, evidence-based practices for remote and online teaching.
As we begin the implementation of our plan for fall, we are working to minimize the potential impacts to students who have already chosen their course schedules while meeting the health and safety goals that will enable our return to campus. Class meeting times, locations and teaching formats will be automatically adjusted to accommodate increased passing periods and appropriate social distancing. Students will have the opportunity to add, drop or swap classes during the schedule adjustment and open enrollment periods in August. For more information, view the full announcement.
When determining which courses will be offered in-person, we will emphasize in-person delivery of labs and studio courses.
We will also prioritize other classes for in-person delivery whose academic outcomes are difficult to achieve virtually.
Yes. The campus is committed to equitable remote options for vulnerable/at-risk populations and meeting the needs of students whose health or personal circumstances require them to learn remotely. A foundational principle of our Academic Implementation Team is ensuring the campus will offer enough fully remote and/or online options that students who cannot attend courses in person can make progress toward their degrees. However, not every course will be offering remote instruction, and this may require a fully remote student to choose different classes.
Planners in our Planning, Design and Construction department are drawing up diagrams for physical distancing in specific CU Boulder buildings, classrooms, study spaces and hallways.
These diagrams depict the capacity of a classroom or study space given physical distancing and maximum group size guidelines, model seating arrangements, and take into account traffic patterns around classroom spaces.
Offering classes in a variety of methods
Moving classes to larger spaces
Splitting classes into multiple sessions
Limiting the number of students present in person on a rotating basis
Extending class scheduling to use the full day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., thus reducing the number of students on campus at one time
If students are enrolled in fewer courses at one time, they have fewer contacts with other students in the classroom.
This diminishes the opportunities for virus spread. In addition, shorter sessions create natural “breakoff points” within a semester if we need to end in-person instruction.
A contingency team made up of the leads for each implementation team will prepare a contingency plan for the possibility of a fully remote fall semester.
Yes. Fall break will be shortened to Thursday and Friday only, with classes continuing through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. After fall break, all classes will be remote (synchronous) or online (asynchronous) through the end of the semester.
This discourages travel during break, and allows students to travel home and remain there until the spring semester, reducing the chances of carrying the virus back and forth between home and campus.
We are committed to delivering on our mission of educating the next generation, and that is best done in person. We especially considered students who would be most disproportionately affected if we were to be fully remote—first-generation, underrepresented, low-income and rural students. We are planning a flexible model that can pivot to fully online/remote if necessary and can also enable increasing hybrid/in-person instruction, based on a strong mitigation model to isolate and contain COVID-19 spread, in line with recommendations from public health entities.
No. This arrangement was to apply only to the adjustment period of the spring 2020 semester. When fall semester convenes, regular grading practices will be resumed.
To promote the safest possible conditions on campus, we are continuing to provide enhanced cleaning throughout campus with increased attention to frequently touched surfaces.
This means that, based on recommendations from the CDC, Boulder County Public Health and medical staff, our custodians continue to clean and disinfect all bathrooms daily. These recommendations include routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops). Additionally, we are increasing use of disinfectant (in addition to our normal multipurpose cleaner) in common areas to ensure that they are disinfected daily.
To help promote hand hygiene, the university will provide more hand sanitizer in areas of public access in campus buildings.
The faculty within each academic department will work this summer to determine the mix of remote/online and in-person instruction.
The implementation teams recognize the importance of undergraduate learning assistants (LAs) and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) who help faculty teach in person, online and remotely. TA and LA support can promote undergraduate student success, especially as students and faculty transition to new ways of teaching and learning. Funding levels for learning assistants will be set over the summer.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance to colleges and universities that enables international students to temporarily participate in additional distance learning credits beyond what is allowed under visa rules if in-person courses are converted to online courses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact International Student and Scholar Services for advice about your particular situation.
Contact the faculty member who is supervising your research and work with them to focus on different aspects that can be completed remotely (e.g., data analysis and conducting tests in virtual environments) if progress on your research project is affected by the campus moving to a “limited” or “remote” operating mode, your own illness, or because you are in quarantine or in self-isolation.
Most off-campus CU Boulder courses will move to remote teaching at the same time as courses offered on campus. Be in touch with your instructor about their plans for remote teaching. If you are taking a special short-term course that requires students and faculty to travel to a remote location, your instructor will let you know whether the course will take place as planned.
If you have an internship and cannot go to work because of illness, are in quarantine or self-isolation, or if your workplace is closed, contact your workplace supervisor and find out how contracted hours can be fulfilled. Is it possible to work remotely? Keep a log or other record of where you are on projects, and make sure your supervisor has access to this. Contact the internship coordinator or your faculty internship sponsor in your department to see if changes in your work schedule or work projects will change what coursework you need to submit for review.
If you studying teacher licensure and cannot go to your school because of illness or because you are in quarantine or self-isolation, contact your teaching supervisor at the school. Students in CU Boulder’s teacher licensure program have more than enough hours in the classroom to allow them to take time off for illness. The School of Education is in touch with the Colorado Department of Education about how teacher licensure programs will be handled should Colorado schools close.
If you have concerns or are unsure about your instructor’s plans for remote teaching, stay in touch and ask questions. You and your instructor know best where you are in the class. It’s best to reach out yourself rather than having someone else do it for you.
Here are a few tips for communicating your concerns with your instructors:
Before reaching out, check Canvas and other communication from your instructors to see if your question or concern has already been addressed.
If your instructor has a preferred communication method (such as email), use that channel.
Students should use their colorado.edu addresses to email their instructors to ensure compliance with student privacy regulations.
When emailing your instructor, be genuine and detailed. Include the name of the class, your full name and the reason for your email.
Express your concerns and give context about your situation. If possible, offer solutions.
Open the door for conversation, and be open to working with your instructor to find other solutions and ideas.
Remember that this will be a dialogue. As we work through transitions to remote learning, your questions might not be resolved in one email or message.
At CU Boulder, all students at all times have the right to lodge a complaint or grievance they deem important without fear of retaliation of any sort or any other adverse consequence. See Student Appeals, Complaints, and Grievances: A Brief Guide for how to make a complaint or lodge a grievance.
If you are already registered with Disability Services, please consult Student Accommodation Resources for Remote Learning, and contact your access coordinator with specific questions.
If you are not registered, you will need to register with Disability Services.
See also Tips for Excelling in an Online Learning Environment for advice on how to succeed in online courses.
Scheduling will be guided by consideration of equity, which includes prioritizing the most pressing needs of students, such as making sure students are able to graduate on time.
The university is preparing for a COVID-ready campus experience so the traditional campus experience can be preserved to the greatest extent possible, with safety protocols and guidelines in place that protect students, faculty and staff.
Our on-campus resident students will build community by living and learning in and near their residence halls, with courses they will take as a cohort with their peers—with a CU 101 course and remote electives available.
Our commuter students will also build community and take courses with a cohort of their peers—with a CU 101 course and remote electives available.
Students can get something to eat via quick-service dining options, including grab-n-go, takeout and order-ahead. All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications.
You will take part in campus life, resources and services with health and safety modifications like prescheduling and limits on capacity to ensure your health and safety.
Campus activities and events will scale based on health and safety conditions, beginning with things like scheduled trips and visits, and additional remote programming (for example, esports) with clubs and organizations.
Visit the Campus Living FAQ page.
To ensure a COVID-19-ready campus experience this fall, we will have in place: on-campus capability for COVID-19 testing of students, faculty and staff with symptoms, with a goal of increasing capacity to have a robust testing program.
CU Boulder will reduce in-person activities if public health agencies decide that is needed to rapidly address a potential outbreak.
Planning has begun to create modeling for a fully remote fall semester, so the university can be prepared to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.
We expect everyone who comes to campus to observe our campus safety protocols.
Likewise, we expect that our students will adhere to public health orders in the community, and expect that they will be held accountable by local law enforcement in a manner equal to any other resident.
Our plan also calls for an updated conduct code and related policies to include compliance with COVID-19 public health requirements and sanctions/public health consequences for noncompliance.
Select libraries spaces will be open for use, with cleaning/sanitizing protocols in place and expectations for appropriate social distancing. Users will be able to place online requests for print books and other physical materials, as physical collections will not be directly accessible by users.
Residence hall move-in is one of the topics our implementation teams will look at closely in coming weeks to ensure we’re able to maintain proper safety protocols.
If you feel you are being treated unfairly, singled out or targeted based on your skin color, race, ethnicity or national origin, please know that there are reporting and support options available on our campus. You can visit Don’t Ignore It to explore these options. Discriminatory and harassing behaviors are against university policy and have no place in our community. Additional information about other health and wellness related support is also available.
The CU Board of Regents sets tuition and fees for all CU campuses each spring as part of the regular budget cycle. This year, the board approved a zero percent tuition increase for incoming and returning students. CU Boulder’s four-year undergraduate tuition guarantee provides additional certainty for incoming and continuing students by ensuring tuition doesn’t increase over a student’s first four years.
The blend of in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses that will be offered in fall 2020 does not diminish the quality and value of a degree from CU Boulder.
The main accreditation criteria for our courses remain the same whether they are taught in person, online or remotely: our courses must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. With remote and online teaching, faculty and instructors are still able to:
Faculty across campus continue to incorporate best practices for teaching and learning in various teaching modalities into the design of their courses.
In addition, the Center for Teaching & Learning has partnered with Continuing Education, the Office of Information Technology and the Office of Academic Innovation to offer workshops and provide resources and individual consultations for faculty on effective, evidence-based practices for remote and online teaching.
We are also prioritizing classes for in-person delivery whose academic outcomes are difficult to achieve virtually (e.g., computer labs, performance classes, studios).
Finally, the Boulder campus is going to great lengths to modify our campus operations in a way that will allow us to safely provide on-campus experiences for our students. The Boulder campus continues to make significant investments in our COVID-19 health and safety infrastructure in order to provide a safe learning and working environment for our students, staff and faculty.
Students and faculty traveling during fall break and then returning to campus could put the health and safety of the campus at risk. For this reason, the decision was made to move all instruction to remote and online after fall break. In-person teaching will happen as much as possible before Thanksgiving, while promoting student, faculty and staff safety.
Students will still receive the full fall semester curriculum, including taking finals, using the latest instructional design modalities and tools to maximize engagement between students, their peers and professors. Please visit Teaching Modalities & Technology Mapping for more information.
Shortening fall break and conducting all classes remotely or online after fall break will help us avoid potential COVID-19 outbreaks toward the end of the semester as much as possible. Students will still receive the full benefit of class instruction through the end of the semester. To see the updated schedule for fall 2020, please visit Shortened Fall Break 2020 & Downstream Calendar Changes.
There are no plans to adjust or remove fees for the 2020-21 academic year. Student fees did not increase for the upcoming academic year, despite the fact that changes for fall required expansion of infrastructure that supports student activities both online and in person.
The Student Activity Fee, managed by CU Student Government (CUSG), is voted on and paid for by all students in support of a variety of resources and services. Those services will still be available to students, although the details about how they may change to promote the health and safety of campus are still being decided. Some services already existed online prior to COVID-19. Other services may move some elements online for this fall while some will still be available in person. Examples of student-fee-supported services that will still be available this fall include:
Other student fees support services like student health management and information technology infrastructure, including remote learning guidance for students, staff and faculty. Fees also assist with costs to maintain facilities and debt obligations, as well as salaries and benefits for student and staff employees who support these services. For these reasons, student fees will not be adjusted for fall 2020.