Post-Spring Break Academic Plans and Fall Academic Update

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From: Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen
Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2021
To: Employees
Subject: Post-Spring Break Plans and Fall Update

Dear Staff:

With less than two weeks until Spring Break, we hope you will be able to enjoy a slower pace and rejuvenation during the break. Thank you again for your exceptional dedication to our students, and your colleagues and co-workers during this past year. I know it has been a challenging 13 months with the pandemic, and an especially difficult March for our impacted communities given the recent violent events. If you know students who need support, including mental health, basic needs, and/or identity-based support, please refer to these student support services. Faculty and staff can seek support resources through https://eap.colostate.edu/.  

I would like to share with you the below updates and reminders for spring and fall semesters.

Post-Spring Break – April 19 through May 14

All current public health guidelines will continue through the end of the spring semester as announced this week by the Pandemic Preparedness Team (https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/public-health-update-as-we-near-the-end-of-the-semester/), even if the state’s mask mandate changes. All faculty, staff and students coming to any CSU campus will continue to be required to wear a mask, comply with physical distancing while in university buildings, and follow other public health guidelines until further notice.

Course and Exam Delivery Post-Spring Break

  • Course instruction and assessments are to be delivered virtually, post-spring break, through the scheduled end of the semester including finals week exams.
  • In-person exams are not permitted; proctoring for online exams will remain the same. Please email proctoring support, if you have questions.
  • Faculty are strongly encouraged to be flexible with students whose technology or other circumstances prevent their use of an online proctoring platform. The University Testing Center (UTC) staff typically work with faculty and students to suggest alternatives.
  • All technology support will continue to be available to faculty for remote course delivery.
  • Course surveys should be administered to students; here are downloadable instructions for activating the surveys in Canvas.

University Operations & Academic Support Services Post-Spring Break

  • The University will remain open to serve students for study spaces, but some buildings might have limited hours of operation and public access.
  • University offices/units/services/labs will remain open but also may have limited hours of in-person operation (check with your unit for more information).
  • Hours for Morgan Library access can be found on the Libraries website.
  • COVID saliva screening and testing will continue throughout spring semester (https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/).

Fall Semester Update – Registration begins April 5

We are planning for robust in-person courses/experiences in learning and peer engagement for fall, while continuing to monitor and adjust based on the pandemic and any shifts in public health protocols. Current guidelines may allow us to reduce physical distancing and we will work to consider where students and courses would see the greatest benefits from this potential reduction.

The following is important to keep in mind:

  • Teaching modalities listed in the fall course schedule will set expectations for students about their learning experiences and schedules; we ask you to maintain those publicized modalities and scheduled times for courses.
  • After registration opens on April 5th, any courses designated as online for the fall will remain fully online, despite any changes in public health guidelines.
  • Courses designated as synchronous during registration need to remain synchronous to fulfill promises to students and inform them of the need to be present to participate in real time.

We will continue to update you on fall planning as we have more information available. If you have further questions, please contact your unit or department heads and deans. I hope you and your loved ones are able to experience some rest and recovery over the break. Again, thank you for your hard work and extraordinary commitment!

Sincerely,

Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President