MSU Denver

Email from President Davidson


April 2, 2020


Dear MSU Denver community,


I want to start by expressing my gratitude for our students, faculty and staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Your adaptability and patience in moving the entire learning experience online this spring has been extraordinary. I know the transition was not what any of us planned for, but I have been inspired by your commitment to supporting one another as we navigate these uncharted waters together.


I have had many questions about next steps – in particular, how we will handle summer classes. After much analysis and deliberation, and to eliminate uncertainty in the registration process and academic planning, we have decided to move as many summer classes as possible online. I did not make this decision lightly. But after consultation with medical experts and contingency planners, University leaders felt it was increasingly likely that the current health crisis will extend into the summer and will continue to make campus operations difficult, if not impossible. As always, our top priority is to keep students healthy and safe, while also giving them a path to progress toward graduation.


Here’s how it will work:

  • All classes in Maymester (May 26-June 6), the eight-week summer term (June 8-Aug. 1) and the first five-week summer term (May 26-June 27) will move to online formats.
  • The second five-week summer term will include online courses (June 29-Aug. 1) and some face-to-face courses (July 6-Aug. 8). The face-to-face course offerings will be reserved for classes that rely heavily on labs and field experience, with our hope being that some in-person instruction will be available by that time.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a face-to-face course, it will be modified to an online course. In some cases, the online course may be synchronous, meaning that the dates and times for your course will not change but instead those class meetings will happen virtually.


I understand this decision will be disconcerting for some in our community, but we feel strongly that this is the best option for keeping our students, faculty and staff safe, while also maintaining continuity in the educational experience. Rather than planning for in-person classes and then needing to change direction, picking a firm course of action now will allow us all to prepare for successful teaching and learning online.


I want to encourage students to not let this temporary speed bump derail your educational and career goals. The same supportive faculty will be teaching courses this summer, and our staff will continue to be here to assist you in every way possible. We have developed FAQs for online summer courses to answer some of the most pressing questions you might have, but you can always reach out to your professor, advisor or the chair of your department for more support.


While most summer 2020 courses will move online, registration for fall 2020 classes on campus will proceed as usual. Priority registration began Monday.


This has been a challenging time for our school, state and country. But we are not alone in making the best out of a difficult situation. Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families and one another. And thank you again for your resilient Roadrunner spirit!




Janine Davidson, Ph.D.