MSU Denver

Email from vice president for student affairs Will Simpkins


Aug. 5, 2020


Dear Roadrunner students,

As a new school year approaches, I am writing to remind you that the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, as well as your communities, remains Metropolitan State University of Denver’s top priority. As a result, the University will be limiting the amount of people allowed on campus this fall semester. If you do not have an on-campus, face-to-face class this fall semester, you should not come to campus.

With 90% of classes being held online, most employees will continue to work remotely, too. This does not mean that you won’t be able to access the same great support services as always; you can just find the majority of services online. MSU Denver student services are designed to serve all students, regardless of whether you’re taking classes on campus or online.

If you do have an on-campus, in-person, face-to-face class, please note that there are Roadrunner Safe Return to Campus protocols in place. Please be sure to review those before coming to campus and be on the lookout for a future communication on COVID-19 awareness training. Otherwise, I would like to share with you a few resources that will help you make the most of your time as a Roadrunner:

  • The University has moved away from Blackboard and is transitioning to Canvas – widely regarded as the top learning management system – this fall. We’ve worked to ensure that all students, faculty and staff will receive 24/7, 365 Canvas call-in and chat support. This will be on top of the virtual services that the Tutoring CenterWriting CenterAcademic Advising and Supplemental Instruction offices already offer.
  • Technology needs for class: If you don’t have a personal device other than a cell phone and/or your cell phone is inadequate for your class requirements, visit Teamdynamix or call 303-352-7548 to inquire about securing a loaner device from the University.
  • The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is available to support your job and internship search needs. Job postings are constantly being updated in the Career Link database and the Career Lab is open for virtual appointments (email [email protected] to schedule an appointment). You can also access all of the C2 Hub’s virtual services, including 24/7 personalized resume review through Vmock and career exploration in Vault.
  • Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA) is prepared to assist you virtually, including programming for the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)First-Gen InitiativesImmigrant ServicesVeteran and Military Student Services and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center. You can find more virtual programming on the Virtual Engagement website. Or you can email [email protected] or visit the CESA website for more information.
  • It is not unusual for students to experience acute stress, anxiety, depression and other mental-health challenges as you attempt to achieve your educational goals. You do not have to handle these situations alone. MSU Denver students who have paid the mental-health fee do not pay a charge for mental-health visits at either the Counseling Center (303-615-9988) or the Health Center at Auraria (303-615-9999). Same-day appointments are available based upon the degree of urgency. Students needing after-hours assistance can call the Auraria Campus crisis line for mental-health and victim assistance at 303-615-9911.
  • The Student Care Center is also adept at supporting students through some of life’s most challenging circumstances, including housing insecurity, physical- and mental-health stressors, unemployment and other unmet needs. The center can advise on academic and University options available to students as well. The center also has resources such as the Student Emergency Fund , an emergency stipend for students who are dealing with unanticipated and/or catastrophic life events, and the Roadrunner Food Pantry, which helps students facing food insecurity, available to you at no cost. Let the Student Care Center know how they can help you or a classmate by emailing [email protected], calling 303-615-0006 or filing a CARE referral.
  • The Access Center serves students with either temporary medical conditions or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or mental-health disabilities. The staff collaborates with students and faculty to provide accommodations, services and access to academic programs. Email [email protected] or call 303-615-0200 to schedule a virtual appointment to request accommodations or discuss any accommodation-related issues.
  • The Phoenix Center at Auraria remains committed to providing services to survivors of interpersonal violence, including domestic and relationship violence, sexual assault and harassment, and continues to contribute to a prevention-focused community. The PCA is offering a full range of services while campus operates remotely. Schedule an appointment for Zoom or telephone, contact an advocate, or visit their social media for info on Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other activities. The helpline is open 24/7 at 303-556-2255.
  • Auraria Recovery Community is a community of students in recovery from substance use and their allies. The community offers peer-to-peer connection, resources, activities and sober fun for anyone who needs assistance. For immediate support, contact the Auraria after-hours crisis line at 303-615-9911 or text TALK to 38255. For more information, email [email protected].

Please know that these are only a sampling of resources offered to Roadrunners. You can learn more about your student fees at work, how to be ready for online learning or you can browse additional student resources that are available to help you achieve your academic goals.

I would like to wish you a happy, healthy and relaxing rest of the summer. We look forward to getting the fall semester underway.


Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs