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Student Guide

You’ve faced challenges. And you’ve risen to meet them! Whether you are studying online or on campus, we are here to help you on the path toward graduation. This guide was designed to answer your questions and connect you with essential resources.


  

Latest Update: University travel restrictions extended


COO Larry Sampler announces an extension of restrictions on University-funded and affiliated- travel, plus more on the timeline for potential COVID-19 vaccines. Read the Dec. 2 message>
  

Register for March face-to-face accelerated classes


MSU Denver will offer nearly 50 accelerated spring courses on campus beginning in March in an effort to provide more options for students who prefer face-to-face classes. These eight-week, 3-credit-hour courses will run March 15-May 15. Accelerated online courses will also be available. Read the Nov. 30 message from VP Will Simpkins, Ed.D.>

Student FAQs

With the fall 2020 semester underway and spring 2021 coming soon, Roadrunners are likely to have questions; especially in this atypical academic year. This FAQ provides the latest information for MSU Denver students as we navigate this journey together.  

Last updated: Dec. 2, 2020


Campus Operations


As of now, MSU Denver’s plan for spring semester is to have two phases of in-person course offerings. The first will start in January and run through the normal spring semester schedule. In that phase, we will have approximately 14% of our total offerings on campus.

The second phase will begin in March with an additional 50 accelerated courses on campus in an effort to provide more options for students who prefer face-to-face classes. These eight-week, 3-credit-hour courses will run March 15-May 15. Accelerated online courses will also be available.

You can find more information about all of our spring courses in the Spring 2021 Registration Guide. If you have any questions or need help registering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an advisor. 

MSU Denver adopted a mixed approach to classes for fall 2020, with 90% of classes meeting online. On-campus classes were prioritized based on which required an in-person component to meet Student Learning Objectives.

Yes. Campus is open to any Roadrunner who needs to be there. MSU Denver asks that you follow established health and safety protocols (Spanish version) and use good judgment.

Most MSU Denver offices are closed for in-person services. But students can access the same great resources virtually. Here’s a list of the top resources for students. Websites for individual offices also detail the best ways to contact them by phone, email or web form.

Many campus businesses are open though some have different hours of operation. All patrons are required to follow MSU Denver’s health and safety protocols while visiting campus businesses.

Yes. There are several general study spaces available for Roadrunners who need to be on campus. Seating is limited and operates on a first come, first served basis.  

 

MSU Denver

Jordan Student Success Building | Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • The student lounge in 120 is open.
  • On the first floor, there is seating available in the main 100 common area.
  • On the second-floor landing (JSSB 216), there is seating at tables available.

Aerospace and Engineering Sciences | Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Seating is available in student-designated lounges and study areas located on all floors.
  • 65 seats

Note: Students shouldn’t be in buildings after they shut down for the evening.

 

Auraria Higher Education Center

Tivoli | Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Tivoli 225 Computer Lab | Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Science Building 1048/1058 Computer Lab | Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Library Café | Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • 25 seats

Note: Any shared AHEC buildings that are open on campus have seating in various common areas during operating hours. See this site for more details: https://www.ahec.edu/campus-info/building-hours

All Roadrunners should have their official institutional ID visibly displayed at all times while on campus. For those who don’t have a way to display their ID, stop by the front desk of the Jordan Student Success Building to pick up a free MSU Denver-branded lanyard. 

If you do not have a campus photo ID, you can get one at the bookstore’s ID station, which is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alternately, you can call 303-556-8352 to set up an appointment. Your first ID card has no cost, but replacement cards are $24.

Yes. Accessibility was considered when determining primary entrances. Here is a map with designated entrances and exits for each building. Please follow all signage in buildings.

If the governor were to reinstitute stay-at-home orders for higher education, MSU Denver would comply. The University has a plan in place to move classes and operations online if necessary.

Health and Safety


Roadrunners are required to follow these health and safety protocols:

  • Perform a daily health assessment before coming to campus.
  • Wear a face covering (mask or face shield) over your nose and mouth at all times on campus when in the presence of others. 
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. 
  • Minimize touching of surfaces. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer on the way in and out of buildings.  
  • Follow signage for designated entrances and exits, as well as those posted in buildings/common areas.  
  • Comply with posted signage in common areas.  

If you forget your face covering on a given day, call the Health Center to pick one up at 303-615-9999.

Yes. Any Auraria Campus student, faculty or staff member with symptoms can be tested at no cost, regardless of whether they are insured or not. Call the Health Center at 303-615-9999 prior to visiting in person.

If you’re not exhibiting symptoms but have reason to believe you may have been infected, please call the Health Center to discuss your unique situation.

The University asks all Roadrunners to report positive cases to the Health Center at Auraria regardless of whether they are learning or working on campus or not. This communication permits internal contact tracing to be initiated and provides a better understanding of the impact of the virus on the University community.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 – whether taking classes in person or online – can get support at MSU Denver. After a positive diagnosis or if you suspect you might be infected, your first step should be to call the Health Center at Auraria at 303-615-9999. The Health Center team will provide expert guidance on medical care and next steps to keep you and those around you safe.

A COVID-19 diagnosis is often accompanied by many personal and financial considerations. The case managers at the Student Care Center are here to help respond to your unique circumstances. The Health Center team will put you in touch with Care Center professionals, but you can always contact them directly. Your case manager will answer pressing questions and help you create a personal plan to deal with challenges you might be facing.

Our expectation is that Roadrunners act with a spirit of generosity and selflessness, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask or face shield to ensure the safety of their peers.

If you have a concern about a student or employee who is not compliant with expectations, or who is otherwise in violation of University policy, please contact the Dean of Students Office (303-615-0220). The University has a communicable disease policy to enforce its face-covering requirement.

Please contact the Student Care Center as soon as you realize you may be in this situation. You can email studentcarecenter@msudenver.edu or phone 303-615-0006 or file a CARE Referral form with your information. From there, you’ll connect with a case manager who can talk through options and help you craft a plan to get through this difficult time.

The Health Center at Auraria works with the State Health Department to enact the appropriate response. The State Health Department, in conjunction with County Health Departments, are the agencies responsible for contact tracing. Individuals that test positive receive a phone call from their local health department. At that time, a contact investigation is started, which is then followed by a contact-tracing investigation.

Academics


Yes. Starting in early summer 2020, MSU Denver proactively invested in new technology and training to ensure faculty have what they need to provide high-quality online courses.

The best place to start is by engaging the faculty member teaching your class. That faculty member can help you come up with a plan to address your academic needs, for example, by recommending the Tutoring Center or the Writing Center.

Colleges regularly have faculty members who develop unforeseen health problems. Department chairs collaborate with dean’s offices to contact Human Resources and hire a temporary faculty member to teach for a short time or finish out the semester.

Tuition and Fees


MSU Denver did not increase the cost of tuition for resident and nonresident undergraduate students for the fall 2020 semester. Relatedly, the board waived several campus-based fees for the fall semester. Please visit the Fall 2020 Fees at Work webpage for more details.

On Sept. 4, the University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase spring 2021 tuition by 3% for resident and nonresident undergraduate students. This translates to an increase of $8 per credit hour for resident students and $25 for nonresidents. The board also voted to maintain most of the reduced fall 2020 fees structure for spring 2021.

MSU Denver and its partner schools on the Auraria Campus agreed to suspend the RTD CollegePass beginning May 18, 2020. This means that none of the three institutions assessed an RTD fee for the fall semester, and students are not able to use their campus-issued RTD pass during the period that the program is suspended.

This decision was made because RTD does not allow for an opt-in CollegePass program. Therefore, MSU Denver does not have an option to assess the fee and provide the pass to only those students who have on-campus courses. The decision to waive the fee was meant to be a cost-saving measure for most students. A decision on the RTD fee has not yet been made for the spring 2021 semester.

RTD does have an income-based pass option. If you’d like help applying for this or otherwise find yourself in a bind without other financial options to support your school-based transportation needs, please contact the Student Care Center.

Events and Travel


As of Nov. 20, 2020, all indoor events should be canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual setting. Outdoor events can function with 25% capacity or a maximum of 75 people. Please see this page for more details.

 

All University-funded or -affiliated travel is suspended through the end of the spring 2021 semester.

 

Faculty, staff or students who foresee a need to travel that warrants an exception to this policy should act well in advance of their anticipated travel to request an exception (proposed by the relevant dean and granted by the provost for academic travel; and proposed by the relevant director or associate vice president and approved by the COO for nonacademic travel). Please contact the Office of International Studies for additional information on study-abroad courses.

This policy does not address personal travel. However, MSU Denver asks its constituents to please act responsibly and either postpone travel plans or take extreme precautionary measures while traveling in any capacity.

Per recent clinical guidance, those returning from out-of-state travel should consider quarantining upon arriving home and be tested for COVID-19 (using a PCR test, not a rapid antigen test) five days after the date of return. At a minimum, quarantine should continue until test results are known. Once quarantine is ended, if earlier than 14 days, continue to monitor for the development of any COVID-19 symptoms for up to 14 days. The recommendation to wait five days to be tested is based on the fact that it takes time for an infected individual’s viral load to be sufficient to elicit a positive test result. 

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