June 15, 2020: Email to students from Provost Gort

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,
Please read the following important information regarding Fall Semester 2020.

  • Courses will be primarily online with some hybrid options;
  • Students who register for “completely online” and “mostly online” courses by July 20, 2020 will receive $25 per credit “COVID Relief” to their student accounts to offset a portion of the online differential tuition;
  • All campus locations will be open and following safety protocols to ensure your safety when you come to campus; and
  • Student support will continue to be offered remotely and some support areas may expand to in-person sessions following safety protocols.

Considerations
Metropolitan State University is continuously evaluating the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in our communities and listening to the advice of public health experts to determine how we will offer our classes and serve students during the fall semester. We’ve considered factors such as:

  • The number of campus community members who may be at high-risk for poor outcomes after COVID-19 infection,
  • The number of campus community members who may have uncertain schedules whether due to disrupted work schedules, changes in access to childcare, uncertainty about K-12 school schedules, or one of many other reasons, and
  • The potential negative impacts of changing course delivery after the semester starts.

Our primary goals are to support the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while providing you an excellent education and keeping you on track to achieve your educational goals.

Fall course options
After careful consideration, Metropolitan State University will not be offering conventional face-to-face classes in Fall 2020. Instead we will be offering several kinds of online and hybrid courses. Most of our class offerings will be completely online.

  • Completely Online courses will either have some required meeting times that will be facilitated via Zoom (completely online-- synchronous) or be completed without any scheduled and required meeting times (completely online-- asynchronous).
    • Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time (for example, meeting via Zoom)
    • Asynchronous online classes allow you to complete the work on your own time
  • Mostly Online courses include between one and four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions.
  • Hybrid/Blended courses will include more than four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions. This is a format that includes some online instruction with limited in-person class sessions.
  • Faculty members are determining which format is right for each course, and those decisions will appear in the published schedule on or before June 19. You will be able to determine type of course in eServices by looking for “completely online—synchronous,” “completely online—asynchronous,” “mostly online,” or “hybrid/blended” descriptors in the delivery method column.

$25 COVID Relief per credit for Online Courses
Courses that are “completely online” or “mostly online” are charged an online differential tuition rate. To offset a portion of the increase, students who register before July 20, 2020 will receive a $25 COVID relief per credit for each “completely online” or “mostly online.” For example, if you are registered for four “completely online” or “mostly online” credits, you will receive a $100 COVID relief; registering for 8 “completely online” or “mostly online” credits will result in a $200 COVID relief.

Pandemic Safety
Our campus locations will be open, following social distancing and public health best practices. More information will come later in the summer about safety protocols for fall and what you can expect when you come to campus. Those protocols will include limiting the number of people gathering, requiring masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, and expectation that folks on campus have completed a self-assessment of their health prior to coming to campus.

Supporting You
Even during this time when most of our employees are working remotely, we’ve continued to provide services to support you. Information about accessing support can be found on our COVID-19 information page. We are also developing safety protocols that may allow expanded in-person supports for the fall semester if there is student demand.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Best regards,

Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs