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July 13, 2020: Email to students from Provost Gort

Posted Monday, July 13, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Fall semester starts on August 22 and now is the time to register for classes. I’d like to give you some important reminders:

  • Fall courses will be primarily online/mostly online with some hybrid options; 
  • Students who register for “completely online” and “mostly online” courses by July 20, 2020 will receive “COVID Relief” to their student accounts to offset 33% of the online differential tuition; 
    • Undergraduate Courses: $25 per credit
    • (NEW) Graduate courses: $42 per credit
  • 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 for Fall
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 also 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 be offering several kinds of online, mostly online and hybrid courses. Faculty members determined which format is right for each course to ensure course outcomes are met. 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.  You will see that most of our class offerings will be completely online for fall.  

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).   (will receive COVID relief credit)

  • 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. (will receive COVID relief credit)

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.

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.  hose protocols will include limiting the number of people gathering, requiring masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, and a health assessment when folks come 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

Best regards,
Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs