Coronavirus FAQ

 

  1. What is Naropa’s plan for spring semester of 2021?
  2. When do we start classes?
  3. What is happening with Spring Break 2021?
  4. How do I reach the Admissions Office to discuss enrollment or speak to Financial Aid?
  5. How will COVID safety be monitored, and what should I do if I feel ill?
  6. What should I do if I am not cleared to come to campus?
  7. Where should I go for accommodations?
  8. How will I be able to access the library/library resources this fall?
  9. What about my internship?
  10. How will retreats be held in fall of 2021?
  11. How will student housing work this fall?
  12. Will tuition rates/fees change for the fall semester of 2021?
  13. What is happening with campus events/gatherings?
  14. What is recommended for traveling?
  15. What should I do if I have technical questions or issues with accessing my online classes?
  16. What are the expectations for staff?
  17. When will I be able to access campus buildings?
  18. Can Naropa faculty and staff record class sessions or event held online via zoom or other platforms?

 

1. What is Naropa’s plan for spring semester of 2021?

The primary risk mitigation strategy that Naropa has utilized to address COVID-19 is to significantly reduce the amount of people on our campuses at any given time, coupled with strict adherence to governmental guidance on social distancing, hand washing and face masks.  Naropa will continue to employ this strategy into Spring 2021, and you can expect the Spring semester to mirror the fall until such time as we are able to loosen restrictions based on applicable guidance.

We are working with two primary objectives. First is to ground any decisions with the continued good health and wellbeing of our community in mind. Second is the strong desire by faculty and students for overall clarity about the spring semester to be communicated in early October. This will offer some certainty about the spring schedule. As you can understand, honoring both requests means that we must build our spring plans around the current state of the pandemic, and not around the hope we all hold for more flexibility in the near future. If this hope comes to pass, then we will seek out ways to create more flexibility without adding confusion to the schedule.

 

2. When do we start classes?

Courses will begin and end on the dates previously published in the Course Catalog for Spring 2021.  All classes will be held remotely for the first 2 weeks of the Spring 2021 semester (January 11, 2021- January 24, 2021).  In-person instruction, as scheduled for hybrid and in-person classes, will resume the week of January 25, 2021.  Retreats or orientations that are held prior to January 11, 2021 will also be delivered remotely.

 

 

3. What is happening with Spring Break 2021?

Spring Break, originally scheduled for March 22, 2021 through March 26, 2021 will no longer be held over a single weeklong period.  Instead, five “spring break” days have been added to the academic calendar and no classroom instruction will occur on those days.  The no instruction dates are: Friday, February 12th; Tuesday, February 23rd; Thursday, March 25th; Monday, April 5th; and Wednesday, April 21st.

At Naropa, we value every member of our community and we are doing all that we can to keep the campus community safe and healthy.  The decision to modify the traditional spring break week was not made lightly, as we know this can be a time of rest and relaxation for students, however the community impact outweighed the benefit.  Like you, we are hopeful for a return to normalcy sometime in the near future, but for now, we are maintaining our commitment to our students in alignment with many other universities who have also taken similar measures.  

 

4. How do I reach the Admissions Office to discuss enrollment or speak to Financial Aid?

We have several different ways for current or prospective students to connect virtually: appointments with Admissions and Student Financial Services, Experience Naropa open houses, and video sample classes. Graduate admissions interviews will be held online via Zoom.

 

5. How will COVID safety be monitored, and what should I do if I feel ill?

Students, staff and faculty will be required to complete a daily campus clearance process. This process will be completed by you from a smartphone, tablet or computer, takes less than 2 minutes, and includes taking your own temperature.  Anyone not cleared to be on campus will be asked to leave.

IF YOU FEEL ILL: Quarantine and self-isolation policies will be in place for those who have symptoms or test positive for the coronavirus. If you feel ill, you should NOT come to campus, and should contact your healthcare provider to discuss COVID testing.

TESTING: For general testing sites in Boulder County - including both symptomatic/asymptomatic, with/without a doctor’s note, some free – go here 

Students who are covered under Naropa’s student sponsored health insurance plan should visit here for information related to coverage and COVID-19 testing. Here is a link to UHC recommended testing centers 

Staff members who are covered under Naropa’s health insurance plan should contact Member Services at 866-633-2446 or log intomyuhc.comand look for facilities and/or providers within their area.  Note that due to Colorado still being under COVID state of emergency, subscribers to Naropa’s United Health Care health insurance can be tested at Boulder Community Hospital and have it covered by United Health Care as an in-network visit. You must be either symptomatic or have been exposed to have insurance cover the test.  

 

6. What should I do if I am not cleared to come to campus?

Students: You should join your class virtually, and also notify your professor.  Faculty will give information for how to join each class virtually at the start of the semester.

Staff:  If you are expected to be on campus and are not cleared to do so, you should contact your supervisor and coordinate with them to work remotely that day if possible, or take PTO as needed/possible.

Faculty: If you are expected to be on campus to teach a class and are not cleared to come on campus, you should notify your class immediately and hold the class virtually.  You should also notify the CAO, Susan Burggraf, right away.

 

7. Where should I go for accommodations?

Students with qualified disabilities, with questions about academic accommodations and the impact of moving to an online format, should immediately contact Naropa’s Office of Accessibility Resources at mhinojosa@naropa.edu or 303-245-4749.

 

8. How will I be able to access the library/library resources this fall?

Spring 2021 Semester Library Services :

  • Library staff are available to help you online Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; email library@naropa.edu 
  • After Jan 24th Allen Ginsberg Library on the Arapahoe campus will offer weekly hold pick-up service TBD 
  • After Jan 24th Paramita campus branch library will offer a weekly scheduled hold pick-up service TBD 
  • Updates and information about services can be found here Library webpage; email library@naropa.edu anytime with questions  
  • Due to the impact of Covid-19, all processes will take more time than usual. Returned physical library items will sit for a quarantine period of 1 week before being checked in and available for checkout again 
  • Physical Interlibrary Loans (ILL) are not currently available  
  • Digital ILL article requests are available as usual; see Interlibrary Loan tab on Library webpage for details   
  • Contact library@naropa.edu with any questions, including help with setting up your library account via email  

Current Circulation Privileges, reflecting Covid-19 adjustments:  

Undergraduate Students 

Graduate Students 

Distance Learning Students 

Faculty 

University Staff 

Books: 2 weeks, 3 renewals 

Books: 2 weeks, 3 renewals 

Books: 4 weeks, 3 renewals 

Books: 4 weeks, 3 renewals 

Books: 2 weeks, 3 renewals 

DVDs & CDs: 2 week, 3 renewals 

DVDs & CDs: 2 week, 3 renewals 

DVDs & CDs: 4 week, 3 renewals 

DVDs & CDs: 4 week, 3 renewals 

DVDs & CDs: 4 week, 3 renewals 

Reserves: 1 week, no renewals 

Reserves: 1 week, no renewals 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Limit of 10 circulating items at a time; items on hold cannot be renewed 

Limit of 10 circulating items at a time; items on hold cannot be renewed 

Limit of 10 circulating items at a time; items on hold cannot be renewed 

Limit of 10 circulating items at a time; items on hold cannot be renewed 

Limit of 10 circulating items at a time; items on hold cannot be renewed 

Items on hold will be held for patron for 1 week 

Items on hold will be held for patron for 1 week 

Items on hold will be held for patron for 1 week 

Items on hold will be held for patron for 1 week 

Items on hold will be held for patron for 1 week 

 

9. What about my internship?

Students with questions about Internship/Service-Learning and Clinical Placement should work directly with their faculty and the Office of Career Development for any questions or support needed as we continue to navigate the pandemic. To schedule an appointment login to MyNaropa and go to Student/Office of Career Development/Schedule an Appointment.

 

10. How will retreats be held in spring of 2021?

Retreats, Intensives and Field Work may be held in-person at the discretion of faculty.  Online options will be available to students who are unable to otherwise attend as described above.  Faculty have been provided guidance on how to minimize risk of COVID-19 spread during the in-person portion of retreats, intensives and field work.  Please contact your faculty member or academic advisor for questions related to specific retreats or intensives. 

 

11. How will student housing work this spring?

Residence halls will open on January 5, 2021 for all new students, with protocols in place to safeguard the community from COVID-19 as much as possible. Snow Lion’s 1-bedroom apartments will continue to house between 1 and 2 students, and Snow Lion’s 2-bedroom apartments will continue to be able to house up to 3-4 students. Rooms in 2333 Arapahoe will continue to house between 1 and 2 students as well. Understanding that the on-going pandemic is creating unusual circumstances for students, we are also giving students more flexibility in housing by allowing waivers of the housing requirement this spring on a case-by-case basis.  

Residents have specific COVID related information in their housing contracts, and COVID safety protocols will be in place in the residence halls, including: mandatory testing, mask wearing in public spaces, physical distancing in public spaces, and limitations on guests. Spring move out will take place on or by May 9, 2021.  

 

12. Will tuition rates/fees change for the spring semester of 2021?

Tuition rates for the spring semester of 2021 will remain the same regardless of curriculum delivery format.   

Faculty are working to ensure curriculum deliverables are met, and the blend of in-person, hybrid, and online courses that will be offered will not diminish the quality and value of your classes. Naropa has significantly invested in new online learning technology as well as classroom technology to allow both in classroom and remote instruction. Faculty will continue to provide regular instruction and interaction with their students, as well as support and virtual office hours as needed. We are prioritizing classes with academic outcomes which are difficult to achieve virtually for in-person delivery when possible. 

Our Safety and Facilities staff along with the COVID Taskforce are working hard to modify campus operations to allow us to safely provide on-campus experiences. We have made investments in our health and safety infrastructure as well as new technology in order to facilitate a safe environment for our students, staff and faculty.  

Student fees for retreats may vary depending upon the delivery and location of the retreat and the program.  

 

13. What is happening with campus events/gatherings?

In general, all campus events will be virtual for the spring semester of 2021until such time as we are able to loosen restrictions based on applicable guidance. Limited access to buildings, classrooms, office spaces and common areas should be expected.  Campus hours, including information about library access, will be shared prior to the start of the semester.  

Student Groups are encouraged to meet via online platforms or outdoors as much as possible.  For the spring semester, all student group activities taking place on campus must have the prior approval of the COVID-19 Taskforce at covid19questions@naropa.edu.  Currently, no more than 10 students at a time may gather outdoors and all gatherings inside must strictly adhere to the stated room occupancy.  Student must practice social distancing, cannot share food, and everyone must wear face coverings at all times both inside and outside. 

 

14. What is recommended for traveling?

For the foreseeable future, all Naropa-sponsored travel is suspended. We suggest that students, staff and faculty review CDC safety recommendations https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html as well as State of Colorado travel information https://www.colorado.com/colorado-travel-covid-19 when considering personal travel.

Travel to different campuses is restricted to the campus you have classes or office space within. the Campus Clearance Process requires each person to identify which campus they will be on that day.

 

15. What should I do if I have technical questions or issues with accessing my online classes?

For support with online learning tools, please review the resources on My Naropa.  Courses will be delivered through the online learning platform Canvas.

For eLearning access issues specific to a class, please contact your instructor.

For IT Help - Contact IT at helpdesk@naropa.edu or leave a message at 303-245-4609 for technical issues related to:

  • MyNaropa access
  • Naropa email access
  • Lab issues

 

16. What are the expectations for staff?

Naropa will continue to operate in remote work from home format for the time being and asks that only those staff designated as essential come to campus. As stated before, who is essential and other details regarding your individual circumstances should first be discussed with your supervisor.  The COVID-19 Taskforce will continue to monitor changes to public health guidance and will revisit this issue as needed to determine whether to increase in-person staffing levels.  Essential staff may continue to access their offices as needed.  All essential staff accessing campus must complete a daily campus clearance process  and follow all other safety protocols by practice social distancing, wearing a mask, restricting travel to other campuses outside of your office space, continuing to hold all meetings exclusively online, and not gathering in groups.  

 

17. When will I be able to access campus buildings?

Campus Hours: 

Building hours stated below will start on January 11, 2021 our common spaces will be open so students can access computer labs, study space for internet use and printers. Classrooms will open January 25, 2020.   

Intersession that will run January 4 through till January 11.  Buildings will be closed weekends. Common spaces open Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm.  

Computer Labs open per building HOURS 

Offices for Spring 2021 - will remain closed for Spring Semester.  Only approved essential staff should be on campus until further notification.  

 

18. Can Naropa faculty and staff record class sessions or event held online via zoom or other platforms?

For Faculty Classroom Use:

Whether to record a zoom class is up to individual faculty but, when choosing to do so, the faculty should keep a few things in mind. First, while faculty do not need the consent of individual students to record the class, students in the class should be notified that the class session will be recorded. Zoom meetings that are being recorded will have a red record button visible at the top of the screen. Students should be told to look for that button so that they know when the recording has started/stopped, etc. Second, only the faculty should have access to the zoom recording capability and the recording should only be shared with other students registered to be in the course. Third, faculty should, in their discretion, consider some safeguards around student privacy. For example, students not wishing to be recorded could turn off their camera and have a different identifier than their name listed – provided faculty know who they are.

While the decision to record is up to the faculty, one thing to consider is whether a like in person class session would be recorded. In that setting, faculty expect students to be physically present in class or otherwise be deemed absent. In lieu of recording, faculty can set participation expectations for students so that students know and understand the need to attend the online session instead of reliance on the later availability of a recording.

For Public/Open Events:

Any Naropa sponsored event, whether open to the public or the Naropa community, may be recorded and publically shared only when notification is given to program participants prior to the start of the program. Anyone participating in a recorded event is deemed to have consented to the recording and future use of recorded material by Naropa. Event participants should be given the option to participate with their cameras disabled.

The following disclaimer should be shared during a recorded event (and captured in the recording) and may be made verbally or in-writing as a host’s screen share at the start of the event:

THIS PROGRAM IS BEING RECORDED

By participating in this program you are consenting to being recorded. You may disable your video camera if you so choose. Naropa University, in its sole discretion will determine future use of this recording including whether to make it publically available on the Naropa.edu website, social media or by other means