Coronavirus FAQ

  1. Will in person classes resume in the fall of semester of 2020?
  2. Where do I go for academic accommodations?
  3. Will Naropa remain open?
  4. What are the expectations for staff?
  5. What is happening with campus events/gatherings?
  6. What is happpening with retreats/intensives/maitri?
  7. What about Shambhala Levels Training?
  8. What is recommended for traveling?
  9. What is happening with the Summer Writing Program?
  10. What is happening regards to Admissions?
  11. I have technical questions or issues with accessing my online classes
  12. What to do if you believe that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or are feeling ill?
  13. Where to go if you have questions about food security during this time?
  14. Are there confirmed or assumed cases at Naropa?

 

1. Will in person classes resume in the fall of semester of 2020?

Naropa University’s intent is to begin in-person instruction for the fall semester of 2020, in a way that maximizes health and safety and minimizes risks. We are confident that this can be done while continuing to uphold a rich and comprehensive academic experience and the depth of community Naropa is known for. Please note that our dual goals are to do everything we can to maintain your health and also to move towards a return to the fully robust Naropa experience to which we aspire. Be assured we will be adjusting and enhancing our response as local, state and federal agencies provide the latest guidance and information.

2. Where do I go for academic 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.

3. Will Naropa remain open?

  • Campus: During summer intersession, access to campus is restricted. Administrative offices are open for essential personnel only. 

    Staff and faculty may schedule in-person meetings to occur online or over the telephone.

    Nalanda is closed for renovations; and art studios, dance spaces, music studios and rehearsal spaces will not be accessible. 

    Library: Libraries at Arapahoe Campus, Paramita Campus, and Nalanda Campus are physically closed at this time. Staff continue to be available to help and assist you online with library services.

    Please read the 'Naropa Online Resources' document to learn about accessing online library resources on our website. Please contact library@naropa.edu with any questions about accessing online library resources.

    We are not checking out physical library materials at this time. We are currently accepting library materials you wish to return. Please return items to the 2130 Arapahoe campus library book-drop, outside the Allen Ginsberg Library. Do not return library materials if you do not feel safe doing so. You may email library@naropa.edu to request a due date extension as needed. Checked out materials have been granted a longer check-out period extending until the end of May. This should be reflected in accounts currently but if you find that your items were not automatically extended with our system-wide update, just get in touch! Currently checked out Interlibrary Loan items have varying due dates. Please contact us if you receive an item due notification and you would like us to request a renewal from the lending library. If you receive an overdue notice, email library@naropa.edu to request an extension on your check-out period. We will renew and forgive associated fines.

    The library building on Arapahoe campus (inclusive of lobby printer/copier and Reading Room) and the Wulsin Hall and Paramita computer labs continue to be open and accessible with your Naropa ID card during any campus open building hours. The Nalanda computer lab is closed until further notice due to renovations happening in the building. 

    Please refer to emails from Facilities personnel (Aaron Cook and/or Karina Scott) regarding campus closures to get the most up-to-date news on campus building hours.

    Student Counseling Center: The Naropa Student Counseling Center has switched to Tele Mental Health to continue to provide therapy throughout the pandemic and the summer. Naropa Student Counseling Center is available to provide summer counseling sessions to students who need support.  Special funding due to Covid-19 challenges has allowed us to extend our services this summer.  We invite students to engage with us when they find themselves struggling and needing extra support during this time.  If you are a student interested in receiving services, please email us at: studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu.

    Our counselors are poised to help support, especially those students in our community who are experiencing significant distress due to existing mental health conditions and/or experiencing financial, economic, or life hardships due to Covid-19.  Due to state laws, we are unable to provide counseling to students who are not currently residing in Colorado.  We will respond to all inquiries, so feel free to reach out.

    Naropa Community Counseling is operating on a normal schedule, but offering services via telehealth. NCC charges fees for individual counseling, but group counseling has been made available to students free of charge during this period.  If you are currently involved with a NCC group, please contact jredstone@naropa.edu or ddyer@naropa.edu so that we may email you a Zoom link for the group. To seek services for the first time, please go to this link to fill out a screening form: https://www.naropa.edu/about-naropa/counseling-services/community-counseling-services/index.php

    Residence Halls at both Snow Lion and 2333 will remain open.

4. 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 taken up with your supervisor.  The COVID19 Taskforce will continue to monitor changes to public health guidance and will revisit this issue in June 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 practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others at all times, wear a face covering when in contact with other people, not come to campus if sick (dry cough, fever, aches, shortness of breath, sore throat, or if experiencing any other symptom commonly associated with COVID19) and not gather in groups of more than ten.  

Staff with offices at Nalanda have been asked to prepare their offices for the move out of Nalanda due to summertime construction work in that building.  Please continue to work with the Safety and Facilities Office regarding access to Nalanda for this purpose and plan to adhere to the safety requirements stated above.  Since we need to carefully monitor the number of people engaged in the moving process at any one time, it is very important not to wait to the last minute to work out the logistics with facilities.

5. What is happening with campus events/gatherings?

All campus events/gatherings are cancelled through summer.

6. What is happpening with retreats/intensives/maitri?

Please contact your retreat faculty member for up to date information on your specific retreat.

7. What about Shambhala Levels Training?

As these trainings are held at the Boulder Shambhala Center, please contact the Center to determine whether they will proceed as scheduled.

8. What is recommended for traveling?

For the foreseeable future, all Naropa-sponsored travel is suspended.

9. What is happening with the Summer Writing Program?

Summer Writing Program has been moved online for registered Naropa University students for Summer 2020.

10. What is happening regards to Admissions?

We have several different ways for prospective 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.

11. I have technical questions or issues with accessing my online classes?

For support with online learning tools, please review the learning videos on My Naropa.

For eLearning access issues, please contact your instructor:

You are having an issue with accessing content or a page in your eLearning class

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

For other issues, please email covid19questions@naropa.ediu, and someone will direct your inquiry to the correct

12. What to do if you believe that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or are feeling ill?

Please follow the CDC guidelines.

13. Where to go if you have questions about food security during this time?

Naropa University has a food pantry, although quantities and items are limited.  For more information, please contact Jaime Duggan.  No one facing a shortage of food should hesitate to contact Jaime and our generous community will take whatever steps that are necessary.

In addition Community Foodshare is great resource for those in need.

14. Are there confirmed or assumed cases at Naropa?

We received information of Naropa employees presumed to have COVID19. What we know:

  • The employees were last on campus on March 9th and March 13th, respectively and were at the Arapahoe and Paramita campuses.
  • March 13, 2020 was the last date that in-person classes were held at Naropa as Spring Break was extended by one week beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27th. Remote learning began on Monday, March 30th and will last through the remainder of the semester.
  • We are following all public health guidelines set forth by the Boulder County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control as to the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of our campuses.
  • We continue to monitor this matter and will provide further information as necessary.