Fall FAQs

Fall FAQ's

Your questions answered

It's our mission to ensure you are comfortable and well-informed upon returning to campus. We'll post questions we answer frequently on this FAQ page with those goals in mind. 

 

 

Health, Wellness & Mental Health FAQs

  • Mental Health and Disability Services

    Mental Health Services: We have a wide variety of mental health services that are primarily provided remotely from the Wellness Center, to be able to address your stress/mental health challenges. You can go to https://www.uccs.edu/recwellness/mental-health-services/services to review the services available to you.

    Disability Services: If you need deadline extensions, makeup tests, course completion extensions, etc., it is important to get accommodations through the Disability Services. To find out more about this, please visit https://disability.uccs.edu/.

    Campus Recreation: Visit our website to explore a variety of facilities, programs, and services that can assist you in relieving your stress, provide social connectivity, and a sense of belonging.

  • Testing accommodations

    Currently, through the Wellness Center, we can only offer tests for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) remotely. For these tests, you must have a computer mouse, and a secondary electronic device with a camera, so the evaluator can watch your progress. If you would like to explore community options for this service, please contact the following providers:

    Neurofeedback Colorado Springs
    (719) 639-2928 
    2906 Beacon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
    http://www.canoneuro.info
    Tricare, Private pay

    Brain and Body Integration, Ryan Cole, PsyD
    (224)715-2138
    https://brainandbodyintegration.org
    1115 Elkton Drive, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
    Medicaid, Medicare, Value Options

    Jackie Grimmett, PsyD
    (719) 641-5131
    http://www.jackiegrimmett.com

    Michelle Cleckler, PsyD
    (719) 466-9645
    www.michellecleckler.com

    Zoe Bonack, PsyD
    (719) 323-3094
    http://www.neurohopepsych.com

     

  • Our Options

    Maintaining community safety and public health of UCCS campus is one of our priorities at the Wellness Center. For this reason, for now, we have made the decision to provide only remote mental health services, whenever possible. It is easy and fast to establish and have access to our remote services. For directions, please visit: 

  • Your Options

    There are several options available to you to receive guidance and initiate help for the UCCS students you are worried about:

    CARE Team Report: The CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation) Team will assess and coordinate responses to significant campus situations and events involving University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, which require intervention in order to assist the community and its members. The reports may be anonymous, or you can make yourself available to help the CARE Team provide assistance to your friend. This is an especially good rout if your friend is hesitant about reaching out and receiving help.

    For more information and/or submitting a concern, please visit: Our CARE team website here.

    Wellness Center Mental Health Services (MHS): This is a good option if your friend is also wondering about where to turn to be able to address the stress/mental health related concerns they have. The access to services are easy and fast.

    Please have them send a message to us following the directions on our website, found here.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), self-quarantine means separating yourself from others if you have been exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus) as defined below, but are not symptomatic. Self-quarantine is meant to prevent the spread of the virus.  

    Individuals who have been in close contact for an extended period of time (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a lab confirmed COVID-19 case are asked to stay home for 14 days from the time of contact. Individuals who have been directed by their local health department or the UCCS Wellness Center should also follow self-quarantine recommendations. 

    Faculty and staff that think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider for advice and recommendations and students are encouraged to call the Wellness Center on campus at 719-255-4444. 

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

     

  • Self-Quarantine:   

    • If you are exposed to a person with a positive COVID-19 test, stay home for 14 days from the time you last had contact with that individual.   

    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. 

    • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Employees should work with their supervisor and Human Resources https://www.uccs.edu/hr/covid-19-hr-guidance for this extended absence and students should work with their professors and can contact the Dean of Students Office https://dos.uccs.edu/ if they need any assistance during their extended absence. 

    • If you get develop a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, shortness of breath, or sudden loss of sense of smell or taste you should consider getting tested for COVID-19.  If you are experiencing respiratory distress such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.  Call ahead before you go to a healthcare provider’s office or emergency room to notify them that you are symptomatic.  

    • Avoid contact with others and continue to self-quarantine until COVID-19 test results are received. If your results come back positive you should follow guidelines for self-isolation outlined below. 

    Self-isolation 

    If you need to self-isolate, follow these steps until you meet the criteria to return to your normal activities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/if-you-are-sick/317422-A_Quarantine-and-Isolation_508.pdf 

    • Stay home if you are sick. Restrict activities outside of your home, unless you need medical care. Do not go to work, school or other public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-shares or taxis. 

    • Avoid contact with other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room/area of your home and avoid contact with others. If possible, use a separate bathroom and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after using the bathroom. Also avoid close contact with pets and other animals. If you are caring for a pet wash your hands before and after you feed and interact with them and wear a face covering if available. 

    • Wash your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used if your hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Germs can travel up to 6 ft. when you cough or sneeze. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, face covering or your sleeve when coughing and sneezing. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

    • Wear a face covering in public spaces. Wear a face covering when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle).  People who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, and they should also wear a face covering when they are around you. 

    • Avoid sharing items. Avoid sharing dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels and bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly. 

    • Clean common surfaces. Clean common surfaces with EPA approved disinfectant against COVID-19.  Clean counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards.  

    • Monitor your symptoms. Check your temperature twice a day.  Pay attention to cough, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.  If your symptoms are worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing) call your healthcare provider and let them know that you have or are being evaluated for COVID-19 before visiting the medical office. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face covering before emergency medical services arrive. 

    • Discontinuing self isolation. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under isolation until they have been fever free for three days without the use of medication AND all symptoms have improved AND it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared.   

  • You do not need to self-quarantine if you have not had a direct exposure to a confirmed case. If the household contact tests positive, you will need to quarantine at that point for 14 days. Even though you do not need to self-quarantine, you should practice good social distancing and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If any symptoms develop, you should self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection or medication to treat COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Follow these CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:  

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  

    • Stay home when you are sick.  

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.   

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  

    • Do not share cups, utensils, lip balm, etc. 

    • Wear a face covering when in public, and maintain social distances of 6 feet between you and others. Avoid large gatherings of people.     

  • The following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.  

    • Fever or chills 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue 
    • Muscle or body aches 
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Sore throat 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea  

    A symptom checker can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

    • Everyone accessing the Wellness Center will be screened at the front desk for COVID-19 symptoms.  

    • Face coverings will be required within the Wellness Center by all Wellness Center staff and all students that present to the Wellness Center. Students that present to the Wellness Center without a face covering will be provided with a mask.  

    •  Temperature checks will be done on all staff upon arrival to work and all students upon arrival for their appointment.  

    •  6 foot distancing will be in place for lines, waiting room seating, and counseling sessions.  

    • Cleaning will be in accordance to CDC guidelines, using EPA approved disinfectant against COVID-19.  

    • .  Deep cleaning will be performed by Facilities staff every morning. 

    • Cleaning will be completed by Wellness Center staff frequently throughout the day on frequently touched surfaces-door handles, furniture, tables, and front desk surfaces. 

    • Exam rooms and mental health clinicians offices will be disinfected after each student encounter.   

    • Hand sanitizer will be placed at all workstations, the main entrance, and in the waiting room. 

    •  Plexiglas barriers have been placed at all check in and check out stations.  

    •  Only contactless payment will be accepted at this time. Students will be asked to pay with credit or debit card with the student swiping their own card on a machine placed below the front desk Plexiglas.  

    •  Most counseling appointments will be remain via telehealth with crisis and emergency care provided in the Wellness Center.  

    •  Sick visits will be provided via telehealth with in person visits offered if any testing is needed for strep, flu, COVID, or mono.  

    • Ill students will be brought through a separate entrance than well students and providers will wear full PPE when providing care for ill students.  

  • If you have had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) to a confirmed COVID-19 case or are experiencing symptoms listed under the COVID symptoms section you should consider getting tested. Recommendations for testing in the state of Colorado can be found at: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-in-colorado/about-covid-19/testing-for-covid-19 

    Students can be tested for COVID-19 at the Wellness Center, or they can contact their primary care provider to inquire about testing or go to one of the community drive thru testing sites that can be found at: https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid-19-testing-information.  

    Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider for testing options or can visit one of the community drive thru testing sites included on the link above.  

  • You can get exposed when you come into direct contact with the secretions (droplets) of someone who has COVID-19 (being coughed or sneezed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.). People often get exposed by a household member or through close contact with another person. Close contact means that you have been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more. Some people get COVID-19 without knowing how they were exposed.   

    If someone with COVID-19 tells public health they have recently been in close contact with you, you will hear from the health department or Wellness Center by a phone call. An interviewer will help you understand what to do and what support is available. The interviewer will not tell you who gave them your name.   

    If you later become ill, they will ask you for the names and contact information of people you were recently in close contact with to notify them about exposure. They will not share your name when they reach out to them.

  • UCCS follows the guidance of El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    A negative COVID-19 test, whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic, means either you do not have a COVID-19 infection currently OR your test is a “false-negative”.  Although the test is very sensitive, a negative result can occur if there are issues with the testing machine, testing swab, or viral transport liquid.

    If you have symptoms: you will still be required to adhere to a 10-day isolation even if your COVID-19 test is negative unless you have an alternative lab confirmed diagnosis explaining symptoms, such as strep throat.

    If you were exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and were told to quarantine:  you will be required to adhere to a 14-day quarantine.  A negative test cannot release you from quarantine because it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.  

Facilities FAQs

  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) info

    Best Management Practices include increasing the volume of outside air introduced into the building, reducing the amount of indoor air recirculation, increasing central air filtration to MERV-13 where possible, extending run times, and continued preventative maintenance of HVAC systems to ensure they are operating property.    

  • HVAC systems at UCCS use industry standard MERV filters and are not designed to accommodate higher pressure drops associated with HEPA filtration. Increasing the pressure drop across the filter could result in unacceptable air flow to building occupants, increased wear and tear on equipment, and the inability to maintain space temperature. 

  • Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) is recommended by ASHRAE for use in high risk areas, such as hospitals and other health care facilities, prisons and disaster shelters. Portable air purifiers and fans make sense on a temporary basis in areas where mechanical ventilation is unable to bring in outside air.    

  • Cost increases could run as high as 20% per month in buildings with older HVAC systems, and as low as 10% per month in newer LEED certified buildings. Increasing the amount of outside air injected into a building increases the amount of energy used to heat or cool the air before introducing it into interior spaces, while extended run times increase the time throughout the day HVAC systems operate. 

  • To request a plexiglass barrier, please visit the following website.

  • To request additional PPE, submit a work request / order at this link. 

  • Lag time varies depending on the type of PPE ordered through the Procurement Service Center (PSC). The PSC has had great success ordering supplies as of late, but the supply market remains very difficult to work within. Facilities Services will update their website periodically regarding PPE purchasing issues.   

  • A coordinated effort between full time employees, instructors and students, is necessary to support the routine cleaning / sanitization of classroom desks, tables and seating surfaces. Students are encouraged to grab a cleaning wipe, from dispensers located at the front of each classroom, which can be used to sanitize their table and chair before sitting down. Instructors are encouraged to do the same at the lectern / podium. Custodial services will perform a once daily cleaning / sanitization of high touch surfaces, along with their other routine cleaning duties. Custodial services will rotate through classrooms weekly to perform cleaning / sanitization.  

  • Students are encouraged to grab a cleaning wipe from dispensers located at the front of each classroom, which can be used to clean / sanitize their table and chair before sitting down.  

  • Instructors are encouraged to grab a cleaning wipe from the dispensers located at the front of each classroom, computer lab, teaching lab, etc., to perform a thorough wipe down of computer screens, keyboards, and writing surfaces at the lectern / podium.  

  • Cleaning supplies may be requested by submitting a work request / order at this link. 

  • Campus is ordering a face gaiter for each faculty, staff and student.  Delivery and distribution will be promulgated before phase 3.  Faculty and Staff are expected to come to campus with a face covering.  Academic departments may be requesting specialized coverings for their faculty (I.e. PPE for labs) so you should check with your department and/or college. 

Residence Life

  • Yes, student depature will be encouraged by the Wellness Center. If residents absolutely can't leave, Residence Life and Housing will come up with an individualized plan for self-isolation. 

  • The deadline passed on July 31. 

  • Residence Life and Housing will refund a pro-rated amount according to University policy. Refund information will be communicated out via email and on the COVID-19 website. 

  • Yes, there are typically spaces available ahead of the spring term.

  • Communication has been sent to all resident students via their UCCS account indicating a day and time for move it as well as a link if they need to reschedule

Student Activities – Campus Experience

  • Yes, spaces will be set to accommodate safe social interaction. We ask that students do not move furniture in common areas and meeting rooms in order to maintain proper social distancing. Dining hall hours and procedures are available on the website. Clubs will meet remotely or in-person as campus policy allows.

  • Hallways and common areas have been spaced and marked to maintain social distancing, to include tables, chairs, benches, etc. Students are encouraged to refrain from conglomerating and loitering in areas like hallways and through-fares to avoid congestion. 

  • Yes, a full calendar of student activities and programs will be offered to both commuter students and students living on campus this fall.  Check out Mountain Lion Connect for the latest updates about student events and programs.

  • No, due to limitations on attendance and social distancing requirements, UCCS student events will be open to UCCS students only during the fall 2020 semester.

  • Yes, UCCS has a menu of close to 200 registered clubs and organizations from which students can choose to join.  The Student Government Association (SGA), Sororities and Fraternities, Club Sports, as well as the scribe student newspaper and the UCCS Radio are great options for students to consider getting involved in this fall.

  • Yes

  • Yes, though most campus operations will be delivered both in person and remotely, there will still be student positions available. Visit the SEAN’s (student employment assistance network) online job board to see current open opportunities.https://seans.uccs.edu  Fall 2020 positions will be available starting July 15, 2020

  • Yes. Our goal is to be able to provide students with quality, robust services in a variety of formats. Most student service offices—like advising, tutoring, and MOSAIC—will offer some in-person services and will also continue to offer virtual appointments and services. Students who wish to take advantage of in-person services should make an appointment in advance. When attending in-person appointments students will be required to adhere to established campus, building, and office safety protocols. Please consult the website of the service you wish to access before coming to campus to assure that you know the proper procedures you will need to follow and the open hours. 

Dining & Hospitality Services

    • Dining and Hospitality Services will operate in a limited capacity to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. 

    • Students with meal plans will be able to dine at the Roaring Fork or The Lodge.  Please check  https://diningservices.uccs.edu/ for the most up to date hours of operation 

    • Retail dining will be open in a limited capacity.  UC Coffee, Clyde’s and Café 65 will be open.  Seating in the UC may be limited.  Please be prepared to take your food to go.  

    • Due to health code restrictions, all food and beverages will be served on single use compostable service ware 

    • No self-serve food or beverages will be allowed in any of the Dining and Hospitality locations. 

    • We will be cashless in all locations. You may use your meal plan,Flex Dollars, Clyde’s Cash, or credit card at our locations. 

  • Yes, Clyde’s Cupboard (campus food pantry) locations in the Student Life area (University Center) and the Wellness Center will be open to all students to access in-person Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Service delivery will follow a grab and go process. 

Parking & Transportation

  • Parking in permit-restricted lots will still require payment for a parking pass. Parking in 500 series lots is still free. One day permits, among many other permit types will be available. Hourly parking will also an option. Permit types can be viewed by going to https://pts.uccs.edu/drive.

     

  • Many permit types are available to help meet specific schedules such as M-F permit, Mon/Wed/Fri permit, Tue/Thu/Fri permit, Friday only permit, Evening permit, etc. Permit types can be viewed by going to https://pts.uccs.edu/drive. Parking in 500 series lots is still free. Hourly/Daily parking will also remain an option. 

  • Yes, but many permit types are available to help meet specific schedules such as M-F permits, specific day(s) permits, evening permits, etc. Hourly/Daily parking will also be available, as well as free parking in the 500 series lots with a free shuttle to the main campus.

  • Yes. We highly encourage sharing permits when possible. Each permit may have up to five license plates registered so this is a great option to save money. The only caveat in sharing a permit is that only one of the five plates under a permit can be on campus at the same time. It works best to find a partner(s) to share a permit with that has opposite work/class schedules than you do so no more than one person parks on campus at the same time. Split payments aren’t possible in the parking system, so the person registering for the permit will need to submit payment and then be reimbursed by those sharing the permit.

  • Employee permits go on sale July 28 and Student permits go on sale August 10.

  • Yes, as a matter of fact, we recommend that everyone pays virtually if possible. Online payment types include credit card and placing on student account (students only) or having payroll deductions (employees only). Payment with cash or check may be paid for at the Parking Office. Parking Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Yes. Both students and employees parking in a 500 series lot must register for a 500 series parking permit. Permit registration for this permit is free to both students and employees for the Fall 2020 semester. Those who have already purchased a permit for another permit restricted lot on campus do not need to also register for this permit.  

  • Yes. When purchasing a permit using the payroll deduction option, employees will be given the choice of either pre-tax or post-tax monthly deductions. 

  • No. Although you can pay at an on-campus pay station, we highly encourage touchless payment through our mobile app partner “Parkmobile.” Parkmobile payments can be made from a smartphone app, by calling them, or through a web payment. 

  • Yes. During Mondays – Fridays when classes are in session, both pay stations and parking meters will be wiped down frequently throughout the day.

  • Yes. Facial coverings will be required.

  • No. Although hours of operation remain the same (M-F from 6:40am – 10:15pm), the shuttle system has been split into two routes. One route will run from Eagle Rock stop (near Hybl Sports Medicine building) to the Gateway Hall and back, and the other route will run from Centennial Hall to University Hall and back. 

  • Due to COVID19 related State regulations, shuttle capacity has been reduced. In order to keep up with demand and limit passenger exposure to others, significant changes had to be made such as splitting the routes, eliminating some stops, and shortening the routes (all routes are 5 minutes or less).

  • Eliminated:

    During the Fall 2020 semester, the UCCS shuttles will not be providing any service for stops in lot 103, lot 540, lot 580, Alpine Village, and the Lodge. 

     

    Active:

    Eagle Rock (near Hybl building) to Gateway Hall for one route, and Centennial Hall to University Hall for the second route. 

  • The stops that have been eliminated are within reasonable walking distance to the main campus. Once on the main campus, students and employees can walk to either of the two main campus route stops to continue toward either Eagle Rock stop or University Hall stop if they wish. 

  • No. Campus showers are closed.

  • Yes. The ability for passengers to stand in aisles has been eliminated. Seating will be allowed at full capacity when demand is high. However, when feasible passengers should maintain social distancing by sitting every other row. 

  • Masks will be required to ride all shuttles, no standing passengers will be allowed, social distancing will be required in shuttle queue lines, shuttle routes split and reduced to 5 minutes driving time to decrease exposure to others, roof vents opened when feasible, plastic barriers added to separate driver area from passenger area, high touch points inside shuttles sanitized several times per day, and shuttles sanitized with fogger once per day.
     

  • Eagle Rock to Gateway Hall: 
    •    Every 5-10 minutes, Mon-Thu, from 6:40a – 4:40p
    •    Every 10-15 minutes, Mon-Thu, from 4:40p – 10:18p
    •    Every 10-15 minutes, Fridays, from 6:40a – 10:18p

    Centennial Hall to University Hall: 
    •    Every 15 minutes, Mon-Fri, from 7:15a – 10:10p
     

Cost & Financial Aid

  • An online class does not cost less to plan or deliver than a traditional in person campus class. UCCS has been offering some classes in an online format to students for many years. To view all the tuition and fees costs, please visit the Student Financial Services office website at https://www.uccs.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees

  • Tuition and fees will remain the same regardless of instruction mode. Per the Tuition and Fee Agreement and Disclosure all costs associated with receiving educational services remain even if course modality (online, remote, hybrid, in-person) changes. 

    Housing, Parking, or other campus fee for service refunds will be determined at that time.  

  • Yes. Regardless of the course delivery format, tuition, mandatory student fees, course/program and instructional fees will be charged at the same rate for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Services funded by these fees are available to all students in any location through multiple formats. 

    For detailed descriptions of all the fee assessed and their uses please review our Tuition and Fee Description page https://www.uccs.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees/fall-2020/tuition-and-fee-descriptions 

  • No. Because classes will continue (in a format appropriate to adhere to public health requirements), no tuition or fee refunds will be issued.  UCCS has received recognition for delivering online courses for years in many majors and programs. The faculty who teach in online or “hyflex” formats are committed to delivering a high-quality learning experience, and oftentimes those types of courses require more time and effort than an in-person course. However, the Board of Regents committed that UCCS tuition rates will remain flat with no increase for the upcoming 2020-2021 year.

  • No. As a state institution we are bound by the State of Colorado Residency Statutes. 

    Tuition classification status (resident vs. non-resident) is governed by state law (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado Revised Statutes of 1973, as amended) and by judicial decisions that apply to all public institutions of higher education in Colorado. The university is not free to make exceptions to the rules except as permitted by state law. For more information on tuition classification please visit the Office of the Registrar webpage 

    https://registrar.uccs.edu/tuition 

Campus Recreation

    • Yes, as of now we are open to students and faculty/staff only.

    • We will reopen the Recreation Center and Alpine Field on Sunday, August 16 1-9pm.  Our fall semester hours of operation will be modified to  

    • Fall hours of operation:
      Monday thru Thursday – 6am to 10pm 
      Friday – 6am to 9pm 
      Saturday and Sunday – Closed 

  • Yes, participants will be required to register in advance at campusrec.uccs.edu. Open recreation will have maximum capacity limitations and be allowed on a first come/reserved-first served basis. Participants will be required to be free of any COVID symptoms prior to entering our facilities, complete their health check, and will need to wear a face covering the entire time while utilizing Campus Recreation indoor facilities. When utilizing Campus Recreation outdoor facilities, please wear your face covering upon arrival and when you reach your destination of recreation, you may place your face covering off to the side. You must place your face covering back on to move away from that area for any reason. 

  • All Campus Recreation facilities are open with the exception of the Aquatics Center. The Aquatics Center will remain closed until further notice. 

    • Yes, student employees have been hired to assist in providing programs, services, and standard facility operations at Campus Recreation. Any student position job openings are listed on SEANs Place through the Student Employment website. 
       

    • Will Campus Recreation be allowing non-student memberships this fall 2020 semester?
      Campus Recreation welcomed back faculty and staff members and access pass holders who had an active membership or purchased access passes prior to the March 2020 COVID-19 closure on September 21,2020.
      New memberships and other memberships/access passes are currently under evaluation and will be based upon student demand/use of facilities.
       

    • Campus Recreation is offering long-term locker rentals, but not day use locker rentals.  Cubbies can be utilized to store day use items.   
    • The only shower facilities available are in the lobby locker rooms and the family restrooms. All other shower facilities will be closed until further notice.   
       
    • Water fountains are offline, however, water bottle filling stations are available. 
  • Our FAQs

Enforcement of new rules around the return to campus

  • The Return to Campus Decision Resource can be used to assist employees and their supervisors with what to do should an employee not feel comfortable returning to campus for any reason. 

    If a high-risk employee is in a job which is not conducive to being performed remotely, they must complete the High-Risk Employee Self-Reporting Form and provide medical documentation to HR for a review of accommodations or leave options available based on the circumstances. For information about leave options during COVID-19, including leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), click here

  • Refusal to follow health and safety guidelines should be treated as a performance issue and documented. Supervisors who need assistance managing this performance issue may contact Human Resources

  • If you are unsure, contact your supervisor for guidance. Staff are expected to continue working remotely unless the supervisor determines that the essential functions of their role cannot be completed remotely. The Return to Campus Decision Resource can be used to assist employees and their supervisors with what to do should an employee not feel comfortable returning to campus for any reason.

  • Please follow our face covering enforcement guidlines, posted to our COVID-19 site. 

Return to Campus & Logistics Questions

  • A good resource is to start by calling/emailing the Office of the Registrar (719-255-3361 or registrar@uccs.edu)

  • Please visit our COVID-19 website. 

  • Visitors can access UCCS by invitation or appointment only right now. If you are looking to visit campus please call 719-255-8227.

    For prospective students and families, please explore visiting our campus today.

  • Athletics events will resume this Fall, and competitions will be played as scheduled.  Based on current facility and health guidelines, we are planning to allow spectators and students.  Attendance will likely be phased in per facility limits and mitigation strategies will be implemented per guidelines.  UCCS Athletics will also broadcast all athletic events (free of charge) through GoMountainLions.com.  

    • Yes.  The Bookstore will be open for in person shopping.  Entries will be determined by our ability to allow social distancing.  You may shop online at https://uccsbookstore.com/ 

    • The UCCS Bookstore will be cashless.  

    • You may shop online and arrange for your books to be delivered to you at your residence hall or your home address.  We will offer scheduled curbside pickup as well. 

Library FAQs

  • Yes, the Library will be open to UCCS students, faculty and staff. You will need your UCCS One Card to swipe at the building’s entrance to come into the Library.  

  • Yes. The Library will have a select number of group study rooms available. We ask you make a reservation for a group study room online at least one day in advance. See the Library website at https://www.uccs.edu/library/ 

  • Yes. Both computers and printers are still available in the Library. 

  • Yes. You can search for library items and request them online using the library catalog: http://library.uccs.edu/  You will be notified via email when the library items are ready for you to pick up.  

  • Both Prospector and ILLiad will be available for the fall semester. 

  • The Research Assistance Desk has several ways you can contact them. See https://www.uccs.edu/library/help  

Faculty FAQs

  • The Provost’s Office has developed guidance for academic field trips; please contact your Dean’s Office for more information. 

  • Disability Services will work with students who are currently registered with accommodations that have concerns about in-person or HyFlex course offerings. If a student who is immunocompromised has concerns, they should register with Disability Services and go through the process of providing documentation and requesting accommodations. Disability Services will determine appropriate accommodations and work with faculty to implement needed accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Faculty should reach out to the student’s Accommodation Coordinator with specific concerns regarding approved accommodations. Students who are concerned about their family's health should work directly with their faculty on possible solutions.

  • If a student is on campus and does not have a face covering, a staff member/ faculty may ask them why they are not wearing one. If the student states they cannot wear one due to ADA reasons, the staff member/faculty must direct the student to Disability Services to request an accommodation. Disability Services will require medical documentation similar to other accommodation requests. If the student provides medical documentation that supports the request to not wear a face covering (mask) on campus, we will inform the student that they can replace the requirement of a face covering with a face shield. Our office will provide complimentary face shields from the Wellness Center to these students, if the accommodation is approved.

  • Faculty should reach out to the student’s Accommodation Coordinator with specific concerns regarding approved accommodations. The accommodation should be provided unless the accommodation significantly compromises the integrity of the course as offered. The faculty should consult with an Accommodation Coordinator to determine reasonability of the accommodation.

  • Building flexibility into every class will support students who become sick with COVID or have other chronic conditions that are episodic in nature. Disability Services will work with students who have preexisting medical conditions that can affect attendance. Disability Services will work with faculty regarding appropriate accommodations with flexibility. For other students who get sick but do not otherwise have an accommodation through Disability Services, faculty should build in flexibility to their classes to support students that become ill and will be absent for an extended period of time.

  • In-person accommodated testing services for students with disabilities will be significantly reduced due to limited space, distancing requirements and staff ability to administer exams. Disability Services accommodations that are more widely used (extended testing time and reduced distraction setting) will be facilitated directly by faculty via Canvas. Disability Services will provide limited in-person test administering for students with more complex accommodations such as use of multiple assistive technology software applications, and approved accommodations for a paper version exam for students who are unable to take exams via Canvas. 
    We will not offer make-up exams to students without disabilities while social distancing is in place through the University Testing Center.
     

  • Yes, UCCS is committed to serving students with disabilities. Disability Services will continue to provide appropriate accommodations to students on campus and remotely.  Contact Disability Services via dservice@uccs.edu 

    The Assistive Technology (AT) Lab is located in the El Pomar Center EPC 238 of the Kraemer Family Library. The AT Lab has numerous assistive technologies available for use by qualifying students with disabilities. The AT lab will be available during posted library hours. Students will enter the AT Lab using the One Card swipe system.  
     

  • Faculty can use other available spaces to meet with students, such as conference rooms or empty classrooms, following public health guidance and room capacities. Classrooms and conference rooms will have maximum capacities posted

  • Many faculty will probably be able to stagger their schedules, but others simply will not.

    Faculty can use other available spaces to meet with students, such as conference rooms or empty classrooms, following public health guidance and room capacities. Classrooms and conference rooms will have maximum capacities posted.

  • Faculty should check with their departments and colleges for technology needs.

  • FCQs will be administered normally for Fall classes. Modifications in the annual merit review process and RPT processes will be explored during the Fall in consultation with faculty governance.

  • Many faculty are unable to conduct their research, travel to conferences that are being canceled due to COVID, and journal articles are being reviewed more slowly from publishers, etc

    The Provost announced on 4/15/20: “We are granting an automatic one-year stoppage of the tenure clock for all pre-tenure faculty for 2019-20. This means that each pre-tenure faculty member, not already on a tenure-clock stop for this year, will get one more year before initial review, comprehensive review and/or tenure/promotion review. In consultation with their department chair or dean, faculty can choose to opt out of this tenure clock stoppage and go up for reappointment or tenure on their previously established schedule.
      
     If you wish to opt out of this tenure clock stop, please contact your dean no later than August 31, 2020.  All work that you have done during this time will still count toward the next RPT action. Your accomplishments will still be compared to the normal criteria in your primary unit RPT documents.  This action does include faculty who have reappointment, promotion and tenure actions in the upcoming year. Those faculty may want to decide earlier in order to work on their dossiers over the summer. For all impacted faculty, if in doubt, you may prefer to accept the tenure clock stop since you can always choose to come up “early” for an RPT action in the future.  Once we know who will be opting out of the tenure clock stop, we will provide a letter to all faculty for whom this tenure clock stop will apply.”

    During Spring 2021, we will explore whether a similar tenure clock stop should be granted for academic year 2020-2021.

  • Research laboratories and facilities are available for faculty and students following current public health guidance and room capacities. Check with the faculty/staff in charge of the facility for specific guidance.

  • Students in community-based internships, field placements, practicums, etc. should follow the public health guidance and regulations from their placement site.

  • UCCS uses Respondus LockDown Browser, which locks the student’s browser so that no computer or internet resources can be accessed, and Respondus Monitor, which also includes audio and video monitoring. Please see the FRC’s Respondus page. Additional strategies for promoting academic integrity can be found on the Online Assessment page.

  • The Faculty Resource Center provides training and resources for teaching in all formats, including remotely:  https://frc.uccs.edu/

  • The Office of Information Technology has developed an inventory of available technology in classrooms and handouts for classroom tools that faculty may not have used before.

  • Facilities teams have been re-setting classrooms to meet public health guidance; faculty can request to have public safety set them into their classrooms to view the setup if the classroom is locked.  Please do not rearrange any furniture within classrooms. 

  • Yes. Here is the list of software on our podium and lab computers:  https://oit.uccs.edu/services/smart-classrooms-open-labs/complabsoftware

  • Prior to coming to campus each person needs to complete the following:

    • One time complete the skillsoft training
    • Daily complete the health assessment
       
  • The wellness center has the ability to see the submitted health assessments from students and HR has the ability to see the health assesments from faculty and staff

  • Most lobbies do not have a capacity listed; however, signage does remind individuals to practice social distancing