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COVID-19 Information 

Get the latest information and updates about the changes occurring as the University and the community respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

** NOTE: Full updates for Fall Semester 2020 are still in process. Check back soon for the most current information. 

About

DAAP Fall 2020 Guidance for Students


  • All class instruction will continue in online format for the coming fall semester.

  • The supervised “maker spaces” of DAAP (workshops, labs, and technology centers) will be available to those students who desire to use them in producing their work. These facilities will be available by appointment to DAAP students during the hours of 9am-4pm, M-F. The complete guidance on protocols for use of these spaces will be posted here under the "Access to the DAAP Building" topic. 

  • Use of studio space for fall semester will be limited to graduate students. Graduate students who require use of studio space should request access from their school office. Spaces will be assigned for use by individual students only. Use of graduate studio space will be limited to 9am-4pm, M-F and will require the student to sign-in and sign-out of the building. Unfortunately, due to the need to minimize the number of people in the DAAP building, we are unable to allow access to undergraduate studio spaces.

Help For Current Students

Student FAQs
UC has published a Return to Campus Guide which addresses many topics to assist our students, faculty, and staff in remaining safe, healthy, and productive. 

DAAP has produced a collection of Frequently Asked Questions that are specific to our students' most common concerns which can be seen here. This list will continue to develop as new questions come in and new information is learned. Please check back for updates.

In the meantime, here are some resources to support the topics of the most frequently asked questions: 

What will fall 2020 classes look like? 
What can I expect from online classes this fall? 
How do I get the most out of online classes? (From a DAAP student!)
How do I make friends while social distancing? 
How do I stay safe when I return to UC? 


Why did DAAP choose online instruction for fall?

This decision was not made easily. We understand the reasons behind our students’ desires for in-person, hands-on instruction. We understand that you did not desire online course instruction when you chose DAAP. We also fully hear and empathize with students who are disappointed with this decision. As DAAP leadership, faculty, and staff have evaluated the current trajectory of infection rates, we have met daily in some cases to discuss scenario-planning and how to best serve our students while keeping them, our faculty, our staff and all of our loved ones safe. In the end, these three factors drove the decision:

  • Spatial constraints. The DAAP building and its classrooms do not have enough space to safely and equitably provide the distance recommended to avoid infection if our students were to attend classes with in-person instruction.
  • Time constraints. To begin to reimagine in-person classes, it would be required to separate our classes into smaller sections. Splitting any course multiplies the time required to teach it by however many new sections are created. Beyond teaching time, additional time would also need to be allotted for the cleaning protocols necessary between classes to prevent the spread of infection. When we performed the analysis to determine what this would look like, there would be no way to offer enough sections of each course to give all students equal footing to remain on their degree paths without disruption.
  • Implications of a student diagnosis. If a student were diagnosed with COVID-19, all individuals who have been in contact with that student (i.e. shared the space of an in-person class) would be required to quarantine for 14 days. We anticipated that this implication would be highly disruptive to our students, faculty, and staff.


Will students be required to come to the DAAP building to complete their coursework? Or, will any student who does not come to campus be at a disadvantage with their assignments? 

No DAAP student will be required to come to the building. Any student who chooses not to, or who cannot, come to the DAAP building will not be at any disadvantage in completing their coursework. Course deliverables are being designed to accommodate remote work equally.


Will tuition and/or fees be reduced for Fall Semester 2020 to compensate for online class formats?

Tuition is determined by program of study and not by the format in which the material is presented (i.e. in-person vs. online).

For Fall Semester 2020, the university is reducing the General Fee and Campus Life Fee. Reduced rates for full-time students for the Fall 2020 semester are:  

  • General Fee:  $358.00 (10% reduction) 
  • Campus Life Fee: $218.45 (15% reduction) 

General and Campus Life fees support non-academic activities, some campus spaces and various recreational and entertainment facilities and programming. Other tuition and fees related to instruction, technology and most program fees will continue as these support ongoing teaching and academic advising, allowing students to earn and receive full academic credit toward graduation and degrees. 

DAAP program fees for Fall 2020 will be standardized for all DAAP students to the base amount of $400, rather than the normal range of up to $750. 


Can I defer starting my DAAP program or can I take a Gap Year? (Incoming Students)

Incoming students may submit a deferral or gap year request, but there are no guarantees that the request will be approved. Because we are offering a way for students to continue in their degree programs without incurring health risk, simply referencing the existence of the pandemic will not be a sufficient reason to defer or take a gap year and still keep your spot in your program secure. If a student has already reached out to their School of study and has been given permission for deferral prior to this this communication, that permission will still be honored by the School. Please visit the Admissions website for more information: https://admissions.uc.edu/apply/defer.html.

 

Can I post-pone my studies at DAAP? (Continuing Students)

This option is available to DAAP students but should be approached with an abundance of caution and with the input of an advisor. In considering the options, students need to weigh the following:

  • A spot in the next cohort cannot be guaranteed. Cohorts are planned based on available resources and space and large fluctuations in numbers cannot be accommodated without impacting the integrity of instruction. While any student can opt to take time off from a program, DAAP unfortunately cannot guarantee that a spot will be available for them in the next cohort.  DAAP has studio enrollment limits to ensure that every student is receiving a quality experience with personalized attention. A student returning from a leave should understand that students accepted into the next cohort will have priority at registration. After students in the next cohort register for their 2021 fall semester, DAAP will review space availability and enroll students returning from a leave if space remains. Students would most likely learn this decision late in spring 2021.
  • Students should research what this decision means to their eligibility for their specific scholarship.
  • There could also be implications for students who receive financial aid. In some cases, student loans may become due during a gap period.
  • Choosing not to enroll may impact how connected a student is to opportunities that arise within a program including internships, co-ops, and other unique learning prospects. A student should consider if they can come to terms with watching their peers continue to progress in their programs while they are taking a break.
  • While online learning is not most students’ first choice, it does open a whole new experience and skill set that will only become in greater demand as our world continues to evolve to more and more digital experiences. A student could consider embracing this situation to develop new skills and examples of resilience and flexibility that could better position them for opportunities in the future.


Will DAAP continue online course instruction for Spring Semester 2021?

Spring Semester 2021 has not been determined at this time. DAAP leadership, faculty, and staff will continue to evaluate the changing situation and make the best decisions possible to uphold the health and safety of all members of our community while providing our students instruction that upholds our academic missions.


If you have questions that remain unanswered, please feel free to send an email to: daapcomm@uc.edu.


Access to the DAAP building
DAAP is still completing protocols for building access for fall semester. More specific guidance regarding access to the DAAP building during Fall Semester 2020 will be shared here in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates. 


DAAP “maker space” building access (for Fall Semester 2020):

All DAAP students will be able to use the supervised “maker spaces” of DAAP (workshops, labs, and technology centers) by appointment during the hours of 9am-4pm, M-F.

  • A full list of “maker spaces” and the process to schedule an appointment will be shared before fall classes begin.
  • New students to DAAP typically undergo a training session provided by staff before being able to use the maker spaces. We are still developing the protocol for how that will be handled and will communicate more with students as we have the information to share.
  • Students who schedule an appointment to use a maker space should not plan on remaining in the building beyond the time they have scheduled to use a facility. Students are expected to utilize the building only during their designated appointment times and should note that common areas of the DAAP building will not be available to congregate.
  • No student will be required to use these spaces or their tools. All course assignments are being developed with the intention of every student being able to complete them remotely. The use of the DAAP “maker spaces” is intended to provide some flexibility for those students who desire the spaces and tools that DAAP provides.
  • No student will be at a disadvantage if they choose not to, or cannot, use the DAAP facilities.

If you still have items that were left in the studios or in lockers in DAAP from Spring semester that you would like us to continue to safeguard for you or make arrangement to retrieve, please let us know the following information in an email to: daapcomm@uc.edu.

Please include: 

  • Your Name
  • Your Major
  • Your studio room or locker number
  • Where your studio desk or locker is located
  • A list of items on your desk or in your locker

If there is a lock on a locker or cabinet, please provide us with the combination, otherwise, we will need to cut it off to retrieve your belongings. All items will be safely stored until you are able to arrange to pick them up.

 

Technology Help for Online Instruction

DAAP courses will be conducted online for Fall Semester 2020. As such, please see the following resources to support students in their online coursework.

The DAAP computer lab (CGC) will be available to students by appointment between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday during Fall Semester 2020. 

DAAP computer requirements discusses the options and configurations recommended for students in each of our programs. 


Some DAAP software licenses can be accessed remotely using these steps: 

Accessing DAAP software remotely: 
If you need access to more powerful computing and/or access to the software that is on the computers in the DAAP labs, you can connect to a DAAP lab computer virtually by following the instructions below:

  • Click on the VMware Horizon HTML Access button then log in using your UC credentials
  • Select the DAAP Student Desktop

This will open a virtual Windows machine with all the software that the DAAP labs have. The computing power is substantial but the experience will be affected by network traffic and your internet connection. The more bandwidth being consumed, the “choppier” the response will be.



Students are encouraged to check their UC email, as well as Canvas, for more information and next steps from course instructors.
Course content will now be deployed on these platforms. 



What if I don’t have a functioning computer to access the course materials?
There are a couple of options to assist:

  • UC IT is acquiring a limited number of laptops for faculty and students who do not have equipment to work remotely. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L) will serve as the point for distribution. Please contact them at cetl@uc.edu.

  • In response to UC's suspension of face-to-face instruction, providing appropriate technology to all is imperative. The NEXT Apprenticeship Program will provide any student who does not have appropriate technology to complete their course work with laptop computers. Students will be able to check out these computers and utilize them during this time of need. Please know that this is open to ALL students and you do not need to be an IT or Tech major to take advantage of this program. 

To check out these computers, students must sign up for the NEXT Apprenticeship Program. 

https://ucir.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j86N1rD2uOla4d

The NEXT Apprenticeship Program, supported by a $12M grant from the Department of Labor, provides the following: numerous, flexible program/degree options, industry-recognized credentials, certifications and skills training, NEW industry experience, and scholarships and/or stipends. Click HERE for more information.

Please contact Aaron Burdette (aaron.burdette@uc.edu) with any questions.

 

I do not have internet access. What can I do?

Spectrum and Comcast are offering free or reduced cost internet packages for low-income households.

Spectrum Student Offer

Comcast Internet Essentials

Ohio Wi-Fi HotSpot Locations. If you live in Ohio and have limited access to internet, InnovateOhio has provided a list of public wi-fi hotspot locations.

 

Student Advising
Students are encouraged to reach out to their Advisors via direct email or phone. Advisors will continue to work remotely to assist students.

For Undergraduate students, advising appointments can still be set using Starfish

COVID-19 & Your Health

DAAP recommends that students read through the information provided in the UC Return to Campus Guide with regards to staying safe before coming back to campus this fall.

If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, please email: publichealth@uc.edu.

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