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DAAP Spring 2021 Guidance for Students


  • Most DAAP class instruction will continue in online format for Spring Semester 2021. Always check Catalyst to confirm the mode of teaching for each course. 

  • 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 is posted here under the "Access to the DAAP Building" topic. 

  • Studio spaces will be available to all DAAP students as "hot desks" (meaning these are shared spaces that can be used by a student by appointment at a specific time and then have to be completely cleared and vacated at the end of the use). 'Hot desk' studio space 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 is posted here under the "Access to the DAAP Building" topic. 

  • Students enrolled in certain DAAP courses will have dedicated studio space. The list of those courses is posted here under the "Access to the DAAP Building" topic. 

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? (Spring 2021 will be very similar)
What can I expect from online classes this fall? (Spring 2021 will be very similar)
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? 
How does UC replicate the design studio experience online? (From a DAAP faculty member)


Why did DAAP choose online instruction for most spring classes?

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 Spring Semester 2021 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 Spring Semester 2021, the university is reducing the General Fee and Campus Life Fee. Reduced rates for full-time students for the Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 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 beyond Spring Semester 2021?

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. We will communicate the plan for each semester as the information is decided. 


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


Access to the DAAP building

DAAP student building access for Spring Semester 2021:

Beginning in Spring Semester 2021, student access to the DAAP building will be as described here to protect the health and safety of our learning community during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The DAAP buildings will be open to DAAP students Monday – Friday between 7:30am and 9:00pm. The exterior doors of DAAP will be locked and DAAP students must use their student IDs (i.e. Bearcat Card) to swipe-in to enter the building. Students may enter any exterior door that is equipped with a pad for ID-swipe entry and will no longer be required to check-in and check-out on the 3000 level.

     

  • DAAP students may only access the building using their Student ID/Bearcat Card swipe on Monday-Friday between the hours indicated. Students will be required to vacate the building before 9:00pm. Student IDs will not work to unlock exterior doors outside of these hours. It is important that students do not prop open doors or open doors for other students to enter when the building is closed.  

     

  • All students will have access to ‘hot desk’ studios (the 5000 level studios as mentioned in the list that follows here), wireless hot spots and DAAP labs. 'Hot desks' are shared spaces that can be used by a student by appointment at a specific time and then have to be completely cleared and vacated at the end of the use. The spaces listed below will be open between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm and will require reservations to be made on the DAAP Concierge site on Canvas in order to ensure that a safe number of students is maintained within the spaces.

     

    Space - Maximum # of Students 

    • 3430 Wireless hotspot - 20 students  
    • 3440 Wireless hotspot - 6 students 
    • 3320, 3330 Design Build Lab rooms- 15 students 
    • 4000 level Photo Lab - 6 students  
    • 4300 Ceramics Lab - 6 students  
    • 4425 IT Help - 6 students  
    • 4425E Computer Lab - 12 students  
    • 5202 Student Technology Lab - 4 students  
    • 5212 Rapid Prototyping Lab - 2 students  
    • 5245, 5250, 5255, 5260 and 5265 studios (‘hot desk’ studios) - 40 students total, the capacity of each room will be noted at the entrance
    • 5405 meeting room - 2 students 
    • 5407 meeting room - 2 students 
    • 6335 Printmaking Lab suite - 15 students  
    • 6401/05 level Fashion Sewing Lab - 8 students 

  • Students enrolled in the classes identified below will have access to assigned, dedicated studios in DAAP from Monday-Friday between 7:30am and 9:00pm. Your instructors will communicate directly with you about the specific studio space assignments and access, as well as the type and frequency of interactions that will occur in the studio space. All other classrooms spaces in DAAP will be locked and will not be accessible unless approval is acquired from School Directors.

     

    School of Design  

    • FASH 3011 
    • FASH 3042 
    • FASH 4011 
    • FASH 4045 
    • No other classes will meet in-person in studios or have designated studio space. Students who believe they require use of dedicated studio space should make this request to their class instructor and will require the approval of the School of Design Director.

     

    School of Architecture and Interior Design

    • No class sections will meet in-person in studios or have designated studio space. Students who believe they require use of dedicated studio space should make this request to their class instructor and will require the approval of the School of Architecture and Interior Design Director.

     

    School of Art 

    • FAA 5082 – All sections 
    • No other classes will meet in-person in studios or have designated studio space. Students who believe they require use of dedicated studio space should make this request to their class instructor and will require the approval of the School of Art Director.

     

    School of Planning 

    • No class sections will meet in-person in studios or have designated studio space. Students who believe they require use of dedicated studio space should make this request to their class instructor and will require the approval of the School of Planning Director.

     

  • The Reed Gallery and Myers Gallery will be open with no reservations required but will impose a maximum number of occupants that will be monitored by the staff in each gallery. Check the DAAP Galleries section of the DAAP web site for exhibits and hours. In addition, the student gallery Tabula Rasa will be open during the hours of 9am-4pm and will not require a reservation.

     

  • Students entering the DAAP building must adhere to all health and safety guidance from the University and all individuals that enter must wear a mask.

     

  • Students entering the DAAP building should use UCs COVID check app (https://www.uc.edu/publichealth/return-to-campus-guide/covid-check-app.html), perform Daily Health Checks and self-report if diagnosed with COVID-19. All students should monitor UC’s public health guidance for updates on policies and guidelines for the UC community: https://www.uc.edu/publichealth.html.

     

  • The DAAP program fees for Spring Semester 2021 will be standardized for all DAAP students to the base amount of $400, rather than the normal range of up to $750.

  • If you still have items in a locker or studio space from last Spring and would like to retrieve them, please make arrangements directly with Dan Dugan by emailing him at dan.dugan@uc.edu.

  • The DAAP Library will be opening next Monday, Feb. 1st  instead of this Monday. Our apologies. New carpeting is being installed and the project is taking longer than expected. Please contact me for any materials you may need. Some items are not available while new flooring is installed in the stacks (we will notify you if that is the case).

    However, M-F, 9am-4pm Click and Collect @ DAAP Library is available now.

    • Bring your Bearcat card to get into the DAAP Complex
    • Pick up requested items outside front doors of DAAP Library
    • When searching the UC Libraries Catalog, items with "Click & Collect" status are requestable
    • Contact library staff directly to request items with "Local Use Only" status

    Library Services:

    -          Reference – find resources, request items, interlibrary borrowing—if we can help, let us know.

    -          Instructional support – sessions for classes (includes support via Canvas) and one-on-one assistance.

    Cade Stevens: for circulation questions and facility information
    Student & Circulation Supervisor
    cade.stevens@uc.edu 
    (513) 556-1321 

    Elizabeth Meyer: for reference help, instruction, requests for purchase
    Head of Library 
    elizabeth.meyer@uc.edu 
    (513) 556-0279 

 
Technology Help for Online Instruction

DAAP courses will be conducted mostly online for Spring Semester 2021. 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 Spring Semester 2021. 

For IT help, please try to utilize the UCIT support ticket system to make your request. The link to this is https://uc.edu/ithelp and a step by step set of instructions is included on the home page of the DAAP Concierge page which is in the list of your Canvas courses (for all DAAP students). Requests will be routed to the DAAP IT staff and they will respond as promptly as they can.


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 remotely by following the instructions below:

  • Select the Individual workstation you wish to connect to.  Download the rdp file and open it with Microsoft Remote Desktop.

This will open a remote connection to a one of the Windows workstations in DAAP Aronoff 4425E 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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