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Student FAQs

In addition to the University’s Student FAQ, below is a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers that address both university policies and their specific implementation within DAAP. If your question does not appear here, please feel free to send an email to: daapcomm@uc.edu. The list below will be updated as new information is known.

CLASS INSTRUCTION

Do I come to class?  

Until further notice, all courses regularly scheduled to meet during this period will NOT have face-to-face (in-class) sessions. Rather, during this period, the University will shift to “remote instruction” (defined further below), in which students will participate in the course requirements and activities without being together physically in one location. This policy is designed to limit the possibilities of transmission of Coronavirus, by limiting the number of physical interactions among students and across our community.

What is “remote instruction”? And how to do I access my class remotely?

Remote instruction is simply an alternative to having instruction provided via face-to-face, in-class sessions. Each individual instructor has re-worked their course content using internet technology to conduct their classes. Possible solutions could include holding remote class sessions via WebEx, whereby students attend a remote meeting at a common time/date. We ask that, unless your instructors specifically release their scheduled class times, you hold the regularly scheduled times for your courses available for online activities. Your instructors may require you to engage in activities during your regularly scheduled class times, such as discussions and/or quizzes/exams, and thus you need to ensure that you are able to attend remotely, just as you would have done on campus.

We anticipate that different instructors will choose different solutions based on the specific attributes and goals of their course. A consistent principle across all courses and instructors is, to the best of our ability, to seek to not compromise the educational experience of students given these unusual circumstances. DAAP instructors also have been asked to be sensitive to any potential technological (hardware or software) limitations students may have.

What if I can’t complete the requirements for a course?

As during regular operations, if you cannot complete the requirements of a course, you can request an Incomplete (receive an “I”) and work with the instructor on a plan to complete the course within a year of the end of the term for that course (a more restrictive timeline may be given). You can also withdraw from the course but realize that a “W” will appear on your transcript. Note: Receiving a "W" could impact your ability to continue with your curriculum or affect your financial aid. Please reach out to your advisor before withdrawing.

If you are in a study abroad course in which the travel component was cancelled, the University has given you three options: (1) you can complete the course, with the instructor providing alternative course requirement to replace the travel component, (2) you can request an Incomplete and work with the international programs office to identify on future travel opportunities that would allow you to complete your current course, or (3) you may withdraw, without a “W” on your transcript. These options are discussed in further detail under the Travel and Study Abroad FAQs.       


TRAVEL AND STUDY ABROAD

Is all student travel cancelled for the entire semester?

Yes. All university-related travel is suspended until further notice, including international co-ops and summer programs.

Will I be able to complete a course with international travel if that travel component was cancelled? 

Due to the cancellation of the travel portion of a study abroad program, you have the following options:

Option 1: Remain in the course, complete alternate assignments, and receive a final grade. Please reach out to your faculty instructor regarding an alternate assignment.

Option 2: Elect to receive an Incomplete in the course and make arrangements with your faculty instructor to explore possibilities to participate in future study abroad travel. Such travel must occur within one year in order to complete the course. This option is only available for courses where a similar international travel opportunity is available. Please note there is a high probability that the same or similar course may not be offered next year. If you choose this option, you need to notify the UC One Stop Center. Contact Ashley Corbett at sacancel@uc.edu or (513)556-3526.

Option 3: Drop the course only as a last resort. If you choose to drop, the course will be removed from your record and you will not receive a “W” mark for the course. You will be given a refund for the course if you fall below full-time status. You should not process the drop yourself. All drops should be administered through the UC One Stop. Your contact is Ashley Corbett at sacancel@uc.edu or (513)556-3526. You should consult with One Stop prior to dropping to discuss how this change may impact your academic standing or financial aid.

I am graduating at the end of the term and was using study abroad to satisfy my cultural or foreign language requirement. If I could not compete the travel portion of my study abroad, will I still be able to satisfy the requirement and graduate?

Yes, but only if you take Option 1 above and pass the course by completing the alternative assignment defined by the course instructor.

Do I get my money back for a cancelled study abroad program?

The UC College or Department managing your program logistics will be working to refund student program fees and/or flight vouchers. You will be permitted to keep your previously awarded UC International scholarship. You should have received information about refunds and/or flight vouchers by April 1, 2020. If you are unsure about which UC College or Department is managing your program logistics, you should contact Ashley Corbett at sacancel@uc.edu or (513)556-3526.

Is personal travel okay?

According to University policy: The University strongly urges extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel, with particular attention to known outbreak areas. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged by any UC community member.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students with questions or concerns can reach UC International Services by email at international.students@uc.edu or by phone at 513-556-4278.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Can I complete my internship or co-op?

Yes, if your employer continues to operate and require your work. The University policy is that all courses will move to “remote instruction.” While on your internship or co-op assignment, you will not be participating in classroom activities. Your employer will likely have policies associated with COVID-19; you will need to abide by these policies. However, if you have questions or concerns, please contact your internship or co-op advisor to discuss further; they will work with you to find an appropriate accommodation.        

Am I able to continue working as a student worker?

As long as there continues to be a need for your service, you can continue to work since DAAP is not “closed” and continues to operate with staff working remotely. To the extent that your role as a student worker is not needed as much, you may experience a reduction in hours. Your supervisor will work with you and help to try to determine appropriate projects considering the new limitations imposed on all of us.

How will this affect summer co-op opportunities?

The following guidance was provided by the ELCE Office on May 15, 2020: 

In accordance with the latest State of Ohio guidelines, we have determined that face-to-face co-op, internships, and service learning may resume on Monday, May 25.  Additionally, undergraduate students employed by UC faculty or other researchers may resume face-to-face work on June 1 at the discretion of the Principal Investigator (PI).  All face-to-face experiential learning including co-op, internship, service learning and undergraduate student research may resume under the following conditions:

  • Should the State of Ohio guidelines change (including prior to May 25, 2020), we will adjust our policy accordingly and will notify you immediately.  These changes may include the possibility of reinstituting the restriction on face-to-face experiential learning if there is a resurgence of COVID-19. 
  • Face-to-face experiential learning during summer semester remains optional.  Students are not obligated to participate in face-to-face experiential learning even though it is now permitted.  For students in mandatory co-op programs, the COVID-19 EEP options are acceptable alternatives and will count toward the co-op requirement. 
  • Given the fluidity of this situation, we recommend students not relocate for face-to-face experiential learning as our policy is subject to change based on evolving state guidelines.
  • Students who choose to participate in face-to-face experiential learning should understand that there is still a risk of contracting COVID-19 and therefore it is important to adhere to all safety guidelines that have been established by the local or state public health agency and employers/researchers/community organizations, including social distancing measures, wearing a face covering in the workplace, and washing your hands and work surfaces frequently.  
  • For students in mandatory co-op programs:  If you have accepted a face-to-face co-op position for summer semester and had previously planned to apply for a waiver, please accept your position in PAL or confirm your placement with your co-op advisor to ensure proper registration.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to visit our FAQ page or reach out to your co-op advisor.
 

BUILDING ACCESS / HOUSING

Will I be able to meet with my classmates in small groups?

WebEx and remote meetings can be leveraged, but in-person meetings should not occur.

Will I have access to the building and/or student labs?

The DAAP building is now locked and cannot be accessed by students. If you believe that you have a need to enter the building, you may send a message to daapcomm@uc.edu to request access.

May I use the DAAP or other UC Libraries?

All UC libraries have been closed until further notice since March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) which will remain open only for medical student testing.

You can use the library remotely through the Distance Learning Resources. If you have a book that is due, late fees will not be assessed. Please return your materials (UC owned, OhioLink, or InterLibrary Loan) as soon as you can. For off campus guides, please visit the Off Campus Access webpage. If you need to speak with a librarian, please use our "Ask a Librarian form.” Articles and Chapters that are not online can be accessed via Interlibrary Loan. If you experience technical issues, please contact IT@UC.

Most library book due dates have been extended to September 1, 2020. Students may hold on to materials through the end of the summer, but if any wish to return them, the interior backdrop at Langsam Library is open (one can park in the garage for free, head up to the 4th floor and leave them in the drop). Books will not be checked back in through the system until library employees can return to campus. 

I live on campus. Students need to move out, but I am struggling with options. What should I do?

If you live in campus housing and:

  • Don’t have anywhere else safe/stable to go
  • Don’t have access to reliable transportation to get elsewhere
  • Potentially other reasons

Request a stay waiver or contact Housing at uchousing@uc.edu or 513-556-6461.

 

EVENTS

Are student organizations still able to meet and/or hold events?

The Student Activities & Leadership Development Division of Student Affairs issued the following guidance (emphasis added) in its letter to the UC Student Leaders Community on March 11:  

“Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, UC will suspend face-to-face instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, seminars and other similar classroom settings, and move to remote instruction. We believe it is important that we consider the same for student organization meetings and management. As a result, all student organizations should refrain from meeting in person when possible and should not make any meetings mandatory for any members. If you have to have essential meetings for organizational business purposes, virtual meetings are preferred or holding in-person meetings in a space large enough for social distancing.”

 

REFUNDS

Will I receive a refund for my classes or fees?

Requests for tuition reimbursement are out of the hands of DAAP administration and will have to be addressed with the University. At this time, DAAP is committed to continuing to deliver your coursework while making changes to allow for the curriculum to be delivered via online technology. The University and DAAP have reduced or eliminated fees in many cases in consideration of the changes to course deployment. Students should check their accounts for the adjustments. 

Access to the DAAP building

As of March 27, 2020 UC Public Safety has asked that we no longer provide access to DAAP for students to retrieve their items from studios or lockers. We will begin purging the studios on April 20th. If you still have items in the studios or in lockers in DAAP that you would like us to safeguard for you, 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 when the DAAP building reopens.

 

Technology Help for Remote Instruction

DAAP classes will operate in full remote mode through the end of Summer 2020. As such, please see the following resources to support students with this transition. All computing labs within the DAAP building are now closed until further notice. 

  1. Access to DAAP lab software: 

    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.

     

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

     

    3. 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.

     

    4. 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

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

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

Review University Health Services website and follow their recommendations: https://www.med.uc.edu/uhs/coronavirus/covid-19-health-alerts

This information includes instructions to self-report:  https://www.med.uc.edu/uhs/coronavirus/covid-19-self-reporting-instructions

The reporting requirement will allow UC University Health Services to provide education, guidance, and care monitoring.

If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, please e-mail publichealth@uc.edu.

 

What to do to reduce your personal risk and the potential risk to others:

Please help mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used as needed
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend healthy people wear a facemask.

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