Engineering-specific COVID-19 updates for students
A message from Anthony Marchese, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Dear Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Students:
I know from my discussions with you and your families over the years that one of the major reasons that many of you chose to attend CSU was because of our community. I know that being physically separated from your CSU community represents an unprecedented challenge and I want to assure you that the engineering faculty and staff are here for you to help you overcome any challenges that you face. While the situation continues to evolve, our main guiding principles are to maximize your health and safety, and to minimize the disruption in your studies and student life. While it is evident that we must avoid meeting face-to-face to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are working diligently to provide you with the services necessary to maximize student success. Below are important updates on some of the key areas that are continuing to address.
In the past 2 weeks, I have witnessed the community rallying together in extraordinary ways, which should not have been a surprise given our Land Grant mission and values as an institution. Although our learning community is suddenly geographically distributed in ways that we never imagined, I know that the CSU community will emerge ever stronger. I encourage you to engage locally and show your loved ones and local community what it means to be a CSU Ram. Donate blood. Check in on an elderly neighbor. Help a sibling with their homework. Most importantly, focus on your health and safety, and the health and safety of your community. Rams take care of Rams.
Keep Informed of the Latest Developments on COVID-19
First and foremost, please continue to check the university COVID-19 website at safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus/
The situation continues to evolve locally and nationally, so it is important to keep informed of the latest developments and how they are impacting CSU.
Academic support and information
All students should consult with their academic advisor before deciding to request a change from a traditional grade. At the point of requesting an S/U grade, students will be asked to indicate that they understand the potential consequence, including:
- Impact on GPA for students on academic probation.
- Impact on graduate/professional school applications.
- Scholarship implications if a minimum of graded coursework is required.
Although we are working remotely, the Engineering Success Center and Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs remains fully functional. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any issues regarding student success, career readiness, diversity programing, academic affairs, student affairs, scholarships or any other area of concern including severe financial hardship (see below for more information).
- Visit the Engineering Success Center page for information on our services.
- Contact information for our staff can be found here.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Anthony Marchese at Anthony.Marchese@colostate.edu.
We recognize that many undergraduate engineering students rely heavily on academic support services such as tutoring and mentoring at the Engineering Residential Learning Community, within the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering departments, via our Diversity Organizations, and others. We are working diligently to provide these all-important support functions in a remote format.
In addition, we are in discussions with our partner academic units who provide similarly important support services, including The Calculus Center and others. The Calculus Center will provide information on online tutoring by March 24 here: https://mathematics.colostate.edu/about/calculus-center/.
Information on tutoring through TILT and numerous other resources to help with the transition to remote learning can be found here: https://www.acns.colostate.edu/keep-learning/
Please keep an eye out for future communications from the college on tutoring services. In the meantime, if you have any questions on the status of these services, please contact Dr. Anthony Marchese at Anthony.Marchese@colostate.edu.
CSU is committed to your success as a student. As we move to online learning for the remainder of the spring semester, here are some study tips, resources, and information you may want to keep in mind.
Visit www.acns.colostate.edu/keep-learning for the latest resources.
While the Graduate School team is not physically in the office, the team is available to help you with any questions and will continue to work to minimize disruptive impacts to degree completion and program requirements during this rapidly changing situation.
Visit the Graduate School COVID-19 page for updates specific to graduate students.
The university has moved the course withdrawal deadline from March 23 to May 8, which is the last day of classes for Spring 2020. This extension will impact all courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Updated deadlines are posted on the Important Dates section at https://registrar.colostate.edu/.
We have already moved past the course drop deadline. Therefore, a course withdrawal is the only available mechanism by which students can drop a course with an indication of W on the transcript.
CSU Online offers courses of different lengths and varied start dates. It will retain varied class lengths and parts of term offerings as currently scheduled and will maintain its already established withdrawal deadlines.
The Repeat/Delete deadline has also been changed from March 23 to May 8 for Spring 2020 only. This option pertains only to undergraduate courses.
Given the unique circumstances of transition to remote learning, CSU Fort Collins and CSU Online are implementing an S/U grading practice for spring 2020 only. Following the end of semester grade posting for spring semester 2020, students will be able to request an S/U grade rather than traditional letter grade until June 5 for any course taken in this semester.
The S/U policy applies to all spring 2020 undergraduate and graduate courses. This practice will replace any previously published restrictions on use of S/U grading, making it an option for all students, undergraduate and graduate, for spring 2020. All students, and especially students on probation, are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor or the Graduate School before making a decision.
Students who earn a C or above in a traditionally graded class may request to have the letter grade changed to “S” for Satisfactory, which reflects a C or better. Students who earn D or F letter grades would be reflected by a “U” for Unsatisfactory. “S” grades contribute to credit hours but not to the GPA. “U” grades will contribute neither toward credit hours earned nor to the GPA.
Students will not be allowed to change an S/U grade once the change from a letter grade has been made. The Office of the Registrar is developing a tool that will allow students to use RAMweb to see their course sections. Students will be able to select individual course sections to which they want to apply the S/U option. Traditional A to F grading will be used for all courses not selected for the S/U option.
Please note that the S/U option will not have negative implications for students’ Financial Aid but students should check rules for their scholarships prior to making a decision.
We have instructed all engineering professors to develop revised course syllabi to clearly document any changes in the instruction format and course deliverables as a result of the transition to remote format. We suggest contacting your instructor if you have not received a revised syllabus within one week of the start of remote teaching.
Summer registration began as originally planned on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
The CSU Office of Financial Aid has some limited emergency funding available for students with severe financial hardships via Ram Aid. To request assistance, you can contact the Office of Financial Aid via email@example.com. Please make sure to include your name, CSUID and a brief statement as to the assistance needed, and please cc me on that email.
The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering also has some limited funding to help address emergency financial hardships. Please contact Dr. Anthony Marchese for further information.
We are aware that some students are lacking basic necessities such as food and other supplies. Rams Against Hunger and ASCSU continue to serve students, staff and faculty at the following two Pocket Pantry locations.
- Lory Student Center– level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance
Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
- University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments
Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
The Larimer Food Bank will also continue to provide food for the CSU community for free during this time. For more information about the Larimer Food Bank, please see foodbanklarimer.org/.
In addition, Rams Against Hunger will continue to partner with the Food Bank of Larimer County for a modified Mobile Pantry event. Additional food distribution events are currently being planned. For more information about this, and other Rams Against Hunger support, please continue to check the Rams Against Hunger website, which is being updated with new information as RAH evolves to work with our Ram Community during this time.
SDC is working with campus partners such as TILT, ATRC, and Administration to ensure Canvas accessibility for online courses. If you experience barriers to accessing your online classes, please reach out to your Accommodation Specialist immediately.
Visit the Student Disability Center update page for the latest information.
Open to all beliefs, faiths, cultures, and identities (including those who do not identify as religious or spiritual), Spiritual Care services are here to support you as you explore life’s questions, experiences, and transitions.
We don’t provide answers. Instead, we support you in a safe, nonjudgmental space to help you process your questions and find your own answers.
Visit the Spiritual Health page on the CSU Health Network website.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
University Financial Aid Resources
The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering pays differential tuition for all graduate students on a research assistantship (GRA), teaching assistantship (GTA), or other assistantship (GSA).
Become a part of the engineering community through our many student organizations. Find opportunities for collaboration and connection through diversity organizations, honor societies, and local engineering project clubs.
The Dean’s List for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering recognizes students with high academic achievements during the course of the semester.
Salim Al Abri
Saleh Al Ismaili
Hassan Al Lawati
Ghassan Al Mamari
Chon Chia Ang
Theresa O’Donnell- Sloan
Beau Van Der Sluys
Jake Van Dorfy
Juan Venegas Jimenez
Axel Villarreal Conchas
Bobbi Jo Wallace
Starting a new phase of life as a college student is not always easy, and we want to help our new students with a smooth transition into the college and CSU. Our orientation programs work alongside the university’s to provide dynamic, student-centered experiences.
Help! What do I do first?
You’ve created a lot of unique logins while applying to universities, but we have good news for you: This is the last one you’ll need for a while.
Your eID is needed to complete many of the enrollment tasks to the right, and it also will be your official login as a student at Colorado State. Click here for instructions to create your eID unless you’ve already done so.
- First, fill out a housing application, again using your eID.
- As a first year engineering student, you have a unique opportunity to live in the Engineering Residential Learning Community in Academic Village or Edwards Hall. Here, you have access to peer mentors, graduate academic coaches, a faculty in residence, and in-house tutoring. Complete the Engineering RLC supplemental application under the “Engineering Learning Community” on the Learning Communities page.
- You are not required to live in the Engineering RLC, rather there are many options to choose from! Here is more information on housing opportunities at CSU.
Visit the Applying for Financial Aid page and follow the process, including:
- Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Verify Information on Your Student Aid Report (SAR)
Completion of the Math Placement Exam (MPE) is required of all incoming Engineering students by June 1.
- In addition, all Engineering majors (except Computer Engineers) are also required to complete Chem Prep well in advance of Ram Orientation.
- There is a 48 hour waiting period for Chem Prep completion to show up in the CSU student information system, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this important part of your pre-orientation process.
- All official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Click here for more information on the transcripts process and to submit documents.
- In addition, bringing copies of your unofficial transcripts (both college transcripts and ACT/SAT/AP exams scores) with you to Ram Orientation can also be helpful for fall registration since the Registrar’s Office has up to 30 business days in which to evaluate official transcripts once they’re received.
All Engineering students are required to complete the MPE by June 1.
This is required to register for CHEM111. Find more ChemPrep information here.
There is a 48 hour waiting period for Chem Prep completion to show up in the CSU student information system, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this important part of your pre-orientation process.
Create your Engineering Technology Services (ETS) account at engr.colostate.edu/ets. This will allow you to log in to campus computers and access important software tools.