Spring semester to start online, gradually move to in-person

Serena Bettis

Colorado State University students will start their spring semester just as the last one ended, with all classes held online for at least one week.

President Joyce McConnell made the announcement in a Dec. 17 email and explained that the University wants to test all students before scheduling in-person learning due to public health officials’ predictions that the COVID-19 pandemic will peak in January. 


“Our goal is for all students to walk into our classrooms, labs or other learning spaces only after having gotten a negative COVID-19 test from the CSU testing site,” the message reads. 

Starting Jan. 25, courses scheduled for face-to-face instruction will transition to in-person, permitting any restrictions from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. McConnell’s message said the first courses to transfer will include courses for first years and seniors, studio courses, labs and more. 

“Over the next few weeks and into January, the Pandemic Preparedness Team and the Teaching and Learning Recovery Team will work with college and departmental leadership to monitor the county, state and national conditions to ascertain the best plan for all course offerings at all levels,” the message said.

Courses currently scheduled for the hybrid format will receive an update Feb. 5 on whether or not they will add in-person instruction or remain fully online. In the message, McConnell said they do not want to set exact dates for this shift because the status of the pandemic in the spring could easily change. 

Despite the change to remote learning at the beginning of the semester, spring break will remain April 12-16 and the final weeks of the semester will be fully online as the fall semester was. Additionally, residence halls will open as scheduled Jan. 14 with mandatory COVID-19 testing for students prior to their move in. 

For more details, students can refer to the FAQ from McConnell’s message, view updates from Housing & Dining Services and look up times to get tested on campus.

“I want to say thank you again for all that you have done and for all that you will do in staying resilient, positive and committed to our community this spring,” McConnell said in a video message. “We truly couldn’t do this without you, and I am so very grateful for you all.”

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.