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Spring 2021 Campus and Course Information
Spring 2021 Campus Plan
As we plan for Spring 2021 at ACC, our primary goals are to provide you with the best education possible while keeping our ACC community safe.
Student Services are available remotely and by appointment.
Monday - Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Please remember that the circumstances regarding COVID-19 are ever-changing, and so plans may continue to change. We are working under the guidance of the Department of Higher Education's Planning for Return to Campus During COVID-19 Guidelines.
Have questions about the Spring semester that we don't answer below? Check back for Puma Q&A Sessions. Schedule coming soon.
ACC is offering in-person courses, remote, virtual and online courses. All of these options are explained in detail below and how you can identify the type of course in the course schedule.
Where do I start?
- Spring 2021 registration will open November 3. Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss the courses you should take in your degree/certificate plan.
- Log in to Navigate and start mapping out your schedule. Confirm that the way your courses will be delivered will work for your needs. On November 3 you can simply hit the Register Button. Check out this Navigate step by step instruction video. If you find that a class will not work for you after you register, you can switch to a different section. Do this as soon as possible to guarantee your spot in your preferred course option.
- Make a plan to pay your tuition.
- Enroll in a payment plan. Enroll by December 16th with 10% down.
- Submit a FAFSA. Check myACC for any needed documentation and to confirm you have been awarded. If you have not yet done your FAFSA – do it TODAY. The recommended completion file date is December 8th. In the meantime, start a payment plan. When and if your aid is awarded, it will be refund to you. See Financial Aid for assistance and details.
- Established a third-party who will be paying your tuition.
You can see your bill in myACC after you are registered for courses.
Course Types and Registration information
|Course Type||Description||Registration Info||Tuition Rate|
|On Campus 50%, Includes In Person sessions||Half of the course is delivered in-person on campus (and/or at a clinical site) and the other half of the content is delivered online, not in real time. Online content should be completed within the deadlines set by the instructor.
*Students last name A-K attend first class session, last name L-Z attend second class session, alternating as the course progresses.
|No change. Course will have a day & time with a classroom location.||On Campus tuition rate|
|Virtual Real Time||All of the class content is delivered online in real time via video conferencing tools such as WebEx, Zoom, etc. Specific meeting times will align with the course schedule. The instructor sets the pace of the course via deadlines for discussions, assignments, quizzes, etc.||Classroom will be named VIRTUAL, days/times will be listed.||On Campus tuition rate|
|Remote Any Time||All of the class content is delivered online, not in real time. Online content can be completed at any time within the deadlines set by the instructor. Optional real time video conferencing sessions may be available at a variety of times. The instructor sets the pace of the course via deadlines for discussions, assignments, quizzes, etc.||Classroom will be named REMOTE, no specific day or time will be listed||On Campus tuition rate|
|Online Courses||Online courses provide a way to attend class at your convenience, rather than coming to campus at an assigned time. Courses require participation in online discussions, assignments, and online tests. The instructor sets the pace of the course via deadlines Traditional delivery of fully online courses with no requirement to meet in person.||
No change. Registration will say ACC Online or CCC Online.
|Online tuition rate|
As further health and safety guidelines are announced, ACC will offer courses to reflect the most current guidance to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
Safety and COVID-19 Response
When you to arrive on campus, you will notice many changes have taken place in order to ensure the safety, health and well-being guidelines recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Center for Disease Control, Tri-County Health Department, the Governor’s Office, and other state and local experts.
Please review the ACC Wellbeing & Safety Protocol.
We expect all students and staff to conduct daily self-screening prior to coming to campus. Each day take your temperature before leaving your home. Complete the Employee / Student / Visitor Symptom form each day you are coming to campus and before you arrive. *Signs will be posted at entrances with a QR code to the form to complete.
You may not come to campus if you have any of the following:
- A fever of 100.4
- A cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
You should contact your physician or local health department for further instructions. If you are going to be absent from class, please let your faculty/instructor know. You may return to campus only after you are symptom-free and with a temperature below 100.4.
Wearing a Mask / Facial Covering
All ACC students and staff are required to wear an appropriate facial covering when in any public space or when interacting with another person(s). We will have facial coverings available at each campus in case someone forgets to bring one or cannot provide their own. Contact our Dean of Students Office (askhr [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (HR) for employees) to request an exemption based due to disability or health issue.
- You must wear a CDC approved face covering and bring your ACC ID if you come to any campus in person. Please review ACC’s Wellbeing and Safety for more details. You must wear a mask if you are on campus in person. Neck gators and masks that have a vent that exhales ARE NOT approved to be worn on campus.
Entering a Campus Building
Each campus building (on all ACC campuses) will have a designated entrance and all other doors will be locked. Follow signage when you arrive.
While on any of ACC's campuses, practice appropriate social distancing (6ft spacing and no more than 10 people gathering together in a public area). We are looking at classroom sizes and other gathering spaces and rearranging or removing furniture as needed to follow public health guidance around social distancing, room capacity, movement within classrooms and hallways, etc.
Signage & Awareness
ACC has developed signage to clearly communicate our expectations regarding social distancing, face coverings, and other measures that have been shown to help slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
We have cleaning supplies, such as disinfecting spray and paper towels, available for students and staff to sanitize any area they use. Wash your hands regularly and/or utilize the hand sanitizer stations available on each campus.
ACC has installed plexiglass barriers in areas where students and staff frequently interact.
Ongoing Monitoring of Guidance from Health Organizations
As we continue to navigate this unprecedented global COVID-19 existence, CCCS presidents and executive staff, and ACC key personnel continue to talk daily to review current status and discuss plans for moving forward in light of new information and/or directives from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Center for Disease Control, Tri-County Health Department, the Governor’s Office, and other state and local experts.
Your safety is our priority. If we determine it is no longer in the best interest for the safety of the ACC community to keep our campuses open, we will implement plans to finish the fall semester remotely.
In the case of weather delays or closures for in-person classes, students will be notified by text, email and through the ACC Alert app.
We know you have many questions about the Spring semester. We're here to help. Read our frequently asked questions.
How will courses be offered?
We are offering Spring 2021 courses:
- On Campus 50%
- Virtual Real Time
- Remote Any Time
Check out the table above to learn more about each offering type and decide which works for you.
Why Only 50% in a Classroom?
By limiting the time you are on an ACC campus, we are able to help ensure a safer space for everyone. This helps us provide enough space for social distancing, but also enough openings in a class for you to get into the courses you need to graduate. It is also in accordance to the Governor's and multiple health organizations' guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What is ACC Doing for Safety and Well-being?
We are continuously monitoring and discussing the best possible options to keep our community safe, while ensuring quality education for our students. We installed plexiglass partitions around campus, provide sanitizing and cleaning products, limited in-person class sizes to allow for social distancing, increased our cleaning protocols, require masks / facial coverings and social distancing (and will provide for those that need them), and continue to update our procedures based on the latest recommendations.
I Don't Want to Wear A Mask. What are my Options?
Any student wishing to request a disability-related accommodation in connection with the ACC Mask Policy should contact Elisabeth Olson in Disability Access Services by phone at 303.797.5078 or by email elisabeth [dot] olson [at] arapahoe [dot] edu.
If a student has a personal health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask/facial covering in alignment with public health orders and no other form of personal protective covering or equipment is suitable based on their disability or health condition, the student will need to contact Disability Access Services (DAS) to discuss the process of providing medical documentation or discussing the inability to wear a mask.
The student will be asked to provide DAS with documentation written by a licensed professional about their disability that:
- Verifies that the individual meets the ADA definition of disability (i.e., has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities),
- Explains the reasons why a mask exemption is needed,
- Shows the relationship between the individual's disability and the need for the requested mask accommodation.
The documentation will be reviewed by the DAS Director and the Dean of Students. If this accommodation is granted, then DAS will then provide the student with a full-face shield that must be work while on any of the ACC Campuses. Wearing the face shield is not optional. The student will also receive a mask exemption card on a yellow lanyard card. Students can wear the lanyard card while on campus. Wearing yellow lanyard is optional as we will not require students to disclose their disability status. If students are not wearing the lanyard, they may be asked if they have received permission to not wear a mask before entering a college facility.
Mask-related accommodations available to students taking ACC Concurrent Enrollment classes on a high school campus may be subject to different guidelines as a result of differences in health, safety, and education requirements for high schools.
Other Examples of reasonable accommodations for students with a mask accommodation
Remote / Virtual Options
- Allow the student to take courses that are offered online.
- Offer Student Services appointments by telephone or video call for a student. This includes Advising, DAS, Financial Aid, ACC tutoring, and a number of other services and supports.
- Inform the student of online tutoring such as TutorMe.
Will ACC Still Offer Academic Support and Tutoring?
Of course. Some of our staff are working at an ACC campus and the rest are available by phone, email, or video chat (Zoom, WebEx, etc.). Student success is our first priority. Check out the webpage for the service you need to schedule an appointment.
Should I Report My Travel?
To help manage the health of our community, ACC is asking you to report if you plan to travel out of Colorado or out of the country by using this online form. Upon return from travel destinations, students are not permitted to return to campus for 14 days. Please help keep ACC as safe as possible.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Dean of Students Office if you have questions.
Why do online courses cost more?
When the Colorado Community College System originally developed online courses, the costs reflected the online technology to teach effectively online and the learning management system. This resulted in tuition per credit costs that were (and continue to be) higher than in person course tuition. The higher tuition supports the technology infrastructure needed to offer quality online education
How do I Know Which Day to Come to my 50% In Person Class?
In general, we have designed these classes to have students with last names that start with A-K come the first day of the class each week and those whose last names start with L-Z come the second class time each week. If your class meets weekly, you may only be on campus every other week. This may vary based on the class and the number of students in each class. Instructors will contact you the week of January 11 to confirm the days you'll be coming to campus.
Why Can't I See my Classes in D2L?
D2L courses become available the first day of class. Prior to the start date, you will not see the link for D2L. Please use Detailed Scheduled under the Registration Tools in myACC to confirm your schedule and plan to login to D2L on the start date for each of your classes.
How Can I Get My Textbook(s)?
The Littleton Campus Bookstore is now closed. You can get textbooks and class supplies at the Spirit Shop located at the Espresso Yourself Cafe on the Littleton Campus. You can also order online anytime and have items delivered to your home or campus for pick up. Watch for additional pick up options and in person shopping as we get closer to the end of the Fall Semester.
Ways to Shop
- Ship it to you: Order on the ArapahoeShop.com website.
- Ship it to your campus: Order on the ArapahoeShop.com website and choose your campus location during checkout.
- After your order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with pick up instructions.
- In-Store Shopping: Bookstore services are available at the Espresso Yourself Cafe and Spirit Shop Monday - Thursday from 7:30am - 6:00pm and Friday 7:30am - 2:00pm. The number of people permitted in the store will be limited to ensure proper social distancing. Ordering your textbooks and supplies online for home delivery or pick up should be your first choices.
Purchasing Books Using Financial Aid
Students who have been awarded financial aid for 20-21 will be able order books and supplies January 2 - 11, 2021. You can check your financial aid balance in myACC or on the Bookstore website. Contact the Financial Aid office if you have questions.
Parker and Sturm Collaboration Campus Students
We encourage you to order at ArapahoeShop.com and choose Ship To you. You can also have items delivered to the campuses and you will be contacted with pick-up information.
Why do I still have to pay the Health & Wellness Fee?
The Health and Wellness fee is a $9.85 per semester, student fee that supports the Fitness Center and mental health counseling available through ACC. This fee was a student led initiative in 2013 as the Fitness Center was previous only available for paying members, and ACC only had limited mental health counseling for students. Regardless of a student’s ability to access our campuses, these services are still available for all students. Students can make a confidential phone or virtual appointment with a licensed mental health therapist by calling the ACC Dean of Students Office at 303.797.5730 or email acc [dot] dos [at] arapahoe [dot] edu. The Fitness Center has created several online resources for students to access to support at-home wellness, and at this time, there is limited access available to the Fitness Center by appointment only by calling 303.797.5850 to schedule.
Why do I have to still pay the student activity fee?
The Student Activity fee is $4.17 per credit hour, with a maximum fee of $50.04 (12 credits). This fee is used exclusively to fund student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, and other student-led initiatives at ACC. The Student Life Office will be providing a variety of remote activities over the course of the semester to keep you engaged and help you stay connected. Students will also have the ability to be part of students clubs and organizations even if they are unable to meet in-person. The weekly Monday Morning To Do email, sent to all students, will promote these opportunities. We also encourage you to check out the online calendar on ACC’s website, which is frequently updated. For more information, contact 303.797.5668 or student [dot] life [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
Employee / Student / Visitor Screening form
Complete the Employee / Student / Visitor Symptom form each day you are coming to campus and before you arrive. *Signs will be posted at entrances with a QR code to the form to complete.
COVID-19 Positive Test & Exposure Reporting
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please report your status using the online form below. You can also use this form to report that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been tested.
Student Exposure Form
Students are also required to report international and domestic travel. Upon return from travel destinations, students are not permitted to return to campus for 14 days. Please help keep ACC as safe as possible.
Students may call the Dean of Students office at 303.797.5730. Students should also directly notify instructors of each course and make arrangements for coursework.
*During the 2020-21 academic year, some or all of the instructional formats may change due to an emergency situation affecting college operations, public safety, or public health, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event the curriculum delivery format changes for any part of the 2020-21 academic year.