Message from Dean Denno Regarding COVID-19

Dear CAST Student,

You should have received a notification from University of Arizona President Robbins, informing you that Spring Break has been extended until March 18, and that students are being asked not to return to campus. All University of Arizona classes are being transitioned to fully online learning modalities in response to the quickly evolving COVID19 situation.  Because most CAST students have experience with fully online courses, we believe our college—and our faculty—are in many ways more prepared, but we will be doing all we can to assist both students and faculty in this transition.

In order to give all of our faculty and departments time to prepare for the transition to fully online modality, classes will not resume until March 18, 2020. All instruction will officially resume beginning March 18th. Please let me be very specific: NO class activity, whether in a continuing 15 week class or a 7wk2 class is to take place prior to March 18th.  Your instructors will be revising their course syllabi to accommodate the change in schedule. Your instructors will be communicating directly with you about curriculum adjustments, including changes in assignments, assessments, due dates, etc. Thank you for your patience and understanding for our faculty during this quickly evolving situation. 

We are here to support you and will do our best to answer questions or address concerns as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Please be aware, however, that CAST Advising offices will not be open.  Your advisor will be available by phone, Zoom, and email for advising appointments until further notice. Please call 520-626-2422 if you have questions.

We also want to ensure that you are prepared with the necessary technology and internet access for continuing your classes entirely online. If you are in a situation where you do not have the means to participate in fully online courses, please reach out immediately to Dannielle Hallahan through email at daniellehallahan@arizona.edu, so that we can help devise a workable solution for you quickly.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions you may have:

 
·       I have unpaid tuition because I added Spring 2020 classes after January 13th. When is my tuition due?
March 17, 2020 is the Bursar’s deadline to pay tuition for all units registered as of 1/13/2020 through 3/15/2020 without late charges. This deadline has not changed with the delayed start of classes.
 
·       How long do I have to finalize my Spring 2020 schedule, in light of the delayed start?
March 21, 2020 is the last day to use UAccess for adding classes, changing classes, or changing sections for Seven Week – Second Session.
 
·       How long do I have to drop Spring 2020 Seven Week – Second Session classes for a refund?
March 24, 2020 is the last day for a refund from dropping Spring 2020 Seven Week – Second Session classes. Refunds are not available for 15-Week or Seven Week - First Session classes.

·       Will my Financial Aid disbursements be impacted by the delay of the start of classes?

Financial Aid disbursements were sent out earlier this week. Financial Aid is not impacted by the delay in the start of Spring 2020 Seven Week – Second Session classes.

·       My course uses an Inclusive Access (IA) textbook or materials. How long do I have to decide about whether to keep this or opt out, in light of the delayed start of classes? 

March 24, 2020 is the last day to “opt out” of inclusive access materials in D2L.

·       How does the conversion to online coursework impact GI Bill or military education benefits?

Military-Connected Benefits & Certifications (MCBC) has confirmed that the transition to distance/remote/online modes of instruction will not impact or change education benefits. MCBC will inform impacted students if there are any changes to benefits and/or processing. 

·       I am participating in an internship, how does this affect me?

Students engaged in an outside internship are being encouraged to follow the guidelines/ policies established by the outside agency, employer, etc., at which their internship is located.