Academics Q&A

Academic courses and delivery schedule

Last updated May 7 

CMU resumed academic instruction in an online format beginning March 30 continuing for the remainder of the Spring semester. The semester will still conclude on Thursday, May 14. Full session summer classes will begin the term online. View VP for Academic Affairs update on summer classes.

Last updated March 25 

As you prepare for returning to classes on March 30 – albeit virtually/online – we have developed a new webpage that contains all of the relevant academic resources you need in a single place. We understand that sometimes when things are overwhelming it just feels better to work directly with someone from our team. If this is the case for you, email iris@coloradomesa.edu. From here we can establish an appointment and call you to discuss how to help and make sure you have the support necessary to answer questions about your education at CMU.

For the spring 2020 semester, March 30-May 14 Updated 3.17.20

In order to ensure compliance with the Safer-at-Home guidance, and to protect the health of our students and faculty, we have decided to have First Session summer classes move into an online modality and Full Session summer classes begin the term as online.

Please contact your instructor to determine whether your particular course will remain online throughout the term, or whether we will try and reintroduce an in-person component in the latter half of the class.

Select courses in medical fields and at WCCC may remain in-person, but socially distanced, so please inquire with your instructor if you have questions. Updated 5.7.20

Faculty are moving forward to offer coursework online in a way that represents our institutional emphasis on quality teaching. Rare exceptions to the move online may be made for clinicals, internships, practicums and certain programs at WCCC, though factors external to CMU may affect scheduling in those categories. In the coming days, you should look for communication from your instructor via e-mail and the D2L course shell concerning plans for future schedules, assignments and course expectations. The adaptability of our students and instructors will be important to the success of this transition. Updated 3.17.20

Faculty and students may access online courses through D2L (the D2L application is found in MAVzone). Students can access additional online resources, tools, and guidance on the newly-developed online education support siteUpdated 3.12.20

Students can expect to hear more information from faculty members in the coming days concerning schedule, expectations and format. It will be critically important that students are frequently checking their CMU email and D2L course shells. Updated 3.12.20
We are here to help you. Each service area of the university—from student life and admissions to financial aid and international studies—has contributed to a new virtual resources webpage. On the site you will find information on:
  • Distance Education Resources (online classes)
  • Tutorial Learning Center (tutoring and writing assistance)
  • Education Access Services (Academic help for students with disabilities)
  • Library Resources
  • Virtual Textbooks
  • IRIS (your one stop for information)

We understand that sometimes when things are overwhelming it just feels better to work directly with someone from our team. If this is the case for you, email iris@coloradomesa.edu. From here we can establish an appointment and call you to discuss how to help and make sure you have the support necessary to answer questions about your education at CMU.

Students taking WCCC courses will receive additional guidance from WCCC as details for these courses are finalized. The guidance will come via your university email. Barring no new facts or substantially changed circumstances, in-class, face-to-face instruction will resume as usual on April 12. 

Visit WCCC Academics Q&A for additional information. Updated 3.27.20

Students taking Concurrent (including offered in the high schools) and Career and Technical Education courses will receive additional guidance from WCCC and School District 51 as details for these courses are finalized. Barring no new facts or substantially changed circumstances, in-class, face-to-face instruction will resume as usual on April 12. Updated 3.27.20

The Tutorial Learning Center tutors are available to tutor online via D2L. Please use the following directions to use and access tutoring.

  • Free to use and accessible from your computer
  • From D2L, go to the Self-Registration tab and sign up to join the TLC and Writing Center shell

At this time, the TLC and Writing Center are closed for in-person appointments in adherence to Governor Polis' stay-at-home executive order issued on March 25. 

Every effort will be made to ensure on-time graduation for students who continue in their courses. In rare instances where a student is simply unable to complete a course, CMU will offer reasonable opportunities to either substitute prior coursework or waive a particular requirement. Updated 3.27.20
We value face-to-face instruction and understand that for some students, online learning is not preferred. We also believe in the resilience and ingenuity of the Maverick family. Professors and students alike will rise to the occasion. Teaching and learning will be different for the remainder of this semester, but it certainly won’t be “less than”.
Individual professors will be empowered to identify solutions to the online move appropriate to their class, and will alter assignments and points distribution in ways that reflect students’ available resources. These changes will be communicated to students at the course level as classes recommence.
Professors will maintain regular contact points for students including virtual office hours. Zoom Pro licenses have been purchased for all students and faculty to ensure face-to-face collaboration, albeit virtual for the time being, continues.
Due to the precautions we are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Student Showcase will be a Virtual Student Showcase. We are excited to go live in early to mid-May 2020. Find full details at coloradomesa.edu/showcase.
Students should maintain their availability according to the published Finals Weeks schedule, but in many courses final exams will be altered in ways that make the schedule less rigid than in a typical semester.
  • The Maverick Store has extended our textbook rental return deadline from May 15 to June 1. Books returned during this period will not incur late charges.
  • A secure rental return drop box is located in front of The Maverick Store for 24/7 return availability. When using the box include your first and last name, as well as your 700# inside each book using the form provided.
  • To assist those living outside of the area, The Maverick Store will send each student outstanding textbook rentals pre-paid UPS return label. A link to this label will be sent to your CMU e-mail around May 15. If you have not received a mailing label by May 18, contact bookstore@coloradomesa.edu.
    • For books returned using the pre-paid UPS label, clearly mark the package,with your first and last name, as well as 700#.
    • Retain your UPS tracking # should any unforeseen issues arise.
  • If you choose not to return your rental books they will be converted to a purchase after the June 1 deadline. Your student account will be billed the difference between the rental and purchase price. You will not be charged any additional fees.
  • We encourage you to return your rentals because CMU relies on these used textbooks to help lower textbook cost for future students.