Welcoming You Back to Classes at HSU

March 22, 2020 - 6:30pm

Dear Students,

We look forward to welcoming you back to classes for the Spring 2020 semester at Humboldt State University on March 26. May you and those you love remain healthy and connected during this really challenging time for all. We know this is not how you imagined the second half of the semester. The situation changes often but your University is committed to making adjustments to support your learning. 

Our faculty are working hard to prepare to teach in new ways and look forward to engaging with you virtually starting on Thursday, March 26. Faculty members have been asked to be in touch with students in their courses by the end of the day, Tuesday, March 24. Please give them a chance to do so. If you do not hear from a faculty member by then and want to reach out, please contact your academic dean or me on Wednesday, March 25 via email and we will help you.

 Please also find below this letter a great deal of information on how to continue to access the academic services you need. And please bookmark and continue to engage with the “one-stop” location for all things to support your learning: Keep Learning website

 We want you to know that we understand this shift to virtual learning and away from personal connection and hands-on learning is very challenging. We are feeling it too and will sincerely miss our opportunities to see you and to experience and celebrate your excellent work in person. Our faculty are committed to being as creative as possible in their new approaches to teaching. They will probably learn a great deal from you as students about new technologies and possibilities through this process. We are very much in this together. Some of us who were around during Spring Break created a homegrown video for you to let you know we are thinking of you and have full confidence in you.


 Lisa Bond-Maupin

Professor and Interim Provost


Access to Learning Technology and Materials

The latest information on access to the technology you need for learning no matter where you are located, is found on our Keep Learning website. For students living on campus or the general area, the computer labs in Siemens Hall 118 and 119 will be open during the day, Monday-Friday, for student use.  

The Library has limited walk-in hours for students who need to use the internet or a computer. Please note that this access applies to students who are still in the area and access will follow social distancing guidelines. If you are no longer in the area we are not expecting you to come back for the purpose of using the Library.  Most reserve textbooks have also been made available for use online. Please check this website for up-to-date information on how to access a variety of resources.



The Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) will provide remote advising via email, phone, and Zoom appointments. Drop-in hours, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 1p.m., will also be provided remotely to answer students’ questions. Students can email acac@humboldt.edu or call (707) 826-3341 to schedule an appointment with their advisor. 

 There will also be remote advising options with your Faculty Advisor. On or before Friday, March 27, your faculty advisor - or the department chair of your academic program - will send you a message about how to schedule a virtual advising appointment.

 Steps to access advising are detailed at the Keep Learning website which has many resources to support you all in one spot. You can alsoaccess information from the ACAC website (with resources for job/career search as well as academic success remotely). 


Academic Internships and Service Learning

Center for Community Based Learning will offer Zoom and phone appointments for all constituents (students, faculty, and community partners) to assist with their current and emergent needs. Staff are creating remote or alternative assignments/projects to help students meet the requirements of the community based learning (service learning and academic internships) experience. We continue to update the Center for Community Based Learning website with resources as well. Email ccbl@humboldt.edu with questions or contact the following based on your constituent group:

Students: Kelly Fortner, kelly.fortner@humboldt.edu, (707) 826-4964

Faculty: Loren Collins, Loren.collins@humboldt.edu, (707) 826-5459

Community Partners: Stacy Becker, stacy.becker@humboldt.edu, (707) 826-4963


Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction

The Learning Center will provide remote tutoring and Supplemental Instruction beginning Monday, March 30. Students will be able to schedule tutoring appointments and find “drop in” Zoom tutoring rooms on the Learning Center’s website. Students who cannot access video will have the option of using modalities such as chat, email, and Google Docs. Supplemental Instruction classes will continue to meet at regularly scheduled times through Canvas, Zoom, and a variety of digital platforms and approaches. Please contact us if you have questions at learning@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-5217. 


Peer Mentoring 

Beginning Monday, March 30, the Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP) will provide remote mentoring to freshman students who were assigned a RAMP Mentor during the fall semester. RAMP Mentors will be contacting their mentees during the week of March 30 and setting up Zoom meetings. In consultation with their RAMP Mentor, mentees who cannot access video will determine a mutually agreed upon alternative modality such as phone, chat, email, or Google Hangout. Please contact us if you have questions or would like a mentor assignment if you were not previously assigned a mentor at hsu-ramp@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-5251 or (707) 826-4585.

Students in majors with peer mentors may still reach mentors via email.  Students may also contact department chairs directly via email for assistance with resources. 


Graduate Students

The Office of Graduate Studies will provide remote operations for our graduate students beginning Monday, March 30. Students will be able to schedule appointments via “drop in” Zoom rooms on the Graduate Studies website. Students who cannot access video will have the option of using low-tech modalities such as chat, email, telephone and Google Docs. Staff will be available to assist you Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please contact us if you have questions at hsugrad@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-5194.


Grading Changes/Flexibility

The grading mode which includes credit/no-credit deadline has been extended to Friday, May 8. Students will be able to change their grade mode in Student Center once classes resume on March 26.  


Registration for Summer and Fall 2020

Visit the How to Register website to review all the steps you should take to ensure that you can register for your summer and fall classes on time. 

  • March 23-25 All classes are canceled - faculty prepare to teach online for the rest of the semester.

  • March 26 All classes resume electronically. You should be on the lookout for an email from each professor that will guide you through how they will conduct instruction for the rest of the spring semester.

  • March 27 summer and fall 2020 class schedule will be posted online and in Student Center.

  • March 30 - Apr 10 Pre-registration advising. Reach out to your advisor to discuss your registration plans. Apr 13-24 Summer and fall 2020 registration. More details regarding registration appointments coming soon.

  • May 11-15 Final exams. All spring final exams will be conducted online.

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