Fall 2020 Updates

The most current information on returning to campus this fall from CSU and the Department of Communication Studies

Colorado State University is planning to return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. This page features the most up-to-date details on how we’ll collectively execute rigorous, data-driven public health protocols for in-person instruction and on-campus life.

Important Dates

  • August 24, 2020 – Fall 2020 semester begins under the provisions outlined in the university’s recovery plan.
  • November 30, 2020 – All courses move to fully online instruction for the remainder of the semester.

Returning to Campus Resources

“In every instance—from holding tuition steady to building a varied fall course schedule—your well-being as a student, community member, and citizen is the core of our planning.” – CSU President Joyce McConnell

Colorado State University Information and Communications

Colorado State University is dedicated to helping all members of our community succesfully learn, teach and work despite the many obstacles the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our lives.

CSU hosts all COVID-related news, updates, plans, resources, and information affecting our community on recovery.colostate.edu.

Details on all aspects of the upcoming semester and resources for students, faculty and staff are posted to Fall 2020.

COVID-10 University Communications chronologically indexes the most up-to-date communications from the University and President McConnell.


Department of Communication Studies Information and Communications

Course Delivery Overview

  • The majority of our courses will include face-to-face instruction.
  • Face-to-face experiences will focus on application of ideas and principles, writing and research workshops, oral presentations, and team building.
  • We are offering face-to-face and fully remote options for all our core classes—SPCM 100, 130, 200, 201, 207.


  • Roughly 1/3 of CMST courses
  • Your instructor will email you details before the semester starts on how your course will manage synchronous vs. asynchronous instruction.
  • For now, keep the listed days/times available for synchronous instruction.


  • Features socially-distanced, in-person instruction plus online instruction that may be synchronous and/or asynchronous.
  • Your instructor will email you details before the semester starts on face-to-face v. online instruction.
  • Classes will shift to fully remote instruction on Nov. 30 (following Fall Break)

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How to Read Your Fall Class Schedule

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Current Students - Ask Us a Question

Our goal is to provide you the most up-to-date and relevant information we can about earning your degree in communication studies during these times of uncertainty. And yet, we expect that questions abound! Please don’t hesitate to ask us a question. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

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