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SPCS-Specific Responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Last updated: March 27, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies remains open for business, although most of our staff and faculty are working remotely. Review the content on this page, and if your question isn’t answered here, contact us at (804) 289-8133 or spcs@richmond.edu for assistance. 

SPCS will follow the University’s lead and public health guidance to reassess conditions during this period to determine opportunities to ensure continuity of instruction. The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our priority during this challenging time.

The following resources apply to SPCS faculty, staff, students and alumni. They link to and supplement the University’s official COVID-19 response page.

Campus-Wide Updates
Classes shifted online, employees to work remotely

Effective March 16, the University made the decision to move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year.

Operational updates and interim policies

The University has announced a number of interim policies and operational changes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Additionally, the University has developed general FAQs along with topic-specific FAQs for faculty and staff, events and travel, and mail operations that apply to SPCS audiences.

Reunion Weekend 2020 postponed until spring 2021

The University has made the decision to postpone Reunion Weekend 2020, originally scheduled for May 29-31, to the spring of 2021. Visit the Reunion page for updates.

President Crutcher's video message (March 27)

President Crutcher delivered a video message to the University of Richmond community on Friday, March 27. Follow the link to view.

SPCS-Wide Updates
Cancellation of SPCS public events

The following changes to SPCS-sponsored events have been made.

  • April 1 Author talk by children’s poet Janet Wong: Canceled
  • April 8 Spiders & Hops Giving Day Celebration: Canceled
  • April 8-9 UR Giving Day: Canceled, will be rescheduled
  • April 24 Regalia Pickup: Canceled, will be rescheduled
  • May 6 SPCS Night: Canceled, will be rescheduled
  • May 9 SPCS Commencement: will be rescheduled
All SPCS staff & faculty working remotely

All members of the SPCS staff and faculty are working their normal schedule remotely. Although phone calls to individuals may be forwarded to accessible phones, email contact is generally more reliable.

If you need immediate assistance, you may contact our main number during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday) at 804-289-8133 or contact the school by email at spcs@richmond.edu.

If you are looking for assistance or information about UR Summer School, managed through SPCS, please send an email to summer@richmond.edu

Getting Online
Access to free WiFi from Xfinity and Spectrum

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are also open free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity subscribers. Spectrum WiFi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.

Comcast Internet Essentials for eligible low-income households

Comcast offers Internet Essentials by Comcast to eligible low-income households. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, new customers will receive two months of free service. An application is required. You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are also open free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity subscribers.

Charter Spectrum internet for households with K-12 & college students

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 844-488-8395 to enroll. Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.

Cox Connect2Compete for low-income households

For a limited time, Cox is offering the first month of its low-income internet program, Connect2Compete, for free. The internet service is also providing free phone and remote desktop support for technical support during that time.

University Help Desk support

The Information Services Help Desk (contact at helpdesk@richmond.edu or 804-287-6400) can provide self-help assistance via SpiderTechNet with technical and network issues.

  • Remote support available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • On-call support available Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Limited walk-up assistance by appointment only
Staff & Faculty Resources
Online teaching resources from UR

These resources are developed for the entire University of Richmond faculty and require netID and password to access.

The University of Richmond Faculty Hub provides instructional support to faculty in all schools of the university.

Available Hub & Information Systems (IS) Resources

Resources for SPCS faculty & instructors

SPCS full-time and adjunct faculty who teach in college credit-earning classes (course numbers with a “U” suffix) have access to resources developed by and for SPCS faculty.

  • SPCS Online Teaching Blackboard community (TR176 SPCS Faculty Online Training)
    • Active SPCS faculty have been added; request access from Daniel Hocutt
    • SPCS Online Teaching - Crash Course (recorded)
    • SPCS Online Teaching - Deep Dive (recorded)
  • 1:1 assistance by appointment with experienced online teachers
Resources for SPCS professional education instructors

Professional education and community engagement instructors teach in classes and programs that provide continuing education units (CEU) or contact hours, but not college credit. SPCS programs include the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate, GIS, UR Au Pair, and more.

Program managers will contact instructors with guidelines for online instruction. Available resources:

Two primary tools for online instruction will be available to instructors

  1. Blackboard with Panopto (asynchronous)
  2. Zoom video classroom (synchronous)

Instructors should use UR login to access Blackboard and to set up a Zoom account.

Additionally, our online partner LERN offers live and recorded free online teaching webinars, among them the following:

  • Teaching Online: The Ten Step Model
  • Continual Engagement: Fostering Online Discussion
  • Designing Visuals for Deeper Learning
Library resources for faculty, staff & students

Although closed to the public, the Library remains committed to serving the campus community. The following information may be helpful: resources listed may require netID and password.

General resources for faculty & staff

The majority of resources for faculty and staff can be found on the University of Richmond COVID-19 response page. However, the following links from among those resources may prove convenient. 

Degree Program Updates
Temporary grading policy for Spring 2020 only

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has developed a temporary grading policy for Spring 2020 for all credit-bearing courses offered in SPCS.

SPCS students have the option to receive a standard letter grade (A-F) OR to opt for a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading option for Spring 2020 only.

Read the full policy along with answers to questions you may have about the policy.

All classes are now offered online

Spring classes will remain online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. No in-class sessions will be held for the remainder of the term.

  • You should be in regular contact with your professor. If not, please reach out to your professor by email using your University of Richmond Gmail account.
  • As in all situations, please monitor and use your University of Richmond email address when communicating with your professor.
SPCS summer course registration

Summer course online registration for continuing SPCS students is now open via Bannerweb.

  • Many summer classes are being offered online.
  • SPCS summer classes are available for review separately from UR Summer School.
  • Additional changes may be made leading up to the start of the summer terms (May 11 or May 18). Review the SPCS summer class schedule for updates.
Access to online resources for degree-seeking students

SPCS students with a University of Richmond email address — generally in the form of firstname.lastname@richmond.edu — have access to university online resources using their UR netID (usually 6 characters) and password. Read the Learn Remotely Checklist for basic requirements to access online instruction. Included on this page are a growing list of specialty software for use on student computers.

Getting help with technology and remote learning

Students in college-credit earning classes (course numbers ending with “U”) may contact the Information Systems Help Desk for assistance with access to online tools. Other resources that require UR network credentials (netID and password):

Additional resources available to all SPCS students include the following:

Status of spring 2020 Commencement events

May Commencement events are canceled university-wide.

  • The Graduation Celebration & Regalia Pickup event us canceled and may be rescheduled.
  • Celebrations of our Class of 2020 graduates will be held at a later time this year.
  • The university and SPCS are committed to ensuring 2020 graduates are celebrated.
Professional Education & Think Again Updates
Online resources for professional education students

SPCS students who do not have a University of Richmond email address may be provided access to Blackboard (you would receive a message from your program manager or instructor) along with links to live Zoom video conferences. 

If you received Blackboard login credentials from a member of SPCS staff, please edit your profile after login to include an email address where you will receive messages. Otherwise you won’t receive important messages from the instructor.

Zoom links to classes can be accessed without having a University account.

Additional resources available to all SPCS students include the following:

Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program updates

Brewing Professional program classes in Richmond and Roanoke will be offered online via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

  • Zoom links will be provided prior to each class session.
  • If you have questions, contact Bobby Faithful at bfaithfu@richmond.edu.
  • The Spring 2020 Richmond cohort has an extended application deadline (May 11) and a delayed start date (June 1)
Boot Camps powered by Trilogy program updates

All Boot Camps powered by Trilogy have moved entirely online and continue as scheduled.

  • Includes Coding, Cybersecurity and Data Analytics Boot Camps.
  • Specific details will be provided by the student success manager.
  • Effective starting in May, Boot Camp programs will be offered entirely online. 
Cultural Perspectives program for au pairs updates

The Cultural Perspectives program for Au Pairs designed for international au pairs and students has been converted to a fully online program.

  • The April session has been scheduled for April 10-26.
  • Registrants will receive additional information from program managers and/or instructors.
  • If you have questions, contact Mary Catherine Raymond at mraymond@richmond.edu.
Campaign Management Professional Certificate program updates

The Campaign Management Professional Certificate program will be offered online for the remainder of the term.

  • Classes are offered online via Zoom during the scheduled time frame.
  • Zoom links will be provided prior to each class session.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
Estate Planning Seminar postponed, future date TBA

The Estate Planning Seminar has been postponed with plans to reschedule later in the year.

  • Plans moving forward will be determined and communicated by program manager.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
GIS Professional Certificate program updates
GIS

The GIS Professional Certificate Program will be offered online for the remainder of the term.

  • Classes will be offered online via Zoom during the scheduled time frame.
  • Zoom links will be provided prior to each class session.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
Institute on Philanthropy (IOP) program updates

The Institute on Philanthropy is working with students and instructors to determine how best to move forward with the Grant Writing Institute scheduled to start May 4.

  • Plans moving forward will be determined and communicated by program managers.
  • If you have questions, contact Mary Catherine Raymond at mraymond@richmond.edu.
Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program updates

The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program will be offered online for the remainder of the term.

  • Classes will be offered online via Zoom during the scheduled time frame.
  • Zoom links will be provided prior to each class session.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) update

The Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) session scheduled for March 30 has been canceled.

  • If you have questions, contact NGLS coordinator Dana Jackson.
Partners in the Arts update

Partners in the Arts has rescheduled and updated upcoming programming for Arts Integrated Learning Certificate (AILC) cohorts.

  • Members of AILC cohorts have received revised schedules from the program directors.
  • If you have questions, contact Stacy Hull at shull@richmond.edu.  
Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) update

The Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) session scheduled for the week of March 23 has been canceled.

  • Plans moving forward will be determined and communicated by program managers.
  • If you have questions, contact Stephanie Diaz at stephanie@vachiefs.org.
Permaculture Design Professional Certificate program update

The Permaculture Design Professional Certificate program will be offered online for the remainder of the term.

  • Classes will be offered online via Zoom during the scheduled time frame.
  • Zoom links will be provided prior to each class session.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
SHRM Learning System update

The SHRM Learning System program will be offered online for the remainder of the term.

  • Classes will be offered online via Zoom during the scheduled time frame.
  • If you have questions, contact Garrett Stern at gstern@richmond.edu.
Think Again face-to-face classes

Most face-to-face Think Again classes scheduled to meet through May 16 have been canceled.

  • Registrants will receive additional information from program managers and/or instructors.
  • If you have questions, contact Amy Kemp at akemp@richmond.edu
Osher Institute Updates
Update on Osher classes, events & meetings

All Osher Institute classes, events and meetings are cancelled through May 15, the end of the semester.

If you have questions, contact a staff member at osher@richmond.edu.

Online resources for Osher members

Osher Institute staff have curated a wide range of online resources that are available to Osher members. These include UR Osher recorded lectures, University of Richmond lectures and performances, OLLI National Resource Center contributions, and many more.

  • Members may recommend additional resources by contacting osher@richmond.edu.
  • Osher staff will curate additions to the collection.
Updates to Osher travel programs

The following Osher travel opportunities have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

  • March 24-29, Cuba Discovery: Delayed until October (date TBA)
  • April 10-21, Holland & Belgium in Springtime Cruise: Canceled
  • June 19-25, Yellowstone & The Wild West: Canceled
UR Summer School Updates
Registration is now open for UR Summer School

Registration for UR Summer School for students in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business and Leadership Studies is now open in BannerWeb.

  • All classes in the early summer terms (starting May 11 or May 18) are now offered online.
  • Additional classes may be added to the schedule throughout the registration period. Visit the UR Summer School schedule to view newly added and updated classes.
  • If you have questions, contact Cheryl Genovese at cgenoves@richmond.edu

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
spcs@richmond.edu

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays