College Specific Guidance

Below is guidance from the deans of each college. If you have questions specific to one of your classes please reach directly out to your faculty member. Be sure to visit the Student Remote Participation Guide on this site for additional resources.

Since we last posted college specific information regarding the Fall 2020 semester, the CCPA leadership team has communicated with students, faculty, and staff to consider the safest and most effective ways to deliver our programs.  Beyond directives and information provided by public health officials, our work and decisions were also informed by scientific information coming from professional affiliates such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Actors Equity Association, the Music Theatre Educators’ Alliance, and the Dance Educators’ Alliance.

We came to understand that most in-person instructional activities for our college were high-risk activities (aka super-spreaders) and that the “limited capacities” and “appropriate safeguards” mandated by public health officials would—for CCPA— need to be even more limited and with safeguards that would impair effective teaching and learning or be impossible to implement.

We also knew that we would not be able to control for the added risks introduced by off-campus activity and commuting. 

As a result, we have determined that with the exception of some applied (studio)teaching and first-year academic requirements, most CCPA classes will be delivered remotely or online.  For clarity, three main delivery types (modalities) have been defined by the university here, (select Modes of Instruction) and all courses in the schedule of classes (Coursefinder) include the modality of that course in its listing.  

Additional information:

Building Access 

  • CCPA practice facilities, dance studios, faculty teaching studios and offices, piano labs, and computer labs will be open and available to both student and faculty use. RU facilities such as libraries and labs will also be open.  Safety protocols will include limited capacity, managed scheduling and access, face coverings, and regular disinfection.

CCPA Support Staff and Offices

  • Offices will be open for in-person transactions on a limited basis. Most work will continue to be performed remotely.  Employees’ in-person duties will be scheduled to minimize traffic and presence in buildings and offices; and reduce the amount of time that anyone person spends in the buildings.

Improvements to Remote Instruction

  • In March, faculty were forced to migrate all teaching from in-person to remote with less than a week’s time to prepare. Both students and faculty overcame the difficulties encountered, but all acknowledge that these difficulties had a negative impact on overall quality.
  • As we plan for fall remote classes, we do so with the benefit of lessons learned in the prior spring, and adequate time to prepare. Faculty are at work revising syllabi using a variety of resources to learn and implement best practices in remote delivery.  At or near the beginning of August, faculty will be contact students registered in their classes about required technology and other details.  
  • Investments in technology include added or enhanced video capacity in various spaces, and adoption of software that will enable in-time rehearsal, practice, or coaching

Additional Preparation for Student Success

  • Practice and study facilities will be available for those students living in Chicago.   The predominant problem reported to us from various surveys was inability to work remotely due to various problems at home. 
  • We will communicate with students in advance about technology. We will be sure that they understand what they need, and have ways to acquire it by the time classes resume.
  • We are exploring the purchase of hardware that can be “borrowed” for the term, and other means of reducing or eliminating added costs of remote instruction
  • Libraries, the Student Success Center (tutoring, accommodations) and the Counseling center will offer robust remote services

Kick Off Week

  • Will run from August 24th through August 29th
  • Specific details will be sent from the conservatory offices.
  • Move-in information is forthcoming from the Office of Residence Life 

Applied Music Courses

  • Private lessons in the music conservatory may be given in-person if both the teacher and the student feel they are safe. Appropriate face coverings and social distancing requirements will be in effect. The remote option will always be available to any faculty or student who prefer it. Preferences for mode of delivery in applied music will be collected and organized by the Music Conservatory office. 
  • All private voice lessons in the Theatre Conservatory will be taught remotely for Fall 2020.
  • Jury exams will run remotely in exam week (12-14 through 12-19)


  • Theatre Conservatory. The productions that were announced have been cancelled and will be replaced by projects geared towards digital delivery and Social Justice content.   We plan to produce a virtual Freshman Showcase.  
  • Music Conservatory. All vocal ensembles (Chorus, Opera, and Showcase) and all jazz ensembles will rehearse and perform virtually in the Fall. We are continuing to explore the possibility of limited face-to-face rehearsal and performance for small groups of instrumental ensembles. Students will receive communication from the Performance Activities Office in early July with details for the fall semester. 
  • Live audiences, if possible at all, will be limited by venue size and safe distancing requirements.
  • Performances may be live-streamed

Degree Recitals

  • Degree recitals in the music conservatory that were postponed from spring can be scheduled when we re-open the campus. We may be required to adjust the means of presentation and limit the size of the audiences. Dean Berna will be in touch with each of you. If faculty adjudicators feel unsafe attending, a recorded or livestreamed performance can serve as the basis of grading.

Student Employment

  • There will student employment opportunities for all students, including those eligible for federal work-study, and those who are not.
  • Some jobs will require on-campus presence; some will be remote
  • Graduate assistants will work remotely

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I don’t return to Chicago or to campus, will I be able to complete all the courses that I’ve registered for? There is no need for anyone to be on campus for any instruction

  • Will we need to return to campus after the scheduled Thanksgiving recess? You will complete remaining assignments, projects or exams remotely.

  • What about spring semester? We will still be open but remote?  No one knows.   Everything will depend on where things stand with the pandemic. 

  • What about spring semester? Will I be able to get into campus housing if I stayed home in the Fall?  Yes, that will be possible. Applications for Spring housing will be available sometime in October.
  • What about a gap year? I’m a returning student.  This would be a leave of absence.  We may or may not be able to guarantee your place in the class and your scholarship.  You should discuss possibilities and consequences with Dean Berna (Music) or Dean Frewen (Theatre).
  • What about a gap year? I’m a new incoming student.  This would be a deferral.  It’s possible in most cases with a limited guarantee of placement and scholarship.  You should discuss possibilities and consequences with Dean Berna (Music) or Dean Frewen (Theatre).

Though Illinois and Chicago are making good progress and meeting the phase targets for recovery, conditions remain volatile and campuses remain especially vulnerable. We will continue to refine our plans for delivering excellent remote instruction, and encourage you to engage in the process with us.  Most importantly, please monitor and respond (if asked) to university email, and consider it the only official source of information. We are all available for additional help and questions.

Stay tuned to this page for updates.  Please stay healthy, keep safe, and enjoy the summer.  We look forward to having you with us—whether virtually or in-person—in August

We know that there are many questions that students, parents, and others may have about what the Fall 2020 semester will look like.  We hope to address a few of those questions about Heller College of Business (HCB) classes and general operations below.

HCB Course Delivery

For the Fall 2020 semester, almost all HCB undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered either online or remotely (see definitions of these terms here, select "Modes of Instruction").  The only HCB courses we plan on delivering face-to-face for the Fall 2020 semester are:

  • BADM 101 (all 3 sections)
  • REES 301/REES 401
  • REES 302/REES 403
  • REES 311/REES 411
  • REES 398/REES 402
  • REES 405
  • REES 421
  • REES 431
  • HOSM 337-20

To be clear, if you are not taking any of the courses listed above, your business courses will all be delivered online/remotely.  The specific details of whether your business courses will run online (asynchronously) or remote (synchronously) will be posted on the RU Course Finder website in the next few weeks.  Courses offered by other colleges might differ, so please either check the RU Course Finder website or check with your advisor. 

HCB Student Advising

Student advising services will continue to happen in full capacity, but will continue to be delivered via remote format (e.g. telephone, Zoom, or email).  Students seeking new advising appointments should continue to register for those appointments through the EAB scheduling system, or via the RU app.  Once you log into EAB, select “Heller College of Business” and choose the appropriate adviser:

Downtown undergraduate students:      
Audrey Guy

Downtown graduate students:                  
Lakeisha Robinson     

Schaumburg (UG & grad) students:         
Erica Poremba        

HCB Tutoring Services

HCB tutoring services will be delivered virtually.  We are still committed to delivering free tutoring services to our students, and we have a system in place to provide virtual tutoring services to any student for any HCB course (Note: tutoring for non-HCB courses can be arranged through the Learning Commons).  Your options for tutoring needs are below:

Tutoring Appointments with Grad Assistants:

As we have historically done, our current graduate assistants serve as tutors for our students.  You can make an appointment for a virtual tutoring session (done by Zoom, phone, or email) with one of our GAs.  To schedule an appointment, you can either email or through EAB Navigate:  A tutor with expertise in your subject area of need will be assigned to you automatically.

Smart Thinking Online Tutoring (through Blackboard)

All students automatically have access to virtual tutoring through the Smart Thinking program, which is linked off of the Blackboard homepage when you log on (scroll down and find the link on the bottom left-hand side of the page).  Here you can find on-demand tutoring services in most business subjects, with a wider variety of available hours.  Roosevelt has purchased access to this service, and it is free of charge to all students.

HCB extra-curricular events (workshops, student organization meetings, etc.)

Given the current local health guidelines, any extra-curricular events will continue to happen virtually.  Students should check the RU News & Events website and/or contact the organizer(s) of those events to confirm dates/times and access details.

It is important to remember that your health and safety remain the priority of the university, as well as delivering a high-quality education.  Please continue to take every recommended health precaution that you can and give regular attention to the updates that are available on the Roosevelt University Coronavirus Emergency Response Page.  If you have questions you can call the HCB front desk at 312-281-3293 (Chicago) or 847-619-4850 (Schaumburg).


The College of Pharmacy remains committed to supporting the health and safety of all of the Roosevelt community while providing students with the best possible educational experience and supporting on-time completion of all PharmD requirements. We follow University policies around returning to campus, which are based on the 5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan, as well as guidance from Illinois Department of Public Health, so all plans are subject to change. Below are the College’s general plans for Fall term.

  • Experiential courses: All IPPEs and APPEs will continue as scheduled for Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, regardless of whether or not we are on campus for didactic classes. All students in Classes of 2021 should expect to attend APPEs in the Fall starting on Monday, August 24, 2020. All students in the Classes of 2022 and 2023 should expect to attend IPPEs starting on Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • Didactic courses: In general, course delivery depends on the Restore Illinois Phase.  Our approach is to prioritize the most necessary on-campus activities (labs and exams) over face to face lectures, with most course content to be delivered remotely (online lectures, offered synchronously or asynchronously) until we are in Phase 5.   For information about University support for remote courses, please see the Student Remote Participation Guide.
  1. Illinois Phase 3 (able to gather in groups of 10 or fewer): All lectures and exams will be delivered online. On-campus attendance will be required for labs and workshops only, which will be scheduled in small groups. All other course activities, including lectures and exams, will be conducted remotely.
  2. Illinois Phase 4 (able to gather in groups of 50 or fewer): Some exams and lectures will be conducted on campus, in addition to labs and workshops. All lectures will remain available on-line and remote lecture attendance will be permitted.
  • Activities and Services
    1. Illinois Phase 3: Student organizational meetings MUST be conducted online/remotely. All college services (Student Services and IT support, Office of Experiential Education, faculty appointments, etc.) will be available only online/remotely. Work-Study students should consult with their supervisor to determine if they will work remotely or on campus.
    2. Illinois Phase 4: Student organizational meetings should be conducted online/remotely, but may request permission to hold in-person meetings/activities. All college services (Student Services and IT support, Office of Experiential Education, faculty appointments, etc.) will be available online/remotely AND in-person during limited hours or by appointment. Work-Study students should consult with their supervisor to determine if they will work remotely or on campus.
  • ANY student who cannot attend IPPE or APPE, or any required on-campus activity for a COVID-related reason, will be excused and the College will work with you to provide an alternative remote activity or reschedule the activity for a time when you can participate. Students must contact Dr. Singla ( to be excused from any activity or rotation due to COVID. Anyone who is aware currently of a COVID-related reason they will not be able to attend class or rotations in the Fall should inform Dr. Singla at this time.
  • There will be many new policies and procedures in place on campus to promote safety. For example, the University will be requiring daily symptom-screening prior to entering campus, and everyone on campus will have to wear a mask and follow social-distancing requirements.  We will share with you all of these details before Fall term begins.
  • Course-specific information, including required and optional attendance dates for Fall term, will be provided to Classes of 2022 and 2023 by Monday, August 3rd.

Your faculty and staff commend you on your commitment to join the profession of pharmacy and we are here to support you.  Never before has the need for pharmacists as front-line health care workers been more evident than it is today, providing care for patients– from those in the community setting to those critically ill with COVID-19. 


Based on state and local guidelines regarding precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the College of Arts and Scienes (CAS) and other colleges at Roosevelt are offering coursework in a variety of formats in the Fall 2020 semester, including Face to Face (F2F), remote and fully online. Because this is an evolving situation, please check your email and this website regularly for updates.

  1. How can I register for Fall 2020 courses?

               – Contact your advisor in the advising office or the advisor for your major via email or phone for your Fall 2020 registration code. If you don’t know your advisor, email You can also check Degree Works for your recommended courses.

               – Graduate advisors in CAS are found at this website:

  1. How will CAS classes be delivered? 

You can find the definitions by clicking the "Modes of Instruction" dropdown on this page.

  1. When will CAS Fall 2020 classes resume? When will they end?
  • All CAS courses for the Fall 2020 semester will resume the week of August 31. This applies to those courses that are on a 16-week semester, as well as those on an 8-week calendar.
  • All courses will end at their originally scheduled end date—the semester will not be extended. However, any Face to Face portions of the course will stop at the Thanksgiving break (November 24, 2020), and the remaining instruction will be online or remote until the end of the Fall semester (December 19, 2020). Please check the syllabus and with your instructor for specifics of your courses between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester.
  1. What about student advising- will it still happen and how will it be handled?
  • Yes, student advising will continue to happen. However, advisors will shift all student advising to a remote delivery format (telephone, Zoom, or email).  Students who currently have appointments scheduled with their advisors will be contacted by their advisor to determine the best format. 
  • Students seeking new advising appointments should continue to register for those appointments through the same means as before.
  1. Are offices open? Can students come to campus if they need to?
  • Roosevelt is in compliance with state and local guidelines for social distancing. Until new guidelines are given, meetings are restricted to groups of less than 10 persons, with social distancing and face masks. Faculty and staff are working remotely to ensure that we are able to serve students effectively in these new circumstances. For the most up to date information about how students may access the services and support they need, please consult the Student Remote Participation Guide

Thank you for your patience as we seek to make the best possible arrangements for students and all Roosevelt community members during this unprecedented situation. If you have specific questions about your academic coursework, please feel free to contact your instructors via email or call the CAS main number at 312-341-3671.

It is important to remember that your health and safety are the priority of the university. Please take every precaution that you can for the Fall 2020 semester and please give daily attention to the updates that are available on this site.

The information below outlines our current plan related to the delivery of classes, field experiences, advising and other services during the Fall 2020 semester. However, information and plans can change at a moment’s notice. Please refer back to this website for updates that may occur in the future.

Course Delivery

  • Some first-year, undergraduate, general education courses will be taught face-to-face, with the option of attending remotely. 
  • Some introductory courses in the graduate program in Counseling will be held face-to-face, with the option of attending remotely.
  • All other College of Education classes will be delivered either remotely or online during the Fall 2020 semester.

College of Education Staff Presence

  • Most faculty, advisors and other academic and student support staff will work remotely during Fall 2020. Students should use email and cell phones to communicate and Zoom to participate in online appointments.
    • Students can contact faculty, advisors and other staff during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by using the information in the Faculty/Staff Directory.
    • Students enrolled in teacher licensure programs should contact Lilibeth Castillo for registration and advising.
    • All other students should contact Alex Ramirez for registration and advising.

Field Placements

  • The Department of Teacher Preparation is actively engaged in making arrangements for required field placements in Fall 2020, including practicums, internships, and student teaching. 
  • John MacDougall will communicate placements by email, upon confirmation with the school or district.
  • Please note that many districts and schools are waiting until the start of the school year to communicate placement decisions. If students have not heard about their placements by August 15th, they can reach out to Ms. Jeanne Barnas for more information, at
  • Maria Earman-Stetter, the department chair, will communicate field placement updates that affect all students. Students should check their Roosevelt University email daily for further updates and information.

Student Employment

  • Graduate assistants will work remotely on projects assigned by faculty or staff in the college.

Office of School and Community Engagement

  • Questions about grants and contract work sponsored by the College of Education can be directed to Jeanne Barnas, Executive Director of the Office of School and Community Engagement.
  • All OSCE staff are working remotely and can be contacted using the Faculty/Staff Directory.

Please find below answers to frequently asked questions regarding courses and services in the Robert Morris Experiential College (RMEC) during Roosevelt University’s emergency response to the COVID-19 situation. The university is monitoring the situation closely, and the RMEC will continue to make adjustments as necessary for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, while still providing an excellent academic experience in spite of the difficult circumstances. 

Will RMEC’s quarters resume as normal over the summer?

Yes. The academic calendar remains the same as it did entering into the integration with Roosevelt University. RMEC’s Spring 2 Quarter is currently in progress and runs until Saturday, July 18, 2020. The Summer quarter will begin on Monday, July 20, 2020 and run for only six weeks, concluding on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Why is RMEC’s Summer quarter only six weeks long instead of the normal ten weeks?

RMEC altered its academic calendar for the 2019-20 academic year so that the college will align with Roosevelt’s semester calendar starting in Fall 2020. The Summer quarter had to be shorted in order for RMEC’s students and programs to start the Fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 31 with the majority of RU’s students and programs. Aligning RMEC to RU’s will be beneficial for RMEC students to be on the same timeline with the rest of the university.

How are classes being taught during the Spring 2 and Summer quarters?

Nearly all classes are being delivered as remote or online classes. Remote classes are delivered through online technology, such as Blackboard, and include some real-time (synchronous) components, such as group discussions held over Zoom. Online classes are delivered without any required synchronous components. The definitions of "Face to Face," "Remote" and "Online" classes can be found here.

 Are there any face-to-face class meetings during Spring 2 and Summer?

A very small group of courses, entirely within the health studies programs, may require students to meet a limited number of times in-person to fulfil certification requirements. Any in-person meetings will be scheduled and communicated by the faculty member, and all necessary precautions will be in place to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment.

Will Fall semester courses be meeting face-to-face?

Like the Spring 2 and Summer quarters, the vast majority of RMEC courses will be offered online or remotely during the Fall semester. Some courses within certain programs, such as Nursing and Culinary, will meet as needed to fulfil lab and certification requirements. Any in-person meetings will be scheduled and communicated by the faculty member

Additionally, incoming Freshmen can expect to have some of their first-year courses meet face-to-face to allow students the opportunity to get to know their faculty, classmates, and university. As in SP2 and SU, all necessary precautions will be in place to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for in-person meetings.

Are RMEC staff and faculty available during this time?
RMEC staff and faculty are available and working. However, like most RU employees, we have been encouraged to work remotely when possible and as needed during this time. Therefore, if you need to contact an RMEC staff or faculty member, reach out first by phone or email.

Does any of this information apply to the Peoria and Lake County campuses?
Yes, all of these questions and answers apply to both Peoria and Lake County.

Are all campuses open?
All campuses remain closed until further notice, except for essential personnel and pre-scheduled class meetings as mentioned above.