UC Blue Ash College

Plans for Fall Semester 2020

This page provides information on our plans and operations for the Fall 2020 Semester at UC Blue Ash College. Please see below for more details.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/MQ69USrN5Hc?rel=0

Planning Updates

Hello Students;

Whether you are new to our college or a returning student, we are delighted that you are part of the UC Blue Ash community and we welcome you to the fall semester at our college!

The semester begins on Monday, August 24 and we want you to be ready. Watch the new video from our dean, Dr. Robin Lightner, in the space above to get some helpful information and tips for the fall semester.

You can also find important updates and resources in the content below.

  • We are here for you and will continue to support your success.
    • Your professors are working hard to provide meaningful learning experiences for you this fall, whether online or in person.  
    • You can still access all our free support services virtually – academic advisors, academic labs, one stop, and more. Find details on how to connect on our website.
  • Our fall semester classes begin August 24 and go through December 2.
    • Your courses after Thanksgiving Break will be delivered online (there could be some exceptions for health care programs/labs).
    • Final exams will be given in an online format between December 3 – 8, 2020 (these dates apply to full-term courses).
  • Our campus will be open. 
    • On-campus services include our UC Blue Ash Bookstore, Library, Bleecker St. Café and Computer Concourse.
      • Please check our website to find the current hours of operation for a service before coming to campus.
    • You can pick up your free student parking permit next week, if you don’t already have one. UC Parking Services will be in Muntz Hall Aug. 24 – 27 from 10 am – 2 pm each day.
    • Everyone is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing when on our campus.
  • Please be sure to have a computer with a webcam and access to wi-fi.
    • If you need a laptop, you can check one out from our library for a specific amount of time.
    • You can reserve space in our library to study, and we’ll have designated areas on campus where you can study and access wi-fi.
  • Check your email every day to watch for updates from your professors and make sure you know how to log-in to Canvas.
    • Be active and engaged in your classes, whether online or in-person. Ask questions, reach out to your professor.
    • Log in to Canvas.

We wish you the best for the fall semester and encourage you take advantage of all the free resources and support services we offer.

Thank you

Hello UC Blue Ash Students;

Some of our campus services will open next week (August 17) and we will begin the Fall 2020 Semester on Monday, August 24. Below are the latest updates for fall and some reminders if you plan to visit our campus.

  • Coming to campus.
    • Everyone who visits our campus is required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.
    • We will have designated areas on campus where students can access wi-fi if needed.
    • To have your parking permit mailed to your home before the fall semester begins, you must submit your request by August 16. You can register for your parking permit through our parking portal. There is no charge for the permit, but registering gives us the information needed to issue it to you. Check out this helpful video on how to complete your registration.
  • Services Available On Campus (beginning August 17)  
    • The UC Blue Ash Bookstore plans to open on Monday, August 17; check our bookstore web page for the times and hours it will be open.
      • You can order books and supplies now and choose to have them shipped or pick them up on campus beginning next week.
      • All orders placed through the UC Blue Ash Bookstore are currently offering FREE ground shipping – no minimum dollar amount or promo code required.
    • The UC Blue Ash Library will also open with limited services on August 17.
      • You can get details on the library’s hours of operation and services on our UC Blue Ash Library website.
      • Students will be able to study in the library; study spaces must be reserved in advance. The reservation system is on the UCBA Library Study Spaces web pageNo food or drink will be allowed in the study spaces.
    • We plan to open the Bleecker St. Café, Muntz Hall Commons and Computer Concourse with the start of the fall semester on Monday, August 24.
  • Accessing our support services online.
    • Please know that we are here for you, even if we can’t meet with you in person. We continue to provide all of the services and outstanding support you expect from our college.
    • You can meet with your academic advisor, schedule a time with an academic tutor, talk to our One Stop associates and much more through our virtual connections.
    • Get the latest information on the best ways to access our different services and offices on our COVID-19 Campus Response page.

We hope this information is helpful. You can also get the latest updates on the University’s COVID-19 planning online.

Hello UC Blue Ash Students;

We’re looking forward to the Fall 2020 Semester and want to make sure you have the latest information on the schedule and plans. We are here for you, as always, to support your success.

Below are helpful tips for online learning, information about our campus services, and details for accessing our support services.

  • Online courses
    • You can get tips for online learning in this video from a fellow UC student or from this Top 10 list created by UC Online.
    • Be sure to have a computer with a webcam and access to wi-fi.
    • Many of our online courses will meet on a regular basis at set times. This helps students connect more easily with their professor and fellow classmates.
    • Watch your UC email and check Canvas for information from your professors about your classes.
  • Attending in-person classes or labs on campus
    • All students, faculty, staff and guests will be required to wear a mask when on campus this fall.
    • Everyone should practice social distancing when on campus. We are preparing our campus to provide for social distancing in areas that will be open.
    • Watch for updates from your professors or program director about information specific to the classes you are taking.
  • Accessing our services
    • Please know that we are here for you, even if we can’t meet with you in person. We continue to provide all of the services and outstanding support you expect from our college.
    • You can meet with your academic advisor, schedule a time with an academic tutor, talk to our One Stop associates and much more through our virtual connections.
    • Get the latest information on the best ways to access our different services and offices on our COVID-19 Campus Response page.
  • Coming to campus
    • The UC Blue Ash Bookstore plans to open on August 17. You can order books and supplies now and choose to have them shipped or pick them up beginning on August 17.
      • All orders placed through the UC Blue Ash Bookstore are currently offering FREE ground shipping – no minimum dollar amount or promo code required.
    • We plan to open the Bleecker St. Café, Muntz Hall Commons, Library and Computer Concourse for student access with the start of the fall semester on August 24.
      • Please watch for more details on the schedules for these on-campus services.
    • We will have designated areas on campus where students can access wi-fi if needed.
  • Obtaining parking permits & student IDs
    • To have your parking permit mailed to your home before the fall semester begins, you must submit your request by August 9. You can register for your parking permit through our parking portal. There is no charge for the permit, but registering gives us the information needed to issue it to you. Check out this helpful video on how to complete your registration.
    • New students can request to have their student ID mailed to their home. You must be new to UC and submit your information by August 7 for your Bearcat card to be mailed before the fall semester begins. Visit the Photo ID Sign-Up webpage and login with your 6+2 to upload a passport-style photo for your ID. You will also need to verify your identity with a government-issued ID. 
    • Questions: Contact 513-556-4925 or techserv@ucmail.uc.edu.

We hope this information is helpful. You can also get the latest updates on the University’s COVID-19 planning online.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zwHoXboqBZk?rel=0

Consistent with the approach across the University, we plan to provide the majority of courses online this fall to help support the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are also planning in-person learning for certain courses and labs, while providing enhanced health and safety measures. It’s important to note that some of our online courses will be in a synchronous format, which means they meet regularly at designated times via WebEx or Teams. This format provides opportunities for consistent interaction with the professor and fellow classmates where students can ask questions, discuss ideas and still enjoy the benefits of a small class.

Our faculty and staff are preparing for this new era of living and learning to make sure the courses and support services we offer will continue to adhere to our high standards and meet the expectations of our students. Below is information that may help answer questions and provide some guidance as you register for classes and finalize your plans for the fall.  We encourage you to contact your academic advisor, if you haven’t already. You can schedule a time to meet virtually with your advisor through Starfish, by email at advising@ucblueash.edu or by phone at 513-745-5753.  

  • Fall classes begin on Monday, August 24 and end on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
    • Your courses after Thanksgiving Break will be delivered online (there could be some exceptions for health care programs/labs).
    • Final exams will be given in an online format between December 3 – 8, 2020 (these dates apply to full-term courses).
  • Please make sure you have a computer with a webcam and access to wi-fi.
  • The Reading Days this fall will be regular instructional days, so we can keep the semester moving at an efficient pace.
  • As we finish up the schedule for fall classes, you may receive notices for each individual course regarding any changes in the course format. Check Catalyst under the class details for a note regarding sections that are changing to a synchronous or asynchronous online or hybrid format – see definitions for these terms below. Please check your final schedule carefully when you receive these notices and check back again before the semester begins for updates and details.
  • At the start of the semester, please check your email and Canvas for instructions regarding your courses. Faculty will be contacting you and will expect you to respond in a timely manner.
  • Below are definitions for key words that might appear on your course schedule.
    • Synchronous Online Course = an online class with required attendance at designated times on WebEx, Teams, Zoom, etc.
    • Asynchronous Online Course (traditional online course) = this class is entirely online without any specified meeting times.
    • Hybrid or Blended Course = the class will meet in-person at scheduled times, with the rest of the work completed online. Any hybrid sections participating in staggered attendance will be determined by the instructor.

Here are two videos from UC about plans for the fall semester and tips for online learning.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have questions, please contact your academic advisor.

UC Answers

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/pk2MTPHJi-A?rel=0
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/lFUN-j_8550?rel=0

Additional Information

Contact Information

  • For technology assistance, please contact the UC Blue Ash IT office at IThelp@ucblueash.edu.
  • If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, please email publichealth@uc.edu.