As part of its ongoing efforts to address COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, Adams State University will continue to use its online course management system Blackboard for all courses for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

Beginning Monday, March 23, through the completion of the spring semester in May, all course delivery will be through Blackboard. This decision, made in consultation with faculty, ensures all students will be able to complete their spring semester without interruption.

Adams State is also announcing these additional steps, which will be in effect through the end of the spring semester 2020:

  • Adams State Nielsen Library will remain open to students and employees, but with limited hours. A campus ID will be required to enter Nielsen Library.
  • Access to academic buildings is limited to campus employees only.
  • Richardson Hall, the main administrative building, will remain during regular business hours.
  • All non-University events scheduled for the Adams State campus have been suspended through the end of May 2020. Future events will be considered, based on guidance from state and federal agencies combating COVID-19.
  • Virtual tours of Adams State will available for prospective students and families. In-person campus tours and visits are suspended through the end of May.

Adams State will strive to hold as many of its traditional end-of-semester events as possible, in a virtual environment. Those events include Student Scholar Days, Employee Recognition Awards, and Student Leadership Awards.

Of course, the most significant and meaningful event Adams State hosts each spring is its commencement ceremonies. The University is actively exploring alternatives to its traditional University-wide commencement celebration currently scheduled for May 9.

“Our sincere desire is to provide commencement events while protecting the health and safety of all participants,” said Adams State President Cheryl D. Lovell. “More details will be forthcoming as we explore alternative ways to make our ceremonies rewarding and memorable.

“We appreciate the extraordinary efforts our faculty and staff are undertaking to make this transition to Blackboard-only instruction through the end of semester as smooth and seamless as possible,” President Lovell said. “I am confident Adams State will continue to serve our students well and continue to make great stories at Adams State.”

To stay up to date on Adams State’s response to COVID-19, please visit Additional FAQs and resources for students and the campus community are on Adams State’s COVID-19 web page.