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Last updated: July 2, 2020

Although the specific circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to change, our promise to our new and returning students is to deliver a rigorous education safely. We released our phased approach to reopening in mid-May and update it as necessary.

We are offering all new, incoming students and returning students alike the option to take courses online or in a hybrid format (online and on-campus). Nearly every course will be offered online, but only some will be offered in a hybrid format. New, incoming students will be able to take all of their courses online if they choose. We will provide as much on-campus instruction for hybrid courses as is safely possible, and the amount of on-campus instruction will depend on safety and guidance from local, state, and national health authorities. The same experienced DigiPen instructors will teach you whether your courses are being offered entirely online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus experiences.

During course registration, you will see online or hybrid courses offered as different sections. You can make your choices on a per-course basis at that time. Any student choosing a hybrid course must live locally and be able to attend the on-campus portion of their hybrid course. Keep in mind, the cost of tuition will remain the same no matter which option you choose.

An example of a hybrid course might be a project-based design course. The professor may deliver a typical lecture online one day a week. On another day that week, you may be on campus for hands-on lab components such as meetings and presentations with your student team and professor. Any on-campus portion of a hybrid course will conform to state requirements or guidance (PDF) as well as higher education industry best practices. As the COVID-19 situation improves, and local regulations allow, we will increase the amount of on-campus instruction and interaction of our hybrid courses.

DigiPen’s Phased Approach

The phases of the re-opening of our campus go from Phase 0 to Phase 4 with intermediate levels of hybrid learning experiences in between. We are not setting definitive dates to move from one phase to the next. Rather, we will be monitoring the situation in our surrounding community and region, transitioning through the phases as the circumstances dictate. Understand that this could include moving back to a previous phase if necessary. Regardless of the phase, campus housing will be open for students attending online or on-campus courses. Please note, our phases do not necessarily align with King County and Washington state. Our phases are specific to the needs and requirements of running a college and its campus. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, our phased approach may change as well.

Phase 0

  • Courses and Student Services Are All Online
  • Campus Open for Remote Learning (Computer, Equipment, High-Speed Internet)
  • Thermal Screening
  • Masks Required
  • On-Site Enhanced Sanitizing
  • Shuttles Thoroughly Sanitized
  • Dragon Drop, Grocery, and Cooked Food Delivery
  • Student Housing Open
  • Social Distancing Continues

Phase 1

  • Courses are Online or Hybrid
  • Smaller Optional Activities Held On-Campus for Hybrid Courses
  • Online-Only Courses Continue
  • On-Campus Operations at Reduced Capacity
  • Thermal Screening
  • Masks Required
  • On-Site Enhanced Sanitizing
  • Shuttles Thoroughly Sanitized
  • Student Housing Open
  • Social Distancing Continues

Phase 2

  • Approximately 30% to 40% of Hybrid Courses Have On-Campus Instruction
  • Online-Only Courses Continue
  • Thermal Screening
  • Masks Required
  • On-Site Enhanced Sanitizing
  • Shuttles Thoroughly Sanitized
  • Student Housing Open
  • Social Distancing Continues

Phase 3

  • Approximately 60% to 80% of Hybrid Courses Have On-Campus Instruction
  • Resume Safe and Practical On-Campus Activities
  • Online-Only Courses Continue
  • Thermal Screening
  • Masks May Be Required
  • On-Site Enhanced Sanitizing Continues
  • Shuttles Thoroughly Sanitized
  • Student Housing Open
  • Social Distancing May Be Required

Phase 4

  • More than 80% of Hybrid Courses Have On-Campus Instruction
  • Online-Only Courses Continue
  • Most Student Services Resume On-Campus Activities
  • Thermal Screening
  • Masks May Be Required
  • On-Site Enhanced Sanitizing Continues
  • Shuttles Thoroughly Sanitized
  • Student Housing Open
  • Social Distancing May Be Required
  • Monitor Community Health and Safety

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