The School of Public Affairs offers personalized support to students and works in partnership with various CU Denver offices to ensure that our students have the support they need to succeed in our programs, to graduate and to find or advance in fulfilling careers.
In addition to the resources available to students through CU Denver, the School of Public Affairs provides the following support:
The School of Public Affairs Student Resources “course” in Canvas is a collection of important information, guides and examples to help students through their academic journey. Students currently enrolled in courses at the School of Public Affairs should automatically have access to this resource when logging in to Canvas. Any student enrolled in the School of Public Affairs who does not see this “course” listed in their Canvas account can request access to the School of Public Affairs Student Resources course.
The School of Public Affairs has a dedicated Student Computer Lab located on the fifth floor of Lawrence Street Center, Suite 500. The lab is equipped with 16 PC workstations, one instructing station, one scanner and two black and white printers that can print double-sided documents. The lab is staffed by student workers who can provide IT support during normal building hours. To log onto a lab computer, you will need your student username and password (the same as you would use to log into your student email account).
During the fall 2020 semester, students have in-person and remote access to SPA 5th floor computer lab and software.
In-person access: Students will be able to access the lab in person, but with limited capacity and at assigned seats due to social distancing. The lab is open on a first-come, first-served basis and will be staffed by a Student IT worker on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lab equipment is cleaned and disinfected at the beginning and end of every shift and between users. Students are highly encouraged to frequently wash their hands and to avoid touching their face.
Remote access: Students may connect remotely to computers in the 5th floor computer labs to use various software applications, like SPSS and STATA. Please follow these step-by-step instructions and refer to these SPA 5th floor lab computer names when following the instructions. If you have questions or need assistance with VPN access, please email the OIT Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with other issues with remote access and use of the 5th floor computer lab and software, contact the SPA Student Lab Support group in Microsoft Teams.
The following software applications are loaded onto the computers:
The lab is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; however, to use the lab outside of normal business hours requires students to have approval from the School of Public Affairs to have your student ID programmed to be used by the card reader to access the lab outside of normal business hours.
Request this access by completing the SPA WorkOrder Form, selecting “Building Access” as your type of request.
Please note: The lab is occasionally reserved by faculty for class meetings.
For information on accessing the CU Denver wireless network while on campus, and accessing the virtual private network and your remote desktop while off campus, visit the Office of Information Technology’s website.
Undergraduate students who would like assistance with statistics can contact the Math Department's MERC Lab for free statistics tutoring. Students in the MPA and MCJ programs who are interested in free statistics tutoring can contact Sojeong Kim at email@example.com to request and set up an in-person or online (Zoom) appointment.
The university’s Writing Center is a great resource for all students, offering online resources, feedback on drafts and workshops on common writing issues. Graduate students in the School of Public Affairs can also receive writing support from Jennifer Hooker, the School of Public Affairs’ Academic Success Coordinator. Contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or by SMS at 720-477-0545. Make sure that you plan ahead to provide enough time for feedback on your drafts!
Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a terrific resource for APA, Chicago and MLA formatting and style.
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