Upward Bound Program at ASU

2021 Summer Residential Program Handbook

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Welcome to Summer 2021 with Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math & Science!

ASU Upward Bound Programs strive to provide an environment inspired by the values and beliefs that cultivate inclusivity, enabling participants to realize their full potential and foster confidence to be themselves.

Program Dates: MAY 30 - JULY 9, 2021

The focus of the Adams State University (ASU) Upward Bound Programs proposed changes will be to deliver regulatory Summer program services. Though the program will be residential, we will observe COVID-19 safety guidelines as prescribed by ASU and Alamosa Public Health.

Adams State University Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science provides a non-Residential component to students who do not wish to participate in-person, have prior commitments, or who wish to complete participation online. The program is modified, however, core components are provided to those students as approved in the Upward Bound Grant.

Students move in on May 30, 2021

Classes Begin, Monday, May 31, 2021, at 8 AM

Math & Science Symposium: July 1, July 2 & 3, 2021

Virtual 6th Week: July 6 - 8, 2021

Upward Bound Olympics: July 9, 2021

Medical Release Form

All Students need to fill out the medical release form. Within the form, you may upload your Vaccine or Covid results in place of weekly testing.

Check-In, Sunday May 30, 2021

Student and 1 parent arrive between 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM at McDaniel Hall Parking Lot

15-minute wait time (Rapid Covid-19 Test) or show Vaccination proof

After results, turn in any required paperwork and receive your dorm room key

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We are expecting you to arrive at the McDaniel Hall parking lot starting at 8:00 AM and no later than 10:30 AM, on Sunday, May 30th, 2021.

Students who are not fully vaccinated (2-weeks after the 2nd shot should plan to arrive between 8 AM– 10 AM.

Vaccinated students may arrive starting at 9:30 AM.

The student will be given a Covid-19 test, unless a vaccination card showing the date of May 15th, 2021 or earlier to demonstrate full vaccination can be provided before May 28, 2021.

After demonstrating a negative Covid-19 test, the student will exit the parking lot at First Street and receive their dorm room key. Male students can proceed to Connor Hall at the corner of 1st Street and Edgemont Boulevard. Female students will be checking in at Girault Hall, located off of Monterey Avenue. If you have any special requirements for a first floor, please call the office immediately.

Testing Steps

Step 1 Arrive at the corner of Richardson & 2nd Street to check-in and parking the McDaniel Parking Lot or receive your dorm keys if vaccinated.

Step 2 Park in your designated spot.

Step 3 The student should walk to the table in front of McDaniel Hall to test.

Step 4 Once tested, please sit in your car and wait for your results.

Step 5 Once you receive a negative test, please exit via First ST to receive your dorm keys.

Meet your Staff!

Calendar-May 30, 2021-July 9, 22021

Logistics, Daily Class & Activity Schedule

Summer 2021 will be residential with a few modifications:

Single-Room Occupancy (Student and one parent can enter assigned dorm room)

Off-Campus: In order to ensure social distancing, a structure will be in place to limit students leaving campus. (Students may leave with parents)

Testing: Students will test when returning from home for the weekend, or extended amounts of time such as camps, vacations, etc.

6:45-7:45 AM Breakfast (La Mesa Cafeteria)-Commuter Students Arrive
8:00 - 11:15 AM Core Class
11:15 - 12:10 PM Lunch (La Mesa Cafeteria)
12:10 - 1:10 PM Reading
1:20 - 2:20 PM Elective
2:45 - 3:30 Guided Recreation
3:45 - 4:30 PM Study Hour / SAT Prep
5:00 - 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 PM Calendar Activity

-Commuter Students Depart
8:00 - 10:30 PM Student Personal Time
10:30 PM Bed Check
12:00 PM Lights Out

Finals Week & Symposium

Move Out & Symposium

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Presence App & 900#s

Student Check-In & Attendance

All students are assigned an account at Adams State University, inclusive of a 900# and a grizzlies@adams.edu. Students receive a laminated ID card with their 900#. As a result of social distancing, attendance will be taken electronically. Students will be asked to download an App for Android or IOS. If students do not have phones, they will have to memorize their 900# to punch in at events or when signing forms and for supplies. Search Digital ID by Presence

ASU Upward Bound Programs Health & Safety Protocol

The following is the TRIO Upward Bound's proposed safety protocol for Summer Residential May 30-July 3, 2021. The Summer Component is designed to allow potential participants the ability to experience the Upward Bound Program at ASU Campus including, participation in group activities, meeting with a student panel, engaging in an in-person interview, and learning about the overall program and expectations.

The expectation is that staff and students engage in health-promoting behaviors that prevent illnesses:

  • Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • Encourage students and UB/UBMS staff members to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to help them develop strong immune systems capable of fighting illness.

Public health actions also include activities that help reduce the spread of infectious diseases. For example:

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and ensure that information is made available to the UB/UBMS community in developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Provide training about transmission and control measures. Train students to cover their mouths and cough in their elbows. tissue or their masks
  • Educate staff, students, and primary caregivers not to come to the program if they have known symptoms. Reinforce for families to keep sick students home.
  • Establish or reinforce procedures for how families let the program know if their child is sick. These procedures should include letting the program know why the student has been kept home to be able to track symptoms. If students are diagnosed with COVID-19, parents must let the program know so they can communicate with, and get guidance from, local health authorities.
  • Operate as a closed campus with chaperoned visits to places like Safeway, Starbucks, & Sonic.
  • Adams State University housing and facilities staff plan to routinely clean and disinfect common spaces such as classrooms, common areas, and restrooms.

Detecting Illness:

  • Each room, restroom, & common area will display clear and age-appropriate information about symptoms, social distancing, & reporting.
  • Temperature checks--at bed-check, students will be scanned; if temperature 100.4 or higher, the student will immediately be sent home and testing recommended.
  • If symptomatic, please self-isolate and report immediately.
  • Students will be reminded via Signal Vine on Sunday mornings regarding checking symptoms, masks, and notification protocol.

Supplies Provided by ASU Upward Bound Programs for Staff & Participant Use:

  • Masks: Participants will be provided with 5 reusable masks, to be taken home on Fridays, washed, and expected to bring back on Sundays.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Available in each classroom and common space used during the Program.
  • Gloves: Available upon request and issued for activities deemed necessary.
  • Disinfectant: Available in each classroom and common space used in the Program. Used daily in high-touch areas.

Commuter Students

Commuter students are held to the same standards and expectations as residential students, including “HOURS”, the main difference being that they will not be staying overnight in the dorm hall. They are expected to leave campus by 9:00 P.M. They will be assigned space for personal items needed during the day. All items should be taken

home, nothing should be left overnight.


Non-Residential Program

Regulations & Expectations

Covid-19 Symptoms & Precautions

  • If you feel your child or someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms, please self-isolate and report the absence.
  • Calling-in Sick-Any student(s) ill enough not to attend class, will need to be picked up by a parent and taken into a clinic. Students are not to stay in their dorm rooms alone for the day without supervision.
  • Temperature Check-Students scanning at 100.4 or higher will be sent home for the duration of the program.

Participation in the Upward Bound Programs

  • Each parent is expected to encourage their son or daughter both academically and socially.
  • To encourage their child to follow Covid-19 precautions issued by the state of Colorado and ASU.
  • UB provides exposure to both academic and social opportunities, please do not excuse them from these activities; instead, encourage them to participate and try new experiences.
  • Please do not text or call your child during class or activity time, unless it is an extreme emergency.
  • It is understood that at times Upward Bound (UB) rules may seem either too harsh or too lax compared to rules at home, please try to support the program by not contradicting the rules as these have been established to maintain tranquility between eight dorm staff and 120 students.
  • Parents are expected to arrange transportation for students promptly. Students may not be left unattended. Staff is penalized by having to stay later with a student who has not been picked up.
  • If your child will be absent, check in with them and make sure they are upholding UB expectations and their Student Action Plans. Student Action Plans must be filled out with instructors before missing.
  • Each student represents UB to all who encounter that student and will conduct themselves as a lady or gentleman at all times treating all students and staff with respect.
  • All participants are required to attend mandatory field trips, meals, classes, and other special events as designated by the UB staff. Students are required to wear the current year's UB T-Shirt for field trips.
  • Upward Bound is federally funded; i.e., your taxes contribute to its existence. Self-Respect is of the utmost importance. Therefore, all individuals affiliated with the program are expected to positively represent the program in behavior, dress, attitude, and interactions with others.
  • Academics are a priority; participants are required to complete all work and maintain at least a “B” average.

  • Admissions Contract: Incoming students are probationary for ten days. Program commitment determines continuity.

Upward Bound Program Expectations

  • Students and staff are expected to be respectful of all other participants, staff, leaders, instructors, and dorm RAs.
  • Physical violence, name-calling, and bullying will not be tolerated. This program has zero tolerance for hate speech and/or actions.
  • Students and staff must be respectful of each other’s personal space and boundaries. Ask first!
  • Damage of any college property is the responsibility of the student(s) involved whether accidental or not. If the damage was intentional, the student will be dropped from the summer program.
  • No Public Displays of Affection (PDA) of any kind at any time. No hickeys, hanging on each other, laying in each other’s beds, sitting on each other’s laps, etc.
  • Non-parental pick-up must be pre-arranged with the office: (719) 587-7865 or Luella: (719) 588-0964.
  • Students may hang out around campus. Students should not be in campus buildings outside of class hours or study hours. Elevators (unless a documented need), construction sites, the Japanese Gardens, and personnel-only areas are off-limits. Students caught in these areas will face disciplinary action.

ASU Upward Bound is inclusive of all gender identities.

Cellphone & Electronics Information

Cell phones, entertainment devices are permitted in the residence hall rooms only.

  • If these items are used during activities or class time they will be confiscated until the end of the week.
  • A second offense will result in having the device sent home with a parent and banned from the program.
  • All phones will be collected during activities.

WARNING: Please discuss data usage with students before they come.

We encourage you to call if you have comments or questions.

  • Office: (719) 587-7865
  • Angelica: (719) 480-3232
  • Luella: (719) 588-0964


The following actions are grounds for dismissal and may result in program termination:

  1. Possession of alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Possession of weapons or fireworks
  3. Stealing or shoplifting
  4. Academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism.
  5. Misuse, abuse, and unauthorized use of campus computing resources
  6. Sexual Activity within the confines of the dorms/campus
  7. Bullying, Hazing, or any behavior found to endanger others or self.
  8. Unbecoming conduct via Social Media while attending UB


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Upward Bound Class Structure

Core Courses:

  • Transcripts, test scores, and the SAT pre-test determine placement for all core courses.
  • Core courses are 3 hours as our goal is to strengthen and challenge students' academic skills.

Reading Courses:

  • Enhances reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
  • Geared towards building on students' skills in preparation for college-level material.

Elective Courses:

  • Designed to enhance core content.
  • An opportunity to engage in courses in the Arts & STEM.
  • Develops college readiness skills.


  • An opportunity for students to participate in various activities geared towards the development of healthy habits.
  • Mindfulness
  • Cardio & Strength Training
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Yoga & Stretching

Study Hour:

  • Studying is a vital skill and habit that students should develop.
  • Our study hour is a virtual study hall where students have the opportunity to work with peers and tutors.
  • One-on-one support for academic courses.

SAT Prep:

  • The goal is that our students graduate proficient in English Language Arts & Mathematics.
  • Our SAT Prep course allows our students to be familiar with SAT content and format. Which Colorado's Standardized Test.
  • Students will participate in lessons covering SAT questions, content, and format.
  • Students will also complete individualized practice.

Academic Attendance & Conduct


  • Class attendance is mandatory. If a student is not present and does not have a scheduled absence will search for the student and parents will be contacted.
  • Classwork missed due to camps, academic programs, vacations, or illness must be made up within the same number of days missed. (Ex. If a student misses Monday and Tuesday, they should have missed assignments completed and turned in by Friday).
  • Students are expected to be on their best behavior in class and turn in all assignments. Should behavior escalates or homework not be turned in, mandatory study hours will be assigned
  • Sanitation-Period breaks will be included in all class time and activities to wash/sanitize hands.


  • If a student has a scheduled appointment during class they must call the office: (719) 587-7865 when leaving and returning to class. This is to help with monitoring attendance.
  • In the case, that a student is calling in sick or too ill to attend class. They will need to be picked up by a parent and taken into a clinic. Students will no be allowed to stay in their dorm rooms alone for the day without supervision.
  • Students are only allowed to be excused by the director.

Student Action Plan

This is a plan completed by both the student and the instructors of the courses that will be misses. The student is expected to complete this plan before a known absence.

  1. Complete Action Plan & Submit to Academic Coordinator and Instructors.
  2. Meet with the instructor to get missed notes and assignments.
  3. Understand when the instructor expects the missed assignments to be completed.
Consequences for not completing may include study hour, stipend loss, HOURS

Academic Course Information

  • Stipends are tied to class attendance and participation. Missing more than one hour of core classes will result in a loss of the stipend for the week.
  • High School Credit - based on the number of hours in a classroom, and by each school district determines when and if credit is assigned.
  • Academic integrity is expected and required. Students are expected to complete all assignments independently (with exception of group projects) and in their own words.

Students must maintain a B or better in every class. Weekly grade checks are done by the Academic Coordinator Friday afternoons. If they fall below a B they will have 9:00 hours

  • 1st Offense-mandatory tutoring, plus 9:00 hours until their grade comes up to a B or better.
  • 2nd Offense mandatory, tutoring, and 9:00 HOURS for the remainder of the program

High School Credit: Credits are based on the number of hours in a classroom, therefore, missing more than five days will result in no High School Credit for a class

College Credit Courses: To sign up for college credit classes’ students can only miss a max of one (1) day. A no-credit option is available for students who have planned absences.

  • Students complete all ASU dual enrollment paperwork and apply for the Colorado Opportunity Fund.
  • Students must have the required Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT score for the course.

Failure to complete ALL coursework will result in an F on high school and College Transcripts.


Residence Halls & Expectations

  • “No Excuses” philosophy—Upward Bound operates on the basis that if a rule is broken, it is broken regardless of the excuse. For example, if curfew is broken even by a minute, it still carries a penalty, even if, for example, a parent calls in that the student will be late.
  • Curfew Time—Bed check: 10:30 P.M. for underclassmen, 11:00 P.M. for seniors.
  • Japanese Gardens—No playing, sitting, or being near the gardens.
  • Cell phone usage is prohibited during class time or activities.
  • Students may not leave their room during room Curfew (10:30 P.M.–5:00 A.M.), except to go to the bathroom.
  • Overnight --Due to safety and insurance, no overnight guests are allowed in the dorms ever, not even family members or office staff.
  • Not reporting home on weekends—Summer 2021 will not include Weekend Field Trips
  • Consistency with staff —we expect students to not search out every RA until they get the answer they want. When one RA says, “no,” the answer is no.
  • Participants are responsible for keeping the bathrooms and all common areas (i.e., kitchen, hallways, lounges, computer labs, etc.) clean and welcoming to others. We abide by the philosophy of leaving every area better than we found it!

  • Participants may not trigger alarms, tamper with fire extinguishers or set off the sprinklers in nonemergency situations. Students caught may face removal from the program and criminal action.

  • No playing with, near, or in the sprinklers at any time.

  • No running, riding on skateboards, wrestling, or rough-playing in the dorms.

Bed Check

  • Students will be checked on at 10:30 P.M. to ensure that they are in their rooms. RAs knock first and then enter the rooms. (Female RAs check female students and male RAs check male students).
  • Lights-out for everyone is at 12:00 A.M. Students not in their rooms after 10:30 P.M. will have their parents called. If the student is not back by 11:00 P.M. he or she will receive three nights of 8:00 P.M. hours and off-campus privileges revoked.

Quiet Hours

  • Students are expected to have radios, TVs, etc. turned down to non-audible levels beyond the dorm door. In addition, floors are to be segregated by gender between 9:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. Violations will result in penalties.

Night Monitor

  • A UB staff monitor comes in to walk the periphery of the buildings to assure the safety of the students. He is here from 10:30 P.M. until early morning. Though he does not walk the student halls, he does monitor the activities outside the dorm for anyone trying to leave or enter, noise levels, and lights.

Weekend Check-out/Check-in

  • Students leave between 3:00-6:00 P.M. on Fridays. Students are to return on Sundays between 6:00-10:00 P.M. or Mondays by 8:00 A.M. if their parent's commute and permission are granted. Permission can only be granted by parents.
  • Personal Property--All students are responsible for securing their dorm rooms. ASU and UB are not responsible for the loss or damage of personal property.
  • We advise students not to keep money in their rooms and to report any incidences of theft to the director and ASU PD. Please do not bring more than $25.00 per week.
  • Students should not leave any who is not their roommate alone in their room.
  • Dorm Keys—ASU ID cards serve as ASU UB IDs, as well as dorm keys and lunch tickets. The loss of this key should be reported to the Dorm Director immediately. The fee will be $15.00 per replacement. Participants will be responsible for any costs related to the replacement of any lost or damaged key(s). Stipends will be held until paid.
  • Male/Female Socializing—Summer 2021-Only no roommates or room visitors Social Distancing sanctions.
  • A male staff member may only enter the room of a female participant when accompanied by a female staff member. Female staff may only enter the room of a male participant when accompanied by male staff.
  • Weekly room inspections Students are expected to clean their rooms and check out with their RA before leaving on Fridays to receive their weekly $15 stipend.
  • The rooms are inspected before the students moving in so students are responsible for any damage done to the room.

  • Students Leaving Program—Participants choosing to withdraw from the program must check out. If for some reason a student decides to leave, he/she must check out by having the dorm room inspected, check-in books, and check out with the office and Dorm Director.
  • Charges may be incurred if not checked out properly.
  • Students may only prop open dorm room doors using a doorstop. Damages done to doors using anything else will be charged to the student.
  • Trash All trash must be thrown in the dumpsters outside, not the trash cans in the hallways or outside of the dorm.
  • Locked doors Only Luella can unlock the side doors of the dorms. If you are barely going to make a curfew, Call Luella: 588-0964.
  • Friday Check-out 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


For, Summer 2021, visitors will be prohibited from being on campus.

Non-UB students-If student you know are on campus, please do not invite them to the dorm

Students are not to be in any vehicle other than their own unless signed permission is granted by the parent.

Students may be transported in UB Office staff vehicles, ASU vans or cars only. Students found transporting other students without permission will be asked to leave their vehicles at home.

Non-Residential Upward Bound Students are considered visitors. ALL visitor rules apply to them.


Transfer to Non-Residential Program

Cafeteria & Meals

Cafeteria Hours

  • Breakfast 7:00am-7:45 am
  • Lunch 11:15am-12:00 pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm

USDA & Meal Counts

Every year, the Upward Bound Programs at Adams State, are subsidized by the Colorado Department of Education Summer Food Service Program. Students are offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the La Mesa Dining Hall.

Cafeteria/USDA—Upward Bound receives subsidized monies for meals.

Paperwork —Dorm Director monitors meals & documents who is eating & what they have on their trays.

  • Report on meals—the following items must be on trays:
  • Milk, Protein (meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, or legumes), vegetable, fruit, bread, or bread alternative.
  • It is a privilege to be served in the cafeteria; therefore, food fights & wastefulness will result in community service & possible 9:00 hours.
  • Students must clean up their own food, dishes, & table. Dispose of any leftover food properly.

All students receive a free meal package in the summer regardless of USDA qualification.



Team Building

Upward Bound teams serve as a core for the community! Each student is assigned an RA and team. Teams utilize activities, discussions, advising, cheers, mascots, & team colors, etc

Team building will include activities such as ice breakers, relays, games, and problem-solving.

Team Sports

Team sports will take place on Thursday evenings. Students will participate in different athletic competitions that can include volleyball, kickball, softball, etc. Teams will be able to demonstrate their competitive team spirits while displaying sportsmanlike conduct.

Sign Ups

There will be multiple activities being offered on Tuesday evenings that students can attend. These will fall under a theme of STEM, athletics, recreation, life skills, arts & crafts, or guest speakers. Activities will be offered more than once, allowing students to attend all the activities they're interested in.


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Interactive games, programs, experiments allow students to experience S.T.E.M. outside the classroom.

STEM in the everyday world

Problem-solving with STEM

Kits and Experiments every Thursday!


June 3, 2021

June 10, 2021

June 17, 2021

June 24, 2021

Upward Bound Math & Science Symposium

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The UBMS summer session typically culminates with a UBMS Research Symposium patterned after professional symposia attended by practicing scientists, mathematicians, students, and family members. The 2021 UBMS symposium will include a hybrid (in-person/Virtual) poster session that highlights the results of individual and group research, a series of streamed seminar sessions by the STEM students and professionals, keynote speaker, and team-building activities with the visiting UBMS programs.

Upward Bound Math & Science students will participate in the Symposium with UBMS participants from Pueblo Community College & Trinidad State Junior College. Students will reside in the dorms. All UB Math & Science juniors must participate to present their research projects. A select number of freshmen, sophomores & seniors from the UB Math & Science program will be selected to participate & facilitate. Please see the calendar for scheduling.

July 1-3, 2021


Students not participating in the Professional Prep Program are eligible to earn $15 per week for participation in Core Classes. 

  • Students not in Professions Prep will earn $30.00 per week as long as all attendance requirements are met.
  • Stipends are always a week behind, with the last week being doubled.
  • Stipends are handed out at the end of every week when checking out.
  • Stipends are used to teach financial accountability, therefore, students must track their spending in a checkbook register/app & present it, filled out, to get their stipend.
  • Students or parents must call the office to document the student’s return to class.
  • Students who miss more than two hours of their core class for the week will be ineligible for a stipend that week.
  • Stipends are non-replaceable if lost, stolen, or washed, etc.

Professional Prep

For Seniors


This experience is designed to assist students in gaining valuable skills that will support the development of career readiness skills by working with professionals with at least a Bachelor's Degree.


Students earn up to 900.00 for :

  • Completing required training modules
  • Completing site supervisor one-on-one
  • Completing project hours

  • COHORT Dependent
  • Complete Application
  • Interview
  • Offered Position

Summer Insurance

Residential & administrative staff should always check the students’ medical forms to Ascertain whether or not the participant is covered by his/her own family’s medical insurance. This insurance coverage should be used FIRST whenever possible when medical services are needed. If a student or family does not have any medical insurance coverage, the program’s summer insurance policy will be utilized. Questions regarding these policies should be directed to the Program Director, HRA, or other administrative staff.

Grievance Policy

At ASU Upward Bound we strive to instill not only the building blocks to higher education but the tools essential to maneuver through all of life’s obstacles. The mission of the Upward Bound staff is to provide a safe learning environment encompassed by rules & boundaries mimicking a college setting.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you feel at odds with disciplinary action, an exchange of words, or simply require clarification, we ask that you reach out to the UB Director or Counselor Coordinator & follow a proper procedure for resolution.

6th Week Activities

During the last week, students will enroll in at least one workshop focused on Financial Literacy, Test Prep, Careers, and Community Service via a Form Registration.

Day Format:

  • 9 AM- 11:30 AM
  • Workshop
  • Activity
  • Game