Important: COVID-19 Updates

Message from HCCC President Chris Reber – June 24 2020

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A Message of Concern, Caring and Commitment (June 2, 2020)
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Coronavirus Updates (June 1, 2020)
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To get the latest updates, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Page

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    • HCCC is responding to unprecedented challenges related to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of the HCCC community is the College’s number one priority. The HCCC Coronavirus Task Force has worked to act in accordance to guidance from public health agencies and the most current information as the situation unfolds.

      If you have a concern or question related to COVID-19, please complete this form and a member of the Coronavirus Taskforce will respond to you within 24 hours.

      The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) continue to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at national and global levels. Hudson County Community College health experts and emergency preparedness officials have also been monitoring this concern locally in collaboration with Hudson County and New Jersey State health organizations.

      In addition, the College is proactively managing the indirect impacts that coronavirus may have on College operations. President Chris Reber has established the Coronavirus Planning Task Force to plan holistically for how the situation may affect the entirety of the institution in areas including public health matters, campus climate, College travel, student applications and enrollment, and the overall well-being of College community members.

      This website is provided to all HCCC community members as a reference on coronavirus locally and as guidance on whom to contact with specific concerns about its impact here and abroad.

       
      April 15, 2020 – HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber thanks the College community and shares
      some updates on Federal Stimulus Funding for HCCC, Tuition and Fees, Summer Sessions
      , and 2020 Commencement plans.

       
      March 30, 2020 – HCCC President Chris Reber shares a heartfelt message to welcome and
      update the College community following spring break. He discusses the just announced
      Pass/Fail grading option, purchase of Chromebooks for loan to students, and he thanks
      community members for their service.

    • Recent Statements

    • Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

      Academics - Online/Remote/Hybrid Learning Information and Resources

      Summer 2020
      All Summer 2020 classes will be offered in an online or remote format. The Pass/Fail Grading Option will be continued through both Summer Terms.

      For more information on Online and Remote courses, visit the Center for Online Learning here.

      Summer I Term runs from May 26 to July 1, 2020.
      Summer I deadline to opt in to “Pass/Fail” grading: Wednesday, July 15

      Summer II Term, which runs from July 13 to August 18, 2020.
      Summer II deadline to opt in to “Pass/Fail” grading: Thursday, August 27


      Fall 2020
      For Fall 2020, the majority of classes will be offered in an online or remote format. If permitted, certain lab, clinical and culinary courses may be offered on-ground in a hybrid format. Please check the location for your class before you register.

      The Section Details of each course in the Course Schedule will have details about how the class will operate.

      ONLINE = Fully online teaching and learning. These courses are mostly asynchronous, which means that most work is completed on students’ own time schedule as long as the work is submitted on time.
      REMOTE = Remote courses aim to replicate the experience of being in a face-to-face on-ground class. Most courses being offered remotely are taught synchronously, which means that students will be attending class remotely, or virtually, at the time the class is scheduled.
      CAMPUS LOCATION/HYBRID = We are hoping to offer these classes on campus, if granted state approval. If not, we will have a plan to offer them remotely.

      To learn more about each course type and resources, please click here.


      Resources
      Additional information, resources, and training can be found by visiting the Center for Online Learning here:
      For instructional best practices please email COL@hccc.edu
      For WebEx technical support please email ITShelp@hccc.edu

      Academics - Pass/Fail Option

      The Pass/Fail grading option can be requested through this form.
      The last day you can choose The Pass/Fail Grading option for each semester is:

            o Spring 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020
            o Summer I 2020 and Summer ONA 2020 - Wednesday July 15, 2020
            o Summer II 2020 and Summer ONB 2020 – Thursday, August 27, 2020

      Click here for a chart so that you can understand whether or not the Pass/Fail Option is the right one for you.
      We hope this document provides clearer guidance that will assist you in the decision-making process. Students are always encouraged to speak with their academic advisors, instructors, program coordinators, and/or Associate Deans before making any decisions about their grading preferences.

      Academics - Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the difference between fully online classes that have an “ON” course code and remote teaching?
      Online classes typically do not have a scheduled time when students and faculty meet. As long as due dates are met, student’s work can be completed on days and times that suit the student’s preferences.
      Since we are unable to have summer I classes on campus, emergency remote teaching (a temporary shift in instructional delivery to an alternate delivery mode due to a crisis) is the replacement for face-to-face instruction. Using Canvas, Zoom, WebEx and other teaching modalities, faculty may choose to meet with students during originally scheduled class times or provide a number of online learning tools and techniques to support effective learning and the achievement of course outcomes. Class times have been left on the course listing to make these remote meetings possible.

      I have registered for summer classes. What is the distinction between synchronous and asynchronous classes?
      Synchronous learning is the kind of dynamic learning that happens in real time. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, regularly and frequently at a specific time. Methods of synchronous online learning can include video conferencing, virtual libraries, teleconferencing, live chat, and live-streaming lectures. Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. While your course of study, instructor or degree program will provide material for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you have the ability to access and fulfill these requirements within a flexible time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning can include self-guided lesson modules, text-based lecture notes, pre-recorded lectures and podcasts, virtual libraries, and exchanges across discussion boards and or social media platforms. Asynchronous learning gives you the materials and it’s up to you to complete them at your convenience. Many hybrid learning models will include a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous online learning.

      What can I do if I am struggling in a class and unable to submit course assignments?
      We understand that many students are concerned about the migration to remote teaching and learning. We are also aware that many of our students are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, some are healthcare workers, many are providing Eldercare, some are volunteering, and others are grieving the loss of friends and family members. We encourage students who encounter difficulty to take advantage of the following options:
            o Speak to your faculty member, your teacher, to determine if there are ways to improve your academic performance, obtain additional assistance, or receive additional time to submit coursework.
            o Take advantage of online tutoring support at www.hccc.mywconline.com.
            o Communicate with your adviser or faculty member to discuss Pass/Fail grading options and your progress toward completion. The “Special Request for Grade Change” form can be found on the website at http://www.hccc.edu/forms.

      Is computer equipment being made available to students who do not have access to a laptop/ computer at home?
      The College has purchased several Chromebooks for students to borrow. Students should submit a Concern Form here. Students must provide their full name, ID number, email, and telephone number. Once approved, students will be contacted with instructions for acquiring a device at one of the College’s food pantries. If faculty have a need, please contact your division Associate Dean.

      Academic Tutoring

      Free tutoring services are still available through www.hccc.mywconline.com.
      Tutors that you have been working with all semester will be working with you remotely. Simply log into WCOnline and schedule an appointment with your regular tutor.
      Click here for a video on how to make an online tutoring appointment.
      During your online tutoring session, you can use audio/video with your computer/laptop, type questions the Chat, draw on the whiteboard using your cursor, and use the toolbar to import and export documents.
      For questions or concerns, please contact Kyle Woolley, Head Tutor for Math, Science, and Business at kwoolley@hccc.edu.

      Accessibility Services

      While the structure of an online course may eliminate the need for many typical classroom accommodations, the environment may also create a unique set of needed accommodations. Communicate with your faculty member as soon as possible to understand how the change of instruction may affect your accommodations.

      Accessibility Services can be contacted via the following methods:
      Departmental Number: 201-360-4157 as@hccc.edu
      Jackie Safont, Director 201-360-5337 jsafont@hccc.edu
      Karine Davis, Coordinator 201-360-4163 kdavis@hccc.ecu

      Bookstore/Textbooks

      SUMMER I TEXTBOOKS:
      If you would like to purchase your summer textbooks, they are available through our website at www.hcccshop.com. Simply enter your student ID number, select the appropriate semester and all of the books you will need will come up. Alternatively, you can search by course ID if you are looking for a specific class.

      Wherever possible, we have posted the e-book option for your course materials. This is for a variety of reasons: You will have access to your book within minutes, with no concern for shipping. The e-books are generally significantly less expensive than the physical textbook. We cannot guarantee that the publishers and their warehouses will not be impacted by COVID-19, and this is the best way to ensure you get your materials without issue. Shipping has been inconsistent at best through this period.

      For classes where we could not make an e-book available, we will send your books to you for free in the most efficient manner possible. Choosing to pay for overnight or second day delivery is not recommended as this has been particularly inconsistent recently.

      Bursar/Tuition and Fees

      HCCC will be allowing students to register for summer and fall classes regardless of their outstanding financial balances.

      Instead of our normal policy of requiring payment in full by the start of each summer term, students will have until the end of the summer term to pay for their courses.

      The college will not cancel summer term student registration for non-payment until further notice.

      Additionally, HCCC has announced a Tuition Freeze, where tuition and fees for 2020-2021 academic year will remain at the same levels currently in place for 2019-2020.

      For students who are in need of additional financial assistance, click here for the CARES Act Funding Information and Application

      Career Services

      Visit the Career Services MyHudson Portal Page for updated job openings and opportunities, information sessions, and more. Their site includes information to make an appointment with their staff, and recorded workshops on topics such as your Resume, Interview Skills, and LinkedIn.

      Commencement

      We have conducted two surveys of our graduating students to determine the best option for a May Commencement alternative. As you are aware, we had planned to hold Commencement on May 21 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, but that is no longer possible.

      Commencement will now be held on Thursday, December 10 beginning at noon at NJPAC in Newark. Please mark your calendars, and more information will be forthcoming. At this ceremony, we will honor all 2019-20 graduates as well as December 2020 graduates. We now plan to move our annual ceremony to Red Bull Arena in May 2021.

      Although this year’s ceremony is postponed, we also want to celebrate our graduating students’ success virtually this spring. This will include celebration packages mailed to graduating students’ homes, virtual events including honor society inductions, social media recognitions highlighting the accomplishments of our graduates, and more. More information regarding this has been emailed to graduating students from graduationevents@hccc.edu.

      Visit myhudson.hccc.edu/graduation to stay up to date on information!

      Emergency Funding (CARES Act)

      The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law. Hudson County Community College is providing emergency funding to currently enrolled students experiencing financial hardships related to COVID-19. Click here for more information!

      ELIGIBILITY
      - Students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19 can be considered for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants.
      - Students who meet the criteria can fill out a form here.
      - Students who do not meet the criteria can fill out a form here.

      Financial Aid

      The Office of Financial Aid is here to help! Call the Journal Square Campus Office at 201-360-4200 and the North Hudson Campus office at 201-360-4388. You can also reach the office by emailing financial_aid@hccc.edu or texting the office at 201-744-2767.
      Click here for the Guide to Financial Aid for more information.
      Important! The FAFSA deadline for Renewal of State Aid for Academic Year 2020-21 has been extended to June 1, 2020. It is important that you meet this deadline if you intend on continuing with your education.

      Human Resources

      Upcoming Change in Adjunct and Overload Pay Schedules - From time to time, some of you have expressed concern to me about the payment schedule for adjunct faculty, and those faculty who are teaching overloads. I am pleased to share that our Offices of Human Resources, Payroll, and Information Technology have developed a new process that will include a first payment earlier in the semester than has been past practice, and subsequent payments on a semi-monthly basis, mirroring the full- and part-time employee pay schedule. For example, starting this summer there will be three payments during the term rather than a single payment at the end of the term for adjunct faculty and those receiving overload pay. Please note that there is no change to the full- and part-time salary schedule. Should you have any questions, please contact Vice President for Human Resources Anna Krupitskiy.

      Direct Deposit - Reminder for those who do not have Direct Deposit set up for payment processing. HCCC wants to ensure that all employees continue to be paid without interruption. To ensure that you receive payment, electronic payment via direct deposit is the best option and we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit as soon as possible. Please reach out to HR at hr@hccc.edu for instructions. The applicable forms are also available on the HR portal page.

      Hudson Employee Spotlight – The Office of Human Resources is spotlighting HCCC employees who are admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities as they promote HCCC’s mission and values in their daily work. All HCCC employees are eligible to be nominated for the spotlights. Nominate an individual or a team by completing a nomination form. *NOMINATE AN EMPLOYEE HERE!

      Employee Assistance Program - When life gets tricky to navigate, you turn to your Employee Assistance (EAP) site to seek guidance and resources for you and your family. The new EAP employee site offers the same helpful experience you’re used to, plus some. Become familiar with the new site by visiting eap.ndbh.com and log in using your existing company code. Username: hccc Password: guest
      Click here for e4Health

      Library

      Effective March 21, 2020 HCCC Libraries are now 100% online. We welcome you to utilize the many online services available, including chat, reference services, journals, ebooks, databases, and streaming media. HCCC credentials are required for off-campus access. Librarians are available remotely during the following hours to help you with your research and reference needs:
            • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
            • Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Library Research Services Available Remotely
            • Library Catalog: search books, ebooks, journals, media, equipment and more.
            • eBooks Collection: a list of library databases for electronic books.
            • Journal Finder: find a particular journal, magazine or newspaper.
            • Streaming Videos: a list of library databases for streaming videos.
            • Databases A-Z: a complete list of library subscribed databases, organized alphabetically.
            • Research Guides: librarian-curated resource guides for a subject, topic or course.
            • Google Scholar: search across a wide range of scholarly literature, including articles, books, theses, conference papers, and technical reports. To access full text available through HCCC Library, click “Full-Text @ HCCC Library” in the result page.

      Contact a Librarian:
            • Chat: Visit the Library’s Website
            • Email: librarian@hccc.edu
            • Phone Numbers: (201) 360-4360; (201) 360-4605

      Mental Health Counseling

      We are aware that these troubling times can take a toll on your mental health. That is why HCCC is providing help to those that are experiencing mental health issues. Click here for more information on what you can do to improve your health
      If you would like further assistance please click here
      You are important to us and we care deeply about your well-being. As we all deal with the effects of COVID-19, Mental Health Counseling and Wellness services and resources are available at: https://myhudson.hccc.edu/mental-health-counseling-wellness-center
      Doreen Pontius, Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness can be contacted directly at: dpontiusmolos@hccc.edu or call (201) 360-4229.

      On-Campus Updates

      All HCCC campuses and centers are currently closed with all services available remotely.
      The new Student Center, located at 81 Sip Avenue, is now complete and fully furnished. Anticipate an invitation for the official grand opening celebration once we return to campus.

      A Return to Campus Task Force has been appointed to consider the implications of a gradual return to on-the-ground instruction and operations. The task force will offer planning recommendations so that we are ready to begin a return to our campuses when health care and government leaders conclude it is safe to do so. Vice President Lisa Dougherty and Assistant Dean Heather DeVries will co-chair the task force. A complete list of Task Force members can be found here.
      Click here for a letter from the Chairs of the Return to Campus Task Force sent on 5/13/20.

      Registration

      Summer and fall registration is open. Summer session I begins on May 26, 2020.

            • Click here to make an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
            • Click here to watch a video on how you can register for classes through your My Student Planning.

      Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

      What do we currently know about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
      The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that first emerged in Wuhan, China in 2019. The CDC has the most up-to-date public health and risk information. The College continues to monitor coronavirus closely in collaboration with the Hudson Regional Health Commission.

      How dangerous is it?
      Coronavirus currently has no treatment or vaccine, so its duration as a health crisis is still unknown. As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with coronavirus can cause mild symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe for some and lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions or compromised immune systems appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with coronavirus and have a higher risk for it to be life-threatening.

      Are there ways to prevent contracting the virus?
            • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
            • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
            • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
            • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. In addition, when you are sick, stay home.
            • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
            • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
      .     • Get your flu vaccine—it’s not too late to benefit from it. Members of the College community should contact their primary care provider or visit pharmacies with on-site flu vaccinations, including Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens.

      Should I wear a mask?
      The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public settings. For more information click here.

      What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
      Isolation involves separating ill persons from well persons.

      Quarantine involves separating well persons, who have been exposed to the infection, from other well persons during the incubation period of an illness. The current quarantine for coronavirus is 14 days.

      You can find out more information regarding various terminology associated with coronavirus on the College’s Coronavirus Terminology

      Can I travel outside of the United States?
      The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Health Advisory (Level 4: Do not Travel). “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.” As this situation continues to evolve very rapidly, please review the latest travel advisories here before planning any travel.

      What is the College doing to protect the campus community?
      In collaboration with College health professionals and the Hudson Regional Health Commission. HCCC continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak closely. In addition, the College has convened a response team and a number of sub-teams to plan holistically for how the situation may affect the entirety of the institution in areas including public health matters, campus climate, College travel, student applications and enrollment, supply chain issues, and the overall well-being of College community members. The College is continuously monitoring the situation in conjunction with local, state, and national public health authorities.

      What are the protocols for coming to campus during a Campus Closure?
      Our protocol when the campus is closed is to not allow anyone on campus. No students are permitted on campus. All classes and services are currently being taught and conducted 100% remotely. Only employees who have been previously notified as “essential” will have access to the campus if the situation warrants.

       

      If you need to borrow a computer for remote/online learning, click here