Return to Campus Taskforce - Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Return to Campus Task Force continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and recommendations from the Health and Safety Group. As a result, HCCC is making the following updates to its health and safety protocols:  

As of March 7, 2022, masks are no longer required inside HCCC buildings. Students, faculty, and staff may still choose to wear masks and they are available at all Security Stations throughout campus.

  • For the spring and summer 2022 terms, vaccines are still required for all students, faculty, and staff to enter HCCC buildings. We strongly encourage all who are eligible to receive a booster shot.
  • Students who are fully vaccinated are eligible for a $100 incentive and those who are boosted are eligible for an additional $100.

For your continued reference, here is an infographic from the CDC that clearly illustrates what people can and cannot do based on their personal vaccination status.  

Vaccine Requirements:

HCCC will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and all students taking classes on campus during the spring and summer 2022 terms. Vaccines are strongly encouraged, but not required for the fall 2022 term. 

Employees:

Employees with a medical extenuating circumstance or religious concern should contact Human Resources at hr@hccc.edu. If approved, exempted employees must submit a weekly negative PCR test (taken 72 hours prior to being on campus each week).

Students:

Students who are not vaccinated must take online and/or remote classes and utilize online/remote student support services. Most classes and programs and all HCCC services are available remotely. Students with questions about the vaccine requirement should contact the Return to Campus Task Force at return@hccc.edu.

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Vaccine Requirement for Employees

All employees should have received an email from Laserfiche Cloud with instructions to create an account. This Instructional Video provides step-by-step instructions for activating your account and uploading your vaccine card image.

The vaccine requirement applies to all full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

All employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson and Johnson) and have proof of vaccine submitted by 12/20/21 in order to work on campus after that date. We encourage you to submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible.

Employees seeking exemptions should contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@hccc.edu

Employees with exemptions must take a COVID PCR test weekly, 72 hours prior to their first day on campus for the week. The negative test result should be emailed to the employee’s supervisor, with a copy to covidtest@hccc.edu.  Effective January 10, 2022, the College will accept Rapid Antigen tests as long as hey produce an official result. Home tests are not accepted.

You should take a PCR or Rapid Antigen test 72 hours prior to coming to campus for the first time each week. If you test positive for COVID-19, please fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form and do not report to campus.

Testing is readily available throughout the state. The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides testing information and locations. In addition to vaccines, the NHCAC will be providing PCR and Rapid Tests (based on availability).

The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available at local pharmacies such as CVS  and Walgreens.

If you work on campus, you are considered an employee.

For other questions, please email the Return to Campus Task Force at return@hccc.edu.

Faculty/Adjunct faculty, please contact your Associate Dean or Coordinator.

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Vaccine Requirement for Students

No, you do not have to submit it again. Students who already submitted their proof of vaccination have met the vaccination requirement.

Students should submit their proof of vaccination by filling out the Student Vaccination Incentive Request Form. Not only will this satisfy the vaccination requirement, you will also receive the $100 incentive!

Proof of vaccination must be submitted and approved before coming to campus for classes. Please submit proof of vaccination via the Student Vaccination Incentive Request Form at least three business days before you plan to be on campus. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available at local pharmacies such as CVS  and Walgreens.

Students who cannot be vaccinated should take all classes and access all services remotely. Questions or concerns about the vaccine mandate should be directed to return@hccc.edu
If your required classes are not available online and/or remotely, please email the Return to Campus Task Force at return@hccc.edu.
If you work on campus, you are considered an employee.

You can register even if you are in the process of being vaccinated. You will not be permitted to attend classes on campus until you submit proof of vaccination. 

You will be contacted by one of our COVID Coordinators, who will request that you submit proof of vaccination and if you are unable to do so, they will assist you in changing your schedule to remote or online classes. If we are unable to reach you after 3 attempts, we will change your on-campus classes to remote and/or online classes.

For other questions, please email the Return to Campus Task Force at return@hccc.edu.

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Student Specific Questions

As of March 7, 2022, masks are no longer required on campus. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may still do so. Masks are available at security desks in all HCCC buildings.

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, stay home and notify your Instructor. 

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, please leave campus to go home and seek medical treatment. Please notify your Instructor that you’re unwell and need to leave the campus.

If your class has a campus location (Journal Square, North Hudson, or Secaucus), you are required to attend class on campus. If you prefer to take Online or Remote classes, please register for classes with a location of Online or Remote.

The current class schedule can be found at: www.hccc.edu/schedule.

If your child's school schedule does not allow you to take on-campus classes, please register for Remote or Online classes. 

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General Questions

As of March 7, 2022, masks are no longer required on campus. 

Please contact your supervisor for special requests for PPE.

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, stay home and notify your supervisor (if staff), or Associate Dean (if faculty) that you’re unwell. 

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, please leave campus to go home and seek medical treatment. Please notify your supervisor (if staff), or Associate Dean (if faculty) that you’re unwell and need to leave the campus. 

Please contact your supervisor if you have a concern about returning to campus.

If you test positive for COVID, please stay home.

Students: Notify your instructor, and fill out the COVID-19 Positive Case Form. Be sure to list the names of close contacts you had on campus. 

Faculty/staff/instructors: Notify your supervisor or Coordinator/Associate Dean, and fill out the COVID-19 Positive Case Form. Be sure to list the names of close contacts you had on campus. 

Once the College receives the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form, those who were in close contact with the infected person will be notified to follow CDC guidelines based on their vaccination status. 

As of July 6, 2021, social distancing is no longer required, but the RTC Task Force asks all members of the HCCC Community to please be mindful and respectful of your peers and the personal space of others.  

As of July 6, 2021, capacity limits are no longer in place. 

As of July 6, 2021 the health screening questionnaire and temperature checks are no longer required. The surveys have been discontinued and the thermal mirrors have been removed from all HCCC buildings. 

You can submit a report via the Coronavirus Concern Form.

As of August 16, 2021, we will resume our normal practices for the use of sick, personal, and vacation time. If you have a COVID-related absence, please speak with your supervisor.

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Campus Life and Support Services

Yes! You will see a gradual return to in-person events, but we will continue to offer remote options when possible.

As of July 6, 2021 the health screening questionnaire and temperature checks are no longer required. The surveys have been discontinued and the thermal mirrors have been removed from all HCCC buildings. 

Testing locations can be found on the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub. Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 should complete a COVID-19 Positive Case Form.

A student or employee who tests positive will fill out the COVID-19 Positive Case Form and the College will contact them regarding close contact with others on campus, based on the contents of the form. 

HCCC has invested in more than 1000 Chromebooks to assist students who do not have access to technology. If you need to borrow a computer for online/remote learning, fill out the Coronavirus Concern Form and be sure to include your Student ID# and contact information. In the “concern” comments section, indicate you need to borrow a computer.

Your faculty member or instructor will work with you to the fullest extent possible so you can successfully complete your class(es). If you need to withdraw and the deadline has passed, please complete Special Circumtances for Withdrawal process or contact the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@hccc.edu for assistance. For Continuing Education classes, please contact ce@hccc.edu for assistance.

Yes! The College has helped many students with CARES Act and Hudson Helps emergency funding. Please apply for Emergency Funding or email caresact@hccc.edu for more information.

All student services offices are currently open both in-person and remotely. Please visit www.hccc.edu/remoteservices for all services. For in-person services, students are encouraged to make an appointment. 

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Teaching and Learning

Please let your Dean or Coordinator know if you’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID or you are unwell. 

Students who are ill should stay home. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form. 

As of July 6, 2021, capacity limits and social distancing are no longer in place. We ask that all members of our community be mindful and respectful of the personal space of others.

Weekly training on teaching technologies has been ongoing. Please contact your Division Dean for more information. 

Computer Labs and Libraries on both campuses are open. 

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Life on Campus

Yes! All lounges and student congregation areas, including the new Student Center, will be open.

As of July 6, 2021, there are no longer capacity limits, but we ask that you be mindful of small areas, such as bathrooms.

Yes, the Bits and Bytes Cafe in the STEM Building and Libby's Home Kitchen in the Student Center (G Building) are open. Simply download the Myquickcharge app, enter code HCCC267, load your funds, and you’re all set!  The Hudson Market, inside the Library, is also open after during all hours.

The REME HALO in-duct air purifiers have been installed in the HVAC units in every HCCC building. The REME HALO in-duct air purifier kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses, reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet, and kills 99% of viruses on surfaces in the space.

As of July 6, 2021, all extra cleaning procedures implemented to meet CDC requirements related to COVID-19 have been eliminated. The cleaning routine has returned to the pre-pandemic routine. Community members are encouraged to continue to practice handwashing and to regularly use the contactless hand sanitizer stations, which will remain located throughout all HCCC buildings. 

All student services offices are currently open both in-person and remotely. Please visit www.hccc.edu/studentservices for all services. For in-person services, students are encouraged to make an appointment. 

The College expects to return to a regular shuttle schedule this fall. Please check here for an updated schedule.

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Health and Safety

For the spring and summer 2022 semesters, everyone learning, teaching, or working on campus must be vaccinated. Employees with an approved exemption must submit negative PCR test results weekly. Unvaccinated students must take remote/online classes and utilize remote/online services. Vaccines are strongly encouraged, but not required for the fall 2022 term. According to the CDC:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.

After December 20, 2021, employees who have an approved vaccine exemption must submit a negative PCR test weekly to their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources.

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Additional Assistance

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