As County College of Morris (CCM) begins to return to campus, the college continues to prioritize the health and well-being of employees, students and visitors by following governmental regulations, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations, along with recommendations from faculty, staff and students.
The past several months certainly have been challenging and things on campus will look different. Working together, however, CCM will get through these changes and continue to offer a high-quality teaching and learning environment, while helping to protect the campus community.
A full set of FAQs also can be found on CCM’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Center.
Classes will take place in one of three formats:
- Hybrid with a portion of instruction taking place on campus and the remainder online
- Online classes that do not require participation on specific days and times
- Remote classes that are held virtually and consist of scheduled, required attendance on a web conferencing platform
During the Fall 2020 Semester, no matter which mode of learning you are enrolled in (hybrid, online or remote), you need to make sure that you have access to appropriate technology devices to perform your course requirements. In particular, make sure you have access to a desktop, laptop or tablet that has audio and video capabilities, such as a webcam and microphone.Â Also, check your Internet connectivity to make sure it is stable and adequate. The college will continue to provide information about options for low-cost Internet connectivity, such as through EveryoneOn.org. Additionally, the college will maintain an inventory of laptops and webcams to lend out to students who do not have their own reliable devices. Students can contact Tascplus@ccm.edu if they need assistance.
Everyone coming to campus will be required to display a CCM I.D. card. The Office of Campus Life will distribute I.D. cards digitally following instructions on their www.ccm.edu/student-life/campus-life/clo-services/ website or, on a limited basis, make them available through their office in the Student Community Center.
CCM awards nearly $12 million in financial aid and scholarships each year. It also is administering the federal CARES program that provides emergency financial aid grants to eligible students from the spring 2020 semester who have enrolled for the fall and whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-19 to cover expenses such as food, housing, class materials, health care, childcare and technology. To find out what is available and apply for funding, visit www.ccm.edu/admissions/financialaid/.
The Campus Store will be open on a limited basis. Capacity will be limited in accordance with current state regulations for retail establishments with capacity controls in place at the store entrance. Textbook purchases will be made through counter service. Clothing purchases will be made upon request at the counter; fittings will not be available for clothing; and garment returns will be quarantined for seven days. In-store pickup for online orders will be offered with the pick-up location outside of the Student Community Center. Students should avoid delays in purchasing textbooks and other learning materials by ordering them online at bookstore.ccm.edu/.
Faculty office hours will be scheduled on a regular basis or by appointment and identified in the course syllabus. Students are to encouraged to contact their professor directly or refer to the course syllabus.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Fall 2020 Semester, with the exception of ESports, all of CCM’s intercollegiate sports (Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Soccer, Volleyball, Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Basketball, Golf, Softball and Baseball) will begin after January 1, 2021. Student-athletes should contact the Office of Athletics at email@example.com for more information regarding individual sports schedules including workout, strengthening, practice, and competition schedules.
The majority of CCM’s student support services will continue operating remotely with very limited on-campus hours of operation. Most student support services will maintain hours of operation on-campus on Tuesdays, starting on September 8, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.Â Students should call or email the department they are trying to reach before coming to campus. A list of campus department phone numbers and emails can be found on the college’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Center.
The Tutoring Center will provide full remote tutoring, including both SmartThinking contracted tutoring and organic CCM tutoring. Limited in-person supplemental instruction and tutoring will be provided by appointment.
The Office of Counseling and Student Success provides a number of services, including online individual counseling and a virtual space to discuss current events, learn coping strategies and connect with the CCM community. To take advantage of any of the officeâ€™s services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academic Success Center (TASC) supports students in their quest for academic achievement by providing thoughtful interventions, individualized services and connections to counseling and other support services. To obtain assistance, email email@example.com for assistance.
A number of other community, medical and mental health resources also can be found on the CCM COVID-19 Information and Resource Center.
Students who have a break between classes are not permitted to remain in any building; they can go outside maintaining social distancing measures, sit in their vehicle or make other arrangements.
In compliance with state guidelines and in keeping with the institution’s objective of maintaining the health and well-being of our students and employees, student clubs will continue to operate remotely and all printed student media will be available digitally only. To join a club, contact Campus Â Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The collegeâ€™s â€śInfectious Disease Control Policy for Studentsâ€ť states that students who become ill while at school should contact the Office of Health Services for guidance on how to address their medical condition in relation to their academic responsibilities. If you are at home and are not feeling well, do not come to campus.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or thinks they might have COVID-19 should stay home, monitor their symptoms, separate themselves from other people as much as possible and stay in touch with their health care provider.
If you have been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines state that you should quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with that person and monitor your health.