Blackhawk Strong: Students

Our Blackhawk Strong, Blackhawk Safe return to campus video shows an overview of practices and procedures in place for the fall.
Please watch to learn more.

 

Important campus safety requirements

  • Everyone is required to bring and wear a mask that covers their nose and extends under their chin when in any SCC facility.
  • Maintain 6 feet physical distance from others and do not congregate in spaces where you can't maintain space.
  • Stay to the right when walking down the hallways.
  • Students who answer yes to any of the scenarios in the chart below must follow each step before returning to campus.

   

Think you've been exposed? Here's what to do.

Requirements if you experience the following COVID-19 scenarios:

As recommended by the CDC, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you must self-quarantine or self-isolate as directed below because symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Scenario

What to Do Contact Instructors Return Policy

Do you feel sick? (fever, cough, respiratory symptoms, or COVID-19/flu-like symptoms)

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

AND

Call or email Test Iowa - (515) 575-2131

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form 

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are absent.

Only return after you:

Self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms began AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

Have you recently been in close contact (less than 6 ft distance for 15+ consecutive minutes) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19? 

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

AND

Call or email Test Iowa, (515) 575-2131

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form 

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are absent.

Only return after you:

Self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of your exposure AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

Even if you have not experienced symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days.

Have you recently been in close contact or been made aware of your exposure to someone with COVID-19, and subsequently tested POSITIVE yourself?

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form.

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are out.

Only return after you:

Self-quarantine for at least 10 days from the date of your test AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

Even if you have not experienced symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days.

Have you recently been in close contact or been made aware of your exposure to someone with COVID-19, and subsequently tested NEGATIVE yourself?

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form.

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are absent.

Only return after you:

Self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of your exposure AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

Even if you have not experienced symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days.

Have you been diagnosed or tested positive with COVID-19?

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form.

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are absent.

Only return after you:

Self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms began AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

What if your symptoms begin while you are on campus? 

GO HOME IMMEDIATELY
(Resident students return to your dorm room and contact your residence life coordinator at jmcvey@scciowa.edu)

AND

Call or email Test Iowa, (515) 575-2131

AND

Complete the Student Absence Form.

Email each of your instructors to make arrangements for class assignments while you are absent.

Only return after you:

Self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms began AND

Are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved AND 

Receive approval to return to campus from VP Student Affairs.

 

FAQ

Why should I complete a Student Absence Form? 
Students who miss any class due to COVID-19-related reasons will not be penalized; however, students are accountable for all required coursework and should work directly with their instructor regarding make-up requirements. 

SCC faculty will provide maximum flexibility to facilitate the opportunity for course completion.

What happens when I submit a COVID-19 Student Absence Report form?
You will receive an email from our Student Affairs office to confirm that we’ve received your information and to clarify any potential errors. Please direct your COVID-related information and updates (i.e. testing date, test results, subsequent symptoms, etc.) to the Student Affairs Office at VPSA@scciowa.edu

We will also send a notice to each of your instructors confirming that you’ve submitted a form and verifying that your absence from classes is due to COVID-19-related reasons. 

If I test positive, will my family be informed?
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, we will ask you to contact your parent, guardian, or emergency contact directly. FERPA regulations prohibit us from disclosing a your personal information, unless you have filed a waiver with the registrar's office.

What happens if a student who has attended a face-to-face class tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the local Dept of Public Health (DPH) will contact the student and conduct contact tracing. Through contact tracing, the DPH will determine the individuals, if any, who are considered close contacts with the student who tested positive and will inform them of appropriate next steps.

For COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or students who meet the close contact criteria, are expected to complete a COVID-19 Student Absence Report.

Our classrooms are arranged to meet physical distance and capacity guidelines set by the CDC and individuals are expected to practice social distancing in hallways and common spaces.

What happens if a faculty member contracts COVID-19? 
If a faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, the faculty member may choose to conduct the class remotely during their absence or we may secure an adjunct to cover the material during the instructor’s absence. We will make every attempt to continue the course in its stated format.

If I have to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, when can I return to campus?
If you've been sick with respiratory symptoms, fever, or have tested positive for COVID-19, you are expected to self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of your illness. You can return to campus AFTER the 10-day period, PROVIDED your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for 24 hours with no use of medication.

When can I come back to campus after I’ve tested negative?  
If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, SCC will require you to quarantine for 14 days from the date of your most recent exposure even if you've tested negative. Wondering why? Take a look.

14 Day COVID Incubation Period

How will I continue my coursework if I have to quarantine or isolate due to COVID19?
If you miss any class due to COVID-19 pandemic related illness and/or quarantine reasons, you will not be penalized for the absence; however, you are accountable for all required coursework. Communicate directly with your instructors regarding assignments or missed coursework during your absence.

If there's an increase of COVID-19 cases on campus, will my classes be cancelled?
SCC has alternative plans for classes to continue; the mode of delivery may change from face-to-face to hybrid or online.

Will we get tuition refunds if the course delivery format moves 100% online?
We will continually monitor the campus environment with regard to health and safety of our campus community. Should an increase in COVID-19 activity demand that we move our course delivery mode to online, our standard tuition/fees refund policies will remain in effect.  We give 100% refunds for any class(es) dropped within the first 10 days of the respective academic term (NOTE: The refund period is prorated for any course less than 16 weeks). No refunds will be facilitated beyond the standard 100% refund period for each course, respectively.

Will my financial aid be impacted if my course moves to an online format?
If we are required to move face-to-face classes online, your financial aid will not be impacted. Contact the Financial Aid office for details at (319) 208-5014.

I am experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19. Does SCC offer any support?
Yes, we continue to accept applications for CARES Act grants. Complete a request form to see if you’re eligible and check your SCC email regularly for information. 

If face-to-face classes are moved entirely online and I encounter challenges with completing the course in an online format, what are my options?
We recognize that changes in instructional delivery may cause challenges for our student population. Therefore, should an increase in COVID-19 activity demand that we move our course delivery mode online, decisions will be made and communicated at that time regarding grading options and course completion (i.e., incomplete grade = extended time to complete coursework beyond the scheduled end of term). Remember to check your SCC email regularly to learn of any changes. 

I have a medical problem that prevents me from wearing my mask. Does this mean I can't come to campus?
Please fill out the Student Accommodation Agreement and talk to our team in the Student Support Center. They can find a resolution for you.

Is the Blackhawk Bookstore open?
The bookstore is open and following guidelines to limit the capacity in the store. Learn more about how to get your books at the Blackhawk Bookstore website.

Will clubs still meet?
The opportunities afforded to you through our clubs are invaluable. Clubs and organizations are encouraged to move forward with virtual meetings or in spaces where club members can remain more than 6 ft apart.  

Have all campus activities been cancelled?
Events will look different this semester, and our committees are planning how to execute college favorites. Check your SCC email regularly to see what's going on and how to participate.

Have athletic events been cancelled?
All fall sports are postponed until Spring 2021, with the exception of golf, cross country, and sports shooting.

Will my instructor have office hours?
Yup! Talk to your instructors about their office hours and how you can meet.

Is tutoring available?
YES! The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) continues to offer professional and peer tutoring. Visit the AAC webpage for information.

I am taking an online class, and I'm having technical difficulties. What should I do?
Visit our Help Desk page or call (319) 208-5087 and we'll find a way to get you set up.

I don't have reliable internet access at home, but I want to take an online course. Is that possible?
Have a chat with your enrollment specialist. We will do our best to support your individual needs.

What if I have trouble with Canvas?
Canvas staff are available by phone or live chat 24/7.
You can call them at (844) 214-6951 or click on the "help" icon in the lower left corner from your Canvas home screen to chat with a Canvas technical representative.

Are free resources still available?
Yup! Use our library, Student Support Center, TRIO SSS, AAC (tutoring), testing, and more in-person or online. This year might look different, but our services are here to help you succeed. 

COVID-19 has pushed us into this strange new way of operating with state and federal guidance and information changes on a daily basis. The college will continue working hard to proactively keep you informed. If there is something we missed in the FAQ’s or you need more information please contact us. We will do our best to answer your questions!  

Be SAFE!

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Student Support Center
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