COVID-19 News and Updates

CAMPUS WILL RE-OPEN ON JULY 15, 2020

Faculty/Staff Access to Campus

Our re-opening plans include staff returning to offices July 15th. Staffing in re-opened offices will be limited, with staff staggering work schedules that combine on-campus and telework, based on the needs of the College.

Managers who have not already communicated work schedules to staff shall do so this week.

If a faculty or staff member has:

  • an ADA or FMLA accommodation request related to COVID-19 and/or
  • concerns regarding a directive to return to work on campus,

they are to contact HR Generalist Louisa Jones.

Effective July 13th NCC faculty and staff will no longer require special authorization to have access to campus. However, everyone will be required to sign in/out at a security station upon entering/exiting campus. East/West Campus building hours are listed below. These hours will be effective July 13-August 20, 2020

Days (July 13 – August 20,2020) East Campus West Campus
Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED CLOSED

The Library and East/West Campus Cafeterias will remain closed until further notice.

All individuals entering the building must have a mask and maintain CDC social distancing guidelines. Additional COVID-19 signage and floor markings will be displayed throughout the campuses, and plexiglass shields have been installed in select locations where warranted.

Social Distancing and Mask Policy

Student Access to Campus

Students will have access to drop off select forms, documents, and complete transactions on campus. All offices that support student enrollment along East Main Street will be open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Information on office hours will be communicated to students via email, text and will be updated on our website. Other student in-person services will be available by appointment only. We will continue to offer and promote virtual appointments and online transactions as the preferred method during this period.

Re-opening Plans

Date Published: 07/09/2020 10:00 am

Dear NCC Faculty & Staff,

I am pleased to share that NCC’s Phase 2 campus re-opening plan has been approved. The process to develop NCC’s re-opening plan began in May and included input from various stakeholders, including representatives from

Health & Safety Committee
Management Council
Campus Security/Facilities
Union Representatives
Science & Allied Health Division
Culinary Arts
Child Development Lab School
Continuing Education/Workforce Development
Exercise Science /Wellness

Additionally, members of the Executive Cabinet have sought input from faculty/staff in their respective areas. Based on feedback received, our Deans and COO have prepared detailed plans of operation that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements.

I would like to thank those of you who participated in this process by sharing thoughtful comments and suggestions over the last two months. I also want to reiterate that the health and safety of faculty, staff and students remain paramount.

Faculty/Staff Access to Campus

Our re-opening plans include staff returning to offices July 15th. Staffing in re-opened offices will be limited, with staff staggering work schedules that combine on-campus and telework, based on the needs of the College.

Managers who have not already communicated work schedules to staff shall do so this week.

If a faculty or staff member has:

  • an ADA or FMLA accommodation request related to COVID-19 and/or
  • concerns regarding a directive to return to work on campus,

they are to contact HR Generalist Louisa Jones.

Effective July 13th NCC faculty and staff will no longer require special authorization to have access to campus. However, everyone will be required to sign in/out at a security station upon entering/exiting campus. East/West Campus building hours are listed below. These hours will be effective July 13-August 20, 2020

Days (July 13 – August 20,2020) East Campus West Campus
Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED CLOSED

The Library and East/West Campus Cafeterias will remain closed until further notice.

All individuals entering the building must have a mask and maintain CDC social distancing guidelines. Additional COVID-19 signage and floor markings will be displayed throughout the campuses, and plexiglass shields have been installed in select locations where warranted.

Social Distancing and Mask Policy

Student Access to Campus

Students will have access to drop off select forms, documents, and complete transactions on campus. All offices that support student enrollment along East Main Street will be open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Information on office hours will be communicated to students via email, text and will be updated on our website. Other student in-person services will be available by appointment only. We will continue to offer and promote virtual appointments and online transactions as the preferred method during this period.

 

Preparing for Fall 2020

As we transition back on campus we will continue preparation for the Fall semester.

We have shared with our students our plans to offer courses:

  • on campus (traditional model)
  • online
  • hybrid model
  • live remote (LRON)

This means that over the next several weeks we will continue to prepare our classrooms/offices so that we can provide instruction and services safely. So please refrain from entering offices/classrooms where our facilities/IT teams may be working. Avoid unnecessary travel between offices. When possible continue to utilize video conferences and/or the telephone.

Please continue to check your email regularly for updates should modifications to this plan be necessary.

 

Sincerely,

Cheryl De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College
203. 857.7024

Spring 2020 Grade Conversion

Date Published: 04/22/2020 3:30 p.m.

We encourage you to wait until after spring 2020 final grades are posted before submitting a request to ensure the best decision.

As a Connecticut Community College student, you have the option to convert any of the grades you earn in any or all of your spring 2020 semester courses to Pass (Credit) / Fail (No Credit) grading so that the courses do not affect your GPA.

View full details regarding this grade conversion option.

Update from NCC CEO

Date Published: 03/20/2020 3:30 p.m.

Dear Students,

I am writing to provide additional details on our transition to becoming a fully-online institution for the remainder of the semester. Such a rapid move will present a number of challenges, but after continuous discussions with our faculty, staff, and students, I am confident that we are in a great position to deliver the high quality education you deserve.

Please carefully read the below information, as it is important for the next phase of our educational conversion.

Classes that cannot be delivered entirely online

In the event that one or more of your classes cannot be completed online, we will reach out to you directly.

Refunds

NCC along with all CSCU institutions is unable to refund tuition and fees, because we are converting to an online instruction model for the remainder of the semester. Students are asked to complete the coursework that you have begun this semester. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled by the college, we will provide further information about refunds to impacted students.

For Continuing Education Division Students

For students taking non-credit continuing education classes they are also moving to an online format where applicable. Instructors are in the process of contacting students.  For classes not being able to operate online, we will be in contact with you early next week.  Questions regarding non-credit classes, please contact us at 203-857-7080 or continuing-ed@norwalk.edu.  All emails and phone calls will be responded to within a 24-hour period.

How to receive critical services such as academic support, advising, and disability services

Although NCC has transitioned to online courses, NCC staff are still working remotely to provide you will all of the critical services to support your success. Below is a list of those services and how to access them. You will also find a variety of resources that will help you adjust to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCC Office and Contact Information

Academic Counseling Center: Mnicolas@norwalk.edu
Admissions: admissions@norwalk.edu
New Student Advising: ksmith@norwalk.eduPtitus@norwalk.edu
Business Office: NK-businessoffice@norwalk.edu
Center for Career Development: careercenter@norwalk.edu
Continuing Education and Workforce Development:  nk-continuinged@norwalk.edu
Disability Services: fapfel@norwalk.edujlanzetta@norwalk.edu
Financial Aid: NK-FinAid@norwalk.edu
Records Office: NK-Recordsoffice@norwalk.edu
Student Activities: sactivities@norwalk.edu
Library: norwalk.edu/library/contact

Tutoring @NCC – Norwalk students can access online tutoring and E-Tutoring services in a variety of subjects by going to www.norwalk.edu/tutoring and following instructions on the homepage.

E-Tutoring Services -Norwalk students can also receiving tutoring for writing by going to www.etutoringonline.org and following instructions on the homepage.

Disability Services – Students with documented disabilities should connect with Dr. Fran Apfel, Coordinator of  Accessibility Services, at fapfel@norwalk.edu if you have any questions or concerns related to your academic adjustments.

Course Continuity Resources

Distance Learning (online class resources) Students can access resources including Blackboard tutorial videos from Norwalk’s Distance Learning page or email: laime@norwalk.edu for more information.

Tech support to continue your studies online

CSCU IT Online Helpdesk (24/7)
CSCU IT Online Helpdesk
Online Helpdesk with 24/7 Phone and Chat support. Knowledge base articles for frequently asked questions. This should be your go-to for online IT assistance.

CSCU Support Center
The CSCU Support Center site contains documents, procedures, tutorials, and detailed information for services provided by IT. This does not include live help, please use the CSCU IT Online Helpdesk for immediate assistance.

NCC Foundation Scholarship Information: The Norwalk Community College Foundation is currently accepting applications for Fall scholarships.  For more information and for applications please email Nccfoundation@norwalk.edu or text (203) 497-3898.

Community Mental Health Resources: Please contact Jeanne Lanzetta to schedule a phone check-in with a counselor at jlanzetta@norwalk.edu.  If you are in crisis please call CT Mobile Psychiatric Crisis at 800-586-9903, or dial 911.

Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence Resources:  Please visit the Title IX page on the NCC website under resources and contact the Director of Counseling, Cathy Miller at  cmiller@norwalk.edu.

Food Insecurity: While the NCC Pantry is temporarily unavailable, we want to make sure you are aware of other resources to address food insecurity within the community.  Also, the State Department of Education on cities and towns is offering an emergency meal program for everyone under 18, regardless of whether they are a student or a resident. The CT Food Bank also offers an interactive tool for its mobile food pantry.
For more information, please contact Courtney Anstett at canstett@norwalk.edu

Connecticut’s SNAP Call Center remains in full operation to help residents with applications, redeterminations, and other assistance for SNAP. They are experiencing an influx of calls, so you may need to leave a message. English and Spanish support. 866-974-7627. Check hours and more information at www.ctsnap.org

Person-to-Person – P2P Hours of operation at Darien and Norwalk will be 9 am to 1 pm for clients and essential staff.  The Mobile Food Pantry in Stamford hours remain the same.  For Food and Financial Assistance, please call (203) 655-0048.   For donations after these hours please call or email Juri Garone at (203) 621-0703 or jurigarone@p2phelps.org  for more information visit: www.p2phelps.org
Additionally, you can find food bank information at either www.211ct.org or www.foodshare.org

Additional Food Assistance Resources

Information on FREE INTERNET OFFERS – for those who don’t have access during the outbreak.
Comcast, Cox, and Charter are all currently offering some form of free internet service for students.

Please know we are here to help support you during these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Cheryl C. De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Update from NCC CEO

Date Published: 03/19/2020 8:30 a.m.

Dear Campus Community:

As we work to become a virtual college for the remainder of the spring semester, I recognize that many of you have questions about what this will look like and how it will work. While teaching and learning online – and teleworking – is new to many of us, NCC’s leadership team has been actively preparing for such a move and is in a good position to continue providing quality educational opportunities while allowing our students, faculty, and staff to practice social distancing as recommended by state experts working to “flatten the curve” of the virus.

As President Ojakian mentioned in his note to the community yesterday, I will be providing you with additional details before the end of the week on several important areas, including:

  • Classes that cannot be delivered entirely online.
  • How to receive critical supports such as academic support, advising, and disability services.
  • How to access food pantries with campus closed.
  • How to contact tech support to continue your studies online.

· Information on free internet offers for those who don’t have access during the outbreak.

· Resources to assist with the transition.

This is an incredibly stressful time for everyone, and I want to remind you to take a deep breath and prioritize the health and safety of yourself and your family. Even while practicing social distancing, a number of free services are available online to help you manage the stress of this pandemic, including exercise, yoga, and meditation classes.

Please continue to check your NCC email and this site for additional updates.

Sincerely,

Cheryl De Vonish, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7024

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Update from NCC CEO

Date Published: 03/17/2020 8:30 p.m.

Dear NCC Students,

I am writing to update you on the recent announcement made by CSCU President Mark Ojakian, to move classes online for the remainder of the semester for all CSCU colleges and Universities.

Over the last few days it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have far reaching implications for educational institutions, including NCC. These implications make it difficult for us to continue campus operations in a manner that will ensure the health and safety of NCC students while on campus. For this reason, it is necessary for us to move all NCC courses online for the remainder of the semester. In addition, the NCC campus will remain closed to the general public. These necessary steps will assist in promoting social distancing, which is the state’s public health efforts to slow the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, this also means that NCC’s spring commencement will be cancelled.

In the coming days and weeks you will be receiving additional details on the transition to online courses and plans for the College to recognize our 2020 graduates. I know the sacrifices our graduates have made, how hard they have worked and I am committed to exploring ways to celebrate their success, even if not in person!

Although our campus is closed, NCC faculty and staff continue to be available remotely via email and phone. Please continue to check your NCC email, NCC website, Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates, notices and announcements.

Sincerely,

Cheryl De Vonish, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7024

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Update from CSCU President

Date Published: 03/17/2020 6:30 p.m.

Dear CSCU Community,

Over the past several days, my team and I have been in constant discussion with college and university leaders, and the Board of Regents. In consultation with them, I have made the difficult but necessary decision to continue our move to all-online education for the remainder of the semester at all 17 CSCU institutions. I understand that this is a new direction for faculty and students alike, but it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect our state well beyond April 5. We must do everything in our power not just to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe, but also to slow the spread of the virus.

 

To that end, all physical campuses will be closed to the public through at least the remainder of the semester. All faculty and staff except those designated by their individual institution as Level 1 – and that number will be extremely limited – will continue to work from home.

 

Unfortunately, this also means that all in-person spring commencement activities will be canceled. I know how hard students and faculty have worked to get to this point, and we are looking at all options to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve in addition to the diploma they have earned.

 

By the end of the week, the president or CEO of your institution will reach out with information and details on the move to distance learning and which courses can be moved fully online, the logistics of the transition to telework, and the orderly coordination of safely helping students collect their belongings from residence halls. We recognize that a number of our university students may not have a place to go if forced to vacate their lodging, and our university leaders will of course ensure they have necessary accommodations. Finally, our university leaders will communicate with resident students to outline a process and timeline for issuing refunds for room and board payments.

 

I understand this is a stressful time for all of us, and as I indicated yesterday, self-care remains essential. Social distancing is critically important to the state’s public health efforts to slow the spread of the virus, but it does not mean shutting our lives down – so remember to check in (virtually) on your friends and family, look for online yoga or exercise classes, and take a minute to relax and breathe deeply.

Sincerely,

Mark E. Ojakian

Monday, March 16, 2020 Update from CSCU President

Date Published: 03/16/2020 7:00 p.m.

Dear CSCU Community,

As many of us begin a new routine of working from home or prepare for a move to online-only learning, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for adapting to an ever-changing landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed our day-to-day lives on profound levels. Activities and interactions we only recently took for granted have now become off limits. I want to assure you that the entire team at the CSCU system is treating this outbreak with the seriousness it deserves and we are doing everything in our power to put the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront of everything we do.

To that end, our campuses will remain closed to the public through at least April 5, with a potential to review and extend that closure if necessary. While some core functions will need to continue, we are endeavoring to have as few people on campus as possible. For those whose jobs will require them to be physically present, we are implementing even stricter cleaning protocols to protect the health and safety of all.

Above all, during this stressful time, we shouldn’t forget that self-care is essential. Social distancing is critically important to the state’s public health efforts to slow the spread of the virus, but it does not mean shutting our lives down – so remember to check in (virtually) on your friends and family, look for online yoga or exercise classes, and take a minute to relax and breathe deeply.

And remember, if you experience the known COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your health care provider for medical advice.

What to Do If You Are Sick (CDC)

My team and I are working closely with college and university presidents and CEOs, and the state’s emergency response team to mitigate the impacts of this illness on our CSCU community. We will continue to provide you with updated information.

Stay calm – we will get through this together,

Mark E. Ojakian
President

Friday, March 13, 2020 Update

Date Published: 03/13/2020 9:00 p.m.

Dear College Campus Community,

I hope this finds you all healthy and safe, and ask that you read the below message in its entirety.

Effective March 16, 2020 all NCC faculty and staff will begin teleworking.

Over the next several days I will be working with the NCC Leadership team to begin implementing changes to our campus operations, which will allow us to quickly adapt to a teleworking environment.

As this is a dynamic situation, we will need to be prepared to alter practices that will allow us to meet the needs of our College. I will continue to provide as much information as possible on new developments.

However, it is important that you remain in constant communication with your direct supervisor, who is your primary source of information regarding the operation and schedule of your department.

While all employees will begin teleworking on Monday, March 16th all staff shall be available to return to their work site during normal working hours when requested by their manager.

Below, is additional administrative guidance as telework is new to most of us.

All employees:

  • are expected to be performing their roles to the best for their ability from home
  • are expected to be available online via email or phone during their normally scheduled hours
  • are expected to be actively monitoring email and voicemails sent to email
  • shall direct any questions on work assignments and requirements to their manager

I also want to cover some issues regarding sick time, any diagnosis or self-quarantine involving COVID-19.

Sick or self-quarantined employees

  • Any employee that becomes ill while teleworking and cannot perform their duties must report their illness to their manager and code their time sheet accordingly
  • Any employee that is diagnosed with COVID – 19, we ask that you notify the HR department on campus at 203.857.6866
  • Any employee that is directed to self-quarantine we ask that you notify Louisa Jones at 203.857.6866 or via email at Ljones@norwalk.edu
  • What if I think I have COVID-19? Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Stay home except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, notify Louisa Jones at 203.857.6866 or via email at Ljones@norwalk.edu

Full guidance: What To Do If You Are Sick (CDC)

Continue to read your email as I will continue to keep you informed as we work through these challenging times together.

Sincerely,

Cheryl De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7024

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Update

Date Published: 03/11/2020 4:30 p.m.

Dear NCC campus community,

I am reaching out to update you on a few developments since my communication yesterday regarding the decision to close campus to be deep cleaned and disinfected.

Last night our Dean of Student’s Office notified all students who attended class with the student referenced in my March 10th Campus Closure message. I want to emphasize that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with NCC faculty, staff, or students.

We are working closely with the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities President Mark Ojakian to keep our College community as safe and healthy as possible and continue to take every precaution to mitigate potential impact on campus. This morning our housekeeping and facilities team reported to campus to begin cleaning all classrooms and offices.

As you have no doubt heard, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is spreading globally and has now been designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Today, we are announcing new precautionary measures:

Following Spring Break, all classes will be moved to an online-only format until at least Sunday, April 5.

On Monday, March 16th, NCC will re-open for day-to-day functions, and all non-teaching faculty and staff are expected to continue to report to work as scheduled.

For students who don’t have access to the internet, NCC’s Library and the West Campus open computer lab will remain open for use. Additional cleaning protocols will remain in place for your safety.

Students who engage in off-campus clinics, internships, and similar experiential activities, may continue to attend them if their respective facility remains open. Please check with your site supervisor and Coordinator of Service Learning, Courtney Anstett.

All campus events scheduled between March 14 and April 5 are canceled, including those sponsored by external clients.

All faculty, please take every opportunity this week and next to learn WebEx, MS Teams, Blackboard, and other tools to assist your online teaching, scheduling and hosting of online meetings. Please contact Director of Educational Technology, Lois Aime for assistance.

As one might expect, the situation and conditions are changing by the day—sometimes by the hour. Be assured that we continue to work closely with President Ojakian, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all members of our campus community.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through all necessary adjustments. I urge you to continue to follow CDC guidelines for staying healthy and check back here for updates.

Sincerely,

Cheryl De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7024

Campus Closure

Date Published: 03/10/2020 6:00 p.m.

Dear College Campus Community:

Please take time to carefully read this notice as it contains important information.

It has come to our attention that a Norwalk Community College student has potentially come into contact with a person who may be carrying the COVID-19 virus. At this time, the student and their family are showing no signs of illness. They are self-monitoring at their home for 14 days per federal and state guidelines.

In consultation with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian, all classes beginning at 6pm today through the end of spring break, Sunday March 22nd are canceled.  Classes will resume on Monday March 23, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution, the College will be closed, classrooms and offices will be deep cleaned and disinfected according to federal and state guidelines.  College offices will re-open on Monday, March 16, 2020.

We would like to remind you, once again, that this is being done out of an abundance of caution  and people should continue to remain calm and stay vigilant, additional information and updates related to COVID-19, and precautionary actions will be found on this site.

Thank You,

Cheryl  De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7024

A Message from NCC CEO

Date Published: 03/10/2020

Dear College Campus Community:

As you may know this weekend we learned of the first diagnosed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Connecticut.  As of this morning there are now 2 confirmed cases. In light of these developments we have begun to implement various steps to minimize the impact of any potential spread of this virus.

In addition to the directives issued by the Governor’s Office and the CSCU system office, please be advised that:

  • All campus events scheduled to take place now through March 31, 2020, that will be open to the local community and expect more than fifty attendees must be postponed.
  • ALL events with more than 100 potential attendees are cancelled until further notice.
  • ALL NCC-sponsored travel outside of the state of Connecticut is suspended until further notice.
  • All NCC students assigned clinical rotations at Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals have been withdrawn.
  • We have launched this webpage to publish updates and information regarding COVID-19.
  • We are working with our housekeeping and facilities team to maintain the current supply of hand sanitizer and increase the frequency of housekeeping services throughout both campuses.
  • Faculty, staff and students are discouraged from traveling during Spring Break, however, if you must travel, we ask that you keep NCC administration updated on your travel plans by completing the survey on the COVID-19 webpage (faculty, staff, and students: https://norwalk.edu/covid-19/spring-break-travel-plans/).

Consistent with our goal of ensuring consistent information and updates, I have convened a COVID-19 planning and response team that continues to monitor this situation. COO Brown has been designated as the point of contact for the COVID-19 planning and response team.   Questions/concerns about specific student situations should be directed to our Dean of Students Office.  Questions related to the contingency plan for specific classes should be directed to NCC’s Dean of Academics.

Additional updates will be posted to this page on an ongoing basis and ask that you continue to check your NCC email and follow NCC on Facebook and Instagram for event cancellation notifications.

Cheryl  De Vonish, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Norwalk Community College

CSCU COVID-19 New Campus Directives

Date Published: 03/09/2020

Dear CSCU Community,

Over the weekend we saw the first diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Connecticut.  As the disease spreads around the world and in the United States, we have long expected it to land in Connecticut and have taken all necessary steps to mitigate the effects of the disease on our campuses.

Previously, we issued guidance that included a suspension of institutionally-sponsored travel to any Level 2 or 3 country (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan), and a requirement that those who have traveled to those countries not return to campus and self-quarantine for 14 days.

Today, in coordination with Governor Lamont’s office, we are taking the following additional steps to keep our colleges and universities as safe and healthy as possible.

  • An immediate freeze on all institutionally-sponsored travel outside of Connecticut until further notice.  Any requested exceptions must be approved by the chief executive of your institution in consultation with CSCU Chief of Staff.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are strongly discouraged from personal travel outside of the state of Connecticut, particularly during spring break. If you do decide to travel, you may be required to not return to campus and directed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Your institution has provided, or will soon provide, communications that include a process to self-report your planned travel before spring break starts. For the safety of all on your campus, please follow that process. This does not apply to faculty, staff and students who commute to campus for work or classes.
  • Any employees planning in-person meetings with out-of-state individuals should evaluate whether these activities can proceed remotely through teleconference or online collaboration for the time being and, if possible, should take that approach.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are directed to postpone, cancel, or adjust all campus events and meetings, other than classes, that are expected to have 100 or more participants through at least April 30. This could include using technology to allow remote participation. Any requested exceptions must be approved by the chief executive of your institution in consultation with CSCU Chief of Staff.
  • For events or meetings with people within arm’s length of each other, encourage those who are higher risk due to age (70 or older), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems not to attend or dial in.
  • For employees who have CSCU or institutionally-issued laptops, get in the habit of bringing your device home each night to ensure maximum flexibility.
  • Property management firms and cleaning contractors have been directed to utilize disinfectants to clean state buildings and to increase the frequency of disinfectant cleaning including common touch points.
  • We will remain in close contact with state and local officials, and will work with your campus leaders to clarify questions and address requests for exceptions to these procedures as they arise.  Working together, the CSCU system office and your campus leader will continue to keep you updated as this situation unfolds.

As a reminder, everyone should continue to follow basic steps to keep themselves and others healthy:

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.

  • Avoid shaking hands as a greeting.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our campuses, our employees, and our students.

 

Stay healthy,
Mark E. Ojakian

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A Message from NCC CEO

Date Published: 03/03/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to intensify, we are taking every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on campus.

Last week, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, suspended institutionally-sponsored travel to countries designated Level 2 or Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That list of countries now includes China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, but that list is likely to grow in coming days and weeks. Regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, students, faculty, and staff returning from Level 2 or 3 nations will be required not to return to campus for a period of 14 days from when they arrive in the United States. During those 14 days, we are asking those returning to self-quarantine and seek medical attention if symptoms develop.

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds. To learn more about proper handwashing, visit the CDC’s website.

Finally, anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms is required to remain at home, and those who become sick during the day must go home.

 

Sincerely,

CEO De Vonish
Norwalk Community College

Maintaining an Inclusive Environment

Date Published: 03/03/2020

Norwalk Community College is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and freedom from discrimination and to supporting all members of our community affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are contrary to our values and violate CSCU policies. For more information, review our policies.