Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alert!

All Summer Classes are being held online or in remote format. Enroll now. Registration is open.

All MCC Summer Camps have been cancelled.

Mesa Community College has transitioned to a remote work and services environment. Services are available through online, chat, and phone resources. Students, staff, faculty and the public should not come to campus.

All colleges have canceled all student activities, including athletic games and practices, and have postponed college events through the end of the summer.

Students in dual enrollment classes should check with their high schools regarding attendance requirements.

Campus bookstores are closed. However, students can order online here. Free ground shipping and returns are available for online orders while the bookstore is closed.

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Maricopa County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with reported community transmissions.

Mesa Community College cares about the public’s well-being and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community members. MCC, which is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, is working with District partners to monitor the respiratory illness named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19). The Maricopa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) is regularly updating its website with the number of cases.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, share precautions that are being taken and offer prevention measures you can take, as well as provide information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the spread.

MCC and District are monitoring the health situation in coordination with state and local health departments.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered as medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Overview

Maricopa Community Colleges cares about the public’s well-being and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community members. Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) are diligently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Maricopa Community Colleges' primary focus is the safety, health, and wellness of our community and understands that members of our community may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them and their safety. We ask that everyone be cautious and aware when encountering anyone who is sick or has the symptoms listed below, especially if they have traveled internationally.

Coronavirus Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle Aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Chills possibly to point of shaking

It is advised that anyone who develops even mild symptoms related and/or similar to COVID-19 should stay home and notify/consult with their health care provider. For those with autoimmune or other underlying conditions that might increase the risk to contract COVID-19, it is highly recommended to contact your health care providers for recommendations.

The Arizona Department of Health Service,expanded the criteria for being tested from those having specific symptoms to anyone who thinks they might be infected. There are a number of labs and private health care companies now offering testing without having to qualify with symptoms.

Maricopa Community Colleges is acting in accordance with Arizona and Maricopa County Public Health Officials (AMCPHO). We will comply with AMCPHO’s requirement for notification if any student or employee is believed to have the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Local and state public health staff will determine if the patient meets the criteria for a Person Under Investigation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Students, staff and faculty should notify the Maricopa Community Colleges Risk Management Office if they receive a positive diagnosis.

Recommended Precautions
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people.
  • Stay home.
  • Wear a mask or cloth that covers your nose and mouth when going out around other people.
  • Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends getting the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs and diseases
Proactive Approach

Maricopa Community Colleges has implemented an ongoing effort to sanitize as many public spaces as possible, including classrooms, keyboards, mouse devices, screen monitors, etc. to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as well as other diseases, such as the flu. Campuses have been deep cleaned and are now closed to all but essential employees such as College Police.

Travel

Maricopa Community Colleges is following travel and self-isolation guidelines as recommended by the U.S. State Department, the CDC, the Maricopa County Health Department, and Arizona State Department of Health. The CDC has also mandated that if you travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days.

We strongly recommend following the U.S. State Department's travel guidelines.

Additional Information and Resources

Human coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In rare instances, these can lead to death. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

Coronaviruses enter through the eyes, nose and mouth,can be spread from person to person and are contracted through the air by coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact (e.g., touching, shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, etc.).

Reporting Coronavirus Contact or Confirmed Diagnosis

Notify Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 602-506-6767 and ask for a Surveillance Nurse.
Monday-Friday after 5 p.m. and weekends. Call 602-747-7111 and ask for the Provider On-Call.

Notify Maricopa Community Colleges Risk Management if you receive a confirmed diagnosis.
Students or staff should go to the reporting website -- https://www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/reporting -- for details and contact information.

For Questions
Call 602-747-7099 to speak to a Public Health Representative.

About COVID-19

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

How does it spread?

Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it is currently believed that it spreads like other respiratory viruses such as by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.

What are the symptoms of this infection?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills potentially to the point of shaking

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 AND are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms (such as fever with coughing or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath), the CDC advises you to seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line.

Additionally, if you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, but do have fever and respiratory symptoms seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

I feel anxious about coronavirus. What can I do?

We understand that some community members are concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through MCC’s Counseling department.

You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Where can I get more information about the novel coronavirus?

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page.

For local information, visit the following online resources:

Health, wellness and prevention

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you are sick, stay home. If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — please take the following steps.

First: Call your health care provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

The CDC also advises you to:

  • Avoid contact with others and do not travel .
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Wear a mask or use another cloth cover over your mouth and nose when out in public.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Remember that the likelihood is low that you have coronavirus. Take your temperature if you believe you have a fever.

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

Stay home. If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from personal or official travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been in direct (face-to-face) contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home. Notify the appropriate contacts at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Maricopa County Community Colleges immediately.
  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 602-506-6767 and ask for a Surveillance Nurse
  • Monday-Friday after 5 p.m. and weekends, call 602-747-7111 and ask for the Provider On-Call
  • Maricopa County Community Colleges Risk Management, call 480-731-8947, 480-731-8888, or email dl-dssc-risk-management@domail.maricopa.edu
  • For additional questions, call 602-747-7099 to speak to a Public Health Representative

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

  • Remember to practice good hygiene! Avoid contact with others.
I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go?

The Arizona Department of Health Services has expanded testing access by not limiting those tested to having certain symptoms. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please do not go to a health care provider before calling first.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people and wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose when going out.
  • Stay home and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.
Should I wear a mask?

Public health agencies now recommend that people wear masks when they are in public areas.

Are there steps individuals, families and communities can take to help prepare if there is widespread transmission of COVID-19?

The CDC has a guide for individuals, families and communities on prevention and mitigation of the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

I have family and friends in an area directly affected by the novel coronavirus. How can I manage my concern for them?

As with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our community. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through the MCC Counseling department.

How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, keyboards light switches). Use a disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a 10% bleach/water solution to clean surfaces. Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.

College operations

Are MCC summer classes being taught remotely?

On-campus, in-person and hybrid classes are now being taught in remote formats through the summer semester. Students and faculty whose Spring 2020 CTE courses were unable to move to remote instruction due to lab requirements comprise one group that has already been deemed essential to return to campus. District and college leadership have determined that students and faculty in that group will return to campus June 15 and complete their courses no later than August 6. A task force is developing protocols to ensure the required hands on components of these courses are completed within CDC guidelines for health, safety, and physical distancing. Impacted students, faculty, and staff will be contacted directly, providing enough lead time for them to access campus to prepare to deliver and support these courses.

Online classes are continuing as scheduled.

Students in dual enrollment classes should check with their high schools regarding attendance requirements.

Students or staff who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns over COVID-19 can contact MCC Counseling Services at 480-654-7720 during regular campus hours.

Are the MCC campuses closed?

MCC is closed to on-campus students, staff and visitors through the summer except for essential staff such as College Police., MCC faculty and staff are working remotely. Students and faculty whose Spring 2020 CTE courses were unable to move to remote instruction due to lab requirements comprise one group that has already been deemed essential to return to campus this summer. District and college leadership have determined that students and faculty in that group will return to campus June 15 and complete their courses no later than August 6. A task force is developing protocols to ensure the required hands on components of these courses are completed within CDC guidelines for health, safety, and physical distancing. Impacted students, faculty, and staff will be contacted directly, providing enough lead time for them to access campus to prepare to deliver and support these courses. As a reminder, the College and District are coordinating closely with county public health agencies and the Maricopa County Department of Health on its response, including contingency planning, and will continue to do so.

I’m hosting an event on campus. Should I cancel it?

All student activities and college events are cancelled for the remainder of the summer semester.

Will MCC's Fitness Centers be open during the extended Spring Break?

MCC's Fitness Centers are closed at this time.

Will any food services be open?

Chartwells in the Kirk Student Center and Grounds for Thought are currently closed.

How does MCC clean and disinfect?

The College’s regular custodial cleaning program uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touchpoints, public and common area restrooms and kitchens daily. There are also dispenser stations throughout campus containing hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.

Classes and academics

What classes are meeting and what services are open?
  • In-person and in-person components of hybrid classes are now being conducted in remote formats.
  • Online classes are continuing.
  • The College campus facilities are not open but services are still available to students via email, phone and chats.
Are all courses converted to remote learning for the remainder of the semester?
Yes. Faculty and staff worked to identify appropriate alternate delivery formats, which are now in place through the end of the spring semester.
What has happened if students do not have a computer or internet access at home needed for remote learning?
We have been working to help supply technology to students whom faculty and department chairs have identified as not having the computers or internet access at home to be able to learn to a remote format.
Can I obtain a refund for my class?

MCC refund policies have changed in response to the evolving issues in responding to COVID-19. Find the most up-to-date procedures and policies at MCC Refund Policies.

Information about Internet Services and Access

The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf for information.

Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and leverage these services.

MCCCD Libraries are closed. We encourage students to make use of online resources from off campus in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Also, Maricopa County Public Libraries are temporarily closed for precautionary measures and the safety of the community. Visit https://mcldaz.org/.

    Credit/No Credit grading (P/Z)

    Why is a P/Z (credit/no credit) grading system being implemented for the Spring 2020 semester?

    Like colleges and universities across the country, including most in Arizona, we are temporarily adjusting our grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Spring courses, not requiring a letter grade per accreditation or other factors, continuing after April 9, 2020 will be converted to P/Z (credit/no credit). If you are in good standing at the end of the class, earning at least a C, you will receive a P (credit).

    What are P and Z Grades?

    P and Z options are passing with credit (P) or no credit (Z). The P grade is equivalent to a grade of C or higher (A/B/C) on a five grade scale; The Z grade is equivalent to a D/F. Neither grade is factored into Maricopa Community Colleges grade point average (GPA).

    A P grade will not replace a prior failing grade or allow a student to repeat the course to improve their grade.

    A P grade will satisfy degree and prerequisite requirements. The exception would be courses and programs that require letter grades or require a grade of B or higher to meet the grading requirements of the program.

    Within the state of Arizona, AZTransfer policy governing acceptability and transfer has been modified to allow P grades to be acceptable in transfer within the AGEC and transfer pathways. Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, and the University of Phoenix have all confirmed their acceptance of P grades being awarded during the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

    Some programs do not accept P grades, even if college credit is earned based on the accrediting body requirements. Students in accredited programs should speak with their faculty member, advisor, or program director about the impact of a P grade.

    Programs that have selective admissions requirements use letter grades for calculating points toward admissions criteria. However, P grades are not used for this purpose.

    Will I still get the credits earned for taking the course if I get a P/Z grade?

    If you earn a P grade, which is equivalent to a C or better, college credit is awarded. No credit will be awarded for Z grades.

    Whom should I contact to find out if a P/Z grade will impact my financial aid?

    Visit our Remote/Online Student Services page, mesacc.edu/students/remote-services, to connect with an academic advisor or a member of our financial aid team to discuss your personal circumstances.

    Whom do I contact if I prefer or my program requires a letter grade?

    If you prefer to receive a letter grade according to your course syllabus grading scale, you must communicate your preference to your instructor through your college email or Canvas messaging no later than one calendar week prior to the end of your course.

    If I want a letter grade for one class, do I need to request them for all my classes?

    If you are taking multiple courses, you may choose to receive a letter grade in any one class or all of your classes. If you do not inform your instructor that you wish to receive a letter grade, you will automatically be graded P/Z (credit/no credit).

    Will I receive partial credit for class credit during the spring 2020 semester?

    Whether you choose P/Z or a letter grade, you must complete the semester in your classes to receive a grade and credit for the course.

    Is there a deadline for requesting letter grades?

    You must communicate your preference to your instructor through your college email or Canvas messaging no later than one calendar week prior to the end of your course.

    Could P/Z grading impact Dual Enrollment students?

    P/Z grading is not automatic in any Dual Enrollment courses and is not available for year-long Dual Enrollment classes. The letter grade option is recommended for spring-only dual enrollment courses, as P grades are not guaranteed to transfer or apply to graduation requirements outside the AZTransfer institutions.

    Visit the MCCCD Dual Enrollment COVID-19 webpage for additional information.

    Will P/Z grades meet Honors Program requirements?

    The Maricopa Honors Program will require letter grades be reported for all spring 2020 Honors Classes and/or Honors Contract classes. It is the responsibility of the honors student to notify their instructors. Honors students, at their own discretion and understanding potential future impacts, may choose either P/Z grading, letter grading, or a combination for all other non-honors spring 2020 classes.

    Will P/Z grades be accepted by out-of-state institutions?

    Please check with the institution where you are planning to transfer.

    I’m planning on using credits to fulfill university program requirements. Will a P/Z grade impact my eligibility?

    P grades will transfer for program credit at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, University of Phoenix, and others. Please check with the institution where you are planning to transfer.

    Could a P/Z grade impact federal financial aid?

    Since a P grade is passing with a C or better, college credit is awarded. Financial aid eligibility will be based on passing the course. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will count the course as attempted and completed towards pace of progression.

    A Z grade could potentially negatively impact satisfactory academic progress and financial aid awards.

    Could a Z grade impact satisfactory academic progress and status of international students?

    As long as 12-credit hours are earned for the semester, a P grade will not negatively impact international students.

    Do P/Z grades impact veterans?

    For veteran students, a P grade is allowable with no impact. For Z grades (no-credit), COVID 19 should be reported as the mitigating circumstance for the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade, Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay for the class.

    Do P/Z grades impact student athletes?

    Since the Spring 2020 sports season was cancelled, a P grade will not change athletic eligibility or be factored into a grade point average. Students who may require letter grades to improve GPA for eligibility purposes should speak to their advisor.

    Do P/Z grades impact employer tuition waivers?

    If a P grade is generally allowable by the employer/third party and will not impact students whose courses are reimbursed or paid for by their employer or a third party. If the employer’s tuition reimbursement requires a letter grade or specific GPA, a P grade may not meet the requirements for funding under the employer/third party agreement.

    Do Z grades impact foster youth receiving state vouchers?

    A Z grade could potentially negatively impact satisfactory academic progress and state voucher awards.

    Do students in Achieve a College Education (ACE) and Hoop of Learning (HOL) programs need to request letter grades or will this be automatic?

    ACE and HOL students must request letter grades for their classes.

    Achieve College Education (ACE) and Hoop of Learning (HOL) students have the ability to reverse transfer their credits to their high school to satisfy their high school graduation requirements as well as earning the college credit. In order for students to do this a letter grade is required.

    ACE/HOL students should contact Antonio Bracamonte (antonio.bracamonte@mesacc.edu) to discuss options (W, P/Z, Letter Grade) and provide information based on their individual circumstances.

    CARES Funding

    What is CARES funding and how much did MCC receive?
    The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) established by the United States Congress. MCC received $7.3 million, of which $3,676,051 will be distributed directly to students. MCC also received an additional $478,185 to distribute to students due to our Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status.
    Who is eligible for funding?

    MCC students who were impacted by COVID-19 due to in-person course(s) converting to online/virtual format, and the following criteria as determined by the Maricopa County Community College District.

    • Must be enrolled in credit or clock hour courses as of March 13, 2020
    • Must be US Citizen or permanent resident, or refugee, or Visa type of U or T (victim of crime)
    • Must possess a valid social security number (meaning, must be eligible to file a FAFSA)
    • Must be enrolled in non-online classes (meaning, students exclusively in online classes are not eligible)
    • Must have HS completion (diploma), GED or homeschool certification
    • If male and over the age of 18, must have registered for selective service
    • Must not have been state or federally convicted for drug possession or sale
    • Must not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
    • Must not be in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant
    • Must be in an eligible degree or certificate program
    • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP)
    • Must not be in loan repayment default or grant overpayment
    • Must be enrolled at least 3 credit hours.

    The criteria above exclude the following populations:

    • DACA/International
    • Dual and Concurrent Students
    • Non-Credit Students
    • Fully Online students (prior to March 13)
    • MCCCD Tuition Waiver Students
    • Students taking less than 3 credit hours
    How will the funds be disbursed?
    Students who may qualify based on eligibility requirements are receiving an email, asking them to self-certify they meet all eligibility requirements. Once their certification is reviewed, funds will be disbursed using the refund method the student has selected in their Student Center.
    How much money will eligible students receive?

    Funding is based on the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled and the areas of need the student self reports; such as health care, housing, food, childcare, loss of employment, etc. The maximum award is $550 for an eligible student.

    What if a student has extenuating circumstances such as medical expenses or homelessness because of COVID?
    If all funding is not distributed through the initial process, ,students who indicate they have had extenuating circumstances will be reviewed for eligibility to receive additional funding.
    What if I am a student who is not considered eligible per the guidelines, however, I was still impacted by COVID and I have extraordinary circumstances. Can MCC assist me?
    Contact Counseling Services to learn more about available support: https://www.mesacc.edu/departments/counseling

    Public health response

    Can you tell us more about any MCC community members who are being screened for coronavirus?

    To protect their privacy, MCC legally is not able to release personal information about any students or college community members who are being monitored or tested for novel coronavirus, including their location. Should any MCC community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and MCC would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

    How are you following up with people who were in contact with anyone who is being tested?

    Local health departments closely monitor people who are at potential risk and have protocols for contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with MCC community members being screened for the novel coronavirus, such as roommates. Should any MCC community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and MCC would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

    Are there resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia related to the coronavirus?

    Many of us are concerned about what the people in our communities may be experiencing, including possible stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.

    Stigma doesn’t fight the illness and will hurt innocent people, but sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumor and misinformation from spreading.

    Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

    For MCC Employees

    The information found below only pertains to Mesa Community College employees.

    Employee Resources

    You must be logged into your Maricopa Google account in order to access these resources.


    What is the most important thing for me to do?
    • Stay home.
    • Wash hands and clean high-touch surfaces — including phone screens and keyboards — often.
    • Check Maricopa email frequently and sign up to receive RAVE alerts.
    When will staff return to work ?
    • At this point in time, a date has not been set for employees to return to campus. When a date is set, employees will be notified at least 3 weeks in advance.
    • Faculty have coordinated with Department Chairs in order to support the migration to temporary online learning environments through the end of summer semester.
    • Adjunct Faculty have coordinated with Division Chairs to ensure appropriate adjustments and continuity for their classes.
    • Full-time and part-time staff are working remotely in coordination with their supervisors. Work priorities are being adjusted with plans for offering services to staff and working students who are off-site using email, phone, chat, video-conference or other virtual options.
    • Federal Work Study students are being asked to stay home. They are being paid for their scheduled Federal Work Study hours.
    Information about Internet Services and Access

    The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf for information.

    Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and leverage these services.

    MCCCD Libraries are closed. We encourage students to make use of online resources from off campus in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Also, Maricopa County Public Libraries are temporarily closed for precautionary measures and the safety of the community. Visit https://mcldaz.org/.

      I have travel planned. Will that change?
      • In order to help prevent the spread of the virus, the Chancellor has temporarily suspended all non-essential business travel thru 5/15/20 and many events/conferences have been proactively cancelled by their hosts.
        • Fiscal Services will be reaching out to all employees with planned travel thru April (and to events that have been cancelled) in order to begin the process of securing refunds/credits.
        • While most organizations/airlines are being flexible during this time, any unrecoverable expenses outside of the travellers’ control will still be paid/reimbursed by the college.
      • Student travel and study abroad were similarly suspended thru 5/15/20.
      All Arizona K-12 schools have been closed through the end of the spring semester by order of the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. What do I need to do?

      Please see emails sent by Interim Chancellor Steven Gonzales and FAQs on this website. Contact your direct supervisor if you are unable to work remotely as scheduled. MCC HR is the point of contact for policy questions related to leave. Contact Garrett Smith in MCC HR (garrett.smith@mesacc.edu or 480-461-7211).

      Should MCC students who are employed as Part-Time Employees or Full-Time Employees come to work?

      No. Students who are employed as part-time (RPS) employees or who work as full-time employees should not come to campus but instead work remotely if possible. They should follow normal time reporting practices if they are sick or work for other reasons. These positions will not be paid if they do not work.

      Will staff be able to remotely work or telecommute?

      This is the option currently in practice. A return date has not been announced. Employees will be notified 3 weeks before the selected return date. Currently only essential staff are working on campus such as public safety, IT, mainenance and shipping/receiving.

      Will employees be provided options to attend meetings remotely to avoid large gatherings of people?

      Yes, all-college meetings are being streamed and recorded so that employees can attend from remote work locations. It is recommended that all college meeting organizers include the ability for participants to attend by phone, video conferencing, google hangouts, WebEx or other remote options.

      Federal Work Study (FWS) Students

      In response to COVID-19, all Federal Work Study (FWS) students are asked to remain off campus. Since these circumstances are beyond the control of our Federal Work Study students and Federal Work Study funding is critical to support our students’ educational goals, Chancellor Gonzales decided that Federal Work Study students will be paid for their scheduled work wages during this time. This guidance is only applicable to Federal Work Study students.

      What should MCCCD managers and supervisors communicate to MCCCD employees regarding international travel during the outbreak of COVID-19?

      District employees who have traveled internationally since the outbreak of COVID-19 are required to follow CDC guidance in effect on the day they return from travel regarding self-quarantining. Employees required to self-quarantine must inform their supervisors immediately.

      May MCCCD require an employee who has contracted COVID-19 or self-quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19 to provide a certification from a health care provider before returning to work?

      Yes. An employer may require a certification from a health care provider clearing an employee to return to work if they have contracted or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. However, managers and supervisors should consult with their local human resources office before making this decision to ensure there is consistency in how employees across the college are treated.

      What steps should be taken if an employee becomes ill on or off duty with fever, cough or other concerning symptoms?

      Managers and supervisors should recommend that employees who are sick remain off duty (i.e., on sick leave) until symptoms resolve, and that they seek medical assistance, as appropriate. Anyone sick and believed to be at risk for COVID-19 infection should be advised to seek medical assistance and follow the CDC recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html:

      • Stay home except to get medical care.
      • Separate yourself from other people in your home and avoid sharing personal household items.
      • If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you are concerned about the possibility of COVID-19 infection before going to the doctor’s office.
      • Wear a facemask when you are around other people.
      • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
      • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use handsanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening.
      • If you are placed under active monitoring, or facilitated self-monitoring, follow the instructions provided by your local health department or occupational health professional, as appropriate.
      • Consult with your health care provider before discontinuing home isolation.
      May MCCCD prohibit an employee from coming to work if the employee is known to have contracted COVID-19 themselves, or to have had close contact with someone who has?

      Yes. At this time, MCC employees are not working on campus, except those in positions such as public safety, IT, maintenance and shipping/receiving. MCCCD is obligated to provide a safe workplace and may take necessary and reasonable steps to minimize health risks for its employees. Employees should remain in their homes if COVID-19 symptoms develop and contact their health care providers. Employees should use accrued sick leave.

      If I come to work and my supervisor sends me home, is that considered sick leave?

      At this time, all but essential employees are working remotely. With approval from your supervisor, you wil be paid while telecommuting.

      Do the same leave policies apply to residential faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff?

      No. Leaves for residential faculty are generally governed by the Residential Faculty Policies (RFP), whereas sick leave for adjunct faculty are governed by Arizona Revised Statutes § 23-373; and staff are governed by staff policy manual. Managers and supervisors should, therefore consult with their local human resources office and comply with the rules and regulations that may apply to their employees.

      What if I am a MCCCD temporary or One Year Only (OYO) employee, will I be granted leave?

      Yes, OYO’s and Temporary employees also accrue sick leave and will be eligible to use such leave if they become sick or ill.

      What if I am a MCCCD part-time employee and sick with COVID-19, can I take leave or telework?

      Yes. Part-time employees will be eligible to use their accrued sick leave or work remotely with supervisor/manager approval.

      What if I am considered High-Risk for COVID-19 due to health conditions?

      If an employee has a high-risk condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines.

      When can a supervisor require an employee who has stayed home from work (due to COVID19 or who exhibited COVID-19 like symptoms) to require medical certification before returning to work?

      A supervisor/manager may require an employee to provide a certification from a health care provider clearing the employee to return to work if they have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, or have exhibited COVID-19 like symptoms. Supervisors and managers may allow employees to come back to work when permitted and delay the certification requirement until the employee is able to see a doctor in recognition of the fact that it may be difficult for employees to obtain such a certification at the present time. Supervisors should consult their local human resources office with questions.

      Should MCCCD require an employee who is out sick (not due to COVID-19) to provide a health care provider’s note?

      Employees will need to provide such documentation in accordance with policy guidelines, if illness is not due to COVID-19. Supervisors and managers should evaluate and monitor on a case-by-case basis.

      Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitle an employee to take leave to avoid contracting COVID-19?

      No. The FMLA entitles employees to job-protected leave when they have a “serious health condition or when they need leave to care for covered family members who have a serious health condition.”

      How will my time be entered if I am off work?

      Supervisors/Managers will be responsible for entering time to ensure all employees receive pay if off work due to COVID-19.

      Must MCCCD allow employees who are parents or caregivers time off from work to care for a family member who is quarantined?

      Yes, if there is a possibility of exposure to COVID-19. Employees who are healthy but whose family members are home sick with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor. If certain members of an employee’s family are sick, the employee may be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave (Policy B-9). Family Medical Leave entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a calendar year to care for certain family members with a serious health condition. COVID-19 may qualify as a “serious health condition.”

      Employees must consult with their supervisor, who should consult with their local human resources office. Employees may use personal time off or sick leave to take care of a family member, pursuant to Policy B-4 or substitute other paid leave in accordance with MCCCD policy.

      Also, supervisors may permit employees to work from home in consultation with their local human resources office.

      My child’s school or place of care has been closed by order of a public official for a healthrelated reason, can I take leave to care for my child?

      Yes, if the closure is the result of COVID-19, faculty and staff may use sick leave or personal leave to stay home with children, in accordance with MCCCD policy. Also, supervisors/ managers may permit employees to telecommute, if possible.

      I am concerned about being in the workplace.

      At this time, all but essential MCC employees are not allowed on the college campuses and, instead, are working remotely. When staff returns to campus starting May 11, Work from Home requests from employees will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the employee’s supervisor/manager in consultation with the local human resources office. Supervisors/Managers are encouraged to allow work-from-home on a liberal basis for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some factors to consider in determining whether workfrom-home is appropriate include:

      1. Can the essential functions of the employee’s job responsibilities be completed at home?
      2. Does the employee have the tools needed to effectively work from home available or can they be obtained quickly?
      3. Is the employee considered essential personnel within their College and/or the District and need to remain on-site?
      4. Is the employee a non-exempt employee and can the employee’s work day be tracked to ensure that proper break times are observed?

      Employees working from home must also comply with requirements regarding work hours, work product, and reporting responsibilities. Employees who are ill and working from home should exercise good judgment in determining when to stop working and call in sick. Employees working from home who need to take sick time must inform their supervisor.

      If an employee is approved to work from home, the supervisor/manager must outline work expectations for the employee?

      After MCC employees are allowed to return to campus starting May 18, MCCCD will refer to its current standard practices in processing Work from Home requests. An employee’s ability to work from home is at the discretion of the supervisor/manager.

      What equipment / office supplies are required to work from home?

      Each employee will be advised by their supervisor regarding the equipment needed for the individual to work from home and what MCCCD-owned equipment they are authorized to use in accordance with MCCCD Technology Agreement. Staff working from home must comply with the District’s policies regarding technology use and protection of confidential information. If personal equipment is used, information may be subject to public information laws.

      I am concerned that I may not have any sick leave available, are there any other options for me?

      MCCCD is currently evaluating other leave options for those employees with limited or no accrued leave balances. Information will be communicated to all employees.

      Are there resources available to help an employee evaluate their COVID-19 risk?

      Teladoc doctors are available to evaluate your COVID-19 risk and help with next steps when necessary. If it is determined that you have a different virus, our doctors can provide support to help relieve your symptoms. Talk to a doctor 24/7 by calling 1-800-DOC-CONSULT (362-2667) or visit Teladoc.com.

      Are short term disability benefits available for those who contract COVID-19?

      Short term disability benefits may be available due to a positive test for the COVID-19 that results in a quarantine. You may be considered totally or partially disabled during the period of medically required confinement. If you have questions about Sun Life’s practices regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please contact Sun Life Client Services at 800-247-6875, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

      Because of the special circumstances surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Sun Life and ComPsych are extending ComPsych’s services to clients who have not purchased EAP benefits – at no extra charge.

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