MCC Updates: Remote Instruction begins April 6 and other topics

Published Friday, March 3, 2020 at 2:28pm

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Dear Students,

I’m reaching out with sincere hopes you are staying well. Be assured that during these difficult times, we at Mesa Community College continue to support your access to quality education. It is vital that you check your college emails and Canvas so you remain in touch with faculty and your classmates.

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

April 6 In-Person and Hybrid Classes Convert to Remote Instruction- College Facilities Remain Closed

To clear up any possible confusion, on Monday, April 6, MCC’s in-person and hybrid classes convert to remote instruction/alternative format. MCC’s physical facilities are closed until May 8, and once they reopen, classes will still be offered only remotely through the end of this spring semester.

Some classes cannot be delivered in an alternative format, and we are currently identifying solutions. Should your specific course not be offered online by April 6, 2020, you will be contacted prior to that date with further instructions. Again, be certain you are in touch with your instructor(s).

We are continuing MCC free student services such as academic advising, counseling, financial aid, tutoring and other valuable resources via chat, email and phone. You’ll find a wealth of information about the coronavirus and our college’s responses on our COVID-19 webpage.

The wisdom of closing MCC facilities is being reinforced by reports from a few of our MCC and Maricopa Community Colleges family who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. If you are diagnosed, please report it to the Maricopa Community Colleges Risk Management office. Remaining at home and maintaining physical distancing is how we will control the virus spread.

Success in a Remote Instruction Environment and Refunds

Some have expressed concern about succeeding in an online format and have inquired about our credit and/or refund policy. Before you make the decision to drop a class, please reach out to your instructor to learn what support resources are available. If you choose to withdraw from MCC, our updated credit and/or refund policy is available at https://www.mesacc.edu/cashier-services/refunds.

Planning ahead for next semester, the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarship Application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020

Graduation

All at MCC share your disappointment regarding the cancellation of student celebrations, including our in-person, May 8 graduation ceremony. Celebrating the achievement of student academic goals is truly my favorite event of the year. We are exploring options to celebrate without health and safety concerns. Once an alternative format is determined, graduates who wish not to participate may request a ceremony fee refund.

Basic Needs and Self Care

My heart goes out to all who struggle to meet basic needs for food and housing and I know many of you are facing difficult situations. In addition to the resources shared in my March 23 email and through our College and District websites, the state’s Arizona Together website features an extensive food resources/banks listing as well as employment section featuring immediate openings.

I urge you to take extra special care of yourself. Our counselors are available for supportive chats and referrals. Together, we remain Thunderbird strong.

Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D.
Interim President
Mesa Community College