FAQ for Students

Important dates, events, and college-sponsored travel

 

When will WCJC courses resume?

Courses will resume via online instruction starting March 30, 2020 using the WCJC Blackboard platform.  The semester is still scheduled to end on May 14, 2020. Students should refer to the official WCJC Academic Calendar for a comprehensive list of revised dates and deadlines.  

 

What if I am in an 8-week course?

For those students enrolled in a first 8-week course, the last week of instruction, including final exams, will take place during the week of March 23-27, 2020.  Second 8-week classes are now scheduled to begin on March 30, 2020, with an end date of May 14, 2020.

 

What will happen for the rest of the spring 2020 semester regarding college activities, services, and graduation? 

All college activities, commencement and college-sponsored travel are cancelled.  College events include, but are not limited to, NJCAA events, campus tours, fine arts events, the athletic banquet, the academic achievement awards, individual program graduation and pinning ceremonies and the college’s commencement ceremonies. 

 

Course Related Information

 

What if I do not have a computer or Internet service?

Students will need to make their instructors aware of their limitations for online courses after the college reopens on March 30.  More information on open computer lab availability is forthcoming and will be posted on the open computer lab webpage at https://www.wcjc.edu/Students/Library/Library-Information/open-computer-labs.aspx

 

What will my classes look like going forward?

Instruction for all courses will resume online using Blackboard.  Faculty will contact students directly via their WCJC email with instructions on how each class will proceed.

 

How do I access my courses in Blackboard?

WCJC Blackboard can be accessed from the WCJC homepage or by downloading the Blackboard mobile app.  A Student Tutorial is available for students to learn how to navigate the system.  Student Resources are also available to provide support for distance learning.

 

How do I set up my WCJC email account?

Access instructions to set up your WCJC email at https://www.wcjc.edu/Connect/student-email.aspx

Contact the IT Help Desk if you have trouble setting up your WCJC email.

 

What library resources are available?

Library resources are available online at https://www.wcjc.edu/Students/Library/index.aspx

 

Will the WCJC Testing Centers continue to administer academic tests and other tests as scheduled?

WCJC Testing Centers in Wharton and Richmond will be available for students who need accommodated testing beginning March 30, 2020.  Students will be required to have an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Please check the Testing Center webpage for additional information.

 

Installment Plans

 

Do I still have to pay my monthly installment plan?

Yes, installment plans must still be paid in full. The final payment deadline originally scheduled for March 23, has been extended to April 1, 2020.  Please contact Gus Wessels  (gusw@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6505) for additional questions or concerns.

Residence Halls

 

Will residence halls be closed?

Residence halls are closed for the remainder of the semester.  Please contact your residence hall supervisor to schedule a move out time prior to March 28.

 

Student Support Services

 

How do I reach student support services?

Student Services may be reached by accessing the following links:

Academic Advising and Counseling

Admissions and Registration

Business Office

Disability Services

Financial Aid

Testing Center

Tutoring

 

Coronavirus Related Issues

 

How do I report information to the college about possibly being affected by COVID-19?

Please complete the WCJC COVID-19 Self Reporting Form posted on the college’s coronavirus update webpage. You will not be required to supply medical documentation. 

 

I traveled overseas on spring break. Should I notify anyone at the college about my travel?

WCJC requires a 14-day self-quarantine by all employees and students who have traveled to the countries the Centers for Disease Control have classified as Level 3 countries and Level 2 countries. Please keep in mind this list is subject to change.  Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers for the most updated information.  Please contact your instructors to notify them if you need to self-quarantine and complete the WCJC International Travel Registration form posted on the college’s coronavirus update webpage.

 

Coronavirus Prevention and Health

 

Where can I learn more about best practices in dealing with the COVID-19?

WCJC recommends you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for information on steps to prevent illness, symptoms, and what to do if you are sick at www.cdc.gov

 

Coronavirus Prevention Tips

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

 

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Following the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.  Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Who Should Seek Medical evaluation for COVID-19?

People who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

 

Is the Wharton campus Mid Coast CampusCare Clinic open?

Visit the clinic’s website at www.ecmh.org for the clinic’s hours of operation. 

 

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