Resources for students regarding remote instruction and campus services can be found here.
April 1, 2020
I am proud to share an opportunity to join together in support of students in need during these difficult times. COVID-19 has greatly impacted our students’ ability to earn income as well as their ability to access individual technology resources. I am pleased to share an initiative establishing a SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant to assist students in need so they can continue their studies at the College.
Students with documented need are eligible to apply for the grant that is intended to assist with shelter (rent), utilities, technology for academic purposes, and/or emergency transportation to and from SUNY CCC to a student’s residence. Please see the description of the SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant Program for details and the application. One-time grants of up to $500 will be distributed weekly.
I have the greatest hope that this support can help our students in need to continue to persist in their classes. To that end, I encourage all in our SUNY CCC community and beyond to consider a donation to the SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant Program. Donations can be directed to the Corning Community College Development Foundation, with a “Designation” comment indicating this program. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity during this incredibly difficult time. Stay healthy and safe.
Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President
March 30, 2020
I extend my gratitude for everyone’s patience with and understanding for each other during these difficult times. The transition to online and other types of distance instruction has been accomplished, and students are continuing their studies from home. When the College first shifted to all distance learning on March 20, we planned to reevaluate by April 4 if distance learning would need to continue further on in the semester. SUNY has indicated distance learning should continue for the rest of the term, and SUNY CCC will follow that guideline. The College will continue distance learning through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, inclusive of final exams. In addition, the College will extend Spring Break (April 6-11) though April 14. The additional days are designed to provide students and faculty time to prepare for the remaining weeks of the semester. Instruction will resume on April 15.
Updates in news from the SUNY Chancellor include that graduations should not be planned for May. Some institutions are planning to postpone, and others have shared that they are considering cancelling. At this time the College has decided not to plan for a commencement ceremony on May 16. We are considering other options and will allow some more time to pass before deciding what seems feasible given the evolving situation. We are very proud of our students’ success and are excited about our new graduating class who will be awarded degrees and certificates in May. To-be graduates, you’re almost there; keep up the good work!
The latest information from the Governor on March 29, 2020 extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to work from home until April 15. Telecommuting will be extended accordingly as appropriate. As we all adjust to the various modes of working remotely, I want to thank all of you who continue to provide instruction and services and contribute to our respectful and safe College environment.
In a show of support to the larger community, the College donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies to Guthrie Robert Packer on Tuesday March 24, 2020. We are also reaching out to other local agencies to see how the College can assist their efforts. If you are looking for a way to help our local community, the United Way of the Southern Tier is working closely with our partner agencies in Chemung and Steuben counties as they respond to COVID-19 and keep our most vulnerable populations healthy and safe. Several opportunities for volunteers are listed here: volunteer needs in our community during COVID-19 pandemic .
I am extremely impressed by the resilient spirit with which the SUNY CCC community has responded to these difficult circumstances that we are facing and wish to thank all of the members of the community for pulling together to accomplish our goals. I will continue to provide timely updates to keep everyone informed.
Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President
March 25, 2020
I am writing to share an update on the positive COVID -19 test communicated yesterday. A thorough investigation indicates the student was exposed after being on campus on March 16, 2020. At no time did the student come in contact with anyone at the SUNY CCC campus after the exposure or the positive COVID-19 test. However, under guidance from the local health department, and with health and safety as a priority, the students and employees who would have been at greatest risk for exposure were notified. Notifications were based on the student’s class schedule and reported office visits and campus contacts.
Risk of exposure on campus based on this case is extremely low. The student is not a Perry Hall resident and is currently under quarantine at home. The Steuben County Health Department has encouraged us to convey that the student is not a resident of Steuben County. As a reminder, HIPAA laws restrict how much personal information can be shared.
Based on the CDC guidelines, and in speaking with our local public health departments, the recommendation is to continue maintaining social distancing and to monitor yourself for any signs/symptoms possibly related to the COVID-19 virus. In general, it is important to continue to follow the appropriate precautions as recommended by the CDC. If you experience cough, shortness of breath, and fever, contact your health care provider or local health department.
March 24, 2020
This is an important reminder that underscores the need to remain vigilant about slowing the spread of COVID-19.
We have been notified that a student who was last at the College on March 16th has tested positive for COVID-19. A positive test result was confirmed on March 23rd, and the College was notified today.
Although we do not know where the student contracted the virus, we are taking every precaution for our campus community and following the Steuben County Health Department protocols.
All students and employees should continue to monitor their personal health situations. Current Health Department recommendations are as follows:
- No measures need to be taken unless you exhibit symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and fever.
- If you experience these symptoms, then you need to contact your health care provider or local health department.
Please remember that the purpose of moving to remote instruction and reducing the workforce on campus is so that we may practice social distancing and stay at home (or in Perry Hall if a resident) as much as possible.
While HIPAA prevents disclosing much personal information, please be assured that those students and faculty that would have been at greatest risk for exposure based on the student’s class schedule are being notified. Steuben County Public Health believes that the overall risk to the campus is minimal, but for those with whom contact may have occurred, direct notification is being accomplished.
As additional information is learned that would warrant any broader notifications, you’ll be kept informed.
Our main focus remains the safety and health of our entire campus community. Please follow local, state, and federal mandates for social distancing and in caring for yourself and those close to you.
March 23, 2020
Resources for students regarding remote instruction and campus services can be found here.
March 20, 2020
Instruction and services are offered only remotely at this time. Students should not come to campus, and all non-essential employees are following the remote work plan.
March 18, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and to allow faculty additional planning time for the transition to remote instruction, the College is cancelling all classes for Thursday March 19th. The campus will remain open. The residence hall will remain open. Social distancing protocol (maintain 6ft. distance) should be utilized. Classes will resume on Friday, March 20 with implementation of the remote instruction plan.
March 17, 2020 8 p.m.
SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning in alignment with SUNY guidance in response to COVID- 19.
- The online and distance learning will begin on Friday March 20.
- Please check with your instructors for specific instructions for each class.
- Blackboard help resources are posted on MyCCC, and there is a Blackboard Orientation and Student Resources section in Blackboard.
- Learning Commons tutoring information is on the MyCCC, Student tab, Learning Commons link.
- Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction may still meet on campus.
The College is implementing the following SUNY guidance issued on 3/17:
- “academic continuity arrangements on [SUNY] campuses or colleges should not require students’ physical presence to meet program requirements, until further notice.”
- “laboratory instruction that requires on-campus instruction may continue for students who may be able to attend, but should be taught remotely where possible and follow social-distancing protocols of less than 10 students per lab and more than 6 feet separation between lab benches and benches must be wiped down after each use.”
- “For students unable to safely attend on campus, other accommodations (distance learning; makeup provisions, etc.) should be provided.”
Additionally, updated SUNY guidance encourages residence hall students to return to their prior residence unless this is not possible or feasible. SUNY is indicating, “Dormitory space should only house those students with special circumstances: international students and students where other safe living and dining arrangements cannot be made or have limited or no access to technology…” SUNY CCC will continue to provide housing, food, and services to residential students with special circumstances.
March 17, 2020
SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning in alignment with SUNY guidance in response to COVID- 19. The online and distance learning will begin on Friday March 20. Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction may still meet on campus.
The main point of this precaution is to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the virus while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester of class instruction and service to students such as tutoring and advising. The current plan is to keep Perry Hall, our residence hall, open. We will continue to provide housing, food, and services for residential students.
The campus will remain open. All public events that were scheduled through April 30 are postponed or cancelled.
The College will continue monitoring guidance from SUNY, local Departments of Public Health, the NYS Department of Public Health, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies to ensure any actions we take comply with such guidance and take advantage of resources being made available.
March 14, 2020
Coming to Campus
Anyone who has traveled within the last 14 days to a high risk country (CDC) should not come to campus.
A person who has come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus.
Face-to-face meetings should be replaced with virtual conferencing (i.e. Google Meet) as feasible.
March 11, 2020
SUNY CCC Transition to Online and Distance Learning Instruction Statement
The State University of New York today, March 11, 2020, directs its 64 colleges and universities to immediately develop plans to transition courses wherever possible to remote instruction including distance learning and online in response to Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning by March 19. These arrangements will continue until at least April 4. The main point of this precaution is to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the virus while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester of class instruction.
After March 19, the College will remain open. Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction will still meet on campus. The current plan is to keep Perry Hall, our residence hall, open. We will continue to provide housing, food, and services to residential students. We are working quickly on our implementation plan and urge students not to take immediate action, such as moving out of Perry Hall. We understand the urgency everyone feels in receiving additional detailed information, and we will continue to update the campus community on this rapidly changing situation.
SUNY CCC continues to monitor the evolving situation and develop plans to address the various aspects of the situation with guidance from SUNY and the Steuben County Department of Health. Students and employees should continue to monitor their college email for the latest campus updates.
March 9, 2020
Our Physical Plant has changed the facility hygiene plan by implementing increased frequency to clean common touched hard surfaces. We are using products recommended by the U.S. EPA and following manufacturer recommended contact times. Hand sanitizer stations and disinfection wipes are ordered and will be placed in all campus buildings. Posters communicating personal hygiene best practices are being placed at all restrooms and in high traffic areas around the campus.
It is important to note that these plans and measures are about being prepared and regular precautions.
Personal measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include the following summarized from the CDC
- 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. (If a tissue is not available, a shirt sleeve rather than hands is recommended.)
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
March 2, 2020
SUNY CCC would like to share with information about COVID-19, a coronavirus. Over a dozen College employees viewed the “Update on COVID-19 for Higher Education Institutions in New York State” webinar from the New York State Department of Health this afternoon.
The NYS Department of Health has created a Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.
There are important considerations for international travel, and the CDC has facts on affected countries and travel information.