Return To Campus | Fall 2020
As we prepare to welcome you, our students, back for the fall semester, your health and safety are among our top priorities. We are committed to providing an uncompromisingly exceptional academic experience and workforce training despite the unpredictable challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Robeson Community College (RCC) has taken measures and established a Safe Return to Campus Plan, which emphasizes the guidelines established by local, state, and national health officials. The College will follow the North Carolina (NC) Community College System guidance, directives given by the Governor, as well as, the local orders and ordinances of the Robeson County Health Department. College administrators will remain in close contact with officials from all of the above-mentioned organizations weekly, and in some cases daily. As our public health officials’ knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, RCC’s policies and procedures may be updated as necessary.
Overview of Safety Measures
Keeping the RCC campus safe must be a collective effort. Therefore, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to comply fully with all COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines. The college has moved forward with implementing the following measures. See the detailed RCC Safe Return to Campus Plan.
- To keep all students, faculty, staff, and visitors reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Face coverings are required in all public locations including hallways, classrooms, labs and even outside locations where a safe distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
- COVID-19 stations have been placed in designated, high traffic areas. The stations are stocked with a limited supply of disposable masks, face shields and hand sanitizer, and should be used as needed.
- High touch areas or high traffic areas and buildings are cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day, and a deep cleaning will occur every evening.
- Water fountains and water dispensers may be disabled to prevent the spread of the virus.
- If a positive COVID-19 case is reported or suspected, the area or building will be closed and sanitized according to CDC guidelines
- To intentionally decrease the density in buildings, promote social distancing, and reduce contact in classrooms, labs, hallways and open areas.
- Social distancing signage, visual cues, floor decals, colored tape, etc. are used to alter traffic patterns and indicate where everyone should stand or sit.
- One-way directional signage is used to increase the distance between individuals entering, exiting or passing in hallways.
- Directional signage encouraging the use of stairs rather than elevators are visible, especially when descending. Elevator capacity should be reserved for disabled persons.
- Access to common areas has been physically restricted and plexiglass shields have been installed in public-facing areas (i.e. reception desks and student support centers).
FALL SEMESTER BEGINS AUGUST 17, 2020
We are excited to offer course schedules to support the varied needs of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes will be offered in a variety of methods, including traditional or face-to face with reduced class sizes, online asynchronous, online synchronous, hybrid, and blended.
Even amid the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our goal to work with each student to find an instructional method that works best during these unprecedented times.
Students who have already registered, may review their schedules in Self-Service. If schedule changes need to be made, please contact Ms. Kim Jacobs at (910) 272-3353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a brief description of the types of instructional delivery methods that will be offered for the fall semester:
- Blended Courses: Curriculum or continuing education courses in which less than (<) 50% of instruction is delivered when the student and the instructor are separated by distance. Students should expect to complete assignments and to participate fully in both the online and face-to-face portions of the class.
- Hybrid Courses: A hybrid course combines both the online and face-to-face environment. Part of the instruction, such as lectures, is presented online while another segment, such as lab work, is taught in the traditional face-to-face setting. Curriculum or continuing education courses will be delivered with more than (>) 50%, but less than (<) 100% of instruction when the student and the instructor are separated by distance. Students should expect to complete assignments and to participate fully in both the online and face-to-face portions of the class.
- Online Courses: In an online course, instruction may be synchronous (requires all participants to be online at a specified time) or asynchronous (learning “anytime, anywhere” meaning that the learning process of a subject is performed without fixed class hours in classrooms). College curriculum or continuing education course in which 100% of the instruction is delivered via the Internet/online. Courses may have proctored testing, but instruction is delivered online.
- Traditional or Web Assisted Course: A web assisted course is a College credit course where the primary delivery is via traditional face-to face method with a requirement that students have Internet access as a supplemental part of the course. A class where instruction is provided during regularly-scheduled classroom or laboratory/clinical meeting times attended by students in-person. Faculty will use the Course Learning Management System (LMS) to provide some instructional information and resources via the online environment.
- North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) Course: Through the assistance of a video network, students are seated in a classroom at Robeson Community College while they view their instructor, who is located at another institution, via a television screen. Such a course is offered through NCIH (North Carolina Information Highway).
A listing of course section numbers can be viewed here. Please remain abreast of calendar updates by viewing the College Calendars and Schedules online. For more information, visit the 2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook
- Faculty Office Hours | Faculty office hours may be held virtually through video conferencing vs. face-to-face. Therefore, students should email or call ahead to schedule a face-to-face meeting with faculty or advising session.
- Offices and Department | All departments and offices are open, but practicing social distancing. Students are encouraged to contact the various departments as listed below for assistance and information: