Coronavirus: Finals Week & Spring Term update

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We know that the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout Oregon is of concern to our students, employees, and community.  Chemeketa is committed to providing a safe and healthy educational environment, but recognizes the way we provide instruction and service will need to shift for a time in response to recommendations from the Governor, Oregon Health Authority, public health officials, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow the rate of exposure and potential illness.  It is important to remember that, at this time, no members of the Chemeketa community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The state does not recommend that Oregon’s colleges close at this time, and Chemeketa will stay open and operational.  What we will do is follow the recommended preventative measures, including:

  • abiding by a ban by Governor Kate Brown on large public gatherings/events with more than 250 people, effective immediately, through at least April 8, 2020;
  • limiting all non-essential travel;
  • cancelling college-associated gatherings and group activities that do not allow for individuals to maintain a distance of three feet from one another (referred to as social distancing);
  • limiting non-essential meetings of over 20 people;
  • shifting to “remote learning,” which incorporates online learning and strategies to limit face-to-face class interaction wherever feasible; and
  • implementing social distancing measures with hands-on CTE and lab classes.

The most recent action by Governor Brown to close K-12 public schools in Oregon from March 16 – 31 impacts students in many ways.  It is very important to limit the possible exposure to COVID-19 on campus; thus, students may not bring children on campus.  

What this Means for Finals Week (next week):

Because exams are typically held in classrooms/labs and this presents a challenge to social distancing, there will be no face-to-face instruction or exams beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of winter term.  Please watch your email or Blackboard/eLearn messaging for specific information from your instructors concerning each of your courses.  At this time, student services will remain open on campus, although we strongly encourage students to connect remotely by email or telephone if possible before coming in.  Contact information for departments can be found on our websiteSee below for specific bookstore information.

Please note:  If you have a “hold” on your account for spring term that requires you to meet with an advisor, that hold has been removed.  To discuss your plans for spring term with an advisor, do not hesitate to contact us at advising@chemeketa.edu.  Please provide a contact telephone number in that email so that we can respond to you quickly.

What this Means for Spring Term:

Based on what we know today, Chemeketa will begin classes for Spring term 2020 on Monday, April 6 — one week later than originally planned.  The term will conclude as previously scheduled, during the week of June 8-12.  It will be a 10-week term. We are committed to the health and safety of our community while supporting your academic journey and goals.  Beginning classes a week later than originally scheduled will allow us to best prepare for your return. Spring term financial aid disbursement and refunds will be made on the original spring term schedule.

The college will be open and providing services (but not classes) during the week after spring break, March 30 – April 4.  Again, we encourage you to use telephone and email to connect with us if possible, at least initially.

We care about you, your health, and your academic success.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this rapidly changing landscape.  Please continue to watch your email for further updates.

Sincerely,

Dr. Howard

BOOKSTORE UPDATE:
Rental Returns:

Due date for book rental return is extended to April 6 (from March 21)

Buyback:
Book buyback will continue in the bookstore lobby as planned with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  Buyback is extended into the first week of April.

Spring term book sales:
To encourage as much online sales as possible, the bookstore will offer free shipping for online book orders for spring term.  Books will be sold at the store as a counter service only.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. We will continue to provide updates as we have more information. Additional information will be shared through your Chemeketa email, social media, and go.chemeketa.edu/coronavirus.