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Updated as of: Saturday, June 20 at 11:15am.

COVID-19 and its impact to Oregon prompted a series of fast-paced responses that continue to alter our day-to-day lives. On March 20, PCC moved to remote operations for the launch of the 2020 Spring Term, and the college continues to adhere to Governor Kate Brown’s executive orders related to coronavirus to ensure the safety and health of those we serve.

While Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) collaborate on protocol enabling higher education to reopen so that it meets the Governor’s criteria and executive order, PCC has decided to remain in remote operations through Summer Term and Fall Term. However, Summer and Fall Terms will include exceptions allowing limited in-person instruction.

The limited number of academic exceptions for the second half of Summer Term and for Fall Term will be based on current criteria set forth by the HECC and the Governor’s executive orders, which prioritize programs essential to maintaining the health and safety of Oregonians. These programs are being determined by PCC’s Academic Affairs Council and the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office — with the caveat that they will maintain the health, safety and well-being for students and staff, including access to necessary personal protective equipment.

Remaining in remote operations is in accordance with current HECC guidelines and advice from local and national public health agencies. It enables the college to maintain health and safety standards for students and staff, and observe social distancing mandates.

Impact related to instruction

  • All Summer and Fall Term classes that were scheduled to be taught online and/or remotely will proceed as planned.
  • Academic Deans are partnering with Student Affairs leadership, and working with Faculty Department Chairs, to determine a limited number of exceptions to enable some face-to-face instruction during the second half of Summer Term and for Fall Term.
  • Details and additional information about these exceptions will be forthcoming.

Please remember to visit this website frequently, for the latest news, and for faculty, staff and students—please check your PCC email regularly for updates.

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PCC stands with all affected communities

In some cities around the world and locally in Oregon, there has been a xenophobic reaction to COVID-19, directly associating the virus with community members who are perceived to come from China or regions near Asia. PCC stands with members from all affected communities, and students of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds. There is no single profile for those who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Xenophobia has no place in our community. Discrimination or bullying of any kind is not in line with PCC values and will not be condoned or tolerated. A community member who experiences discrimination in any form is encouraged to report the incident immediately to the College for the appropriate team members for follow up, harm mitigation and resource referral.


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