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Updated October 12, 2021.

Find answers to questions about your upcoming semester, how to find in-person classes, or information on PCC’s COVID-19 health and safety practices. Please remember to visit this website frequently for the latest news – please check your PCC email regularly for updates.

General FAQ

Classes
How can I find in-person classes?

PCC is offering many in-person classes during the Fall 2021 term. You can find a full list by searching through our class schedule. Select “Show in-person classes only” to view only classes that have in-person components.

What programs are offering in-person classes?

View our Academic Program Reopening page for updated information regarding in-person classes.

How are classes being offered?

PCC offers classes in several ways to better support the many ways our students learn. View our Types of Classes at PCC page for a full list of class types.

How do I access my online/remote class?

Visit online.pcc.edu or click the “D2L Brightspace login” link in the quick links section in MyPCC.

How can I get help with this new class format?

For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend:

How do I take a placement test for Reading/Writing?

Because our Testing Centers are not open, an advisor can help you assess your placement for Reading and Writing. See our Placement tests page for more information.

What do I do if I would normally talk to my instructor in person at the first class for things like a waitlist exception or audit option?

These can be requested via email to the instructor of the course. Instructors can facilitate these approvals through email. Please use your PCC email to contact your instructor.

What if I don’t have a computer or internet access – should I drop my class?

We have some resources to help you, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, if you need a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please see our emergency funds page for more information.

How will my federal work study be affected?

Read the work study FAQs to learn about how your aid will be impacted and if you can keep working.

As always, don’t forget to check your MyPCC email often! We will continue to regularly send critical updates.

We will continue to update the college’s coronavirus website, so please remember to regularly check it for new information.

We thank you in advance for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that PCC is taking preventative and responsive measures during this time. Please know that our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare to deliver excellent instruction and support during Spring term.

How do I get and/or return my books?

All purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online, as our Bookstore locations are closed to the public. Online book buyback is available, as are online rental returns. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.

Services
What kind of student and accessibility services will be available?

Disability Services is operating remotely and providing support for on-site as well as online activity.

Student services change depending upon our reopening status. Take a look at our Academic Program Reopening page for updated information regarding services offered during a certain reopening stage.

Services such as Advising and Counseling, will continue to be offered remotely.

How do I access services I would normally visit on-campus?

Visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to see the remote support options for our key business services. You can also visit service area websites for more information, which is being updated continually.

Coming to Campus
Is the campus open to all students?

PCC campuses and buildings are only open official college business. Spaces and buildings are not open to the general public.

What do I need to know before I come on campus?

Safety at PCC is a shared responsibility among all members of our community choosing to return to campus. PCC implemented many rules and procedures that must be followed, but coming to campus also means acknowledging the risk for potential exposure to or contracting COVID-19 while on campus.

Can students remain on campus after their designated class time?

While we encourage you to keep your time on campus to a minimum, students are allowed to use PCC areas for study and working on remote classes.

Upcoming Terms
What is the plan for Winter 2022?

View our Reopening Planning page for updated information regarding the Winter 2022 term.

What are the next key dates for Winter 2022 Term?
  • Term starts: Monday, January 10
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, January 18 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, January 18 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, January 18 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, March 19 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, March 19 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, March 27
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, March 29

Visit the academic calendar for important dates.

What are the next key deadline dates for Winter 2022 Term?

Deadlines for Winter Term haven’t changed and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:

What is the plan for Spring 2022?

View our Reopening Planning page for updated information regarding the Spring 2022 term.

What are the next key dates for Spring 2022 Term?
  • Term starts: Monday, April 04
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, April 12 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, April 12 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, April 12 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 11 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 11 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, June 19
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, June 21

Visit the academic calendar for important dates.

What are the next key deadline dates for Spring 2022 Term?

Deadlines for Spring term haven’t changed and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:

Fees & Parking
Will I need a parking pass if I have a class that will meet on campus this semester?

Parking passes are not required for Fall 2021 terms. Learn more about parking and transportation.

Is PCC changing any fees for credit courses?
Effective for Winter 2021, PCC has removed the fees for Online Learning and Transportation. Take a look at our Tuition and fees for credit courses page for more information.
If you believe you may have been charged incorrectly, view our Refunds page for more information.

COVID-19 FAQ

Do you have materials in my native language?

Yes! We’ve created a page that hosts documents that cover all the COVID-19 essentials that PCC has implemented. This includes the policies we expect students to follow and the daily self check.

Do I still need to wear a mask/social distance/wash my hands if I’ve been vaccinated?

Yes. PCC requires everyone on campus to continue following health and safety protocols that are in place.

Will PCC notify students in the event of an infection or case of COVID?

Yes. PCC partners with local public health authorities to communicate with students, faculty, and staff who have come into close or sustained contact with a person who has COVID-19 including a description of how the college is responding. PCC utilizes multiple platforms to provide public health messaging to students and staff. These may include, as appropriate: PCC’s public website, MyPCC, email, and text alerts.

What happens if PCC closes?

If PCC is forced to close due to COVID-related issues, we will contact you with options available to continue your coursework.

If you are taking any in-person courses during a PCC’s limited reopening, modified reopening, or sustained reopening stages, there is a possibility that your course may be suspended, or necessitate changing the day, time, or location of the course if COVID-related issues arise.

What happens with my work or classes if I get COVID?

Whenever you are instructed to quarantine or isolate, whether as a result of medical advice or because you choose to take additional precautions, you are entitled to return to your course if it is still available and without any adverse action as a result of participation in COVID-19 quarantining or isolation activities.

What if I have an underlying medical issue?

Contact disability.services@pcc.edu to discuss the options available to you.

My family member is ill – what should I do?

Do not come to campus. If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19, or you choose to self-quarantine because of recent close contact with a symptomatic person:

What educational privacy rights do I have during this situation?

The U.S. Department of Education has a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and COVID-19.

Will PCC provide PPE such as masks for students who visit campus?

Students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, however, disposable face masks will be available for those who do not have one or forget to bring one. Please see your instructor or contact Public Safety at 971-722-4902 or publsafe@pcc.edu for assistance.

Will I be required to check in with someone before going to my designated room or location?

No. PCC will not require students to check in before going to their courses. You will be asked to complete a daily self-check online prior to arriving at the campus each day. This self-check can be found on MyPCC in the COVID-19 Information section.

Is there a plan in place if students or employees return to campuses but another outbreak of COVID-19 occurs?

Yes. PCC has developed an Exposure Response plan in case this situation occurs. What steps we take will be determined by the extent of the outbreak.

Do I need to wear my face covering if I am working alone in an area?

No. If you are alone in an enclosed workspace you do not need to wear a face covering. If someone comes into your area, you will need to put your face covering on.

Will I need to produce a doctor’s note?

No. PCC will not require a doctor’s note if you have COVID-19 or begin developing symptoms.

If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19:

What are my responsibilities as a student and what can I do to help prevent the spread?

There’s a lot you can do! Vaccination is the best form of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face covering, wash your hands, social distance to the greatest extent possible, and do a self-check each day. All of these small things help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19

If you have been to a PCC campus or center and believe you may have COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

Need help getting started at PCC? Contact our admissions staff for support. Current students can visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to find remote support options for PCC services.