Fall 2020 Central
Remote Student Services Guest Students Coronavirus
Laptop Discount Program
For a limited time, Bucks County Community College is offering students currently enrolled in Fall 2020 courses an opportunity to purchase certain college-approved laptops at a $250 discount via our bookstore. Students who wish to purchase a discounted laptop through this program must use the link provided on this page to view their options and make their purchase. Eligible students must select “Book Store Vouchers” at Checkout and enter their Bucks student ID number when prompted to apply their discount.Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The terms of this discount are subject to change without notice and this program will end once all allocated funds have been disbursed. Students who elect to purchase a discounted laptop under this program must be prepared to pay for the remainder of the cost utilizing their own funds. Students receiving financial aid may not use their award toward the purchase of a discounted laptop under the terms of this program.
What we're doing this semester
Mostly Remote & Online
Most courses will be held remotely or online. Students will be allowed on campus for courses that have a required hands-on component. Students enrolled in designated hands-on courses will be granted access to campus.
Students with hands-on classes will be directed to leave campus once their class has finished. These classes include portions of health science, chemistry, culinary, kinesiology, workforce training, public safety training, and some music & arts.
Everyone on campus must maintain a distance of at least 6ft. There will be no events or group gatherings and as a result, all fall sports have been canceled. The cafeteria will remain closed and students are not to gather before or after class.
Deep cleaning and sanitization will occur frequently and thoroughly throughout campus. In addition, we strongly encourage students to wash their hands frequently and make use of the plentiful hand sanitizing stations that will be set up.
In addition to increased sanitization and social distancing measures, our campus will require face coverings at all times. If you do not have a CDC-approved face covering to use while on campus, one will be provided to you by Bucks.
Any person who feels unwell should not come to campus. Any person diagnosed with COVID-19 or with confirmed exposure to the SARS-COV-2 virus should stay home and inform their professor by email to facilitate contact tracing.
Remote (synchronous) courses will use technology like Zoom for classes at designated times, as listed in the schedule. This means classes include regular, virtual class meetings where students can interact with instructors and fellow classmates. Classes previously designated hybrid or face-to-face will have a virtual meeting component that is outlined in the course syllabus. It may be all class time or a portion of the scheduled time, with the remaining learning time online.
Online (asynchronous) classes are taught using a Learning Management System (LMS) like Canvas. All materials are shared via this tool. These classes do not include a virtual meeting format. Designated meeting times are not required and all work can be done virtually. Online courses do have deadlines for submitting completed work and taking quizzes and exams; they are not self-paced.
Advising & Registration Available Virtually
Get advised and register for your classes as soon as possible. Academic advising is a service that all students are encouraged* to use in planning their course work. Advising will be conducted remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Advising is required to register for Fall & Spring Classes
Watch Q&A with the Provost
June, 24, 2020
Bucks County Community College Provost, Lisa Angelo, answers questions related to our Fall 2020 semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on our live Q&A with the Provost, we've compiled some frequently asked questions. More may be added over time, so check back occasionally.
Does Bucks have a plan for Fall 2020 semester?
In order to ensure the health & safety of our community, most courses will be held remotely or online. Students will be allowed on campus for courses that have a required hands-on component. Students enrolled in designated hands-on courses will be granted access to campus to complete their studies for the class time allotted & will be directed to leave campus once their class has finished. These classes include portions of health science, chemistry, culinary, kinesiology, workforce training, public safety training, and some music and arts.
All students and faculty coming to campus will be required to maintain social distancing rules & wear a mask. There will be no group gatherings and as a result, all fall sports have been canceled. The cafeteria will remain closed and students are not to gather before or after class. Many remote student activities are planned, with more info to be released in the coming weeks. While our facilities, especially classrooms, do not permit us to bring back all students given the strict screening, social distancing, and sanitizing protocol required between each class, under this plan, we will ensure course learning goals are met in a safe manner. We will also be able to determine our capacity for managing the guidelines from the PA Department of Education & the CDC.
Should conditions continue to improve once the semester is underway, we have the option to bring more students to campus. Conversely, should the situation worsen in the fall, our students' learning modality will not be disrupted. Please know that we did not make any of these decisions lightly, and our first priority is ensuring that our Bucks community stays safe & healthy. As you continue to learn & work remotely, know that the college is here to help if you are having difficulties. Please don't hesitate to reach out. Stay safe and healthy.
Who is allowed on campus?
Students will be allowed on campus for courses that have a required hands-on component. Students enrolled in designated hands-on courses will be granted access to campus to complete their studies for the class time allotted & will be directed to leave campus once their class has finished. These classes include portions of health science, chemistry, culinary, kinesiology, workforce training, public safety training, and some music and arts. There's a list of hands-on classes, above. Students enrolled in these courses will receive specific instructions before the class begins.
Will student activities and sports be taking place this fall?
There will be no fall sports, but student activities will take place virtually. More details will be posted on this page once the semester begins.
What measures are being taken to ensure everyone’s safety once campuses are open?
Please know that the safety and well-being of our students and staff are of utmost importance. Anyone coming to campus for a hands-on class must wear a face mask. Desks or workstations will be spaced 6 feet apart in classrooms and our cleaning staff will be disinfecting all surfaces and high touch points after each class has ended. Those on campus will also notice signage regarding handwashing stations or hand sanitizer, special bathroom procedures will be posted, and you may also see one-way walking directions in the hallways. Before coming to campus students will be asked to follow some special check-in protocols, but more to come on that!
Will there be a reduced or shortened semester?
At this time all academic calendars and semester dates remain the same as posted. If anything changes, we will communicate that to students.
How will clinicals & labs work?
Nursing theory components will be held remotely. Skill labs for the NURS 101 section will be allowed on campus as listed on the website. We are working with clinical affiliates to structure appropriate clinical learning experiences. Your instructors will update you as new details become available.
What student resources will be available for me?
All existing student services and resources will be available virtually. From our Academic Success Center to our Counseling Services, students will have full access to our staff remotely.
What Library Services are available this fall?
The physical library spaces will remain closed for the fall semester. The library continues to provide online/virtual services to the college community during regular hours. Learn more at bucks.edu/library/.
The college community has 24-hour access to electronic materials through the library catalog and databases. Library staff are able to remotely provide interlibrary loans of electronic materials. Due dates of physical materials during the COVID19 campus closure have been extended and late penalties have been waived.
Reference assistance and questions (chat services and contact information) at bucks.edu/library/ask/.
For more complex research needs visit bucks.edu/library/fac-services/research/.
*Library books will be circulated on a limited basis during the fall. Students requesting library materials should send an email to email@example.com from their Bucks email with their student number, book title, author, and call number. The library will reply when materials are ready, providing available dates and times for curbside pickup. Please allow extra time for this process and request library materials as far in advance as possible.
Students wanting to return books during the fall semester should email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for curbside drop off.
Student IDs will not be required for the fall semester and will not be made.
Are offices closed?
Many of the offices on campus will be physically closed, but in some classes, appointments might be available. We will communicate these details as plans are finalized. Students can still reach all our offices virtually and by phone or email as listed on the website.
Will my professor have office hours?
Yes, many professors will have virtual office hours via Zoom. Check with your professor or the course syllabus for more information.
What can I do before and after class?
We ask that students not gather or congregate on campus, even if social distancing is occurring. All common areas and gathering places will be closed. We're sorry, but your health at this time is most important to us.
Will the cafeteria and/or Starbucks be open?
Unfortunately, there will not be any food options for the fall. Vending machines will be available, but the cafeteria and Starbucks will be closed for the foreseeable future.
Will students, staff, and faculty be tested for COVID-19 on campus?
We do not have plans at this time to test for COVID-19 on campus. We will have procedures and policies in place should anyone feel sick while on campus or contract the illness after being in one of our hands-on classes. More information will be communicated with those that will have classes on campus.
Will dual enrollment courses taught at high schools be impacted?
At this time, we expect that all dual enrollment courses will still take place in the fall. More information will be available from your guidance office at the start of the school year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Do I need specific tools or software for my “remote” classes?
Students should check the syllabi for more information on specifics, but it’s highly likely that you’ll need a device with a microphone and/or camera. These tools will be necessary to participate in the real-time “remote” classes that use Zoom or similar software. Some of the classes that require proctored testing might also require a specialized set-up.
Is Bucks offering a tuition discount for Fall 2020?
The yearly tuition is set by the Board of Trustees and they determined to keep tuition frozen for in-county residents at $165 per credit, which is the same as the previous year. Fees will remain the same for now, but may potentially be partially refunded on a course by course basis. That decision will be based on criteria determined by each academic department Dean.
What if my professor wants us to meet on campus if/when restrictions are lifted in the fall?
If conditions improve and faculty are granted permission to have class meetings on campus, students will not be required to attend any of these in-person meetings or classtime. It will be at the discretion of the student, but not mandatory or required for the classes this fall.
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