Student Support Services Coronavirus FAQs Experience Bucks Virtually
Recently passed Federal legislation allocated emergency grant funding to higher education institutions for assisting certain groups of enrolled students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Department of Education is currently limiting eligibility for this program as follows:
- Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). If a student has submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. If you need to submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA, please visit the Financial Aid website and do so by May 22, 2020.
- Students who were enrolled in at least one (1) in-person class for the Spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020. Students enrolled exclusively in online classes as of March 13, 2020 are ineligible for these emergency grants.
Bucks is committed to quickly identifying and providing relief to students who qualify for these grants. Toward that end, the College is sending communications to the Bucks e-mail accounts of every student who appears to meet the eligibility requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. If you do not receive this e-mail by May 8, 2020 and you believe that you are eligible to apply for funding, please email us. The deadline to apply for emergency assistance under this grant program is May 29, 2020.
CARESAct@bucks.edu Care Act Emergency Grant Info
April 8, 2020
The College has decided to extend the remote instruction period through the end of Spring semester. All Spring 2020 courses that can be completed remotely shall do so. A small number of Spring 2020 courses cannot complete remotely due to lab, studio work, or other needs. Faculty who teach these sections will be in contact with their students soon regarding how outstanding course requirements will be completed.
Spring 2020 Grading
In light of the unanticipated and sudden alteration of course delivery, the College is offering students the option to pursue Pass/No Pass grading for any or all of their Spring 2020 courses. Students may make this choice after faculty have posted final grades. More information about this option, including a FAQ, will be posted on our website soon.
The College is shifting commencement from an in-person event to a virtual one. More details will follow soon. We are working to ensure that every graduating student has an opportunity to be recognized and to celebrate their accomplishment.
The College plans to conduct ALL instruction for the Summer I 6-week sessions remotely. The first 6 weeks of the 12 week Summer I courses will also be via remote instruction. No decisions have been made yet for the remaining 6 weeks of the 12 week Summer I courses or for Summer II (June 10 - August 11) or Summer III (July 1 – August 11).
Full message from the President
Board Meeting Materials
March 27, 2020
With the Governor’s stay-at-home order in effect for Bucks County until at least April 6, we have made the decision that all staff will continue to work remotely through April 30. This aligns with our current plan to continue remote instruction at least until that date. Under the Governor’s order, a few, essential staff are permitted to come to campus to maintain life-sustaining activities. These activities include core IT staff, when work cannot be done remotely, a core custodial staff, essential mail, Payroll and Accounts Payable and others to provide essential services while maintaining strict social distancing protocols.
No employees are permitted on campus without prior approval of their Cabinet member. If you believe you must come to campus for an essential need, please work through your supervisor, who will send your request to your Cabinet member. Please continue, as best as possible, regular college business. This includes department meetings, shared governance committee meetings and the like, via Zoom or other technology. The April Board of Trustees meeting will be held remotely with more information forthcoming on details for virtual access prior to the April 9 meeting date.
Message for Faculty & Staff
March 22, 2020
All campuses will remain closed through Sunday, March 29; this is a change from our previous plan to have staff return after Spring Break. We will be in communication next week if this date is extended. Classes will resume Monday, March 23 via online learning. If there is a delay getting your class moved online, your professor will be in touch directly.
Message for Students Message for Staff & Faculty
March 12, 2020
In the last two days, many universities in our region including West Chester, Penn State, Penn and Princeton, have made the decision to move from face-to-face classes to remote instruction. We have made the decision at Bucks to do the same. As of today, our plan is that staff will return to campus on Monday, March 23, following spring break.
Hybrid & In-Person Classes
For students currently taking in-person and hybrid courses, classes will resume remotely beginning March 23. In some cases there may be a delay for up to a week to allow the faculty time to prepare. Faculty will notify students of any and all changes by March 23. Classes will continue remotely, meaning all coursework and communication with be done via electronic devices through April 30. Faculty should be in touch with students as to what this means for a particular class and students have been asked to check Bucks email and their Canvas inbox for more information. Note that while some classes may be online in Canvas, others may take place "live" at the day and time the class is currently scheduled.
Current online classes will continue as planned, resuming March 23. Online March modular courses will begin as scheduled on March 23.
Classes postponed March 23rd through March 29th. You will receive notification of the re-scheduled dates via email. Due to the dynamics of the situation please continue to check your emails and the Continuing Education website.
March 10 & 11, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution for public health and to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, Bucks County Community College is suspending all events from noon Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, and temporarily closing all locations from March 14 through March 22 to allow for deep cleaning.
The college will be closing all campuses – the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol, the Newtown Campus, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and the Public Safety Training Centers in Doylestown and Croydon – from Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. The closure overlaps the March 16 – 22 spring break for credit students. All noncredit continuing education classes scheduled during this time are canceled or postponed. Ticketholders for events in the Zlock Performing Arts Center will be contacted with more information. In addition, all college-related conference trips and travel for students and staff are suspended until March 31.
Staff will be working remotely from home during this time. All told, the college consists of more than 900,000 square feet of building space at all five locations. Custodial staff will be wiping down and disinfecting all hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, shelves, doorknobs, and railings during the temporary closure, with a goal to reopen Monday, March 23.
Message for Students Message for Staff & Faculty
March 9, 2020
Our best defense against the coronavirus is hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soapy water, avoid touching your mouth, nose & eyes, and disinfect surfaces regularly. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
March 4, 2020
The college's facilities department is taking extra precautions to combat the spread of any germs by adding extra staff who are frequently wiping down high-traffic areas such as bathrooms, water fountains, doorknobs and handles, along with railings and computer equipment. Hand sanitation stations are scattered throughout all three campuses to use in a pinch, but we urge you to thoroughly wash your hands whenever possible.