Updated: Nov. 18, 2020
Coronavirus Information for Students
With the decision to offer mostly remote classes for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, what does that mean for you? Please see below for addition information regarding fall.
This document, Myths of Online Learning, will address some common misunderstandings about online classes.
As most classes will be held online for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, students are able to select and enroll in remote instruction courses from all available options, regardless of the listed campus. To ensure you are viewing all available options, please do NOT select a campus when searching for classes.
Please see the example below:
If the building is listed as “Remote,” then your class will only be held on Zoom during the times scheduled.
If a hands-on lab is part of the class, the actual day and time of the on-campus portion are listed on the schedule with a real building and room number (for example, Lancaster Main 313 for a chemistry class).
- The HACC Foundation is pleased to offer many scholarships to our students. Please visit our webpage for application deadlines and continue to check your HAWKMail account for YOUR opportunity to apply for free money.
- Students who met the federal guidelines for CARES Act emergency financial aid grants were notified via email on June 18, 2020, that they would be receiving a grant. Details regarding the distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act monies are available at hacc.edu/CARESact.
- The HACC Foundation, Student Government Association, Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, CARE Center and Office of Inclusion and Diversity have partnered to continue the Groceries on the Go initiative launched in June 2020. Please visit the website for future dates and locations.
- The Consultation, Advocacy, Referrals and Empowerment (CARE) Center is a single stop to address non-academic student needs, including child care, food and housing, mental health, transportation and more. Dedicated staff in the CARE Center connect students to resources and services available at the College or within the community. This service is free to all HACC students. More information about the CARE Center is available at edu/CAREcenter.
The HACC Foundation has provided much-needed support to our students. Please watch this brief video to learn more about how students have benefited from the HACC Foundation.
Students may be eligible to borrow computers, calculators, internet access hotspots and other equipment for the summer and/or fall semester at no cost.
- Please visit the student tab in myHACC for Brightspace and Zoom resources for students. Students will have access to Brightspace and Zoom through myHACC. The instructor will email students the appropriate Zoom link for that class, and class will be held via Zoom instead of on campus for all remote classes. In addition, your Zoom login information may be posted in the Brightspace (D2L) information for your class.
- Students may have documents printed by the HACC bookstore and mailed to them. This includes articles from our library databases. Simply complete an online form for print jobs that are less than 100 pages or 100 pages or more. The HACC bookstore prints and mails/ships all print requests daily. However, as the calendar approaches the presidential election and the upcoming holidays, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service are advising of longer delivery times.
- Students can order books online at bookstore.hacc.edu for fall classes now. Textbooks for fall classes will be shipped to students at no cost. Payments through financial aid, credit card, check or HACC bookstore gift card will be accepted. Students can also order course materials, school supplies, HACC spirit gear and electronics online.
- Online drop-in advising hours are available.
- HACC partners with Mazzitti & Sullivan to provide counseling services to students. They are available 24/7 to offer support over the phone, online or in person. Currently enrolled credit students are provided with up to three free counseling sessions per semester. Those services continue for students, even during this COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Online Learning Commons website launched on July 1, 2020, and can be accessed at hacc.edu/LearningCommons. This website provides information about free Microsoft software for students and access to library, testing, tutoring and user support resources. Students can also use the chat features located on the Library webpage.
- Students can access instant drop-in appointments for tutoring through a software called TutorTrac. TutorTrac also allows students to schedule appointments up to 30 days in advance, which can be a great way to build in planning time for big papers, exams or projects. To learn more, please visit the tutoring schedules webpage.
- If students need technical support with a device or software, the Learning Commons offers chat services for user and technical support. The chat assists with quick troubleshooting and provides technical advice for students who may be experiencing difficulties with their devices, e-mail, Google Drive, Office365, Zoom, D2L/Brightspace and other items that User Support would ordinarily help with. Chat is staffed by a real, live person Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Time.
International students, you are valued members of our teaching and learning community for the cultural and intellectual contributions you make to the educational processes at HACC. We celebrate the diversity you bring to our classrooms and beyond.
We know that some of you were concerned with the ruling issued the week of July 6 stating that international students must take in-person classes at a U.S. university or community college. Please note that the Trump administration has canceled that ruling.
If you have additional questions, please contact the International Student Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HACC has made the decision to suspend all athletic programs for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters as a result of the pandemic.
Protecting your health and safety continues to be our top priority. This decision was made based on careful consideration of the current situation and the potential risks posed by COVID-19. With HACC campuses closed through Dec. 31, 2020, we are not able to offer the facilities for athletic practices and events.
We know this decision may be disappointing for students who were looking forward to playing at HACC during the fall 2020 semester. We will continue to promote activities that students can access remotely to remain connected and engaged during the fall 2020 semester.
Student IDs and parking passes are not being issued while the campuses are closed. The College will begin to issue student IDs again when the campuses reopen after May 14, 2021. If a student needs verification of their enrollment at HACC, these options are available:
- An unofficial transcript
- A copy of their college schedule
- An enrollment verification letter
Students can obtain their unofficial transcripts, a copy of their schedule and the enrollment verification letter through the myHACC portal. For additional support with enrollment verification, students can contact the College Welcome Centers via email at OneStopWC@hacc.edu or call 800-ABC-HACC.
Yes. The following Zoom sessions have been scheduled for students:
- Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.
- Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
Please check your HawkMAIL account for login information.
There are no alternative dates scheduled for the Zoom sessions with Dr. Ski. However, we plan to record the sessions for students who are unable to attend.
Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the Zoom session on Sept. 15 was not recorded.
Is there a searchable document with answers to the commonly asked questions in the emails from Dr. Ski?
A searchable index of all commonly asked questions (pdf) included in emails to students is now available. To search the document, please click “Find” in your web browser and type in your search words.
Please see the matrix below for email updates sent to students regarding the coronavirus.
Greetings, HACC students!
If you have not been receiving Dr. Ski’s regular email updates, please do the following:
- Check your spam filter and junk mail folders in your inbox.
- Email the following statement to HACCaction@hacc.edu and fill in the blanks with your information:
Greetings, Vertical Response Support!
Please resubscribe me to all email lists to receive emails from HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College (Dr._Ski_president_of_HACC@mail.vresp.com and HACC_Central_Pennsylvania_s_Comm@mail.vresp.com).
My name is: _______________
My email address is: ____________
We will continue to post these emails at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.