Update May 4, 2020 - 3:12 p.m.
Update April 14, 2020 - 10:59 a.m.
Due to the current situation, the regulations for Withdrawals and Pass/No Pass Options have relaxed for Spring 2020. We have created some FAQs for your information, but we encourage you to reach out to your Counselor and/or Financial Aid Technician to discuss your particular circumstance.
Q: Can I withdraw from a class without receiving a W on my transcript?
A: Yes, you can receive an EW (Excused Withdrawal) – a withdrawal due to extraordinary circumstances. The EW does not calculate into GPA calculation, progress probation or dismissal calculations. If a student withdrew on or after March 4, 2020, and received a W on their transcript, that will be automatically converted to an EW grade soon.
Q: If I receive an EW, will I have to return my financial aid funds?
A: For more financial aid information related to withdrawing from classes please contact your Financial Aid Technician.
Q: Will the EW count as an attempt of the course?
A: No – this will not count as an attempt. You can retake the course without any issues.
Q: How do I withdraw from a class?
A: The deadline for you to withdraw from courses has passed. However, you can let your instructor know that you would like to receive an EW instead of a grade. They will have this option during this Spring 2020 grading period.
Q: If I end up with a bad grade because of the COVID-19 crisis, can I get that changed to an EW?
A: Yes. After you receive your grades for Spring, 2020, you can convert your posted grade to an EW. Petitions will be available on the Admissions website. (Check out the Easy Petition below.)
Q: Will I receive a refund if I ask for an EW?
A: To receive a refund, please submit a "Fee Refund Request Form", available on the Admissions webpage in “Online Student Forms”. If you receive a California College Promise Grant (fee waiver) or other type of waiver, you will not receive a refund. Please speak with your Financial Aid Technician if you are receiving Federal Financial Aid.
Q: What if I already withdrew from my course and there is a W on my transcript?
A: Students who withdrew after March 4, 2020, will have their W changed to an EW.
Q: What if I just can’t get everything done in my class due to the switch to online and I just need a little more time?
A: Talk with your instructor about an Incomplete.
Q: Can I still select a Pass/No Pass option?
A: Not directly. The deadline to change your grading to Pass/No Pass was several months ago. But read on…
Q: Can I convert my grades to Pass/No Pass after the term?
A: Yes, after you receive your grades, you can convert them from A, B, C, D, or F to a Pass or No Pass. A, B, and C become P. D and F become NP. Please contact your Counselor on how this may affect your personal circumstance. Petitions will be available on the Admissions website. (But check out the Easy Petition below.)
Q: What if I selected Pass/No Pass earlier, and I earned a No Pass because of the virus situation?
A: You can convert the No Pass grade to an EW. (Check out the Easy Petition below.)
Q: So what is this “ Easy Petition ”?
A: Until Thursday, May 14, 2020, students can fill out this new, simple “Easy Spring 2020 Grade Change Petition,” a.k.a. the “Easy Petition.” It simply asks you to list the courses for which you want grade changes made, and then we will change your transcript as follows:
Grades of A, B, or C will be automatically converted to P (Pass).
Grades of D, F, or NP will be automatically converted to EW (Excused Withdrawal).
Very few students will convert As to Ps! But if you received a lower grade due to the impact of the virus, changing that grade to a P or EW may be a good choice for you, depending on your own unique situation.
We understand that this semester has been a difficult transition for you and we are here to help you figure out what is in your best interest. Your final grade is up to you. Completing either the “Easy Spring 2020 Grade Change Petition” or the regular Grade Change Petition is your responsibility if you are not satisfied with the grade assigned by your instructor.
(P.S. When we examine course grades across the college after this semester, we expect to see mostly As, Ps, and EWs, with a few Bs, Cs, and Ds here and there.)
Update April 13, 2020 - 4:12 p.m.
Economic Impact Payment for those who did not have to file income tax last year: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Update April 6, 2020 - 12:59 p.m.
Dear Columbia College Student,
We are planning for the Summer and Fall Semesters as the social distancing phase continues. With all the efforts made collectively so far, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County remains at 1, with 245 tested and 238 turning out to be negative as of April 3, 2020. However, we are taking precautionary measures to reduce the possibility of spread of COVID-19 virus as much as possible.
Here are some of the steps we have taken so far:
1. All classes for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 will be conducted in Remote Learning mode.
2. All services will be provided in remote learning mode for the reminder of Spring semester.
3. As Finals approach, you may want to make use of Online Tutoring.
4. Summer registration has started; please check the website for details.
5. Columbia College has distributed 60 hotspots and 60 laptops to provide students the technology they need.
6. Graduation in its traditional form will not be held this year. I will finalize and communicate graduation plans later this week.
If you are having difficulty to access services, please let your faculty member, counselor, or any other staff member know and we will guide you through the remote access.
Stay safe and study hard for the finals! Go Jumpers!
Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
President, Columbia College
Update April 4, 2020 - 7:21 a.m.
(Sorry - no longer available) Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School
Update March 19, 2020 - 10:45 a.m.
Message for Columbia College students:
At Columbia College, we are committed to provide the services our students need in order to complete their academic endeavors at all times. The college continues to follow the guidelines issued by California Department of Public Health. Although the guidelines issued on March 17 do not mandate campus closure given our location, as an abundance of caution, we are minimizing services on campus. This is not the “hard closure” like we have become accustomed to on snow or smoke days. To continue to serve our students, we are offering some services via remote but we will continue to offer some services on campus to serve our students and their educational needs.
What will be available from remote?
- All face-to-face lecture classes will be offered via remote effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- Lab classes that are possible to be conducted via remote will transition effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- Counseling services will be offered via remote effective Monday, March 23, 2020
- Most student services will be offered via remote effective Monday, March 23, 2020
What will be available on campus?
- Lab courses that cannot be offered via remote
- Usage of Library area, Manzanita (Upper Level) and Career Center for accessing computers and internet
- Staff at hand to help students access remote services
- Effective Monday, March 23, grab and go food bowls and the food pantry will be stocked and available to students in the Manzanita Bldg. (upper level) from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.
Please know that we will try to minimize the traffic on campus to ensure social distancing. However, you will have an opportunity to use the campus facilities to access internet and use computers.
Update March 13, 2020 - 6:58 p.m.
Dear Columbia College Student,
Columbia College faculty, staff, and administrators have been working diligently on two critically important factors – your health and your education. You are here with us at Columbia College to learn, and we are committed to providing the information and assistance you need to do so. Due to the COVID-19 crisis underway, public gatherings across the world are being rescheduled or cancelled to reduce the frequency of contact between individuals, which slows the spread of the virus. Although Columbia College has not had any student or staff member infected with the virus, we are following guidance from government agencies and healthcare providers to limit interpersonal interactions.
Out of an abundance of caution, Columbia College is transitioning most of its classes to Remote Learning by Wednesday, March 17, 2020. Specifically, all face-to-face LECTURES will be shifted to Remote Learning while hands-on LABS will remain face-to-face but will do so with increased social distancing.
What do these phrases mean?
Remote Learning just means that you and your instructor will not be in the same room at the same time. Some classes will shift to become fully online in Canvas and will function like a normal online class. Others will keep the scheduled class meeting times but you’ll watch the lectures at home or somewhere with good wifi on a computer. In still others, your instructor will email you materials to review and learn from and you’ll email back your homework and responses. Quizzes and exams will be accomplished remotely as well. Social distancing in labs means that your instructor will be adjusting lab assignments to eliminate most partnering, group work, and other activities in close proximity to other students. Each student will be provide a little more personal space to complete their lab tasks. Some of our labs are out in the forest, at off-campus fire training sites, and in field studies courses, and these essential hands-on learning activities must continue. Even there, interpersonal contact will be reduced whenever possible.
- March 16-17, 2020 (Monday and Tuesday) – Possible Shift – Your instructor has been given permission to shift your class to Remote Learning, to cancel your class for one or both days to be trained on how to teach via Remote Learning, or to meet the class as scheduled and use this time to discuss the plan with you in person. Plan to show up on campus in person as scheduled unless you hear otherwise from your instructor.
- March 18, 2020 (Wednesday) – Mandatory Shift – All LECTURES will be delivered through Remote Learning. Hands-on LABS may continue on campus with social distancing. Faculty will convey information to their own students about how lectures and labs will be delivered.
- All services on campus will remain open. The Child Care Center, Library, Student Center, Counseling, DSPS, and other services retain their standard operating hours. Students can use the library computer lab (frequently cleaned!), other computers on campus, wifi, and other campus resources they need to succeed
If you are taking an online course, it will continue just as it has been with no modifications. Online classes will be the one type of instruction that is not disrupted.
What about off-campus classes?
These are all special cases and require unique solutions. Please look for an email from your instructor about how your class will proceed. In general, if you are a high school student taking a Columbia College class on your campus, your class will follow guidance from your high school. If you are taking classes as part of the Tuesday/Thursday evening video-broadcast classes, you may continue to use your off-campus location or participate in the classes from home.
What about other events on campus?
All non-essential events on campus have been cancelled through the end of March.
For now, your goal and ours is to concentrate on just teaching and learning. Everyone at the college is working diligently to help you succeed in mastering your course material. We know how important this is to you, and we’re striving to provide you the tools for success while also providing protections against spread of this virus.
Finally, information continues to pour in from multiple state agencies. Should this plan change, we will communicate the information to you via email, CCAlert, and the college website.
Update March 10, 2020 - 10:06 a.m.
Information is coming to you from a variety of sources regarding the spread of COVID 19, commonly referred to as Corona Virus. At Columbia College, we are monitoring the situation in conjunction with the county health officials. The college’s endeavor is to keep the campus community informed of the latest news, avoid flooding mailboxes with an update every hour, encourage everyone to take necessary precautions and make the preparations necessary in case the situation escalates for the worse.
At this time there is no reported case of COVID 19 in Tuolumne or Calaveras County; however, that situation may change any moment. There are talks about campus closure and conducting classes online – as a public institution, there are regulations to follow. The college is balancing between maintaining integrity of instruction and the safety of our students and staff. Should the conditions require in our community to close the campus, the college president will make that call after consulting with local public health officials. Please be assured that the college is monitoring the situation closely.
Please take precautionary measures such as washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more under warm water and keeping your environment clean.
Update March 6, 2020 – 8:35 a.m.
Dr. Chris Fuzie, the YCCD Interim District Director of Public Safety has activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to involve health services personnel at MJC and Columbia College, and facilities from the district and colleges. This group has been in touch with health and law enforcement officials from the county, and are continuing to monitor the situation very closely. There is a close sharing of information between them, and as each receives new information, the update is quickly shared. Where appropriate or necessary, they will zupdate the campuses and district.
YCCD District Director of Facilities Planning and Operations, has immediately ordered supplies for both colleges to increase sanitizing capabilities. We have been informed that these disinfectants will kill SARS associated with Coronavirus and Human Coronavirus. It is important to note that no information, at this time, has informed us that any of the above products will specifically kill the COVID-19 virus. In the absence of hard information, and until we are notified otherwise, these are the standard products that are being used universally for sanitizing purposes for the classrooms, labs and office environments. Informational sheets will be placed in restrooms to provide instructions on cleanliness procedures, and to serve as public health reminders during this time.
The Facilities department is working very hard to coordinate with college staff to provide a safe working and learning environment for everyone.
The California Department of Public Health considers the risk to the general public to be low, and as such there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes or events. However, we recognize this is a fluid situation and we will continue to work closely with our expert partners in the public health field. On an individual level, the best method to prevent the spread of this virus is by frequently and thoroughly washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more under warm water.