PRIORITY UPDATE: Students - March 19

Dear STCC Students:

I hope you are taking good care, and with all earnestness, we again encourage you to please remain in your home if you are sick and continue practicing social distancing.

Please be reassured that the college is doing all we can to provide for the health and safety of every student. As a parent, as a spouse, and as your President, I carry concern for you, your family and loved ones, and your friends, whom you may not be able to hold close right now.

During this remarkable time, I write having made the following priority decisions:

Effective Monday, March 23rd, all on-campus instruction is suspended for the remainder of the semester.

Question: Does this mean my lab, lecture, studio, or clinical is cancelled?

Response:  No. As has been stressed, faculty have been developing plans for remote/alternative instruction, and are communicating those plans to students. All instruction and student services will be provided remotely for the remainder of the semester.

All SHPS clinicals are suspended until 4/6. All SHPS labs are cancelled through 3/30.

Question: What does this mean for student financial aid, and related considerations?

Response: When there is clarity on these and other important questions, those will be communicated, and we will seek to minimize any adverse impacts.

Question: What if I have questions about access to admissions, tutoring, advising, library, disability services, financial aid, or other services?

Response: All student services will be provided remotely; please contact those supports by using phone and email information on the website. You can also email questions to

Effective Monday, March 23, access to campus is indefinitely restricted to designated personnel, and efforts to maximize remote operations will be in place to meet student needs.

Question:  I know public access to the STCC campus has been restricted, but if I  have a critical reason to come to campus, how do I make that arrangement? 

Response:  Please visit the website for phone and email information for all college offices.  

To close, we know this week was anything but the typical Spring Break.  Yet across the college I saw employees of all types, on behalf of our students, working with grace, civility, and selflessness during an incredibly trying time.  We are here for you; STCC is resilient, and I remain incredibly thankful for our mission as a unique technical community college.

Take good care,

John B. Cook, Ph.D.