PRIORITY UPDATE: Campus Access & Operations - March 19

March 19, 2020, 7:19 p.m.

RE: PRIORITY UPDATE: Campus Access & Operations

Dear STCC Faculty and Staff:

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, and every faculty and staff member. 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 to students, 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: Any employee with questions should speak with their supervisor. 

Please note that all employees scheduled to work March 23rd through March 27th, benefited and non-benefited, will be paid. I anticipate receiving formal guidance from the Commonwealth, with expectations following that date. 

Going forward, I want to emphasize what you can expect specific to actions and next steps:

Over the coming days, and sometimes hours, you can expect regular communication from your managers, supervisors, deans, and Cabinet administrators. We will not always have immediate answers to the questions and challenges that lay before us with this unprecedented change in operations. We will however, get through these challenges because STCC will be needed in the weeks and months to come.

Future announcements will address any in-person services should they, and when they, become necessary.

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 students, working with grace, civility, and selflessness during an incredibly trying time.  With gratitude, I want to thank each and every one of our staff, faculty, and administrators for your contributions, adaptations, facilitation, and stunning amount of support and effort.  STCC is resilient, and I remain incredibly thankful for our mission as a unique technical community college.

Take good care everyone,

John B. Cook, Ph.D.