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COVID-19 General Update

COVID-19 UPDATE

August 5, 2020

SUSCC has received notice that at this time an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols.  Out of an abundance of caution and in our efforts to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus we will be notifying those who have had direct contact with the employee, to the extent possible, and these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Health and safety remain our number one priority. SUSCC is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.  In addition, we are taking additional steps to attempt to ensure the cleanliness or all of our facilities. While we hope and pray this will be the only positive tests for COVID-19 within our College community, in the event there are others of which we become aware, we will use our best efforts to notify those we are able to determine have had contact with that individual so they may take recommended health measures.  The College is committed to keeping you updated on the local COVID-19 risk and will provide direction to our staff, students and families with additional instruction as appropriate.

July 22, 2020

To  view the Fall 2020 Student Safety Protocol that will be in place click here


July 7, 2020

“SUSCC (College) has received notice that at this time a SUSCC student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols.  Out of an abundance of caution and in our efforts to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus we will be notifying the instructor and all students in the students’ classes will be notified, to the extent possible, and these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Health and safety remain our number one priority. SUSCC is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.  In addition, we are taking additional steps to attempt to ensure the cleanliness or all of our facilities. While we hope and pray this will be the only positive tests for COVID-19 within our College community, in the event there are others of which we become aware, we will use our best efforts to notify those we are able to determine have had contact with that individual so they may take recommended health measures.  The College is committed to keeping you updated on the local COVID-19 risk and will provide direction to our staff, students and families with additional instruction as appropriate.”


July 6, 2020

“SUSCC (College) has received notice that at this time an SUSCC student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols.  Out of an abundance of caution and in our efforts to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus we will be notifying the instructor and all students in the students’ classes will be notified, to the extent possible, and these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Health and safety remain our number one priority. SUSCC is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.  In addition, we are taking additional steps to attempt to ensure the cleanliness or all of our facilities. While we hope and pray this will be the only positive tests for COVID-19 within our College community, in the event there are others of which we become aware, we will use our best efforts to notify those we are able to determine have had contact with that individual so they may take recommended health measures.  The College is committed to keeping you updated on the local COVID-19 risk and will provide direction to our staff, students and families with additional instruction as appropriate.”


June 30, 2020

Guidelines for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant funds were updated on June 17, 2020 to re-establish the following:

Must meet Title IV guidelines in order to qualify to receive federal assistance

To abide by the new guidance, any students who were not previously awarded and seek to be considered must meet the requirement listed above along with all other guidelines previously provided. 


June 18, 2020

“SUSCC (College) has received notice that at this time an SUSCC student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols.  Out of an abundance of caution and in our efforts to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus we will be notifying the instructor and all students in the students’ classes will be notified, to the extent possible, and these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Health and safety remain our number one priority. SUSCC is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.  In addition, we are taking additional steps to attempt to ensure the cleanliness or all of our facilities. While we hope and pray this will be the only positive tests for COVID-19 within our College community, in the event there are others of which we become aware, we will use our best efforts to notify those we are able to determine have had contact with that individual so they may take recommended health measures.  The College is committed to keeping you updated on the local COVID-19 risk and will provide direction to our staff, students and families with additional instruction as appropriate.”


June 17, 2020

SUSCC final disbursement of grant funds were chosen to be released to students who display financial need based on a “0” Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) calculation on the 2019/2020 FAFSA. Additionally, these are students that did not receive grant funds such as SEOG or ASAP throughout the academic year. The limited source of funds were released on 06/17/2020. Please check your SUSCC email for more information. 


June 3, 2020

Guidelines for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant funds were updated on May 21, 2020 to remove the following:

  • Must meet Title IV guidelines in order to qualify to receive federal assistance

To abide by the new guidance, additional grant funds were released to students today, June 3, 2020. Please check your SUSCC email for more information. 


May 20, 2020

Southern Union State Community College is currently reviewing students for eligibility for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant funds. The college has received funds from the United States Department of Education to disburse to all eligible students enrolled in a traditional course that transitioned to an on-line course due to COVID-19.

In order to be considered for eligibility, students must:

  • Have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with Southern Union State Community College federal school code listed (001040) with a valid EFC
  • Meet Title IV guidelines in order to qualify to receive federal assistance
  • Enrolled for Spring 2020 semester courses as of March 16, 2020 (students who withdrew from all courses prior to the said date or enrolled mini term #1 courses that ended on March 3, 2020 do not qualify)
  • Enrolled in at least one (1) traditional course that transitioned to an on-line course due to COVID-19 (students enrolled in ALL online courses do not qualify)

Students who have already submitted a FAFSA for the 2019/2020 academic year has been reviewed for eligibility. Those who do not have a current FAFSA on file, you may complete the application online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Be sure to include federal
school code 001040. The deadline to submit the FAFSA is June 04, 2020. If not submitted and processed by the above date, you will not be considered for the CARES Act grant funds.
Once awarded, funds will be released through the same method selected through Heartland ECSI for other financial aid disbursements; paper check or direct deposit. If no option selected, funds will be released by paper check to the address listed on the student admissions record.


May 14, 2020

SUSCC recognizes that many of our students have faced financial hardships due to COVID-19. We understand it was a great inconvenience to you as a student pursuing your educational goals. We are happy to report that the College has received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant funds to provide financial assistance to relieve you of the financial burden you may have faced transitioning from on-campus to online instruction due to COVID-19 (as of March 16). To be considered, students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the College and meet Title IV eligibility. You will be notified via email if you are eligible to receive the CARES Act grant funds. Make sure your mailing address is correct on your MySUSCC portal.

https://bison.suscc.cc.al.us:444/accws/isclogin.pgm 

Visit this page regularly and monitor your SUSCC email for updates on the CARES Act grant funds.


April 14, 2020

Southern Union State Community College will continue online or alternate delivery instruction through summer semester. Limited face-to-face offerings in specialized courses in the health sciences and technical divisions will occur later in the summer as allowed. Summer classes begin May 18.

A breakdown of summer instruction via each instructional division is as follows:

Academic
Courses in the academic division will be taught online.  The usual fee associated with online courses will be waived, as will the online orientation course that is required for first-time online courses.   Students who have already registered for on-campus classes will be transitioned to the online course and will be contacted.

Health Sciences
Health Sciences will begin the semester with online instruction teaching the theory portion of the courses.  A method of conducting hands-on lab time will be determined and announced to each class.  This face to face instruction will occur mid to late semester.   Admission for the nursing program scheduled to begin this summer on the Wadley campus has been delayed to fall.  Students who have been admitted to this program will maintain their spot in the cohort.

Technical Education and Workforce Development
The Technical and Workforce Development Division will conduct instruction via a hybrid method beginning with the theory portion of courses taught online. The hands-on labs will be completed on campus later in the summer.  In the event that a lab is unable to meet at full capacity, a staggered lab schedule will be developed to ensure that each student is brought on campus.  For example, if students are able to return at 25% capacity using personal protection equipment, three to four students would attend lab for a few hours then rotate more students, repeating until all students have had the opportunity to come on campus and complete their hands-on competencies.

Please email info@suscc.edu if you have more questions.

For more information on registering for summer semester, paying tuition for summer, or financial aid disbursement please go here.


March 27, 2020

In accordance with Governor Ivey’s recommendations and through guidance by the Alabama Community College System, Southern Union State Community College will continue online instruction through the remainder of the semester. 

We understand that you may need extra tIme to adjust during this transition, so the last day to withdraw with a “W” from a full term or Mini-term 2 class has been extended to April 22.  You are able to withdraw using your mySUSCC portal through April 1. Beginning April 2, you may use the following form to withdraw: https://www.suscc.edu/about-suscc/extwithdrawal.cms

We will have summer classes, so remember to register beginning April 6! Information and a class schedule can be found here. The method of delivery (on-campus or online) is yet to be determined. We will communicate that as soon as we know something further. 

As always, if you have any questions email info@suscc.edu.

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March 24, 2020

Summer term registration is coming up!  Currently enrolled students can register online via mySUSCC beginning April 6.

New students should contact an advisor to register.  Instructions on how to reach an advisor can be found under remote advising. 

As a reminder, new students need to be sure that they have completed an admissions application, have sent in a copy of their transcripts and have emailed a copy of their driver's license to admissions@suscc.edu.

Summer Term classes begin May 18.   Decisions regarding the manner in which summer courses will be offered (on-campus or remotely) will be made in the near future.

Have other questions?  Email info@suscc.edu.

Students:  Please be sure to stay in contact with your instructor during this time of online learning.  If you have not already done so, please email or call them.  

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March 17, 2020

Classes will resume via Canvas tomorrow, March 18. You should receive an email form your instructor today or tomorrow with instructions on how to access your coursework.   Please also visit the Online Learning Resources link of this page for more information on how to use Canvas and for obtaining technical support. 

You can email any additional questions to info@suscc.edu.

 

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In the interest of the health and safety of our students, Southern Union will extend Spring Break for students through Tuesday, March 17. We ask that students refrain from returning to campus after spring break. Classes will resume via an alternative instruction method on Wednesday, March 18 and continue through at least April 3.

Instructions on how to continue your academic coursework will be emailed to you by Tuesday.  

To ensure appropriate "social distancing", all student and campus activities are canceled beginning Wednesday, March 18 through April 3. Per the Alabama Community College Conference, all athletic events are suspended through March 30. The Residence Hall will be closed through April 3. Further information will be relayed to resident hall students.  Advising will also be conducted via alternate methods.  

Students should check their student email frequently as communication will be through that channel.  Updates will also be posted on this page.

For up-to-date information from the Alabama Community College System go to https://www.accs.edu/coronavirus/.


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