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Letter from Dr. Joy Gates Black, College President, March 12, 3:06 p.m.

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March 12, 3:06 p.m.

Dear College Family,

The College has made the decision to extend spring break for all students enrolled in face-to-face and online classes through Sunday, March 22, 2020.  During the extended spring break, faculty will plan for and execute the transition of all face-to-face classes into an online format for the remainder of the spring semester, and all classes will resume online on Monday, March 23.  Classes that were scheduled to begin the week of March 16 will begin the week of March 23. Faculty will contact their students via e-mail by March 20 with specific instructions to access their courses in Canvas.

Although face-to-face classes will move online, we recognize that students may need to visit our College campuses and centers to access the Learning Commons, computer labs, and other means of technology. As such, all College locations will reopen to serve students on March 23. Student and academic support services will be available when classes resume on March 23.

For the remainder of the semester, all student related activities, including athletics, and external events are canceled. Though we regret needing to take this action, we believe that an overabundance of safety is in the best interests of all who are part of the College community.

All staff should report to work on Monday, March 16 as scheduled. However, we do recognize that staff members may have the need to work remotely. Working with their supervisor and the department of Human Resources, in advance, we will balance these needs to the best degree possible. An email clarifying this will be sent by the Vice President of Human Resources.

Thank you for your patience as this is a fluid situation. I will continue to communicate any and all updates to the College community. Please visit the College’s website at


Dr. L. Joy Gates Black