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Review these FAQs for answers to questions you may have about our safe return to campus.

Student Updates

Good morning,

I want to thank each of you for being a part of our QCC community.  Your commitment to a better life through higher education is admirable, and I applaud you for your steadfast dedication to your studies.

Today, in light of the ongoing public health concerns and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by January 2022. 

Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.

Our number one goal is the safety of our college community, while ensuring vaccination status is not a barrier to students in their quest for a higher education. I believe we can do this with everyone’s help and I thank you all in advance for your support.

In the coming weeks we will be offering more information on the vaccine requirement process, on-campus vaccine clinics, and other information as it becomes available.

I encourage you to read the statement from all 15 community college presidents below.

“During the last 18 months, the Massachusetts Community Colleges have prioritized the health and safety of our communities while also recognizing that many of our students have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While a significant number of students, faculty, and staff are already vaccinated or are in the process of becoming vaccinated, the 15 colleges are seeking to increase the health and safety of the learning and working environment in light of the ongoing public health concerns and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With the number of new cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth in unvaccinated populations, the increased access and availability of vaccines in the Commonwealth, the Food & Drug Administration’s full and pending approval of available vaccines, and CDC guidance that the COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and highly effective at preventing infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death, the Presidents of all 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges announced today that they will require students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by January 2022.

Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.

As participants in the White House’s COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, the Massachusetts Community Colleges will continue to make vaccine clinics available on site. Further, the Massachusetts Community Colleges are committed to ensuring vaccination status is not a barrier to students and will continue offering a range of virtual learning opportunities and services.This vaccine requirement is aimed at ensuring the safest learning and working environment possible for the more than 135,000 students we educate and train each year as well as our staff and faculty. Additional details about implementation will be forthcoming.”

In order to minimize crowding during this time of substantial COVID-19 transmission, space will be limited in the QCC Bookstore in the Administration Building on QCC’s West Boylston Street campus.

Please consider ordering and receiving your books online utilizing the free shipping options available.

Free shipping! All online orders of books or course materials for the Fall 2021 semester will ship free to your home.

If you must pick up your books and other supplies in-person, please make an appointment to enter the QCC Bookstore using QCC’s new EZQ system. EZQ is easy to use and saves time! There are 3 easy ways to get in line (choose one) to pick up your books:

  1. Text "quinsig" to 508.315.6028
  2. WebGet in line online
  3. Mobile App: Download the QCC Mobile app and click on EZQ

Our Fall 2021 semester begins in just a few weeks on September 8. We are excited to provide courses on campus this Fall, and look forward to the return of in-person student life, academic, and athletic activities.

We are cognizant of the nationwide spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the challenges it is causing in many communities throughout the country. While most of Massachusetts and our community are not in the CDC’s designated highest level  areas of transmission, our community is an area of elevated transmission. QCC is committed to implementing protocols that provide a safe environment in which we can work and learn. We continue to communicate with local, State, and Federal health agencies to receive up-to-date, accurate information and guidance to help inform our decisions.

The following safety protocols are effective immediately:

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are required indoors at all QCC Campus and Satellite locations. (currently in effect)
  • Faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to bring and wear their own face coverings.
  • Face coverings are available to all employees, students, and visitors who are in need of a face covering and unable to bring their own.
    • Contact Campus Police dispatch at 508.854.4221 for assistance.
    • Face Coverings are available between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note that the face coverings provided from Public Safety are in limited supply so please only request one if you have no other means in which to secure your own.)

Campus Wellness

  • All faculty, staff, students and visitors must complete the COVID-19 Self-Checker prior to coming to campus. Individuals with any upper respiratory symptoms similar to a cold, flu or COVID-19 should not come on-site to any location.
  • Faculty, staff, or students who are staying home due to symptoms, concerns, or diagnoses of Coronavirus/COVID-19 should complete the Health and Safety Intake Form. This form will be kept strictly confidential, but you will be contacted by a representative from the College’s Emergency Management Team.

Classrooms

Every classroom will receive the following:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Cleaning/disinfecting spray and paper towels (or disinfecting wipes)
    • Phone number and information to order refills are on every cleaning station
  • Classrooms and public areas on campus will be cleaned more frequently. An additional “COVID shift” has been added to thoroughly clean classrooms at night.

Campus Bookstore

  • The QCC Campus Bookstore will use EZQ to schedule appointments for students to pick up books to limit the number of people in line at any given time.

Campus Facilities

  • Air conditioning and air handling/ventilation equipment has been upgraded with the highest level of filtration available as applicable, following CDC guidelines.
  • All offices, classrooms and college spaces will receive more frequent cleanings throughout the day and night. An additional “COVID shift” has been added to thoroughly clean classrooms at night
  • Hand sanitization stations have been added to all public offices, classrooms and bathrooms, as well as in high traffic locations throughout our main campus and all QCC locations
  • Updated signage reminding people that face coverings are required indoors and to maintain proper hygiene is posted throughout all QCC locations

Campus Communications

  • At the start of the Fall semester, volunteers will walk around our main campus and all QCC locations to provide gentle reminders that face coverings are required while indoors.
  • A new Web site, QCC.edu/HealthySafeCampus, is available to communicate information and updates as applicable.
  • The COVID-19 Testing Dashboard continues to be active and available to inform the College community of the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus.
  • Updated signage reminding people that face coverings are required indoors and to maintain proper hygiene is posted throughout all QCC locations

Vaccines

The 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges, including QCC, continue to strongly recommend that everyone get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are free, safe, effective and readily available at all retail pharmacies throughout the Commonwealth.

We must all work together to support one another and our students to ensure we have a safe and successful semester. We will continue to communicate updates and information as applicable. Visit QCC.edu/HealthySafeCampus and be sure to check your email regularly to stay informed.

We look forward to seeing you this Fall.

QCC President and Vice Presidents

Please note: We are continuously evaluating our COVID-19 safety protocols. As always, we will follow city, state, and national safety guidance. Protocols that govern facial coverings, social distance, and other safety requirements may change based on our assessment of the current relevant guidance during any term or semester.  All visitors and members of the QCC community will be required to follow all safety protocols required by the College when coming to Campus or to an offsite sponsored activity.

QCC students:

As you prepare to come to QCC’s campus for classes or to receive registration or other in-person support, we want to make sure you are aware of a few changes that will begin on August 2.

As you may know, the CDC has changed the face covering guidelines, as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Although most of Massachusetts and our community are not in the CDC’s designated high level of transmission area, in an abundance of caution we are proactively requiring that everyone (those who are vaccinated or unvaccinated) wear face coverings indoors in all campus and satellite locations until further notice.

Due to the fast-changing nature of this new nationwide surge, we will continue to monitor the trends to reevaluate our safety protocols as we enter our Fall semester. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community, and will continue to follow the guidance of medical experts. 

As always, your health and the health of our community is of the utmost importance. The College has worked diligently to provide a safe environment in which to learn. Our efforts to support our return to campus include:

  • Upgraded air conditioning and air handling/ventilation equipment with the highest level of filtration available as applicable, following CDC guidelines.
  • Continued cleaning of all offices and college spaces throughout the day and night
  • Installed additional hand sanitization stations in all offices and bathrooms, as well as throughout the main campus and all QCC locations
  • Updated signage reminding people to maintain good hygiene and wear face coverings are posted throughout all QCC locations
  • Developed a new Web site, QCC.edu/HealthySafeCampus to communicate information and updates as applicable.
  • Face coverings will be available to all employees, students, and visitors who are in need of a face covering and unable to bring their own.
    • Contact Campus Police dispatch at 508.854.4221 for assistance.
    • Face Coverings are available between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note that the face coverings provided from Public Safety are in limited supply so please only request one if you have no other means in which to secure your own.)

Vaccines

We continue to strongly recommend that everyone get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe and effective and readily available at all retail pharmacies throughout the Commonwealth.

The 15 Massachusetts community colleges are not mandating COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty, or staff at this time

  • It is essential to meet the needs of all of our students
    • They are often from the communities hit hardest by this pandemic
    • They face disproportionate access to the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Creating additional barriers for our students would go against our critically important mission of open access for all.

Please read the statement from community college presidents to learn more, and visit the CDC for updated information on vaccinations.

QCC President and Vice Presidents

A few important items to note:

  • Effective July 6, Enrollment, Student Services, Advising and the QCC Bookstore will begin offering in-person services on-campus.
  • College employees may be asked to return to the office full-time as early as July 6. This return to in-person operation is primarily focused on the Welcome Center and Student Success Center.
  • As of July 6, all campus buildings will be open, resuming normal business hours. Employees will no longer be required to notify Campus Police or Facilities prior to being on-site. Additionally, the self-checker will no longer be required.
  • Social distancing and the wearing of face coverings are strongly recommended for those who are on-site and are not fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine or are immunocompromised.
  • The target date for all employees to fully return to campus is August 2. Managers will work with employees who have not been on campus to plan for them to gradually return to their on-site offices between July 6 – August 2.
  • All NUP/AFSCME/MCCC employees are expected to be fully back to in-person operations no later than August 2. Should you have questions or concerns, please speak to your supervisor.
  • More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Welcome Back Wyvern nation!

Student FAQs

Changes will occur as QCC monitors guidance from authoritative sources (such as the CDC) as they are modified.

  • Considerations for the Fall 2021 semester continue to develop and are subject to change
  • The 15 Massachusetts community colleges are not mandating COVID-19 vaccines  for students, faculty, or staff at this time
  • It is essential to meet the needs of all of our students
    • They are often from the communities hit hardest by this pandemic
    • They face disproportionate access to the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Creating additional barriers for our students would go against our critically important mission of open access for all.

We will continue to encourage our college community to get vaccinated. Read the Statement from community college presidents to lean more.

Visit the CDC for updated information on vaccinations.

  • We are working to have vaccination clinics on campus this fall.
  • Information will be shared as it becomes available.
  • Vaccinations are available at most retail pharmacies throughout the state at no cost to patients.
  • Surveillance testing on campus ended on June 30, 2021. 
  • Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is widely available in Massachusetts.
  • Find a site near you

All students, staff, and faculty must wear a face covering on campus while indoors regardless of vaccination status. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, the CDC advises the following:

  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available
  • Get tested if you have been exposed to or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

QCC will resume its face-to-face courses in the Fall 2021 semester at approximately 75% capacity. We learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic about the needs of our students and will continue providing convenient, accessible learning and support opportunities in-person, and online.

QCC has and will continue to offer a robust schedule of real time remote and online course offerings. In fact, OnlineU.com has ranked our online Associate Degree programs 5th best in the country (1st among Community Colleges) for best return on investment!

Based on updated guidance from the State, we anticipate class size remaining as it was pre-pandemic.

Yes! We are still able to provide students with emergency funds through our Student Emergency Fund, as well as state and federal emergency aid. Students should visit Student Emergency Aid for additional information. 

Yes! The QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center will continue to assist students in need. Over the coming months we will be expanding the size of the food pantry, adding new state-of-the-art software and a commercial refrigeration equipment. To learn more visit, QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center.