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Student Updates

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

Student Updates

Below please find some updates and new procedures regarding the Spring 2022 Semester.

Masks

  • 3-ply disposable masks, KN95, or N95 masks are required on all QCC campuses.
  • When wearing a blue/disposable mask, it is encouraged to double-mask.
  • Cloth masks and gaiter masks are no longer accepted for use on all QCC campuses.
  • Masks are required at all times in indoor settings, except when eating or in single private offices.
  • Masks should be worn properly, covering both your nose and mouth and encourage others to do so.
  • Masks must also be worn inside college vehicles carrying more than one person.

Vaccinations

  • The College requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated with two shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot of Johnson and Johnson, or an approved vaccine validated by QCC’s Health Team, or have an approved accommodation to be on campus.
  • Those that have an approved accommodation MUST test weekly in order to be on campus.
  • While the College is not requiring booster shots at this time, they are highly recommended and we encourage the College community to get a booster shot.
  • Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics will be provided on campus as well as in the community. Find upcoming clinics: http://www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus/vaccination

COVID-19 Testing

  • Beginning on Tuesday, January 18, the College will offer asymptomatic testing each week day, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the main campus (670 West Boylston, Worcester at the Athletic Center) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Symptomatic Testing will also be held during the same days from noon- 5:00 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Making an appointment for COVID-19 testing is required at this time, in order to better manage the expected demand.
  • Testing will only be offered at the 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester location.
  • COVID-19 testing services will prioritize health-allied programs students, students, faculty and staff with approved reasonable accommodations, students taking in-person classes and faculty/staff required to be on campus who are symptomatic, or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person.
  • If you have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT enter the Athletic Center. Drive to Lot 2 (last two parking spaces), park and call 774.823.6630 for assistance.
  • Dates, time and locations are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

In-Person Classes

  • All students who are registered for a 2022 Spring Semester in-person class have been required to be fully vaccinated and upload evidence of compliance or have an approved accommodation.

On-Campus Events

  • Currently, all in person Campus tours and external guests events will be held remotely; however, we will continue to evaluate this as we move forward.

Thank you for being a Wyvern! We hope you are having a successful and productive Fall semester. On September 20, 2021, Quinsigamond Community College released a vaccination policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022. To help ensure compliance with this policy, the College has adopted a Web-based solution, Medicat, which will be used to record and manage Covid-19 vaccination records. Medicat is a premier electronic health record solution that has been adopted by many colleges and universities throughout the country. It is simple to use and offers ironclad security and inviolable privacy.

Students who are fully vaccinated and planning on taking Winter/Intersession or Spring classes: 

If you are fully vaccinated and planning on taking Winter/Intersession or Spring classes, please upload your proof of vaccination to Medicat. The process is easy, can be accessed by your computer or mobile device, and can be completed in a few short steps following our illustrated instructions. Medicat is linked in this email, but may also be accessed via the QCC Mobile App or QCC.edu/HealthySafeCampus.

Students who are not fully vaccinated:

Please note that the vaccination policy is still being finalized, but you will need to be fully vaccinated by January 3, or before the beginning of classes. A list of vaccination clinics is available at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.

  • Winter/Intersession classes begin January 3, 2022.
    • In order to meet this deadline, you must receive all shots of your preferred Covid-19 vaccine by December 20, 2021.
  • Spring classes begin January 19, 2022.
    • In order to meet this deadline, you must receive all shots of your preferred Covid-19 vaccine by January 5, 2022.

To help illustrate the time it takes to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 based on your preferred vaccination, QCC has created a Vaccination Timeline.  

If you are concerned about the safety or efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information. The CDC site provides information on  Myths & Facts and Finding Credible Vaccine Information.

If you choose to remain unvaccinated, you have the option to take online classes. Vaccinations are still required for online students to participate in on-campus activities such as to receive in-person services (tutoring, mentoring, etc.), participate in student life events, or visit our library or bookstore.

More information regarding the vaccination policy will be provided soon. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact covid19 [at] qcc.mass.edu.

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!