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ICC’s Response to Coronavirus

Independence Community College students return to campus for Spring 2021 semester mid-January. The College continues to take steps to promote the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. 

During this time, all students and employees are required to conduct a daily symptom check before coming to campus. Anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness may not come to campus. Do not return until you have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, ICC will maintain a flexible approach in combating the spread of the disease. Check this page frequently for updates. In the event of major changes, the college will communicate with all Pirates through email, social media, and our emergency communication system.

Spring 2021 Academic Schedule

Although the Spring semester will be different than any other year, ICC will continue to provide our students with the high-quality educational experiences they expect from our college. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve academic success, no matter what.

More details about the academic plan for Spring 2021 will be communicated, but please note the following important details: 

  • ICC will continue to offer on-campus instruction consistent with the guidelines received from federal, state, and local public officials. Additionally, ICC faculty will continue to prepare courses with enough flexibility to be successful should a change in instruction need to take place. Our outstanding faculty are prepared to help students achieve academic success should the need to change modality occur given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
  • The Spring 2021 semester will commence on Monday, January 25, which is later in the month than originally planned.
  • There will be no spring break.
  • Spring 2021 Commencement is May 8, 2021. More information will be made available about the ceremony during the spring semester.
  • Students may receive additional information from their course instructors about any additional expectations that are unique to their course. Students will continue to be expected to wear face masks during in-person class sessions, unless an exception is documented with the college.

Students may find the following tools helpful in completing coursework during the Spring 2021 semester:

ICC Face Mask Policy

Wearing a face masks demonstrates your pledge to support ICC’s enduring value of Commitment. Commitment requires each Pirate make decisions that best serve fellow students and our greater campus community. Since August 1, 2020, we have required that all people on campus – including faculty, staff, students and visitors – wear face masks inside buildings, in the classroom, with limited exceptions. Face masks should also be worn in outdoor settings where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. 

Read more about ICC’s Face Mask Policy by clicking here.

COVID-19 Testing and Returning to Campus

Public health experts have advised that testing is a crucial component of a plan to stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease. As a result of a plan with our outstanding partners at Labette Health, ICC will be screening and testing for COVID-19 as a part of the move-in process for students returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. As a part of this plan, we will require anyone who tests positive to self-isolate for an appropriate period of time.

Periodic testing will also occur throughout the spring semester as we monitor the presence of COVID-19 on the ICC campuses.

ICC is also committed to providing access to free healthcare for students who are experiencing symptoms of illness. For more information about our virtual healthcare options, please visit our Student Health page by clicking here

Important Information for Faculty and Staff

While a majority of employees continue to transition back to on-site work, some will continue to work remotely. ICC maintains a flexible approach to encourage physical distancing and reducing the number of employees within buildings and workspaces. 

Alternative Work Arrangements: The College will continue its practice of limiting the number of employees in an office at any time. Departments are encouraged to continue utilizing remote work for appropriate employees, as determined by supervisors and approved by the Vice President for that division and Human Resources. Supervisors should continue to give particular consideration to those in higher-risk categories, as outlined by the CDC, when evaluating remote work requests. Please use the following forms as appropriate:

Virtual Meetings: In order to promote responsible social distancing, ICC continues to encourage virtual meetings and communications using electronic communication tools (e.g., Zoom and Microsoft Teams) to reduce in-person meetings. Those needing access to either of these services can reach out to their Cabinet member for guidance. Learn how to plan and manage effective meetings by downloading this resource

Requests for Leave or Disability Accommodations: If an employee has or may have a need for leave or disability accommodations related to COVID-19, the employee should contact Human Resources.

Questions or Concerns

If a student or employee has questions or concerns regarding safety on campus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic or this information, those issues should be submitted via our online incident reporting form. Additional questions can be sent to questions@indycc.edu.

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