Coronavirus Information

Academic Support

Helping students prepare for the ministry and occupation to which God has called them is the essence of PCC’s mission and purpose. We understand that the very best academic experience comes from personal access to faculty, learning resources, and hands-on labs and when technology is made readily available.

Proactive measures are based on guidance from federal, state, and local agencies and are subject to change as conditions progress.

Primary Academic Objectives for the Fall 2020 Semester:

  • To ensure academic progress and continuity
  • To deliver academic excellence in instruction

Course Offerings

  • All courses will be evaluated to determine class size, delivery format, and enhanced safety measures.
  • A combination of online, on-campus, and hybrid courses will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. The list of fall 2020 course offerings is now available.
  • The majority of lecture courses offered on campus will have an online option available for students who cannot attend college due to travel restrictions or health concerns.
  • Some courses will only be available online to students who are unable to return to campus and must have the course to stay on track for graduation. These courses may use audio rather than video recordings of lectures.
  • SEVIS or ICE regulations will apply to all international students for the fall 2020 semester.
  • Students choosing not to return to campus due to health concerns will have the option to study completely online if desired but may not be able to take all courses needed to stay on track for graduation.
  • Labs and experiential courses (e.g., computer, engineering, and science labs; teaching internships; nursing clinicals; PE activity courses; music groups) will be available only on campus. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis as long as learning outcomes can be met remotely and students have access to the required equipment and/or technology.
  • Residence hall students may also choose up to three online course offerings as part of their total credit hours for the semester.
  • In the event of a campus, local, or regional outbreak, a range of scenarios is prepared to transition seamlessly to an entirely online format.

Faculty Considerations

  • Faculty members will be required to comply with protocols for face-to-face instruction while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
  • Faculty will be prepared to transition traditional course offerings to an online format in case of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Faculty training and support will be provided to enhance professional development for remote instruction.
  • Faculty members who qualify as “high risk” will be given priority to teach their courses online.

Academic Calendar

  • The fall semester will begin on September 1 and end on December 17 as previously scheduled; however, no face-to-face instruction will be held after the Thanksgiving break, with final exams offered in an online format. (Students choosing not to return to campus after Thanksgiving break will not be charged room and board.)

Absence Policy

  • Students are expected to attend all classes. However, we recognize that there will be times when students miss class due to illness.
  • Each faculty member retains the right to clarify the specifics of his classroom attendance policy.
  • Students who miss class due to illness must e-mail the faculty member and the academic chair as soon as is reasonably possible.
  • Individual faculty may decide to allow students to either make up the missed material or assign appropriate substitute material by recognizing the absence as an “excused” absence.
  • Students who believe they are being treated unfairly regarding the denial of an excused absence may appeal the matter to their academic chair.

Academic Advising

  • During registration, a faculty advisor will be available to assist students in choosing on-campus or online courses that meet degree requirements.
  • Academic Success Coaches will be available in person and online for tutoring and to help students transition to online learning and develop skills that contribute to overall academic success.

College Entrance Exam Scores

  • The submission of an official college entrance test score will be waived for all new undergraduate students applying for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Students who meet all other academic requirements for the Academic Honors Scholarship will be offered an alternative standardized test provided by PCC in place of the ACT/CLT/SAT to confirm scholarship eligibility.

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