Spring Quarter has Moved Online

TCC staff and faculty are here to help you remotely. Campus buildings are closed. 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Staff Info

Information for staff and faculty.

Online Teaching Modalities for Fall Quarter 

Fall quarter classes will be taught primarily online, with limited exceptions as approved by the Governor's Office. 

 Available Teaching Modalities 

Traditional Online 
  • Asynchronous online instruction
  • The default option for all class sections
  • Does not require Dean/VP approval 
Traditional Face to Face
  • 100 percent syncrhonous campus-based meetings
  • Used if you have a class that is a lab and ALL hours for that lab meet on campus
  • For approved essential worker labs only 
  • Must provide a rationale for using this modality 
  • Must be approved by the Provost 
  • Significant safety measures required 
  • Class sizes that allow for social distancing required 
Traditional Hybrid 
  • 40 - 60 percent synchronus campus-based meetings with the remainder of instruction delivered asynchronously online
  • Used if you have a class that is a lab and part of the hours for the lab meet on campus and part of the hours meet online
  • Used if you have a class that combines lab and lecture and the lab hours meet on campus and the lecture meets online
  • For approved essential worker labs only 
  • Must provide a rationale for using this modality 
  • Must be approved by the Provost 
  • Significant safety measures required 
  • Class sizes that allow for social distancing required 
NEW Timed Online 
  • Sychronous online meetings for full credit load 
  • All instruction delivered synchronously online, with all assignments and course materials delivered online
  • Example: a 3-credit class would have 3 hours of synchronous online instruction per week
  • Synchronous components are required for students, but may be recorded and posted for later review at the instructor's discretion 
  • May be beneficial for vulnerable populations or cohort-based programs
  • No department may choose to offer all sections of a course or program as a synchronous online modality, with possible exceptions for cohort-based programs
  • Requires approval from Dean/VP 
  • Requires rationale for use of this modality 
  • Requires enrollment by "permission only" 
  • Requires that class meeting times be listed in the Class Schedule 
  • It is strongly encouraged that classes meet synchronously online for no more than 3 hours per week 
NEW Mixed Online 
  • Mixture of synchronous meetings and asynchronous online instruction 
  • May be beneficial for vulnerable populations or cohort programs 
  • Required synchronous meetings limited to 3 hours per week 
  • Synchronous components are required for students, but may be recorded and posted for later review at the instructor's discretion 
  • No department may choose to offer all sections or a course or program as a synchronous online modality, with possible exceptions for cohort-based programs 
  • Requires approval from Dean/VP 
  • Requires rationale for use of this modality 
  • Requires enrollment by "permission only" 
  • Requires that class meeting times be listed in the Class Schedule 

Fall Quarter Testing 

Test Proctoring 
  • Facutly are not required to proctor tests
  • Consider entering into an honor code/contract with students instead 
  • Use of proctoring is recommended only for high-stakes testing 
  • Must be done in an equitable manner with multiple options: 
    •        Respondus or other lockdown browsers cannot be used if students do not have technology that can support it. Please use this option sparingly. 
    •       Live virtual proctoring with faculty 
    •       Panopto proctoring 
    •       Campus-based proctoring, if it becomes available. Remember that not all students live in Tacoma or have access to transportation at this time. 

CARES funding update

Dear Campus Community,

As part of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TCC is being awarded almost $4 million, of which half directly benefits students. We want students to get these funds as quickly and easily as possible, so we are setting up a simple online application form, which will be available next week.

About the Awards

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. TCC recently received the funds of the student portion from the Department of Education (DOE). The DOE provides the guidelines of who is eligible for the awards, and the colleges disburse the funds based on financial need. A taskforce quickly assembled to design the application process for these funds.

Award amounts are:

  • Students who qualify as high-need will receive a $1,000 award.
  • Students who qualify as lower-need will receive a $500 award.
  • These awards are renewable as funds allow. For example, if a student is granted a $1,000 award for spring quarter, you may re-apply for the same award during summer and fall quarters.
  • Awards are grants, not loans. You are not required to pay them back.

The CARES Grant funds will be applied with priority to eligible students in spring 2020 as well as being used in coming quarters.

Eligibility

The eligibility rules listed below were set by the federal government. While we would love for all of our students to apply for this funding, it is not in our power to modify the government’s eligibility conditions. However, TCC has set aside emergency funds to support all students, whether they are DACA, undocumented, International, or not eligible to apply for federal financial aid. The application has been set up in such a way that students who do not meet the CARES qualification criteria will be automatically directed towards those resources.

To qualify for CARES funding, students:

  1. Must be currently enrolled as a student at TCC.
  2. Must be eligible to fill out the FAFSA.
  3. Must have been enrolled in at least one in-person class if they were enrolled in college during the winter 2020 quarter. All classes met online after March 13; however, students are not eligible if they signed up for only online classes when registering for winter 2020.  

Again, students who don’t meet the qualifications above are being encouraged to apply for assistance through the Student Emergency Fund. TCC has distributed more than $23,000 to support all eligible students who have demonstrated financial need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Application Process

Applications are confidential and secure. Several TCC staff members in financial aid, financial services and student services will review the applications to determine the awards. Applicants will be notified of their award status as quickly as possible.

I know many of you have already been referring students to apply for emergency assistance. We appreciate your support! Please refer eligible students to apply for the CARES grant, and continue to refer students to our Student Emergency Fund.

We hope the CARES funding and our continued Student Emergency Fund program helps our students during this difficult time. We value all of our students, and their hard work and commitment to completing their education. In these times, it’s even more admirable that our students continue to stay the course with their studies.

Thanks to the team who quickly devised an application and an application process under the leadership of Joseph Colon. More information to come as we make a clear plan about the college payment from the CARES ACT.

We will announce when the application is live next week. Once announced, please share with all students you may come in contact with.

Stay well,

Ivan

Resources to support TCC employees and their families

To our TCC Staff and their families,

During this stressful time in our nation and around the world, we want to make sure that you have all the resources available to care for yourself and your family members. To assist you, we have compiled links and/or phone numbers to multiple state and national resources.

 

 

Protocol for On-Campus Work 

  • Employees Doing Critical Work (including faculty) that cannot be done remotely
    • M, T, and Th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Preapproval by managers is still required for all faculty and staff.
  • eLearning
    • M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Employees requesting assistance still must schedule in advance)

Also remember:

  • Anyone who is working on campus must contact Public Safety upon arrival and exit.
  • Adequate social distancing is required at all time. A mask also is recommended.

Working Remotely

New Professional Development Opportunities

For faculty, OLE has added a teaching workshop called “Peer Review: Using the Peer Review Tool in Canvas.” The Library has added two sessions “Library Streaming Video: How to find it. How to embed it in Canvas” and “APA 7 APA-tizer” (April 20). Professor Char Gore will be teaching us how to use Canvas Analytics to support our students on April 21. Opportunities are being added as we hear from you.

For staff, we have added a weekly guided mediation on Thursday mornings from 8-8:30am from Professor Brinda Sivaramakrishnan (faculty welcome, too!) and we’ll be adding a session from Professor Rob Olsen “Emotionally Intelligent Staff” on April 30. Stay tuned for details!

Online resources

Keeping Yourself Healthy

Online Resources

Cleaning at TCC

Clorox is not an approved cleaning chemical, and there is a ban on non-approved cleaning chemicals, per College policy.

Nevertheless, because of the urgent nature in securing disinfectant wipes, due to COVID-19, the College has relaxed its guidelines temporarily, in order to meet demand.

Clorox wipes is a product approved by the Center for Biocide Chemistries, in killing enveloped viral pathogens (having its list pre-approved by the EPA). It works on COVID-19. Ensure any hard surface you apply it to remains visibly wet for at least four minutes. This may require using more than one wipe.

 

Staff Communications from TCC Leadership

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A Message to all students, faculty and staff from TCC President, Ivan L. Harrell, II, Ph.D. Please watch this video.