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Updates

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College students and prospective students,

I am writing to provide an update on Cecil College's upcoming fall semester and the College community's Return to Campus Plan. The College understands the significant effect COVID-19 has had on every member of our community. Cecil College faculty and staff have developed a plan that allows us to continue to focus on our mission of education while maintaining the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

In order to keep everyone safe and to follow the Governor's, the CDC's, and the Cecil County Health Department's COVID-19 prevention directives, we have implemented a variety of safety measures throughout our campuses, including social distancing signage, expanded cleaning regimens, a requirement to wear masks or face coverings on campus and in classrooms, and a COVID-19 self-assessment survey. Further details can be found in the attached Return to Campus Plan.

I am pleased to announce that we have brought a few labs that are required to be completed in-person back to campus over the past few weeks. We will continue to phase mandatory, in-person labs and classes back onto campus for the summer. Fall classes will be offered as follows:

Academic Programs

Cecil College's fall semester will include online courses (asynchronous and synchronous), hybrid courses, and some in-person labs and courses that require a ‘hands-on' component to facilitate an optimal educational experience. Asynchronous online courses do not have standard meeting days or times; students work remotely and, often, independently. Synchronous online courses have standard meeting days/times, with the faculty member leading the course virtually. Many of the online courses will be taught in a synchronous format, providing the opportunity for active engagement between faculty and students, similar to an in-person classroom experience. The updated fall course schedule will be available at the bottom of the homepage of cecil.edu in mid-July. To assist you with your course selection or other questions about your schedule you can chat online or by phone with an advisor or make an appointment now for an in-person appointment beginning July 14. As part of our yearly "Go Green" initiative, Cecil College will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 3 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020.

In order to support Cecil's students, the Testing Center will be open on campus starting July 14 with limited hours. Please follow the instructions to schedule an appointment for the Testing Center. If you're experiencing technical difficulties making an appointment, please email the Math Lab at mathlab@nullcecil.edu. The Math Lab, Writing Center and tutoring will remain available online. Please email the Math Lab at mathlab@nullcecil.edu with any questions regarding the Math Lab or Testing Center and writingcenter@nullcecil.edu with any questions about the Writing Center. The bookstore can be reached at bookstore@nullcecil.edu and will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accommodate our students.

Student Services

Update: July 20, 2020 - The on-site appointments referenced below will resume as soon as possible. Currently, due to an unforeseen maintenance issue, Cecil College's in-person advising, admissions, financial aid, and cashiers’ office appointments are temporarily suspended. Please call (410) 287-1600 and follow the prompts to speak with representatives from these departments. You can also chat online with an admissions counselor by visiting www.cecil.edu/admissions and clicking on the yellow "Chat with Admission now!" button on the bottom right of your screen. We look forward to assisting you with your enrollment and advising needs.

Student Services will be open on the North East campus by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning July 14. Services include advising, financial aid counseling, and the Testing Center. For your convenience, appointments are highly recommended and can be made by calling (410) 287-1600 or emailing the department directly:

Questions about payment should be directed to the Cashiers' Office at (410) 287-1020.

Cecil College will continue to closely monitor the governor's and local officials' directives regarding Covid-19, and we are positioned to respond to these changes as quickly as possible. In the interim, please visit cecil.edu/coronavirus for regular updates.

I appreciate your patience as we all work through these unprecedented times. Seahawk pride will prevail!

Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Like many of you, I am still processing the magnitude of all that has transpired in the last few months regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Spring semester looks very different than a typical one at Cecil College, and I know we are all still adjusting to the current need and requirement for social distancing. I hope each of you are staying well and healthy. This month, we celebrated the beginning signs of Spring, Passover, and the Easter holiday. I hope everyone was able to find moments and ways to connect and observe the traditions you hold dear, as familiar observances are a comfort during this tumultuous time.

The Cecil College community continues to step up and meet the challenge of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, and I am very proud of the positive spirit and responsibility that all of our Seahawks have demonstrated. I continue to be very grateful that our students, staff and faculty are united in doing what it takes to ensure the continuation of our classes while remaining safe and taking precautions to stay well.


I’m speaking with you today to give you important information for our upcoming Summer Courses. Cecil College, like all of our communities across the Nation, remains uncertain about how and when the necessary social distancing will end. The College is complying with Federal, State, and Local guidelines and will continue to place the safety and well-being of our community as our highest priority.


The uncertainty we all face regarding the timeline for the end of social distancing means we will be offering our Summer Courses completely online for the entire summer. We must continue to remain optimistic that we will reopen our physical campuses for the Fall semester, but in order to ensure that the education of our students is available without interruption, we will also examine and plan for alternative scenarios. We are here for you, and we remain committed to providing high quality instruction while prioritizing the safety of our community.


As we move forward and navigate the coming months, Cecil College will incorporate the flexibility and innovation necessary to deliver the exceptional education and resources our students know they can expect. Regardless of the methods needed this Fall, we are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students, and we will continue to work as a team to be there for our Seahawks.

Please continue to reach out to us if you need anything. Contact information and resources are available at cecil.edu/coronavirus. Remember to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time, and I hope that you are able to take some time this week to enjoy the first signs of Spring. Just like flowers always bloom after a harsh winter, we will get through this together, and I look forward to seeing your smiling faces back on our beautiful campuses as soon as possible. Thank you, and be well.

Summary:

  • Summer classes will remain online through the entire summer.
  • Cecil College is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and all local, state, and federal guidelines for social distancing.
  • As soon as the directive that it is safe to do so is given by our federal, state and local leaders, we look forward to reopening our campuses and in-person programming (summer and sports camps, skilled trades programs, labs, in-person driver’s ed., College events, etc.)

Mary Way Bolt
President

Sunday, March 22, 2020

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College Community,

I want to begin by thanking everyone for the role they have played in helping the College transition to online course delivery. Whether you are a faculty member who helped a colleague develop their online course material, a staff member who has answered our calls for assistance regardless of the time of day, or our students who have respectfully accepted that we are doing everything to successfully complete the semester, you are part of our college community’s resilience.

Please know that Cecil College’s leadership has been working diligently to respond to the ever-changing directives the CDC and Governor Hogan are providing in order to lessen the spread of COVID-19 and keep our county and state safe. I have implemented our Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which is being used to guide our discussions and actions. We are focusing on the human and other resources necessary to carry on the non-academic functions of the college. Our faculty will be offering the majority of coursework online beginning March 23 through the remainder of the semester. Some courses cannot transfer to online instruction. Faculty from these classes will be reaching out to students and informing them of next steps. Our buildings will remain closed until further notice. I was holding out hope that we would be able to provide two weeks of remote instruction and be able to return to campus for in-person class delivery. However, the reality of the virus’ continued spread and Governor Hogan’s request for institutions of higher education to provide online education for the remainder of the semester clearly defined my decision.

I share in your disappointment that interactions with faculty and students cannot be face-to-face. I empathize with our student athletes who were unable to finish their season. I am saddened that clinical rotations and internships were cut short to prevent the spread of this disease. Unfortunately, there will be no in-person commencement this year, but we will be looking for ways to celebrate the friendships, the academics and the life experiences you mastered at Cecil College. Please send any ideas for creative ways to celebrate our graduating class on social media to marketing@nullcecil.edu.

Now is the time to invoke your Seahawk pride, and I remind you that previous generations who have persevered through global crises reemerged as individuals whose experiences and insights shaped the world and gave hope to its people. I am confident that you will rise to this challenge, and I assure you Cecil College will not waiver from its mission of student success.

I encourage you to take care and adhere to the CDC COVID-19 guidelines. The most up-to-date information can be found at cecil.edu/coronavirus. This site includes information on academic, community and other important resources. Please use Blackboard to remain in contact and participate fully in the academic process. If you have not already enrolled, I urge you to sign up for the Seahawk Alert, Cecil College’s emergency information system.

We are here for you, and I wish you well for the remainder of our semester.

Mary Way Bolt
President

Monday, March 16, 2020

To our students:

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Cecil College continues to take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the community during this difficult time. In addition to the closure for the week of March 16, and out of an abundance of concern for the continued good health of our community, the College has made the decision to move all credit classes online for the weeks of Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5. Labs and onsite clinical rotations are suspended during the week of March 23 through April 5 and further updates will be provided as available. Career and Community Education classes will also suspend instruction of non-credit classes and training for the weeks of Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5. Non-credit courses that are currently using Blackboard may move to online education, if applicable to the educational program.

Week of March 16:
College closed for the week.
Weeks of March 23 through April 5:
All credit classes move online for the week, Career and Community Education/workforce training classes canceled for the two weeks. Labs and onsite clinical rotations suspended for the two weeks.

Faculty and staff will be working remotely during the weeks of March 23 through April 5, as closing the College campus will allow for the social distancing recommended to address the COVID-19 health crisis.  Resources and contact information are provided in the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.

Cecil College is continually monitoring the situation, as well as the recommendations of the CDC, state health agencies, and Cecil County Health Department and will provide further updates as they are available.  We remain committed to maintaining a safe campus. Whether off-or-on campus, we encourage our Cecil College community to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Your well-being is our top priority. Please be reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please reference the CDC website for continually-updated health and travel recommendations related to COVID-19.

Please reference the Cecil County Health Department for COVID-19 information as it relates to Cecil County.

Thank you, and stay well!

Mary Way Bolt
President

Friday, March 13, 2020

To our students:

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

In response to the plan Governor Hogan announced on March 12 with the purpose of limiting the spread of COVID-19, Cecil College campuses will close on Friday, March 13 at 10:00 pm and will reopen on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 am.

As you are aware, the College had spring break scheduled for next week and students and faculty already planned to be off campus. However, closing all campuses to staff will allow for social distancing and cleaning to address the COVID-19 health crisis.

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the week and update the college community as needed. We remain committed to maintaining a safe campus. Whether off-or-on campus, we encourage our Cecil College community to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Your well-being is our top priority. Please be reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Please reference the CDC website for health and travel recommendations related to COVID-19.

Please reference the Cecil County Health Department for COVID-19 information as it relates to Cecil County.

Mary Way Bolt
President

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cecil College doing about the coronavirus?

March 11, 2020

Cecil College has been closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally and continues to respond and post updates to this page as the situation evolves. The well-being of our college and county community are our first priority, and we will continue to monitor and respond to updates from local, state, and national health officials.

The College has created cecil.edu/coronavirus dedicated to the status of COVID-19 as it relates to the College and is providing updates as needed. In addition, we closed the College at 10:00 pm on Friday, March 13, and are reopening completely online on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 am through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, with faculty and staff working remotely during that time in response to the situation.

July 1, 2020

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan as well as the new FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the fall semester?

July 31, 2020

Dear Cecil College community,

I hope this message finds everyone in our college community staying safe while sharing your resources and expertise to support academic success. This message is a continuation of Cecil College’s proactive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to Governor Hogan’s July 29 executive order, which includes expanded requirements for wearing masks indoors and outside, travel advisories and a request to continue telecommuting when able, I have requested that my leadership team revisit essential employee and course schedules on campus. The college is committed to maintaining the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campuses in order to support completion of both online and those courses with a required in-person learning component. Your VP/supervisor will be speaking with you about this revised schedule.

In addition, the Return to Campus (RTC) Committee in consultation with academic and student leadership and with the guidance of the Cecil County Health Department has committed to closing all campuses beginning Wednesday November 25 through January 4, 2021. For the safety of our college community none of our campuses will reopen for credit or CCE courses and no off-site classes will be held after Thanksgiving break. I have asked my leadership team to communicate the importance of being proactive with regard to planning the last week of instruction and the week of final exams online.

In order to ensure all buildings are able to be fully closed and put in unoccupied mode faculty and staff will need to make sure they retrieve any resources from their office or department in advance. The RTC team will work with VP’s to schedule a time for anyone who needs access to campus to retrieve resources for the fall as well as planning for spring semester. Again, for the safety of our college community please plan your trip to campus with your VP or supervisor as soon as possible so our colleagues can accommodate everyone while adhering to social distancing and other safety guidelines.

To further support the College community, IT will be preparing an update of resources available to employees and working with Student Services to ensure students have the tools they need to continue to learn remotely. The RTC is also working with Academic Programs and Student Services to distribute course material to students, arrange library resource pick-up and drop-off and other resource sharing initiatives.

I also urge those faculty and staff members involved in the few required on- campus classes to be prepared to transition back to fully virtual classes in case the pandemic requires us to do so with minimal advance notice.

Please know the RTC meets numerous times each week to discuss and respond to the most recent Covid-19 updates. I urge you to continue to visit cecil.edu/coronavirus for the latest information. Remember to wear a mask the entire time you are on campus and follow all social distancing guidelines.

Your VP will be following up with you on this email but you can contact any member of the RTC (Lauren Fleck, Chris Ann Szep or Chris Mills) with questions in the interim.

Stay safe. Stay Seahawks proud!

Thank you,

Mary Way Bolt, Ed.D
President

What is Cecil College doing in terms of cleaning and preventing the transmission of germs?

March 11, 2020

For several weeks, the College has been communicating, via social media, inhouse monitors, and student e-newlsetters, important information regarding the prevention of germ transmission.

In addition, the College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

July 1, 2020 Update

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan, which includes information about the installation of signage on campuses regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and helping to prevent the spread of germs.

Will classes be online or on campus for the Fall 2020 semester?

Please read the July 1, 2020 statement from Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt at the beginning of this page and view the Return to Campus page.

What College resources are currently available during the online semester?

For online tutoring, please see the FAQ: What online tutoring is available?

In addition to tutoring, the following resources are also available online.

Library

As Cecil College holds classes online, the library continues to offer its services to all students remotely. Available services include:

  • Instructional Services – Get help with research, the online catalog, library databases, or citations for your paper. Melissa D’Agostino, Instructional Librarian, is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm for all of your research and instruction needs! She can be reached via email at mdagostino@nullcecil.edu. If you would like a face-to-face online meeting via Zoom, please visit https://mdagostino.youcanbook.me to schedule a time.
  • eBooks, Databases, Subject Guides, and Streaming Video – Available 24/7 to all Cecil College students remotely, please visit the Library tab on MyCecil for access links.
  • Contact Us – Librarians will be available Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm during the semester. You can reach the library through email at library@nullcecil.edu or through live chat! Live chat can be found via the Library tab on MyCecil. Chat is available during staffed hours only.

Note on Book Returns: The library asks all students to keep their checked out library materials until the library reopens. No fines or late fees will accrue on any account.

Information Technology Help Desk

The Help Desk staff will be monitoring and responding to email during the online semester. If you have technology-related questions, please contact them at helpdesk@nullcecil.edu or call (410) 287-4357.

Student Services

The Student Services staff will be monitoring and responding to email during the online semester. Please contact the following departments with any related questions:

Classes

Please continue to contact your faculty, as needed, related to coursework inquiries.

Online Learning Guide

For answers to many questions regarding our online learning, visit Technology Resources on MyCecil, then click on the Online Learning Guide link. Note that you must be logged in to view this page/document.

More Information

For more information regarding online programs at the College, please see the following pages:

What online tutoring is available?

Online tutoring is available for the following:

Writing Center

Cecil College’s Writing Center will continue to support students with their reading, research, and writing through its Online Writing Lab (OWL). Tutors will be available online during the Writing Center’s regular operating hours Monday through Saturday. To use the Writing Center’s online service, students will need to enroll in the OWL in Blackboard (free of charge). Instructions for self-enrollment are posted on the Blackboard log-in page; simply go to cecil.blackboard.com and scroll down to see instructions. The Writing Center can also be contacted via email at thewritingcenter@nullcecil.edu.

Math Lab

Don’t sit at home getting frustrated with your math! Join one of our tutors online so that they can help you. You can also email mathlab@nullcecil.edu and Rob Stoflet can help you.

Type of Tutoring Times Available Notes
Tuesday
General Mathematics 9 am – 9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Statistics 2–8 pm Statistics tutoring with Jess Twigg via Google Hangouts
Wednesday
General Mathematics 9 am – 9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Statistics 12–4 pm Statistics tutoring with Jess Twigg via Google Hangouts
Thursday
General Mathematics 9 am – 9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Statistics 2–5 pm Statistics tutoring with Jess Twigg via Google Hangouts
Friday
General Mathematics 9 am – 4 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Statistics 11 am – 3 pm Statistics tutoring with Jess Twigg via Google Hangouts
Saturday
General Mathematics 9 am – 4 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate

Engineering and Science

Tutors are available for various engineering and science classes via Zoom from your computer's web browser or Zoom's app for your iOS or Android device. Follow these steps to join a session:

  1. Create a free account at zoom.us using your computer or the app on your mobile device
  2. In the top right corner, click "Join a Meeting"
  3. Type in your tutor's Zoom ID (provided below) and join the meeting
  4. Chat with your tutor via video chat, messenger, screen sharing, or document sharing

Online tutoring is available for classes in the following subjects:

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Biology:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Monday
BIO 130/131, BIO 208/218,
BIO 209/219
12–2:30 pm Alex Voegele 928-201-5658
BIO 200/210 12:50–3:50 pm Phoebe Swanson 254-290-5168
BIO 203 2–5 pm Autumn Taylor 876-059-7295
BIO 101/111, BIO 130/131,
BIO 132/133, BIO 208/218,
BIO 209/219
5–8 pm Angel LeBlanc 731-443-8044
Tuesday
BIO 101/111 9 am – 3 pm Rachel Loomis 418-852-4730
BIO 200/210 10 am – 2 pm Phoebe Swanson 784-119-9773
BIO 203 2–5 pm Autumn Taylor 876-059-7295
Wednesday
BIO 130/131, BIO 200/210 12–3:30 pm Brendan Pens 477-119-0776
BIO 101/111, BIO 130/131,
BIO 132/133, BIO 208/218,
BIO 209/219
5–8 pm Angel LeBlanc 731-443-8044
Thursday
BIO 130/131, BIO 200/210 10 am – 1:30 pm Brendan Pens 477-119-0776
BIO 130/131, BIO 208/218,
BIO 209/219
12–2:30 pm Alex Voegele 928-201-5658

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Chemistry:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Monday
CHM 103/113, CHM 104/114 12:50–3:50 pm Karley McIlhatton 254-290-5168
Wednesday
CHM 103/113, CHM 104/114 12:50–3:50 pm Karley McIlhatton 254-290-5168

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Engineering:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Monday
PHE 101, PHE 211 9–11 am Emily Forrest 327-474-9221
Thursday
PHE 101, PHE 211 8–11 am Emily Forrest 327-474-9221

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Environmental Science:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Wednesday
ENV 106/116 12–3:30 pm Brendan Pens 477-119-0776
Thursday
ENV 106/116 10 am – 1:30 pm Brendan Pens 477-119-0776

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Physical Science:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Wednesday
PSC 105 10 am – 1 pm Xander Hargreaves 209-657-9184
Friday
PSC 105 12–3 pm Xander Hargreaves 209-657-9184

Tutoring is available for the following classes in Physics:

Course(s) Time Tutor Zoom ID
Monday
PHY 217, PHY 218 9–11 am Emily Forrest 327-474-9221
Thursday
PHY 217, PHY 218 8–11 am Emily Forrest 327-474-9221

Will events be canceled?

All events have been canceled through the remainder of the spring semester, in compliance with the social distancing recommendations from the CDC and state of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. For information regarding a specific event, please visit the full listing of upcoming events.

In addition, the spring 2020 commencement ceremony, as well as the Career and Community Education completion ceremony, have been canceled. We will be looking for creative ways to celebrate the graduates on social media, so please send your ideas to marketing@nullcecil.edu.

The College will continually reassess the situation, following county, state, and CDC guidelines throughout this situation and provide updates accordingly.

How is COVID-19 affecting classes at Cecil College?

March 13, 2020

Cecil College currently offers various courses in an online format and those will continue to be held as scheduled. All other credit courses are being prepared by faculty to resume in an online format starting March 23 through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Specific disciplines or courses that do not lend themselves to an online format are being evaluated and addressed by faculty, with alternatives being prepared whenever possible.

At this time, all credit classes are planned to be online through the end of the semester. Please login to Blackboard to take your classes. Programs that have educational components that are off–campus, such as health care clinical experiences, are suspended and will be addressed by each discipline-specific faculty, following the guidelines from each appropriate approval or accreditation organization. Please contact your faculty for questions.

Skilled Trades programs that are offered at Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will not resume until the public schools are open. Other Career and Continuing Education programs are developing plans to continue education online or suspend until in-person opportunities are available. Please contact the program specialist or Director with any questions. If you do not know who to contact, please email Melissa Hammond, Assistant to the Dean, Career and Community Education, mhammond@nullcecil.edu who will direct your question to the appropriate person.

July 1, 2020 Update

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan as well as the new FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the fall semester?

Will Summer 2020 credit courses be online?

The uncertainty we all face regarding the timeline for the end of social distancing means we will be offering our summer courses completely online for the entire summer. We are here for you, and we remain committed to providing high quality instruction while prioritizing the safety of our community.


How do I register for Fall 2020 courses?

If you are a new student, please read the FAQ: How do I enroll/register as a new student?

For the most up-to-date course schedule, please read the FAQ: Is my Fall course online? What are synchronous/asynchronous courses?

Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 credit courses begins April 1.

Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 Career and Community Education courses begins May 1.

Register

Registration refers to the process of enrolling in courses. Early registration is recommended to decrease the chances of exclusion from filled classes and to afford students the maximum benefit from academic advising. Due to COVID-19, students may take advantage of online, email, or telephone registration.

Remote office hours for Admissions, Advising, Cashier, Financial Aid, and Registration are as follows:

Days Hours
Regular Hours
Monday–Thursday 8 am – 6 pm
Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Extended Hours
Saturdays in August
(August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
9 am until noon
Register Online
Go to the Registration tab at MyCecil to register for courses. Per the Registration tab, you can begin at "Steps to Register" and proceed to the "Add/Drop" portlet to generate the registration. The instructions for online registration can also be found in the Summer/Fall 2020 credit course schedule.
Register via Email
Use the registration@nullcecil.edu email address. Send us an email stating that you wish to register, and we will assist you accordingly.
Register via Phone
Call (410) 287-1600. Calls will be forwarded to the appropriate staff, and we will assist you accordingly.
Register via Appointment

Update: July 20, 2020 - The on-site appointments referenced below will resume as soon as possible. Currently, due to an unforeseen maintenance issue, Cecil College's in-person advising, admissions, financial aid, and cashiers’ office appointments are temporarily suspended. Please call (410) 287-1600 and follow the prompts to speak with representatives from these departments. You can also chat online with an admissions counselor by visiting www.cecil.edu/admissions and clicking on the yellow "Chat with Admission now!" button on the bottom right of your screen. We look forward to assisting you with your enrollment and advising needs.

Student Services will be open on the North East campus by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am until 6 pm beginning July 14. Appointments can be made by calling (410) 287-1600 or emailing the department directly:

Advising

All new students are required to register with an academic advisor for their first semester of enrollment. Students are encouraged to arrange for telephone advising/registration appointments. Please call (443) 674-1498 or email advising@nullcecil.edu to arrange an appointment. A registered student who has a disability which might impact accessibility and/or academics at Cecil College, and may require accommodations, can contact Coordinator of Disability & Support Services, Robyn Hunt, at rhunt@nullcecil.edu or (443) 674-1993.

Payment

Payment is required at the time of registration. Directions for online payment can be found at MyCecil via the Finance tab, or under "Make a Payment" per the Quick Links on the left side of the page under each tab.

In addition, you may contact the Cashier’s office for assistance at (410) 287-1020 (calls are being forwarded to appropriate staff).

Is my Fall course online? What are synchronous/asynchronous courses?

Cecil College’s Fall 2020 semester will include online courses (asynchronous and synchronous), hybrid courses, and some in-person labs and courses that require a "hands-on" component to facilitate an optimal educational experience.

For the most up-to-date course schedule, visit cecil.edu/courses or hover your mouse over Programs & Courses in the navigation bar at the top of any page on cecil.edu and choose Course Search from the Academics menu in the dropdown. To determine whether your course is designated as online (synchronous or asynchronous), on campus, or a hybrid, refer to the following key to learn the definition and symbol for each while choosing your courses.

For questions or assistance with course selection, please contact advising at advising@nullcecil.edu or call (410) 287-1000.

Letter Designation Course Type Explanation
Z Asynchronus online Course does not have standard meeting days or times; students work remotely and, often, independently.
S Synchronous online Course has standard meeting days/times, with the faculty member leading the course virtually. This format also provides the opportunity for active engagement between faculty and students, similar to an in-person classroom experience.
H Hybrid Course is a combination of online and in-person class time. The in-person meeting day and time is delineated in the course schedule, along with the location.
No letter designation In-person Course is completely in-person and may be located on one of the colleges campuses or at another location. Check the course schedule for date, time, and location.

In addition to the letter designations above, there are some additional letter designations that identify the off-site location for courses as follows (note that enrollment in these courses is restricted):

Letter Designation Location
A Aberdeen Proving Ground
B Bohemia Manor High School
N North East High School
P Perryville High School
R Rising Sun High School
T Tome School
HS Homeschool Early College Academy
OX Oxford Early College Academy
PS CCPS Early College Academy

How do I enroll/register as a new student?

  • Complete the admissions application online.
  • If a student applies, they will receive an email with their acceptance letter attached and next steps in the process.
  • Request to virtually meet with an Admissions representative to go through enrollment process and ask questions about Cecil College.
  • Email SAT/ACT scores, high school and/or college transcripts to admissions@nullcecil.edu. Scores and transcripts are not a requirement for admission; however, students may receive credits or assessment exemptions after transcripts are evaluated.

Please read the FAQ: "How do I register for Summer/Fall 2020 courses?" for more resources and information.

Can I complete my math and writing placement assessments online?

Yes. The math and writing placement assessments are available online. To learn more about the online assessments, please review the instructions for the math placement and the English Placement. If you have any questions, please contact advising@nullcecil.edu.

What updates can you provide about scholarships?

Due to COVID-19, the Cecil College Foundation Scholarship application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020. Please visit cecil.edu/scholarships for more information. In addition, numerous scholarships that may be available to you are listed on the Scholarships page.

Is the College considering a pass/fail grade system for the Fall 2020 semester?

July 21, 2020: Cecil College’s mission includes language that we are "an inclusive, open-access college committed to academic excellence" and "provides a supportive learning environment." Cecil College faculty and staff are committed to living the mission and supporting our students. We understand that the rapid transition to remote learning and advising, which nearly all colleges and universities have made with the onset of the pandemic, can foster uncertainty and anxiety among our students. How will this different learning environment affect grades and progress toward graduation or transfer? We understand and share in your concerns. Even under the extreme circumstances of this pandemic, the College is committed to ensuring that our decisions do not negatively affect the outcomes of our exceptional students. To help ensure that our students succeed in this new learning environment, Cecil College will provide the opportunity for an incomplete grading option during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the expressed needs of students. This option will allow more time for students to work with faculty members if the circumstances of their lives prevent them from completing a class this semester, but will not impede their chances at transfer. We would like to stress that communication with your faculty regarding your academic progress is vital and will help you be successful.

Cecil College faculty maintain a set of academic regulations that clearly define the grading policy for credit courses, and therefore Pass/Fail (P/F) grades are not an option as potential outcomes for our students. While some schools have adopted this, at Cecil College the disadvantages of such an approach far outweigh the benefits, even in this unique moment. Pass/fail grades do not serve Cecil College students well as they have the potential to negatively impact transfer to upper-division colleges and universities, acceptance into competitive admissions programs of study, qualification for competitive scholarships, and evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid eligibility. Moreover, while some transfer institutions have expressed willingness to accept P/F grades, there is no consensus on this. The consequences for our students are too significant for Cecil College to ignore.

The College has made this decision after careful consideration and in accordance with the values that are most fundamental to student success. In these difficult circumstances, Cecil College faculty and staff are reaffirming their commitment to support students in bold and inspiring ways. I applaud our faculty and staff for the role they play in student achievement; always with the goal of the best possible outcomes be that successful completion of their courses in preparation for graduation, transfer, or the subsequent semester of study.

Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

Are payment deadlines extended for Summer/Fall 2020 classes?

Due to the widespread social and economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cecil College is extending payment due dates for students who are enrolling in credit courses for summer and/or fall 2020. Extension due dates are listed below. Students will need to render payment, enroll in the available payment plan (cost: $15), or have their financial aid status in proper order prior to these deadlines. Please remit payment-in-full by the listed dates or de-registration for each unpaid class will occur. Please contact the Cashier’s office at (410) 287-1020 in a timely manner for any questions or concerns (calls are being forwarded to appropriate staff). For more information, visit Tuition, Fees, & Payment Options.

Payment extension deadlines for Summer/Fall 2020:

Semester/Term Payment Due Date
Summer – 5/18 course start thru 6/1 start Payment due by 4/29/20
Summer – 6/15 course start Payment due by 5/27/20
Summer – 7/13 course start Payment due by 6/24/20
Fall early – 8/3 course start Payment due by 7/15/20
Fall regular – 8/22 including 8/17 course start Payment due by 7/15/20
Fall late – 10/12 course start thru 10/19 Payment due by 9/23/20

Can I access free, student Wi-Fi at Cecil College during social distancing?

Free Wi-Fi in North East Campus parking lots for Seahawks! Cecil College provides free, unsecured Wi-Fi ("Cecil guest") in Cecil College’s North East campus parking lots from 6 am – 11 pm, Monday through Sunday. Students are expected to follow all of Governor Hogan’s executive orders including wearing a face mask/covering on campus except when remaining in your own vehicle (you must have a face covering with you in case you need to exit your vehicle) and social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others while on campus. Stay safe, and be well. We are here for you!

Is the college going to receive federal CARES grant funds to assist students?

The College has applied for and received CARES funding for student emergency aid. Not every Cecil College student is eligible. Students need to have filed a FAFSA and qualify. It is very important that students continue to check their Cecil College email and reply back to the Financial Aid office in order to receive their checks. Checks will be mailed to the home address on file.

For more detailed information, please visit the Cares ACT page.

Where do I find information about Graduation 2020?

Cecil College will be hosting a virtual graduation celebration on May 17, 2020! Please visit cecil.edu/graduation for celebration information, answers to many questions related to graduation, and links to graduation resources.

What if I am a student and ClearPass informs me I'm not allowed on campus?

If you received the message that "As a result of answering YES to one or more form questions, you are not permitted to access any of our campuses at this time," please do not come to campus. You should contact Cheryl Davis-Robinson, Director of Student Life by calling (443) 252-7494 or emailing cadavis@nullcecil.edu as soon as practical. This is also requested if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone that has. Ms. Davis-Robinson or her designee will assist you in creating a plan for being off campus.

If you answered "yes" to a COVID-19 screening question, and are having symptoms such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and you think you may have been exposed to the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the CDC and Cecil County Health Department recommend that you call your healthcare provider. Based on your situation and current guidelines, they will assist you in getting the testing or care that you need. The Cecil County Health Department has provided the following information for testing with and without a physician’s script and contact information for patients without a primary care provider:

  • Patients without a primary care provider can contact Union Primary Care of Elkton at (410) 620-0545; or Stone Run Family Medicine in Rising Sun.
    • If referring to Stone Run, complete their patient intake form.
    • Do not call Stone Run directly; they are not returning calls.
  • ChristianaCare, Union Hospital is hosting designated "drive thru" COVID-19 testing, by prescheduled appointment and requiring a prescription (from provider) on the following days:
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am – 2 pm. Prescriptions are still to be faxed by providers to (410) 620-3083.
    • Patients are to call (667) 215-0366 for scheduling once their prescription has been sent over.
  • Additional testing sites that do not require a doctor’s note and are in or close to Cecil County can be found here.
  • Antibody testing is available through private labs with a prescription from a provider.

What are the current Bookstore hours?

The Bookstore is now open on the North East campus during the following times:

Day Hours
Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Note: No appointment necessary, no prepared food or coffee is available at this time, and masks or face coverings are required.

For more information, please visit the Bookstore page or contact the bookstore at bookstore@nullcecil.edu.

Community Resources

Here is a list of resources for general information:

For information regarding Cecil County and coronavirus, please visit the Cecil County Health Department website.

For the latest updates from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, please visit governor.maryland.gov.

How to Join Google Hangouts

In order to join a tutoring session for Statistics via Google Hangouts, do the following:

  1. Login to your Cecil College "chawk" email account.
  2. From your inbox, you can easily access Google Hangouts in one of the following ways:
    • In the lower left, click the "Hangouts conversations" icon (looks like a chat bubble).
    • In the upper right, click the "Google apps" icon (looks like 9 dots), then scroll down and click on the Hangouts icon.
  3. Start a new conversation with cecilmathlab@gmail.com.

Website Privacy Policy

Cecil College maintains this website to inform you of the many offerings and activities pertinent to the institution. We appreciate the trust you place in Cecil College, and we are committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. Our privacy statement, dated October 2006, describes the information we collect and how we use it. When using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions listed in the statement.

Privacy Statement

For each visitor to our web site, the web server automatically recognizes the visitor’s domain name. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. No marketing databases are created as a result of your visit, nor are there any commercial uses made of any such data.

Cecil College does collect the following information:

  1. the domain name of visitors to our web page.
  2. aggregate information on what pages visitors access.
  3. certain technical information, such as the browser version and operating system.
  4. broad demographic information for aggregate use.
  5. the e-mail addresses of those who voluntarily communicate with us via e-mail.
  6. information volunteered by the visitor, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information collected is used:

  1. to improve the content of our web site.
  2. to analyze usage trends.
  3. to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  4. by us to contact visitors for marketing purposes.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number on-line, you may receive telephone contact from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you contact us voluntarily via email, you may receive email messages from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

The Cecil College web site may contain links and information from other institutions and/or organizations. Cecil is not responsible for the privacy practices of these institutions and/or organizations, access is at your own risk. Cecil College will not sell, rent, or lease your e-mail address to others. Cecil does not set any cookies.

If you have questions about this privacy statement, you may contact us by mail at the following address:

Communications Office
Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901

You may send e-mail to the Communications Office at communicationsoffice@cecil.edu. You may call us at (410) 287-1000.

If you do not wish to receive emails, mailings or phone calls from Cecil College please request removal from our lists through the contact information listed above. If you wish to update your contact information, please inform us at the above.