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Updates

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?

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 www.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.

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

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.

What College resources are currently available during the online spring 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

The library databases remain available. If you have any questions during the online spring semester, please contact the library staff at library@nullcecil.edu.

Information Technology Help Desk

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

Student Services

The Student Services staff will be monitoring and responding to email during the online spring 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.

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.

Tutor's Name Times Available Notes
Monday
Danielle 9 am – 12 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Jess 11 am – 2 pm Statistics tutoring via Google Hangouts
Lauren 12–3 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Clay 3–9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday
Alex 9 am – 12 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Adam 12–3 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Lori 3–6 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Jess 4–7 pm Statistics tutoring via Google Hangouts
Steven 6–9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday
Arianna 9 am – 12 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Alex 12–3 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Jess 12–3 pm Statistics tutoring via Google Hangouts
Danielle 3–6 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Sean 6–9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday
Adam 10 am – 12 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Sean 12–3 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Steven 3–6 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Jess 4–7 pm Statistics tutoring via Google Hangouts
Lori 6–9 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Friday
Arianna 9 am – 12 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Jess 11 am – 2 pm Statistics tutoring via Google Hangouts
Adam 12–4 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Saturday
Lauren 10 am – 1 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate
Sean 1–4 pm Math tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate

You can also email mathlab@nullcecil.edu and Rob Stoflet can help you.

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 the campuses be open for the spring semester?

Classes have moved online with faculty and staff working remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. The physical campuses will be closed through the spring 2020 semester. All campuses, North East, Elkton Station and Bainbridge are closed. Please see the FAQ “Will we be switching all courses to online?” for more information regarding online instruction and the status of workforce training and courses that cannot be moved online.

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?

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.

Have the withdrawal dates for Spring semester changed?

While we encourage students to continue their education and reach out to their faculty if they have concerns about their academic progress in a course, we recognize students may need additional time to reach decisions. In our continuing efforts to support our students through this unusual time period, Cecil College has altered the last date to withdraw for many of our classes. The upcoming withdrawal dates for the spring 2020 semester are now as follows:

Note: Please remember that a course withdraw may still impact your financial aid. If you are receiving aid and you are unsure of whether you should withdraw, please email financial aid at finaid@nullcecil.edu or your advisor at advising@nullcecil.edu. They are monitoring emails remotely.

Semester/Terms Date Withdrawal Dates
01/21/2020 – 05/11/2020 April 20, 2020
03/02/2020 – 05/11/2020 April 17, 2020
03/10/2020 – 05/11/2020 April 21, 2020
03/23/2020 – 05/09/2020 April 23, 2020
03/23/2020 – 05/11/2020 April 23, 2020
03/24/2020 – 04/14/2020 April 21, 2020
03/30/2020 – 05/09/2020 April 24, 2020
04/08/2020 – 05/06/2020 April 27, 2020

How do I register for Summer/Fall 2020 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.

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.

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) 674-1489 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).

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.

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 Spring 2020 semester?

April 3, 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 has extended the withdrawal date and will provide the opportunity for an incomplete grading option during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the expressed needs of students. These options 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 these decisions 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

Community Resources

Here is a list of resources for general information:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
  • Cecil County Government, including food and transportation resources: www.ccgov.org

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.

Coronavirus Update

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.