Preparing Our Learning Environment

Our goal is to reduce the number of students, faculty and staff on campus while maintaining regular weekly class/meeting sessions. By reducing the number of students and staff on campus, we will be better positioned to address social distancing and safety requirements.

Computer labs will be available for student use with appropriate social distancing and cleaning protocols. Online/remote delivery of the Student Services, Learning Centers, Testing Centers, Counseling and Library Services will continue as much as possible and will plan for increased in-person services as permitted.

Just as we have for many years, Northeast Iowa Community College continues to support individual student needs by offering the following learning options:

Face-to-Face: Students will attend class at a campus or college location, as scheduled. The College will adhere to safety precautions and social distancing. This will allow students to be in the classroom with their instructor. If safety, health or childcare circumstances require, the student can connect through a video live stream or watch a recording of the lecture at a later date. Please note: face coverings are required for all people who are inside any Northeast Iowa Community College location.

Hybrid: Students will complete a majority (51 percent or more) of the course content using the online environment where instruction can be accessed at any time (asynchronous). The remaining course content is delivered at a campus or college location, as scheduled. If safety, health or childcare circumstances require, the student can connect through a video live stream or watch a recording of the lecture at a later date. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor. Please note: face coverings are required for all people who are inside any Northeast Iowa Community College location.

Online Synchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is live, online at a specific date and time with lectures recorded for review later. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Online: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction can be accessed at any time (asynchronous). Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

We thank everyone for their support, coordination and patience as we all work through these difficult times.

Approval of Completion Plan/Schedule

Faculty/Deans will follow the Pandemic Response Team recommended guidelines for the College. Faculty/Deans are working within these guidelines to develop a plan including specific dates/times, room(s)/building or off-site location, number of students per session to ensure social distancing guidelines and not any program-specific safety/hygiene protocols.

  • Supervisors will monitor all plans to ensure room and building occupancies are within guidelines.
  • Once approved, all details will be added to AdAstra as an “event” to ensure the physical plant has utilities turned on, custodial services are able to prepare space for occupancy and conduct follow-up cleaning, and security (if applicable) can ensure the building is unlocked. If a room is not on AdAstra, the building and room will not be accessible.
  • Students and employees should avoid accessing rooms or spaces outside the officially scheduled classroom or lab.

Notification to Students

Due to the ever-changing environment, students will be provided as much advance notice as possible of any changes to class schedules, format or locations to allow for adjustments of work or personal schedules.

Faculty will send email with requirements and protocols to students in advance of face-to-face class meetings and also review protocols and conduct expectations during the first class meeting, including the following:

  • Face coverings/other personal protective equipment required and steps to attain
  • Building entrance to use
  • Food or drink rules
  • How breaks will be conducted
  • Any lab-specific requirements or protocols
  • Protocol information sheets will be posted in all on campus classrooms.
  • Faculty are responsible for ensuring student adherence to expectations per the NICC Student Code of Conduct.

Accommodations

Faculty are asked to work with students who may not be able to participate in face-to-face classes due to health related issues involving themselves or a family member. Just as NICC accommodates impacted employees, faculty should be flexible and creative in determining how they apply attendance policies, award extensions on due dates and allow make-up opportunities. Students who need accommodations during or after a COVID-19 related illness are encouraged to talk with faculty and apply through the Disability Services Office.

Student Conduct Issues

Faculty should use the standard NICC student conduct guidelines and procedures to address failure to adhere to directives regarding safety. Students are expected to follow all policy and behavior expectations that are outlined in the NICC Student Code of Conduct. Specific to COVID-19, all students, visitors, faculty and staff are required to follow established College procedures, including, but not limited to, wearing of cloth face coverings, self-monitoring and reporting of illness and social distancing. Refer to the NICC Coronavirus webpage for specific details.

Those who encounter issues with non-compliance to COVID-19 procedures should submit an Incident of Concern report. Individuals failing to follow the College’s COVID-19 procedures may be subject to the policy and procedures found within the NICC Student Code of Conduct.

If you have questions, please contact:

Kelly McMahon, Executive Director for Risk Management
mcmahonke@nicc.edu or 844.642.2338, ext. 2477

Online Courses

Standard scheduling processes will be used to determine if additional online sections are needed to meet student demand. The Director of Registration and Retention will work with Department Deans to determine if additional sections are needed and add accordingly.

Face-to-Face Class Adjustments

Face-to-face courses may need to move to a hybrid format via Brightspace dependent on the social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of the course and/or if the instructor becomes ill or has been exposed and needs to quarantine.

Internships and Work-Based Learning

Instructors may provide students with options for meeting course requirements as long as program, course and regulatory requirements are met. Options include:

  • Remote internship opportunities
  • In-person internships following certain guidelines outlined by the instructor and/or employer which establish a good faith effort to create a safe environment for students
  • Supplemental projects determined by faculty, which may potentially relate to NICC operations