East Central College is preparing for Phase 2 of its Return to Campus plan, which will allow for more on campus meetings with students while maintaining virtual/remote options.
Beginning July 1, appointments no longer are necessary for current and prospective students to sign up for fall semester classes, meet with advisors or access other student services, according to ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer.
“Campus buildings will remain closed for public use but drop-in student traffic for advising and registration will be permitted,” he said “Virtual appointments can still be offered if a student prefers to meet with student development staff remotely.”
Other offices, such as financial aid and advising, will also be open for students to visit on campus and remotely. An appointment can be scheduled at www.eastcentral.edu/virtual-ecc.
Current and prospective students will be required to wear face masks inside buildings.
Following the closure of ECC to the public in March due to COVID-19, a three-phase plan to reopen before the fall semester was developed. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 1, and end Sunday, Aug. 16.
There will be minor changes to the library schedule. The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The library’s chat service is available from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. during the week and on weekends. Library materials will be checked out on request; library staff will retrieve the items from the library shelves, which will remain closed at this time.
The Testing Center will remain open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of summer courses on July 23, and then operate on interim hours, closing at 4:30 p.m., until the beginning of Fall classes.
Testing by appointment will continue with some slots being available for drop-in testing.
Dr. Bauer noted that a decision on the commencement ceremony will be made in early July.
The first day of 16-week classes for the fall semester is Monday, Aug. 24. This fall, a wide range of courses will be in-person, seated classes on the ECC campuses. There also will be online and remote courses available to students.