The situation involving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly. This site will be updated when new information becomes available in regard to the steps and actions East Central College is taking in response to the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations.
Return to Campus Plan:
Phase 3 of the college Return to Campus Plan began Monday, Aug. 17. The plan is designed in three phases to safely ease students and employees back into normal operations for the fall semester. Face masks will be required to enter any ECC facilities. The College will be following CDC guidelines.
- Phase 1: Monday, May 18-Tuesday,June 30
- Phase 2: Wednesday, July 1-Sunday, August 16
- Phase 3: Monday, August 17 – Thursday, December 31
The entire plan is available here.
Video Commencement Planned 8.4.20
The College is recognizing 2020 graduates through a recorded Commencement video in lieu of an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The college is asking that students submit photos of themselves in their caps and gowns holding their diploma covers. The photos can include the graduates with their family and friends or by themselves.
2020 graduate photos and information can be sent to PR@eastcentral.edu. The deadline to submit the photos is Friday, Aug. 14.
Pre-ordered caps and gowns are at the ECC Bookstore. There also are extra caps and gowns for those who did not order them. The Bookstore is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is not necessary to wear caps and gowns in student-submitted photos.
Read more about the video commencement here.
Face Masks Required for 2020 Fall Semester: 7.10.20
The message from Dr. Jon Bauer, president of East Central College:
When the fall semester begins Monday, August 24, masks will be required for all students, faculty, and staff of East Central College, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The masks requirement follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control for institutions of higher education.
Masks are one of the critical strategies for combating the spread of COVID-19. As the fall semester opens with a return of students to campus, this step is important in order to protect the health and safety of all those on the Union campus and our centers in Rolla.
Consistent and widespread use of masks helps ensure the safest environment for those on campus. While county and city requirements vary throughout the college’s district and service region, it is the responsibility of ECC to adopt and enforce measures most appropriate for the health and safety of those in its facilities.
With the number of students and employees on campus when the semester is under way, the use of masks will provide the best level of protection from contracting the coronavirus while in proximity to others.
While students may bring their own masks to campus, ECC will be providing free reusable masks. These masks, with the ECC logo, will be distributed to students in Union and Rolla at the beginning of the semester. A supply of disposable masks will be readily available if someone forgets to bring a mask to campus.
For those on campus this summer, current requirements will continue. Masks now are required inside ECC buildings in common areas, classrooms and labs in use during the summer semester, and in situations involving more than two individuals. Employees may continue to work without masks in their offices, or when meeting individually if social distancing of at least six feet can be maintained. These requirements will continue in the fall.
Faculty may elect to use face shields in lieu of masks, to facilitate effective teaching. Some may elect to use both a mask and face shield, and others may switch from one to another depending on the nature of the proximity with students in a classroom or lab setting. ECC will provide face shields and masks to faculty and staff.
Students who do not wish to wear a mask have the option of modifying their schedule to classes that are offered remotely. The fall semester includes a mix of in-person and remote classes. The decision regarding masks is made now in order to allow students and employees to plan accordingly for the fall semester.
The mask requirement for students will be treated as an expectation of the code of conduct. For employees, the use of masks is an employment condition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to wearing masks, faculty and students will be responsible for wiping down desks and/or workstations with sanitizing wipes before and after class. Combined with the regular cleaning by ECC’s custodial staff, this will also help ensure the safest environment for those on campus. Ample supplies will be available in each classroom or lab.
ECC will continue to monitor local data regarding COVID-19 transmission, guidelines from the CDC, and other authoritative sources of information in order to make decisions based on science and data. These decisions will be made in the best interests of our students, employees, and communities.
Student in person registration allowed: 7.1.20
No appointment is necessary for current and prospective students who need assistance, walk-ins are welcome. Students can visit with student services personnel during their normal business hours to receive assistance with registration, advising, and financial aid. For those who prefer a virtual meeting, visit www.eastcentral.edu/virtual-ecc
College Buildings Closed to the Public: 7.1.20
Public access to the ECC buildings will not be available July – August 16 during Phase 2. A decision on public access to buildings will be made July 14.
As scheduled, instruction of classes to ECC students will be delivered online and/or remotely beginning Monday, April 6. As of Thursday, April 2, however, tutoring, advisement and other student support will be provided remotely (phone, email. Zoom, etc.)
Facilities Closed to Students and the Public: 4.14.20
On April 14, Dr. Bauer made the following announcement:
After thorough consideration by the senior leadership of the college, we are extending our modified operational schedule through the end of the spring semester. Buildings will be accessible only to faculty and staff who are working from the campus. Employees will continue to have the option to work from home and are strongly encouraged to do so.
Buildings will not be accessible to students or the general public. We are extending these plans through the end of the semester to provide some stability for the remainder of the semester, to be consistent with our educational partners, and to do everything possible for the well-being of our employees and students.
The College will postpone Commencement given the current situation and the likelihood that we will continue to be under advisories regarding public gatherings. A decision on Commencement will be made by July 14.
ECC Campus Closed from March 21 to April 6
The college is closing until April 6 to help impede the spread of COVID-19. President Dr. Jon Bauer said the decision was made in regard public health and safety. The closure begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 20. To date, there are no active cases of COVID-19 among the ECC community.
The closure is consistent with a Franklin County Commission order addressing the capacity of people in buildings, as well as CDC and Surgeon General guidelines of “15 days to stop the spread” of the coronavirus.
New Student Registration Delayed until April 20
New students can begin registering for classes Monday, April 20, which is about three weeks later than the initial start date. The change also will limit the number of students on campus at the same time. Registration for current students opened Monday, March 16, and it will continue remotely or online after the college staff returns from spring break on Monday, April 6.
Students will return to coursework to be delivered online or remotely starting Monday, April 6.
Classes will be taught online or in a remote fashion beginning Monday, April 6.
Facilities closed to the public
All ECC facilities are closed to the public. Only current and future ECC students are allowed on campus for certain student services assistance. Employees are allowed in facilities.
All Campus Events/Activities Canceled
The College has canceled public events for the 2020 spring semester to comply with the Centers for Disease Control Recommendations. A decision on Commencement and other graduation activities will be made at a later date.