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COVID-19 information can be viewed at broward.edu/coronavirus.


Spring 2021
In preparation for the 2021 Spring term, we want to provide you with some important information on College operations, including additional face-to-face courses, registration and updates to the COVID-19 Response Plan and Guidelines.

Spring Classes
In an effort to prioritize safety and respond to recent surveys of students, faculty, and staff, the College has decided to continue offering most spring classes through remote learning or online. However, we know that some of our students face challenges with remote learning, and some faculty prefer to teach on campus. In response, the College will increase the percentage of course options for which students can register on campus from approximately 15 percent of fall 2020 courses to approximately 30 percent of spring 2021 courses. 

The College has accounted for the technology and facilities necessary to maintain social distancing protocols pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. As such, 70 classrooms will have the capability to allow a class to be broadcast in two different classrooms.

Registration for Spring
Registration for spring is open, and we encourage students to register at www.broward.edu/registration/index.html. Information on the additional face-to-face course schedules will be available on November 5, 2020. Students should review course notes to see which courses are face-to-face, remote, or online.

Academic Support and Student Services
During the spring term, Academic Support and Student Services will remain mostly remote. We expect to resume some face-to-face support and will provide updates once those details are finalized.

The College will continue to provide student IDs through the Student Life department. Students are encouraged to check the hours of operation on the website.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements while on campus
PPE and social distancing requirements on campus remain in effect. All employees, students, visitors, and vendors must practice social distancing, frequent handwashing or use of sanitizers, and use face coverings that protect both the nose and mouth. Face coverings are a requirement. We will rely on everyone's support to enforce this rule. Both the employee and student code of conduct have been updated to reflect this specification. Please note that Broward College cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free environment. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By coming onto campus, there is a risk of contracting COVID-19, and complying with the CDC guidelines and wearing a face covering is critical to minimizing that risk. 

Reporting a positive case of COVID-19, self-isolation and, quarantine  
The process of reporting a positive case of COVID-19 to the College for students on campus as well as those who are doing remote learning remains the same. This will help the College maintain and respond to additional sanitization efforts or the need for contact tracing if the individual has been on campus.

Students must report positive COVID-19 tests, self-isolation, or quarantine situations using the Student COVID-19 Report Online Form. Once a report is submitted, the student will be contacted with additional information and resources available to them. 

Facilities
Our facilities team will continue to do daily cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting all areas and comply with social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Events and Travel
All college-sponsored events remain virtual until further notice. All college-related travel remains on hold until further notice.

Parking 
Parking decals are only required for the Willis Holcombe Center, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and can be obtained from the campus safety desk on the first floor.

Revised COVID-19 Response Plan
Revisions to the COVID-19 Response Plan and Guidelines will be available on our website on November 5, 2020. It will include changes applicable to the 2021 spring term such as Student Services, Academic Support Centers (ASC) schedules, Institutional Accessibilities, etc. As we continue to monitor and implement guidance from the CDC, state, and local health officials, the plan will be updated to reflect any recommendations or changes.

Thank you for your feedback and continued trust in Broward College.


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Federal CARES Act funding

We are pleased to inform you that Broward College has re‐launched the CARES Student Emergency Aid (SEAhawk) Grant. The grant will disburse the funds received from the federal government to students impacted financially by the outbreak of COVID‐19.

The grant is currently available to Broward College students who were enrolled in Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 and meet the following criteria:

1. Must have a 2019‐2020 (Summer) and/or 2020‐2021 (Fall) Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) on file with Broward College. You cannot be awarded these funds if you don't have a FAFSA on
file.
2. Must be/have been enrolled in a Title IV eligible degree program at Broward College in the term in
which the student is applying for aid.
3. Must be/have been meeting SAP guidelines for the term in which the student is applying for aid, either
passing or by appeal.
4. Must not have Pell grant overpayments or have a federal loan in default.
5. Must have completed a statement of educational purpose and verify identity (SSN).
6. Must not be a dual enrollment or early admission high school student.
7. Must have additional expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
8. If you were previously awarded in the Summer term, you are not eligible for a second Summer award. 
However, you can apply for a Fall award, if you are enrolled for the Fall term.

If you meet these criteria, please complete the application by October 27, 2020. Your application will be assessed, and your eligibility for award determined. Awards will vary from a minimum of $150 to a maximum of $850 and will be determined based on need.

We know that many of our students have faced challenges during this pandemic, and Broward College
stands ready to continue to support you in your academic goals. We are here for you and look forward
to welcoming you this Fall.


What is meant by “Remote learning?”

Remote learning is a general term to describe a mode of instruction where the learner and instructor are separated and cannot meet in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Remote learning involves tools such as D2L, Blackboard Collaborate, or Skype to deliver course materials, broadcast a lecture, or hold a discussion. Even a conference call to discuss a reading and upcoming assignments could be considered a type of Remote Learning.

Broward College, like other higher education institutions, intentionally chose this phrase as it recognizes the wide variety of mechanisms for facilitating learning from afar. It provides faculty the freedom to apply a diversity of pedagogical approaches to implement distance learning that best works for students taking these courses.

Classes will meet remotely at the specific time listed on the course schedule.  This is why these courses are described as ‘Remote Learning.’  Faculty will be available to meet with you in a virtual setting during office hours outlined in the course syllabus.  The syllabus, grading policy, and other course materials will be available in the D2L learning management system.

When searching for classes, you should carefully review the class notes to understand course requirements and other important information. To review class notes, click on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass below the reference number as you are creating your class schedule.


I don’t have internet or computer to take the class online? Will the College provide me with a laptop and webcam?

Every effort is being made to accommodate students.  For more information on resources that are available to you, please visit Coronavirus Student Resources.


Are there any changes to the academic calendar?

Yes, view the current academic calendar.


Will the college offer pass/fail grading?

Broward College will not deviate from the current grading policy by creating a new pass/fail grading scenario for this semester. After a thorough review and consideration of pass/fail grading, we came to the following conclusions.

1) The acceptance of courses by a transfer university that was assigned a pass/fail is unknown across the national landscape.

2) Pass/fail has implications for the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress that could have a negative effect on students that receive federal financial aid. Determining how it impacts the student is a student by student unique analysis.

3) Our faculty were consulted and expressed that they were concerned about creating two grading schemas for each course, one that would explain to a student the traditional grading criteria and one that would inform students of their expectations for earning a pass versus fail, particularly as they focus on providing a quality remote learning experience.

4) The universities that have "advertised" they are providing a pass/fail option for students aligned fail with a traditional 'D' or 'F.'  The level of effort to transition courses to remote learning does not also allow time to develop institutional consistency in the assignment of a pass and fail.

Fundamentally, there were several significant reasons not to provide this option and limited reasons to do so.

We recognize this is a difficult transition for our students, and we want our students to be successful. Instead of moving to pass/fail, we are offering a WS option to relieve the impact of a traditional withdrawal. We developed the WS enrollment status for students who withdraw from courses originally face-to-face or blended between March 12 through April 21 which has the effect of not having the course count as an attempt. If a student is concerned about failing the course due to the transition, they should consult their academic advisor and a financial aid advisor before exercising this option. The WS option will launch during the week of April 13. 

We encourage our faculty to continue to be overtly communicative with our students regarding their academic standing in the course. Additionally, Additionally, faculty should direct students to their academic advisor to evaluate their options and the impact of these decisions on their academic standing. Financial aid advisors are also standing by ready to discuss how these options will impact financial aid.


I have an appointment with my advisor on campus, is that canceled?

Advising Offices have transitioned to remote operations and you now have the option of attending a virtual appointment via Skype or Phone in BC Navigate.

Visit Advising for more information about hours and online scheduling.


Is the Library and Bookstore still open?

 

The College has transitioned to remote operations.  Students should not come to campus until further notice.

College Library resources are fully available online including online databases and videos. You can also chat with a librarian for assistance with research or projects. Visit www.broward.edu/library

Bookstores are operating online, students can order books for free home delivery. For information and questions, visit https://broward.bncollege.com/shop/broward/home

All rented textbooks can be returned free by mail by printing a return label. For instructions, visit https://broward.bncollege.com/shop/broward/page/rental-book-return.

Due Date Extended: The return due date for Spring 2020 rentals is June 15, 2020.

Broward County Libraries closed to the public as of Thursday, March 19. This was also be the last day customers could pick up holds or borrow books, digital tablets, and other physical materials until the library reopens. The library will not assess any fines for materials returned late as a result of the closure. Online services will still be available. Library staff will still report to their regular work locations. Check Broward.org/Library for updates.

See Bookstore FAQ's for more information: Bookstore (Barnes and Noble) FAQs


Where can I take my placement test?

Visit Remote Testing for the status of placement testing services and options.


What testing services are available?

Visit Remote Testing for current information.


Where should I mail my transcripts?

Access to our campuses for services provided by our Student Services departments is remote until further notice. However, most services are available online or by phone. 


I have questions about my class or lab and need information about my course.

Please contact your professor for any details about courses in which you are currently enrolled. You may reach you professors by email or through D2L. You may also call them.  Visit https://start.broward.edu/directory/ for the Faculty and Staff Directory located on the Broward College home page.


I am unable to reach my professor, what do I do?

Students who are having academic issues are encouraged to reach out to their professor, and if that is not successful, contact the Associate Dean. 

Students can find the appropriate Associate Dean through the Faculty and Staff Directory located on the Broward College home page. https://start.broward.edu/directory/. Select the department and location of your class. Next select "Administrator" in the 'Employee Type' box.  This search should help you find the appropriate Associate Dean to contact.

You may also submit a concern through the Office of the Ombudsperson online portal, and we will route/address your issue accordingly.


How do these changes affect Work-Study students?

With the transition to remote work, if you are a Federal Work-Study (FWS) student, you do not need to report to campus for your scheduled shifts. Per the Office of Postsecondary Education guidance issued March 5, 2020, on interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), FWS students can still receive FWS payments. To continue to receive your FWS payments, you need to coordinate with your direct supervisor to enter into Workday the hours you would typically work and ensure they are approved.

Reminder: All other Federal Work-Study eligibility requirements remain.


How do these changes affect student Veterans using the GI Bill?

Under current guidance from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) as of Friday, March 13, 2020, benefits will remain unchanged for the current term, including housing allowance, even in cases where instruction is moved to remote learning. If you have any questions, please contact our Veteran's Services Department at  veterans@broward.edu.


Can I withdraw from a course or all courses? What are the impacts of withdrawing?

We do not recommend withdrawing from courses unless you have no other choice. Important Note: You may have financial aid implications due to withdrawal.

Contact your advisor to discuss your circumstances.

We recognize that those of you who originally registered for a face to face or blended course, and were transitioned to remote learning, may have opted to withdraw from the course. To ensure you stay on track, students who withdrew from classes originally delivered in a face-to-face or blended format between March 12 and April 21, which was the last day to withdraw from Session 4 classes, will not have this withdrawal count as an attempt.

Students do not need to take additional steps to receive this benefit. All students meeting this criterion will receive a confirmation e-mail.


Is the Spring Graduation ceremony cancelled?

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the spring 2020 Commencement on May 5, based on guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We appreciate your support and understanding in helping Broward College do its part to stop the spread of COVID-19, and protecting vulnerable members of our community and ultimately save lives. We are exploring other ways in which we can celebrate your academic milestone and will update you once this information is available.

 


Where can I find technology assistance, tutorials, and other software available to me?

Visit the article in the Technology Knowledge Base for information on how to request technology assistance, tutorials on using our applications, and more.


 

 

What is happening to my student loan repayment?

On March 27, the President of the United States of America signed into law a $2 trillion stimulus plan known as the CARES (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, which will provide borrowers of federal student loans with substantial benefits.

With the CARES Act, no interest will accrue on federal student loans from March 13 through September 30, and all federal student loan borrowers will automatically have their payments suspended for six months through September 30. Additionally, the CARES Act requires the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid to cease collection activities on all defaulted loans, including administrative wage garnishment and the Treasury Offset Program through September 30.

We've teamed up with Solutions at ECMC to answer all of your student loan repayment questions. Solutions is a service of the non-profit organization ECMC and dedicated to helping students manage educational loans. Their resources are available to you free of charge. To contact a Solutions Student Loan Repayment Advisor, email, or web chat by visiting them at www.ecmcsolutions.org or call them at 1-877-331-3262.


Has your income changed, and you are wondering how it impacts your financial aid eligibility?

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, your family's current financial circumstances may warrant a recalculation of your financial aid eligibility. The latter may have resulted in the loss of wages or reduction of hours. Starting Fall 2020, students can submit an income adjustment request along with documentation to substantiate the reason for any adjustment of their 2020-2021 financial aid eligibility. The request takes about 4 weeks to be reviewed and can be submitted online by visiting Financial Aid.

 

I withdrew from a course, can I request a refund, and if so, how?

Broward College Policy 6Hx2-6.45 provides a student the opportunity to petition for a refund if they experience a non-academic extenuating circumstance that results in them withdrawing from the course.

If a student has experienced a non-academic extenuating circumstance and has withdrawn from a course, a student may submit a Petition for Refund Request online by visiting Cashier and selecting the Petition for Refund Request tab. Make sure to read the information about the Petition for Refund process before submitting your request.

 


I received a bill in the mail for a class a withdrew from, why am I being billed?

  • The Student Accounts team is available Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM by phone at 954-201-7434 or via email at myBCbill@broward.edu. We are here to talk to you about your account and answer any questions you may have related to your account charges or outstanding balance.  We can help you. Call us today!

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