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SIC Moves to Remote/Online Classes for the Remainder of the Semester

March 18, 2020

Based on state and federal guidelines as well as Illinois Community College Board recommendations in consultation with the various Illinois higher education organizations plus the latest available health care evidence, beginning immediately, Southeastern Illinois College will provide remote educational and operational services for the rest of the spring term.

Students should anticipate communication from their instructors in the coming days, or they should contact their instructors for direction. Instructors should work with relevant support personnel on the varied delivery needs as well as the academic dean on submission of instructional delivery plans.

All classes will be delivered via alternate methods unless noted otherwise pending instruction in a specialized discipline. Each instructor has developed their delivery system(s) which may include online, phone conferencing, Zoom or Skype, and a variety of other methods to ensure educational services and valuable learning continues to take place.

Career and technical education (CTE) program instructors will contact students regarding how they will instruct those programs if requirements dictate such. Some CTE/Allied Health Programs will be modified according to state agencies’ direction, such as nursing and cosmetology programs. Some CTE instructional units may have small cohort instructional units pending the request of the content area expert.

SIC remains in contact with state agencies and specialized accreditors to get guidance as to how we will transfer to a remote/alternate delivery model of education. Great care and planning has gone into how best to serve students and also practice safe social distancing for everyone per state and federal guidelines. Future modifications are anticipated and will be communicated.

Student and academic support services will continue online. For specific assistance, refer to the SIC directory (www.sic.edu/directory) to email the office you need.

Campus access is not allowed for students. Campus access for faculty and staff is still limited to essential needs only. The same protocol put into place recently for staff and faculty still exists.

For students who need internet access, hot spot areas may be accessed by auto in the north parking lot on SIC’s Harrisburg campus in front of the Learning Commons (A-Building) area from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23.  These days and times may change, so students needing this service are encouraged to visit SIC’s homepage daily for updates. Students using the hot spot via parking lot should leave a space between autos as possible and practice strong social distancing.  No access to the building will be allowed (i.e., no restrooms) as the building will be locked and security on patrol.  Only 50 autos may be allowed at a time due to capacity. More than that may crash the system. Security will monitor and block access should there be more automobiles than allowed. Only automobiles with the current SIC parking sticker will be allowed to ensure service to currently enrolled students. Violators of this policy will be legally charged and authorities notified. A map showing parking areas for the hot spot can be found at www.sic.edu/wifimap.

Registration for summer 2020 and fall 2020 will begin April 6.  Web registration will be open and available through MySIC.  Please direct any questions or inquiries to admissions@sic.edu for new students and advising@sic.edu for current students. Please check for updates on the SIC website, FalconMail, textSIC, and SIC’s Facebook page.  High school counselors have been notified in detail about our registration plans. For help registering, visit: https://youtu.be/-kRxg2vk0co.

Dual credit questions may be answered by e-mailing kyla.burford@sic.edu.

Please continue to visit the SIC website (www.sic.edu/coronavirus) for more updates and vital communication.

President Dr. Jonah Rice said in his message to the SIC community, “I want to commend everyone for their patience and understanding during this very challenging time. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, ‘When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.’ He also said that generations are sometimes given much, while others have much expected from them. This generation today, as the one in FDR’s time during WWII, ‘…has a rendezvous with destiny.’”

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