The following email was sent by Dr. Barb Crittenden, Southwestern Community College president, to Southwestern students and employees on Monday, April 6, at approximately 9 a.m.

We are now starting our third week of online-only delivery of coursework. The manner in which all of you are adapting and responding to the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has provided encouragement in the midst of this difficult situation. The following adjustments are being made at this time, as a part of our ongoing efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

All college credit courses will continue online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students should continue to check their SWCC email for communications regarding coursework and log into Canvas on a daily basis.

A pass/no pass policy has been implemented for the Spring 2020 semester. Due to the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester, the college has implemented a pass/no pass policy that may be utilized for most face-to-face courses that transitioned to online delivery. At the conclusion of the semester, students who complete eligible pass/no pass courses will have the option to receive the letter grade recorded by the instructor or choose a pass/no pass designation. This decision must be made between May 11 and May 15, 2020, by submitting an online form through the SWCC registrar’s office. All students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the policy and consult with their academic advisor prior to making this decision. More information about this policy will be communicated to students via SWCC email.

High school students taking face-to-face concurrent enrollment courses at local high schools will receive further direction on the delivery of their coursework from their instructor.

The housing move-in scheduled for the weekend of April 11 has been cancelled. A limited number of students with extenuating circumstances are currently residing in the residence halls. Residence hall students should watch their SWCC email for information regarding move-out procedures.

A virtual commencement ceremony is being planned for May 8 to honor graduates. The in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020, will not be held due to restrictions on large group gatherings. Plans are being finalized to host an online virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 graduates; more details will be released soon. Students meeting graduation requirements will receive their diploma or degree in the mail in the weeks following the end of the semester.

All face-to-face adult and continuing education courses have been suspended until further notice. Information regarding online offerings is available on the college website.

College facilities remain closed to the public and walk-in traffic. The large majority of employees are working remotely and are available by email or phone. The Southwestern Learning Resource Center and Osceola and Red Oak Centers remain open, by appointment only, for students who need access to the internet and/or computers.

We will continue to communicate updates and announcements via email and on the college website. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, students and employees should check their email frequently.

The health and safety of students, employees, and our communities is the top priority. Please stay aware and communicate if you have concerns or questions as we continue to respond to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.