Spring 2021 Information

MCC’s spring semester will run January 25 through May 15, 2021. Courses will be taught through distance learning and on campus. Approximately 23% of courses will be delivered in person starting on January 25 or February 1. Instruction will continue without scheduled, weeklong winter and spring breaks; the academic term will be two weeks shorter. The final exam period will begin on May 10; final grades will be due by noon May 18.

Following SUNY guidance, all students who plan to come to the Applied Technologies Center, Brighton Campus and/or Downtown Campus—for any reason—will be required to

  • send results of a negative COVID-19 test taken three (3) days prior to their arrival to studentrights@monroecc.edu or
  • participate in on-campus COVID-19 pooled testing or be tested by another provider, such as the NYS drive-through testing site*, as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days of coming to campus or
  • present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior 3-month period to healthsvc@monroecc.edu and studentrights@monroecc.edu

If your in-person class of lab begins later in the semester, you must test but no later than five (5) days of coming to campus.

You must test negative for COVID-19 during each week you learn, teach or work in person. (This is a recent change. You only need to test weekly if you come to campus weekly.)

MCC pooled (saliva) testing sessions are held on Tuesdays from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A/B) on the Brighton Campus. Check the pooled testing web page for upcoming sessions and preparation instructions. 

If your in-person class of lab begins later in the semester, you must test three (3) days prior to your arrival or as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days of coming to campus. If you choose to be tested by another provider, you must email proof of a negative test to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

*Please note: The NYS drive-through testing site on the Brighton Campus is managed by the state, not MCC. The drive-through site is a separate process. Test results issued by the NYS site should be emailed to studentrights@monroecc.edu.

If you take in-person campus or labs or come to campus for services, you must test negative for COVID-19 during those weeks you come to campus. You are required to participate in pooled (saliva) testing at MCC or be tested by another provider. Pooled testing is a non-invasive, saliva-based test. More information, including upcoming session dates and times, visit MCC’s Pooled COVID-19 Testing web page.

Pooled testing sessions are held on Tuesdays from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A/B) on the Brighton Campus. 

Student-residents registered for the spring semester will receive specific information and directions from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. If you plan to live on campus, you are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10-14 days of your scheduled move in date. Bring the results with you on your designated move-in day. Students who reside outside of NYS will be required test and quarantine according the current New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory guidelines. 

All books and course materials will be distributed from the Brighton Campus Bookstore. (The Downtown Campus Bookstore is closed at this time.) You can order books and materials online and choose to have your order shipped to you or available for pick-up (in person). Bookstore credits (financial aid) are applicable.

MCC will honor December 2021 and May 2021 graduates at a virtual Commencement Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021. Information in regards to participating in the ceremony will be available on the Graduation Services web pages.

If MCC is directed by New York state or Monroe County to pause for two-weeks (or longer), the following rules apply to ensure your health and safety:

  • Students will be immediately notified via email.
  • All in-person classes and labs will transition to remote or online delivery.
  • Do not come to campus until you are instructed to return safely as campus population density must remain at a minimum.
  • Monitor your email, MCC’s website and social media for updates regarding state and county guidance related to moving campus operations, learning and services to fully online and remote.
  • In-person meetings, programs and services will transition to remote formats.
  • Student-residents will be informed of next steps by MCC Association’s Housing and Residence Life staff and are not to leave the residence halls except with approval from MCC and the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Residence halls will remain open with increased restrictions. Students are urged to stay on campus. If you leave campus without permission from your resident director, mandated SUNY sanctions may apply. If the MCC Association requires you to move out of the residence halls during the pause, Housing and Residence Life staff will inform you of your options and will prorate housing costs and fee refunds based on your move out date. If you do not have a safe place to go, you will be able to stay in the residence halls.
  • Commuter students are urged to remain in their residence.
  • Athletic and recreational activities will be suspended
  • Additional mitigation strategies will be considered, dependent on the nature of the spike in cases.

If MCC is directed by New York state or Monroe County to offer only fully online and remote instruction:

  • Students will be immediately notified via email.
  • Your professors will communicate updated course information.
  • Do not come to campus until you are instructed to return safely as campus population density must remain at a minimum.
  • Monitor your email, MCC’s website and social media for updates.
  • Student-residents will be informed of next steps by MCC Association’s Housing and Residence Life staff and are not to leave the residence halls except with approval from MCC and the Monroe County Department of Public Health. If you leave campus without permission, mandated sanctions may apply. Housing and Residence Life staff will inform you of your options and will prorate housing costs and fee refunds based on your move out date. If you do not have a safe place to go, you will be able to stay in the residence halls.
  • Core services—including Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising—will be delivered remotely.
  • Student supports and programs, including tutoring, counseling, library services, technology help, emergency grant programs, scholarships, and student-parent resources will be available remotely.
  • Students may purchase books and materials online for curbside pickup or request that they be shipped.

Your Health and Safety Are Our First Priority

Monroe Community College’s first priority is ensuring your health and safety. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves, but for all members of our community. This includes:

  • wearing face coverings (masks)
  • hand washing
  • social distancing
  • participating in testing and contact tracing
  • completing daily screenings
  • being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have on others

Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.

In order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and following guidance from New York state, SUNY and Monroe County, MCC’s plan may need to be adjusted in the future.

Here’s what you need to know and do as SUNY and MCC welcomes you to campus in 2021:

Stay Informed

Academic Calendar

MCC’s spring semester will run January 25 through May 15, 2021 with limited in-person courses. Approximately 23% of spring semester courses will be conducted in person. Instruction will continue without scheduled, week-long winter and spring breaks; the academic term will be two weeks shorter.The final exam period will begin on May 10; final grades will be due by noon May 18.

The full academic calendar can be found here; below is a summary of the changes to the Spring Semester 2021 calendar:

  • January 25: First Day of Classes – online, remote and some in-person
  • February 1: Remainder of in-person classes resume on campus
  • May 8: Last Day of Classes
  • May 15: Final exam period ends
  • May 20: Virtual Commencement

Housing and Residence Life

On-campus housing is offered for registered students. Student-residents will receive specific instructions on required COVID-19 testing and scheduled arrival dates and times from the MCC Association’s Office of Housing and Residence Life. Student-residents must take a COVID-19 test 10-14 days prior to moving on campus, bring test results with them to campus and plan to quarantine in their assigned room/suite until they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

Return to Campus Safely

Testing and Isolation Requirements

If you plan to live on campus, take an in-person course or lab, or come to any MCC location for services (e.g., library) or to work, you must test negative for COVID-19 each week that you are on campus. You may participate in MCC pooled (saliva) testing or be tested by another provider*. If you choose to be tested by another provider*, you must email proof of a negative test to the Office of Student Rights.

If your in-person class of lab begins later in the semester, you must test as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days of coming to campus.

If your test results come back positive for COVID-19, you will be directed to quarantine or isolate (at home or on campus) and should immediately contact MCC Health Services by email or call (585) 292-2018. Your name and personal information will remain confidential.

MCC has reserved Tribune Hall, a residence hall on the Brighton Campus, for student-residents who need to quarantine and isolate. Tribune Hall has 127 private bedrooms (33 suites) available for this purpose. The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides personal protective equipment (PPE), food, and supplies to student-residents who are in isolation or quarantine. MCC does not provide quarantine or isolation arrangements for commuter or off-campus students. MCC also has a memo of understanding with the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDOPH) which clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of both parties.

Following the completion of mandatory isolation and quarantine, you must request a release letter from the MCDOPH and provide it to MCC Health Services in order to come to campus. The MCDOPH sends release letters via email.

Students who violate health protocols and quarantine or isolation orders are subject to conduct charges through the Monroe Community College Student Code of Conduct and sanctions as outlined in the SUNY Sanctions in Response to COVID-19 Violations.

* PCR tests are conducted for free at the New York State Department of Health drive-through COVID-19 testing site on the Brighton Campus. 

Screen Daily

Students who plan to come to the Applied Technologies Center, Brighton Campus or Downtown campus for any reason during the spring semester are required to complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment. You are encouraged to complete the screening online or via the MCC mobile app.

You are also required to follow precautionary and mandatory quarantine directives. Students who plan to come to any MCC location for any reason during the spring semester are required to quarantine for 7 days prior to coming to campus. At the start of the semester, the daily COVID-19 assessment will include a question asking if you completed the quarantine or if you received an exemption. 

Each MCC campus or site has only one authorized entrance checkpoint through which to access MCC buildings. Only individuals who complete the self-assessment, scan in with an MCC ID, and wear face covering will be allowed to enter. The Brighton Campus entrance is located at the first (ground) floor of the Spina Administration Building. 

Get Tested 

Offering on-site pooled testing helps MCC more quickly contain outbreaks before they happen on campus. You must test negative for COVID-19 every week you come to campus. You will not be charged for the tests. 

Pooled testing is a saliva test you conduct yourself by swabbing your mouth. The test itself takes approximately 15 minutes. A link to the registration app and steps to help you prepare for the test are available pooled testing web page. Please register on the SUNY Upstate Medical University website at least two-days prior to your scheduled test. Staff will be on site at MCC's Pooled Testing Center at the Brighton Campus to assist you as well. Contact MCC at covid19response@monroecc.edu if you have questions. 

Pooled testing is offered in the Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A/B) on the Brighton Campus. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the spring semester. Dates and times will also be listed on the pooled testing web page, on the college’s events calendar, and in the MCC Student Tribune.

As part of the testing process, your saliva sample will be pooled with 11 other samples and be sent to SUNY Upstate Medical University for screening. If you do not receive a call within 36 hours of being tested, your results are negative. If your results positive, you will be called immediately and provided with specific directions to undergo a precautionary quarantine (at home or in Tribune Hall if you are a student-resident). Positive test results are confirmed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. The precautionary quarantine will last approximately 48 to 72 hours until individual tests are processed. Your professors will work with you so that you’re able to keep up with your studies.

Following the completion of mandatory isolation and quarantine, you must request a release letter from the MCDOPH and provide it to MCC Health Services in order to come to campus. The MCDOPH sends release letters via email.

Check the SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker

SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus, including MCC.

Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off campus:

  • Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms/labs, conference rooms and other public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.

    • Exceptions to this requirement include when you are (1) alone in your enclosed private residential or personal space, (2) consuming food or beverage on-campus while seated and socially distanced in a designated location and, (3) outdoors and socially distant. Updated protocols are available on the MCC Updates & Resources web pages.
    • Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone in their office or other private spaces.

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.
  • Participate COVID-19 pooled testing or test with another provider each week you come to campus and complete daily self-assessments.
  • Do not bring guests to campus. Guests are not allowed to enter campus buildings and must wait outside authorized campus entrance points.

If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, medical professional or MCC Health Services representative that you are “at risk” for having COVID-19, you may be required to quarantine or isolate. This may include taking classes remotely, staying in a specific on-campus residence hall and room, and not going to other campus facilities for a specific time frame. If you are a student-resident quarantining or isolating on campus, you will be assisted by assigned MCC Health Services registered nurses and receive access to food, medicine and supplies. Mental health, wellness, academic and/or other supports will also be available as needed.

Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action

If MCC learns that you potentially violated COVID-19 health and safety rules (not wearing masks, mandatory testing, quarantine, etc.), you may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing and face other disciplinary actions. Student conduct is governed by MCC's Code of Conduct and SUNY mandates. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, if you are partially or completely removed from MCC due to a violation, you will not be eligible for refunds.

If you do not adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements, without sufficient excuse, or fail to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under MCC's published testing protocol, MCC will undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate MCC ID card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy.

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally

We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. MCC and SUNY have resources to help you get the support you need.

Understand What’s Being Offered Online, Remotely and On Campus

Spring 2021 semester instruction* will be online, remote and in person for those clinical practicums, research, and applied learning experiences that require physical presence. Barring unforeseen circumstances, MCC will offer 23% of our courses in a traditional, face-to-face format. MCC will offer these course options for spring 2021:

  • Online: You choose when to sign in and participate in course activities but are expected to meet faculty attendance and participation requirements.
  • Remote: Using Blackboard, Zoom, or other technologies, you sign in and participate virtually in lectures and group work during the specific times listed for the class.
  • Traditional: You come to campus for each scheduled meeting time, in smaller groups that allow for social distancing.
  • Hybrid: A portion of your learning occurs in person, on campus during scheduled meeting times. The rest of your learning experience is delivered remotely or online.

Learn more about the Spring Semester 2021 Courses Formats: Distance Learning & On Campus.

Get Instructional and Technology Help

With various distance-learning options available to match different learning styles, needs and preferences, MCC is ready to help you successfully navigate the virtual world:

Links to resources are also available within myMCC (Blackboard) and on the Student Resources & FAQs web page

Request Accommodations for Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, MCC ensures that admission, services, activities, facilities, and academic programs are accessible and usable by qualified students with disabilities.

Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should email MCC’s Disability Services Office or call at (585) 292-2140.

Reasonable accommodations are available to students who meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the educational program or activity, with or without the provision of academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids. 

Follow Housing and Dining Updates

On-campus housing is available for students who are registered for the spring semester. The Housing and Residence Life Office will notify student-residents of their scheduled return date and time.

Students must sign an agreement to comply with housing policies and safety protocols. Failure to follow the rules may result in immediate removal from the residence halls.

During the move-in period:

  • Students from remote ZIP codes move in first and local students move in last.
  • Limited number of students are allowed in the building for check-in: one student per hall per half-hour with only one support person for move-in.
  • Single entrance/Separate exit is clearly marked for each residence hall.
  • Designated stairwells and elevators are for single-family use.
  • No-guest policy is in effect for each residence hall.
  • Common areas where students, faculty, and staff are likely to congregate and interact will remain closed.

Dining, housing and residential life services will be offered in ways to maximize social distancing during the spring semester. 

Changes and Updates

Updates to public health guidance, laws and regulations may mean SUNY and MCC have to make changes to our plan and rules, including those indicated above. We will keep you informed of new developments.

Thank you for including MCC in your educational journey and for doing your part to stay safe this spring.