Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 11:55 am
Westchester Community College continues to monitor closely the evolving public health situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A Preparedness Response Team is working closely with all areas of the college to respond to this evolving situation. The team continues to maintain close contact with the Westchester County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and the State University of New York System Administration.
Q. Are there any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at Westchester Community College?
Q. Is anyone at Westchester Community College observing self-quarantine?
Q. Is Westchester Community College open or closed?
Q. How are cancellations or college closings announced?
A. The Office of Marketing and Communications makes announcements on the college’s website (www.sunywcc.edu) and via college email. Please be sure your information is up-to-date in MyWCC to receive official college communications. For the latest and most accurate information, see the college website at https://www.sunywcc.edu/covid-19.
Q. What happens if someone at the college tests positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A. The college would follow guidance from the Westchester County Department of Health, which may include notifying individuals who may have come in contact with the person who tested positive and closing the college for a specified amount of time in order to sanitize affected areas. College communications will be updated to indicate the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. No personally identifiable information will be released in compliance with FERPA and HIPPA privacy regulations.
Q. What is the college doing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A. We have closed the main campus and all extension centers to in-person activity to help mitigate the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We have implemented an enhanced cleaning procedure including utilizing special sanitizing products and equipment to ensure all spaces are clean and safe when the college reopens. We are reminding all college students, employees, and guests to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of viruses, including washing hands and staying home if sick.
Q. Will the deep cleaning and sanitizing continue on a regular basis?
Q: This is a stressful time. What counseling and support resources are available?
- Reduce exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- Recognize what you have control over and what you do not.
- Though we do not have control over the situation at hand, we do have control over the steps we take to protect ourselves and practice self-care.
- Take care of your physical well-being:
- Take deep breaths, stretch, and meditate.
- Eat health, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly.
- Go outside (even if you are avoiding crowds).
- Try to get plenty of sleep.
- Engage in activities you enjoy and that you normally do.
- Maintaining a sense of normalcy is important during times of crisis.
- Connect with your family, friends, and others to talk about your feelings
- Practice positive thinking and remind yourself of your resiliency
- Most people overestimate how they will be impacted by negative events and underestimate their ability to cope with stress effectively.
- Remind yourself of healthy ways you have dealt with stress before.
- Remind yourself that with time the situation will pass and so will your feelings.
- Accept feelings of anxiety, worry, and uncertainty.
- Describe the feeling in the moment to yourself or others.
- Acknowledge how you feel without judging the feeling.
- Facing anxiety in the moment will lead to less anxiety over time.
- Reach out to professional help if needed!
Check-out our Personal Counseling Department’s Resource Page for local mental health resources.
Q: What do I do if I need a tutor?
Q. Can I still get other student services by coming to the main campus or an extension location?
Bursar and Financial Aid
Q: When will Financial Aid Refunds be sent?
Q: How can I receive Academic Counseling?
Q. Are classes canceled?
Q. What happens on March 23 when classes resume?
Q. How long will classes take place online instead of in person?
Q: Is Commencement still happening?
Q. Do you offer support for online learning?
Q. How can I access my class when it resumes online?
Q. I’m not comfortable with online classes, are there any other options for me?
Q: When does Summer/Fall registration open?
Q: Is placement testing still available?
Q. Are events canceled?
Q. Will canceled events be rescheduled?
Q. How are decisions made to cancel events?
Q. Will I be paid?
Q: When am I expected to return to my office?
Q: How can I request time off?