COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Rowan-Cabarrus is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and both the Rowan and Cabarrus County Health Department(s) regarding the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Rowan-Cabarrus Leadership is being updated and is meeting as needed to review ongoing plans to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

March 26, 2020: The College Remains Open and Will be Operating Virtually & the College’s Library and Computer Lab Services Will No Longer Be Available

As an update to yesterday’s weekly communication, Cabarrus County has issued a stay-at-home order, which goes into effect today, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. This proclamation is in effect until April 16, 2020, and you can read the full statement on the Cabarrus County Government website for more details.

The proclamation shared that educational institutions are considered essential businesses and operations: “including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities – for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.”

The College remains open and will be operating virtually beginning today, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m., with the exception of the College’s testing center, which will remain open until noon on Friday, March 27. Out of an abundance of caution, the College’s library and computer lab services will not be available on campus at this time.

Starting this afternoon, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m., the College’s campuses and centers will be accessible only to employees whose presence is required to perform essential functions. The College will remain operating under a virtual status through April 16, 2020.

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information to stay in touch with us while we navigate forward together.

Students and all other employees should follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during this time.

March 25, 2020: College Remains Open with Limited On-campus Services & Limited Courses May Be Permitted to Continue Offering In-person

This is a Campus Connect Message from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. As promised, we will send weekly updates on the COVID-19 situation as long as necessary, with interim additional updates as needed.

The College is committed to keeping our campus community safe and has taken the following steps thus far:

  • Extended Spring Break through Sunday, March 22
  • Welcomed students back to class (virtually) on Monday, March 23
  • Transitioned the majority of face-to-face classes to online course delivery
  • Students who were enrolled in face-to-face classes that could be transitioned to a virtual format were automatically enrolled in an online course section.
  • Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 began on Monday, March 23.
  • Suspended meetings of all face-to-face courses that are not able to be offered online beginning Friday, March 20. This change will remain in effect until April 1, with weekly evaluation of conditions for reinstating in-person instruction.
  • Canceled major events including the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on March 27 and the annual STEM Open House on April 2-3

The North Carolina Community College System is providing guidance on limited courses that we may be permitted to continue offering in-person. If the College reopens certain courses in the future, enrolled students can expect to receive communication regarding next steps from their program chair or manager at least one week in advance.

The College remains open with limited on-campus services and will continue to be open as we work together to fulfill our mission to improve lives and build community through public higher education and workforce development. We appreciate your patience as we adjust and modify as many services as possible virtually. All of our campuses remain open; however our College Station and CBTC locations are only open to faculty/staff with supervisor approval.

We are here for you during this unprecedented time. For more information on how to use Blackboard, which campus resources remain open (such as the library), online tutoring services and more, we invite you to visit the College’s Coronavirus website. The libraries on North Campus, South Campus and in the College’s building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), are available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for students to access computers as needed.

You, our students, are important to us, and we understand that this is a very difficult time for many members of our Navigation Nation. If you need assistance during this time, we invite you to fill out this form to tell us more about the challenges you may be facing. Additionally, we invite faculty/staff to help us connect with students who may need assistance by filling out this form.

We’re all in this together, and while our resources are limited, we will do everything we can to help you be successful during this time.

Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to keeping our Navigation Nation updated during this rapidly evolving situation. Here are a few ways you can expect to hear from us as this situation continues to progress.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Campus Connect Messages every Wednesday or as needed
  • The College’s Coronavirus website, which includes a frequently asked questions page and is consistently updated with the latest information.
  • The College’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • College email: Please continue to check your college email regularly for important updates from faculty and staff.

We expect to learn more information from local and state government officials as early as tomorrow regarding potential stay-at-home mandates.

The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, April 1, unless we have new information to address.

We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

March 19, 2020: Face-to-face Classes Transitioned to Online & Suspended Face-to-face Courses not Offered Online

This is a Campus Connect Message from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. As we shared in our last communication on Saturday, March 14, the College has extended spring break for curriculum students through March 22.

The majority of face-to-face classes will be transitioned to online course delivery beginning on Monday, March 23. Students who are currently enrolled in face-to-face classes that can be transitioned to a virtual format will be automatically enrolled in an online course section. Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 will now begin on Monday, March 23. Please contact your instructor directly if you have any questions.

Additionally, the College has suspended meetings of all face-to-face courses that are not able to be offered online beginning Friday, March 20. The curriculum and continuing education courses that are currently meeting in-person will no longer meet effective at close of business Thursday, March 19. This change will remain in effect until April 1, with weekly evaluation of conditions for reinstating in-person instruction. Students in these courses can expect to receive communication regarding next steps for their class from their program chair or manager in the near future.

The College’s leadership team is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19 and we continue to meet with statewide and local leaders as we strive to implement measures focused around the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

College personnel will continue to evaluate current regulations and public health conditions to determine if courses for which instruction is either partly or totally delivered in-person will be reinstated. Students and faculty will be notified one week in advance of reinstatement of in-person instruction in order for students, faculty and staff to make arrangements for class attendance.

The College remains open with limited services and we will continue to be open as we continue our mission to improve lives and build community through public higher education and workforce development. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to modify as many services as possible virtually.

Additionally, the College is working with our housekeeping contractor to focus on disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, common spaces and individual workstations.

In accordance with Governor Cooper’s mandate, all events of more than 50 people are canceled at this time. Unfortunately, this includes the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon that was scheduled for Friday, March 27 and the College’s annual STEM Open House, which was scheduled for April 2-3.

The College is committed to keeping our Navigation Nation updated during this rapidly evolving situation. Here are a few ways you can expect to hear from us as this situation continues to progress.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Campus Connect Messages: We will send notices every Wednesday and more as warranted.
  • Website: We encourage you to frequently check the College’s Coronavirus website, which includes a frequently asked questions page and is consistently updated with the latest information.
  • Social Media: We will continue to share information and communications with our campus community through our Campus Connect messages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • College Email: Please continue to frequently check your college email for important updates from faculty and staff.
  • The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, March 25, unless we have new information to address. We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, March 25, unless we have new information to address. We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

March 14, 2020: Spring Break Extended through March 22 & Transition to Online Course Delivery

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus. The College’s executive leadership team has conducted numerous meetings with various state and local leaders in the recent weeks and as a result, we are implementing measures focused around the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

As a precautionary measure, the College will extend spring break for all curriculum students through March 22, 2020. The majority of face-to-face classes will be transitioned to online course delivery beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Students who are currently enrolled in face-to-face classes will be automatically enrolled in an online course section. Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 will now begin on Monday, March 23. Please contact your instructor directly if you have any questions.

Corporate and continuing education courses are typically exempt from spring break and as such, these courses will continue to meet in their current format as normally scheduled throughout the duration of the extended spring break and beyond. If the delivery method of the course you are enrolled in changes, your instructor will contact you directly.

Although Rowan-Cabarrus is moving as many courses as possible to an online delivery method, the College remains open with limited services. During the week ahead, faculty and staff will be working together to transition as many courses as possible to an online format. At that time, there may still be the need for a limited number of in-person classes and attendance for courses such as those with labs and other hands-on requirements. For any in-person classes and labs, the College will look for ways to conduct these in-person portions of the class at a later time or in smaller groups of students. These updated plans will be directly communicated with students enrolled in these courses by their instructor or program chair.

Faculty and staff will return from spring break as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 16. Key college personnel will be on campus during regular business hours, while non-essential employees will be permitted to work from home. Faculty and staff will receive communications from their Vice President or Chief Officer with more details about scheduling and telework options.

As we all work to stay healthy, here are a few trusted resources to help keep you informed:

For further information on what to do if you’re sick, how to spot symptoms, and how to stop the spread of germs, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. As always, please know that we are working to ensure that our students finish the semester successfully.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to navigate this unprecedented challenge.