COVID-19 UPDATE 4-1-2020
Online Instruction to Continue
We have been faced with unprecedented decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that events surrounding the pandemic have inconvenienced and even harmed many in our DCC family. Based on the latest guidance we have received from the Centers for Disease Control, and our federal, state, and local health officials, I have made the difficult decision to extend online instruction at Dallas Christian College for the remainder of the spring semester. We love you and care deeply about your safety and well-being.
I have also made a decision to postpone the May 8th Commencement ceremony until August 8th, 2020. We will still confer degrees and issue transcripts for those that meet graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester. We invite graduates, families, and friends, to be part of our August 8th ceremony where we will honor graduates and the Lord we serve.
Spring Move-Out (for dorm residents)
We are here to support students during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
We have determined that the “shelter in place” order does not prevent students from moving out of our student housing facilities to reside somewhere else. To adhere to social distancing guidelines you are required to sign up for a specific 3 hour timeslot (2 hours to move + 1 hour to clean). If you have a roommate, do NOT sign up for the same timeslot as you will not be able to be in the room at the same time.
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AABA72CA31-spring.
While moving out, it is vitally important you continue to practice social distancing.
- Keep 6 feet away from others at all times.
- If you have masks and gloves, we encourage you to wear them while you are moving out.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) regularly.
- This is NOT a time for socializing. Collect your belongings and move out as quickly as possible. Do not hug each other or gather for photos.
- If you see someone in the stairwell, yield to the person going downstairs. If you are going upstairs, take the exit to the nearest floor and wait in the hallway until the person going down has passed.
Please bring as few people as possible to help you move out, as strict social distancing protocols will be observed. Plan to be patient, it is very important that we keep people distant from each other and this will make the process of moving out slower than it would be otherwise. RDs will verify your key return and then check the room to ensure vacancy.
If you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, have out of state travel restrictions or do not feel safe to move at this time please email or call Karla Kuhl (email@example.com or 214-796-1248) so she can put you on a list to schedule for move out after the Shelter in Place order is over for Dallas County and/or the County/State of your home residence.
Room and Board
The administration is working on pro-rated room and board credits and you will be sent a notice to view your account online in the portal once it has been posted to your student account. If you have a balance due it will be applied against your balance. If you have paid your account in full you will receive a refund check.
My heart is heavy for all of our students, faculty, staff, and their families. I know that none of you wanted your semester to go this way. I share that sentiment. I want you to know that I, along with all of our faculty and staff, are praying not only for the entire world, but also for you individually. We pray that you have the strength, courage, and stamina to finish the spring semester well, while overcoming challenges you are facing in your personal and family life. For some, that means graduation. For others, that means finishing the spring semester and continuing at DCC through the summer and fall, and beyond to graduate in the future. We pray that you not be deterred by the challenges and fears in your life. God brought you to DCC for a purpose: to be educated and mentored so that you can become a person of influence, engaging in your calling to the work of Christ in the Church and in the world. God is in control and he is faithful. He will bring you, your families, and DCC through this time of difficulty and uncertainty, so that we may continue to faithfully serve Him.
Brian D. Smith, Ph.D.
F.A.Q. - DCC & COVID-19
To provide information on DCC’s campus operations during the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared the following responses to some FAQ’s. Additional items will be added as appropriate. If you have a question that is not covered, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will classes resume on April 6th?
A: Monday April 6th is a tentative date that we have set to resume on-campus activities, including face-to-face instruction and access to the dorms. Although we hope and pray for a quick end to these restrictive measures, it may be necessary to extend the date further or even continue online for the rest of the spring semester. We will continue to monitor the situation and align with recommendations and requirements of the authorities. We plan to make a decision on the tentative start date of April 6th no later than April 1st. In the interim, all traditional classes will be held online and students must attend class as scheduled and complete assignments to get credit for the course.
Q: I’m a returning student and need to register for classes. How can I pre-register for the summer session or the fall semester?
A: The Registrar’s Office has provided instructions on how to proceed with pre-registration (check your Crusader Mail). Because you will not have the opportunity to meet personally with your advisor, you may go ahead and register for the classes you think you must take and email a list of those courses to your advisor. It may be necessary to make an adjustment in your schedule if you registered for a class with a pre-requisite that you have not yet taken. In that case we will work with you to modify your courses before the beginning of the next semester.
Q: I’m graduating this year and my family needs to make plans to attend Commencement. When will it be held?
A: We are considering an alternative graduation date in early August. However, not knowing if that will be necessary, we are tentatively planning to hold graduation as planned on May 8, 2020. A final decision will be made by April 15 and will be announced on the DCC web site as well as notifying all students by Crusader Mail and social media.
Q: I’m interested in attending DCC in the fall. Can I visit the campus? If not, how can I learn more about the College?
A: The Office of Admissions is open and available to assist prospective students. We recognize campus visits may not be possible for the next few weeks and it was necessary to cancel our on-campus Crusader Experience scheduled for April 15 & 16. We are prepared to conduct virtual campus visits and scholarship interviews, so be sure to contact an Admissions Counselor to arrange a time. Upon completing the virtual visit and interview process and making application to DCC, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship applicable toward your first year’s tuition. If you have questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call 214-453-8104.
Q: Are the campus offices closed or can I still reach someone by phone or email?
A: Most employees are working from home, but the offices are staffed with a minimal team. Therefore, you can still reach us by phone (972-241-3371) or email.
Q: Will FLEXCampus® classes still be meeting?
A: FLEXCampus® classes will meet using Zoom media, but there will not be any meetings in physical classrooms.
Q: I am interested in summer classes, but I do not know how much Pell grant money I qualify to receive. How do I find out?
A: Call Jean-Claude St. Juste at 972-241-8101 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will I receive a refund for room and board?
A: We will not have a specific plan or answers related to unused portions of on-campus housing and dining plans for a few weeks. We understand this is an important issue and will communicate with impacted students and families in the near future.
Q: May I return to campus to pick up some things from my room?
A: Not at this time. We are enforcing this guideline as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If there is something you need of critical importance, such as medication, you may contact your residence hall director and we will mail it to you.
Q: What office should I contact if I have a question that is not included here?
A: At this time, we recognize there are many unknowns and want to do our best to provide students and faculty with accurate information. Below is contact information you may need. Please use email as your first point of contact.
Registration Questions: Crystal Laidacker
Financial Aid Questions: Jean-Claude St. Juste
Student Account Questions: Breanda Williams
Dorm and Other Student Area Questions: Karla Kuhl
Student Success Coach: Lorice Perry
Class Technology Questions:
In order to ensure the safety and security of the DCC family, we are complying with the Dallas County shelter-in-place order that begins tonight, Monday March 23, 2020, at 11:59pm and ends at 11:59pm on April 3, 2020:
Although this means that campus access is now more restricted, our faculty and staff are available to serve our students and our community by phone and email.
We continue to pray for all of those impacted by COVID-19.
Dear DCC Students, Faculty, and Staff,
In addition to President Trump’s Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak/), Governor Abbott declared State of Disaster in Texas due To COVID-19 this past Friday, March 13, 2020 (https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-declares-state-of-disaster-in-texas-due-to-covid-19). For the safety of the campus community and in anticipation of potential additional restrictions, the following measures are being put in place. These actions are consistent with the steps being taken by the majority of colleges and universities in the country.
All residents must make arrangements to move off campus by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th. Access to dorms will not be available after this date. Exceptions will be made only in cases of extreme hardship and must be approved by the Residence Hall staff team (RDs, Ken Faffler and Karla Kuhl). On campus food service will not be available after lunch Tuesday. Room belongings may still be stored in rooms at this time. If students need assistance making travel arrangements, they may contact Karla Kuhl at email@example.com or 214-796-1248.
Students we want to remind you that Monday, March 23, 2020 all Traditional and Flex classes will be held online only. There will be no classes on campus until further notice, with a tentative start date of April 6, 2020. We will re-evaluate status at that time should it need to be extended. Faculty will need to make adjustments and use the Moodle learning platform to communicate with students regarding completion of assignments, course requirements, and grading.
We will continue to communicate all further developments through social media, email, text, and the DCC web site. Should students or parents have specific questions, they should contact Karla Kuhl, Director of Student Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-796-1248.
Continuing to pray for the welfare of all impacted by COVID-19,
President Brian D. Smith
from The Office of President Brian Smith
Dear DCC Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The health and well-being of the campus community is a top priority for the Administration and Trustees of DCC. With the growing concern regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are taking the following actions.
- Spring Break is being extended an additional week through March 20th and no classes will be held during that time.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 all Traditional and Flex classes will be held online only. There will be no classes on campus until further notice, with a tentative start date of April 6, 2020. Faculty will need to make adjustments and use the Moodle learning platform to communicate with students regarding completion of assignments, course requirements, and grading.
- Campus activities, Service Day, and co-curricular events are cancelled until further notice.
- Men’s baseball, the only sport still in season, will continue until further notice. DCC is continuing to work with the NCCAA to determine future action.
- Staff will report to work as needed and are advised to follow the recommended precautions to avoid the illness and to remain home if feeling ill. If appropriate, employees may work from home after consulting with their immediate supervisor.
- The residence halls and cafeteria will remain open for students who cannot return home. Residence Hall students who have not returned from spring break are advised to not return at this time. Students remaining on campus need to follow CDC guidelines and if symptomatic are required to undergo quarantine at their permanent home residence for a minimum of 14 days prior to returning to campus. Please see previous announcement from 03-11-2020 for further instructions.
- Adjustments to dining hours and food service will be made as necessary.
We will communicate all further developments through social media, email, text, and the DCC web site. Should students or parents have specific questions, they should contact Karla Kuhl, Director of Student Development, at email@example.com or 214-796-1248.
Please take this health crisis seriously and be patient as we work together to do what is in the best interest of everyone. We also need to be praying for the welfare of those who have been impacted by COVID-19.
President Brian D. Smith
The Dallas Christian College Administration is monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus on the United States (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), and particularly as it pertains to Dallas and the State of Texas (www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/). In the event it becomes necessary to implement restrictive measures, we are prepared to continue classes using our online platform so students can complete coursework at home, and to limit exposure that may occur through participation in extracurricular activities or mission trips by cancelling such travel. Any action by the College will be communicated to students, faculty, and staff through a combination of email, text message, and online announcements.
The college has proactively issued enhanced international travel policies for students, employees and contract staff.
Any students, faculty, staff or contracted staff returning to the U.S. from a CDC Level 2 or 3 or cruise line as detailed below is required to undergo quarantine at their permanent home residence for a minimum of 14 days prior to returning to campus.
- Travel from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan, (all currently on CDC Level 2 or 3);
- Travel from any additional countries added to the CDC Level 2 and 3 lists (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html); or
- Travel via cruise line
Students under quarantine should inform Registrar Crystal Laidacker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees should inform their supervisor.
The safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority. We will monitor updates from the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services for additional information and guidance and will share details with you regarding any updates we may receive.