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An update from Dr. Pokrandt, President of UCC

March 9, 2022

Dear Campus Community

In response to updated CDC and state guidelines, as of Saturday March 12th, masks will no longer be required in UCC buildings and we will be returning to full on-campus services, with a (visible) smile!

Masks:  I know we did this once before in the summer so don’t throw your masks away just yet, but I do look forward to seeing your smiles next week.

While masks are no longer required, UCC supports anyone who chooses to continue to wear a mask. Choose what’s best for you and your personal circumstances. As a reminder, free masks will remain available to students, employees, and community members in the UCC Bookstore, and in the Campus Center. Specific mask mandates may remain in place for some healthcare programs when students and staff are working in off-campus healthcare settings.

Please remember that this only works if we all commit to staying home when we feel unwell.

Contact tracing: Contact tracing will end March 12th with the exception of student housing where UCC will continue to track cases. Instead of contact tracing, UCC will be operating within our Communicable Disease policies (BP 5210, BP 7330) to deal with any outbreaks.  We will continue to work in partnership with Douglas Public Health Network to help support a safe community and encourage vaccinations.  Again, if you are sick, stay home. 

On campus and on duty for our students:  Most everyone is back in their workspace at this point and please know that this is the continued expectation moving forward for all staff and faculty.  I believe that what we do at UCC and what we offer to students is extremely valuable. I believe your knowledge and wisdom, advice and support is critical to the success of our students and to supporting each other. Our presence in our workspaces will create reengagement with our students and is a vital part of their college experience. In person collaboration breeds creativity and teamwork which we will need as we create a bright future for our institution.

The Future of work and learning: I have asked Human Resources to develop guidelines for flexible work schedules and off-site working opportunities moving forward so that we can keep some of the practices that we most appreciated during the pandemic. We hope to have those out to you in the coming months. In addition, I will be convening the faculty to discuss teaching and learning modalities for the fall term. We have lots of informal data on how our students may want course delivery to look in the future. This feedback is important, and we also have an imperative to ensure that we weigh what students want, with what supports them to be most successful. I look forward to those future focused conversations.

Thank you to you all for your continued fortitude and I look forward to seeing more of you all in the coming weeks,

Rachel Pokrandt | PresidentUmpqua Community College


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