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Umpqua Community College Fully Opens, Drops Mask & Distancing Requirements

3:44 PM · Jul 13, 2021

Face masks and physical distancing are no longer required at Umpqua Community College (UCC). Starting Monday, July 12, the campus will fully reopen to offer face-to- face services for students and those who wish to enroll at UCC. This is the first time in 15 months the College has been able to openly welcome students and prospective students to campus. They will now be able to register for classes, visit career and academic advisors, meet with financial aid advisors, use the campus library, and shop and pick up books and supplies at the campus store—all in-person. The College will still offer a variety of courses to meet all student needs. These courses include online, remote, and hybrid, in addition to traditional in-person classes. “While we will be open to serve students, which is our primary focus right now, we still need to work toward full-service capacity so we can also open the campus for venue bookings and community events,” Dr. Rachel Pokrandt, UCC’s incoming president, said. “We are working diligently toward doing so as soon as possible.” The campus will move toward a full opening and return to its more typical working conditions over the next few months. A decision has been made to maintain the pre-planned summer programming that was established earlier this year, which means the UCC pool will only be open for swimming lessons. The UCC campus is widely used by the community for everything from camps and concerts to weddings and wine tasting. The College is working on a plan to bring back these options for community member enjoyment by Sept. 1. In the meantime, here is what campus visitors can expect: - Face masks are no longer required. However, those who wish to continue wearing a mask are encouraged to do so. - UCC strongly recommends face masks for those who are unvaccinated. - UCC strongly recommends vaccination for all campus populations. “We truly appreciate the community and our students for standing by us through this extraordinary time,” Dr. Pokrandt said. “We are excited to welcome students back to campus now and look forward to fully serving the community very soon.” Fall term registration is currently underway. Classes start Monday, Sept. 27. Register now to secure a spot and secure your future. Summer operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (541) 440-4600. Via UCC Release

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