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Glen Oaks moves courses to online learning format to help mitigate spread of Coronavirus

For the safety of the students, faculty, staff and community, Glen Oaks Community College will be joining many two- and four-year institutions of higher education in Michigan and across the country in converting from face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 12 amid the concerns for the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Although there are no known suspected cases of COVID-19 in the campus community at this time, Glen Oaks convened a taskforce that is meeting regularly to monitor the situation. Members of the taskforce are following recommendations set forth by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and public health agencies.

Beginning Monday, March 16:

  • Courses will move from face-to-face instruction to online delivery through the Canvas platform. Students, excluding those in CTE courses hosted by GOCC, are not to report to campus.
  • Courses held at off-site locations, including high school sites, will operate as scheduled as long as each high school remains open.
  • Athletic activities will be suspended.
  • Campus offices, including the Fitness Center and Library, will be closed with limited staff reporting.
  • Students in Nursing courses will not attend clinicals at off-site locations.
  • For students in courses with labs, instructors will be in contact with details on how those courses may run.
  • Students residing in the Devier Student Suites are expected to leave campus by Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m. At this time, residents are expected to be able to return to campus April 11 at noon. Residents will be contacted by the Student Housing staff with further instructions.

Glen Oaks is in the process of creating a webpage at: glenoaks.edu, and expects it to be fully operational later this evening. The page will include information on COVID-19, updates on college operations, the college’s response plan, and informational support for CANVAS, the college’s online learning platform. Please visit the site for regular updates.

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