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- How do students access LMC virtual tutoring labs and NetTutor?
"There is a variety of virtual labs providing tutoring for LMC students. A centralized page containing instructions for accessing these labs is located at https://www.losmedanos.edu/tutoring/index.aspx
Faculty in many disciplines can also add NetTutor (an external virtual tutoring service) to their course shells in Canvas for students to access. For more information about NetTutor and instructions on how to embed these resources in your course Canvas shell, see NetTutor Directions instructions."
- Can you please provide information about the P/NP options for students?
Students may now choose the Pass/No Pass grading option for all courses, both those designated as " Student Choice" and those designated as "Letter Grade" on the course outline of record. Students will have until May 15 for semester length courses to request this change; for short term classes they may make this request up to 7 days before the last day of the class. Students will need to contact Admissions and Records to obtain the form, and it is highly recommended that they consult with a counselor before electing this option. UC and CSU have suspended their caps on the number of units that can be taken as P/NP for winter, spring and summer terms of 2020; however, there may still be restrictions for particular departments and majors on different campuses, and there could be impacts at private schools outside of the UC/CSU system. For this reason, students will want advice based on their individual goals and the institutions to which they intend to transfer. For more information visit:
University of California admissions page https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/response-covid-19.html
California State University https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/Pages/community-college-guidance-incoming-transfers.aspx
- What should I know about Excused Withdrawal (EW)?"Students who drop a course between March 1, 2020-May 15, 2020, will be considered an “Excused Withdrawal” (EW). This means they will get a refund for the course they dropped and it will not count towards their allowable 3 attempts towards taking a course. Students can drop a course using the usual process in Insite. The drop will automatically be considered an excused withdrawal.
Note: For Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology, students can only attempt these courses two (2) times and an Excused Withdrawal (EW) will not count towards these two attempts."
- Will my lab classes still articulate to CSU and UC’s?All currently approved articulation agreements for the CSU and UC systems will continue to be honored. For more information visit: https://www.losmedanos.edu/transfer/
- How do I turn in a census form for a late start class?Admissions and Records will be emailing your census rosters to your LMC email during this time. Please follow the directions on the census roster. If you have any census-related questions, please contact Admissions and Records or visit their Webpage for additional information: https://www.losmedanos.edu/admissions/contact.aspx
- Can faculty come to campus to teach their lecture and/or lab course remotely?
Not at this time. To comply with the public health order and minimize risk of exposure, all faculty are to provide remote instruction at home.
- I am having trouble using Canvas or other technology. Where can I get help?
The College has developed step-by-step tutorials.
For Student: Visit https://www.losmedanos.edu/onlineclasses/index.aspx
For Faculty: https://www.losmedanos.edu/onlineclasses/detrainings.aspx
- How are requests for going on campus going to be handled?Please contact your Dean by email to request permission to be on campus. Please provide the date and time you are expected on campus. The Dean will submit the request to Police Services and you will need to notify Police Services when you arrive and when you leave campus. Police Services can be contacted at 925.473.7332. You may be asked to present identification, so please be sure to have it with you.
- Can student workers work remotely?Yes. Please work with your Dean to ensure a proper work plan is in place.
- Will College due dates remain the same? (i.e. RAP submissions, eLumen, Payroll, Perkins/SWP,
Accreditation, etc.)All due dates remain the same unless otherwise communicated with the Department Chairs.
- How do faculty submit forms to Admissions & Records traditionally completed in person?
(i.e.: Late Add Petitions, Census Rosters, etc.)All forms will be handled electronically. Please complete the form with the student and email it to your Dean. Your dean will sign and submit the form to Admissions and Records. You and the student will be copied on the email.
- How will these circumstances affect Admissions and Records Policies and Procedures?
Any student withdrawing from classes after March 1, 2020 will be receiving an "Excused Withdraw (EW)" and a refund.
The Pass/No Pass grading option, for courses which have been approved as student choice will be extended until May 15, 2020 for weekly census classes. We are still researching letter grade classes and its impact transfer.
- How are business transactions that were paper driven going to be handled?As per VP Montoya's March 24, 2020 campus-wide email, we will process all Accounting, Purchasing, and Payroll transactions electronically. Please follow this link for more https://www.losmedanos.edu/onlineresources/index.aspx
- How do I maintain the academic integrity of my course?Faculty should be utilizing their Canvas shells to house all course content. Online instruction requires regular and substantive interactions between faculty to students and student to student. Please see DE Webpage for more online teaching resources: https://www.losmedanos.edu/onlineclasses/detrainings.aspx
- Can faculty/staff purchase technology themselves and get reimbursed?No. Equipment requests must be submitted to your Dean for approval. The College is working to satisfy requests to meet basic needs for teaching online. Deliveries cannot be received at your home they must be received by the College. Equipment purchased by the College is College Property and will need to be returned upon returning to campus.
- Will we in the future be hiring hourly employees even while in remote status?Not at this time
- Is there an emergency funding plan for items that we need now that we did not need
before?Equipment need to be requested and approved by your Dean. Do not order until you received approval. Funding source will be identified by VPI and Dean.
- What do we do with partially completed faculty evaluations?For specific information please visit http://uf4cd.org/latest-news/faculty-evaluations-suspended
- How are new remote student services (Tutoring Labs in particular) going to be advertising
their hours and instructions for access?Students should check with their instructor for additional information.
- Will it be possible to access local drives through VPN? Will there be instructions
on doing this?Log into Insite and click on yellow tile labeled "Working Remotely- Instructions" for more details.