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Posted On: April 13, 2020

STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANTS

We know many students are facing new challenges as we confront the COVID-19 virus and its effects on our college community. At Kirkwood we are doing everything we can to provide help to our students. The college, in partnership with the Kirkwood Foundation, has created an emergency grant fund to provide financial assistance to students who are struggling due to issues related to this situation. Though initial grant funds are limited, Kirkwood is coordinating additional resources that can be used to help students address these concerns. To apply for a grant, students can visit www.kirkwood.edu/emergencygrant. Questions? Please contact:

One Stop Office
 
Phone: 319-398-7600
Online Chat: Click here


Posted On: April 3, 2020

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING CAMPUS BUILDING CLOSURES

An important message from President Sundberg regarding campus building closures.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT


Posted On: April 3, 2020

Pass/No Pass Option for Spring 2020 Courses

Kirkwood Community College has adopted a temporary grading option for Spring 2020 courses only. This grading option will allow students to change a class ordinarily only offered for a grade (A-F) to Pass/No Pass (P or Q). It recognizes that students' academic performance may be impacted by the unusual circumstances of the current semester and the impact of COVID-19 on our country. We know many of you are juggling several things during this time, such as working from home, sudden unemployment, and balancing child care along with your studies. The P/NP option is a good alternative for those students who have concerns about maintaining a certain grade point average (GPA) as it is not used in calculating GPA. Those who choose not to use this option can simply continue as planned and receive a letter grade at the end of the class.
 
Final grades will be posted by midnight on May 16. Students will have until May 22, 2020 to decide if they want to exercise this option. Students will have the opportunity to designate the individual courses for which they would like to receive the P/NP grade (P or Q). They do not have to select all of their courses. If students are considering the P/NP option, they should contact their advisor immediately to gather the information necessary to make an informed decision. Advisors have access to the form required to request the P/NP option and must sign the form before it can be submitted.
 
Pass/No Pass grades impact students differently than traditional letter grades. Here are some of the important details to consider:
 
No Pass Grade (Available for letter grades F, D-, D, and D+):
  • Does not lower your GPA like the F or D grade do
  • No credit hours are earned
  • Course does not satisfy a prerequisite
  • Does not count against Dean's List eligibility
Pass Grade (Available for letter grades C-, C, C+, B-, B, B+, A-, A):
  • You earn the course's credit hours
  • Does not raise or lower your GPA
  • The course may or may not satisfy a prerequisite - contact your advisor with questions
  • The course may or may not transfer to another college or university - contact your intended transfer institution for more information
  • The course may or may not help improve a Satisfactory Academic Progress status - contact your financial aid counselor with questions
  • Could impact admittance to certain programs at Kirkwood - (i.e. Nursing) contact your advisor with questions
  • Course may or may not serve to replace an existing grade if repeating a course to improve the grade - contact the dean of the course department with questions
  • Does not count toward Dean's List eligibility
It is important to consider this option carefully and investigate its impact on your transfer plans, financial aid eligibility, and program requirements prior to making a decision. Students must work with an academic advisor to complete the process. If you would like to discuss the P/NP option, please contact your advisor.
 
Kirkwood has also decided to include a designation on students' transcripts indicating the extraordinary circumstances encountered in the 2020 spring semester.
 
When might a student want to use the Pass/No Pass option?
  • A student has a high GPA and they receive a lower grade than desired in a class that is an elective and not a prerequisite for their program or a future course. Electing to receive a Pass grade has no impact on the student's GPA.
  • A student has a scholarship that requires s/he maintain a specific GPA. A P/NP grade does not impact the GPA and helps the student retain the scholarship.
  • A student is unsure if s/he can be successful in the online learning environment and is considering dropping all of their courses. Knowing that the P/NP option is available, the student can commit to investing all their effort to succeed academically. If things do not turn out as they hope, they can take the P/NP option and not negatively impact their GPA or their financial aid eligibility, as long as they are not currently on financial aid warning, probation or academic plan status.
  • A student tried to complete the term in the online format but was unsuccessful and earned an F. S/he can select the P/NP option so that the F does not negatively impact their GPA.
If you have any further questions about the Pass/No Pass option, please contact your academic advisor.


Posted On: March 27, 2020

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING THE REST OF THE SEMESTER

An important message from Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg regarding the rest of the semester

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT


Posted On: March 25, 2020

A MESSAGE TO STUDENTS FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING COMMENCEMENT

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Posted On: March 23, 2020

A MESSAGE TO STUDENTS FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG

A message from Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT


Posted On: March 18, 2020

UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING LAPTOPS AND FOOD PANTRY

Hello Kirkwood Students,

As we all know, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear that we all have to be flexible and ready to adjust–almost at a moment’s notice. The situation seemingly changes by the minute and it’s certainly keeping everyone on their toes. College administration has continued to monitor all information to make the best decisions possible for the health and safety of the Kirkwood community. That is our number one priority.

With Kirkwood facilities shutting their doors and most classes moving online beginning March 23, I understand that it will be a big adjustment for many of you. But I want you to know you're not alone. In fact, it's going to be a huge adjustment for every one of us here at Kirkwood. Despite the changes, the college is not closed and is ready to continue to serve you. Most departments, faculty, and staff will still be available by phone or email to assist in any way they can.

The move to online classes may be problematic for those without a computer at home. For online students with a critical need, a limited number of laptops are available for checkout from the libraries on both the main and Iowa City campuses. On Monday and Tuesday of next week, the library will be open from 8 a.m.-noon for laptop pick-up. After that, both libraries will close, just like the rest of Kirkwood’s locations. If you have a critical need for a laptop, please contact 319-398-5696 for additional information.

In addition, I also know that food scarcity is a concern for a number of our students as well. Since all of our locations are locking their doors as a result of COVID-19, the Kirkwood food pantry will be closed. That's why the college is setting up a mobile food pantry for those in need which will be located in the parking lot of the Michael J Gould Recreation Center. On March 25 and April 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Kirkwood students are invited to come to receive prepackaged perishable and non-perishable grocery items. This will be a pick-up only service, which will not include shopping or selecting of products. Students will be asked to wait in their vehicles and drive through for pick up. For those students without cars, a Kirkwood Staff member will call one person up at a time to receive their pre-bagged items. Please email studentfoodpantry@kirkwood.edu for more information.

Remember, this is a rapidly-changing time for all of us and it’s important to stay informed. Please check your student email for updates on your classes during this crisis. Additionally, all Kirkwood-related COVID-19 information and updates can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/campushealth.

Stay healthy and make sound decisions regarding your health. I look forward to seeing all of you back on campus soon.

Thank you,

Lori Sundberg
President, Kirkwood Community College


Posted On: March 16, 2020

UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES

NOTE: This is an important new message concerning Kirkwood Community College and its response to COVID-19. While the college is not closing, major changes are being made with regard to classes and college operations. Please read the message in its entirety.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at an increasingly fast pace, and the college has already taken steps to limit its impact on our campuses. As you know, we have moved a majority of our classes to an online format. However, the time has come for the college to implement more stringent measures:

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all face-to-face classes that are labs and hands-on courses will be suspended through April 10.
  • Those classes that are moving online March 23 will still do so until April 10 as previously planned. Instructors will soon be reaching out to students to clarify if a class is online and explain expectations for students moving forward. Students can expect to hear from their instructor by March 20 at the latest.
  • All college buildings and locations will close their doors from March 20 through April 3. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center will lock its doors until April 6 as well.
  • All on-site college services, including computer labs, will be closed March 20 through April 3. Most services, such as financial aid and advising, will be available to students by email or phone.
  • The Kirkwood libraries on both the main campus and Iowa City campuses will close March 17 through April 3.
  • All college-related travel is suspended through April 10.

Despite these changes, I want it to be understood that the college itself is not closing. We are still holding classes online and our faculty and staff will be available to serve our students remotely during this time.

For those online students with a critical need, a limited number of laptops are available for checkout from both the main campus and Iowa City campus libraries this week. Both locations will close March 17. However, laptop checkout will still be available by calling 319-398-5696.

As mentioned before, it’s crucial that you report a confirmed or suspected exposure of COVID-19 to Kirkwood. In addition, if you have traveled to a CDC Level 3 country, it’s an imperative that you report it to the college as well. Should this be the case, please notify the college using Kirkwood’s COVID-19 exposure hotline at 319-784-1650.

Other questions and concerns can be sent to covid@kirkwood.edu.

As always, it’s important to stay informed. All Kirkwood-related COVID-19 information and updates can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/campushealth. Know the signs to look for and continue healthy practices to prevent the spread of the virus. If you feel sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Please keep in mind that all of these measures are subject to change depending on how everything unfolds in the next few weeks. Nobody really knows what to expect as we move forward in this unprecedented situation. The best plan is to do everything we can to protect each other and limit the spread of this virus. The entire world is in this fight together and all of us need to do our part.

Lives depend on it.

Thank you,

Lori Sundberg
President, Kirkwood Community College


Posted On: March 12, 2020

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT SUNDBERG REGARDING MOVING TO ONLINE CLASSES

Following the declaration by the World Health Organization that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached a global pandemic level, Kirkwood Community College will be taking measured steps to help reduce the spread of the virus and limit exposure to the Kirkwood community.

Beginning March 23, following spring break, the majority of Kirkwood classes will transition online through at least April 10 as follows:

  • Lecture format classes will move online
  • Lab format and hands-on classes will continue to meet in-person as scheduled
  • Students in Continuing Education classes will be contacted by Kirkwood staff in the coming days

Instructors will soon be reaching out to students to clarify if a class is online or in person and explain expectations for students moving forward. Students can expect to hear from their instructor by March 20 at the latest. 

During this time, all Kirkwood campuses, regional centers, and county centers will remain open. However, the recreation center on main campus will be closed to all students, faculty, and staff.

This measure will allow the college to significantly decrease the number of students on campus, and in doing so will reduce the risk of exposure to the Kirkwood community. Administration will continue to monitor the outbreak with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and local health officials. If the spread of the virus worsens, Kirkwood may implement additional safety measures as needed. Ongoing updates will be posted to this webpage (www.kirkwood.edu/campushealth).

If you have any questions, please send them to covid@kirkwood.edu.

Thank you,

Lori Sundberg
President, Kirkwood Community College


Posted On: March 9, 2020

Iowa Department of Public Health Announcement

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced three presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in residents of Johnson County. The individuals, one middle-age adult (41-60 years) and two older adults (61-80) were all on an overseas cruise to Egypt. None required hospitalization, and all are recovering in isolation at home. Kirkwood Community College is closely monitoring this development and will follow recommendations from the IDPH.
 
According to the IDPH, no additional or special precautions are recommended for Iowans beyond the simple daily precautions to combat the flu including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.

 

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Kirkwood continues to partner with Linn County and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as they monitor illness outbreaks including influenza, coronavirus, and all other health concerns. Health experts do recommend that everyone engage in everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

The IDPH recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and dry hands thoroughly. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.