Important: COVID-19 Updates

OSHE Restart Plan (December 22, 2020)


To get the latest updates, visit our Return to Campus Task Force page.


For a Healthcare Questionnaire (required before entering any HCCC facility), please click here.

    • RETURN TO CAMPUS
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    • HCCC plans to hold courses in three ways for Spring 2021: Online, On Ground and Remote.

      Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that most Spring 2021 for-credit and noncredit courses will be offered online or remotely, with the balance of lab, Culinary, Health Sciences and related courses offered on-ground subject to state approval and adherence to safety protocols recommended by the health care community.

      Students are encouraged to figure out which mode is the right fit for them before registering. The different modes are described below. More information about the specific classes can be found at www.hccc.edu/schedule.


      If you need to borrow a computer for remote/online learning, please submit a Coronavirus Concern Form by clicking below.


      Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

      Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.


      Classroom Capacity Study

      In collaboration with MAST construction and faculty, our facilities team has conducted a comprehensive classroom capacity study. This study indicates how many people can be accommodated in each classroom while adhering to social distancing measures. A study of office spaces is currently underway. Other large spaces on campus will also be available as “flex” spaces for classes or other events, such as the larger rooms in the Culinary Conference Center and various multi-purpose rooms. Questions about this study should be directed to Ilya Ashmyan.
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      Frequently Asked Questions

      COVID-19 Vaccination

      How can I learn more about the vaccine?

      The health and safety group of the Return to Campus Task Force has been meeting with groups throughout the campus community to discuss the vaccine and common myths and questions. You can view a recording of their most recent session here: COVID-19 Vaccine - Fact and Fiction

      How can HCCC students, faculty, and staff make an appointment to receive the vaccine at the North Hudson Campus?

      Appointments are available to individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in adherence with the State Guidelines. The NHCAC has allotted 10 appointments daily for HCCC students, faculty, staff, and trustees, effective March 8, 2021. Part-time and full-time students, faculty, and staff are eligible to request an appointment.

      To make an appointment, eligible individuals should:
         •   Complete this form: https://myhudson.hccc.edu/covid19-vaccine-registration-form
         •   To access the form, you will need to log in with the same credentials you use to log in to the MyHudson Portal.
         •   This form will be routed to HCCC’s designated liaison who will review the request and schedule your appointment with NHCAC.
         •   Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
         •   The designated liaison will try to accommodate your scheduling preferences to the extent possible. Please be aware that appointments can only be made one week in advance so there may be a delay between when you submit your form and when you receive a confirmation email with the details of your appointment.
         •   The NHCAC will schedule your appointment for the second dose of the vaccine at your appointment for the first dose.

      What should I do if I have been fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

      If it has been at least two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and you have been exposed to a known COVID – 19 positive person, you DO NOT need to quarantine UNLESS you have signs or symptoms of the virus. If you do not have any signs or symptoms (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing), you may return to campus. Continue to self-monitor for at least 10 days. Practice social distancing and continue to wear a mask.




      COVID-19 Positive Test, Exposure, and Travel Protocols

      What should I do if I test positive and have been on campus?

      >> Students who test positive for COVID-19 should fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form, which will be routed to Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. David Clark (dclark@hccc.edu) and VP for Student Affairs/Co-Chair of the Return to Campus Task Force, Lisa Dougherty (ldougherty@hccc.edu). David and/or Lisa will contact the student, confer with the Health and Safety group, and contact other affected community members as needed.

      Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form, which will be routed to VP for Human Resources, Anna Krupitskiy (akrupitskiy@hccc.edu) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Co-Chair of the Return to Campus Task force, Heather DeVries (hdevries@hccc.edu). Anna and/or Heather will contact the faculty/staff member, confer with the Health and Safety group, and contact other affected community members as needed.

      What should I do if I was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and plan to be on campus?

      >> The CDC defines Close Contact as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”

      Students who were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the CDC's Guidelines, which includes quarantining for 10 days from the day of last contact and monitoring for any symptoms. Students should notify their instructors that they will need to learn remotely during this time. Questions can be directed to Dr. David Clark (dclark@hccc.edu) or Lisa Dougherty (ldougherty@hccc.edu).

      Faculty and staff who were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the CDC's Guidelines, which include quarantining for 10 days from the day of last contact, and monitoring for any symptoms. Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor to arrange to work remotely during this time. Questions can be directed to Anna Krupitskiy (akrupitskiy@hccc.edu) or Heather DeVries (hdevries@hccc.edu).

      What should I do if I travel outside of New Jersey?

      >> If you plan to travel outside of New Jersey, please be aware of the NJ Travel Advisory List and quarantine requirements when you return. Please use your best judgment when planning travel based on your educational and employment situation and share your plans with your professors or supervisors. In many cases, you will need to quarantine for 14 days when you return.

      Students and employees will be held harmless in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case, close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or quarantine following travel outside of New Jersey. Students should not be penalized for their absences and employees will not be required to use accrued sick time in these cases. Still have questions? Email return@hccc.edu




      Hudson Online Courses

      What are they?

      >> Hudson Online courses and programs are created for fully online teaching and learning. This means most work is completed on students’ own time schedule as long as the work is submitted on time.

      How do I know if a course section is offered online?

      >> Hudson Online sections will have a location of “Online” and have an “ON” in their course code. For example: CSS 100-ONR01. To find online courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “online.”

      How do I know if a Hudson Online course section is right for me?

      >> Students who need flexibility in when they do course work and cannot attend class at specific times benefit from enrolling in Hudson Online courses. Students who are successful in Hudson Online courses have regular and reliable access to a computer and internet, are able to direct their own learning and are disciplined about completing readings and assignments by the due date.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in a Hudson Online course?

      >> In Hudson Online courses, instructors use Canvas and embedded tools extensively. They usually do not make extensive use of synchronous video conferencing. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

      Please note: Students’ attendance for Hudson Online courses is taken each week and requires that students post content or submit an assignment to the course. These assignments may include: graded discussion posts, submission of assignments, or quizzes. Merely logging in is not sufficient for successful attendance in a Hudson Online course. Attendance is required for Financial Aid purposes.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >> For online and hybrid courses, students are automatically enrolled in the Hudson Online Orientation for Students. Students who are enrolling in a Hudson Online class for the first time and/or students who are unfamiliar with online learning through Canvas are strongly encouraged to complete the Orientation module. The Orientation module is available on the Canvas Dashboard. Hudson Online also offers free online tutoring and 24/7 Canvas support.

      Other types of support are available and can be accessed through the COL’s webpage.



      On Ground Courses

      What are they?

      >> On-ground courses are offered at one of HCCC’s campuses: Journal Square, North Hudson, or Secaucus. On-ground courses could be combined with other modalities. For example, a lab could occur on-ground with the lecture occurring either through remote or online instruction.

      How do I know if a course section is offered in a on ground format?

      >> On-ground sections will have a campus location. To find on-ground courses, search by the campus location you wish to attend.

      How do I know if an On Ground section is right for me?

      >> Students who prefer to take classes on campus, face-to-face with their instructor, benefit from on-ground courses. Students who prefer to conduct hands-on lab activities in person also benefit from on ground classes. On ground classes may be combined with an online or remote learning component.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in an on ground course?

      >> Students in on ground courses this fall can expect smaller class sizes, with social distancing. Special care will be taken to clean and sanitize rooms and equipment. Instructors may offer online or remote learning options in addition to in-person classes through Canvas or other platforms.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >>For on ground classes with online or remote components, in addition supports provided on campus, Hudson Online provides supports which can be accessed at www.hccc.edu/onlinelearning.



      Remote Courses

      What are they?

      >> Remote courses are similar to the experience of being in a face-to-face on-ground class. This means that students will be attending class remotely, or virtually, at the time the class is scheduled.

      How do I know if a course section is offered in a remote format?

      >> To find remote courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “remote.” There may be additional information about the course section format in “section details.”

      How do I know if a remote course section is right for me?

      >> Students who are successful in a remote class enjoy the experience of learning alongside a group of their peers and interacting with their instructor on a weekly basis. These students are also able to set aside the block of time for which they were scheduled to be in class in order to be online participating via video conference (i.e., WebEx) and/or on Canvas.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in a remote course?

      >> In remote classes, instructors may use Canvas conferences for WebEx for holding live classes. All remote classes have a Canvas site; however, the extent to which Canvas is used depends on the instructor. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >> Students who are unfamiliar with Canvas, the College’s online learning system, should enroll in Classroom Students’ Guide to Canvas Online. Please use this free course to prepare for studying remotely. The courses provide tips, best practices for online success and introduces Canvas and related tools.



      Additional Information and Resources

      For more information about online, remote, and hybrid learning, students are encouraged to access the Return to Campus Web Page, Online Learning Web Page, the Student Orientation course, or the Center for Online Learning Portal Page

      For remote student support services, including links to register, please visit www.hccc.edu/remoteservices.