While our in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2020 has been postponed, Save the Date for Wednesday, May 20 at 7PM for a Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020.
The celebration will feature heartfelt messages from
individuals who are part of our college community … administrators, faculty,
staff and elected officials have all taken time in the past few weeks to send
messages to include in the celebration.
Graduate names will scroll across the screen by program,
similar to the way they are listed in the program book each year. We will also
honor our annual award winners, and we’ll have photo reels recapping some of
the events that took place on campus this year.
The celebration will be streamed on SUNY Erie’s YouTube and
Facebook feeds. We’re encouraging you to host virtual watch parties, and to
post comments and photos of your favorite grads during the celebration.
YouTube Stream: https://www.youtube.com/user/SUNYECC/
Facebook Feed: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYECC/
CARES Act Funding for Students
As a part of the federal government’s response to the
COVID-19 crisis, the CARES Act is providing funding to college campuses to
offset the burden placed on students who may have found themselves in difficult
financial situations. SUNY Erie is preparing to make these awards to
eligible, you need to have completed a FAFSA application for the 2019-2020
academic year. The deadline for us to receive your final and
completed application is May 19, 2020. You must complete the FAFSA if
you want to be considered for funding through the CARES Act, even if you have
never received financial aid.
To begin or
complete a FAFSA, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you think you completed a FAFSA application but are unsure, please check
your self-service account at https://selfservice.ecc.edu/student.
If you completed a FAFSA but never received aid because of an incomplete
verification process, you will need to work with financial aid to get
assistance in completing the process. All parts of the application
process for financial aid must be complete by the May 19, 2020 deadline.
FAFSA code is 010684. Questions? Contact Financial Aid at 716-851-1677.For more information visit: www.ecc.edu/CARES-Act/
What about my Work Study? For students enrolled and performing Work Study, since courses have been moved online their work study hours will still be paid out even if they cannot come to campus due to the change in delivery of their courses. What Happens to my Financial Aid if the College closes temporarily or classes are moved online? Students would continue to remain eligible for any financial aid they receive through the College. In addition, as a result of Coronavirus, the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office recently released guidance that provides schools much greater flexibility in administering federal financial aid programs (Pell, SEOG, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study). If you have questions, please contact Financial Aid at: City (716) 851-1177 North (716) 851-1477 South (716) 851-1677 How do I turn in my rented books? Contact the Follett Bookstore on campus by email or phone in order to receive information regarding free shipping. City (716) 851-1051 North (716) 851-1264 South (716) 851-1639 Who should I contact if I do not have access to the internet, a laptop/tablet, and are unable to come to come to campus to access my online course? Please contact your campus Dean of Students for assistance with this. If I have the Coronavirus, will I suffer consequences if I miss classes? You will not be penalized if you missed classes due to Coronavirus. The College has communicated with all instructors to ensure that classes will be able to be moved online. You will be contacted by your instructors through Blackboard and or via College email no later than March 25th. Your professor will work with you and will provide alternate solutions if you are ill. Contact your instructors by email if you have additional questions. What happens if a faculty member is unable to continue teaching a class? We have standard protocols for faculty members if they become sick or incapacitated. Additionally, all face-to-face classes are being moved to an online environment. Your faculty member will be able to teach their class remotely. If a faculty member is sick and unable to teach another faculty member will replace them. What resources are available for students experiencing financial emergencies due to Coronavirus? The College is committed to supporting students who are experiencing financial difficulty or incurring additional expenses as a result of Coronavirus. Students who are experiencing financial insecurity should contact the Dean of Students Office. Has the college placed any limits on travel? SUNY Erie has canceled all work-related travel. SUNY Erie has canceled College-sponsored travel scheduled over Spring break and for the remainder of the semester. I am feeling stressed what should I do? We recognize that some of you are feeling growing concerns about family or friends, or about your own health. Please contact our Advisement Counseling and Student Support Service Centers during weekday office hours, as well as Horizon Health Services. Is the College screening students? No, the College is not conducting screening. Does the College plan to distribute masks? No, the College is not distributing masks. How can I avoid getting sick? It is flu season and it is always a good idea to protect yourself and others from infection by following these practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): ▸ Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading any virus to others. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. ▸ Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve. ▸ Avoid touching your eyes, nose ▸ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ▸ Stay at home when you are sick. ▸ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. When used correctly, commercially available disposable disinfectant wipes, cloths, or towelettes are effective for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. What should I do if I become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath? You should immediately self-isolate, contact a Health Care Provider, and notify the SUNY Erie Health Services Office, and your individual instructors by email. Do not come on campus if you are ill or have been in contact with someone that is ill with Coronavirus.
Library research and instructional support for faculty and staff: This guide will help you locate library research and instructional support resources as SUNY Erie moves to online learning in response to COVID-19: https://libguides.ecc.edu/spring2020