For information about course status and other updates at each of Maine’s community colleges:
Information for MCCS employees
Updated March 30, 2020
As we navigate the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine’s community colleges are focused on the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities and the teaching and learning underway this semester.
Because courses have not been cancelled, and students will be able to complete their curriculum and earn the credits for which they enrolled, refunds for courses that began in January and are being offered remotely are not available.
Although course refunds are not available, the college has emergency financial assistance available to help students remain in college and complete their courses during this difficult time. We expect that the federal government will also make new financial assistance available to students in the coming days. If you are a Maine community college student facing a significant financial challenge, please contact your financial aid office. We are here to help you reach your educational goals.
Note: If you have enrolled in a course that is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, you may withdraw from the class and get a full refund within six business days of the first day of class.
Yes. Refunds for room and/or board charges are being pro-rated based on the number of days a student was in residence during the semester. Colleges are in the process of distributing those refunds now.
We recognize that students may face unexpected personal and academic challenges this semester. For that reason, students in most courses will be allowed the option of converting a letter grade to a Pass/Fail option once grades have been assigned at the end of the semester.
Students who choose the Pass/Fail option will have one of three grades recorded on their transcript:
Students may want to consider choosing the Pass/Fail option for 2020 spring semester courses for the following reasons:
Students may want or need to record their regular grade, rather than opt for Pass/Fail, for the following reasons:
Only a small number of courses across the seven community colleges will not be able to continue this semester. If you are unsure about the status of one of your classes, contact your instructor.
Your college may be able to help. Contact your instructor or advisor to learn who at your college can discuss your needs and what options exist.
Yes. Tutoring and disability services continue to be available to students. Please contact the disabilities coordinator at your college or your instructor or advisor if you need help in accessing these services.
Contact your instructor. They will work with you to extend deadlines and modify assignments if necessary to address your specific needs. You can also discuss with them the option of taking an incomplete and developing a plan for finishing the course at a later date.
Each of the community colleges has developed plans for course completion, among them:
Plans are in place for nearly all lab, trade, and technology courses to continue using a combination of virtual tools that include live, online demonstrations, recorded labs and lectures, and online simulation.
If you have questions about the status of a specific course, please contact your instructor for the most up-to-date information.
Yes. If you remain enrolled in your classes, you will graduate on schedule as long as you pass your courses this semester and are on track to graduate.
We know that everyone is eager for word about commencement. We are, too!
We have decided that under the circumstances, the colleges cannot hold a traditional commencement. But the colleges are in the process of deciding the best way to celebrate their remarkable graduates and all they’ve accomplished.
Contact the local college to find out their plans.
If you have a question that is not answered here, visit the Maine CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.
In addition, 211 Maine is a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com.
It is important for all Maine residents to take proper precautions:
The virus causes symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The Centers for Disease Control provides the following advice. More detailed information about each of these recommendations is included in the CDC’s information sheet: What to Do if You are Sick:
If someone in your home has been diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately check with a medical professional for guidance. Contact your instructor or supervisor if the medical advice you receive will require you to miss class or work.
If someone in your home has been asked by the Maine CDC or a health care provider to self-monitor for symptoms, you should also self-monitor.
Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
If the person in your home becomes symptomatic, please check with a medical professional for guidance. Contact your supervisor if medical direction will require you to be out.