COVID-19 Coronavirus

Victoria College reopens to the public on June 1
May 28, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m.

Victoria College’s administrative offices will reopen to students and the public on Monday, June 1. Students are encouraged to take advantage of VC’s remote services and virtual appointments when possible, but everyone is welcome to come to campus during our summer hours when necessary. Current and prospective students who need to receive assistance from Advising & Counseling Services will need to schedule an appointment at www.VictoriaCollege.edu/Advising.

The following protocols have been established to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, employees, and guests.

Important: Do not enter any VC facility if you show any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 or have had known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.

  • Screening – Everyone will be screened when entering any VC building open to the public. Each building will have a dedicated entrance where screening will take place. Screening will include a “no new or worsening symptoms” acknowledgement and temperature check. Everyone who passes the health screening will be issued a date-specific sticker that they must visibly wear the entire time they remain in a VC facility.
  • Social Distancing – Signage has been installed in VC facilities to remind everyone to follow safe social distancing practices.
  • Facial Coverings – Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings, especially in public areas, when interacting with others, and anytime six-feet social distance cannot be maintained. If you do not have a face covering, you can pick up one provided by VC at the Bookstore (Student Center) or at the Welcome Center (Student Services Building).
  • Sneeze Guards – Sneeze guards have been installed in key areas where students and members of the public interact with college personnel.
  • Enhanced Cleaning – VC’s custodial teams are thoroughly disinfecting college facilities daily while continuing enhanced cleaning in high-traffic areas.

May 14, 2020 @ 3 p.m.

Victoria College is currently serving students remotely Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. as facilities remain closed to students. Administrative offices will reopen on Monday, June 1, but students are encouraged to take advantage of VC’s remote services and virtual appointments when possible. For more information about how Victoria College is serving students remotely, please read the updated Student FAQs.


May 13, 2020 - CARES Act 30-Day Report

Victoria College has distributed $840,453 in CARES Act funding to 428 students as of May 13, 2020. View Victoria College's CARES Act 30-Day Report for more info.


Update: Temporary quiet study spaces available to VC students
April 29, 2020 @ 3:15 p.m. 


The VC Library will be available only to current students seeking a quiet study space from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 1 and May 4-7. Students will not be able to use the computer lab or check out materials.

The VC Gonzales Center will also be available only to current students seeking a quiet study space from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 1, 4, and 6 and from 8 a.m.-noon on May 5 and 7.

Study areas will be routinely disinfected, and social distancing will be enforced. Students are encouraged to wear a face covering while on camps in accordance with the CDC recommendations.


Update: CARES Act Cash Grants Available for Current VC Students
April 27, 2020 @ 5 a.m.

Victoria College has been awarded $840,453 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a federal grant funded by the CARES Act. The funding will provide cash grants for eligible VC students who’ve incurred expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Who is Eligible?
If you have encountered expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 – such as utilities, Internet, study space, computer, printer, etc. – you may be eligible for a cash grant through the CARES Act. Students must meet the following qualifications under CARES Act guidelines:

  • Must have been enrolled in at least ONE face-to-face credit course on March 13, 2020
  • Cannot be concurrently enrolled at a 4-year university
  • Cannot be a current high school student
  • Must have completed a 2019-2020 financial aid application (FAFSA) - Submit the FAFSA now.
  • Cannot be on financial aid suspension

How to Apply
To apply for cash grants through the CARES Act, you must first submit the 2019-20 FAFSA if you have not already done so. After you have submitted the FAFSA, you can then submit VC’s Request for Assistance.

Once CARES Act funds are released to Victoria College, we expect to make checks available to eligible students within two weeks of their application being reviewed.

If you are not eligible for assistance through the CARES Act, you may still wish to submit VC’s Request for Assistance if you’re needing academic, mental health, or financial support due to hardships related to COVID-19. 


Update: Late Fee Waived + How to Request Assistance
April 9, 2020 @ 8 a.m.

As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act, financial assistance may be available for Victoria College students who are facing hardships due to COVID-19. We look forward to sharing details as additional CARES Act information becomes available. In the meantime, Victoria College is taking the following steps to help students who are struggling financially.

  • The $25 late fee is being waived for students who have a payment due on Monday, April 13. If you are unable to make a payment, you will not be dropped from Spring 2020 classes, and this will not prevent you from enrolling in Summer and Fall 2020 classes as the Balance Past Due Hold will be temporarily removed from your account.
  • If you’re facing hardships due to COVID-19, you can complete the Request for Supports & Referrals to explain your financial challenges or unmet needs and request assistance.
  • View the Student FAQs for more info about ways Victoria College is working hard to help students complete a successful semester.
  • Questions? Call (361) 573-3291 or live chat with VC’s Call Center.

Update: April 7, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Is assistance available to students facing hardships due to COVID-19?
Yes! Regardless of the hardships you may be facing due to the impact of COVID-19, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. Please complete the Request for Supports & Referrals to explain any financial challenges or unmet needs such as food, transportation, or childcare issues. We also encourage you to talk to an advisor, counselor, academic coach, or your instructor about challenges you may be facing.

If you have additional questions regarding technology needs, virtual meetings, and more, please view the Student FAQs. You can also call (361) 573-3291 or live chat with us during normal operating hours.


COVID-19 Message from the VC President

Update re: COVID-19, Campus Closure
April 1, 2020 @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Tuesday, March 31 directing Texans to “minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household” and requiring all schools to “remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance” through May 3.
  • In accordance with the governor’s order and guidance from local public health officials, Victoria College will close its campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 while continuing to offer classes and student support services remotely.
  • VC facilities will remain closed to students and the general public through the end of the spring semester and until the governor’s executive order is lifted.
  • While the great majority of classes can be completed entirely online, there is a small number of classes that require a face-to-face lab or hands-on instruction to meet the course learning objectives. If this applies to you, your instructor will provide details about delaying coursework until it is safe to return to campus.
  • Victoria College remains committed to delivering the quality education and training that our students expect while also ensuring the safety and well-being of the VC community.
  • Students, please watch this video message from Dr. David Hinds, VC President, and read these updated Student FAQs regarding Victoria College’s altered operations due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • For updates regarding COVID-19, visit VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19

COVID-19 Message from the VC President

March 27, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.

Victoria College Community:

I wanted to provide an update as we prepare for your return to studies (primarily online) on Monday, March 30. We have been working hard to enable you to continue your studies while maintaining the academic standards you expect of us. Please take a minute to watch this video message for students and read these Student FAQs regarding Victoria College’s altered operations due to the COVID-19 situation.
 
Additionally, you should know that Victoria College has been implementing many actions and procedures in preparation for community spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Enforcing social distancing
  • Enhancing cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Working with students and employees who have recently traveled or who have unique health concerns

Rest assured Victoria College will continue operating in accordance with local public health officials and:

Keep in mind that good hygiene is a key factor in helping stop the spread of germs.

For updates regarding COVID-19, please visit VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19.

Sincerely,

 
Dr. David HindsPresident
Victoria College


Update re: the COVID-19 Coronavirus

March 24, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.

  • The Victoria County Public Health Department announced today that three confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Victoria County. The three individuals are isolated at home.
  • Victoria County and City of Victoria officials do not feel it is necessary to issue a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order at this time as the risk of community spread is considered minimal.
  • While some may find today’s information concerning, please keep in mind that local officials have been preparing for this for several months. The confirmed cases are being investigated, and anyone found to have had close interaction with the patients will be contacted by the health department.
  • Victoria College is not aware of any student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 to date.
  • Victoria College facilities are being thoroughly disinfected daily by custodial staff.
  • We can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing (avoid mass gatherings and maintain six feet between yourself and others when possible) and practicing good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs.

For updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit www.VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19.

Victoria College Administration


Update re: the COVID-19 Coronavirus
March 17, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m.

  • In response to the latest recommendations from the CDC and the White House, Victoria College is extending Spring Break for a full week. VC will not hold classes, either in person or online, through Sunday, March 29.
  • On Monday, March 30, students will resume all classes online or through alternative formats, allowing them to complete their coursework from any location. Students will not be attending class on campus until further notice.
  • Students should check their student email on Friday, March 27 for specific instructions on how to complete their coursework for each class.
  • For students enrolled in online classes, these classes will continue without changes on Monday, March 30.
  • VC employees will return to campus as scheduled on Monday, March 23 to work on transitioning classes and services online.
  • Victoria College offices will remain open, and students may still make appointments with VC personnel as needed.
  • All VC events are canceled through the end of April.
  • Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend, Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, and Emerging Technology Complex are closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. For information on rescheduled events, contact the presenting organizations. The Welder Center Box Office is currently open regular hours, but only for phone and online orders.
  • As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Victoria College will continue to make informed decisions based on guidance from CDC and local public health officials.
  • Students and employees are encouraged to monitor VC text alerts, emails, and the VC website (VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19) for updates.

Update re: the COVID-19 Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m.

Victoria College continues to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Students and employees who travel during Spring Break should review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s information for travelers and take all precautions recommended by the CDC.

If you travel (1) by plane or public transportation through a major US city; (2) to any destination outside the US; or (3) any area where there are known cases of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, please complete VC's voluntary Self-Reporting Travel Form. Based on information you submit about your travels, you will receive guidance from Victoria College regarding social distancing and returning to Victoria College.

As always, if you are not feeling well, do not come to campus and seek appropriate medical attention.

For updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit www.VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19.


Update re: the COVID-19 Coronavirus
March 9, 2020

Victoria College Community:

Victoria College administrators continue to closely monitor the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, employees, and neighbors, Victoria College is in regular contact with state and local health officials and is following best-practice guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • VC administrators have been reviewing the College’s emergency operations plan to ensure measures are in place to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and to minimize the impact on students should an outbreak occur.
  • Custodial teams are routinely disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, including doorknobs, light switches, desks, chairs, and bathrooms.
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers located throughout VC buildings are being refilled regularly.
  • Information regarding how individuals can help stop the spread of germs is being posted throughout VC buildings and distributed to students and employees.

According to the Victoria County Public Health Department, there are no local confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. Health officials have advised that the COVID-19 coronavirus should not be confused with other common human coronaviruses known to cause illness.

However, anyone who plans to travel during Spring Break is advised to take extra precautions. Please be sure to review the CDC’s information for travelers and follow the CDC’s recommendations.

For updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit www.VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19.

Victoria College Administration

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