COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated 4/7/2020 @ 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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