Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty

Will any courses continue in-person during this time?

For the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the vast majority of classes will continue online if possible, or be paused if not. However, since the NC Community College System is the main source of education for much of North Carolina's workforce that will respond to this pandemic, in-person courses will continue with strict safety measures for first responders and nursing students. Please see Numbered Memo CC20-021 for more specific guidance.

(Last updated 3/19/2020)


What should students without internet access at home do if their in-person class is shifted online?

There are a number of options available for students, and they should get in touch with their college's student services office for help with their specific situation. The Federal Communications Commission has announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative which can make internet access more affordable for students. More information is availble at the link provided.

(Last updated 3/19/2020)


What should high school students in Career and College Promise dual enrollment courses do while K-12 schools are closed?

The leaders of each of the education sectors in the state have committed to working jointly to resolve issues encountered by our dually enrolled students. Leaders issued a joint statement. Students with specific questions should call their college or university directly.

(Last updated 3/20/2020)


Will colleges receive direction about what to do with the courses that are converting to online? Do the classes need to be recoded on the schedule?  What will we need to be concerned with                from an attendance/compliance perspective?

There is no need to recode courses. Document your changes and maintain documentation for compliance services.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Should colleges consider Pass/Fail grades?

Grading is a local decision, but we strongly encourage colleges to grade out the class using their normal grading systems. We are concerned that issuing pass/fail grades may impact the transferability of credits to senior institutions.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Can we deliver face-to-face instruction for programs not specifically mentioned on the exception list in Numbered Memo CC20-21?

Only for training needed for the state’s emergency response, as requested by state or federal authorities. Examples of face-to-face delivery not allowed include: WBL, other Health Programs and Customized Training.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Are colleges required to continue face-to-face delivery for the programs where an exception was provided?

No. Colleges are not required to continue face-to-face delivery. This exception allows colleges to make a local decision based on the needs of the community and the need for a response to the COVID-19 crisis. The following conditions should be met in instances where face-to-face instruction is continued:

  • students and faculty follow appropriate social distancing and safety measures
  • students are willing to participate and not penalized if they opt to delay instruction
  • students are provided appropriate personal protective equipment, if applicable

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Can we continue to allow students to engage in WBL if that learning is in a workplace not on the college campus?

Only for training needed for the state’s emergency response, as requested by state or federal authorities. The college has some flexibility in determining how best to satisfy the course                options/requirements. One solution some colleges are using is if a student was in a 3 SHC WBL course, but not able to complete all the hours, move them to a lower contact WBL course and give them credit for that course as a substitute.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Will veterans be permitted to participate in classes that are online, specifically those numbered less than 100? 

Per verbal approval from the VA, veteran students will be paid if they take 100% of their Dev. Ed. courses online up until December 21, 2020.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


As the transition classes move to online is proctoring of Tier tests necessary?

This is a college decision, However, RISE will no longer require Tier tests to be proctored.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


Can a college use a high school GPA that is more than ten years old for placement into gateway courses?

Yes, there will be no expiration on high school GPA for the purposes of placement into gateway math and English courses for the summer or fall 2020 semester.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)


What should colleges do about students in Career and College Promise?

The NC Community College System seeks to ensure high school students participating in the Career and College Promise program are not negatively impacted by the disruption of learning caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The following guidance to colleges is provided to ensure the academic integrity of learning while also mitigating the long-term impact for dually enrolled students. If possible, enabling students to complete courses within the current term should be attempted. Attention to the documentation of course learning outcomes should be emphasized.

If dually enrolled students are unable to complete a currently enrolled course, the following guidance is provided:

If a high school SENIOR is unable to complete a college courseNCCCS recommends withdrawing the student from the college course.

If a high school student is a FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, or JUNIOR and is unable to complete a college course, NCCCS recommends:

  • Withdrawing the student from the course; or
  • Assigning an Incomplete grade for the college course with the understanding that the student may be able to complete the course during the summer term or during the next academic year at no additional cost. 

Colleges are encouraged to work collaboratively with their local LEA or Charter School as they consider methods for supporting student success.

(Last updated 3/26/2020)