IHCC Covid-19 Updates

                 

academics

Indian Hills is moving many
classes to alternative

methods of instruction beginning
Wednesday, March 18. More
 


 

events

Indian Hills has cancelled or
postponed many face-to-face
meetings and events

through April 12, 2020. More



 

services

Most campus services and
facilities will continue to
operate with 
revised
hours. 
More

 

 

residence life

Residence halls are closing until
further notice. All students who
can move out of the residence halls
are asked to do.
 
More


August 13, 2020

Since late June, Indian has provided an additional $200,454 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to approximately 80 students.  To date, Indian Hills has disbursed $1,092,847 in CARES funds directly to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. 

July 9, 2020

Indian Hills has applied for and will be eligible to receive $1,099,829 in Institutional funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act.

To date Indian Hills has requested and received $555,516.97 in funding.  These funds have been used to reimburse the College for refunds made to students for tuition, housing and meal plans. Additionally, the College has asked for reimbursement for expenses related to moving to online delivery of classes, i.e. additional Zoom licensing and increased Wi-Fi capabilities along with other technology related hardware/software products.  These items and others are all in preparing for, preventing and responding to disruption caused by COVID-19.

June 30, 2020 update

Indian Hills Community College will be open for the Fall 2020 Academic Term for face-to-face, online and live virtual learning formats.  The college will continue to provide face-to-face and virtual assistance to support students throughout their learning process. 

The college is offering Indian Hills Your Way for the fall term and allowing students to choose the format that works best for their learning style and personal safety.  Many classes will be offered in multiple formats, but some programs and courses may require a student to attend face-to-face on campus or in a clinical setting.  Courses will be offered during the Fall 2020 Academic Term in the following formats:

  • Face-to-Face on-campus learning will offer the same great faculty and learning opportunities that students received prior to COVID-19, except there will be fewer students in each class. Face-to-face class sizes will be limited to accommodate for proper social distancing and safety measures.
  • Live Virtual Learning (search LVL in WebAdvisor) gives students all of the benefits of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to “attend” from anywhere.  Students who take LVL courses may attend on campus (as space allows) or login at the same time each day for a live lecture, group work or virtual learning activities using Zoom.
  • Online learning (Search WWW in WebAdvisor) provides students with even more flexibility by allowing them to complete coursework on their own time and online students are not required to attend live lectures or class sessions. Students who take online courses may watch pre-recorded lectures or participate in discussion boards as part of their coursework.

Students who have questions about the different learning formats or need guidance in selecting the best format for their educational need should contact the OneStop at onestop@indianhills.edu or at 641.683.5262 to schedule a face-to-face or Zoom meeting with an academic advisor.

 

June 25, 2020 update

Indian Hill Community College is continuing to provide students with much needed funding through our CARES application.  As of late June, we have processed an additional $146,648 to 107 applicants that have utilized our CARES application!

May 13, 2020 Update

The following services will open with modified hours and reduced capacity beginning Wednesday, May 27:

  • Ottumwa and Centerville Campus Libraries
    • Open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • County Service Centers
    • Jefferson County Service Center
      • Open Monday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Keokuk County Service Center
      • Open Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Mahaska County Service Center
      • Open Monday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Monroe County Service Center
      • Open Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Ottumwa Main Campus English Language Learning (ELL) Center
    • Open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Ottumwa Campus Testing Center
    • Open by appointment only. Individuals with testing needs should contact the Testing Center at chuck.allen@indianhills.edu or at 641.683.5233 to schedule an appointment.

All areas are open only to 2020 summer term students.  Students and staff will be screened prior to entry and masks will be required until further notice. 

 

May 2, 2020 UPDATE

Due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests in Wapello County, Indian Hills Community College has postponed all small group labs that were scheduled for the week of May 4-7.  Students who had labs scheduled for next week should not report to campus.  Faculty will communicate directly with students to make plans going forward. 

 

April 30, 2020 update

Information regarding Indian Hills Community College’s rationale, decisions, and processes for distribution of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Economic Relief Fund (HEERF) funds to provide students with emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 can be found here.  Click here to see more. 

Indian Hills Community College has received $1.1 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address the financial need that students face because of disruption in college operations due to COVID-19.

According to federal guidelines, these funds must be distributed to credit students who are eligible for federal financial aid and were not enrolled exclusively in an online program.

Indian Hills will distribute the first round of funds in the following way:

  • Students enrolled in credit courses in the spring term and who are eligible for federal financial aid will receive a check from Indian Hills CARES. The amount of this check will be based on $65 per credit hour for the number of credits in which the student was enrolled as of March 13, 2020.
  • These checks will be mailed on April 30, 2020 to each eligible student’s permanent address.
  • Students should use the Indian Hills CARES funds to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, transportation, and childcare.
  • Students who believe they may be eligible but who have not completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA (Indian Hills School Code: 008298) as soon as possible. Eligible students will be contacted by the Financial Aid department within three business days. 
    • Students may receive help in filing the FAFSA by calling the Educational Opportunity Center at 641.683.5315 or emailing eoc@indianhills.edu.

Students who feel they have additional financial need caused by the disruption in college operations due to COVID will have the opportunity to apply for additional funds.  The Indian Hills CARES application will be available starting May 6, 2020. 

 

April 23, 2020 update

At this time, Indian Hills Community College administration and faculty are making plans for students to complete spring classes. Faculty are organizing ways for students in courses with lab components to practice and demonstrate the learning outcomes necessary for course completion.

Beginning May 4

  • Courses without a lab component will finish in an online or virtual format. Students should continue to follow directions from faculty. 
  • For courses with lab components, faculty will communicate details and scheduling with students to accommodate individual circumstances.
    • Some courses will finish with virtual labs or virtual clinical experiences. 
    • Some students will be given the opportunity to come to campus individually or in small groups to complete labs where competencies must be demonstrated.
      • Health screenings and safety measures will be implemented to help ensure student and faculty safety while on campus.
      • Numbers of students and faculty on campus will be minimized.

Residence halls will remain closed through the end of the spring term. After working with faculty to establish lab times, students who need assistance with housing arrangements should contact Jamarco Clark, Director, Student Life at 641-680-1155.

 

April 16, 2020 update

Many summer term courses will also be held in alternative methods of delivery.  Changes to summer term schedules will be made before registration opens on April 21.

The Indian Hills graduation ceremonies will be held in a virtual format.  The ceremony for students who attend the Centerville Campus will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 7 p.m.  The ceremony for students who attend the Ottumwa Campus, North Campus, County Service Centers or online will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 7 p.m.  All prospective 2020 spring and summer graduates should complete the Virtual Graduation form. 

 

March 31, 2020 update

Indian Hills Community College will observe the regularly scheduled Spring Break April 6-9, 2020. 

On April 13, classes will resume in the recently developed alternative formats (online, zoom, simulation) established by each faculty member.

Classes that are meeting in a completely virtual environment will finish the Spring Term in that format. Students must follow the instructions given by the faculty member for each class. 

Students in classes which contain lab and clinical components will receive information about those labs and clinicals from their instructors for each class. Some labs may resume in a face-to-face format beginning on May 4. Students must follow the instructions given by the faculty member for each class.

Students remaining in the on-campus residence halls will receive direction from the Student Development Office. 

 

MARCH 24, 2020 UPDATE

Indian Hills Community College continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of Governor Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

The college has made the following decisions in the best interest of the campus community:

  • Effective at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all Indian Hills Community College courses and labs will move to a variety of online formats through April 13, 2020. Faculty members will continue to communicate with students regarding plans for online coursework.
  • Due to moving all labs and courses to a variety of online formats, Indian Hills is closing the on-campus residence halls until further notice. Students who have the ability to move out of the residence halls and to a permanent residence are asked to check out of the residence halls by March 29, 2020.  Students who do not have the ability to move to a permanent residence must complete an application for exception in their eRezLife account.  Students living in the on-campus residence halls should check their Indian Hills email for further information.    
  • The Indian Hills Dining Facilities are still offering carry-out meals with revised hours.
  • The following services are closed through April 13, 2020, but still offering virtual assistance:
  • The following services are closed through April 13, 2020:
    • Indian Hills County Service Centers
    • Indian Hills Testing Center
    • Indian Hills Bookstore
    • Indian Hills Regional Entrepreneurship Center
  • Due to COVID-19, Indian Hills Community College has suspended all interviews through April 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified after April 13 if interviews will be rescheduled/scheduled at that time. 

 

MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE

At this time, Indian Hills is working to move all new student orientations to an online format.  Please watch for email communications from your program director and academic advisor in the next few days.

To comply with the Governor’s statement, Indian Hills strongly recommends that students, staff and faculty who have traveled for business or spring break self-quarantine for 14 days.  Students or staff should communicate with faculty or their direct supervisor about completing assigned projects during the self-quarantine period.

 

MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, The Indian Hills Testing Center will be closed to all third-party testing.  Third-party testing includes, but is not limited to: PSI, Pearson Vue, FAA, Pesticide, Iowa Department of Revenue and Scantron.  If you have questions regarding an upcoming test or scheduled appointment, please contact the Testing Center at 641.683.5142 or at testing@indianhills.edu.

 

MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE

All Indian Hills locations are open to students and staff only.  Members of the general public, vendors and delivery personnel should coordinate with their point of contact. 

All students should continue to check their Indian Hills student email and MyHills accounts for further communication from instructors and the college. 

The Buena Vista University office located on the Indian Hills Main Campus is closed from March 19 - April 3. Please contact 712-749-1000 or online@bvu.edu with questions. 

 

MARCH 17, 2020 UPDATE

Indian Hills Community College continues to monitor communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and evaluate all policies and practices on a daily basis. 

The following services will continue to operate with revised hours:

  • Ottumwa and Centerville Campus Libraries
    • Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • County Service Centers
    • Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • IT Tech Support
    • Available from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Those in need of assistance should contact the HelpDesk at 641.683.5333 or at helpdesk@indianhills.edu
  • Pothoven Academic Success Center
    • Open from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Ottumwa and Centerville Campus Residence Halls
    • Open
  • Ottumwa and Centerville Campus Dining Facilities
    • Open with revised hours
    • Carry-out only
  • Ottumwa Campus Testing Center
    • Open Monday-Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Due to the American Dental Association (ADA) recommendation that all elective procedures are postponed for three weeks, the Indian Hills Dental Lab will close effective March 18, 2020. 

In an effort to bet serve all students, Indian Hills has created a special email for students who have questions or concerns about course delivery.  Students with questions are encouraged to contact coursequestions@indianhills.edu

 

MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE

Indian Hills Community College has been closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic with help from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Wapello County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. 

At this time, Indian Hills has made the following decisions to protect our campus community:

  • All classes are cancelled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • The college will move many classes to alternative methods of instruction beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Alternative methods may include online or hybrid formats. 
  • Health Sciences, Advanced Technologies and Arts and Sciences courses with lab requirements may continue to meet in a face-to-face lab environment. Instructors will be reaching out to students with further information regarding all classes. 
    • For questions regarding course delivery, please contact your instructor or program director.
  • The college, including residence halls and on-campus dining will remain open.
  • The libraries on the Centerville and Ottumwa Campuses will remain open with modified hours.  

Indian Hills Executive Council members have been meeting daily to assess the spread of the virus and determine the appropriate course of action for the college and all students moving forward.  Students are encouraged to continue to check their Indian Hills student email account for further updates.  

We know the days ahead will be challenging for each member of the Indian Hills family.  Please know that we will do our best to help meet the needs of each student and employee. 

Indian Hills Community College is cancelling/postponing the following events:

  • Southern Iowa Career Fair that was scheduled for March 19, 2020
  • All Continuing Education CPR courses and General Interest courses postponed through April 20
  • All Spring athletic competitions have been cancelled (njcaa.org)
  • Indian Hills Community College continues to monitor communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and act accordingly.

 

MARCH 15, 2020 UPDATE

Based on CDC advice that gatherings of 250 people or more be limited, Indian Hills Community College is postponing the following events:

  • Diversity Conference that was scheduled for March 27, 2020
  • Harlem Globetrotters game for March 23, 2020

A reschedule date will be announced at a later time for both events.

In response to the possibility of community spread in Iowa, Indian Hills is limiting the use of the Hellyer Student Life Center, the Tom Arnold Net Center, and the Centerville Multipurpose Building to IHCC students and staff. Public will not have access to these facilities until further notice.

 

MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE

  • Indian Hills Community College has had no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • Class schedules and office hours continue as usual.
  • Spring break remains scheduled for April 6 through April 9.
  • The National Junior College Athletic Association has suspended competition for spring sports through April 3. Practice will still be set by coaches.
    • The NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball National Tournament has been postponed until April 20, 2020.

  • Indian Hills will continue to monitor information from health professionals and will consider each college activity or event carefully to determine any changes.