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Important Message from GCCCD

March 19, 2020    

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will continue to hold classes remotely through the end of the spring semester because of public health concerns with COVID-19. Your instructors will provide information about expectations for the remainder of your class. We ask for your patience with your instructors and the student support services as we make the transition to working remotely.
Campus Support
The college campuses will be closed to students and the public for the rest of the semester. Support services will be available online and by telephone, but in-person services will not be available. A list of resources and updated Student Services contact information is available on the  Grossmont College Student Resources and the  Cuyamaca College Student Resources web pages.  The pages also offer resources for online success, including Canvas tutorials, access to textbooks online, tips for online success, and information on free or low-cost wifi.
Questions about Classes
If you have questions about how this situation affects your education, please contact your instructor. If you have not heard from your instructor, contact the appropriate Grossmont College dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs or the appropriate Cuyamaca College dean and Vice President of Instruction.
Assistance and Resources
We know that this is a challenging time for our students and their families. To access local resources for food and housing assistance, including applications for Medi-Cal and Cal-Fresh, please visit 2-1-1 San Diego or use any phone to call 2-1-1.
The state of California also has a new website dedicated to resources and assistance for those affected by COVID-19. Visit covid19.ca.gov to access applications for unemployment assistance, paid family leave, disability benefits and more.
Withdrawals/Late Drops
We understand that this is a challenging time and some students may not be able to complete the semester. Information about withdrawal and late drops is available on the District COVID-19 Information page and below. 
Stay Informed
We will keep you informed of any new developments. Be sure to check your email and social media. You can also visit the district's  COVID-19 Information page for any updates.  In this new remote modality, please make sure your email is current in WebAdvisor as this will be the primary way in which we share updated information.
This is an unprecedented situation for our colleges, the country and the world. We want to assist you in every way possible so that you can complete your education at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.D.             
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.               
President, Grossmont College
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.
President, Cuyamaca College

  Student Q & A regarding withdrawals and late drops 

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) is making every effort to allow students to complete the semester while protecting the public health. We deeply understand the challenges this coronavirus disruption has caused for our students and are committed to doing everything possible to ensure your success. 
Effective for the spring 2020 semester, we are extending deadlines and removing restrictions on some of our processes as follows: 

Q: If I choose to remain in my class, will I be given extra time to complete my coursework beyond the end of the semester? 
A: If you need additional time to complete your coursework beyond the end of the semester you may request an Incomplete symbol from your instructor. Once an Incomplete is assigned by your instructor, you will have one year to make up the coursework. Students may petition for an extension of the one year deadline based upon extenuating circumstances. Faculty are committed to doing everything possible to help students complete their classes given the extraordinary circumstances facing our country. 

Q: If I choose to remain in the class, but I'm worried about my grade, can I choose a Pass/No Pass option? 
A: Yes. You may request to be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis even though it is past the deadline to elect this option. The deadline for this request is extended through the last day of the spring semester on June 1. 
These request forms can be found at: 

If you plan to transfer, please contact a counselor since many transfer institutions require letter grades in courses required for the major. 

Q: Can I withdraw from the course without this counting towards progress probation, dismissal calculations, permitted number of withdrawals, or counted as an enrollment attempt? 
A: YES. Students who choose to withdraw due to challenges caused coronavirus/COVID-19, will be granted an Excused Withdrawal. Students who choose this option should complete the form at the link below. 

If you are receiving Financial Aid, you should first contact a Financial Aid Advisor to determine if there is any impact on your financial aid. Financial aid advisors are available remotely. 

Students in programs that require enrollment in 12 or more units may want to contact a counselor before withdrawing from classes. Grossmont Counseling 

Students who wish to withdraw from a course will need to submit a petition. Students enrolled in the Promise program will not be impacted if they need to withdraw below 12 units due to challenges caused by COVID-19. 

Q: Can I drop the class and receive a refund even though the deadline has passed? 
A: Late drops and refunds from spring 2020 courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis due to extenuating circumstances resulting from COVID-19. Students can make this special request via the college's petition process. 

Visit the college websites for important resources. 
Student resources to support the transition to online learning can be found at:

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Cuyamaca College 

Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, California 92020