The August 10 start to the fall semester is earlier than usual because of the planned impact of the Republican National Convention (RNC). As you recall, the college had planned to close during the week the RNC was scheduled to take place in Charlotte – August 22-28. The reason the college planned to close was to avoid the challenges the convention would present to our students and employees in trying to reach campus and to accommodate facilities requests made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department connected to the RNC.
Although the RNC initially moved the largest parts of the convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, FL, it recently announced the cancellation of all major events, due to the pandemic.
Given that there will no longer be any large-scale RNC events in Charlotte, the college will not close August 22-28. The college will be open and operating on a normal schedule, and this week will become “remote learning days” for students and faculty. While there will be no on-campus classes during that week, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only.
For the safety and well-being of our campus community, we will complete the vast majority of face-to-face instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26-29). Some courses are being taught under a compressed timeline so they can be concluded by the Thanksgiving holiday, while others will go fully online after Thanksgiving to finish any remaining classwork. The fall semester will end Dec. 11.
Please note: The college will observe and be closed on Labor Day (Sept. 7) but has made the difficult decision to eliminate Fall Break (Oct. 12-13). These two days will also become remote learning days. While there will be no on-campus classes during that time, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only. This decision was made to both minimize the possible virus spread associated with travel, and to give more time to faculty and students since the college has had to adjust course schedules and delivery methods.
If you have questions about the remote learning days for your specific course, please contact your instructor.
We understand these schedule changes may disrupt your previous plans and we greatly appreciate your patience as we try to make the best decisions we can for the health, safety, and success of our college community.