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10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
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312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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The Howard Community College campus and its buildings are open, and masks are required indoors. Offices have in-person hours to serve students, employees, and the public. Check hours and specific information here.  

The college’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Stay aware of the latest information and communications using the links below.  

What You Need to Know: 


Everyone: 

  • Masks are required and must be worn indoors in every college building and facility. Masks are not required outdoors, in private offices, or eating while seated in the Café on the Quad. If there are concerns about compliance, contact public safety. Any other questions about face coverings should go to EOP@howardcc.edu.  
  • Everyone is expected to conduct their own daily health assessment. Any positive COVID-19 test results, possible exposures, or other concerns should be reported immediately to EOP@howardcc.edu. All reports are confidential.
  • COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be implemented for employees and select students. More detailed information is below. 
  • Indoor and outdoor physical distancing has been lifted. For vulnerable and unvaccinated individuals, a distance of three feet is recommended.
  • Per Howard County Health Department recommendations, gathering and group size restrictions are currently under 250 individuals.
  • Faculty, staff, and students should wipe in and wipe out to keep their areas sanitized. This is recommended for classrooms, laboratories, and shared spaces. The office of information technology recommends using alcohol-based cleaning wipes with at least 70%+ isopropyl alcohol and no bleach base for technology. 
  • The college will continue to evaluate operational status using the college's on-campus transmission rate and guidance from the Howard County Health Department to determine if a return to a previous phase is needed.  

Students: 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Credit Students
For those students who are required to be vaccinated, they will need to provide proof of vaccination through the Azova system or get weekly PCR tests on campus or a testing site of their choice. 

  • The vaccination requirement deadline for credit students with at least one face-to-face class on the main campus or Laurel College Center will be February 21, 2022.
  • Students who have at least one hybrid class on the main campus or Laurel College Center must submit proof of their vaccination by March 21, 2022.
  • The vaccination requirement does not apply to students taking classes at off-campus locations. 
  • For credit students taking only online classes or remote scheduled classes, the vaccination requirement will not apply. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for ​​​​​​​Continuing Education and Workforce Development (Noncredit) Students
For those students who are required to be vaccinated, they will need to provide proof of vaccination through the Azova system or get weekly PCR tests on campus or a testing site of their choice.

  • ​​​​​​​The vaccination requirement will apply to students taking face-to-face or hybrid noncredit classes on the main Columbia campus or Laurel College Center that meet the following criteria: the class meets more than one time per week and lasts at least four weeks (one month). 
  • For students taking only online or remote scheduled classes, the vaccination requirement will not apply. 
  • For Kids on Campus students and Rider School students, the vaccination requirement will not apply.
  • The vaccination requirement does not apply to noncredit students taking classes at off-campus locations.

Other Requirements and Information for Students

  • Face coverings will be required while indoors on campus. Noncompliance by students during class or inside building common areas could result in disciplinary action. 
  • Offices, departments, and divisions will be available in person to assist; virtual hours may also be available. Check hours and specific information here.  

Employees:  

  • ​​​​​​​The vaccination requirement for employees took effect December 1, 2021. Employees who do not submit proof of vaccination will be required to get PCR testing for COVID-19 at least once per week.
  • Teleworking will be determined in consultation with supervisors and with the expectation that offices, departments, and divisions will provide accessibility and availability to students, other employees, and the public. Teleworking options are available for eligible staff and faculty residing in the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Employees will need to submit a Telework Agreement to their supervisor for consideration. 
  • Employees with medical circumstances that may prevent them from working in person and are not able to telework should contact the Office of Human Resources.

Health and Safety Guidelines for Visiting Campus

  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing.
  • Observe all posted signage on campus, including restrictions on seating and occupancy limits in restrooms and elevators.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19, do not come to campus or enter campus buildings. Please follow these protocols
 

 

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