COVID-19 Information

Welcome to Fall 2021

MCC is operating both on-campus and remotely via online means and by phone.  

Anyone coming onto campus MUST wear a face mask/covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times and must practice social distancing.

MCC is operating under special conditions as a precaution due to COVID-19. Our campus buildings are open to students, faculty, staff and visitors and all must sign it at the designated entrances. College staff are available in-person and remotely to help with applying for admission and financial aid, registering for courses, and providing information on additional services during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Important Information for All Students Who Will be On-Campus for Classes or to Use College Services by Appointment:

  • Students are required to wear face masks covering both the nose and mouth and campus-issued IDs at all times.
  • Social distancing is required while on campus.
  • The college has established designated entry points and exit points. All students with classes on-ground will need to enter campus through the AST Tower (by the flagpoles and bus loop), the LRC or the SSC entrance by the Bookstore.
  • A sign-in/sign-out process for all students and staff at each entrance provides contact tracing should we need to provide that date to the Department of Public Health.
  • Access to certain areas of campus may be limited .

Additional safety measures include:

  • Room occupancy limits, moving of furniture to enable social distancing and informational signage.
  • Enhanced cleaning routines and sanitizing throughout the day according to CDC guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout campus.
  • Installation of plexiglass shields on desks and counters in labs and classrooms.

Food Service  

The Cougar Cave Cafeteria is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and is closed on Fridays. The Cougar Cave will have a limited menu and the staff will do their best to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.

U-Pass

Continuing students: If you already have your MCC ID (printed this fall or last academic year only), visit the Bursar’s Office in the SSC, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student IDs

The AST Information Desk where IDs are made, is staffed currently:
Mondays by appointment only
Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays,  9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
Fridays by appointment only

Email TJ Barber  to set up an on-campus appointment to get your student ID ONLY if those hours don’t work for you. It takes approximately ten minutes at the most.

Technology Assistance

Laptops, chrome books and Wi-Fi hot spots may be available to borrow from the Library or Student Activities but on a limited first-come basis.  Prior to registering for classes, if a student needs to borrow a laptop or hot spot, it is their responsibility to check on availability of these resources. To request a laptop or Wi-Fi hotspot, complete and submit an MCC Technology Request; a college representative will contact you once your request has been reviewed. If one is available and you’re approved to borrow, you will be responsible for coming to campus to pick up your item(s). Students who borrow equipment from MCC will be responsible for returning it at the end of the semester or session. If your item(s) is not returned by the date specified, a replacement fee for lost or damaged items will be applied to your student account along with a registration hold. Please email circulation@manchestercc.edu or call 860-512-2880 with any questions. We look forward to helping you succeed!

Student COVID-19 Mask, Physical Distancing and Testing Guidelines

The COVID-19 mask, physical distancing and testing guidelines are in effect for the 2021-22 academic year (or until rescinded) in order to foster a safe learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) is requiring vaccination of its community members to the greatest extent possible, it is not yet known what percentage of the campus community is unvaccinated for medical or other reasons. Until such time that herd immunity can be attained, it is important that everyone continue to do their part to protect the health and personal well-being of others within our communities.

Therefore, the following rules are in effect:

Masking

All students MUST wear masks, covering their mouth and nose while indoors on campus. All on-ground classes will be off-limits to students who refuse to wear masks.  Students are permitted to remove their mask while actively eating and drinking but must replace the mask immediately after.

Masking will not be required outside of buildings. However, we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks outside.  Campus leaders may deem masks necessary at certain outdoor larger events with mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in attendance.

Students who refuse to wear a mask may only participate in remote learning and online classes.

If a student is not able to wear a mask due to a documented disability or medical reason, the student must seek an accommodation from Disability Services prior to arriving on campus.

Physical Distancing

Students should maintain three feet of physical distancing while indoors on campus, where possible.

Testing

All students who are unvaccinated (including ones who have received exemptions) or have not documented their vaccine status, must comply with COVID-19 testing conducted weekly on campus as required by the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.  Please check your college email daily for information on the mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing program.

Weekly testing will take place on Tuesdays,8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Village 3 building.

Enforcement

Designated faculty and staff have the authority to enforce these rules.  Should a student fail to comply and not wear a mask, not wear it correctly, nor keep it on after receiving a directive/warning to put it on (and they are not exempt due to receiving an accommodation from the institution), the offending student will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs’ office for disciplinary intervention.

Students who fail to comply with the above rules are subject to removal from the campus as outlined in the CSCU Student Code of Conduct and may be required to participate in online-only coursework. Possible sanctions for disciplinary violations range from a warning to expulsion from the institution.