EAC welcomes students back to campus for fall 2020 semester

Monsters encouraged to mask-up for safe and successful semester

By Kris McBride/EAC

THATCHER – Eastern Arizona College (EAC) welcomes students back to campus for the fall 2020 semester with new guidelines in place http://www.eac.edu/maskup to help keep them safe. Although the semester will look different than in the past, EAC is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience, while minimizing the risk associated with COVID-19.

The fall semester is scheduled to begin Aug. 24. The academic calendar has been updated, including an important change – to avoid the risk of students returning to campus with COVID-19 after Thanksgiving, most classes will be held remotely after the break, and residence halls will have limited occupancy throughout the end of the semester.

“Our comprehensive planning allows us to welcome students back this fall,” said EAC President Todd Haynie. “It will be our collective responsibility to help keep the campus safe. We strongly encourage students to mask-up, wash their hands regularly, stay six feet apart, and commit to a daily low-tech well check.”

Students will have the flexibility of choosing their mode of instruction. Courses will be taught using a variety of formats https://www.eac.edu/maskup/classoptions2020.pdf, including, classroom (in-person), blended (in-person and online), live remote (entirely live, online), web (entirely online using Canvas), and dual enrollment (modality determined by area high schools). Depending on disease prevalence within our community, EAC may return to remote delivery at any point within the semester.

On-campus housing will look different this fall. The occupancy standard will be one student per bedroom, with double-occupancy upon request. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws and guidance adopted by the college. Isolation and quarantine protocols are in place for any resident with COVID-19 symptoms.

EAC’s new dining program will offer cafeteria-style meals and items that can be purchased through Gila Hank’s Deli. Three meals per day will be offered from Monday through Friday, and brunch and deli services will be provided on the weekends. To promote social distancing, dining services will have fewer seats, and seating may be created in other locations throughout the campus to accommodate overflow.

For more information about academics and classrooms, housing, dining, health and wellness, student life, events, athletics, and offices, visit http://www.eac.edu/maskup.

Enroll today for the fall semester. Classes begin Aug. 24 with social distancing in place. Register by calling EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270, or online at www.eac.edu. Financial Aid is available for students who qualify. Call EAC’s Financial Aid Office at (928) 428-8287 for details.