September 7, 2020
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
We are excited to welcome you back to campus for the fall semester and the 2020-2021 Academic Year!
As you know, classes will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, September 8, but with online instruction only for the first two weeks of the semester. In-person instruction will begin on September 21. The purpose of this message is to share the campus access policies in place until September 20.
Faculty and Staff may access all campus buildings (in compliance with our safety protocols). Since we are using our campus differently, you might find it helpful to check with your department or EMS about new usage patterns or different room assignments.
Faculty and Staff may find it helpful for their planning to note the information for students below.
Students are invited to campus to use the Student Center (including the Fitness Center), Columbia Library, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Digital Print Center, Shop Columbia and Bookstore. Please note that the operating hours and policies for these buildings have changed due to the pandemic; there may be new occupancy limits, services may have changed, or an appointment may be required. You should visit the websites listed below for information. Additionally, please make sure you have completed the mandatory training and quiz, and Daily Pre-check before coming to campus.
Any student needing access to a computer in order to participate in an online course meeting can use the 1st and 2nd floor computers at the Columbia College Chicago Library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. Additional workstations are available by reservation. Keyboards and mice can be checked out at the first floor Service Desk. For information about hours, access, and reservations, visit library.colum.edu.
Students are invited to campus to receive student services, including academic advising, health, counseling and other services. In many instances an appointment is necessary. Please see the list below for information about services, hours, and appointments.
There will be no equipment or material pickup, nor student access to labs or maker spaces until on-campus instruction resumes on September 21. We will share a message outlining the hours and access policies for all equipment cages, labs, studios, maker spaces and other specialized facilities next week. Students currently in possession of equipment should contact the responsible department to arrange for equipment return.
We hope you are prepared and excited to learn, create, and engage safely with our college community. We want you to know that the college remains committed to helping you stay connected and supported to meet your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Center – 754 S. Wabash Ave.
The Student Center has temporary fall hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (closed weekends), and the Fitness Center is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please visit studentcenter.colum.edu for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Columbia Library (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
The Columbia Library offers many virtual services and resources for students to address any research needs, and assist students needing access to a computer in order to participate in an online course meeting. Assistance is available via chat on this website or by email at email@example.com. The library can provide access to many e-books, streaming media, research guides, as well as College Archives and Special Collections. Visit the website and schedule an online chat to learn more.
Museum of Contemporary Photography - 600 S. Michigan Ave.
Prior to visiting, you must reserve a ticket. Please visit mocp.org for more information on hours and ticket reservations.
Digital Print Center – 623 S. Wabash Ave.
To submit orders online or make an appointment, visit the DPC website.
ShopColumbia - 619 S. Wabash Ave.
Visit shop.colum.edu for opening hours.
Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore – 624 S. Michigan Ave.
Visit the Campus Bookstore website for opening hours.
We are here to answer your questions or provide support as you navigate these unprecedented times. Please refer to the following list of campus resources and support services. Some of these services will be offered in-person and others will be online or remote. These resources are always just an email or phone call away. We are here to help.
Technology Support for Remote Learning (Monday-Friday, 8am–6pm)
If you need technology support, visit this website for a list resources and to assist with accessing Office 365, finding your classes on Canvas, requesting technical support, and many other technology-based questions. In addition to this website, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 312-369-7001, or submit a ticket on Team Dynamix for tech-support.
Columbia Central (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
If you have questions or need support with financial or enrollment services, visit this website for more information. Most Columbia Central services will be offered remotely, however, students can make an appointment for in-person support. Check the website for more information.
Academic Services and Advising (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
If you need support with the registration process, declaring your major, or understanding your graduation requirements, make sure you are in regular contact with your assigned academic advisor. View this website to learn more about Academic Advising, Student Persistence, TRIO, and Academic Coaching. During the fall semester, advising appointments will primarily be remote, but there will be some in-person support as well. Check the website for details, email email@example.com, or call 312-369-7645 for more information.
Services for Students with Disabilities (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office coordinates support services for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Staff members also assist in providing equal access to successful educational experiences at Columbia College Chicago. To contact the SSD staff, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-369-8296, or visit this website for more information.
Counseling Services (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
Counseling Services continues to support students remotely. Students can make appointments and talk to therapists via email, phone, and now a secure telehealth platform. On-call therapists are available during regular business hours, and Counseling Services continues to update this website with resources and tips for coping. To contact Counseling Services, email email@example.com or call 312-369-8700 for support.
Student Relations (Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm)
In collaboration with Counseling Services and Academic Affairs, Student Relations is available to provide therapeutic support as well as address a variety of challenges which can impact student success. Student Relations can help students make connections with support services, and many staff and faculty will refer students to Student Relations for assistance. To contact Student Relations directly, call 312-369-8595, and if necessary, leave a voicemail with your contact information and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Student Health Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm / closed from 1:00-1:40pm)
During the fall semester, the Student Health Center will remain open by appointment at 916 S. Wabash. Unfortunately, walk-in visits are not an option at this time, but telemedicine is available by phone. To make an appointment, please call 312-369-6830. The receptionist will answer or return calls promptly, and please be prepared to answer several questions before an office visit is scheduled.
The Career Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
If you need career advising, internship support, student employment, or general career guidance, you should work directly with the professionals in our Career Center. Please use this website to learn more about all our career services. You should also check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ColumCareer for updates, ideas, and virtual events. Students are encouraged to contact the Career Center directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Library (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
The Columbia Library offers many virtual services and resources for students to address any research or access needs. Assistance is available via chat on this website or by email at email@example.com. The library can provide access to many e-books, streaming media, research guides, as well as College Archives and Special Collections. Visit the website and schedule an online chat to learn more.
Academic Center for Tutoring (ACT)
During the fall semester, the ACT will be offering tutoring options both in-person and remotely. Limited online appointments will be offered Monday-Thursday from 10am-7pm and on Friday from 10am-4pm. On-campus tutoring appointments will begin on September 21st, on the 5th floor of 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive and they will be available between 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. To make an appointment for tutoring, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this website for more details and information.
If you have questions about any of these services, or other campus resources not listed in this email, do not hesitate to email email@example.com and they will be happy to support you and make a campus connection.
Have a great fall semester!