Message From the President


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Released 03/25/2020

Dear LCCC Family,

With our remote and online instruction and support services underway, I am overwhelmed by the efforts of everyone at LCCC as we navigate through this highly unusual time. I am sure everyone shares my concerns for each other as our students are focusing on continuing their courses online and our faculty and staff are working hard to assist in any way possible. I know many of you are also dealing with financial difficulties and various family issues. I want you to know that the LCCC Community is committed to your success.

I commend our faculty for their innovative approaches and for going above and beyond for our students. I also want to express my appreciation to our support staff for helping out in these difficult times. Many tasks including keeping our facilities functional to supporting our online learning format are all continuing without interruption and I'm grateful for your dedication. Thank you also to our College leaders for keeping operations moving forward.

Most of all, to our students, a huge message of gratitude goes out to you for your understanding and patience as you continue to pursue your educational goals.

Since the announcement was made regarding moving our instruction to an alternative online format, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase and several restrictions have been put in place for businesses and public gatherings throughout Pennsylvania. Therefore, I am sharing with the College community that our remote and online instruction will continue through the end of the spring semester.

All in-person College events are cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester as well. We have yet to decide if we will postpone our annual Commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 28. I know how everyone looks forward to Commencement, and we will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate our plans as soon as possible. If we are unable to hold our traditional ceremony in May, we will explore other possibilities to celebrate this milestone for our students.

I also want to inform you that we have decided to change our grading policy for the current semester. Many faculty members have shared their concerns with me that students are highly stressed as they attempt to continue with course work and complete assignments from home. With this in mind, students will have the option to transition most general courses and free electives into a passing (P) grade or a withdrawal (W) at the end of the course. This option allows students to maintain their efforts to the end of the semester, and once grades are submitted, decide if they would rather receive the passing (P) grade instead of a traditional letter grade, or even to withdraw from the course. A passing grade signifies that students received a C or better, but will not contribute toward quality points or GPA. Students also have the option to request an incomplete (I) grade. An incomplete is an option for most courses and will require a plan for completing course requirements beyond the end of the semester. Further details about grading for the spring semester will be shared in a separate email communication.

Please remember to keep checking the College's website for information including Frequently Asked Questions which can be found at luzerne.edu/covidinfo. If you would like to speak to a College staff member, please call 1-800-377-LCCC. For technology assistance, choose option 1. For help with student support services, select option 2. For questions about academics, select option 3. For all other questions, select option 4. If someone is unable to answer, please leave a message and a staff member will be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

It is very important for students to remember that support services such as tutoring and counseling are available remotely. In addition, food and supplies from our Peter J. Lello Student Food Bank are available for pick-up at the College. For questions about these or any other College services, please see the Frequently Asked Questions at the link noted above or call the phone number listed in this message. A summary of the information included in this communication also will be posted to the website.

We are working toward assisting every one of you and addressing each of your individual needs during this difficult time. It is the goal of everyone at the College to help you to complete your semester. I am incredibly humbled by, and thankful for, your resolve and determination. Keep up the good work, as I know you will. And remember that we are all in this together. Stay in touch and, most importantly, stay safe.