April 2, 2020 - STUDENT UPDATE

April 02, 2020

PNCA has heard from students on Homeroom, by email and through social media, and we want to address some of the questions we’ve received so far.

First, we want to acknowledge the hard work that PNCA faculty and staff have been putting in over the last few weeks to find creative and effective ways to transition the curriculum into an online environment. This isn’t what anyone expected or wanted, but all of us here at PNCA have been going above and beyond to make these final few weeks of the semester successful for students.

Here are some answers to the questions we’ve been receiving:

Will the semester be postponed?

No, the last few weeks of the semester will not be postponed. Senior BFA students and second-year MFA students have been working toward a Spring 2020 graduation for years, and we are determined to support and celebrate their achievements. We are making plans for virtual thesis exhibitions and online events to acknowledge Commencement. Our intention is to hold a full and formal Commencement ceremony in December, too.

Also, we are adding a “pass/no record covid” option for those students who would prefer that to a traditional letter grade. We are also looking at extending the “Incomplete” period for students who want to finish their coursework beyond the end of the semester. Details about the grading option and “Incomplete” period extension will be announced soon.

Faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure a successful completion of this semester. Please contact your faculty, advisor, ASC, or Student Life if you need additional support.

Will there be any refunds?

Studio rental fees are being refunded at a prorated amount for BFA and MFA students who have been assigned studios. Locker fees will be refunded.

Also, payment plans have been deferred to allow students more time to pay on their accounts. Students with payment plans received a deferral form to complete and send back to Student Accounts. Students will be allowed to register for the fall semester if they have completed the form or their account is in good standing.

What about the students in Art House?

Students have not been evicted from Art House, and as a result, many are still living there. Art House is their home while they are attending PNCA. They have been asked not to gather in the common areas and to adhere to all COVID-19 best practices. The facilities manager has arranged for frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and surfaces. The RAs are still living in the building and planning safe and engaging activities for residents.

We have arranged for students in Art House to be able to order a meal from Ramona for delivery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They have received a separate communication about this. Any student with a PNCA ID can get a free lunch from Yo.

What about additional mental health counseling?

Students who have used up their ten free sessions may appeal for additional free counseling. Speak to your PNCA therapist about this possibility.

Is the administration talking to other art colleges about what they are doing?

Yes, PNCA is in frequent contact with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), the Oregon Alliance of Independent College and Universities (OAICU), the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Does anyone at PNCA have COVID-19?

There are no confirmed cases of the virus associated with PNCA at this point, but you should still remain very careful. Continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. The Oregon Health Authority has predicted that we have not yet seen the peak of the infection. We realize everyone is anxious right now. The immediate future is uncertain and we’re working hard to be flexible, accommodating, and supportive of students and the entire PNCA community.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Continue to send any questions and concerns to Student Life at studentlife@pnca.edu.