January 8, 2021 - Community Update

January 08, 2021

FAQs for Spring 2021

Do I have to quarantine after out-of-state travel?

Yes. In accordance with Governor Brown’s travel restrictions, if you travel outside the state of Oregon for the break, you must self-quarantine after you return for 14 days before entering PNCA facilities. The only exceptions to this are Art House residents. They are asked to self-quarantine in Art House for 14 days.

If you fail to quarantine, you may be considered in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, Provision 8 - “Violation of any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the College website.” More importantly, you may be putting the health of the PNCA community at risk. Please, do the right thing to help keep your faculty, staff and fellow students safe and healthy!

What is the first day of classes for Spring 2021?

Tuesday, January 19 is the first day of the semester. ALL classes will be remote until Monday, February 1 as a COVID-19 precaution.

Please keep in mind that if you traveled out of state over the break, you will need to quarantine for 14 days before entering the 511 Building or Glass as per the Governor’s Office.

What is the drop/add deadline for Spring 2021?

The drop/add deadline for Spring 2021 is Friday, January 29. This is also the deadline to have your student account paid in full or to have set up a payment plan with Student Accounts and made your first payment (studentaccounts@pnca.edu).

What is the grading system for Spring 2021?

  • Grades for all classes except Liberal Arts: A through F
  • Grades for Liberal Arts: A, Pass, Fail

Is there an attendance policy for Spring 2021?

Yes. The campus wide attendance policy has been reinstated. Attendance is required unless arrangements are made with the faculty member in advance and a learning contract is signed. Please check your class syllabi for specific details.

What if I think I have COVID-19?

If you experience any new symptoms that are similar to symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, new loss of taste or smell, or sore throat, you must refrain from entering the 511 Building or Glass Building, or participating in any PNCA-sponsored in-person activity. To keep our community safe and mitigate risks please stay home until the symptoms resolve completely.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should seek advice from a medical professional and get a COVID-19 test. If the test is positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you do not get a test, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you think you have been exposed or have questions, please contact a member of the COVID-19 Task Force list below.

COVID-19 Task Force: David Ellis dellis@pnca.edu, Darby Knox dknox@pnca.edu, Kate Copeland kcopeland@pnca.edu, Anne Gallagher agallagher@pnca.edu, Candace Horter chorter@pnca.edu, or Ann Hudner ahudner@pnca.edu

For more detailed info regarding symptoms of COVID-19, go to 

Are any classes offered fully asynchronously?

No, even if a class is taught remotely, you must be present at the times the class is scheduled.

Will remote classes be recorded?

Some classes will be recorded, but not all. Please check with your faculty prior to the start of the semester to see if they are planning to make recordings available.

Has the lunch traditional period been reinstated?

PNCA will return to the universal lunch hour in the Spring semester (a break from 12:30 - 1:30 pm) for all undergraduate classes and some graduate classes.

Am I required to be on camera during class?

No. PNCA encourages students to be on camera but it is not a requirement. You can demonstrate your active engagement and participation in class even with your camera off.

How do I arrange for an academic accommodation?

Reach out to Jackson Seemayer in Student Life at jseemayer@pnca.edu. This is a three step process: you will need to complete the accommodations form; provide documentation from your healthcare provider; and meet with Jackson to determine which accommodations will best support you.

How do I figure out which classes are remote or have in-person requirements?

This spreadsheet provides all the details about Spring 2021 courses. This link is also on the Registrar’s Office Homeroom site. If you have questions about a class, check with the instructor or your faculty.

Are COVID-19 protocols still in place?

Yes. All students, faculty and staff are expected to wear masks, physically distance and practice good hand hygiene, and observe all posted COVID-19 guidelines. The campus remains closed to the public. Anyone who feels sick with any new symptoms, must refrain from entering PNCA facilities until symptoms subside.