March 16, 2020 - STAFF UPDATE

March 16, 2020

We have been monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and assessing PNCA’s response to this ever-evolving situation on a daily basis. Although we are not aware of any cases on the PNCA campus, I am writing today to announce that we are implementing operational changes to building, facilities and studio access, effective immediately. Safeguarding the health of the PNCA community and those with whom we come in contact is our first priority. To that end, PNCA will move classes online for the duration of the semester after spring break. We are also asking faculty and staff to make the necessary plans within their departments to work remotely by the end of this week.

Based in part on responses nationally and locally, the PNCA COVID-19 Task Force has concluded that the most responsible path forward is as follows:


The 511 Building and the Glass Building will remain accessible this week (March 16 - 20) so that students can collect materials, works-in-progress, etc., that they will need to complete their work offsite. As of Friday, March 20 at 5 pm, both buildings will be closed to students. After Friday, if a student must access a building to retrieve something, please have them contact Jackson Seemayer in Student Life:

Effective immediately, the 511 Building is closed to the public. Visitors must check in at the front desk and have an appointment.

PNCA’s 511 Building will remain accessible to faculty and staff Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM, although we are asking that you work from home and only access the building if necessary.


Campus Safety will remain on duty during the rest of the semester. Please reach out to them with any concerns as you normally would at


Art House will remain open for its residents until the end of the semester. If you are an Art House resident and have questions or concerns, contact:


This closure also affects the Library. If you need physical library materials, please check those out this week. You will be able access online materials, as well as the ASC and Tutoring through virtual appointments. If you need to contact the library, please use:

• Make an online ASC appointment here: Make an appointment with our Writing Specialist here:


PNCA staff and faculty will transition to working off campus wherever possible between now and end-of-day Friday, March 20. Individual department managers will be working with their teams to determine the most effective approach for their remote working situation. Please direct any inquiries to your manager or supervisor.

Today, the CDC recommended cancelling events with 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks and Governor Kate Brown strongly urged avoiding groups of 10 or more for the next 4 weeks. As well, Governor Brown has asked businesses to allow their employees to work remotely if possible and to honor the spirit of Oregon’s efforts to respond to this pandemic. We recognize that this will affect many PNCA programs and celebratory events, such as Community Education, Focus Week, Thesis Exhibitions, Commencement and the 2020 PNCA Awards Gala. We are engaged in conversations to develop alternative approaches to these programs and will continue to update you as details emerge.

While the majority of the faculty and staff will be working remotely, as a community we are committed to the ongoing operations of the college in support of a positive student experience during these unprecedented times. We recognize that this pandemic is causing major disruptions to our community, amongst our colleagues, and to our society, globally. I am both grateful to and impressed by the PNCA community’s dedication to our students and to each other, coming together in these times of unprecedented unknowns—all while continuing the forward momentum of projects in support of our students, academic programs, and the critical components of enrollment. Thank you all for what you do for PNCA and for everyone in the PNCA family.