Columbia College Hollywood’s COVID-19 FAQs

We compiled the following questions to provide answers to your concerns relating to Columbia College Hollywood, Flashpoint Chicago, and the coronavirus. We will keep this updated, and it will be accessible online on our homepage. Please email covid19response@columbiacollege.edu with additional questions.

Access to Campus

The summer quarter is scheduled to start on July 6. The majority of summer quarter courses will be taught remotely, but our hope is to be able to open check out to enable students access to gear and to allow small groups of students on campus for instruction. Our first priority is your safety and following the state and city’s directives.

Summer Quarter will start as scheduled on  Monday, July 6th virtually. We will begin classes online and plan to move any courses intended for on-ground instruction back as soon as the local government authorities deem it safe to do so.

No, not at this time. No one is granted access to campus right now. The building is locked, and there are no staff or faculty present.

Educational Continuity

Final exams for the Summer Quarter will be administered online according to the regularly scheduled exam period.

We understand it may be frustrating during this global pandemic to not have access to all of the tools and resources you are accustomed to having on CCH campus. Arrangements are in place to give students access to the required software or an equivalent needed in each course. Alternative curriculum has been developed to teach techniques and equipment remotely. Please discuss further questions and concerns about best practices for adapting to virtual study with your instructors and department chairs. Your faculty is working hard to provide the most appropriate solutions for your academic needs to ensure educational continuity.

We do not recommend that seniors take time off from completing their degree.

For Seniors working on their Thesis Projects, your department chairs have created alternate paths for you to complete your thesis projects in order to keep you progressing towards your degree as planned.

The summer quarter is scheduled to start on July 6. The majority of summer quarter courses will be taught remotely, but our hope is to be able to open check out to enable students access to gear and to allow small groups of students on campus for instruction. Our first priority is your safety and following the state and city’s directives.

If any CCH community member tests positive for COVID-19, please alert us by emailing covid19response@columbiacollege.edu. In accordance with HIPPA law, we will not disclose the identity of the community member. We will simply report the possible exposure to anyone who may have had contact in the past two weeks.

Events

None. In order to comply with local and state authorities, all on campus events have been temporarily cancelled.  We will reschedule events as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Based on the advice of public health officials and the restrictions put in place by city and state authorities in addition to our duty to prioritize the safety of our community, we regret to inform you that the Commencement ceremony scheduled for June has been postponed to December 2020.

Be assured, however, that once we are on the other side of this difficult and extraordinary time, we will celebrate together and hold an in-person graduation ceremony to properly recognize the Class of 2020. We will continue to provide the latest information as it becomes available. Please continue to check your CCH email inbox, the college website, and social media to stay most up to date on campus developments.

Finances

No. Despite all of the adapting we are doing as a community, the operating costs for CCH will remain the same and the College will continue to incur the same expenses. For example, CCH instructors must continue to be paid, and they are putting in the same, if not more, work to maintain academic continuity for our students.

We know not being on campus is an adjustment. We are ensuring that the required educational outcomes are achieved regardless of modality. As outlined in the Student Handbook, if any student chooses to stay enrolled past add/drop for Summer Quarter, they will be responsible for tuition for the entire quarter. This policy remains in effect. As stated above, the operating costs for CCH will remain the same and the College will continue to incur the same expenses.

Stipend amounts will be administered via ACH electronic funds transfers. If stipend amounts are intended for the student, the student must complete a Direct Deposit Form authorizing the college to make a deposit.

If stipend amounts are intended for a parent, guardian or other co-signer, that person must complete a Direct Deposit Form authorizing the college to make a deposit.

To access Direct Deposit Form: https://fs10.formsite.com/columbiacollege/6xcmyibnf1/index.html

Housing

Student housing is not contracted directly through CCH. Students needing information regarding contract termination should contact the housing representative.  Contact information can be found here.

Students should contact their housing representative for questions regarding their lease agreement. 

KAPI CONTACT
Kate Savar
Reservation Manager
cch@kapiresidences.com
949-633-0293

The lease agreement is owned and operated by KAPI–not Columbia College Hollywood. CCH works with KAPIto provide housing options for students, but ultimately, the leases are agreements between the students and KAPI.

No. A student’s change in enrollment status with the College does not have any bearing on the fact that they are committed to an active lease with KAPI, a third party, directly. Students should contact KAPI for any questions related to housing leases.

Students should contact the KAPI account manager for questions related to their housing leases.
Kate Savar
Reservation Manager
cch@kapiresidences.com
949-633-0293

CARES ACT

Eligibility requirements for this program include: U.S. citizenship, current eligibility to participate in Title IV loan programs, and enrollment in primarily ground based programs on either the Los Angeles or Chicago campuses prior to the COVID-19 disruption. Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.

The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. This means that each institution may develop its own system and process for determining how to allocate these funds, which may include distributing the funds to all students or only to students who demonstrate significant need. The only statutory requirement is that the funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).  CCH is currently evaluating and developing the guidelines that will determine how funds are allocated.  Our objective is to do whatever is possible to support you and your classmates who have the greatest need.

CCH is working to develop and approve guidelines and disbursement processes so that we can get funds into the hands of students as quickly as possible. While we cannot tell you precisely when this will occur, I can assure you that our institutional directive is to obtain rapid approvals to quickly disburse available funds to help our students during this time. 

Once we have completed and finalized allocation methodology and timeline we will send out a communication informing all students of the next steps in the process. For those of you who receive funds and wish to donate your allocation back to CCH to assist other students with greater need, CCH will be setting up a special process to allow you to do that.

Please note when funds are disbursed, depending on your stipend directive, your funds will either go directly to you, your parents, or your legal guardian.

 

Resources

Students currently receiving CCH counseling services will receive an email from their counselor confirming and/or rescheduling appointments that will continue to be offered via Telehealth. Students who are not currently receiving counseling services and need support may contact Laura Kaufman for assistance.

COVID-19 Update: Columbia College Hollywood has temporarily transitioned to remote learning and alternate modalities.

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