Pearl River Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions about returning to school! Check out the video below to see the answers to some of our FAQ’s! Below is a quick reference of the time so you can fast forward to the questions you need answered most.

  • 0:38 What will classrooms looks like for the Fall?
  • 5:47 What is HyFlex?
  • 8:42 Are masks required on campus?
  • 11:01 If a student does get COVID-19, what will the college do?
  • 12:28 Will there be student activities this fall?
  • 13:41 Will students still be living in the dorms?
  • 15:47 What if a student has a condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID-19?
  • 18:04 Will classes go back all online like last semester?
  • 19:03 How will students know what to do for the first week of classes?
  1. What is HyFlex?
  2. How will a student know what to do the first week of classes?
  3. Are masks required on campus?
  4. If a student does get COVID-19, what will the college do?
  5. Will there be student activities this fall?
  6. Will students be living in the dorms?
  7. What if I struggle in online classes?
  8. Am I required to log in to my classes during normal class times?
  9. What resources can students use from home (tutoring, eLearning tools, etc.)?
  10. Will you stagger the dorm move in?
  11. If I drop out due to the Coronavirus diagnosis, will this affect my financial aid?
  12. What if I do not have reliable Internet?
  13. I only have a cell phone, how can I do my homework without a computer?
  14. Are there any online resources we can use from the library to help with school projects?
  15. What if I am a hands-on career technical student?
  16. What if I lose my RiverGuide password or get locked out of the system?
  17. Can I still purchase textbooks and merchandise from the campus bookstore?

1. What is HyFlex?
HyFlex is a teaching model that offers hybrid learning in a flexible way. This allows students the option of attending class in-person, online or both. Pearl River instructors are utilizing HyFlex to reduce class capacity by working with students the first week of classes to create a schedule that meets each student’s needs. Technology is being installed to make the utilization of HyFlex even easier in the classroom.

2. How will a student know what to do the first week of classes?

Students should regularly check their PRCC student email account as correspondence about how to approach the first week of classes has been sent there.

3. Are masks required on campus?
Yes. Masks are required at all PRCC locations. Individuals will be required to wear a face mask in all buildings and confined spaces if accompanied by anyone. Students and employees are encouraged to be aware of their environment and be considerate of others while moving throughout buildings and the campuses. To encourage individuals to remember the necessity of social distancing, stickers have been placed on floors in high-traffic areas such as: outside elevators, outside of offices where lines might form, and other areas where individuals typically gather in groups.

4. If a student does get COVID-19, what will the college do?

If a student does get COVID-19 they must first go home. Instructors will work with students through the HyFlex teaching method to allow them the opportunity to not fall behind and continue with their coursework as soon as they are able.

5. Will there be student activities this fall?
Yes. At this time, student activities are planned to be held. However, they will look very different than they have in the past. Student activity leaders will be working on creating creative fun activities that keep the safety of students in mind.

6. Will students be living in the dorms?
Yes. Students residing in dormitories for the fall semester will move in over the course of four days prior to the beginning of classes. Those students will be emailed and assigned a specific move-in time window to limit interactions. Students are allowed one person to help them move items into their dorms.
Prior to students moving in, all facilities will have been cleaned and disinfected. Upon moving in, students will be provided with a PRCC semester starter pack, which includes a face mask and hand sanitizer. Students will wear face masks in buildings and confined spaces if they are with at least one other person. Dorm lobbies will be closed to groups.

7. What if I struggle in online classes?
Stay in close contact with your instructors at all times. Instructors will be working with each student to make sure class instruction best fits each class's needs.

8. Am I required to log in to my classes during normal class times?
Your instructor will communicate with you the requirements for each specific course as classes make the transition to online. It is important to keep up with your student email and Canvas messages as this will be how your instructors will primarily be conveying this information.

9. What resources can students use from home (tutoring, eLearning tools, etc.)?
Please see the PRCC Online Resources Page for links to great tools to enhance your online learning experience.

10. Will you stagger the dorm move in?
Students have been emailed specific times to move in over a four day period. Please check your PRCC student email account to ensure you move in on your assigned day and time.

11. If I drop out due to the Coronavirus diagnosis, will this affect my financial aid?
Possibly. Based upon current Department of Education guidelines, when a student withdraws from all classes at any time for any reason the Office of Financial Aid is required to calculate the return of federal funds. It is possible that some financial aid will have to be returned to the Department of Education, which may result in the student owing a balance to PRCC. More information about the return of Title IV funds can be found here: PRCC.edu/financial-aid/refund.

Furthermore, if a student is placed on financial aid suspension at the end of the semester, an appeal may be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid to request a reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. Based upon current Department of Education guidelines, any reasons pertaining to the Coronavirus pandemic will have to be documented. More information about the Satisfactory Academic Program policy can be found here: http://prcc.edu/financial-aid/satisfactory-progress.

12. What if I do not have reliable Internet?
Pearl River Community College has several new hotspots located in the main parking lot areas of all three locations (Poplarville Campus, Forrest County Center and Hancock Center). Keep checking your student email account for more detailed information. Also, Internet providers such as Spectrum and Comcast are offering discounted service rates for those who apply.

13. I only have a cell phone, how can I do my homework without a computer?
Most work can be done from a phone, but laptops can be checked out from the library for use. They must be returned the same day they are checked-out. Students would be able to use those laptops in our parking lot hot spot zones.

14. Are there any online resources we can use from the library to help with school projects?
All library resources are available online. Check the PRCC Online Resources Page to see links to these resources or log in to RiverGuide here: https://portal-p.prcc.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx

15. What if I am a hands-on career technical student?
Make sure to check your PRCC student email account as your instructors will be reaching out to you to discuss the various avenues of instruction in store for your program that will allow you to meet the learning objectives of each class.

16. What if I lose my RiverGuide password or get locked out of the system?
You can call Pearl River Community College's IT department at 844-292-3214.

17. Can I still purchase textbooks and merchandise from the campus bookstore?
Yes! The Wildcat Den is taking orders at bookstore.prcc.edu. Anyone who has further questions about the Wildcat Den can email prccwildcatden@prcc.edu.

ATHLETICS

Any athletes — whether a current Pearl River Community College Wildcat or incoming signee — who have questions regarding their eligibility should contact their coach. You can also refer to the NJCAA's FAQ page here: https://www.njcaa.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200317ey2h6u