Students

Will the semester end on Friday, March 13?

No. In-person instruction will end on Friday, March 13. Students will continue to complete assignments and submit them via email as directed by their instructors. The academic semester will officially end on April 30.

How will students who remain on campus be fed?

Dining Services will be open on a modified schedule with a limited menu to ensure students who remain on campus have access to meals.

How do I complete my assignments for the semester?

Students should communicate directly with their instructors for guidance on completing assignments and submitting them in a timely manner.

What about my laptop that is at IS&S for repairs?

IS&S is completing all student laptop repairs immediately before students leave this weekend.  If a student’s laptop is not repaired before Friday, we will issue a loaner laptop for an extended time at no charge.

What about my password expiring while away from campus on extended leave?

IS&S is extending the password expiration from 120 days to 270 days.  Students can contact the IS&S Helpdesk for any IT related issues, including assistance with your password. Please contact us at (859) 985-3343 or help_desk@berea.edu.  Students can also manage their password online by visiting the Passphrase website.

What happens if my laptop LCD screen or hard drive stop working while I am away from campus?

Berea College has an extended warranty program that, in some cases, Dell will send a technician to your location and fix your laptop.  Please contact the IS&S Helpdesk if you need assistance.

I am a senior. Do I have to return my DUO USB device to IS&S before I leave campus?

No. Keep it.

I don’t have Internet access at home. What should I do?

Please refer to the COVID-19 temporary Internet access plan in place by IS&S.

Why can’t students complete their coursework via online courses?

Berea College is not approved by its accrediting agency to offer online courses. Additionally, many students will be returning to areas where they do not have adequate internet access to participate in online courses.

How does the closure affect students’ labor positions and payments?

Students who remain on campus will be expected to report to their current labor assignment or the new assignment they are given as a result of the campus closure. All students—whether they remain on campus or return home—will be paid their student labor payments through the standard end of the semester.

If a student departs campus before Saturday, March 14, he/she will be paid for the hours worked up until that time.

Will students be paid after leaving campus, and how?

All contracts will be paid by direct deposit or by check forwarding. Please fill out this form if you do not have direct deposit. Students leaving campus will be paid according to their regular academic pay rate based on the current pay schedule. Students with 10-hour contracts will be paid for 10 hours per week, 15-hour contracts will be paid for 15 hours a week, etc.

Will students be paid for their secondary position?

Yes. Secondary positions will be paid at 5 or 10 hours per week depending on the contract.

I am staying on campus. What should I do?

Students staying on campus should be in communication with Student Life. All students staying on campus should expect email communication from the Labor Office no later than the afternoon of Monday, March 16, with information regarding labor assignment.

I live locally. Can I still work in the Labor Program?

Yes. However, all students will be performing essential labor. You can anticipate being moved into a new department by the Labor Program Staff.

I am behind in labor hours. What should I do?

Students who are currently on Labor Probation will remain on Labor Probation through the Fall 2020 term. Students currently on Labor Probation are aware of their status. If you are not currently on Labor Probation, you will not be placed on Labor Probation for lack of hours for the Spring 2020 term.

Will the Off-Campus Summer Labor program continue?

Yes, we are planning to continue the application process for Off-Campus Summer Labor. Look for more information concerning OCSL in the coming weeks.

I don’t have a job lined up for Fall 2020. What should I do?

Feel free to contact departments you are interested in working for. The Labor Program Office will also have a list of vacancies for students to reference.

What about the Labor Experience Evaluation?

Students are still expected to complete the LEE.

Will my supervisor still give me an evaluation?

Yes. You will be evaluated on your work performance prior to your departure from campus. The due date for evaluations has not changed.

Can I get another job once I am off campus without being penalized?

Yes, if you are no longer physically working on campus, you may search for a job. Please remember: any funds earned while away from campus will be reported as taxable income and may affect your next term bill. Students physically working in the Labor Program during this time are not eligible for off-campus employment.

Can I get a refund for the unused portion of room and board and/or the meal plan?

The Administrative Committee has authorized a refund of $1,000 to residence hall students who have left campus.  The refund will be applied to the student account; if that creates a credit balance on the account, a check or direct deposit in the amount of the credit balance will be issued to the student. Students continuing to reside on campus will not be reimbursed for room/board but will continue to have access to their existing meal plan from the Dining Hall.  Students working on campus voluntarily and not residing on campus will not be eligible to continue to use their meal plan from Dining.  Students working, but not residing on campus, do have the option to eat from Dining by paying the daily door rate for walk-up customers.

Can the College provide students with financial assistance to get home?

The College is exploring ways to provide financial assistance to ensure students are able to travel home on Saturday.

I am flying home but I don’t have a ride to the airport. Is the College providing shuttle service?

Yes. Please contact Student Life for more information on securing a ride to Blue Grass Airport on Saturday.

How can students apply for summer internships during the campus closure?

The Internship Office will work remotely with students through phone appointments, email and Handshake to provide assistance, review offers and process requests for credit and funding. Under the circumstances, their guidelines have been modified.

  • Given the uncertainties that employers are facing, as well as those related to travel, internship start dates should not be earlier than June 1, except by specific exception granted by the Office of Internships. The June 1st start date will provide some time for employers to adjust and allow 4-6 weeks for interns to make their housing and travel plans after receiving any applicable funding (between April 15th and May 1st).
  • This year, students should submit their offers via email to internships@berea.edu by March 31, and then they will have until the April 14th deadline for internship proposals (which has remained unchanged) to complete the rest of the process.
  • The Internship Office encourages students who have applied for internships and are waiting to hear back, to reach out to the employer, inquire about their status, and let them know that, because everything is being handled remotely, offers are required by March 31st.