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Joliet Junior College will hold all of its lecture courses online in the fall and is holding open the potential for in-person labs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
JJC President Judy Mitchell informed students and staff last week about the decision, according to a news release. The college said the plan was in alignment with the state government's plan to reopen the local economy as cases of the disease decline due to social distancing measures.
“The last two months we have lived through a lot of instability and frustration with constantly evolving information,” Mitchell said in the release. "We know there continues to be many unanswered questions, and we are working every day to further define what our reality looks like in the coming months."
While all lecture courses will be held online, some hybrid courses with a lab component could feature in-person instruction. Labs may be held in-person if the region reaches Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
That phase would allow for gatherings of 50 people or fewer and for schools of all levels to be open.
If that standard is not met, online lab simulations will be used in lieu of in-person labs, according to the release. Details will be developed by departments, deans and JJC's Academic Affairs division.
JJC also announced its 2020 commencement, which was rescheduled to August, has been postponed, according to the release. The JJC Graduate Committee is working toward a recommendation on how to proceed.
For more information, visit jjc.edu.