Virtual Support Services During Spring Quarter 2020
Support services are available for you during spring quarter at Highline College. See the many ways to connect with us.
The college will be waiving academic standards requirements for winter grades. Students will not be placed on academic probation or suspension due to their winter grades. We will notify you if your GPA is below 2.0, and encourage you to contact an advisor via Zoom or email if assistance is needed. The Canvas course on Academic Success will also be available for you to complete a self-assessment, and learn about additional resources. Sarah Trimm, Program Manager for Advising and Student Success, is the point of contact in the Advising Center regarding Academic Standards. Please contact Sarah if you have questions.
Students can schedule an appointment to request accommodations with Access Services Mondays–Thursdays, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. To get in touch with us, email email@example.com or call (206) 592-3857. Zoom conferencing is an option for intake/planning, accommodation updates, and check-in meetings. Phone meetings can also be scheduled.
Help from Admissions and Residency staff is available via email or Zoom for students seeking support through the admissions process. As a first step for students who want to change their residency status, students can complete an online form to request a residency status change. If needed, the Admissions team will follow up with a request for additional documentation. For those who would like additional assistance with general admission, residency for tuition purposes, program updates, outgoing transcript requests, new student orientation, and special admission into the RN program, contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a Zoom session. New students can complete orientation online in Canvas. More information is available through the Admissions webpage.
You can reach Advising and Transfer Center staff in several ways for academic advising:
- Email email@example.com for quick questions
- Schedule an appointment online via Zoom (drop-in sessions also available; waiting times may vary)
Online drop-in schedule:
- Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Highline College Bookstore physical location is closed through the summer, but welcomes online orders.
- We are encouraging students to take advantage of the online bookstore and home delivery. Shipping is free.
- Students who receive funding from an agency to cover books and supplies can also purchase online by selecting the payment form of Student Voucher.
- We are ready to provide books, school supplies and course materials such as medical and art supplies for summer classes.
Students with rental books to return can contact the store for a shipping label.
All Lancer food service operations, including all catering services, will be suspended until further notice.
You can reach CASE Center staff in several ways:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Schedule an online appointment
- Visit CASE Center to learn about free career resources available online, such as career guides and Career Coach
Virtual services available:
- Career advising, exploration and preparation
- Mock interviews
- Resume development
On-campus student employment hiring is currently on hold March 23–27. You can submit student employment referral packets to the CASE Center when campus is open.
Classrooms in all campus buildings will be closed March 23–27 for campus cleaning.
The Community and Employment Services office is closed until April 24. Staff members are available by email or phone: email@example.com or (206) 592-3526.
The Counseling Office is currently seeing students via Zoom video or audio:
Here are 10 tips to help manage stress during these trying times:
- Moderate your news and social media intake.
- If working from home or in self-quarantine, arrange your space so it’s as calm as possible.
- Create structure by keeping a regular routine. For example, keep your usual sleep schedule, continue to get ready in the morning, shower, hydrate, eat well, etc.
- Practice deep breathing exercises or other methods of meditation. Our favorite relaxation breathing technique is 4-7-8. Inhale for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, and exhale slowly for 8 counts.
- Stay connected. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation. Call, text, FaceTime, WhatsApp, even writing letters, are all good ways to stay connected.
- Engage in creative activities: dance, sing, draw, work on a puzzle, garden, write poetry, etc.
- Focus on what is in your control, and try not to focus on what is out of your control. Enduring ambiguity is very difficult. Remember to offer yourself and others grace.
- Move your body. Get creative: take a walk, dance to your favorite song, or engage in spring cleaning and recycling.
- Anxiety can bring out irritability and xenophobia. Counteract this with kindness and connection.
- Reach out for help, and offer help and support when you can.
Do you have children at home? Here are resources that offer tips for talking to them about COVID-19:
- CDC Stress and Coping During COVID-19 offers tips for supporting children
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
You can also find several mental health resources to help:
- Call 1-866-427-4747
- Text SHARE to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
- Voice: 1-800-273-8255
- Deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-273-8255
If you are seeking advising by a faculty member, use email to schedule a Zoom meeting. To find faculty advisor contact information, visit the faculty and staff directory. If you are unsure of who your faculty advisor is, request an advisor or email Briana Quintanilla, Program Manager for Faculty Advising.
Need help with financial aid? We are here to help:
- Call (206) 592-3358
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit Financial Aid for information or to set up a Zoom session
Virtual services available:
- Financial aid application assistance
- Financial aid application processing and awarding
- Scholarship processing
- Student employment assistance for work study
- Work study processing and awarding
The gym and locker rooms in Buildings 27 and 28 will be closed until further notice.
Due to recommendations from the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL-WA), in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the Highline College Library will be closed March 20–April 26.
Some building operations and services have been temporarily modified based on this closure. Other safety measures and special considerations for keeping/returning materials are in effect.
Although the physical library will be closed, Highline librarians will continue to provide virtual reference services and information literacy (IL) instruction.
- Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Find many library resources, services and updates at Library Remote Resources.
- Use our online chat service for 24/7 research assistance. Access to the physical textbooks in the library Reserve Collection will not be available.
- Access computers and printers as well as rental graphing calculator checkout at Building 30 computer labs during their limited open hours.
Faculty and Staff:
- The Library will work with instructors to provide alternative access to textbooks on reserve whenever possible.
- For questions about reserve materials for your class, email email@example.com.
- Meeting rooms 25-411 and 25-421 will be unavailable during the closure.
Circulation policy changes during the closure:
- Returning items: Books may be returned at the outside book return to the left of the main library entrance. Graphing calculators should be returned at the campus bookstore during the break.
- Fines: All fines for overdue materials accrued during this time will be reviewed and waived.
- Library material due dates: Will be extended when possible.
- Requesting physical items: At this time, and until further notice, students, faculty, and staff will not have access to any of the physical collection, including journals, books, and media. Interlibrary Loan services will be limited to electronic articles only.
Need help or have questions about student conduct or community standards?
- Call (206) 592-3354
- Email Shane Daetwiler
- Visit Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct for information or to set up a Zoom or Google Meet session
Virtual services available:
- Supporting students of concern
- Student conduct procedures
- Submission of Conduct & SAIT Reports
The Placement and Testing Center will be closed March 23-April 5.
Placement: How can I do it if the campus is closed?
Most of our placement measures can be processed or completed virtually:
- Directed Self Placement (DSP)
- ESL Articulation
- GED scores
Students who need placement should email firstname.lastname@example.org with documents or to request access to DSP or KITE. Placement advisors will send students a link to do assessments at home and schedule post-placement advising sessions via Zoom or a platform that works best for students. Any placement questions can be sent to email@example.com. Our fabulous A&P Advisors, Jon and Michael, are online and waiting to respond and support students.
Placement measures currently not available:
Accuplacer: Working on expanding their online proctor options, but won’t be ready until end of April.
MyMathTest: We are working to finalize license for remote proctor option; this should be available in the next week.
Brush-up workshops: Online option available for students now. We are designing a synchronous face-to-face workshop and one-on-one math support via Zoom that will be available April 28 through the end of spring quarter.
Testing for faculty and community: Are you still offering tests? Faculty support?
There will be no faculty testing for spring quarter. We are working with Access services to provide virtual accommodations for students who need reader or scribe services. More will be shared next week.
All community tests have been cancelled through April: GED, West B, West E, all Pearson tests, TOEFL. Students who were registered have been contacted by Pearson and will receive a refund or an opportunity to reschedule. Pearson has no online proctor options available.
TEAS test: Cancelled until April 6; will offer when campus reopens with limited hours, since nursing applications are coming soon. All students have been contacted and given the option to reschedule or refund. Highline’s RN Nursing Application deadline has been moved to May 29.
STAMP test: Can be done at home! Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to STAMPS test.
All registration dates and deadlines have been pushed back by one week to align with the new start date (April 6) for spring quarter instruction. Find new dates at Registration and Records.
To limit social contact when buildings open, try to email documents instead of dropping off hard copy forms in person. In addition to Online Student Services, for other official transactions, we will accept an email from your Highline student email account.
Beginning April 9, faculty permission is required to add a course. In place of a signature on the Add/Drop form, faculty can now email email@example.com with SID and item number to give permission for students to enroll.
Running Start advisors are now available by appointment via Zoom or email during regular hours of operation. Students can schedule an advising appointment at Running Start Bookings or by email. You can also email with general questions and to submit Running Start forms.
If you are a current Running Start student who has questions or concerns regarding submitting your Enrollment Verification form to the Running Start Office, we are in communication with high school counselors and can assist with verifying enrollment.
You can reach Student Support Center staff in several ways:
Students who have already been assigned a coach should email their coach directly.
Virtual services available for Benefits Hub, Re-Entry and WISH:
- Community Pantry services: to-go bags available beginning next week
- Eviction prevention
- Financial literacy
- Tax support coaching: Email Harrison
You can reach TRiO staff in several ways:
- Call (206) 592-3229
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit TRiO to set up a Zoom or Google Meet session and find information on using live chat or text
Virtual services available:
- Academic and transfer advising
- Book and technology loans
- Professionalism course
- Resource referrals
- Scholarship and financial aid application assistance
You can reach Women’s Programs/WorkFirst staff in several ways:
- Call (206) 592-3340
- Email email@example.com for questions and to set up a Zoom or Google Meet session
- Visit Women’s Programs/WorkFirst for more information, including a list of community resources
Virtual services available:
- Emergency funding
- WorkFirst funding