COD will not be making any adjustments to its refund policy regarding the latest COVID-19 policy.
There will be no refunds for COD students taking 16-week courses who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to undergo weekly testing.
In a personal interview on October 28, Vice President Jim Bente said: “We currently have a procedure in place for certain situations. We will follow our normal procedure. If you give up because you don’t want to get tested, no, we won’t issue a refund. The decision came after a meeting of COD directors last Tuesday.
According to Student registration calendar, 100% tuition reimbursement was available for up to eight days in 16-week courses, six days in 12-week courses, and three days in 8-week courses. For the most part, that means refunds are long overdue, except for the second 8 week course which starts October 18. Debbie Henderson, Acting Manager and Coordinator of Student Enrollment Services and the Enrollment Support Center, explained what this means on student transcripts.
“Depending on how long a student drops out of a course, if it’s within the 100% refund period, the tuition is 100% refunded, and on the transcript there is no” W “” she said. “If it’s 50% or later, that’s when the ‘W’ is in place. ”
“W” on a student’s transcript means “withdrawal”. While this does not affect a student’s overall GPA, the student will not receive any credit and may be encouraged to retake that course to receive credit.
Dropping out of a class can also affect a student’s financial aid status.
“If they are receiving financial aid, we ask that they please contact their financial aid representative to make sure they understand the impact on their financial aid,” said Henderson.
However, if a student wishes to withdraw from an in-person course this semester, they can retake that course in any format.
“Students aren’t limited to repeating a class in the same format,” Henderson said. “Yes [the student] drop out of a course on campus and want to take it back as an online course, they can do that.
Finally, Henderson wanted to remind students to check the Student registration calendar for details on deposit dates and refund information.
“It is also available in the [student] portal as well as filing dates with [a student’s] specific course. These are on the student’s schedule, so we always encourage students to look at their schedules.
Bente reported that about 1,200 students handed in their immunization cards, or about 10% of the student body. He mentioned that even though the vaccine delivery process will remain open after the October 1 deadline, students who have been vaccinated should still try to surrender their vaccination cards as soon as possible. If a student surrenders their vaccination card too late, they may still need to be tested.
Indeed, the processing, sorting and validation of vaccination cards take time. It is therefore important that students and staff hand in their vaccination cards as soon as possible. Bente said students having issues with the immunization submission process should contact student support at [email protected].
COD plans to start testing from mid-October to the end of October. In an email sent to faculty and staff, COD President Brian Caputo said Room 2000 at the Student Resource Center will be used for testing once testing begins. This means that during testing, the SRC 2000 will only be available for COVID-19 testing. Bente also confirmed that the COD will not accept test results from external sources, which means testing must be done through the school.
More information on the tests will arrive in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Bente wanted to remind students that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and requires accommodations due to isolation or quarantine should contact the Access and accommodation center.