COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Return to Campus – Fall 2021

This information is current as of August 20, 2021. Health and safety rules could evolve during the semester as conditions warrant, or if guidelines from the CDC, the State Department of Health, or the Orange County Health Care Agency change.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Will vaccinations be required of all students?

IVC strongly recommends, but does not require, that students be vaccinated.

Do I have to wear a mask inside?

The college requires that face masks or two-layer face gaiters be worn at all times in all indoor locations on campus. You will need to wear a face mask indoors even if you are vaccinated.

The only exception is when eating and drinking in designated indoor dining areas, where unvaccinated students should maintain 6 feet of social distance from others.

Do I have to wear a mask outside?

Masks are not required outdoors.

What do I do if I don’t have a mask, or forget mine?

Free face masks are available across campus.

What will happen if I refuse to wear a mask?

Students who fail to comply will be subject to disciplinary action through Student Services according to the Student Code of Conduct.

What if I have a medical or psychological reason that prevents me from wearing a mask?

If you are unable to wear a face mask indoors due to a medical or psychological condition, please contact IVC’s Health and Wellness Center for a verification of disability and approval of accommodations. Accommodations will require either the use of a clear face shield with a full drape to the chest or switching to all-online classes.

Why are masks required?

The SOCCCD requires masks in all learning spaces and spaces where students or external customers are served. While masking is no longer required for colleges under the CDC or State Department of Health guidelines, we have the authority to set a higher standard to protect our unvaccinated peers and students from each other and to further reduce risk of breakthrough cases.  Health and safety are still our top priority.

Can I eat or drink in class?

To ensure safety, no food or drink, including water, can be consumed while in the classroom.

What should I do to get ready each day?

All students should self-screen each day before coming to class and familiarize themselves with COVID-19 protocols. Visit our COVID-19 page for more details, along with resources if you need testing or vaccine information.

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you feel sick, stay or go home to keep yourself and others safe. Check your syllabus or contact your instructor to find out what to do to stay on top of your missed class.

What health and safety precautions will be in place?

In our commitment to the health and safety of our campus community, we will continue to ask students, faculty and staff to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and stay home if they are feeling sick. IVC will continue enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices throughout campus. Hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes will be available in learning spaces throughout campus. IVC asks that you keep yourself and classmates safe by cleaning surfaces such as keyboards and desks before and after use.

Where can I find more information about the return to campus?

Go here to view the full Return to Campus guide.

How can I get updated COVID-19 information about IVC?

We will continue to provide regular updates through email and on the IVC COVID-19 website. It is also important to take time to review the updated Student Return to Campus Guide.

We will continue to work with the COVID-19 response team and policy group to monitor case rates, positivity rates, and hospitalization data; to update recommendations for on-campus safety protocols as necessary; and to adjust course offering modality based on established community spread thresholds.

Campus Facilities

Will the campus offer food and coffee this fall?

Food and beverage services are now available on campus. IVC offers a pop-up lunch restaurant experience from FOODA under the Student Services Center (SSC) awning across from the Hart Gym. The college has set up picnic tables and umbrellas in the area and additional seating is available upstairs on the SSC patio.

Download the Fooda mobile app to order and pay for your food. Visit the IVC Food and Beverage website for hours and additional information, as well as information on the coffee cart, beverage, and snack vending. 

Will the Bookstore be open this fall?

The IVC Bookstore reopened August 9. Please visit the IVC Bookstore website for hours.

Please note: Due to possible Covid-19 limitations in the store, wait times may be longer than expected. Please check back for future scheduling updates.

Do I need a parking permit?

IVC will offer free parking through December 2021 for IVC students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Parking permits are currently not required. However, all other regulations will still be enforced, such as not parking on red curbs, in disabled spaces without a placard, on roadways, or overnight.

Starting in the Spring 2022 semester, parking on campus will be by permit only in designated spaces at all times. A valid student permit or daily permit will be required to park in student parking spaces. A valid staff permit will be required to park in staff parking spaces. Students enrolled in online or distance learning courses will still be required to display a valid parking permit while visiting the campus for exams or facility use. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to park legally. While time-restricted (green curbed) parking spaces do not require a permit, vehicles parked there will be subject to the time limitation of the marked space.

Does IVC offer a free bus pass?

IVC participates in the OCTA College Pass Program beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. This program will allow any full- or part-time credit student to ride free with a student ID on all OCTA bus routes. Please visit ocbus.com/ivc for more information.

Is the Health and Wellness Center open?

The IVC Health and Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday during the fall semester, and closed on holidays. See Health and Wellness Center website for hours.

For any non-sick visits (such as STD testing, rash, earache, female exams, etc.), call 949-451-5221 to schedule an appointment to see a health care provider. For more information, email IVCHealthCenter@ivc.edu.

The Health and Wellness Center also is available via phone and Zoom conference calls for medical and mental health needs open for currently registered IVC students. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call the Ask a Nurse hotline at 949-451-5687.

How do I use the IVC library?

This fall, the Library is offering in-person and online services for students! Visit the Library’s website for hours. In addition to in-person services, Librarians are available to answer questions online.

Additionally, the Library website provides students with 24/7 access to articles, videos, ebooks, and more. In-person hours are subject to change, so be sure to check ivc.edu/library for updates and additional research help.

Will the tutoring and learning centers be open?

The Student Success Center is open for computer/WiFi access. See Student Success Center website for hours.

The English Language Center, AESL Center, and Writing Center will offer remote services until further notice. Visit their web pages for hours and more details.

Will there be any athletic events or visual or performing arts events in the fall on campus?

Visit the IVC Performing Art Center (PAC) Calendar to see what is being planned for this fall.

Will there be any athletic events in the fall on campus?

Visit ivclasers.com to see what is scheduled for the fall and winter seasons. Women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball home games will be played on campus in the Hart Gymnasium. Men’s and women’s soccer home matches will be played at the OC Great Park. Spectators are subject to limitations as required by county health and SOCCCD policies, and based on current data as of the date of competition.

Services and Resources

I need a laptop for school. What should I do?

IVC has a laptop loan program and we are ready to assist you.

How do I get free or reduced-cost internet access?

Many service providers are providing internet access free of charge or at a reduced rate. You can learn more here.

What other kinds of help are available to me? I have other needs.

Visit our Student Resources Page to learn more about available assistance, which includes things like free food, free textbooks, and how to register for unemployment.

Academic

How has the Delta surge impacted fall at IVC?

Many of IVC’s in-person fall lecture classes are reverting to an online format temporarily while we ride out this latest surge from the Delta variant.

While we are taking steps to reduce the number of students and staff on campus due to the Delta variant, we are still diligently working to safely offer labs, athletics, and other activity courses, including opening the IVC Library and other support services this fall.

We want to assure you that as soon as we learn Orange County’s metrics have sufficiently improved, IVC will return to and expand our in-person offerings.

Whether you plan to be us virtually, in person, or a combination of the two, we want you to feel supported in achieving your academic goals and maintaining your physical and mental well-being this school year. While the rapidly changing dynamics of COVID-19 continue to challenge each of us, health and safety continue to guide the decision-making process at IVC.

What classes will be on campus when the fall semester begins?

Most lecture classes will be held virtually. Laboratory classes and many courses in the arts, athletics, and career education disciplines will continue to meet face-to-face as planned. Additionally, IVC plans to bring lecture classes back to campus as soon as Orange County’s metrics improve to a positivity rate of less than five percent countywide on a seven-day average.

How do I access my classes online?

Online learning may be conducted through Canvas, Zoom, or email. Your instructor will let you know the specifics; be sure to check your IVC email daily and set yourself up to receive Canvas and email notifications.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my class?

If you have questions about your class and how to participate in it using Canvas, please contact your instructor, who can provide this information. Your instructor’s contact information can be found on your course syllabus.

If you need help learning how to use Canvas, log into Canvas for tutorials you can watch for assistance. If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about technology, or with accessing your class online, visit Technology Services at tech.ivc.edu. You can also call the Canvas support line at 844-600-4954.

I am an international student. How do I get help?

For general questions, academic counseling appointments, or appointments with our international student advisors, please call the International Student Program at 949-451-5414 or email at iso@ivc.edu. Calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours during regular business hours, which are from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Please be sure to leave your name, student ID number, and telephone number. You also can visit the International Student Program website.

My professor is not responding to me. What can I do?

Please email the appropriate department chair or dean to see what options you have. They will try to respond back to you within one to two business days to assist you. You can view a list of department chairs and deans here.

What should I do if I have a harassment-related issue to report?

To report an issue related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation, email Anne Chua, Title IX Investigator .

For more detailed Title IX FAQs, visit here.

How do I file for or receive my degree or certificate?

Irvine Valley College has started an automatic degree/certificate awarding process. If you qualify for one or more degrees and/or certificates, you may receive a notification that you are being awarded with them. No application is necessary! You could be eligible for degrees or certificates in your primary program of study and/or additional programs that you qualify for.

However, to ensure that the degree or certificate is awarded and posted, students are encouraged to apply through MySite for conferral during their final semester. Official transcripts for any prior work must be on file at the time you apply for your degree or certificate for the coursework to be considered.

Please note that this process does not take into account courses taken outside of the district or in-progress courses being taken in the current semester. For these cases, you will need to submit necessary transcripts to Admissions and Records and manually apply for the relevant degrees and certificates.

For more information about automatic degree/certificate awarding, visit our graduation FAQs.

What is the deadline to request a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option or an Excused Withdrawal (EW)?

In response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, IVC is extending the deadline for requesting a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option or an Excused Withdrawal (EW). Visit the Pass/No Pass webpage or the Excused Withdrawal webpage for more information.

Future Student

I am interested in the Freshman Advantage program. What do I need to know?

Designed for new students who have never attended college, IVC's Freshman Advantage Program gives students the opportunity to apply early, receive an early Freshman Advantage registration time, and enroll in courses ahead of most currently enrolled IVC students.

The deadline to become eligible for Freshman Advantage occurs each spring prior to the fall semester in which you would start at IVC. Visit the Freshman Advantage website to learn more.

How do I apply to IVC?

Applying to IVC is free and easy. View the steps to apply here.

How do I submit my transcripts?

Email your high school transcripts to ivcam@ivc.edu. Include your full name and IVC student ID, if you have one.

I am an international student. How do I obtain my F-1 visa?

International students seeking an F-1 visa should visit this site for application instructions.