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Classes & Academic Resources

Winter classes will all be held remotely and begin December 21, 2020 and January 4, 2021. Spring Semester begin January 25 for both 8-week and full semester classes.  Note:  The first week of Spring classes will ALL be held remotely. Those few classes that are scheduled to be face-to-face on campus will be remote until February 1. After February 1, they will meet on campus. 

Have questions? Talk with an enrollment specialist - appointments may be requested through the Virtual Kiosk or by calling (315) 786-2437.

No. The  vast majority of Spring semester classes will be held remotely. Only a small number of classes will be held in-person, on campus.  HOWEVER, those in-person on-campus classes will be held remotely for the FIRST WEEK ONLY (January 25-29) in accordance with SUNY guidelines.  Beginning February 1, they will be held in-person on campus.

Sure! There are lots of ways to meet with admissions staff. Admissions, financial aid and education planning staff are available for online and in-person appointments. Appointments may be requested through the Virtual Kiosk or by calling (315) 786-2437. We look forward to meeting you in a safe and healthy environment. For this reason, all in-person appointments must be scheduled in advance; no walk-ins will be permitted at this time. When your appointment is confirmed, you will be advised as to the process for when you arrive on campus. Face coverings and social distancing are required. 

Another great way to learn more is by attending a virtual open house via Zoom and talk live to a staff member for info on enrollment, programs, financial aid, living on campus, and so much more!  The next virtual open houses is designed for military students and is scheduled for December 10th.   Contact with any questions.

Registration for Spring 2021 classes is open.  No Pins  are required for registration. All students enrolled in Fall semester can register for winter and register for spring classes.  New to Jefferson?  Applying is free!  Learn more today.

Spring semester courses will be delivered in many different ways: live through web-conferencing, fully online, or a mix of formats. In addition, a few classes, such as those requiring hands-on (for example culinary and nursing), will be offered in person. Some of these methods are synchronous and some are asynchronous.

Remote learning is any that takes place off Jefferson’s campus and not in person. It can include, live online instruction, pre-recorded online instruction, or a combination of both. A fully online class is held asynchronously where you access course materials via the internet and study at the times that are most convenient for you, while adhering to timelines and deadlines provided by your instructor.

Synchronous means the course will be taught “live” by the instructor during the meeting days and times specified in the schedule of classes. You need to be available during those days and times to l participate in the class and interact with your instructor and classmates.

Asynchronous is when an instructor does not require you to meet at the specific days and times stated in the class schedule. The instructor will give you a timeframe to complete assignments, but you manage when you set aside time to do this.

In the course schedule you will see a column labeled “Campus.”  The code in this column tells you how the course is being offered.

Depending on the course, you might see M, ONL, LIV, ONL, BLN, HYB, CTA, FTD, or LEW in the column labeled Campus when you look at the schedule.

Campus format for classes as seen when creating class schedule

M: The classes are expected to meet in person on the Jefferson Community College campus. Actual class meeting dates, days, times, and location will appear on the class schedule for these classes.

ONL:  These classes will meet fully online (asynchronously) using the Blackboard. In an asynchronous format, you manage when you view materials and study; there is not a set time.

LIV: These classes will meet live / synchronously at the times listed in the schedule using either the web-conferencing application of Collaborate or Zoom.  You will access these through the Blackboard course associated with your class.

HYB:  These classes are offered in a hybrid format.  Some class work will be completed in-person on campus and some will be completed remotely using Blackboard.  Class meeting dates, days, times, and location will appear for the part of the course offered synchronously online.

BLN: These classes are offered in a blended format.  Some class work will be completed synchronously/live online though web-conferencing applications of Collaborate or Zoom and some will be completed asynchronously online using Blackboard.  Class meeting dates, days, and times will appear for the part of the course offered synchronously/live.

CTA: This is a special code used for classes that are registered for by members of the military, veterans, and some military dependents.  Students in these classes register through a military portal. These sections are NOT open for registration by the general college population. 

FTD: Typically, these classes are offered on Fort Drum and to take these classes, students need to have an Army issued pass to access the installation. NOTE: For the Fall 2020 semester, these classes will be offered remotely.

LEW: Typically, these classes are taught at the Lewis County Educational Center. NOTE: For the Fall 2020 semester, these classes will be offered remotely.

For in-person, on campus classes you will see the name of specific campus buildings/rooms such as CLC, Dulles, East Hall, ELC, Gregor, Guthrie, Jules, and McVean.  For online, blended and hybrid classes you will see different language as described below.

FULLY ONLINE means the entire class, or part of the class, is being offered asynchronously on Blackboard. In an asynchronous format, you manage when you view materials and study, there is not a set time.

LIVE ONLINE indicates the part of the class that is offered live using a web-conferencing application such as Collaborate or Zoom. You attend these classes remotely through web-conferencing at the days and times indicated in the class schedule.

SELF HIKE is used for PED 194 hiking classes to indicate the expectation for significant hiking on the part of the student.

Class location as seen on when created class schedule

Students should plan on live web conferenced lectures (synchronous) for most science classes this fall. A few science lectures will be a combination of live web conferenced (synchronous) and asynchronous online learning.  For labs, instructors will choose from a variety of methods to deliver lab content, such as simulations, live demonstrations, and videos. In many cases, select labs will be held on campus. The instructors will communicate which dates the specific individual labs will be held on campus. Many laboratory courses will hold 3-5 labs on campus with the remaining labs held remotely. 

Blackboard is a tool that allows faculty to add resources and conduct class discussions online. PowerPoint, Word documents, video, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and added into Blackboard courses for students.

Just because a course is offered remotely, does not mean it is fully online (fully asynchronous). Instructors may choose to hold class meetings either on campus or using Collaborate or Zoom on the days and times stated in the schedule, so scheduling classes whose times conflict is not possible.


Once you have signed up for classes you will be enrolled in a Blackboard course called Student Orientation. It is a great resource for learning how to use Blackboard and to be a successful learner in a remote format.

It is best to register for your classes now to ensure your spot. Register for classes you are most likely to attend under your current situation. Only register for in-person classes if you are able to attend in-person.

Register for courses you are most likely to attend under your current situation. Only register for in-person classes if you are able to attend in person. If you need to make changes to your schedule after you have registered, please contact your faculty advisor or an educational planner for assistance.

Please reach out to your college faculty advisor or educational planner for further guidance.

Not really, it just looks different! The five days you normally get off for Spring Recess will be redistributed as one day off per week for 5 weeks.  Please see the Academic Calendar for full details.

This is an evolving public health situation and as internship and clinical sites communicate with us, we will have more specific information. In most cases, we anticipate that internships and clinical hours will continue as they would ordinarily. Contact the appropriate department chair or your instructor for more information or if you have concerns.

Faculty are developing a schedule of classes to ensure students can complete programs that require hands-on work and simulations (such as culinary arts, health professions, science labs, arts, etc.) as efficiently as possible given social distancing requirements.

Classes that were originally scheduled to meet in-person are, at minimum, continuing to meet “live” using web-conferencing for at least half of the originally scheduled class times. Many are still meeting “live” for the entire course. Please be assured that our faculty and staff are committed to helping you successfully complete your course requirements. Here are a few tips:

  • Communicate regularly with your professors for input, tips, and suggestions.
  • Use academic support resources such as tutoring.
  • Create discussion groups or virtual study groups with classmates -- they can be great resources as you work together to succeed in a course!
  • Speak with your faculty advisor about more options.

We encourage you to talk with your instructor or faculty advisor before withdrawing from a course to avoid unintended impacts to financial aid or your degree requirements.  Please see the previous FAQ for tips to be successful in an online format.

We don’t know yet. We are working closely with Jefferson County, SUNY and state health officials to determine when and how to return to in-person classes.

Yes, the library is currently open for students as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am to 4:45 pm

SUNY Student ID must be presented. The library is also open to students from our Higher Education Center partner colleges.

Library materials can be returned to the drop box located in the first floor lobby of the Deans Collaborative Learning Center, Bldg. 15. All returned materials will be quarantined for 3 days as per Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub.