Updates on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 


  • Staff will continue to assist students virtually via phone, online and email during regular business hours.
  • CAMPUS SERVICES ARE CLOSED NOV. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
  • Any on-campus interaction or in-person classes will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, in accordance with state and local guidance. FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED (see below for details).


Traveling over the break? Follow Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Guidelines

Southwestern's Fall term officially ends Nov. 25 (just before the Thanksgiving holiday) and classes do not resume until the start of winter term (Jan. 4, 2021). If you are planning to travel home over the break, we encourage you to carefully plan your travel using the following OHA recommendations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Before leaving: 

  • Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it soon will give it time to be more effective when you go home.
  • Avoid contact with others, especially people you don’t share living space with at school. 
  • Stay in your living space as much as possible. Switch to online learning before traveling if the school allows.
  • Get a test if you can but remember that a negative test result is NOT a free pass. Some COVID-19 tests produce a high percentage of false negatives, so even after a negative test, continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. 
  • If you test positive, stay where you are and self-isolate for 10 days. Celebrate virtually with your family or see if you can reschedule holiday plans.   

Arriving at your destination: 

  • The safest way to travel is by car and only with people you live with. 
  • Traveling by train or plane exposes everyone to a higher risk of infection. It’s hard to stay physically distant in crowded airports or train stations, and being on a plane or train increases the length of exposure to anyone who might be sick.  
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have more information on travel on their webpage

After arriving at your destination: 

  • Stay physically distant from others, even those you are staying with. 
  • Stay in a separate room from others when you arrive at your destination.
  • After returning home, quarantine for 14 days and limit your exposure to those who don’t live there, especially older adults or high-risk family members.   
  • Wear a face covering when unable to maintain physical distancing. 
  • Don’t gather socially indoors. Avoid going to bars, restaurants and parties. 
  • After quarantining, choose lower risk activities if you see people who you don’t live with, such as visiting folks outside where physical distance of six feet can be maintained. 
  • Follow all guidance for the area you where you are staying. 

Winter Term: Classes Begin January 4, 2021

Now is the time to register for winter term! Most classes take place online. Just like Summer and Fall terms, there are a handful of CTE classes (i.e. nursing, culinary, welding) taking place in person.

  • NEW STUDENTS: Click Here
  • CURRENT STUDENTS: Instructions are on your Student Home Page when you login to myLakerLink.


On Campus? Face coverings required! Here's what to expect...

First, ask yourself if you can accomplish your task virtually via phone, email, Zoom or online. Remember, our campuses are closed to the general public. If you are a student and must be on campus, come prepared to follow the below guidelines. FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED!!! If you have questions, concerns or do not believe you are able to adhere to the guidelines for any reason, contact an appropriate staff member prior to coming to campus (see contact information below).    

  1. Daily Health Check. Anyone coming to campus is required to perform a COVID-19 Daily Self-Check. Students assigned to a “Healthy Roster / SAFER Workplace” screening are expected to complete their check-ins daily:
    • Temperature check – Anyone with an elevated temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or greater is not to come on campus.
    • Symptom check – Remain home if you are ill or showing symptoms such as cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
    • Exposure check – Remain home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days.
  2. Social Distance. It's simple! Remain at least 6 feet apart. 
  3. Face Coverings. Masks or FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED statewide for offices and indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces. Not sure if a face covering is required? Keep it on! It’s best to err on the side of caution.
    • People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the college if they cannot wear one.
    • Students should contact the Director of Disability Services (541-888-1578) who will work with vulnerable students with concerns.
    • Face coverings are also required to be worn while exercising in the Recreation Center.


Need help with online classes? We've got you covered.
Click here for help. Or contact our distance learning specialist at (541) 888-1504 or elearningsupport@socc.edu.


Campus Services Fall Term 2020:

CAMPUS STORE: bookstore@socc.edu | (541) 888-7265

Virtual assistance available. Coos campus store in Coos Bay open to staff and students only. Three patrons allowed at a time. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.  – 12 noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

CURRY CAMPUS (BROOKINGS): curryfirststop@socc.edu | (541) 813-1667

The Curry Campus will be offering courses and providing services based on prescribed social distancing standards. Face covering and social distancing strictly enforced. Students and staff are to use the main doors for entry; a physical monitoring station is established there. Staff will conduct a health check for students. Hand sanitizer and a washing station will be maintained in the commons.

DINING SERVICES: kellie.neel@socc.edu | (541) 888-7189

Available for students and staff only. Social distancing strictly enforced. To-go meals only. The dining room is closed. Hours of operation:

  • Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 1:30
  • Dinner: Monday – Thursday  5:00 – 7:00
  • Brunch: Sunday, 11:00 - 1:30
  • (Closed Saturday)

LIBRARY: library@socc.edu | (541) 888-7270

Details and FAQ can be found on the library homepage. Southwestern library databases are available on and off campus. Library research assistance is available by phone, email, and Zoom. The library space will be partially open to staff and students for limited hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Two lab computers will be available by appointment for 2-hour intervals.
  • Two additional study areas will be available first-come, first-served.
  • The physical collection is unavailable for browsing. 


All courses will be online and all advising appointments will continue via Zoom or phone through fall term.

STUDENT HOUSING: housing@socc.edu | (541) 888-7635

The housing office is closed to the public and available to students by appointment only. Residents have very specific and strict guidelines and students should check their student email or the Housing Application Portal regularly. Additional details may be found on the housing website.

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (ADVISING & TESTING): ssc@socc.edu | Coos (541) 888-7405 | Curry (541) 813-1667

Advising and counseling will be offered through Zoom and over the phone. The lobby of the Coos campus Student Success Center will be closed to the public except for testing. Testing will occur after regular business hours. Testers will enter through the back door one at a time to check in and be seated for testing.


The Student Recreation Center will be closed from November 18 thru December 2, 2020 due to Oregon's statewide freeze to stop the spread of COVID-19. The center will reopen at 7:00 am on December 3, 2020. Students, staff and enrolled community members must reserve a time to use the facility prior to coming in. Visit the Recreation Center web page for updates.

TUTORING: llcinfo@socc.edu | (541) 888-1593

Starting September 14, the tutoring center is open for students both online and in-person (following all social distancing protocols). Hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. See the detailed schedule for a list of tutors available by subject, and follow the instructions below to connect with a tutor online:

  1. Click on the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/2449777118#success
  2. Tell us what subject you need help with.
  3. Get connected with a tutor!

Male nursing student wearing mask

Contacts - For enrollment and other help, please contact the following:

Southwestern Oregon Community College staff remains in close contact with state officials about the developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We urge everyone to take personal responsibility to protect your health and others: 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and lukewarm water 
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow 
  • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of illness. 
  • If you take prescription medications, make sure you have at least a two-week supply.  
  • If you have an approved Emotional Support Animal or assistance animal on campus, ensure you have enough food and medicine for it.  

Thank you for your support and sharing the responsibility for the health of our community.