Updates on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

SOUTHWESTERN'S COOS AND CURRY CAMPUSES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Staff will continue to assist students virtually via phone, online and email during regular business hours. 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).

Winter Term: January 4, 2021 - March 18, 2021

Most classes take place online. Similar to Summer and Fall terms, there are a handful of classes taking place in-person. Please note:

  • EVERYONE WILL BE FULLY ONLINE FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF WINTER TERM (Except for welding and dental assisting students).
  • In-person classes are starting at different times for different student groups:
    • Week one (week of Jan. 4) = Welding and dental assisting students able to return to campus; everyone else fully online.
    • Week two (week of Jan. 11) = Paramedicine, EMT, and Fire Science students return to campus.
    • Week three (week of Jan. 18) = If you are registered for an in-person class you will be able to come to campus.

Questions about your class schedule? Contact the Student Success Center: Coos (541) 888-7405 | Curry (541) 813-1667 | ssc@socc.edu.


On Campus? Face coverings required! Here is 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).    

  • 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.
  • Social Distance. It's simple! Remain at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Face Coverings. MASKS 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.

    A face covering means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth, rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth and on the sides of the face.

    Scarves, bandanas and gators are not acceptable face coverings because they allow droplets and aerosols to be released.

    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 required to be worn while exercising in the Recreation Center.

  • More details regarding Southwestern's mask policy can be found here.


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 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

Library staff are here to serve you Monday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM via email, phone, Zoom, and curbside pickup. Face-to-face services are currently suspended while Coos County is in the extreme COVID-19 risk status. Please see the library homepage for updates and further information.


All courses will be online and all advising appointments will continue via Zoom or phone through winter 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; a summary of this information may be found HERE (also linked to from the "resources" section of this site). 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 is currently closed. Visit the Recreation Center web page for updates. When the center reopens students, staff and enrolled community members must reserve a time to use the facility prior to coming in.

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

Tutoring is always available for students! For the first two weeks of winter term, tutoring is available ONLINE ONLY. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beginning January 18th, the tutoring center on the 3rd floor of Tioga Hall will be open for limited in-person tutoring (following all social distancing protocols). Please see the eLearning page in MyLakerLink for the tutor schedule. Call 541-888-1593 or email llcinfo@socc.edu for questions or appointments.

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.