Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Reviewed & Updated: 10/19/2020

Austin Community College continues to monitor recent developments of coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond as needed to ensure the health and safety of our community. The latest updates, announcements, and frequently asked questions will be posted here as decisions are made.

COVID 19: ACC's Promise

"We are applying lessons learned to become more effective and better prepared. The transition back will be gradual. It will be a team effort that requires our continued flexibility, ingenuity, and commitment to student success." — Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC Chancellor

Updates & Announcements

Beginning October 26, ACC will open three locations for students to access on-campus computers and individual study areas. To ensure your continued health, safety, and well-being— these locations will be limited to 25% capacity. Students will be required to reserve space by appointment within ACCelerators at Highland and Round Rock campuses, as well as library space at Hays Campus. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. To support studying for finals, appointments will also be available on two Saturdays, December 5 & 12, from 9 am to 4 pm. Students may reserve two-hour appointments online.

Plans are still being developed for the spring semester and updates will be posted here. Most classes will remain online and most employees will continue to work remotely, but the college will gradually scale-up hybrid learning opportunities for courses that require face-to-face components as the situation allows. Visit the Return to Campus Timeline for more information.

ACC updates the reports weekly. Since reopening July 6, there have been 7 employees and 12 students who have self-reported testing positive for COVID-19. There remain no cases of transmission on campus. See the full report here.

ACC's new health screening app is now available. The app allows you to self-screen for COVID-19 before coming to campus. Get the app here

All who come to ACC campuses and centers are required to follow new health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and better ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. Requirements include wearing your ACC ID badge, facial coverings/masks, social distancing, and health screenings. Please view the complete list of health and safety protocols before coming to campus.

ACC's Health & Safety Protocols Training video is available here. It is recommended that you view the video before coming to campus.

ACC campuses remain closed to the public. Non-essential faculty and staff are encouraged to stay home and work remotely through the summer. Campuses and centers are open only to students attending in-person classes and essential faculty and staff. See the latest campus hours of operation for additional information.

A full menu of student support services is provided online. See Student Resources for more information. Students who submit the Student Technology Access Form and indicate they need help accessing their online learning environment are eligible to check out an ACC iPad. See Tech Distribution.

In response to COVID-19-related campus closures, Austin Community College now provides free, secure drive-up WiFi to students and employees at all campus locations. WiFi may be accessed from the parking lots seven days a week, 7 am to 11 pm.

Federal CARES Act Student Aid funds are limited and not guaranteed. Applications are now being accepted for students enrolled in fall 2020 courses. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. You may also access additional community resourcesACC scholarships and Financial Aid. 

Help Prevent Illness

You can help prevent the spread of illness and reduce the impact on our community by taking common precautions:

  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowded areas and keeping 6 feet of distance from others. Groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a facial covering/mask in public.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if exhibiting respiratory symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, or fever until you are fever-free for 72 hours (3 days) without the aid of medication. Contact your healthcare provider and notify your instructor or supervisor.

Visit How to Protect Yourself for more tips from the CDC.