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PCC Faculty Association Protest Canceled

Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 3:33 pm
 

A planned protest by the Pasadena City College Faculty Association calling on the PCC Board of Trustees to declare an emergency and return to remote instruction has been canceled.

A reason was not given for the cancellation.

The association planned to meet near the reflection pool on Friday and issue its demands which were spurred on by concerns about the safety of students, faculty, staff, and the community at large given the large number of face-to-face classes scheduled for the Fall 2021 semester at Pasadena City College.

The association was also demanding that the board order the reinstatement of temporary Form Ds, which would enable a return to remote instruction, and that non-instructional faculty be given the opportunity to work remotely off-campus.

In the library and other workspaces, including but not limited to the success centers, the district shall employ additional resources such as cadets to monitor access to the library and compliance with all safety measures.

Form D allows classes to be taught online or by hybrid methods, but not all classes have valid Form Ds.

In an email sent to Pasadena Now Wednesday, the college was described as an “outlier” compared to other campuses, including Chaffey College, Mt. San Antonio College, CSU campuses, and Citrus College, which one person said are moving forward with nearly all online courses.

The Board of Trustees on Wednesday passed an MOU that will ban unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty from campus starting Sept. 30.

“Students who are not fully vaccinated by Sept. 30, 2021, will be dropped from all their face-to-face classes,” according to a Fall Semester 2021 Return to Campus Agreement.

“Faculty, who are not exempt and who choose not to be vaccinated, shall be placed on unpaid leave for the duration of the semester in which they are unvaccinated, not to exceed two semesters with board approval,” the agreement states.

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