Thursday, August 13, 2020
A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses
As our Downtown Campus is a partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), we know there are questions about basic operations for the fall semester. Read below for details.
Health and Safety
Just like at other Valencia College campuses, you’re required to wear a face mask while on campus and to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible. If someone is in need of a face mask, Valencia students and employees can receive one at the UnionWest first floor security desk. Face masks available at the front desk are in limited supply and are not meant as a replacement for individuals bringing their own. It’s also important to wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer, which will be provided.
Food and Beverages
While limited food services may be available, you are encouraged to bring your own food and beverages, including a refillable water bottle, if desired or needed. While we ask that you do not eat in classrooms, you may eat in-between classes while maintaining physical distance from other individuals.
Parking on Campus
Unlike other Valencia College campuses, the Downtown Campus does not offer free parking. Employees who work at the Downtown Campus must use a Downtown Campus parking hang tag, as hang tags or decals from other Valencia College campuses may result in a ticket or your vehicle being towed. Please note that permits scheduled to expire on Monday, August 31, 2020, will now be honored through Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Students may purchase parking permits from UCF for on-campus parking or use metered parking around the campus.
All Downtown Campus employees and students should acquire a Downtown Campus identification card in the Communication and Media Building (CMB) main lobby. Services are available from now until Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services between Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and the end of the fall semester will be offered Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Students may obtain an identification card after paying for classes. In most cases, students should allow two business days after paying for classes before obtaining their student ID. For students with pending financial aid that is greater than or equal to the amount due for tuition, they will be able to receive their ID card once they register for classes. This exemption also applies to VA-certified students, students with first-time pending Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals turned in by the deadline and students with other special circumstances.
Student Arrival to Campus
To welcome students to campus and help them get situated, Campus Locator stations will be available during the first week of class. At the stations, someone will be available to help students navigate the Downtown Campus and provide information about COVID-19 safety protocols. Campus Locators will be available during the following dates and times:
- Monday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 25, 2020: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 26, 2020: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 27, 2020: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.
- Friday, August 28, 2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Students may purchase course materials for Downtown Campus classes at ucf-vc.bncollege.com/shop/ucf-valencia/home. Students who take courses at other Valencia College campuses should purchase course materials for those campuses at valenciabookstores.com. Students can also find links to order their textbooks in the student detailed schedule, which is located in the Courses tab of Atlas.
We highly encourage students to access Valencia College’s virtual student services including virtual tutoring, the virtual Advising Center, the virtual Answer Center and virtual library resources. The First Stop will be open at the Downtown Campus and have limited availability to support Valencia College students. However, we encourage students to access our virtual resources for support.
On-campus housing is available this fall at UnionWest at Creative Village.
As we learn more or conditions change, we’ll share the details on this post.