Indian Hills Community College is committed to providing COVID-19 Dashboard data. Data will be updated Monday-Thursday and reflect the testing results from the previous 7 days. The COVID-19 Dashboard reflects testing completed at its Test Iowa Education Sites. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to test through the Ottumwa Main Campus Site available Monday-Friday 10:00-11:00 AM or at the Chariton Valley Medical Center in Centerville. Individuals testing at the Ottumwa Main Campus can drive or walk to the testing site at Wapello Residence Hall from 10:00-11:00 AM. There is no need to call for an appointment. Individuals testing in Centerville at Chariton Valley Medical Center should call the facility and schedule an appointment. The link to complete the Test Iowa Assessment is sent to students, faculty, and staff weekly. Please check your Indian Hills Community College e-mail to complete the required assessment prior to testing. Please review our COVID-19 Flowchart.
November 16, 2020
While we know that moving to Live Virtual Learning (LVL)(Zoom) format for all lecture activities is the best option for the safety of all students, faculty, and staff at Indian Hills, we also know that moving to LVL may present a hardship for some of our students.
We are committed to helping students transition to the LVL format, and have staff ready to assist you. If you have questions or concerns about LVL classes, please complete the COVID-19 LVL Assistance Survey. Indian Hills will work with each student to address any questions about this change.
October 7, 2021
Indian Hills Community College (Indian Hills) has completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (CARES)
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which was signed in to law on March 11, 2021 provides funds to institutions of higher education. These emergency grants are used to assist with any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the COVID -19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care.
With the proclamation of the American Rescue Plan, Indian Hills was eligible to receive $3,693,247 in funding. One of our first decisions was determining that we wanted to provide this funding to enrolled students across several terms. The information below outlines Indian Hills’ rationale, decisions, and processes for distribution of the ARP funds to students for expenses related to COVID-19 for the 2021 Summer Term. We will continue to update this narrative as we process funds to students during our Fall, Winter and Spring terms.
- Indian Hills determined that we would take a multi-faceted approach to awarding the funding. Our first process was to provide a portion of the ARP funding as quickly as possible to a large group of students. We also determined that we would like to reserve a portion of monies in order to provide additional funding, via an application process, to students who did not receive the automatic funding. Students who received the automatic disbursement were not eligible to apply for additional monies for 21/SU term funding.
- We asked our Information Technology staff to provide us with a listing of students that were enrolled in a degree seeking program in our 21/Summer term as of July 16, the day after the last drop date for 21/Summer. This listing included the student’s FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The initial list included 887 students.
- The list was then reduced to only students with EFC of $10,000 or less, which included 527 students. These 527 students were awarded $70 for every credit hour they were enrolled in as of July 16th. This resulted in a total of $305,375 that was awarded to students. Checks were processed and mailed on Thursday, August 5th, 2021.
- On Monday, August 9th, students who did not receive the automatic funding were sent an email with a link to the CARES application, in which they could apply for Summer Term CARES funding. These students were also awarded $70 per credit hour based on their enrollment on July 16, 2021.
- From August 9th, through September 14th, 2021, applications were reviewed. Fifty students who did not receive the automatic disbursement submitted applications and were approved to receive $70 per credit hour for a total $26,740.
- As of September 30, 2021 Indian Hills has distributed $332,115 to 577 students.
October 6, 2021
October 6, 2021
July 8, 2021
Indian Hills Community College has completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (CARES)
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) which was signed in to law on December 27, 2020 provides funds to institutions of higher education. These emergency grants are used to assist with any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise do to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care.
- With the proclamation of the CRRSAA Act, Indian Hills was eligible to receive $1,099,829
in funding for students. We determined that we would take a multi‐faceted approach
in awarding the funding with our first focus being to provide a portion of the CRRSAA
funding as quickly as possible to a large group of students. We also determined that
we would like to reserve a portion of monies in order to provide additional funding,
via an application process, to students
with greater or continued need.
- We asked our Information Technology staff to provide us with a listing of students that were enrolled in a degree seeking program in our 21/Spring term as of the capture date, which was March 10, 2021. This listing included the student’s FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The initial list included 1,448 students.
- The list was then reduced to only students with EFC of $10,000 or less, which included
949 students. Students were awarded as follows:
- EFC 0 ‐ $1427 received $1200 – 573 students = $687,600
- EFC $1428 – 2854 received $900 – 82 students = $73,800
- EFC $2855 – 4282 received $600 – 65 students = $39,000
- EFC $4283 – 5712 received $300 – 77 students = $23,100
- EFC $5713 – 10,000 received $200 – 152 students = $30,400
- A total of $853,900 was awarded to a total of 949 students in the initial distribution. On Thursday, April 8, 2021, checks were processed and mailed distributing the first round of funds. We developed the application for additional funding for students with greater need and posted it to our website on April 19, 2021. An email was sent to all current degree seeking students letting them know about the application availability.
- From April 19th thru June 30th, 2021, Indian Hills has awarded an additional $241,054 in funding to students in need via the application process.
- Thru June 30, 2021, Indian Hills has awarded $1,094,954 to 964 students from HEERF II funding.
- As of July 31, 2021, Indian Hill has awarded $1,099,829 to 1003 students from HEERF II funding. This will expend our total student allocation of HEERF II funding.
July 8, 2021
June 30, 2021
April 7, 2021
January 8, 2021
October 28, 2020
October 8, 2020
As of September 30, 2020 Indian Hills has awarded $1,099,829 in CARES Act funds directly
to students impacted by COVID-19. These funds represent the entire allocation Indian
Hills was eligible to receive for this piece of the CARES Act. Indian Hills had approximately
1,653 students enrolled during the spring term and we awarded 1,182 eligible students
CARES Act funding based solely on the number of credit hours they were enrolled.
We also utilized an application process for students needing additional funding and
were able to provide 195 students much needed additional funding.
August 13, 2020
Since late June, Indian Hills has provided an additional $200,454 in Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
to approximately 80 students. To date, Indian Hills has disbursed $1,092,847 in CARES
funds directly to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations
due to Coronavirus.
July 9, 2020
Indian Hills has applied for and will be eligible to receive $1,099,829 in Institutional funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act.
To date Indian Hills has requested and received $555,516.97 in funding. These funds have been used to reimburse the College for refunds made to students for tuition, housing and meal plans. Additionally, the College has asked for reimbursement for expenses related to moving to online delivery of classes, i.e. additional Zoom licensing and increased Wi-Fi capabilities along with other technology related hardware/software products. These items and others are all in preparing for, preventing and responding to disruption caused by COVID-19.
JUNE 25, 2020 UPDATE
Indian Hill Community College is continuing to provide students with much needed funding
through our CARES application. As of late June, we have processed an additional $146,648
to 107 applicants that have utilized our CARES application!
APRIL 30, 2020
Information regarding Indian Hills Community College’s rationale, decisions, and processes for distribution of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Economic Relief Fund (HEERF) funds to provide students with emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 can be found here. Click here to see more.
Indian Hills Community College has received $1.1 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address the financial need that students face because of disruption in college operations due to COVID-19.
According to federal guidelines, these funds must be distributed to credit students who are eligible for federal financial aid and were not enrolled exclusively in an online program.
Indian Hills will distribute the first round of funds in the following way:
- Students enrolled in credit courses in the spring term and who are eligible for federal financial aid will receive a check from Indian Hills CARES. The amount of this check will be based on $65 per credit hour for the number of credits in which the student was enrolled as of March 13, 2020.
- These checks will be mailed on April 30, 2020 to each eligible student’s permanent address.
- Students should use the Indian Hills CARES funds to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, transportation, and childcare.
- Students who believe they may be eligible but who have not completed a FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid), should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA (Indian Hills School Code: 008298) as soon as possible. Eligible students will be
contacted by the Financial Aid department within three business days.
- Students may receive help in filing the FAFSA by calling the Educational Opportunity Center at 641.683.5315 or emailing email@example.com.
Students who feel they have additional financial need caused by the disruption in college operations due to COVID will have the opportunity to apply for additional funds. The Indian Hills CARES application will be available starting May 6, 2020.
january 20, 2021 UPDATE
Students should understand and acknowledge that given the unknown nature of COVID-19, it is not possible to fully list each and every individual risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the College may result from the actions, failures to act, or negligence of one’s own actions or the action of others.
By voluntarily choosing to return to the Indian Hills Community College campus under these conditions, students commit to following the College’s protocols, procedures, and requirements described in this policy. Students should understand that failing to comply with these safety expectations, precautions, and limitations puts all students, faculty, and staff at risk and may be subject to disciplinary action.
When addressing violations of the College’s COVID-19 policy, the primary approach will be educational. In situations where a student may have accidentally, unintentionally, or carelessly violated a COVID-19 policy, which could put other members of the Indian Hills community in greater risk, students will typically be reminded of the COVID-19 policy, and encouraged to reflect on how their behavior may be impacting Indian Hill’s commitment to the common good through a conversation with the Director, Student Life or Associate Dean, Student Development. If at any time a student becomes unwilling or unable to abide by the commitments outlined in this policy, a conduct referral will be submitted to the Student Development Department.
However, students should also understand that the College will not tolerate deliberate, reckless, or repeated disregard of the COVID-19 policy. The health and wellbeing of the entire Indian Hills community is all of our responsibility. Students who engage in conduct in deliberate, reckless, or repeated disregard of the COVID-19 policy will have forfeited the privilege to be on campus and will be removed from campus housing and will be restricted from accessing all campus facilities.
The Student Development office will review all allegations of COVID-19 policy violations, to determine if a violation has occurred and if appropriate, remove a student’s eligibility to remain in campus housing and/or refer the student to the College student conduct process. A student’s parents may also be contacted regarding violations of the COVID-19 policy.