PRESCOTT COLLEGE UPDATES.

Here is some information about what to expect.


March 23, 2020

The Spring 2020 graduation ceremony is being reconfigured.  For the safety of our community both near and far, there will be no face to face gathering in Prescott in May.  Students from all programs will have the option of engaging in the virtual ceremony on the previously scheduled date in May or waiting until it is again safe to travel and gather when we will celebrate graduates in person.  In both cases, we will stay true to centering the ceremony on student voices and the values of Prescott College.  We will be updating you via the Prescott College Graduation page as plans emerge. 


March 23, 2020

State and federal decisions are being made which could dictate whether or not we will have the ability to continue to offer housing.  At this time, we are not mandated to close down housing and we are not making efforts to do so.  As we discussed, this could change.  As many have, you may make the decision to go home to ensure your ability to travel and have access to different resources. If this is an option for you, please do so.   We understand that for some of you, this may not be an option.  Please discuss with your families what the best choice is for you. 

For individuals staying in the residence hall, please take an active step in social distancing.  

  • Do not enter a suite or residence that you do not reside in
  • Guests are no longer allowed in the Village
  • Do not gather inside or outside in groups larger than 10
  • Stay 6-10 feet from one another
  • Lessen your frequency at the grocery store to one time per week
  • Clean your shared kitchens like your Grandma is visiting.  
  • If you are sick, begin to feel symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19 , self isolate, and email Megan Letchworth so that we can properly help you isolate.

Please take a moment to look at this and share it with your friends.  Though it is challenging and might feel like an eternity, it is a relatively short period of time for you to choose to make a great impact on the course of this virus and our community.  Your actions now will contribute to your ability to engage in all of the things you are aching to do and when that can happen again.  


March 19, 2020

This is an update of what was discussed at the Town Hall meeting with on-campus undergraduate students on March 18, 2020. As colleges across the U.S. are all dealing with the challenges presented by COVID-19, our highest priority is protecting our students, staff, and faculty and the communities in which we live and learn. Our response and decision-making around the COVID-19 crisis are guided by recommendations from the CDCWHO, and our distinctive educational mission. This means assuring the continuity of education for our students—on-campus or at home—and continuing to offer a distinctive, experiential education even while we have no choice but to go online.

At this point,  housing remains open for students who elect to stay on campus.  For students who choose to leave, housing charges will be prorated towards a future term or reimbursed after all other expenses have been reconciled this spring, and meal plan balances will be rolled over to the next term. An email has been sent to students with instructions on how to request a refund and facilitate the shipment of personal belongings left on campus. Please note that it will take us some time to process all requests and we ask for your patience in this process. Here is the form to fill out if you are moving out or need your belongings packed up.

As we transition to a 100% online format, courses will continue in a highly personalized manner with direct access to faculty and student support services. While individual course fees will be reviewed and prorated on a course-by-course basis, tuition will remain the same to cover the faculty teaching and advising you will continue to receive.  

Work-study supervisors may assign tasks that can be completed at a distance  Individual departments will ensure the continuation of work-study and the management of awards wherever possible. If you have questions regarding your work-study position and ability to continue to be paid, please contact richard.ormond@prescott.edu.

In collaboration with Doss, students are planning commencement activities. Please share your thoughts and ideas here stephanie.doss@prescott.edu

Please contact dept_student_union@prescott.edu to share questions, and ideas with your elected student leaders.

Finally, we encourage you to share these updates with your parents—please invite them to sign up for the latest news (see the "Subscribe To Our Email Updates" tool when loading this webpage).

Be safe and well.


March 18, 2020

Below you'll find information pertaining to your housing needs, regarding your residency plans for the remainder of the Spring term. If you need mail forwarding, please use this form.

Students who are checking out this week

If you are checking out this week, we are offering an express check out process. Please drop your mailroom key and room key off to the housing office. There is a drop box outside with envelopes and instructions. We will do damages inspections in 5 business days and you will be contacted about your refund and deposit. In general, if you decide to leave this week we will be refunding half of the housing amount for your room to your account since we are halfway through the term. If you have no damages your $250 housing deposit will be returned to your account. If you have lost your key please fill out the envelope anyway and lost key charges will come out of your deposit. Any unused meal plan dollars will roll over to next fall. If you plan to leave your vehicle please let us know on your key envelope.  If you are checking out this week you must move your belongings out.  Many places are offering discounts for storage. We will be moving students around next week so there are fewer bodies in each suite. Please utilize the free wardrobe for items you wish to donate. As much as possible try to leave items in neat piles. If you need cleaning supplies please contact your RA and they can assist in providing additional cleaning supplies for your suite.

Students who are still at home and do not want to return

Many of you have let us know that you are considering not returning. Here is the form so you can let us know that officially. We will waive any break of contract fees during this time. We are also going to be offering a service to pack and ship your belongings. Each box will be a flat rate of $60. The box size is 20"x20"x15". After we pack your things we will let you know the total amount of boxes and will provide an invoice to the mailroom. You can call the mailroom and pay by phone. Once that happens they will release the items for shipping.  If you decide to stay away for the remainder of the term this week we will be refunding half of the housing amount for your room to your account since we are halfway through the semester.  We will do damages inspections in 5 business days and you will be contacted about your refund and deposit. If you have no damages your $250 housing deposit will be returned to your account. If you have lost your key please fill out the envelope anyway and lost key charges will come out of your deposit. Any unused meal plan dollars will roll over to next fall. If you plan to leave your vehicle please let us know. If you choose to not have your items shipped please know that we reserve the right to box and move your items as necessary. We will be moving students around next week so there are fewer bodies in each suite.

Students who are away, but plan to return

If this is the case please email housing@prescott.edu to let us know that you plan to return to campus. If you are coming to gather your belongings and move out please see the "Checking out this week" paragraph. If you plan to move back to campus to stay for the rest of the term please read "Staying on campus"

Students staying on campus

Cool. We love you too. As people are deciding to leave campus for the rest of the semester we will be making a plan to spread folks out a little more so there are fewer bodies per suite. Please be patient with us during this time while we are working with the folks who decide to leave. We will be in contact regarding the processes to move next week. If you are in a cottage and your space will be mostly empty by next week (talk with your roommates) please start preparing your belongings. We may ask some of you to move to the Village so we can work with folks who need to be quarantined.  


March 17, 2020

Last week we sent out announcements explaining that we would be going online with On-Campus Undergraduate courses for 2 weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18.  In reviewing best practices, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services, and potential impacts on our communities, Prescott College has decided to extend all OCU classes online until the end of the semester. 

On-Campus Undergraduate Students are invited to attend the Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Prescott College President John Flicker March 18th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. We look forward to responding to your questions tomorrow and exploring together how online courses this spring can best integrate experiential learning PC-style.

Prescott College housing will remain open for those who choose to stay and essential services will continue to be provided to students who remain with us on campus.

Although this shift in learning has been extended, the college continues to remain open with some restrictions. This includes the ITV classroom, library and food to go from the Café.  Advising and learning support will continue to be offered online.

Prescott College has canceled all public events on campus and will be following guidance in social distancing, conducting meetings and activities online and following guidance on gatherings of 10 and fewer.


March 12, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

Prescott College’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, our employees and our community. At this time, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Prescott is low, and there are no confirmed cases in Yavapai County.

We know that many members of the PC community have been traveling this week during spring break to parts of the country and world where there may be community spread of COVID-19. Like many colleges and universities in the U.S. Prescott College is elevating efforts to minimize the transmission in our community. 

Employees and students who are unable to travel back to campus due to illness or travel complications are urged to stay home.  

Accordingly, we are delaying the start of On-Campus Undergraduate classes to Wednesday, March 18, and moving from in-person instruction to online instruction wherever possible for a minimum of 2 weeks (March 16-March 30). 

  • All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction. Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the college will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction.
  • The college remains open. Residence Housing, Student Services, Café services, counseling services, and business offices at the college remain open. 

On-Campus Students, please submit this form to report whether you will be traveling back to campus or remaining away at this time.

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public or private institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know and what we can anticipate based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at the current time.


March 11, 2020

As of now, the Arizona Department of Education is not recommending closures to schools. We currently have no cases of Covid-19 on our campus or in Yavapai County.  The Risk Management Team is continuing to monitor communications from the CDCArizona Department of Health, peer institutions and government agencies as we take steps in responding to the emergent concerns regarding Covid-19.  

In response to potential illnesses and travel delays, we will be allowing those OCU students who are unable to travel back to campus, continuity in access to their academics.  As of March 16, all classes will be offered in hybrid delivery. Michelle Whitman and An Pfister will be available for elearning support.  The college will remain open and face to face instruction and all functions of the college will continue.  

Staff and Faculty who are ill or experiencing travel constraints should contact their supervisors and contact hr@prescott.edu for any questions or concerns regarding sick leave.  

Revisions have been made to the student attendance policy in response to CDC guidance and concern over the spread of Covid-19.