COVID-19 Updates and FAQ

COVID-19 Updates and FAQ for F-1 and M-1 Students

The International Student Program (ISP) at Chabot College is deeply concerned about the current coronavirus outbreak and sincerely hope that you, your families, and friends are healthy and safe.  The health, safety, and well-being of our International students, staff, faculty and broader Chabot College community are our priority.  We continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.  The best way to receive updated information is to check this website frequently as we will post updates here as more information becomes available.

We encourage you to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below about academic concerns, enrollment, maintaining your lawful status, travel and campus resources.   More district wide information is available on the COVID-19 Updates section on our Chabot College homepage

Guidance for F-1 and M-1 students is available on the ICE Guidance on COVID-19 and then search under  “Non Immigrant Students and SEVP Certified Schools” for Guidance Documents and FAQs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for International Students

 

Academic and Financial

Yes.  Chabot College is open and we are offering a limited number of face to face classes and in person services.  Student Services in Building 700 is open on Mondays -Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  At other times, we continue to serve students remotely.

Keeping in mind the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and based upon additional review and recommendations by our campus leadership, Chabot College will continue to move forward with our transition back plans and expect to offer approximately 65% of our Spring 2022 course offerings to be face to face or hybrid classes.

The Spring 2022 Class Schedule will be available to view online at the end of October, 2021.  To plan accordingly, you are encouraged to read the "Section Text" found on the online class schedule within CLASS-Web. It is the last column on the right.  See instructions below.

Access your class information:

  1. Go to CLASS-Web
  2. Select Term  "Spring 2022"
  3. Search "Subject" and "Campus" to find your class
  4. One you have found your class, please read the notes found under "Section Text"

Many of our online classes are a mixture of virtual content and instruction that happens via ConferZoom (Zoom), an online meeting platform available in Canvas.  Online courses will be offered either through synchronous or asynchronous instruction.  Please read the following for more information on these terms.

  • Synchronous Instruction: Some instructors are choosing to meet live online as a full class at the time the course was originally scheduled. Or, they may choose to meet online one of the days the course was scheduled and will have the remainder of the work for you to do online during your own time (see asynchronous description below).  The days and times the class will meet live online will be listed in the schedule." Read the "Section Text" for further explanation.

  • Asynchronous Instruction: Many virtual courses will not require students to attend live sessions. Students have the flexibility to move through the weekly course content by the established deadlines in the syllabus. These sections will not have times and days listed.
Many courses will be taught face to face or hybrid (having a mixture of online and a component that will be taught on our campus).  These courses will follow physical distancing and Alameda Public Health and Safety Guidelines.  Please read the section notes for these classes carefully for instructions.  Additional important safety guidelines will be sent before instruction begins.
On August 31, 2021, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees have approved two new policies mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees.  Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, students who will be taking in-person classes and students who need to come to campus for any reason, will be required to submit proof of vaccination.  Students must have their vaccination information or exemption approved before becoming eligible to register for in-person classes.
Yes, please visit our Chabot College Coronavirus Resources page and then click on “Internet Access”  for  more information.  If you have any additional concerns about online instruction or technology limitations, please notify your instructors. Instructor contact information may be found on Chabot College's Faculty & Staff Directory.
Yes. You can either begin or continue your coursework at Chabot online from your home country.  If you are a Continuing student, your SEVIS record will remain in Active status if you maintain full-time enrollment at Chabot College online from your home country. However, you must return to the U.S.A. to resume face-to-face studies as soon as the online instruction period is concluded. Please note that some online materials may NOT be accessible from countries with internet firewalls. Again, we urge you to contact your instructors with concerns about online instruction from your home country, including technology limitations or firewall barriers.
Chabot College has a Counselor with dedicated hours just for International students.  Ms. Sadie Ashraf is available to exclusively meet International students 3 hours a week at the following time in the Spring 2022 semester:
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Ashraf, please e-mail her directed at sashraf@chabotcollege.edu.  Please be sure to include your name, your Student ID#, and that you are an International student in the subject line.

Should you need assistance outside of these times, you can connect with any Counselor utilizing Cranium Café’s chat/video/audio, or by phone.  When using Cranium Café, please use Chrome or Firefox for best connection.   Visit our Counseling Services page for instructions on how to contact a Counselor.

Many instructors will be asking students to utilize Canvas and participate in Confer Zoom (Zoom) calls to continue instruction.  Confer Zoom is a tool within Canvas that allows instructors and students communicate with each other in real time.  Students can just click the Confer Zoom link at the appointed time to access this web conferencing software.  Student do NOT need to register for a Confer Zoom (Zoom) account just to participate in a session set up by an instructor.
Canvas is used for online classes.  Your username is the same as your Student ID W#.  Your password for Canvas is different from your password for CLASS-Web.  Your Canvas password is the first two letters of your given name, followed by the first two letters of your family name, followed by the last four digits of your Student ID#.  For example, Mickey Mouse with a W#10890210 would log in as mimo0210.

Zonemail is your Chabot College email account.  It’s a Gmail account.  You can find your account in CLASS-Web by clicking on “What is my email address?” link on the Main Menu.  Your email password is the same as your CLASS-Web PIN.  For assistance:

Call (925) 424-1710 or send email to helpzone@clpccdorg.mail.onmicrosoft.com
Call between 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

Visit our Zonemail Instruction and Login website for more information.

The International Student Program (ISP) and Admissions and Records office are providing services online while the campus is closed due to Covid-19.  To Email the Admissions and Records office, please use ccarcom@chabotcollege.edu from your secure ZoneMail email. They will be responding to emails throughout the day.  Submit any documents via your ZoneMail account (PDF preferred). 

When emailing, please send a detailed but brief message including your first and last name and W number.  They will respond to you as quickly as they are able.  Your patience is appreciated while we navigate this unexpected disruption to our services.  You can scan documents using a scanner or even your mobile phone.  Please see the following videos for more information on scanning documents using your phone.

 You may also use the Cam Scanner app available here:  www.camscanner.com

Please contact ISP for available resources. 

We have extended our payment deadline for Spring 2022 classes to assist you.  International students will NOT be dropped on the Drop for Nonpayment Deadline on December 3, 2021 

In addition, you may “opt out” and not be charged for your $10 Student Activity Fee and your $2 Student Representative Fee. 

The deadline to submit your forms to our Admissions and Records office is February 6, 2022 

Yes.  The Friends of Chabot College (FCC) is distributing Emergency Aid up to $500 to students in need who have been impacted by COVID-19.  Intenational students are eligible.  Applications can now be submitted online: https://forms.office.com/r/U7bKsTMFZH

 
Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Monday, October 18, 2021.This information will also be posted to the Student Services Hub in Canvas. 
 

You may put my name as the referring Staff member.

In order to make funding available to the most students, students who have received any emergency aid after January 1, 2021 through the foundation can submit an application, but will be put on the waiting list and prioritized last.

In person:
Come to the Admissions and Records Office in Building 700 on Mondays - Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to pay in person.

By mail:
You may make a partial payment by mail by sending a check or money order to the following address:

Please write your name and W# on the check along with the term (ie Spring 2022) in the Memo line and send it to:

Chabot College
Attn: Admissions and Records Office
25555 Hesperian Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94545

By credit/cebit card
If you prefer, you may make a partial payment or by credit or debit card by sending an email to Ms. Isabel Yow, Admissions and Records Assistant at iyow@chabotcollege.edu.

Please including the following in your email:

  • student name
  • W#
  • Amount paying
  • Authorizing statement.  Please write "I am authorizing Chabot College to charge $xxxx to my credit/debit card"
  • Credit/Debit card type: (for example Visa, MasterCard etc)
  • Credit/Debit card number
  • Expiration date
  • Contact information (email and phone) in case we need to follow up with you about the transaction

If you would prefer not to send your credit/debit card information through email, you may complete the above procedure with the following addition:

  • Instead of writing your Credit/Debit card number, write 'I prefer to give my credit/debit card information over the phone"  The last four digits of my credit/debit card are ...XXXX".  
  • After you send this, please call Ms. Isabel Yow at +1.510.723.6817 to give your complete credit/debit card information.  She is available most days Monday - Friday from approximately 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).  If you don't reach her, instead of leaving a message, please try calling again.

 

Campus Services

Until further notice, the International Student Program office will be avaiable for in person services on Mondays and Thrursdays during the Spring 2022 semester BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Please contact the office at least one day in advance to make an appointment.  
You may reach the Intenrational Student Program Coordinator by email at sday@chabotcollege.edu, phone at +1.510.723.6715, in person on Mondays and Thursdys by scheduling an appointment in advance, by Virtual Chat, or by scheduling an virtual appointment over Zoom.
Yes,  the Cafeteria in Building 2300 is open.   Visit the Cafeteria website for hours.
Yes, the Library in Building 100 is open.   For the Spring 2022 semester, the Library will be open Mondays - Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Visist the Library website for more information.
Yes, the Bookstore in Building 2500 is open.  Visit the Bookstore website for hours.

We recommend that you get your Chabot College photo Student ID.  You will need this to borrow items from our Library and it is useful in obtaining Student Discounts on campus and in the community.

In Person
In the Spring 2022 semester, you can get a FREE Chabot College Photo ID by coming to the Online Services Center, in Building 700 (1st Floor) at the following days and times:

Tuesdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm

By mail
You may apply for a FREE Chabot College Photo ID by sending an email to: kmetcalf@chabotcollege.edu from your Zonemail account with the following:

  1. Copy of your foreign passport biographic page,
  2. Copy of your F-1 visa (if you don't have this, send your I-94 Form)
  3. Copy of your Spring 2022 Class Schedule from CLASS-Web, and
  4. A photo (to be used for the photo ID)
  5. Write your local address

Once all documents are received, a Chabot College Student Photo ID card will be produced and mailed to you within 2 – 3 weeks.

 

F-1 and M-1 Nonimmigrant Visa Status and Health Services and Vaccines

Yes.  The tempoary guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as it relates to the online course restriction, 5 month tempoarary absence rule, issuing electronic I-20 forms has been extended for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
Yes.  During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is allowing schools to adjust their teaching methods in order to curtail further spread of the virus.   Continuing F-1 International Students who were present in the U.S.A. on Mary 9, 2020 are permitted to complete all course requirements online for the duration of this public health emergency.  More updates and FAQs from SEVP can be found at Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19
Yes, however you will need to take at least one in person or hybrid class as SEVP will not allow new F-1 students to the U.S. with I-20 Forms for "Initial Attendance" to study fully online.  
A grade of "Withdrawal" is not considered a part of your full time enrollment requirements.  Dropping below a full time course load of 12 units without prior authorization will result in termination of your SEVIS record and F-1 status.  Please contact the ISP office to ask if you are eligible for a Reduced Course Load (RCL).  Remember that an Authorized RCL must be completed BEFORE dropping below 12 units.  Please see our RCL Form here: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/international/docs/rcl%20form.pdf.  If you are not eligible for a RCL, and you are concerned about failing the course, consider changing the grading option to Pass/No Pass (P/NP).  You are eligible to change the grading option of any full term class in the Spring 2022 until February 23, 2022

First, contact the ISP and complete a Travel Endorsement Request Form and have your I-20 signed by a DSO (Sean) within the past 1 year of the date of your planned return to the U.S.A.

To ensure your safety as well as those in our community, Chabot College requests that you enter a monitored self-quarantine for 10 days upon your return to the U.S.A.  Please take this into consideration when making your return plans, especially if you have any required in-person classes.  We ask that you do not leave your home for 10 days except to get medical care and please do not physically enter the Chabot Campus during this time. Chabot College encourages students returning to the U.S.A. to maintain good hygiene practices, self-monitor for symptoms and check their temperature twice a day throughout the 10 day period. This policy is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s recommendation. 

If you wish to depart the U.S.A. and remain in your country for the Spring 2022 semester, you may do so.  If you wish to maintain your F-1 or M-1 visa status, you can do so by enrolling in a full time course load (minimum 12 units) according to the current SEVP Fall 2021 guidance on April 23, 2021 https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf.  Due to COVID-19, you are allowed to be outside the U.S.A. for even more than 5 months and still keep your status.  Please let me know if you do so by first completing our Travel Endorsement Request Form to facilitate your return to the U.S.A. Be sure to drop any in person or hybrid classes that you are enrolled in since you would not be returning. 
If you wish to return to the U.S.A. to continue your studies at Chabot for the Spring 2022 semester, you may do so.  You won’t need to submit an entire new application.  If you have enrolled in a full-time course load for the Fall 2022 semester, then you have maintained your lawful status and you can re-enter the U.S.A. at any time.  You will only need a valid passport, a valid F-1 or M-1 student visa, and a valid I-20 that includes a signature from me as a Designated School Official (DSO) within the past one year.
Q21.  I am returning home and will NOT be taking a full-time course load in the Spring 2022 semester.  Can I return to Chabot for a future term to resume my studies?

Yes.  Please first notify me of your plans for the Spring 2022 by completing our Termination/ Future Plans Form.  I will then terminate your SEVIS record for an “Authorized Early Withdrawal”.  You will then have 15 days to depart from the U.S.A.  As a reminder, you are allowed to maintain your status if you are outside the U.S.A. less than 5 months.  If you wish to return to resume your studies, you may re-enter the U.S. within 30 days of your next session start date.  Our Fall 2022 semester begins on August 18, 2022 so you could re-enter the U.S.A. up to 30 days before than or on July 19, 2022.  If this date is less than 5 months from the date your termination in SEVIS, then you can re-enter using the same I-20, and maintain your current lawful status.  To do so, please notify Sean at least one month before you plan to return to the U.S.A. so that I can request SEVP to reactivate your SEVIS record.

If your requested term will require you to be outside the U.S.A. for more than 5 months, then you will need to apply for a new I-20 and seek re-entry with a new SEVIS number.  This will mean that you need to wait at least 1 academic year (two semesters) before you are eligible to apply for off campus employment benefits such as Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT)  or Severe Economic Hardship employment since one academic year of continual status is required to apply.To reapply to Chabot College from outside the U.S.A. as a Returning student, and request a new I-20 Form, please do the following:

  1. send  an email message saying that you wish to return and indicate which semester
  2. reapply on OpenCCC if you have not been enrolled in any classes at Chabot for the past yearp
  3. pay a new application fee of $100 if you have not been enrolled in any classes at Chabot for the past year
  4. send an updated bank statement showing at least $22,300 USD from your sponsor
  5. send an updated Tuberculosis (TB) test with a negative reading performed within the last year

After receiving your completed application, I will send you a new I-20 either by mail or electronically.  Since this I-20 would be marked for “initial attendance”, you would need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee again.  The current cost is $350. 

The Student Health Center is open for in person services
September 20 - December 21, 2021
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

Onsite Medical Provider (Doctor or Nurse Practioner) will be available at the following times:

Mondays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please call 1.510.723.7625 to speak to a medical provider.  Visit Student Health Center for more information.  You may also use any of the other Tubercio Vasquez Health Centers in the area.  This is covered with your Chabot College Student Health Plan until the Chabot College Student Health Center reopens.

Yes.  The Pfzier and Johnson and Johnson vaccinces are currently available at the Student Health Center in Building 2300 (2nd Floor) on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and at other Tubercio Vasquez clinics in our community.  Please visit https://tvhc.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.

Yes.  COVID-19 testing will be available outside the Student Healther Center: Building 2300, at the following days and times:

Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines that will be accepted by Chabot College will be announced soon.  At a minimum, we expect that the vaccines that have been authorized for use in the U.S.A. by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen will be accepted.
Students are able to be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccincate mandate only for medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs.  These students will be accomodated through on-line instruction and required to wear a fitted N-95 mask while on-site at the College and they will also be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test result if coming to campus.
The District is currently estabilishing a secure system through which students can disclose their vaccination information.  This system will be compliant with HIPAA regulations and will protect their identity and information.  More information on how to sign up and submit vaccination verification will be avaialble before Spring registration opens on November 9, 2021.
Students must receive their second dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen prior to attending in person classes in the Spring 2022 semester.
Students who are attending only online classes for the Spring 2022 semester and will not be visiting campus at all, may choose not to upload their COVID-19 vaccination information.  If you need to come to the campus for any reason, however including accessing services by the International Student Program, you will need to submit proof of vaccination or be approved for an exemption

Updated October 11, 2021 12:20 PM PDT