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Weekly News Brief | April 30, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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Many of you, using our participatory governance system, have urged the District to return to its practice of only showing preferred (chosen) first names on class rosters for students who provided this information. I'm pleased to let you know that this change will occur on May 20, in time for Summer 2021 classes. Faculty who need to verify legal first names for education-related purposes will have a new, separate process available.

Though visible only to faculty, a legal first name on the class roster might be used in a classroom setting. This could create an unwelcoming learning environment. In light of this concern, including only preferred first names is the better approach.

Throughout this year of crisis, we have all worked to do the best we can for our students and colleagues. This has involved many quick decisions and adjustments. There are times when fixing one problem creates another. We are addressing one of those situations with this action.

Thank you to our Academic Senates, Associated Student Governments, and Sacha Moore, district coordinator of equity, inclusion, and compliance, for advocating on behalf of affected students. Thank you as well to the experts who developed a lower-risk option for matching student records.

Participatory governance depends on those who voice their lived experiences as new policies and practices are considered. We all learn and better ourselves through inclusive conversations.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.



COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Update

Do I need to quarantine if I travel outside the state?

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel. If an employee opts not to get vaccinated they will need to quarantine following travel according to the current CDPH Travel Advisory.

Additional questions and answers can be found on the Coast District COVID-19 Information Website.


College News


Following more than a year of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Coast College's Recycling Center is set to reopen on Tuesday, May 4. The Center will be open from Tuesday until Saturday, and closed on Sundays and Mondays. Masks will be required for all employees and patrons, and social distancing of 6 feet or more must be observed. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, all materials, including donated materials, must be sorted before the Recycling Center receives them, including bottle caps removed from all bottles. Additional safety measures include the availability of hand sanitizer for customer use and sanitation procedures for high-touch surfaces. Read the full story and get operating hours here.


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Schedule, Week of May 3

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District: Monday through Friday