Frequently Asked Questions

Face Coverings

  • Yes. Face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors in shared spaces inside College facilities, including classrooms and communal spaces, and outdoors in areas where social distancing cannot be observed. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to provide their own face covering. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued guidance on how to make a homemade facemask.

Face masks are preferred, but face shields are acceptable.

Those without a face covering should refer to signs at building entry points that indicate where a face covering can be obtained.

  • Individuals who claim a medical exemption must provide proper documentation from a medical professional. Students should submit documentation to the Coordinator of Access and Disability Resources. Faculty and staff should submit documentation to the Executive Director of Human Resources.
  • Individuals unable to wear face coverings (a face mask or face shield) due to a medical exemption are encouraged to be extra cautious and required to observe social distancing guidelines and other preventative measures.
  • If an individual obtains a medical exemption that states he or she is unable to wear a face covering (a face mask or face shield), adjustments may be made to a classroom to provide proper accommodation. Adaptations may include designating a specific seating location for the individual to allow for increased distancing from others and installing a Plexiglas or other type of shield, depending on space, to add further separation.

Health Monitoring

  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms should self-quarantine and seek medical advice, including options for testing and treatment.
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms should NOT: enter facilities at any BC3 location; report to work, class or clinical assignments; or participate in any institution-sponsored events or activities. Individuals who experience symptoms while at any BC3 location should leave immediately.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate, seek medical advice and follow CDC guidance. Infected individuals should refer to CDC recommendations on duration of isolation and other precautions.

  • Students, faculty and staff should report a positive test for COVID-19. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Students, faculty or staff members who may have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow current guidance based on community-related exposure.

Additionally, students, faculty or staff members directly exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days and follow additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Classroom policies support self-quarantine by students, if needed, to mitigate any negative impact on assignments and grades based on attendance.

  • College officials will subsequently notify the Pennsylvania Department of Health and/or officials of Butler Health System and Butler County Emergency Services.

  • The number of reported positive COVID-19 tests by BC3 location and population will be posted on the College website. Required contact tracing processes will begin promptly. Those in close contact with the infected individual will be asked to follow national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

  • All BC3 locations are sanitized and disinfected by custodial staff on a nightly basis per national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

  • When prior exposure has occurred (i.e. an infected person has been at a BC3 location or in response to an increased prevalence in the community), the College may screen all students, faculty, staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature.  

  • If recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a mandatory temperature checking station will be established at a designated exterior location at the appropriate BC3 location. In order to gain access to any BC3 location, individuals will be required to stop and have their temperature checked by Campus Police or by College staff. Individuals with a temperature recorded at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter any facility on BC3 Main Campus or any BC3 location and should follow voluntary reporting protocol.

  • The College will determine whether a temporary suspension of in-person operations or instruction is warranted while ensuring the continuity of operations and instruction for all those impacted. If a temporary suspension is issued, the College will work with local public health officials, if possible, to determine when in-person operations and instruction can safely resume at any and all BC3 locations.


Custodial shifts, equipment, supplies and procedures have been reviewed and adjusted to address sanitizing and disinfecting processes that are consistent with CDC guidance and that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

All student services (i.e. registration, financial aid, tutoring, etc.) have transitioned to offer students remote options such as video meetings, phone discussions, emails, text-messages and additional online platforms.

Yes. Social distancing measures will be enforced to maintain a safe environment. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet apart where feasible. To further ensure social distancing, the College has made necessary modifications to all buildings and to indoor and outdoor facilities. In order to sustain regulatory guidance, classroom spaces, labs and communal areas should not be changed once reconfigured.

All faculty, staff and visitors must record their name, date and time of entering all buildings and by using their own writing utensil. Student attendance will be recorded by faculty in class. Students entering BC3 facilities in which they do not have a class must record their name, date and time of entering the facility and by using their own writing utensil.

Yes. These spaces will be made available corresponding with applicable operating guidelines at that time.

The Logan Café in the Heaton Family Learning Commons will remain open for limited food and beverage service. The Pioneer Cafe in the Student Union will be available for online order and pickup by faculty and staff only.

Faculty & Staff Specific

Individuals who refuse to wear a face covering may be asked to leave College property, unless they have a medical exemption.

Yes. This information will support contact tracing processes should a positive case of COVID-19 occur in the BC3 community. Faculty have the choice of using an electronic form, traditional sign-in sheets, or taking attendance verbally and documenting in writing.

Face coverings may be removed when working in an isolated office space.

Face coverings should be worn within any shared space. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet apart where feasible.

Yes. All guests must adhere to social distancing guidelines and face covering requirements.

No. Staff will follow the requirements detailed in the operating phase at the time when classes move to remote.