March 11, 2020
As a smaller college with a single location, thus far we have been able to effectively maintain a safe space.
Cogswell has taken multiple steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff including the following:
In the event there is a confirmed case or we are made aware of an exposure, we will immediately notify all constituents and outline next steps.
In the meantime, classes will continue as scheduled.
March 9, 2020
From the Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Dear Cogswell Community,
I hope the spring semester is progressing nicely. The safety of our community continues to be a primary focus of the College. With all the attention in the news media regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I ask everyone to help prevent its spread (as well as any other infectious illnesses) by observing a few simple procedures.
All entrances to the building—including the main, front entrance—will remain locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Current students, faculty, and staff must use their ID badge to gain access to the building at all times. You must wear your badge in a manner that is easily visible while on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who do not have a badge will need to check in at the front desk and be issued a temporary name tag. This name tag will be effective for 24 hours. All Cogswell guests will be required to register at the front desk. They will be issued a name badge to be worn while visiting the campus.These increased security measures will only work if we are all vigilant. Safety is everyone’s business. While on campus, please be observant of those around you. If you see someone in the building without a visible Cogswell ID or a visitor badge, please notify a member of the faculty or staff. Also, be cognizant of those around you while entering the building—do not open the doors or hold doors open for individuals without a visible ID.
Even with these safety measures in place, we recognize that emergency situations may arise. In the event that an emergency requires us to evacuate the building, please:
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Once you are accepted into a degree program at Cogswell Polytechnical College you will be issued a Form I-20.
Form I-20: The Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status is a non-immigration document authorized by the US Government (SEVP) to be issued to you by the College when you are granted admission.
Once you have met with the Embassy in your home country you must contact Cogswell's Designated School Official (DSO) to notify the school of your travel arrangements to the United States. You can do so by contacting the DSO at +1-800-264-7955, or by email at email@example.com
With this Visa, students are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA while at Cogswell and mandated to remain full time (12 credits) for the Fall and Spring semesters. Students are not required to take classes during the school breaks.
To find more information about Student Visas, visit the following web sites:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Under your F-1 Visa status you are able to arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the start of your academic program. You are required to be at the College on the date designated by the Admissions Office (Move-in day, Orientation, first day of classes, etc.). In addition, you must report to the DSO at the time of your arrival.
There are three international airports near San Jose, CA. The Mineta San Jose International Airport is 5 miles from the College. The San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland Internation Airport are about 30 miles from the College.
Once you arrive at the airport you will be required to provide your Visa, passport and Form I-20. Cogswell is accessible from both airports via public transportation. Visit www.vta.org for routes and schedules. If you are arriving in the United States before your housing contract begins you are required to find your own accommodations.