Resources – Students


Student Needs

Open Study Spaces

Cypress College is providing a new, safe study space on campus for students to use throughout the fall semester.

The study space will be available Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  Make a mandatory appointment in two-hour blocks using the college’s Cypress Connect app. If you haven’t downloaded the app already, please download it here.

To complete your reservation time, please go to our COVID-19 module within the mobile app. Next, complete the required Wellness Check Form, also located in the COVID-19 module in the app, each time before coming onto campus. Wear a mask while on campus and maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. with others.
Additional guidelines are available below:

I made an appointment. How do I access the study space?
You may enter the study space using the designated access area from Lot 1 through Gateway Plaza only.

Will charging outlets be available?
Limited charging outlets will be available in the study space. It is strongly recommended that you charge all of your devices prior to coming on campus.

Will I be able to use the restroom while on campus?
Yes, there will be designated restrooms and hand-washing stations for use. You must wipe down or spray each area touched after each use.

Can I eat while studying?
No, food is not allowed in the study space. There will be designated areas for eating. Please ask a staff member about these designated areas.

Is it OK for me to attend a Zoom class while at the study space?
Certainly! To be considerate of others using the study space, you are required to use head/earphones if you are taking a live Zoom class that requires sound and interaction.

Can I go anywhere else on campus?
No. Students must stay in the study area only. When exiting campus, leave the study space area and return straight to your transportation. Exceptions will be made for students with an on-campus class before or after using the study space; however, these students are also limited to accessing only those areas at the entry point identified by their instructors.

What health and safety precautions are being taken to provide this study space?
You must wear a mask while on campus, and may only remove it when seated at your designated study space and at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Hand sanitizer will also be available to students at every table.

The study spaces must be wiped down and disinfected with provided materials by students and staff after each use, and the campus’ Maintenance and Operations team will do a nightly deep cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

Online Learning

Library & Research Help

From the library website, we have links to various resources, including 24/7 access to library databases. Click on the “Find: Articles” link to access all of our databases.

One-On-One Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring will be conducted through Zoom. Appointments can be made by emailing LLRC@cypresscollege.edu. Please click on the link to access our online tutoring guidelines, hours, and policies: cypresscollege.edu/tutorial-services.

English Success Center (ESC)

The ESC will provide essay/paper review and assistance, tutoring, and DLAs. Please email EnglishSuccessCenter@cypresscollege.edu for further information or to schedule appointments.

Math Learning Center (MLC)

The MLC will provide online tutoring and eDLAs. Please email MathLearningCenter@cypresscollege.edu or go into the Canvas Math N01 shell for further information or to schedule appointments.

SI (Supplemental Instruction)

Sessions will continue as regularly scheduled via Zoom. Contact your SI Mentor for additional questions or information.

Accessing Canvas

There is a link to Canvas at the top of our website. You may also go to Canvas at cypresscollege.instructure.com. For detailed instructions on how to access Canvas, please watch this video.

Contacting Instructors

Need to contact your instructor? Log in to Canvas and click “Inbox” in the left-hand navigation to message professors directly, consult your course syllabus, or use the campus directory linked above.

Textbooks

Student Services

Accessing Cranium Cafe

To access Cranium Cafe, please follow the instructions here (PDF).

Admissions & Records

Admissions & Records will have a virtual counter. This online service will connect you with the staff in A&R to help with any issues related to needs in that area. Visit cypresscollege.edu/admissions-records/ to connect with A&R.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

  • For general questions contact the DSS front desk by calling (714) 484-7104
  • For general questions about DSS processes, functions and procedures, please contact Summer Justice at sjustice@cypresscollege.edu
  • Apply to DSS through the Charger Access Student Portal
  • Counseling appointments, including walk-ins, are offered through Cranium Café
  • For assistance with accommodations, please contact Marylou Garibaldi at mgaribaldi@cypresscollege.edu or by calling (714) 484-7106 or Holly Segoviano at hsegoviano@cypresscollege.edu or by calling (714) 484-7105
  • Study & Learning Strategies appointments are offered through Cranium Café on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing students requiring assistance with sign language interpreting services, please contact Sandra Garcia at sgarcia@cypresscollege.edu
  • For questions related to alternate media and assistive technology, please contact Steve Auger at sauger@cypresscollege.edu

DSS Group Meet-Ups

DSS counselors host weekly Zoom student meet-up groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You are welcome to pop in and out at your leisure to connect with your peers about anything! Want to ask your peers how they’re structuring their time to study? What good TV shows are out there? What techniques are they using to manage stress? What creative ways have they stayed in touch with friends, family, and classmates? The sky’s the limit!

Please join the conversations! All conversations will be facilitated by your DSS counselors, but the topics will start from you!

Tuesdays, 12–1 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9–10 a.m.
Thursdays, 2–3 p.m.

To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/8781689788

EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs & Guardian Scholars Virtual Support

Virtual Front Desk

  • Front desk staff will help answer any questions or concerns you may have, make appointments with counselors, assist with registration questions, and provide general information
  • Online front desk hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Link to access virtual front desk: cypress.craniumcafe.com

Counselor Support

  • All of our counselors are available for appointments through Cranium Café
  • Please schedule an appointment with your counselor through our Virtual Front Desk

Support Staff Assistance

  • Our support staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your educational journey here at Cypress, please feel free to ask questions and “Live Chat” or “Knock on door” for just-in-time service
  • To get assistance, please visit Cranium Cafe

You can also reach any of our counselors and staff members by email; please see our staff directory.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid disbursements will be going out as scheduled. For other Financial Aid inquiries, email FinancialAid@cypresscollege.edu.

Health & Wellness Resources

Health Center

The Cypress College Health Center will be available by phone to answer questions and provide referrals. It will also have limited hours for medicine dispensation. The Cypress College Health Center Advice Line is (714) 484-7361. Please leave a message; all messages will be answered.

Telemental Health Counseling is also available through the Cypress College Health Center by calling (714) 484-7361. Please fill out the telemental health informed consent form here.

Medical Resources

The Orange County Health Care Agency Health Referral Line is 1 (800) 564-8448. This line provides information about free to low-cost clinics in Orange County. For questions related to COVID-19, contact the Orange County COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 426-6411 or visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has an Advice Line for Parents. This 24/7 line is staffed by school-nurses and CHOC nurses. The number is 1( 844) GET-CHOC (438-2462).

Free Testing

Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) now has testing sites that are open and free. OCHCA is using the community clinics to provide the free testing. Appointments are required, and follow-up is done through the clinics. For additional information about these free test sites, visit the OCHCA website here.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Essential Workers

Appointments are available for FREE COVID-19 PCR diagnostic testing at OptumServe (State) sites in Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana, and San Juan Capistrano for symptomatic AND asymptomatic health care workers, first responders, social service workers, and other essential employees who don’t have access to testing through their health care provider or employer. To make an appointment, please visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1 (888) 634-1123. To learn more about COVID-19 and testing, visit ochealthinfo.com/covidtest.

Mental Health Resources

Each Mind Matters Warm Line: Feeling overwhelmed? Text COURAGE to 741741. FREE, 24/7, Confidential. You may also call the Cypress College Health Center at (714) 484-7361 for Telemental Health Counseling.

Mental Health Hotlines:

  • OC LINKS – Behavioral Health Information & Referrals 1 (855) OC-LINKS (625-4657)
  • Didi Hirsch 24-hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line 1 (877) 727-4747
  • National Hopeline Network 1 (800) SUICIDE (784-2344)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • 24/7 Crisis Line for People with Disabilities 1 (800) 426-4263
  • NAMI Warmline OC Call or text: (714) 991-6412 | Toll Free (877) 910-9276 | 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Monday – Friday) and 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Saturday – Sunday)

Self-Care Tips & Positive Coping Skills

  • While it’s important to educate yourself to reduce the fear of the unknown, avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. Stick to credible sources like the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Connect with others via phone call/text, social media, or other social platforms. FaceTime, Facebook Live, or Instagram Live with your friends and relatives—especially those you can’t visit because they have compromised health.
  • Acknowledge your emotions and find active ways to divert your attention.
  • Focus on things you can control; wash hands, hydrate, and nourish.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. Work on a more positive attitude toward challenges by replacing negative thoughts with more positive ones.
  • Recognize and accept the things you can’t change. This can help you let go and not get upset.
  • Avoid stressful triggers when possible.
  • Do something you enjoy preferably daily, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Examples include reading a good book, listening to music, watching a favorite movie, etc.
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. This can help you think more clearly, and have more energy.
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.

Self-Care Websites

When to Wear a Face Covering

According to OC Health Care Agency, residents and visitors to Orange County must wear a face covering anywhere they come within 6 feet of others who do not live in their household. That includes:

  • Waiting in line to go inside a store
  • Shopping in a store
  • Picking up food at a restaurant
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation
  • Riding in a taxi or other ride service vehicle
  • Seeking health care
  • Going into facilities that are allowed to stay open
  • While at work
  • When at the beach or an outdoor museum

Food Resources

Food Bank

The Food Bank on campus is currently closed. Please visit the Pathways of Hope Hub of Hope at 611 South Ford Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832. Hours of operation are 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Hub of Hope at (714) 680-3691 ext. 220, or visit the website at pohoc.org/grandopeninghubofhope/.

Second Harvest Food Bank (Orange County) – Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Distribution

Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting weekly drive-thru food distribution of non-perishable items and produce. Pop-ups are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Honda Center Parking Lot.

AuntBertha.com

Visit auntbertha.com for food bank locations, food resources, and other free or reduced-cost services such as medical care, housing, and more.

FoodStampsNow.com

This link provides a list of grocery stores that accept EBT for online delivery, including how to place an online delivery order.

CDSS Pandemic EBT

From the CDSS page: “Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.” For details, visit the CDSS Pandemic EBT site.

General Resources

211 Hotline

Dial ‘211’ during the COVID-19 pandemic to connect with a local responder who can give assistance related to food, housing, and childcare concerns.

California Community Colleges: Preparing for Online Learning

The California Community Colleges’ California Virtual Campus has resources on preparing for online learning. This includes online readiness videos, getting started with Canvas, and low-cost and free internet options. Visit cvc.edu/keeplearning/ to access these resources.

COVID-19 Antibody Test For Donating Blood, Platetets or Plasma

The American Red Cross is doing antibody testing and are in need of convalescent plasma. Anyone donating gets a free test. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html.

Diaper Bank

CAP OC and OC Food Bank are offering a diaper bank for families/young children.

Emergency Grants

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund was launched in response to COVID-19 to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Click on the links below for details and how to apply. Please note that these funds will likely go quickly.

Employment Development Department (EDD)

EDD details how California workers and caregivers can apply for disability, unemployment, or family leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Work-Study Students – FAFSA Announcement

Click here to read the FAFSA Announcement that gives information to students about how institutions may respond to federal work-study students who are directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19 (quarantines, travel-abroad recalls, internship and/or employer suspensions, etc.).

Manufacturers of PPE

The California Office of Emergency Services has partnered with California Manufacturers & Technology Association to create a platform to highlight California manufacturers making PPE and connects them to California businesses in need at: safelymakingca.org/

Shelters

Below are two armory shelters that students can call to see if they have availability. Also below is the number for Casa Teresa and H.I.S House; these are shelters in Orange County. Even if they are full, students may put their name on the waitlist.

  • H.I.S House: (714) 993-5774
  • Casa Teresa (for pregnant women): (714) 538-4860
  • Fullerton Shelter Site: Independence Park Gymnasium – 801 W. Valencia Drive, Fullerton, CA 92832, (714) 213-9815
  • Santa Ana Shelter Site: Salvation Army – 2603 W. First Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703, (949) 988-1239

U-Haul

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students facing unforeseen schedule changes or moves.

Internet Service

A number of internet service companies offer discounted service for low income families who receive assistance through various government programs.

Spectrum (Charter Communications) is also offering 60 days of free internet and WiFi access for new accounts in Pre K-12, college student, and teacher households through a COVID-19 Remote Education Credit. This option requires signing up for Spectrum internet service. Installation and prepayment fees are being waived.

AT&T, Spectrum, and Xfinity are keeping public WiFi hotspots open for public use.

The state Chancellor’s Office is also working with the telecommunications industry to try to provide free internet services and computers for students in need for the next six months. We will keep students updated on the progress of these discussions.

WiFi Access

Wireless access is available to students in Lot #1 on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is for registered Cypress College students with valid login credentials. Access to Lot #1 will be available to students on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the last scheduled class on that particular day of the week (typically 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m., Friday).

Resources for Veterans

Goodwill of Orange County: Tierney Center for Veteran Services
  • Providing comprehensive support services for veterans and their families, including but not limited to financial assistance, employment assistance, housing, behavioral health resource referrals, resume building and more. Services are provided by email, phone, text and ZOOM.
  • Veteran Navigators will work with you and your family to meet your needs, connect you to resources, and ensure you are supported during this challenging time — and always.
  • Phone: (855) 998-3837
North Orange County Vet Center
  • Free readjustment counseling services for combat veterans, Telehealth visits only
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone: Regular Hours (714) 776-0161. After Hours (877) 927-8387
Veteran Services
  • Services: Health and Wellness, Retirement Planning, Financial Planning, and PTSD and Trauma programs
  • Phone: Toll-Free (844) 200-0012
Working Wardrobes: VetNet Program
  • The VetNet Program supports the men, women and families of Military Veterans and transitioning Service Members through a variety of services and programs.
  • Services Offered include: Veteran Peer Navigation, Job Training, Career Readiness, Job Placement, and Professional Wardrobing Services
  • Phone: (714) 210-2460