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BC3 to resume fall semester Dec. 6

Butler County Community College will resume fall semester credit and noncredit classes and reopen its main campus and additional locations Dec. 6 following a ransomware attack.

Butler County Community College will resume fall semester credit and noncredit classes and reopen its main campus and additional locations Dec. 6 following a ransomware attack.

The college's final week of fall semester credit classes will be held Dec. 6 through Dec. 11 in remote or online formats. BC3 moved its finals week to Dec. 13 to Dec. 18. Final examinations will be held in the course's previously scheduled format, according to a news release from the college.

Non-instructional staffing on BC3's main campus and at its additional locations will resume Dec. 6. The college's website has not yet been reactivated.

BC3's information technology staff are working to restore databases, hard drives, servers and other devices affected by the ransomware attack, which is thought to have originated Nov. 19.

BC3 on Monday announced on its news.bc3.edu website that it would work with students to adjust assignments and deadlines as necessary for their courses, and that students would not be penalized for delays caused by the situation. The college sent a text-message alert Monday and created social media posts notifying members of the BC3 community to visit news.bc3.edu.

The college Oct. 3 changed all in-person credit courses to a remote format Nov. 29 through Dec. 4, previously scheduled as the final week of fall semester classes, as a mitigation measure with regard to COVID-19.

The college will provide further information as it becomes available at news.bc3.edu.