Cincinnati State cares about your safety: Masks are required indoors for all and students are encouraged to participate in our Vaccination Incentive Program.

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Safely Staying On Track at Cincinnati State

Campus Mask Policy – Effective August 4, 2021

Because our campuses are located in areas where state and local health officials have indicated high risk of the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, effective Wednesday, August 4, masks are required indoors and in parking garages on Cincinnati State campuses for all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated.

  • A mask is not required when eating, but physical distancing is advised.
  • A mask is not required when you are working alone in your office.
  • Masks are available if needed from the Welcome Center and various locations on Clifton Campus and on all other campuses
  • See the Student Responsibility Statement below for detailed mask recommendations

     COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be highly effective. If you have not yet gotten a vaccine, we urge you to do so. The more of us who are vaccinated, the sooner we can return to a fully mask-less environment, and in the meantime save lives.

For more information about scheduling a vaccine appointment, visit https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/health/covid-19/vaccine-information-sign-up.

Safety Policies
If You Are Feeling Sick

If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, or are in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, or you test positive for COVID-19, please download the flowcharts below for guidance.

Vaccination Incentive Program

Cincinnati State students who are fully vaccinated can receive a $25 gift card by entering the “Educated | Motivated | Vaccinated” Incentive Program, and win prizes in weekly drawings.

Students who get their first vaccine dose can receive a $25 gift card, and another $25 gift card when they get their second dose and also are then eligible to enter the weekly prize drawing.

Prize Drawings:

  • 10 prizes each week of $100
  • 1 prize each week of $1,000
  • Grand prize of $10,000

Click for more about the Vaccination Incentive Program

Click to see the list of prize winners (updated weekly)

COVID Dashboard – Fall 2021

COVID-19 cases reported as of Oct. 16, 2021

(Dashboard updated on Tuesday each week)

WeekReported Cases: Students*Reported Cases: Employees**
Aug 30-Sep 50 (0%)1 (0.15%)
Sep 6-117 (0.13%)0 (0%)
Sep 12-185 (0.09%)2 (0.30%)
Sep 19-253 (0.05%)2 (0.30%)
Sep 26-Oct 211 (0.2%)0 (0%)
Oct 3-97 (0.13%)1 (0.15%)
Oct 10-163 (0.05%)1 (0.15%)

* Includes 5564 Fall Semester students at all campuses taking at least one In-Person or Hybrid course. Students taking College Credit Plus sections taught at high schools are not included.

** Includes 675 employees: all full-time faculty, staff, and administrators at all campuses, and adjunct instructors at all campuses teaching at least one In-Person course during Fall Semester.

Pre-COVID and During COVID
Percentage of Courses Delivered in Each Format

Delivery Format*Fall 2019Fall 2020Fall 2021
In-person74%20%51%
Hybrid5%15%8%
Online21%65%42%

*College Credit Plus sections taught at high schools not included

College Response to COVID-19 Concerns

Since March 2020, a special response team at Cincinnati State has monitored and addressed COVID-19 concerns as they evolve. The College follows guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health and county Departments of Health. We collaborate with neighboring institutions of higher education as well as city and county governments.

In-Person & Remote Services

In-person services will be provided on all campuses. For details on service hours and remote service options, check the College web page for each service.

Status of Classes/Operations

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, the College plans to offer many classes and services in-person while also continuing to provide remote options for courses and some services.

Cincinnati State remote learning formats for classes include:

  • Web (WEB code when you register) – Courses are 100% online to give you flexibility to complete coursework at times your schedule permits. You need a computer and the internet but will not be required to use live audio and video streaming.
  • Web Hybrid (WHYB code when you register) – Courses are 100% online, with occasional required “real time” participation using live web-conferencing such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. You need high speed internet and a computer capable of supporting live audio and video.
  • Live Web (LIVW code when you register) – Courses are 100% online with extensive required “real time” participation using live web-conferencing such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. You need high speed internet and a computer capable of supporting live audio and video streaming.
  • Live Web Hybrid (LIVH code when you register) – Courses combine some required in-person lecture or lab activities, and some required “real time” participation using live web-conferencing such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. You need high speed internet and a computer capable of supporting live audio and video.

To prepare for remote classes, students should consider enrolling in Cincinnati State’s Online Orientation Workshop. This self-paced activity takes 1 to 3 hours to complete.

  • Log into Blackboard/MyServices, look for the “Tools” on the top left side of the page, and click the link “Student Bb Resources”

Experiential education courses (co-op, internships, clinicals) will follow guidelines set by employers or site supervisors. For questions, talk to your co-op coordinator or program chair.

Other Operational Guidelines

  • On-campus activities, events, and meetings are limited to those that support the mission of the College, and these activities must adhere to current COVID precautions such as masking and observing social distance.
  • The College reserves the right to decline to reserve space for a proposed activity, event, or meeting that fails to meet current COVID precautions.
Resources for Students – Fall 2021

Laptop Purchase or Loan

Borrowing a Computer & Wi-Fi hotspot

Students registered for Fall Semester 2021 can borrow a laptop computer and/or personal Wi-Fi hotspot from the College at no cost, on a first come, first serve basis. Supplies are limited.

NOTE: As of Sep. 1, 2021, the College is waiting for delivery of additional loaner laptop computers. A waiting list has been established.

To borrow a laptop and/or hotspot, first log into MyCState/Blackboard, then click this eForm link.

  • To be eligible, students must be registered for Fall 2021 semester classes.
  • Allow 2 days for form processing. When approved, you will receive an “eForm Approved” message via Cincinnati State email.
  • Laptops and/or hotspots can be picked up on Monday through Friday (on days the College is open) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., in ATLC Room 315.
    • The student who reserved the equipment must pick it up in person
    • Be prepared to show your College ID or driver’s license
  • For help completing the eForm, call 513-569-1234.

Purchasing a Computer using Financial Aid

Students who qualify can use their financial aid to buy a new laptop computer directly from the Cincinnati State Bookstore.

Please note:

  • Depending on the type and amount of financial aid you are awarded, your financial aid may cover all or part of the cost of a laptop computer and required software.
  • If you wish to use financial aid to purchase a computer immediately, you must buy the computer recommended by your program from the College Bookstore.
  • Purchasing computers from other vendors (not the Cincinnati State Bookstore) is covered by financial aid only if you wait to make the purchase using “excess” financial aid refunded to you after tuition and fees are paid. Financial Aid refund checks are sent after the semester begins.
  • Computers purchased using financial aid cannot be returned for a refund unless the package is unopened.
  • Consult a Financial Aid advisor for more information.

Course and Lab Fees

Cincinnati State lab fees (and when applicable, other course fees) support the additional costs associated with providing a laboratory setting for a class, including equipment, materials, software, maintenance, and consumables used in the lab.

  • When classes with lab activities use a remote delivery model, lab fees cover some costs related to using newly-developed remote methods for instruction in these courses.
  • Students will receive full academic credit on their transcripts for classes completed at Cincinnati State, whether class activities are in-person or use remote instruction.
  • Therefore, lab fees are assessed as applicable for all classes.

Parking Fees

For Fall Semester 2021, parking fees will NOT be charged for use of gated garages and parking lots on Clifton Campus.

Remote Student Support Services

Some support services will be available remotely during Fall Semester 2021, by phone, email, and/or online connections such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate.

Remote services include:

If you can’t find information for the support service you need, contact:

Soni Hill, Senior Director of Student Success & Student Development
soni.hill@cincinnatistate.edu
(513) 569-4215

COVID-19 & Vaccine Resources

City of Cincinnati Department of Health

Hamilton County (Ohio) Department of Health

Ohio Department of Health

Ongoing Communications
  • Students and employees should check your College email frequently for messages and updates
  • If you have questions, please send them to covid-19@cincinnatistate.edu
  • You can sign up to receive special notifications by phone, text message, and email at CState Alert

If you need more information about staying on track in your degree or certificate classes, please reach out to your advisor or program chair.

Email to students re: COVID-19