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 COVID-19, 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 are not vaccinated or have not obtained related vaccine boosters, we urge you to do so. The more of us who are vaccinated (and boosted, when applicable), 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.
- Student Personal Responsibility Statement (updated Jan. 12, 2022)
- Employee Personal Responsibility Statement (updated Jan. 12, 2022)
Please download this flowchart for guidance if:
- you test positive for COVID-19
- you have symptoms associated with COVID-19
- you were in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period)
COVID-19 cases reported as of Jan. 16, 2022
(Dashboard updated on Tuesday each week)
|Week||Reported Cases: Students*||Reported Cases: Employees**|
|Aug 30-Sep 5||0 (0%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Sep 6-11||7 (0.13%)||0 (0%)|
|Sep 12-18||5 (0.09%)||2 (0.30%)|
|Sep 19-25||3 (0.05%)||2 (0.30%)|
|Sep 26-Oct 2||11 (0.2%)||0 (0%)|
|Oct 3-9||7 (0.13%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Oct 10-16||3 (0.05%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Oct 17-23||4 (0.07%)||0 (0%)|
|Oct 24-30||3 (0.05%)||0 (0%)|
|Oct 31-Nov 6||2 (0.035%)||0 (0%)|
|Nov 7-13||3 (0.05%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Nov 14-20||3 (0.05%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Nov 21-27||3 (0.05%)||0 (0%)|
|Nov 28-Dec 4||6 (0.11%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Dec 5-11||2 (0.035%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Dec 12-18||2 (0.035%)||1 (0.15%)|
|Dec 19-25||No classes – Winter break||1 (0.15%)|
|Dec 26-Jan 2||No classes – Winter break||3 (0.44%)|
|Jan 3-9||No classes – Winter break||9 (1.33%)|
|Jan 10-16||No classes – Winter break||9 (1.33%)|
* 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 2019||Fall 2020||Fall 2021|
*College Credit Plus sections taught at high schools not included
During Fall Semester 2021, Cincinnati State students and employees could enter the “Educated | Motivated | Vaccinated” Incentive Program, and win prizes in weekly drawings.
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 services are provided on all Cincinnati State campuses. For details on service hours and remote service options, check the College web page for each service.
For 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.
Laptop Purchase or Loan
Borrowing a Computer & Wi-Fi hotspot
Students registered for Spring Semester 2022 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.
To borrow a laptop and/or hotspot, first log into MyCState/Blackboard, then find the eForm “Student Technology Loaner Program.”
- To be eligible, students must be registered for Spring 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.
- 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.
For Spring Semester 2022, parking fees will NOT be charged for use of gated garages and parking lots on Clifton Campus.
Remote Student Support Services
Some support services are available remotely, using phone, email, and/or online connections such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate.
Remote services include:
- Academic Advising
- Academic Tutoring, Math Center, & Writing Center
- Career Center
- Counseling Services
- Disability Services
- International & Veteran Student Services
- Transfer Center
- TRiO Student Support Services
If you can’t find information for the support service you need, contact:
Soni Hill, Senior Director of Student Success & Student Development
- Students and employees should check your College email frequently for messages and updates
- If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com
- 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.
- June 3, 2021 – Updates to Campus Safety guidelines
- May 17, 2021 – Campus Safety Reminders for Summer semester
- Oct. 30, 2020 – Campus Safety Reminders
- Aug. 7, 2020 – Laptops/hotspots available for Fall students
- Jun. 8, 2020 – Commencement will be virtual event
- May 27, 2020 – Reminder re: loaner laptops/hotspots
- May 22, 2020 – Late registration fee waived for Summer
- May 7, 2020 – Reminder re: loaner laptops/hotspots
- Apr. 28, 2020 – Reminder re: Spring grading options
- Apr. 16, 2020 – Loaner laptops available
- Apr. 8, 2020 – Summer classes will use remote format
- Apr. 6, 2020 – Commencement moved to August
- Apr. 2, 2020 – Grading options for Spring semester
- Mar. 23, 2020 – Campus closed per “Stay at Home” directive
- Mar. 19, 2020 – Support services moving to remote format
- Mar. 15, 2020 – Classes moving to remote format (update)
- Mar. 11, 2020 – Classes moving to remote format