Safely Staying On Track at Cincinnati State
Statement from President Monica Posey – June 3, 2021
We are at a tricky stage in the fight against COVID. While there is positive news about progress (vaccines are proving effective) we still have a way to go before this battle is won.
So what does this mean for us at Cincinnati State?
Generally, it means that as we continue moving toward a return to “normal” life, it is vital that each of us continues being personally responsible when it comes to COVID prevention, and also respectful of others.
Specifically, it means effective immediately we will be following a new set of COVID-19 guidelines on our campuses based on updated CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations:
- Scientific evidence is clear that vaccinations and facial coverings are the most effective weapons in the fight against COVID-19.
- Unvaccinated people should continue to protect themselves and others by wearing masks and maintaining six feet of physical distancing at all times indoors when not working alone in a room, or in a cubicle separated by six feet of distance from others.
- Unvaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks outside unless six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained, and then they should continue to do so.
- Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks either indoors or out.
- Also, please remember that not everyone is comfortable in a mask-less environment at the present time. So, for the sake of being understanding and tolerant, we ask that even if you are fully vaccinated, you try to wear a mask when you are inside and around other people in an environment where six feet of distance is not able to be maintained.
The great news is that 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 that 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.
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 Governor of Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. We collaborate with neighboring institutions of higher education as well as city and county governments.
Academic Division Offices
- Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Computer Lab – ATLC 316
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk – (513) 569-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday through Friday – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Email answered within 1 business day
- Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Welcome Center (Admissions)
- On-Campus Tours resume June 22 – click to register
- Career Center
- Financial Aid Office
- Registrar’s Office
- Academic Advising
- Student Activities (to provide SurgeCard IDs and Metro Cards)
- Bookstore – check in-person and curbside hours online.
Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Financial Aid
For Middletown remote assistance, call (513) 217-3900
For Summer Semester 2021, some technical skills classes and labs are offered in-person, with safety protocols in place. Other classes are offered only in remote formats.
For Fall Semester 2021, the College plans to offer many classes in-person while continuing to provide remote options also. The safety protocols in effect for Fall will follow the applicable recommendations from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health.
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) are following guidelines set by employers or site supervisors. For questions, talk to your co-op coordinator or program chair.
Other Operational Guidelines
- All on-campus activities and events (all campuses) are suspended for Summer Semester. Special “drive-in” events are announced when they are scheduled.
- Student and employee travel abroad is suspended, including the annual Study Abroad/Service Learning trip to Guatemala.
- Student and employee travel outside Ohio for college related activities and professional development is suspended.
Laptop Purchase or Loan
Borrowing a Computer & Wi-Fi hotspot
Summer Semester 2021 students 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 click this eForm link.
- To be eligible, students must be registered for Summer 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.
Currently, parking fees are NOT charged for use of gated garages and parking lots on Clifton Campus.
Remote Student Support Services
Many support services are currently provided remotely, by phone, email, and/or online connections such as Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. These 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
- Surge Cupboard Food Pantry – services suspended
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.
- 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