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Coronavirus Bulletin 2020

Important Message from Hocking College

Hocking College is dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well-being of our student and employee populations. In support of that goal, we are releasing this information bulletin to inform you of the actions we are taking to assess, prevent, protect and respond to the coronavirus. 

Hocking College is here to serve as a resource to our community. Staff that are experiencing flu-like symptoms, should stay home. 

We ask that everyone remain flexible as we continue to make changes as the situation evolves and more information becomes available. Please check this page for updates and other information.

While there are no Hocking College campus-associated cases of the coronavirus, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness. We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Association for Community Colleges (OACC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the Ohio Department of Health

The series of updates below will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community. These changes are being implemented with the safety of our campus community as our top priority. If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline C. Hagerott, Vice President, Student Affairs & Campus Relations at hagerottj@hocking.edu.

Update as of 3/20/2020

Course Access and Course Materials

Hocking College has multiple tools available to assist you in successfully completing online courses which include: Moodle, BlueQuill, and Blackboard. To access your courses and training videos click here

Check your email. Your instructors will send you an email with everything you need, including access information, course materials, etc. 

Virtual Class Meetings

You will continue to meet VIRTUALLY during your regularly scheduled class time in Blackboard Collaborate or BlueQuill Big Blue Button. These tools allow students and instructors to meet over computers and mobile devices, share content, and conduct presentations.

Example: If your class was scheduled to meet on campus at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, your class will continue to meet at 1:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays VIRTUALLY.

Your instructor will send you instructions for your virtual class meetings.

Questions About Your Courses

Contact your instructor with questions regarding your course. 

Tutoring

Tutoring services are available remotely via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom. To schedule an appointment contact Allison Nowak, Manager of Library Services, at nowaka@hocking.edu or (740) 753-6338. For more information regarding tutoring click here

Accessibility Resources

Students requesting academic accommodations due to disability should contact Erin Bowald at bowalde@hocking.edu

Technical Assistance

If you are having technical difficulties, please contact the helpdesk at 800-984-2192 or email helpdesk@hocking.edu.

 


 

Update as of 3/19/2020

Student Employment 

ALL student employment is suspended, until further notice, except:

  • Peer Tutors
  • Campus Safety Officers (CSOs)
  • Barn / Fish Hatchery
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) that are already living on campus. RAs that are not currently on campus are NOT allowed to return to campus. 

 


 

Update as of 3/18/2020

FINANCIAL AID

You have the power to stop COVID-19 from impacting your progress and financial aid. The benefits of maintaining your active enrollment status mean you will:

  1. Avoid having to return aid you recently received.
  2. Stay on track to graduate.
  3. Have access to support resources from our Academic Success Center (details below).

What You Need to Know:

  • The second half of federal loans have been processed based on your current enrollment status. Any changes could result in you having to return aid you recently received.  
  • Failure to continue your studies may require you to return funds.  
  • Financial aid will continue to be processed based on your eligibility and enrollment status for the Spring 2020 semester.  
  • The Financial Aid Office will continue to review FAFSA applications, documents and appeals for Spring 2020. Documents can be submitted by mail or as an attachment to financialaid@hocking.edu.

What You Should Do:

ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

The Academic Success Center is available, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., online by appointment only. See directions below. Resources available to keep you on track to graduate include:

Accessibility Resources Office

Students requesting academic accommodations due to disability should contact Erin Bowald at bowalde@hocking.edu.

Testing Center

The Testing Center will continue to proctor all scheduled certification tests (TEAS, HESI, ACE, NHA). For information or an appointment, contact Roger Barrows at barrowsr@hocking.edu.

Hocking College Tutoring 

Educational Specialists are available to provide tutoring and assistance with all general study courses. Peer tutors are also available to assist with many of the technical courses offered at Hocking College. 

Services are available remotely via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom. To schedule an appointment contact Allison Nowak, Manager of Library Services, at nowaka@hocking.edu or 740-753-6338.

Ohio E-Tutoring Collaborative 

Students can also receive free tutoring through the Ohio E-tutoring Collaborative. To access this resource, click here.

If you forgot your password, click on “Forgot Password?” If you have not set up an account, click on “Need an Account”. Still having trouble logging in? Please contact your Campus eTutoring Coordinator at library@hocking.edu.

The Ohio E-tutoring Collaborative provides tutoring in the following subjects:

  • Algebra
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Programing 1 & 2
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Literacy
  • Java
  • Math
  • Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word
  • Physics
  • Statistics

 


 

Update as of 3/18/2020

To ensure the safety of all students, employees and our campus community, the following rules are effective immediately for all residence halls through April 17, 2020.

Students Not On Campus

  • Shelter in Place: Students not currently on campus are not allowed to return to campus at this time.
  • Requesting Items from your Dorm: If you need personal items from your room, contact Kim Coy at  coyk@hocking.edu to make arrangements.
  • Access Cards: All access cards for students not currently on campus will be deactivated.

Students Currently On Campus

Rules for living on campus:

  • Visitors: No visitors are allowed. 
  • Curfew: Students must be in their rooms by 10 p.m.  Badge access will be turned off each day from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m. 
  • Identification: Students must have a student ID visible at all times
  • Sanitation: Students will be provided with the resources to clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Violations : A violation of any of these rules is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Committee Review:

A committee will be reviewing each the situation of each student who is currently living on campus to make a determination if staying on campus is in their best interest. Students that do not have alternate housing will be provided with accommodations.

You will be notified by Friday, March 20th if you are not eligible to remain on campus at this time.

Quarantine Procedure:

To protect those around you, if at any point you are experiencing some/all of the following symptoms, you will be isolated per CDC Guidelines for 14 days or until you have no symptoms and you have not been on any medication (including over the counter) for 48 hours - whichever is longer. Those symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing

Isolation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Visitors: Student must stay in your room and may not have any visitors.
  • Maintenance: Maintenance will only be performed for emergencies. 
  • Laundry: You will be provided with laundry detergent and drying racks so you can hand wash clothes in your room.
  • Meals: Meals will be left outside your door at 10 a.m. each day. You will be required to eat all meals in your rooms.

Financial Determinations

This is a very fluid situation and constantly changing, in order for us to make the best decision possible based on all of the facts, we will be making all financial determinations at the end of the semester. We will send information and process at that time. 

Prevention Protocol

We encourage you to practice social distancing and other prevention protocol per CDC Guidelines which include:

1. Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

2. Avoid close contact

3. Stay home if you’re sick

4. Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

5. Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

6. Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Click here for additional details, please visit the CDC's website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html 

 


 

Update as of 3/16/2020

Courses

 The remainder of Spring semester has been divided into two parts.

  • Part One (March 23 – April 19) all courses will be offered online.
  • Part Two (April 20 – May 15) will be determined at a later date as more information becomes available. Consideration will be given to mandatory accreditation requirements in order to minimize any disruption in academic progression and the ability for students to graduate. 

Students will receive instructions and resources via their Hocking College email later this week on how to complete their courses beginning March 23, 2020. This information will also be posted at www.hocking.edu 

For questions, contact the Hocking College Help Desk at helpdesk@hocking.edu or (800) 984-2192.

Spring Commencement

A decision regarding spring commencement will be made at a future date as more information becomes available.  

 


 

Update as of 3/11/2020

To allow staff to initiate safely initiatives prior to students and faculty returning to campus, there will be no classes held Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 2020. Due to the technical nature of our programs, classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020.* Faculty and students should continue to check Hocking College email next week for announcements regarding which classes will be offered online.

If we become aware of any condition that would make our campus unsafe, please rest assured that we will implement immediate safety measures until those conditions have been addressed. Again, the health and safety of our campus community are our top priority and we are committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.  

*A separate communication will be sent to all faculty teaching courses this term providing additional guidance related to procedural changes resulting from this extension and any additional exceptions that are necessary to maintain a safe environment while also ensuring academic quality.

Update as of 3/20/2020

Course Access and Course Materials

Hocking College has multiple tools available to assist you in successfully completing online courses which include: Moodle, BlueQuill, and Blackboard. To access your courses and training videos click here

Check your email. Your instructors will send you an email with everything you need, including access information, course materials, etc. 

Virtual Class Meetings

You will continue to meet VIRTUALLY during your regularly scheduled class time in Blackboard Collaborate or BlueQuill Big Blue Button. These tools allow students and instructors to meet over computers and mobile devices, share content, and conduct presentations.

Example: If your class was scheduled to meet on campus at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, your class will continue to meet at 1:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays VIRTUALLY.

Your instructor will send you instructions for your virtual class meetings.

Questions About Your Courses

Contact your instructor with questions regarding your course. 

Tutoring

Tutoring services are available remotely via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom. To schedule an appointment contact Allison Nowak, Manager of Library Services, at nowaka@hocking.edu or (740) 753-6338. For more information regarding tutoring click here

Accessibility Resources

Students requesting academic accommodations due to disability should contact Erin Bowald at: bowalde@hocking.edu

Technical Assistance

If you are having technical difficulties, please contact the helpdesk at 800-984-2192 or email helpdesk@hocking.edu.

 


 

Update as of 3/19/2020

Full-time Faculty and Staff

  • All full-time employees will continue to get paid. 
  • During regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm, employees are expected: 
    1. Check your voicemail,
    2. Return phone calls daily, and 
    3. Respond to your email daily.

Reminders:

  • Contact your supervisor with questions.
  • Update your voicemail per the instructions sent to you via email this afternoon. This can be completed remotely. 
  • If you are sick and cannot work, or if you choose not to work, leave policies apply. Continue to inform HR of your intentions and contact them with questions.

Part-time Employees

  • Part-time employees that have been asked to work will continue to get paid for the hours worked.
  • Part-time employees that have NOT been asked to work will receive an email with information regarding their pay. Our intention is to continue some level of compensation.

 

Update as of 3/16/2020

Courses

 The remainder of Spring semester has been divided into two parts.

  • Part One (March 23 – April 19) all courses will be offered online.
  • Part Two (April 20 – May 15) will be determined at a later date as more information becomes available. Consideration will be given to mandatory accreditation requirements in order to minimize any disruption in academic progression and the ability for students to graduate. 

Students will receive instructions and resources via their Hocking College email later this week on how to complete their courses beginning March 23, 2020. This information will also be posted at www.hocking.edu 

For questions, contact the Hocking College Help Desk at helpdesk@hocking.edu or (800) 984-2192.

Spring Commencement

A decision regarding spring commencement will be made at a future date as more information becomes available.  

Hours of Operation: 8 am – 5 pm 

No employees will be allowed in campus buildings before 8 a.m. after 5 p.m. except for the Wednesday, March 18 Virtual QuickStart.

Sick Policy – Reminder

If you, or someone you live with, is experiencing active symptoms including fever, running nose, sore throat, and cough - STAY HOME. Likewise, if you develop these systems over the next few weeks, notify HR and DO NOT COME TO WORK! Symptoms include:

  • Cough 
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing 

Children on Campus Policy

Children are not allowed in offices on campus as an alternative to regular childcare provisions. See the Children on Campus Policy for additional details.

 


 

Update as of 3/11/2020

Staff are expected to return to work as originally scheduled beginning on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Employees are encouraged to notify their supervisor and remain home when ill, and disclose symptoms of acute respiratory illness and travel history to their healthcare provider.

All leave policies will apply, staff should contact the Office of Human Resources regarding leave management and associated workplace issues.

Goals

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Maintain Academic Progression without jeopardizing their graduation goals (minimize any disruption to this pathway)
  3. Maintain Business Operations – minimize impact/virtual where possible – follow CDC/Government Orders 

Communications

  1. See www.hocking.edu / email / social media 

    • All student communications are also sent to faculty/staff.

  2. Send all mass communications to Jacqueline Hagerott before distributing 
  3. HC Feel Good Campaign
    We are grateful for essential workers who are helping us during these stressful times. Please post comments on the HC Facebook page in response to the message.

Remote Operations

We are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPERATING REMOTELY, until further notice. Emergency Management Plan (EMP), Essential ON CAMPUS Work Functions. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 (11:59 pm) - Monday, April 6, 2020 (11:59 pm). For questions contact Jacqueline C. Hagerott at 614-832-8835.

How are we doing with remote learning?

Monday

  • 130 sessions occurred
  • 1546 unique individuals connected
  • Combined 310 Hours of connection

Tuesday

  • 98 sessions occurred
  • 1342 unique individuals connected
  • Combined 293 Hours of connection

Attendance – attendance is recorded weekly / administrative drops suspended.

Stay Healthy Inside and Out

In addition to your safety, we care about your health and well-being. This is a stressful time for many. With the government and media sharing updates throughout the day and the fear of the unknown, it is understandable to feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious

  • You are not alone
  • It’s OK to not to be OK 
  • Self-care strategies
    • GOAL: Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, or prevent anxiety before it even starts.
    • doesn’t require you to go outside or spend a lot of money. 
    • Adding small changes to your routine can make a big difference to your overall mood and well-being.
    • TIPS to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Eat healthfully

Health food keeps your body in top working order.

Exercise 

Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the neighborhood.

Practice relaxation therapy

Focusing on tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.

Let light in

For some people, increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the shades and let more sunlight in.

Be kind to yourself! 

Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.

Stay connected

Even if you can’t get together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together.

Monitor media consumption

While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.

For more information click here. If someone is in serious need they can contact Lori Baker at whitehorseprojects3@gmail.com. You will receive more self-care tips and resources from HC this week.

Events 

All events through April 19, 2020, have been canceled, except:

Virtual
QuickStart – April 8
Communications Meetings – Wednesdays @ 3 pm

Postponed
Biometric Screening
Spring Gala

Academic Success Center

Student Accommodations

Follow all accommodation requests from the Accessibility Resources Office. If there are any questions regarding how to meet the needs of students with disabilities, contact Erin Bowald at bowalde@hocking.edu.

Online Tutoring & Learning

Services include online tutoring AND assistance to students struggling with online instruction. To schedule an appointment contact Allison Nowak, Manager of Library Services, at nowaka@hocking.edu or (740) 753-6338. For information, visit the Academic Success Center's webpage.

IMPORTANT: Please visit this website to become familiar with the available services and pass that information on to your students

BlackBoard Collaborate Tips 

If you are unable to connect, or see a spinning purple circle that does not go away, make sure your browser is up-to-date or try using a different one. It is recommended that you use either Chrome or Firefox and they are updated to the latest version. For other tips, reference this PDF

Microsoft Office

Free for all students. You can download it by logging in using your Hocking email and password at portal.office.com.

Technical Support

Contact the Hocking College Help Desk at 740-753-6113 or email helpdesk@hocking.edu.

Coronavirus Student Emergency Fund

  1. Developed to aid students who have been presented with financial hardships due to the various closures related to the Coronavirus. 100% of the contributions to this fund directly benefit Hocking College students in need.

  2. To donate, click here.
  3. If you need to refer a student, have them fill out the form on the bottom of this webpage.
  4. Please share the above links with your networks. 

Employee Expectations – Working Remote

  1. Open to the public, Monday – Friday / 8 am – 5 pm

  2. Check email and phone daily
  3. Keep a log with work performed and expenses
  4. Contact your supervisor with questions
  5. Update your voicemail per the instructions sent to you via email. This can be completed remotely. 
  6. If you are sick and cannot work, or if you choose not to work, leave policies apply. 
  7. Continue to inform HR of your intentions and contact them with questions.

Registrar

Communication with the Registrar: Send to registrar@hocking.edu.  Diane and Kensey are both monitoring the Registrar's email.

1. Academic Calendar*

  • Spring Break ‐ College Closed Monday March 9‐Friday March 20, 2020
  • Last Day to Register (second 8 week courses) Sunday, March 22, 2020 
  • College Opens, Second 8 Week Courses Begin Monday, March 23, 2020
  • All HC Learning Day Wednesday March 25, 2020 -  cancelled
  • Last Day to Drop/Withdraw (16 week courses) Friday, April 3, 2020 
  • Last Day to Order Caps/Gowns Friday, April 3, 2020 
  • Holiday ‐ Good Friday Friday, April 10, 2020 
  • Last Day to Drop/Withdraw (second 8 week courses) Friday, April 24, 2020 
  • Spring Term Ends Friday, May 15, 2020 
  • Spring Commencement TBD
  • End of Term for Faculty Friday, May 15, 2020

*Subject to change as we received more information. 

2. Student Schedule Change:

Any change requests for Registrar's Office will be handled by email.  Please instruct the student to email (Hocking College Email preferred), registrar@hocking.edu with the following information:

  • Full Name,
  • Student ID Number (or last 4 digits of their Social Security number),
  • Date of Birth
  • Telephone number
  • Specific information on what they need to change. (for example Change Program Forestry to Accounting; or Drop ENGL 1510 C501 (entire course number) and Add MATH 2250 C506...)

WE WILL WORK WITH STUDENTS TO KEEP THEM ON TRACK.

3. Drops/Withdraws

All drops/withdraws will require students to talk with the Registrar.  This is not to say they cannot drop a course(s), it is so they understand the actions that may occur by dropping/withdrawing.

Telemedicine

Hocking College’s medical benefit plan includes telemedical services for ALL Hocking College Employees (including part-time) whether or not you are currently enrolled in the College’s medical benefit plan. 

  • TeleMed solution available 24 hours / 7 days per week
  • Fast and inexpensive to address your health concerns
  • Simply pick up the phone or go online to schedule a physician 
  • When contacting TeleMed, identify yourself by indicating you are with Hocking College/South Central Ohio Insurance Consortium

Click here for more information/details for TeleMed – 1.800MD. For questions – contact Loretta Whaley at whaleyl@hocking.edu.

Dorm Students

Food

Dining Services will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 am – 1 pm for you to pick up food that you have pre-ordered. Complete the Food Order Form that Kim has emailed to you by the deadline.

Supplies

Supplies at the front desk each dorm include:

  • toilet paper 
  • bars of soap 
  • paper towels
  • disposable latex gloves (make sure you use these when cleaning your room)
  • trash bags 

There are also gallons of bleach for you to refill the spray bottles that were dropped off outside each dorm room last week. 

Students should contact the Housing Office either by email or phone to have additional supplies left at the front desk. 

Rules for Living on Campus

  1. Sick Policy - If you, someone you live with, or you are aware of someone that is experiencing active symptoms – you are required to contact Kim Coy @ coyk@hocking.edu IMMEDIATELY. Practice Prevention Protocol, including social distancing – CDC Guidelines sent to all students. Students will symptoms will be quarantined per the Hocking College Campus Health and Safety Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Quarantine Procedure. Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, and/or difficulty breathing.
  2. Visitors - no visitors are allowed.
  3. Curfew – you must be in your rooms by 10 pm.  Badge access will be turned off each day from 10 pm – 8 am.  
  4. Identification – you must have a student ID visible at all times
  5. Sanitization – you will be provided with the resources to Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  6. Violations – a violation of any of these rules is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action. 

Prevention Protocol

Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Others

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid closed contact (practice social distancing) 
  • STAY HOME if you (or someone in your household) is sick
  • Cover Coughs and Sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect – supplies are limited so please share

Click here for additional details visit the CDC's website.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact – SOCIAL DISTANCING

Take Steps to Protect Others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Options include:
    • Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
        OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
      • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

    • Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
    • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
      Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Update as of 3/16/2020

Hawks Center for Well-Being

(FREE Health Center): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hocking College employees are eligible for Families First Corona Virus Response Act.  This will provide assistance for anyone who has the virus or needs to care for someone due to the virus.

Dining Services

Carry-out only from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. / Monday - Sunday

Business Offices

The following offices are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • Registrar
  • Housing
  • Financial Aid
  • Cashiers 
  • Academic Success Center (online services also available – more information forthcoming)

The following buildings are closed: 

  • Career and University Center
  • Rhapsody and Catering
  • Logan Campus
  • Perry Campus
  • Student Center 
  • Sylvania Building
  • Washington Hall
  • Lake Snowden
  • Distillery 

Classrooms and Labs

All classroom doors and labs will be locked. Do not unlock doors that are locked.

Identification

Everyone on campus must wear a name badge, student ID, etc.

External Background Checks

External background checks are suspended until further notice. For more information, contact HCPD at (740) 753-6598.

Update as of 3/11/2020

All Hocking College events scheduled through March 30, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. We will be contacting external organizations with events scheduled on our campus to determine appropriate next steps to ensure safety.

No new, non-essential events will be scheduled on any Hocking College campus through April 10, 2020.   

We will continue to monitor events and will share plans prior to April 10, 2020 to end this restriction early, or, if needed, extend it.

Update as of 3/11/2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, all College-sponsored travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips for the next thirty days.

All domestic travel on behalf of the College is prohibited for the next thirty days unless approved by the president.

Update as of 3/11/2020

Our housekeeping and sanitation efforts have been greatly expanded. We are frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keypads, and restroom surfaces. 

To help employees and students with disinfecting efforts, hand sanitizer bottles and wipes can be found at the front desk of each building and in many of the more commonly used administrative areas. Spray bottles containing bleach, paper towels, and gloves will be provided to students in dorms upon their return to campus.

We embrace our diverse culture. Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks or respirators at this time for asymptomatic people outside of a clinical setting, some individuals may choose to wear a mask during cold and flu season. Please continue to treat all employees and students with mutual respect and consideration.

Update as of 3/11/2020

Individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek medical attention and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially people who exhibit symptoms of infection
  • Stay home while you are sick and seek medical treatment and to prevent further exposure
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid unnecessary travel

Students – if you are unable to meet the requirements of your course(s), contact your Advisor to discuss a plan for your success.

The Hawks Center for Well-Being

  • Location: John Light Hall on the Nelsonville campus in room 241
  • Hours of Operation - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Cost – FREE for students and staff
  • For more information visit the Hawks Center for Well-Being

In the event of a campus community outbreak, the Hocking College Emergency Management Team will share plans for continuity of operations with employees and students.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the current situation, guidelines are subject to change as new information emerges. We will continue to monitor regularly and make any necessary modifications as needed with a focus on providing a safe environment for our College community. Please check www.hocking.edu for updates and other information.

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline C. Hagerott, Vice President, Student Affairs & Campus Relations at (740) 753-7006 or hagerottj@hocking.edu.  

Thank you all for your flexibility and cooperation while we work together as a community to create a safe environment in response to this rapidly changing matter.

Most Recent Coronavirus Updates

 

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we will still be hosting the event; but in a virtual format only. We ask that students and families do not physically come to campus on the day of the event. It is Hocking College's goal to promote the health, safety, and well-being of our student and employee populations; while keeping you on track to achieve your academic goals.
 
You can join the LIVE virtual Quick Start session by computer or mobile device by connecting to https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e68ecd1cf88c4343b9611f6791920a56
 
QuickStart begins at 4 PM and you can join starting at 3:45 PM. 
 
A dial-in option is available but not recommended. Please try to connect using the link provided. If unable to connect you can call in at 571-392-7650 PIN: 198 766 9974   
 
We will be sharing additional event information with you, as it becomes available. We thank you in advance for your understanding and willingness to make adjustments in your type of participation in this event.
 
If you would prefer not to participate in the virtual version of the event, students may have the option to attend a smaller in-person QuickStart in the future. Additional information for these events will follow.
 
Updated 3/13/2020

At this time, the following buildings are closed to the community, students, staff, and faculty:

  • Hocking College Student Center
  • Shaw Hall (except for the Police Dept)
  • Washington Hall
  • Sylvania Building
  • Career & University Center
  • Hocking College Spirit Store
  • Rhapsody Music & Dining
  • Perry Campus
  • Logan Campus
  • Visual Arts Center
  • Natural Resources Building
  • The Lodge at Hocking College

These buildings are expected to be closed until further notice.

The Meyers Building where Animal Assisted Therapy students board and groom dogs is open temporarily but is expected to close.

Since this is a very fluid situation and constantly changing, in order for us to make the best decision possible based on all of the facts, we will be making all financial determinations at the end of the semester. We will send out information and a process at the time. 

The Hawks Center for Well-Being will be open for regular business hours.

Specific services include:

  • Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Drug Screens
  • Basic Medical Care
  • Counseling Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Counseling Referrals

Walks-ins are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Hawks Center for Well-Being is located in John Light Hall on the Nelsonville campus in room 241. 

These services are available to our students and staff in partnership with Hopewell Health Centers and Genesis Medical Group. Hopewell Counseling Services will be available 6 days a week, Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM. Genesis Medical Group will be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

Hawks Nest Dining is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for take-out only.