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Coronavirus Bulletin 2020

Important Message from Hocking College

Download our most current reopening plan here

Hocking College serves as a pathway to prosperity, teaching and inspiring all who seek to learn, growing careers and changing lives. College priorities include the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community; maintaining students’ academic progression; and to continue business operations with established safety protocols. Hocking College has developed this Institutional Plan to Reopen Campus Operations in Response to COVID-19 (Plan) to inform you of the actions we are taking to reopen campus operations in response to COVID-19.

The College's Plan is based on orders, best practices and guidelines from Gov. Mike 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


Students, faculty, staff, and community members must STAY HOME, SELF-QUARANTINE, and REPORT  if any of the following apply:

  1. You, or someone you live with, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that are NOT routine health issues that occur on a regular basis triggered by such things as allergies, weather, ongoing health issues, common side effects from medication, etc., and/or,
  2. You have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, and/or, 
  3. You have tested positive for COVID-19, and/or,
  4. You have traveled in the last fourteen (14) days to a hot spot state included in the Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory List.

Questions related to COVID-19 can be sent to COVID@hocking.edu or call the COVID hotline at 740-753-6506.

Hocking College appreciates your cooperation in this unprecedented effort. We ask that everyone remain flexible as we continue to make changes as the situation evolves and more information become available.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact Erin Bowald, director of Academic Support and Disability Services at bowalde@hocking.edu or 740-753-7103.

To download the current version of the plan (published on Aug. 3, 2020) click here or on the image above.


Frequently Asked Questions

Hocking College has applied for CARES Act federal grants to provide assistance across campus and as soon as those become available, we will begin disbursing to students.

Please contact Gina Russell at russellg@hocking.edu to indicate your request for assistance.

In the meantime, if you are experiencing financial hardship, the Hocking College Foundation has set up a fund for students to request help. These funds are entirely comprised by Hocking College staff, faculty and community coming together to support our students. The application is available on our website: https://foundation.hocking.edu/student-emergency-fund

Depending on your status (graduating SP2020/not graduating), you will receive either a refund or credit on your account.  Please note that the college is working throughly to ensure the proper amount is credited toward your account. This means that each student's account will be examined individually and processing will be staggered. You will receive an individual letter that includes the amount of your refund or credit based on the following:

  • Students graduating Spring 2020 – will receive a refund (minus any outstanding balance) upon graduation for your room and meals. 
  • Students that are not graduating Spring 2020 – will receive a credit (minus any outstanding balance) on your account for room and meals for the 2020-2021 academic year to be used for tuition, room, board, and/or fees. 
  • Amount of refund - will be equivalent to 8-weeks, or your last day in the dorm, whichever is less (minus any outstanding balance).

We are planning to begin with the regular calendar as scheduled. The executive team is planning alternative scenarios in case they will be needed. If you are interested in a dorm for Fall 2020, complete the housing application form found here.

QuickStarts are being held virtually. At a virtual QuickStart, new Hocking College students can learn how to sign up for classes, set up their electronic resources, find out how to view and accept financial aid awards and learn about on-campus housing options.

Yes. Hawks Nest Dining is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for take-out only. You can find more information, including a link to the weekly menus here.

Yes, the Hocking College Police Department is offering background checks by appointment only between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

To make an appointment, please call Dispatch at 740-753-6598. 

Everyone getting a background check must go through the college's coronavirus screening check-in. You'll be asked to wear a mask while on campus, so please bring one.

Visitors check in the Hocking College police station. Employees and students check in at their regular check-in location.

No. The Student Center will remain closed. It will only be used for athletics (under the supervision of a coach) or academics (with the supervision of a faculty member).

Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021; Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The college will be closed in observance of this holiday. The first week of classes (Jan. 18-22, 2021) will be remote, just like the beginning of the autumn semester. Sign into Blackboard to check your assignments.

In-person classes resume Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Students must schedule a time to move into the dorms for the spring semester. Move-ins begin on Jan. 22, 2021. If you have not already done so, email housing@hocking.edu to schedule your move-in time.

Yes. All students must provide proof of an influenza vaccination/flu shot before they return for the spring semester. If your healthcare provider doesn’t recommend that you receive a flu vaccine, you’ll need to provide a written exemption from your provider. You’ll need to present that proof at the same time and in the same manner as you would provide evidence of receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination/flu shot.

If you live on campus, email your proof to housing@hocking.edu before your move-in appointment.

If you don’t live on campus, you’ll need to bring your proof to check-in on the first day you have class on campus.

Since the start of classes has been delayed until Jan. 19, students will not have a spring break.

Future students interested in visiting Hocking College can sign up for a virtual visit on campus.

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