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Coronavirus Bulletin 2021

Important Message from Hocking College

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.

Download our most current reopening plan hereThe 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.* A cold/flu is NOT a routine health issue. If you feel you have a cold and/or the flu you MUST stay home/in your dorm room, self-quaratine, and notify the COVID team.
  2. You, personally, have been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  3. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  4. You have visited any Ohio level 4/purple counties in the last 10 days. See Ohio Public Health Advisory System for a current list.
    *Routine health issues occur on a regular basis triggered by such things as allergies, weather, ongoing health issues, common side effects from medication, etc. This does not include a cold of the flu.

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 March 24, 2021) 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

QuickStarts are being held virtually and in person. 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. Sign-up at hocking.edu/quickstart.

Yes. Hawks Nest Dining is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Limited dine-in seating is available. 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.

The Hocking College Student Center's fitness area is now open to students by appointment only! Students can sign up here on signupgenius.com. Registration is required; walk-ins will not be accepted. Students will have access to the indoor track, weight room and cardio equipment. The basketball courts will remain closed at this time. Students are expected to follow social distancing protocol while in the building, including masks, which will be required at all times. The only exception to masks will be while using cardio equipment. If you have any questions regarding the fitness area usage, please contact Nate Perez at perezn@hocking.edu. Sign up for lap swimming in the pool here.

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.

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 visit on campus.

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