On campus at Stark State
In light of the still-evident spread of COVID-19, we continue to assess the safest, most effective approaches for fall semester. We want you to be safe in pursuing your education, so our guidelines have been developed after much research and discussion across all segments of the Stark State community and in consultation with state and federal health officials and their guidelines. As recommendations during the pandemic evolve, we will regularly reassess, update and communicate our response.
Campus safety measures
From the president
Choose the course delivery that’s right for you.
Stark State offers several types of web courses. To better understand these classes and how to tell what type of course works best for you, go here for definitions and descriptions.
New student or returning student, we’re here to help.
If you’re already a Stark State student, please reach out to your advisor or the Returning Student Advising Center or contact Gateway Student Services at email@example.com. All of these resources and more are available to you both virtually and in-person.
If you’re an incoming student who hasn’t yet been accepted, please connect with our admissions office in the Gateway Center on campus or by phone at 330-494-6170 ext. 4308 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gateway Student Services hours
M-W: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
TH-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus video tour
And if you want more info about what it’s like to be a student, head over to Experience Stark State.
Remember, we’re registering now for fall classes that start August 31. Stop by our Gateway Student Services, give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll help you make it happen.
Check back at starkstate.edu/campustour for upcoming campus preview dates.
Students and employees should report
- potential COVID-19 exposure
- a suspected or confirmed case
- if they are experiencing symptoms.
Please email the response team at email@example.com or call 330-494-6170 ext. 6000.
When reporting, please leave your name, student or employee ID number, contact number, a brief description of the exposure and if you are quarantined or have tested positive for COVID-19.
For reference, please see the College’s COVID-19 response guide.
This COVID-19 dashboard, updated weekly, provides statistics related to positive COVID-19 cases as self-reported by Stark State College students, faculty, staff and visitors.
This data is shared in a way that protects medical and educational privacy of individuals.
There is no definitive number of positive cases that would lead to a change in campus operations. However, with this information, along with advice and guidelines from local, state and national health agencies and experts, including the Centers for Disease Control, we will make ongoing evaluations and decisions about operations, class modalities and safety measures on our campus and other locations.
Stark State College is prepared to react quickly to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.
Campus safety measures
We will continue to follow health and safety guidelines from local, state and national health agencies and experts, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in consultation with our state and local health departments. Based on current guidelines, the following measures are in place:
- daily health assessments of anyone entering the buildings
- required face coverings in common/public areas and classrooms for anyone on campus
- social distancing of a minimum of six feet
- a limited number of entrances into college facilities to help with health assessments and better control of foot traffic flow
- continued deep-cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces such as door handles, doors, counters, tables, etc. and providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to all areas throughout the college
- air filtration systems cleaning throughout all facilities
- reminders of proper hygiene and hand washing/sanitation posted throughout the facilities and in restroom areas
- suspension of public gatherings and large events in all Stark State facilities at least through fall semester
Working together, we can keep our campus safe.
When you’re on campus, in addition to face covering requirements, please keep these expectations in mind:
Please comply with the capacity requests noted on restroom door signs
In densely populated areas, follow signage for social distance spacing and direction of travel. In the absence of signage, stay to the right in any hallway or on stairs.
Occupancy is limited to one or two people and will increase wait times; please remember to wear a face covering at all times.
Classroom capacity has been reduced to meet social distancing requirements and seats and computer monitors are removed or marked off. When waiting to enter a classroom in use, please wait until the entire class (including instructor) has left the room before entering.
Stark State College and other higher education institutions have received emergency financial aid grants for students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information view our FAQs.
If you have questions, please contact Gateway Student Services.
Main campus: 330-494-6170 ext. 4301 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SSC Akron: 330-494-6170 ext. 4670 | email@example.com
Books and course materials
The College Store is open. Curbside pickup is also available. Please call to determine the best method for you. (Akron students: if you need assistance, call the main campus bookstore.)
Main Campus – 330-966-5452
Akron – 330-494-6170, ext. 4612
Some offices are open on campus, but we continue to be here for you virtually! Schedule a call or virtual appointment with any of the student resources:
- Career Services
- Digital Library
- Disability support services
- Interfaith Campus Ministry
- Math Learning center
- Military Services
- Science Learning Center
- Writing Center
Cashier’s windows at main campus are open. If you have a question and prefer to call before coming to campus, contact us at 330-494-6170 ext. 4404 or 4060.
Counseling support services
Your mental and emotional health is also important to us. If you need to talk with someone during this time, the College provides counseling and intervention services that can be accessed remotely – https://www.starkstate.edu/counseling-support-services/.
Elizabeth Inkinen Schehl | 330-494-6170 ext. 4219 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caryn Griffin | 330-494-6170 ext. 5387 | email@example.com
Jeffrey Leon | 330-494-6170 ext. 4847 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a challenging time for all of us, but you are not in this alone!
Online resources and help to access your accounts is available via Help Desk Services. If you have not accessed your accounts before – mystarkstate, student email, MAP, Blackboard, the campus network, Google Drive – please reach out to Help Desk Services via phone, 330-494-6170 ext. 4357, www.starkstate.edu/helpdesk for general information to sign in or go to our website at helpdesk.starkstate.edu
eStarkState and Blackboard
To access your courses online, you will use Blackboard. Resources and help to use Blackboard are available via eStarkState and within Blackboard. If you have never taken an online course and you have questions and concerns, please reach out to your instructor or department chair. For help to sign in to Blackboard, contact the Help Desk. We are here to support you and help you through this transitional time.
If you do not have access to a computer or internet service, please notify your instructor. For more information go to www.starkstate.edu/estarkstate/.
Meetings and events
All campus club meetings and other College-wide events have been cancelled or postponed through the end of the semester. These include, but are not limited to, career fairs, open house events, Student Symposium, Spring Fling, pinning ceremonies, Scholars & Benefactors Luncheon, etc. Please continue to monitor your College email, College social media channels and the website for updates on events.
Check email frequently Your college email account will be the primary communication tool during this time. You can sync your college email to your personal email account. See tips on mystarkstate.
Also, most courses will be using Blackboard, which also has a communication feature. Check your Blackboard often to make sure you don’t miss messages from your instructors.
You may also stay connected by visiting the college website often and the College’s social media channels:
Reach out to your instructors, contact Gateway Student Services, or call the College general line at 330-494-6170.