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Coronavirus update

Stark State College will return to holding the majority of instruction on campus for fall 2021. While online classes will still be available, the goal is to return to pre-COVID levels of in-person offerings for the upcoming fall semester. The College will continue to respond to any COVID-19 changes and recommendations from the CDC and local health departments.

Local health departments and the CDC recommend that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in areas of “substantial” or higher COVID-19 transmission wear masks indoors to protect against the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

In keeping with those recommendations, Stark State College requires all faculty, staff, students and campus visitors to wear masks indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This includes offices, classrooms, common areas, meeting rooms, etc., where more than one person gathers.

The decision to require masks maintains the safety, health and wellness of our faculty, staff and students, and is in keeping with the recommendations of federal, state and local health authorities. If and when both Stark and Summit Counties fall below the “substantial” level of transmission, we will move from requiring masks to recommending them. Until then, masks will be required indoors at all Stark State locations. In classrooms where masks cannot be worn, face shields will be permissible.

As always, please continue to wash your hands frequently, monitor yourself for symptoms and stay home if you are sick.

The Returning Student Advising Center is also available in-person and virtually online or by phone (571-392-7650, PIN: 117 032 9880).

Vaccinations

We strongly encourage everyone to learn more about vaccination options. Here are some free vaccination clinics on our campuses coming soon:

Main campus:

  • Monday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. outside in front of the Business and Entrepreneurial Center
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. outside in front of the KSU at Stark Fine Arts building

SSC Akron:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 1:30-4 p.m. in SSC Akron parking lot

Let’s continue to work together to ensure a safe return to campus for fall semester.

Note: COVID-19 vaccinations are available for all Ohioans ages 12 and up.

For more information about vaccinations:

Course modality

Choose the course delivery that’s right for you.

Course modality

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.

Student assistance

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 studentservices@starkstate.edu. 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 admissions@starkstate.edu.

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 Aug. 30. 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.

Regardless of your vaccination status, you should report:

  • any COVID-19 exposure
  • suspected COVID-19 symptoms
  •  A COVID-19 test, whether the results are positive or negative

Please use the self reporting form if you experience any of these three conditions.

Note: Additionally, protocols for exposures have been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to quarantine for 14 days upon exposure. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please continue to report as previously directed, whether you are vaccinated or not.

If you have questions, email the response team at responseteam@starkstate.edu or call 330-494-6170 ext. 6000.

For reference, please see the College’s COVID-19 response guide.

Cases reported

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.

Fall 2021 active cases
Fall 2021 recovered cases
2021 total cases
31
14
103

 

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:

  • 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

 

Helpful links

Financial resources

Stark State College and other higher education institutions have received federal emergency financial aid grants for students. For more information view our FAQs.

If you have questions, please contact Gateway Student Services.

Main campus: 330-494-6170 ext. 4301 | studentservices@starkstate.edu

SSC Akron:     330-494-6170 ext. 4670 | akron@starkstate.edu

Books and course materials

The College Store is open.

Main Campus – 330-966-5452
Akron – 330-494-6170, ext. 4612

Campus resources

Offices are open on campus, but we can still to be here for you virtually!

Cashier’s windows

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 important to us. If you need to talk with someone, the College provides counseling and intervention services that can be accessed remotely or in person.

Elizabeth Inkinen Schehl | 330-494-6170 ext. 4219 | eschehl@starkstate.edu
Caryn Griffin | 330-494-6170 ext. 5387 | cgriffin@starkstate.edu
Jeffrey Leon | 330-494-6170 ext. 4847 | jleon@starkstate.edu

*Click here to request an appointment with our counselors*

Help Desk

Online resources and help to access your College 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 at 330-494-6170 ext. 4357 or www.starkstate.edu/helpdesk for general information to sign in or go to our website at helpdesk.starkstate.edu

eStarkState and Blackboard
Use Blackboard to access resources and help are available via eStarkState and within Blackboard. If you’ve never taken an online course and have questions and concerns, please reach out to your instructor or department chair. For help to sign in to Blackboard, contact the Help Desk.

If you don’t have access to a computer or internet service, please notify your instructor. For more information go to www.starkstate.edu/estarkstate/.

Stay connected

Check email frequently because your college email account is your primary communication tool. You can sync your college email to your personal email account. See tips on mystarkstate.

Also, Blackboard has a communication feature so it often to make sure you don’t miss messages from your instructors.

You can stay connected by visiting the college website often and the College’s social media channels:

· Facebook @starkstate · Instagram @starkstate · Twitter @TheStarkState

Additional questions?

Reach out to your instructors, contact Gateway Student Services, or call the College general line at 330-494-6170.

Gateway Student Services
Main campus: 330-494-6170 ext. 4301 | studentservices@starkstate.edu
SSC Akron: 330-494-6170 ext. 4670 | akron@starkstate.edu

 

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