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Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update

Stark State College is planning a return to holding the majority of its 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 COVID-19 changes and recommendations from the CDC and local health departments.

“Our students have been asking for in-person classes to resume, and we are planning for a safe return to campus this fall,” said Stark State President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly, as we have successfully done since the pandemic began last March.

The fall class schedule has been announced.

The campus will continue to enforce face mask wearing and other COVID-19 protocols until further notice. More information about continuing safety measures will be provided to students, faculty and staff closer to the start of the fall semester.

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.

If you need to access any student services (financial aid, registration, academic advising, etc.) virtual and in-person appointments are available. Please visit the webpage of the appropriate office or contact Gateway Student Services at main campus or in Akron.

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

Weather closings can be a bit confusing during these unusual times. When severe weather requires action, Stark State College will continue to use the RAVE early alert system, email, social media and news media to inform faculty, staff and students. When weather conditions make closing necessary, only in-person classes will be cancelled – all classes offered online or in remote formats will continue as usual. Staff will work remotely.

Campus safety measures

4 steps to staying safe

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 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

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 spring classes that start January 19. 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 for upcoming campus preview dates.

COVID reporting

Students and employees should report

  • potential COVID-19 exposure
  • a suspected or confirmed case
  • if they are experiencing symptoms.

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

Note: If you have been tested for COVID-19, you must quarantine until you receive the results and/or instructions from your doctor or local health department.

If you have questions, email the response team at 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.

Spring 2021 active cases
Spring 2021 recovered cases
2020 total cases

What to do

Click on the images below for guidance in each scenario.

positive case

close contact

contact of a contact


According to guidance from the state, colleges and universities are not currently included in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. The College will continue to monitor this activity closely. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine or the rollout process, please contact your physician or the health department.

If you would like more information about vaccines, Ohio Department of Health is putting on virtual town hall meetings.

Campus safety measures

Symptoms to watch and steps to staying safe

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

Student/faculty/staff expectations

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:

  • restrooms
    Please comply with the capacity requests noted on restroom door signs
  • sidewalks/hallways
    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.
  • elevators
    Occupancy is limited to one or two people and will increase wait times; please remember to wear a face covering at all times.
  • classrooms
    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.

Please wear your face covering correctly

Helpful links

Financial resources

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 |

SSC Akron:     330-494-6170 ext. 4670 |

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

Campus resources

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:

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 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 –

Elizabeth Inkinen Schehl | 330-494-6170 ext. 4219 |
Caryn Griffin | 330-494-6170 ext. 5387 |
Jeffrey Leon | 330-494-6170 ext. 4847 |

*Click here to request an appointment with our counselors*

Help Desk

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, for general information to sign in or go to our website at

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

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.

Stay connected

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:

· 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 |
SSC Akron: 330-494-6170 ext. 4670 |


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