(North Canton, OH – March 11, 2020) – In response to Gov. DeWine’s recommendations to colleges and universities, Stark State College will convert classes – including on-campus, face-to-face courses – to a virtual format, beginning March 16.
Students, who are on spring break this week, are being asked not to come to any campus location until further notice.
“In this time of uncertainty, our priority is keeping our students, faculty and staff safe, informed and supported,” said Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College.
Students are receiving updates and instructions via email from President Jones and their instructors. Those in programs that require labs and other interactions will receive separate, specific communication from their program chairs regarding their next steps. Students who are unfamiliar with online learning will receive assistance from faculty, student services and computer services.
“We are ensuring our students do not have a gap in their instruction,” President Jones said. “Our goal is to keep them on track to complete their courses this semester, graduate and pursue their careers.”
The majority of College staff will continue to report to their assigned locations, with the recommended “social distance” of six feet encouraged, while faculty are being permitted to work remotely as they ensure teaching and learning continues with minimal disruption. The College also is taking extra precautions regarding facility cleaning.
All events and gatherings through the end of the semester at the College have been canceled or postponed. Business travel in and out-of-state has been suspended and staff and faculty members who travel outside of the state or country are being asked to voluntarily disclose the information to human resources, with the option of a 14-day self-quarantine for those with possible COVID-19 exposure.