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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

A significant viral outbreak of a new type of Coronavirus named “2019 Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19” is affecting a large number of countries around the world, including Ohio and the United States. Keep checking back for Columbus State's response.

The Latest: Summer instruction to be remote; pass/non-pass grading available for Spring

(updated: 4/09/20)

  • Summer will be Remote: With Summer Semester registration open, and given the expected COVID-19 curve and its anticipated impact over time, we will provide summer classes in the virtual or remote formats that have been adopted for the latter half of Spring semester. Exceptions may include labs or other classes that require in-person instruction that can be delivered with appropriate social distancing.
  • Pass / Non-Pass Grading: Recognizing that shifting to remote learning is a huge change, we're providing students the option to switch to Pass / Non-Pass grading. (College Credit Plus students - work with your school counselor and your CCP advisor to talk through your options.)
  • Incomplete "I" Grades: If you need more time to complete your coursework, we’ve retooled the option to take an incomplete grade. Find more information in the FAQs below.
  • Class withdrawal date has been extended to April 19 and readmission deadline for summer semester has been extended to April 24. More at the academic calendar.
  • Supervisors have received guidance to work with employees on remote work arrangements. Employees should work with their supervisors individually to make appropriate accommodations.

  • Students who meet graduation requirements by the end of spring semester will graduate as planned. Our May 8 commencement ceremony has been postponed.
  • Dr. Harrison has advised the campus to proceed with "safety, communication, and compassion." We acknowledge this period is disruptive to student learning, and we will do our best to accommodate students' needs.
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March 2020

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With Summer Semester registration open, and given the expected COVID-19 curve and its anticipated impact over time, a decision has been made to deliver summer classes in the virtual or remote formats that have been adopted for the latter half of Spring semester. Exceptions may include labs or other classes that require in-person instruction that can be delivered with appropriate social distancing.

Yes! We’re so excited you’re considering Columbus State. It’s a smart choice. Our Admission team is working remotely for the time being, and we are ready to answer any questions you have about the College. In fact, coming next week, we’re launching virtual daily briefings next week for prospective students. Sign up to visit (virtually), and we’ll reach out with an invitation, link and instructions. Or visit our Admissions page to request information, apply or contact us.

Recognizing that shifting to online learning at an accelerated pace is a huge change for everyone, we are providng you the option to choose between pass/fail or the standard A-E grading processes for Spring Semester courses shifted to remote delivery. A “Pass” grade equates to a grade of C or better and does not affect your GPA.

For each class in which you are considering the pass/non-pass options, it is critical that you work closely with your instructors and with your academic advisor to understand:

  • What pass/non-pass means in the individual course
  • How pass/non-pass could affect transfer credit
  •  How pass/non-pass may impact financial aid
  •  How pass/non-pass may affect admissions to selective programs

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENTS: Please work with both your school counselor and your CCP advisor to talk through your options. The pass/non-pass grade is not an option for anyone who wants to participate in high school athletics due to OHSAA and/or NCAA athletic eligibility rules. Contact ccpadvising@cscc.edu or reach out to your individual advisor with specific questions.

If you need more time to complete your coursework, we’ve retooled the option to take an incomplete grade. This option would be negotiated with your instructor, creating another way for you to complete course content, lab, or clinical requirements without having to drop and re-take a class from the beginning.

Additionally, we have extended the date by which an Incomplete grade must be finished to August 8, 2020. In some case-by-case instances, this can be extended beyond that date if clinical or work-based learning cannot be completed by the end of Summer Semester.

Even though lab courses have been converted to online delivery, there are still fees associated with delivering the courses and helping students complete them successfully. So, lab fees will not be refunded for courses that have been converted to online delivery and that are completed by students. However, if your lab course has been canceled, lab fees will be refunded for the Spring 2020 term and re-assessed when you re-enroll in the course in a future term.

Under normal circumstances, in-person courses are actually slightly less expensive ($10/credit hour) than those originally designed to be offered online. In these circumstances, since all courses have been converted to online delivery temporarily, we have chosen to waive that extra fee for courses that were originally offered in person and had to be converted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. So, there’s no tuition to refund since you’re still enrolled in the course, and the course is still being delivered.

Millions of people are filing for unemployment for the first time, including students. Most of this can be done online, but when you’re prompted to have the College verify your enrollment and satisfactory progress, simply type “see attached enrollment verification" in those fields, and continue with your application. Then upload an enrollment verification before you submit you form. Complete your enrollment verification via the National Student Clearinghouse following these steps:

  • From the CSCC enrollment verification page, click on the first option "Request an Official Enrollment Verification"
  • On the National Student Clearinghouse page, log in with your Columbus State credentials
  • Click on "Obtain an Enrollment Certificate"
  • That can be saved as a PDF and uploaded as part of the unemployment application/verification process.

We want our student employees to be engaged in meaningful College work and training as much as possible. We are working closely with supervisors to guide them on how to help student employees telework during this time. In general, Federal Work Study students can work their normal schedules (remotely) through the end of the semester, and College Work Study students can also work their normal schedules during this time (remotely). Please work with your supervisor to ensure you continue doing meaningful work and training, track your hours, and report absences appropriately. 

We are committed to transparency, timeliness and accuracy in our communication. We will use the website, cscc.edu/about/coronavirus, as a primary communication tool, along with your @student.cscc.edu email.

Columbus State resumed all classes in remote format on Monday, March 23, and all College operations are serving students online, over the phone and through email. We will remain in remote format through the end of spring semester. Arrangements for clinicals, labs and off-site work-study courses are being handled on a case-by-case basis, so please check Blackboard and your Columbus State student email account, or reach out to your instructor for specific directions.

Students who meet graduation requirements by the end of spring semester will graduate as planned. Our May 8 Commencement, the formal ceremony that celebrates our graduates, has been postponed. We will share our plans for this important occasion when details have been finalized.

The College is limiting in-person interaction to slow the spread of COVID-19 at the urging of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton. Face-to-face operations, such as Admission, Student Central, Academic Advising, payments and billing, Library Services, Bookstore, tutoring, career services, Student Engagement and Leadership and more can now be handled remotely through email, telephone and the web.

To support student needs and support their success, we have expanded the services typically offered by Student Central (records, registration, residency, financial aid, and other enrollment-related questions) to include academic advising, peer advocacy, and more. In keeping with recommendations for social distancing, Student Central will transition to a remote/virtual service that can be reached by email at information@cscc.edu or by phone at 614-287-5353.

Hours are:

  • Monday and Tuesday 8 am to 5 pm 
  • Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 6:30 pm 
  • Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Here is a list of key offices and the best way to access their services:

  • Student Central (enrollment, registration, financial aid, academic advising, residency, and student forms) information@cscc.edu or 614-287-5353
  • Academic Advising: You can contact advisors via phone or email.
  • Tutoring Services are available remotely through NetTutor’s Pisces. Students will have remote access to the college tutors they’ve become accustomed to meeting. Access these services through any course you are currently enrolled in (now or for an upcoming semester) by logging on to Blackboard. For more information, please contact Lynn Giese at lgiese@cscc.edu or 614-287-2474, or Teddi Lewis-Hotopp at tlewisho@cscc.edu, 614-287-2866.
  • Admissions (high school students, transfer students, College Credit Plus, working adults, international students, immigrants and DACA students), information@cscc.edu, delaware@cscc.edu or (614) 287-5353
  • The Bookstore remains accessible online, with contact information and hours for virtual support available on its website. Students, order your books online as soon as possible to allow time for shipping, which is free with UPS.
  • The Mid-Ohio Market will remain open for curbside service. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Disability Services can be reached at disability@cscc.edu for testing questions or dsdocumentation@cscc.edu for Advocate or departmental questions.
  • We strongly encourage all payments via CougarWeb. Payments by check can be sent by U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 1609, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1609. Payments can also be dropped off at Columbus Campus at the Madison Hall entrance drop box, or at Delaware Campus at the Moeller Hall drop box. Cashiers and Student Accounting can be reached at 614-287-5658 or stuacct@cscc.edu.

We are here to support you in the successful completion of your classes this semester, and always, to help you reach your educational goals. We also understand these are extraordinary circumstances, and we want to be flexible and supportive. If you find that the alternative delivery of your class is not the best fit for you, you can request to be withdrawn up until April 19, 2020. Fill out the COVID-19 Withdrawal Form to submit a COVID-19 Withdrawal Request. College Credit Plus students, please DO NOT fill out this form. Instead, work with your high school counselor and then with your CCP advisor before withdrawing from a class to make sure you remain on track to graduate.

As Columbus State migrates to primarily online and remote instruction and student service effective March 23, we recognize that consistent broadband Internet access is a challenge for some of our students. If you have access to a computer but not consistent Internet connectivity, the College urges you to consider establishing free home Internet service at this time.           

Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access is available for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students, who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

No, the semester will not be extended. Coursework will be compressed to fit within the existing academic calendar for spring 2020.

If you’re taking an in-person lab, clinical, practicum or internship spring semester, your chairperson and/or instructor will communicate directly with you by Friday, March 27, about when you will resume in-person coursework. In general, these courses will be delayed an additional two weeks from Monday, March 23. All other classes will resume online March 23. Check Blackboard, your Columbus State email, or check in with your instructor for the latest.

At this time, the testing center services are moving to an online environment. While our classes are transitioning from in-person to alternative forms of delivery, the testing center will no longer engage in:

Academic testing

  • All online and hybrid classes will assess students in an alternative manner/environment, including all final exams.
  • All in-person classes converted to online classes will assess students in an alternative manner/environment, including all final exams.

Your instructor will contact you directly with additional information.

Placement testing

  • Math placement testing (ALEKS) will be administered online through CougarWeb . Take the math placement test online by accessing CougarWeb with your Columbus State username and password. Select “ALEKS” under the “Placement Testing” link, and complete the math placement test.
  • Reading and writing placement will be determined in other ways temporarily since these tests can’t be taken online. To find the right course for you, we’ll use your ACT/SAT/GED scores, Advance Placement English, COMPASS test scores, Accuplacer scores, or your performance in college courses you’ve already taken. These test scores give you more course options. If you don’t have these test scores, don’t worry. Our first term advisors will show you how to register for our Fundamentals of College Writing (ENGL 0199) / College Composition Workshop (ENGL1101), where you’ll learn in a small-group, teacher-directed environment that will set you up for success through the rest of your college journey. An advisor will contact you after you complete our online New Student Workshop. Sign up today with your Columbus State username and password.

Community and Professional Testing

  • The center will not proctor tests for other institutions. For department-required tests for program admission and graduation, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Proficiency, CCP and ESL testing

  • Proficiency testing and College Credit Plus testing are suspended. English as a Second Language students, we’re creating a new process for your placement test, so continue to check our ESL placement testing webpage for updates.

No, Columbus State remains open, and employees are at work teaching and supporting students online, by email and by phone. Classes have been canceled through March 22 and will resume in online format Monday, March 23.

All events with 50 people or more have been canceled through April. We are reviewing all other events, including events organized by external partners and held at our College locations, to determine appropriate arrangements. We will communicate event cancellations through their event organizers.

Our registration process hasn’t changed, so if you know what classes you’d like to take, the easiest way to register is to do that online through CougarWeb. Here is a link to an instructional video. You can also call us at 614-287-5353 if you’d like some help with the registration process. If you aren’t yet sure what classes you should take, you should talk with an academic advisor first so that you can get some help with course selection.

Absolutely! We suggest that you reach out to your advisor via telephone or email. If you already know who your advisor is, go ahead and reach out to them. If you are a returning student and you aren’t sure who your advisor is, here is a link to the advisor directory. If you are preparing for your first semester at Columbus State, you can actually call 614-287-5353, and a representative at that number can set up a time for you to have a phone appointment with an advisor in our Center for Advising Support and Exploration.

Financial aid and scholarship eligibility will not be impacted by the transition from in-person classes to online classes.

Columbus State’s Counseling Services has psychological tips for dealing with the coronavirus posted on their website: Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns. You can request a counseling appointment or get mental health referrals to community counseling services by visiting Counseling Services or calling (614) 287-2818.

If are experiencing an emergency concern and a quick response is needed, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. 

Before returning to the College, you are asked to practice social distancing and stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left the area of risk if you are returning from:

  • A cruise 
  • A country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, or  
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) 

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home for the latest travel warning information. 

 

More students than ever will need additional resources and support to be successful. Our Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) partners with faculty and staff in navigating student behaviors beyond the typical matters of classroom management, so that you can focus on providing world-class education. Team members include representatives from Student Conduct, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Victim Advocacy, Equity and Compliance, the Police Department, and Human Resources. If you have general concerns about behavior that indicates a need for resources and support, please complete an informational report online or contact us for a consultation as soon as possible. Learn more on Cornerstone through our “Engaging the Behavioral Intervention Team” training video.

Even with our best efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, our community will experience illness. If a student informs you that they've tested positive, first ask how they're doing, show concern for their well-being, and make sure they have the support they need to continue their coursework. The responsibility for reporting positive results for COVID-19 is coordinated by public health officials and the health care system, including primary care physicians, hospitals, clinics and urgent care facilities. If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  1. the primary care doctor will report the exposure to the local health department;
  2. the local health department will initiate the protocols established; and
  3. the local health department will proceed to contact individuals who may have been exposed by the infected person.

Yes, employees who are teleworking and lack needed computing equipment can open a ticket or call 614-287-5050, and we will help employees properly pack computing equipment to move it home to support temporary teleworking.

Our Office of Professional Development has created a training opportunity on presentation science for teachers, professors and other trainers. The training was created by Dr. Will Thalheimer, a respected researcher in the field of organizational training and development and a popular research-to-practice author and speaker. He is offering his course, Presentation Science, free to educators during the COVID-19 pandemic so educators can learn strategies to improve online instruction. Through the lens of “presentations,” Dr. Thalheimer covers essential evidence-informed strategies that help make learning stick and transfer to practice.

To participate, first sign up for the course at WorkLearning.com, and then join in discussion with fellow College employees by logging in to the College’s Teams environment. Search for and join the team “Presentation Science Course.”

The College remains open and operational. At the direction of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Public Health Director Dr. Acton to control the spread of COVID-19, the College is minimizing the number of people learning and working at its Columbus and Delaware campuses and Regional Learning Centers. Employees at all campus locations are teaching and supporting students while working remotely. Some have been redeployed to the Columbus campus. We’re also working to lessen traffic in our buildings to help our maintenance team keep buildings and high-touch surfaces clean. Building entrances remain accessible with the swipe of your Cougar ID. If you trouble accessing a building, please call the College Police Department at 614-287-2525.

Thank you for taking your health and wellness seriously. We will take the Coronavirus response into consideration when awarding Rally coins. We understand that health care providers are following guidance from public health officials in their own way, so please communicate with your provider and follow their direction on maintaining your routine exams. Employees impacted by their providers’ guidance on routine appointments during Coronavirus, and who are not able to obtain coins related to those visits, will not be penalized. Please remember, there are additional ways to earn coins remotely, including the online survey and the missions, which offer the ability to earn coins even with potential cancellations.

No, the College remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. We are in the process of exploring options for different types of instruction. In the meantime, classes have been canceled through March 22. All employees are to continue to report as scheduled.

It is appropriate to ask how they are feeling and encourage them to head home immediately if they are showing signs of being sick. However, we should not stigmatize people who are sick or assume anyone who coughs or sneezes has COVID-19.

Even with our best efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, our community will experience illness. If a student informs you that they've tested positive, first ask how they're doing, show concern for their well-being, and make sure they have the support they need to continue their coursework. The responsibility for reporting positive results for COVID-19 is coordinated by public health officials and the health care system, including primary care physicians, hospitals, clinics and urgent care facilities. If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  1. the primary care doctor will report the exposure to the local health department;
  2. the local health department will initiate the protocols established; and
  3. the local health department will proceed to contact individuals who may have been exposed by the infected person.

At this time the College is redirecting efforts to concentrate on our restrooms and common touch points in our high-traffic areas. In addition, disinfectant wipes will be distributed throughout buildings so that employees may assist in keeping their immediate spaces clean and disinfected. Furthermore, Facilities is actively working to ensure the supplies within the restrooms, such as paper towels, are being restocked. However, should you become aware of a dispenser being empty, please contact Facilities immediately at 614-287-5444.

Yes, during a pandemic situation, an employer is permitted to send employees home if they are exhibiting symptoms.

Your supervisor has received new guidance from Human Recourses on the best way to accommodate and manage employees who telework (work from home) on a temporary basis. During the COVID-19 event, employees should work with their supervisors to determine next steps. Your supervisor has the most recent information to work appropriately with Human Resources.

Your supervisor has received guidance from Human Resources on how best to accommodate and manage teleworking. Staff who are well are expected to work as usual, just from home.

Employees should work with their supervisors to determine operational needs and if they can be met remotely, if job duties permit it. Also check with your supervisor about resources you need.

Hourly employees may work from home if it's approved by their supervisor. However, employees will need to appropriately document their hours worked and are not permitted to work overtime without prior approval from their supervisor. Managers are encouraged to work with their HR partners to address specific questions.

Social distancing is a way to reduce exposure, slow the spread, and minimize transmission of contagious diseases. Use video and teleconferencing tools like WebEx instead of holding in-person meetings when possible. Try to maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid shaking hands and close physical contact with anyone displaying symptoms.

Our IT experts will help you learn about tools for collaboration, file storage, remote calling, chat, and other work-related tasks. Bring your device if you need hands-on assistance getting it set up. We will be mindful of the recommendations for maintaining social distancing, promoting frequent hand washing, and regular cleaning of touched surfaces. Limited seating is available. Online resources are being developed and will be shared with you soon. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Support Center at extension 5050 or email helpdesk@cscc.edu.

As we continue to transition to telework arrangements, there are steps you can take to prepare to work remotely with your personal computing equipment. Click the link below for comprehensive resources. Please be sure to read the secure computing best practices for remote workers article. Remember, telework arrangements must be managed with your supervisor. https://td.cscc.edu/TDClient/68/Portal/KB/?CategoryID=59 Virtual desktop access review is pending and more information will be provided to individual users.

The College recognizes the anxiety and emotional strain that these circumstances may place on all of us. Remember that Columbus State’s employee health plans offer comprehensive coverage for both physical and mental health care. If an employee would like to speak with a counselor or a mental health professional, contact Matrix, Columbus State’s Employee Assistance Program: 614-475-9500; www.matrixpsych.com. The College also supports and encourages self-care during these stressful times. Remember that sleep and exercise promote immune system capacity.

The College is following the directive from Governor DeWine and has banned all non-essential travel through Monday, April 30. All new travel request during this time will require Vice President exception approval. This includes in-state, out-of-state and international travel.

Travelers who have already been approved for travel between now and April 30 need to obtain Vice President approval to override the travel ban. If your Vice President does not approve the override of the travel ban, please cancel hotel and flight reservations, and/or conference registration. If you used a personal credit card and the airline or conference refuses to issue a refund or credit, please complete a Travel Expense form to request a reimbursement. Note that if you receive a credit or refund for an airline ticket or conference fees prepaid by the College, the credit or refund must be utilized for future college travel and cannot be used for personal travel.

If the Travel Office coordinated your flight or hotel reservation and/or conference registration, the Travel Office is available to assist you with the cancellation/refund process. Please contact the Travel Office at travel@cscc.edu for assistance. If you have questions, please contact Darrin Albaugh or Tracy Thornton in the Travel office.

Students will receive a message and access instructions for using our online tutoring resource, NetTutor, during the week of March 16. NetTutor has also offered to let us use its tutoring platform, Pisces, for Columbus State tutors so our students will have remote access to the college tutors they’ve become accustomed to meeting. We are currently working out the details and will provide more information through the Tutoring Advisory Committee as it becomes available. Please check your emails frequently as we work to continue tutoring services to our students while maintaining the safety and health protocols identified by the College.  

Academic Affairs and Information Technology are planning several training sessions for the week of March 16 to help faculty get up to speed on delivering courses and academic testing online. Instructional leads and distance learning leads will work with area faculty and adjunct faculty to facilitate training. Contact your department chair or dean for more information.   

Your dean and chairperson will be in touch with faculty members soon to offer guidance about online delivery methods and standards. DEIS will be offering many workshops and help sessions next week to assist faculty in getting content moved online. 

Before returning to the College, you are asked to practice social distancing and stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left the area of risk if you are returning from: 

  • A cruise 
  • A country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, or  
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) 

Employees should notify their department chairs and supervisors immediately. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home for the latest travel warning information. 

All in-person lab, clinical, practicums, and internships will be postponed for two weeks starting from Monday, March 23, or in accordance with any orders issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Students will be contacted by their chairperson and/or faculty by Friday, March 27, as to the path forward for their coursework. Announcements will also be placed on Blackboard.

 

 

 

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