Information for Students

Regardless of the challenges we are all facing, Southern State is committed to fulfilling our mission and serving you in the best way possible. The obstacles are many and thankfully, you have chosen a resourceful education partner. Above all, we want to remind you that your health and well-being are most important to us.

We thank you for your patience as we recognize that new delivery models, amidst all the challenges you may be facing in your personal life, make this a tough situation. Again, we are doing everything possible to keep services and instruction uninterrupted and keep your learning on track, but we know you have questions. The information below will hopefully answer those questions.

What are the Campus Summer Hours?

Throughout the Summer 2021 semester, courses will be delivered, almost exclusively, at a distance. Through the summer semester, excluding observed holidays, the Central and Mt. Orab campus locations are open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and Fridays by appointment. Effective June 7, the Fayette Campus will offer all services remotely through July 30. In-person services will resume on August 2.

If it is more convenient for you, please continue to seek any assistance that you need through email when possible. If you don't know who to contact, please call the main college phone number, (937) 393-3431, or view the staff directory.

Healthy CONNECT Pledge

SSCC's goal is to connect you to a healthy future by overcoming fear and nurturing good lifestyle choices needed to eliminate COVID-19 transmission. As a SSCC student, staff or community member, we ask you to take care of yourself and your community and pledge your compliance to the expectations outlined in the pledge. Take the SSCC Healthy CONNECT Pledge!

Travel During COVID-19

SSCC will be observing the CDC guidelines for travel, therefore all employees and students should plan accordingly. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is no longer issuing a travel advisory for those entering Ohio after traveling to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher. Instead, ODH has revised its travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel.

This change means the state-by-state list will no longer be updated. Even as more individuals are vaccinated across the United States and in Ohio and testing availability continues to improve, travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands.

Wear a Mask. Stay 6 feet apart. Avoid Crowds. Get a Vaccine.

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated people traveling internationally or domestically. For all travel, take preventive measures to protect yourself and others, such as wearing a mask for the duration of your trip. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Updated CDC guidance related to domestic travel during the COVID-19 pandemic includes recommendations and requirements based on vaccination status. In a nutshell, it looks like this:

Domestic Travel Recommendations and Requirements

CDC Travel Resources

For domestic and international travelers, the complete CDC travel recommendations can be found here. Topics will assist you whether you are planning domestic or international travel with: safer travel ideas; requirements and health notices; when it's a "no go" or those that are prohibited from entry into the US; what to do after travel; cruise ship travel; and communication resources and FAQs. Check Travel Planner for state, local, tribal, and territorial government restrictions before traveling.

Timing is Everything

Finally, you may face the dreaded question of when to postpone your travel...

Check these common scenarios to see if you or your travel companions should postpone your travel. This list does not include all possible situations. Talk to your healthcare provider before you travel if you are unsure whether any of these situations apply to you or your travel companions. CDC will continue to update this information here as we learn more about COVID-19.

Don't travel or cross borders while sick.

Don't travel while infectious with Covid-19 even if you dont have symptoms.

If you are not fully vaccinated, do not travel, and self-quarantine by seperating yourself from others.

Postpone your travel until you get your test results.

Be prepared! Getting trip cancellation insurance might help ensure you are able to make a last-minute cancellation or change your itinerary without losing money on flights, cruises, train tickets, or pre-paid lodgings.

What do I do if I feel Ill?

Stay home if you feel sick and let your instructor know

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as follows, the symptoms of which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Fever, Cough, & Shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

What do I do if it is suspected or confirmed that I have COVID-19?

As of July 17, 2020, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are as follows:

Students with symptoms who have not been tested (or are waiting for test results) should stay home until at least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.)

Students with symptoms who have lab-confirmed COVID-19 should stay home until:

  • At least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.) Note: for persons with symptoms, this symptom-based strategy is preferred.

Students without symptoms who have lab-confirmed COVID-19 should stay home until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.). Note: for persons without symptoms, this time-based strategy is preferred. However, if they develop symptoms in that time period, they should revert to the criteria for employees with symptoms (above).

To view a list of all COVID-19 symptoms visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

What do I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19

Close contacts will include any student or staff member that has been within 6 feet of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 for 15 cumulative minutes during the exposure period. IF YOU ARE IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT, STUDENTS - NOTIFY INSTRUCTORS AND ACADEMIC ADVISORS / EMPLOYEES - NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR.

  • The exposure period is 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before the test of an asymptomatic student or staff member.
    • This includes students and staff with or without face coverings.
    • Household contacts such as siblings and parents may be quarantined for 14 days from the last exposure to the confirmed case.

The health department will work together with the student and school staff to determine who will be considered close contacts.

  • Testing on asymptomatic contacts is not recommended by the CDC, ODH, or HCHD.
    • If a close contact does receive a negative test result, they will still be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from their last exposure to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you are considered fully vaccinated, follow the CDC guidelines. You are not required to quarantine but continue to symptom monitor for 14 days from last exposure. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, isolate yourself and follow the CDC's COVID-19 testing guidance.

How do I participate in Symptom Assessment and Testing?

Symptom Assessment

Conduct daily symptom monitoring for the following symptoms DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS and CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER and SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION if you are feeling ill:

Testing

Free rapid testing can be obtained for all SSCC students and employees without your physicians order. Call Highland District Hospital Occupational Health at (937) 393-6398 to schedule a drive up appointment.

To be considered for testing, contact your health care provider, report symptoms and any known or potential exposure to COVID-19 and follow their instructions, including testing for COVID-19. What do you do after you are tested?

  • The health department recommends that any individual who is currently sick and is awaiting test results be isolated and assumed to be a positive COVID-19 case until test results come in. Healthcare providers should be providing this direction to patients as they are tested.
  • Other household members in homes where testing results are pending are encouraged to stay home until results are received.
  • The structure of testing and reporting in Ohio does not allow the health department or the higher education system to actively monitor these situations, or to otherwise determine when a test is pending. The only way for SSCC to know that tests are pending would be through voluntary reporting from the student or employee.
  • Positive results would result in documentation from the health department that would include release from quarantine and release from isolation documentation.
  • The health department does not have the jurisdiction to restrict the movement of anyone who is awaiting test results or in a home where test results are pending. They can only act when a positive case is directly connected to the household.

Go to https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/ to determine if you need a COVID-19 test and locations to obtain the test.

How to use results of viral tests:

  • If you test positive, know what protective steps to take to prevent others from getting sick.
  • If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself.
How do I Participate in Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation?

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is conducted by a local health department in which the infected individual resides. You will be contacted by the Ohio Department of Health's local county authorities, to address concerns after known close contact (within 6 feet, greater than 15 minutes, without a face covering) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. You will temporarily quarantine at your place of residence will be at the advisement of the health department or after known close contact (within 6 feet, greater than 15 minutes, without a face covering) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You will remain in quarantine until released by my physician or advised by the health department, (typically 10-14 days). What does quarantine look like? https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/checklists/english-checklists/If-youre-isolated-quarantined-COVID-19-Checklist

If Fully Vaccinated:

If you are considered fully vaccinated, follow the CDC guidelines. You are not required to quarantine but continue to symptom monitor for 14 days from last exposure. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, isolate yourself and follow the CDC's COVID-19 testing guidance and follow the guidance for your testing result.

Isolation

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. You will isolate yourself at your home or place of residence if you TEST POSITIVE for COVID-19 or HAVE BEEN TESTED by receiving a presumptive diagnosis from a physician. The Ohio Department of Health and their local county health commissioners will receive your test results and you will be contacted by them to provide information to initiate the contact tracing for your close contacts. SSCC will also be contacted to provide information regarding the location of the classes in which you participated and seating charts to narrow the number of close contacts within that class. Please provide accurate and honest information as it will limit further transmission of the virus.

How do I report my absence?

The same way you always have. Contact your instructor.

Contact covid19@sscc.edu or (937) 509-7828 for COVID-19 related issues.

Are services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising, Tutoring, Counseling, Disabilities, and Registration available?

These services can be accessed by telephone, email, Zoom (virtual meeting), or in-person from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be requested by telephone, email, or scheduled in real time using the NAVIGATE app. If you are not yet using the NAVIGATE app, it is available on both iPhone and Android devices.

  Name Email Phone
Disabilities Molly Clevenger mclevenger@sscc.edu ext 2604
Tutoring Jackie Potts jpotts@sscc.edu ext 2882
Registration Fran Roberts froberts@sscc.edu ext 2613
Financial Aid Cindy Bloom cbloom@sscc.edu ext 2610
Admissions Lauri Bolitho lbolitho@sscc.edu ext 2607
Advising Misi Griffith mgriffith9@sscc.edu ext 2825
Counseling Tom Payton tpayton@sscc.edu ext 2713
Business Office Jeanna Morgan jmorgan@sscc.edu ext 2652
How will this impact College Credit Plus (CCP)?
How can I make a payment?

There are three ways you can make a payment:

  • How to make a payment using the web.
    Go to: www.sscc.edu > My Records> Login> Account Information> My Balances By Semester> Make a Payment
  • How to make a payment using the automated Pay By Phone line:
    You will need to know your student ID number and the amount you want to pay.
    Call 1-800-628-7722.
    Press # to Make a Payment and follow the prompts.
  • Address to Mail a payment.
    Southern State Community College
    PO Box 880
    Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
  • How to make a payment in-person.
    Payments can be made at the Business Office, located in Hillsboro at the Central Campus, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
Are there any implications to my financial aid because of COVID-19?

As long as you remain in your course, your financial aid should be uninterrupted. However, the financial aid department has established virtual solutions to continue meeting your needs and answering your questions. Emails are easiest for our team to address, but if you would like to call, you are welcome to do so. Financial Aid Questions: financialaid@sscc.edu or call 937-393-3431 ext. 2610

Can I still register for Classes?

Registration for the 2021 Fall Semester is now open! As a current student, you are able to register online through the MySSCC/MyRecords portal when the appropriate registration period opens. The Advising Center Staff are working in-person and remotely, and are ready to assist you through your registration planning and process. In-person appointments will follow the campus operational hours listed above. Contact the Advising Center at 800.628.7722 ext. 2825, studentsuccess@sscc.edu, or through NAVIGATE.

Are you still accepting admissions applications at this time?

Absolutely, and invite your friends to complete one too! Complete yours today by visiting https://www.sscc.edu/admissions/apply.shtml.

Will placement testing still be offered?

Due to the distancing provisions around COVID-19 we are offering remote placement testing and limited on-site placement testing options. If you are needing to take the placement assessment please complete the Placement Assessments Form and we will contact you via email or phone to schedule testing. To schedule an appointment with an Academic/Career Advisor to register for an upcoming semester please email studentsuccess@sscc.edu or contact the Advising Center at 937-393-3431, ext. 2825.

How can I get my high school or college transcript delivered to the Admission's Office?

High school transcripts can be delivered in-person to the Admission's Office from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. High school transcripts can also be sent via email or mail. Whatever is easiest for you, here's our contact information. Email transcripts to admissions@sscc.edu or mail to Attn: Admissions Office, 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, OH 45133.

Official College transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the SSCC Records office. Mail to Attn: Records office, 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, OH 45133. In-person delivery of college transcripts won't be accepted unless they are in a sealed envelope from the college.

If you have any questions about admissions or the status of your application please contact Lauri Bolitho, Admissions Assistant, at 937-393-3431, ext. 2607 or email lbolitho@sscc.edu.

What if I don't have internet access or a laptop?

We are offering a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices and/or laptops to students who do not have Internet access or a laptop at home. Reserve yours today by visiting the Wireless Hotspots & Laptops at Home webpage.