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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. Please take the time to read the Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines.

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.

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!

State Wide Travel Warning

Governor DeWine has announced a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher. Those traveling from one of these states should self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in a hotel. View the list of affected states at coronavirus.ohio.gov. The self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in Ohio and to people who are traveling into Ohio from any of these states. Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for tips on how to effectively quarantine.

State Wide Mask Order

Governor DeWine has announced a statewide mask mandate for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. A mask was provided to all students at the begging of the semester, and disposable masks are available on campus.

STUDENT Request for Facial Covering Exemption

This form is used to initiate a request for an exemption from wearing a facial covering at the college due to a health condition. Please complete the Request for Facial Covering Exemption Form. Once submitted, you may be contacted for additional information. Please note that an exemption based on the submission of this form is considered temporary in the case that the request requires medical documentation to support a permanent exemption. Medical information obtained during this process will require your consent in accordance with the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html), and is confidential and only notification of approved accommodation will be shared with persons needing to know.

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, 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.

OR

  • There is no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in symptoms AND there are negative results (showing no COVID-19) on at least two consecutive lab tests of respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart. Note: this strategy is not 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).

OR

  • There are negative results (showing no COVID-19) on at least two consecutive lab tests of respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart. Note: this strategy is not preferred.

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 14 days from their last exposure to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
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

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 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 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

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.

What are the campus operational hours?

Through December 23, excluding observed holidays, campus hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and Fridays by appointment. Please follow the general safety guidelines while on campus.

Please continue to seek any assistance that you need through email when possible. A staff directory is included on this page. If you don't know who to contact, please call the main college phone number, (937) 393-3431.

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 Spring Semester begins on September 28th. 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.