Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is following Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations to take immediate action to minimize the risk of exposure and slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our communities. These decisions will remain in effect indefinitely and be reevaluated on an ongoing basis based upon recommendations from health and government officials regarding the health and safety of our communities. Updates and modifications will be shared on this website as more information is available.
Information for COTC Students and Faculty
Spring Semester: Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing effects of the pandemic, COTC will continue in largely remote instructional formats while also utilizing limited hybrid modes. The spring 2021 academic calendar will not be altered, and spring break and all holiday breaks will be followed as scheduled.
Courses will be delivered in four primary modalities:
- Remote synchronous (scheduled time/day)
- Remote asynchronous (no scheduled sessions, lectures recorded, weekly live office hours)
- Hybrid (mix of on-campus and remote/online learning)
We’re Here for Our Students Promise: During this extraordinary time, COTC pledges new measures and extended support for students during this crisis. In continuing our student-first philosophy, COTC announces its “We’re Here for Our Students Promise.” Read more.
Additional resources for faculty are available at: u.cotc.edu/teachingresources.
All four COTC campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) are open, but we’ve modified operations to comply with CDC guidance. Our staff members in all departments are ready to assist you remotely via email or phone. Limited personnel are available on campus by appointment to provide assistance to those requiring in-person services.
Face masks and physical distancing are required for all individuals in all COTC buildings. Masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways and shared vehicles on all campuses. Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. See Coming to Campus for more information.
Limited Access Student-Use Computers: COTC will offer limited computer and Wi-Fi access for students at each of our campuses. For more information, see Stay Connected.
Rotary Park Playground and Pavilion at 925 Sharon Valley Road, Newark, which is managed by the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark, is open as of June 10, 2020.
The college has a comprehensive plan for limiting population density across all campuses. To help keep individuals safe and healthy, all COTC autumn 2020 events and gatherings — whether on or off campus — will be virtual, with 10 or fewer in-person participants.
COVID-19 Emergency Funding
On April 22, 2020, Central Ohio Technical College was granted funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students impacted by COVID-19. To receive the grant, enrolled students must complete the Emergency Financial Grant Application, have demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid and not be enrolled solely in an online program when courses were changed to remote delivery. In addition to disbursing these funds, COTC must report to the public within 30 days of receipt of the funds how the funds are being used. NOTE: as of June 9, 2020, all funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant have been exhausted. Read more.
All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President and posted on this website. Additional details are available on this site for the following topics: