Please note, due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, that these plans are provisional and are subject to change at any time.
All COTC students are expected to meet the outlined behavioral and safety expectations when they are physically present at any college activity, on or off campus. All students also are required to perform a daily wellness check to identify COVID-19-consistent symptoms each day they intend to be physically on a COTC campus.
Symptom-free students will have access to all internal campus spaces during autumn semester, following safe campus requirements to include but not limited to wearing masks; hand hygiene; physical distancing (maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space); wellness checks/health symptom monitoring; and must participate in contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation as may be required by public health authorities.
The Warner Center and other gathering areas such as the Hopewell Hall mall area, Founders Hall entry lounge, John Gilbert Reese Center lobby and the Jones Event Center in Jane C. and William T. McConnell Hall will be available to students with modifications to ensure physical distancing (i.e., spacing/rearranging of furniture).
The majority of student services will continue to be delivered remotely via phone, email and virtual appointments. Students should primarily use phone and email to communicate and set up appointments with student support services. Campus offices will be minimally staffed during autumn semester to provide assistance to those students with needs requiring in-person services.
For students needing computer and/or internet access, the Reese Center computer lab will continue to be open for students, and we are adding a second computer lab in Founders Hall (room 180). The computer labs on each of COTC’s extended campuses will continue to be open. View computer lab hours on the Stay Connected web page. Access to the Newark campus Wi-Fi will remain available in the Adena Hall parking lot for those who do not wish to enter a campus building.
Face Masks Required
Unless exempted by Human Resources, Office of Student Life Disability Services or guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health, individuals are required to wear face masks covering nose and mouth on COTC’s campuses. Masks are required to be worn in all indoor settings on our campuses unless you are alone in the privacy of your room/office. Masks must also now be worn outdoors in settings on campus, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. Indoors or outdoors, exceptions are made for those dining, participating in strenuous exercise or taking part in performance-based classes as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Additionally, there is an exception for college staff working outdoors for long periods of time who are able to maintain appropriate physical distancing and have a mask available if needed.
In addition, most academic departments have detailed safety plans for students enrolled in in-person classes, laboratories and clinical/internship/practicum courses. Students will receive these guidelines from their faculty.
What to Do if You Are Sick
If you experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do not come to campus. Symptoms include:*
- Fever of 100.4°F or higher or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain/body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Exposure to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
Exposure means: A household member, or any close contact (within six feet and for greater than 15 minutes) with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for contact includes the 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Refer to the CDC for the most current list of possible symptoms.
Students experiencing COVID-19-consistent symptoms or that have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) should quarantine themselves and begin the testing process by contacting their primary care physician or going to:
- In Licking County, the Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) drive-through clinic located at 131 McMillian Drive, Newark, Ohio. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m.
- In Knox County, Knox Community Hospital Urgent Care located at 1490 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- In Coshocton County, call the Coshocton Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 hotline at 740.623.4019. The hotline is available seven days/week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The CRMC Respiratory Screening Center located at in the Medical Arts Building at 406 South 15th Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people.
- Monitor your symptoms.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth if you are around other people.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
For more detailed instructions, review the CDC’s “What to Do If You Are Sick” instructions.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If you or someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Failure to adhere to these behavioral and safety expectations will be addressed through standard enforcement mechanisms, and an approach built on escalation, whereby adherence will be reinforced through education, choice and peer support before escalating to disciplinary or corrective action. When violations are serious and/or ongoing, they will be addressed as follows:
A student and/or student organization will be referred for disciplinary action where the student and/or student organization’s behavior endangers the health or safety of campus community members, on or off campus, and/or fails to comply with the behavioral and safety expectations.
- During an incident in which a student is not adhering, the student will first be asked to comply (e.g., to wear a mask). If this does not resolve the situation, the student will be reminded about safe and healthy requirements. If the student continues to refuse, the student will be told to leave the location and not to return until they are prepared to follow the requirements.
- For all situations, except those involving students who quickly comply when reminded, the incident will be reported to the dean of students for potential disciplinary action and to assist with appropriate tracing.