03.16.2020

Dear Zane State Students,

I am grateful for your patience as we find ways to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. While our primary goal is to keep our campus community healthy, it is equally important that we continue offering quality, accessible course delivery working towards “A promising future for every one.”

While there are no reports of the Coronavirus on Zane State College campuses, a preparedness team has been meeting regularly and working on alternate formats of instruction while implementing proactive measures to help keep us healthy. The team intends to provide updates each Monday and Thursday and additionally as needed. There are many unknowns and while the State of Ohio continues to lead the nation in its response, the situation remains fluid. You’ll also be receiving other forms of communications this week:

  • Each faculty member will be creating their own teaching solution;
  • Your faculty will contact you with information regarding the new instructional format for your class (Please continue to check your email and Blackboard throughout the term.);
  • Text/email/phone calls from Zane State College will be sent, as needed, with College community updates.

Looking forward, the CDC recommends, “that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.” This would impact Commencement. We are evaluating options about Commencement and will communicate details in the coming week. In the meantime, our focus is on helping you, our students, complete courses and stay on track to graduate on time.

Let us help you navigate the changes in your daily routine. The Coronavirus Help Line is a resource just for you. If you need tutoring, counseling, or have academic-related questions, please call 740.588.1224 for assistance and to get connected with campus resources. Also, you can visit the Coronavirus website for Success Coach contact information and updated FAQs: www.zanestate.edu/info. You are encouraged to review the site in its entirety.

In addition, while there are no students currently on campus, please note that Zane State College’s custodial services contractor has increased the cleaning and disinfection of high contact surfaces.

We are grateful to have you as part of our campus community. Keep working hard and focus on getting through the last half of this semester. We want to make sure you progress and finish this semester successfully! 

Respectfully,

Dr. Brown