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UPDATE 6/9/20

Shawnee State continues to move toward a return to campus for Fall 2020 in compliance with Governor DeWine's Responsible RestartOhio guidelines.

Campus prepares for Bears Return in Fall Semester.

Shawnee State intends to welcome students to return to campus this fall with face-to-face instruction, hybrid courses and online classes. While the delivery may vary, the full range of student services will be offered. Faculty, staff and leadership are working with local and state authorities to develop a Bears Return plan that promotes health and safety and follows Bears Return Guiding Principles (PDF). Human Resources has issued Health & Safety Guidelines for Employees (PDF) to ensure a safe return to campus. Department managers are asked to evaluate their areas utilizing a Return to Campus Assessment (PDF) tool before reopening.

Return to campus activities are being implemented in a phased approach. Now through June 29, several non-public offices will return. Beginning later this month, most public services will reopen. A summer/fall schedule (PDF) for offices has been developed and will be updated over the coming weeks.

Several health profession courses will resume in a face-to-face delivery by the end of the month, during the second summer session. Academic areas are preparing fall classroom schedules that ensure adequate spacing and safety protocols. Details will be shared as plans are finalized.

UPDATE 5/19/20

Nearly 500 degrees were conferred during SSU's first virtual commencement held last Saturday. Special addresses were given by Governor Mike DeWine, SSU Alumna Sarah Biehl, SSU President Jeff Bauer, UFS President Tony Ward, SGA President Ryan Schiesser, and Provost Becky Thiel. The procession of graduates included personalized slides with each student's name, degree, personal message, and submitted video.

Summer Semester is under way.

Summer semester began last week with remote instruction. Select programs, primarily in health sciences, will begin in-person classes and labs during the second summer session. Additional safety measures for these classes will include appropriate spacing and masking.

"Make-up Clinical Session" to be held June 1-19.

In-person "make-up" clinicals for spring graduates will be held June 1-19 at no additional cost to students.

Application for Shawnee CARES Grants Available to Spring 2020 Students.

The application for the Shawnee CARES Grants program is available through May 31, 2020 for students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester. These grants are intended to help defray certain expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligibility requirements may be found online.

Remote New Student Orientation has been developed.

The Office of Admission has developed a personalized remote New Student Orientation with one-on-one financial aid counseling sessions, advising meetings, and information sessions. A website for accepted students launched with details about the program.

UPDATE 5/15/20

Virtual Commencement goes live May 16

Our first virtual commencement starts soon. Tune in Saturday, May 16 at 2 pm at the link below, or watch for the announcement on all our social media channels. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Watch Virtual Commencement

UPDATE 5/12/20

Plans to Reopen Campus

Plans have been developed for a phased reopening of campus with in-person "make-up" clinicals for graduating seniors to begin June 1 and in-person health science classes to begin in the second half of summer semester.

We are partnering with the Portsmouth City Health Department to ensure appropriate safety measures. We anticipate opening completely for the start of fall semester, with appropriate spacing and masking in classrooms, as well as other parts of campus.

Shawnee CARES Program

The application for the Shawnee CARES Grants program is now available for students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester. These grants are intended to help defray certain expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shawnee CARES grants are funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available.

Application requests will be considered up to a maximum of $1,200, however, the full amount of a request cannot be guaranteed. Eligibility requirements may be found online.

Virtual Commencement to be held Saturday

SSU's first Virtual Commencement will be held Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The online event will include pre-recorded commencement addresses and a procession of images, videos and messages from each graduate. Links to the ceremony will be shared on shawnee.edu/commencement and on all SSU social media sites. Questions may be sent to commencement@shawnee.edu.

Virtual Visits & New Student Orientation

The Office of Admission has been holding virtual campus visits that include a new virtual campus tour. New Student Orientation is moving to an online format for the summer with individual sessions with advisors and financial aid counselors to help students prepare for the start of fall semester.

UPDATE 4/14/20

  • SSU has partnered with HerffJones to provide graduating students with a platform to share their photos and videos for use in the Virtual Commencement. The deadline for submissions has been extended to end of business on Wednesday, April 29. Caps and gowns are expected to arrive later this week.
  • In response to student surveys regarding remote instruction, Academic and Student Affairs has developed a site with links to student resources. The team continues to monitor student needs through the Student Success Center Assist Line.
  • Key card access has been installed at the Morris University Center to limit traffic to SSU students, faculty and staff. Enter the building through the north entrance using your Bear Card. Those with keys to the facility may use those as well. The facility is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff needing to drop-off items for the Student Business Center may do so after hours with their employee IDs.

Keep in Touch

Keep using the Assist Line for help with any problems you’re having with remote instruction: (740) 351-4319 or assist@shawnee.edu

Visit us online at shawnee.edu/health for updates regarding COVID-19. Stay safe Bears.

UPDATE 4/7/20

We're all getting the hang of this. We're working and learning remotely. We're staying connected with friends and family in the virtual world. We're staying healthy and doing our part in keeping our community safe.

Let’s catch our breath. It's a beautiful day outside. Go for a walk and get some sun on your face — while maintaining your distance from others.

It’s time to move our daily updates to weekly updates. Look for this recap to arrive each Tuesday; Shawnee News to arrive each Friday; and emails from the Office of the President with important announcements in between.

Shawnee State University continues to work, teach, and receive instruction remotely in support of Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order. Only limited essential services remain open on campus.

Thank you to everyone's continued patience and support as we do our part to keep our community healthy and ensure our students continue to progress toward their degrees and career goals.

UPDATE 4/6/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • Student feedback regarding this semester's remote instruction is being evaluated. More than 300 students completed a survey last week describing their experiences with remote instruction and identifying needs and barriers to continuing their education. A team is working on providing resources to students to support remote instruction.
  • Registration is now open for summer and fall semesters. Students are reminded that no holds are being placed on student accounts for non-payment of outstanding balances. This allows students with outstanding balances to register for their chosen courses this week.
  • The summer course schedule includes additional GEP courses designed for remote instruction to help students stay on track.
  • The SSU Bookstore does not anticipate caps and gowns will be available this month. The two largest manufacturers of graduation caps and gowns have converted their operations to making needed medical supplies, including masks and surgical gowns. The SSU Bookstore is working with vendors to determine availability of caps and gowns.
  • The Virtual Spring Commencement will be held May 9. Students who are graduating this spring are encouraged to send a photo to commencement@shawnee.edu by April 15 for inclusion in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Students should submit photos in their chosen attire, as caps and gowns will not be available by this date.

UPDATE 4/3/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • A Student Emergency Fund has been created to help students overcome barriers to continuing their education. The SSU Development Foundation has launched a campaign to provide resources to students in need.
  • SSU Dining will honor meal plans purchased by commuter students, faculty, and staff this semester. Any unused portion from spring will be carried over into fall semester.
  • The SSU Bookstore is working with vendors on a timeline for availability of caps and gowns that have been ordered, in light of the current situation. Refunds for students who decide to cancel their orders will be honored. More details will be given in the coming weeks.
  • In recognition of the depressed state of the economy and the impact it may have on our students, Shawnee State University will not be placing registration holds on student accounts for non-payment of outstanding balances. This will allow students with outstanding balances to register for summer and fall 2020 semesters when registration opens next week.
  • Students in the SSU Plastics Engineering Technology program have developed prototypes of face shields that are being tested as appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by medical professionals at Southern Ohio Medical Center and Shawnee Family Health Center. Read about the project.

UPDATE 4/2/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

SSU Plastics PPE Masks
  • Students in the SSU Plastics Engineering Technology program have developed prototypes of face shields that are being tested as appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by medical professionals at Southern Ohio Medical Center and Shawnee Family Health Center. Look for the complete story this week.
  • In his press conference today, Governor DeWine extended the Stay at Home Order through May 1, 2020.

UPDATE 4/1/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

UPDATE 3/31/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • The SSU Health Clinic now has the ability to see individuals located in Ohio and Kentucky through telemedicine. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, contact the clinic at (740) 351-4DOC.
  • Appointments for Campus Counseling Services are available. These services include individual counseling, psychiatry, case management and educational workshops. New or existing clients may continue to call (740) 351-3608 for information and assistance.
  • Library resources and assistance are available through chat, text (740) 313-4333 and email (ssulibrary@shawnee.edu).

UPDATE 3/30/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • Plans for Spring Commencement were announced. A Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held May 9. Spring Graduates and their families are also invited to attend Fall Commencement on campus December 12, 2020. Details about both events will be shared over the coming weeks.
  • Based on usage of the facility and services, the hours for the Morris University Center and Bear's Den have been adjusted. Students on campus may access the building and take-out meals daily from 11 am to 6 pm beginning this Wednesday, April 1.

UPDATE 3/27/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • Spring semester clinical/preceptor hours will be delivered in a compressed time frame. Tentatively, Shawnee State will offer these hours in a "mini-session" beginning June 1, 2020 through June 19, 2020, depending on ODH guidelines and availability of clinical sites.
  • Most summer semester 2020 courses will be online, including additional General Education (GEP) courses to help students stay on track.
  • College Credit Plus (CCP) students with incomplete applications are being conditionally admitted to Shawnee State for summer and fall. New deadlines for completed applications are May 1 for summer and August 1 for fall. Students who are interested and haven't yet started an application may do so online.
  • Decisions about Spring Commencement will be made and shared early next week.

UPDATE 3/26/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • To help students and families during this extraordinary time, SSU has extended the final payment date for Spring tuition to April 8 and is waiving late fees associated with the final payment.
  • Academic Affairs is working on plans for summer semester. Details will be announced as soon as finalized.
  • The Commencement Committee has met and is working on options for Spring Commencement. Details will be shared soon.
  • Many local internet providers are offering students free or reduced WIFI access during this time. Call your preferred provider for details.

UPDATE 3/25/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • ITS has identified WIFI hotspots in the parking lot just outside the glass rotunda of the Morris University Center.
  • Final Payment Deadline for Spring Semester has been extended to 4:30 pm on April 8, 2020.
  • Links to the Virtual Writing Center and Virtual Math Lab are now on the SSU App. Email shawneewc@gmail.com to make an appointment with a Writing Center tutor. Drop by the Virtual Math Lab in Blackboard Collaborate.
  • The Student Business Center has extended several deadlines, including Summer and Fall Registration Dates and deadlines for withdrawing from a course. See new deadline updates.

UPDATE 3/24/20

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • Additional computer labs have been established in Massie Hall with dedicated systems for Art and Engineering Technologies students. Students who do not have computer access at home may access these computers through the Student Success Center. Stations have been separated to ensure social distancing.
  • Links to the Virtual Writing Center and Virtual Math Lab are now on the SSU App. Email shawneewc@gmail.com to make an appointment with a Writing Center tutor. Drop by the Virtual Math Lab in Blackboard Collaborate.
  • The Student Business Center has extended several deadlines, including Summer and Fall Registration Dates and deadlines for withdrawing from a course. See new deadline updates.

UPDATE 3/23/20

Shawnee State University supports Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order. Thank you to everyone's quick response, patience, and support as we do our part to keep our community healthy while ensuring our students continue to progress toward their degrees and career goals.

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • All classes resumed today in an online format.
  • In compliance with the ODH Stay at Home order issued yesterday, extra measures are being taken to ensure adequate social distancing in spaces that remain open on campus.
  • The Student Business Center is operating remotely and is working to answer all financial aid and student billing questions. Email is the best way to contact the department at this time.
  • Shawnee State is working on details for a special summer "make-up" session for clinicals and labs tied to licensing requirements. This session will be provided at no additional cost to students. Housing will be included.
  • A limited number of computers are available, adhering to social distancing, in the Student Success Center for students who need computer access. WIFI is available from any parking lot on campus, using your login credentials.

UPDATE 3/20/20

It has been an activity-filled week on campus as faculty prepared for remote instruction, offices began remote services, many students moved off campus to their permanent homes, and employees made plans for maintaining services and operations on and off campus. Thank you to everyone's quick response, patience, and support as we do our part to keep our community healthy while ensuring our students continue to progress toward their degrees and career goals.

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • All classes will resume in an online format on Monday, March 23. Remote instruction of face-to-face courses will continue through the end of the semester.
  • Shawnee State has reduced campus operations until further notice. Only a limited number of employees have been asked to report to campus. All others are working remotely. Students, faculty, and the community may access any service by phone, email or web links.
  • Shawnee State continues to work on details for a special summer "make-up" session for clinicals and labs that cannot be delivered online. These are labs tied to licensing requirements for students majoring in a health profession degree and teacher education, for instance. More information will be provided next week.

UPDATE 3/19/20

Much is happening on and off campus in preparation for remote instruction of all courses next week.

The Student Success Center is staffing an assist line from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday-Friday: 740-351-4319 // assist@shawnee.edu

New Announcements

  • Spring Commencement will be postponed. A rescheduled date has not been determined yet, but will as soon as possible based on Ohio Department of Health guidelines and recommendations about public health and mass gatherings.
  • In compliance with Governor DeWine's order that employee temperatures be monitored, Shawnee State is asking all employees who remain on campus take their temperatures daily, self-report elevated temperatures, and stay home if they have a fever or feel ill.

UPDATE 3/18/20

Many operational processes were finalized and announced today as we take measures to protect our campus community and help students continue to progress toward their degrees and career goals.

New Announcements

  • We understand that information about housing and meal plan refunds and credits is a pressing concern for students and families. We are working diligently on a timely solution and will have details on or before March 31.
  • Student employees - both those with federal work-study and university student employment - will continue to be paid for the remainder of the semester. All student workers should continue to submit time sheets with hours normally worked prior to the move to remote instruction.
  • New guidelines have been established for employees regarding remote work.
  • The Clark Memorial Library will move to virtual services at the end of this week. The library staff is committed to supporting teaching, learning and student success. Virtual services will be available to students and faculty throughout the remainder of the semester. Text 740-313-4333; Email ssulibrary@shawnee.edu; or Chat on the library webpage
  • The Student Business Center will begin remote services March 19. A drop box is available at the SBC front door for students who need to physically drop off forms. Services may be accessed by phone and email.
  • The last day to withdraw from courses has been extended to Friday, April 24.
  • Summer and Fall Registration deadline has been extended. Priority registration will be April 6-9. Open registration begins April 10.
  • Final exams will be held over a two-week period — April 25-May 1 for College of Arts & Sciences and University College courses; May 2-8 for College of Professional Studies courses.
  • Final grading has been extended to April 23-May 12 with final grades available to students in MySSU on May 13.
  • Career Services is available to students and alumni through Blackboard, phone call, email and other remote online access for the remainder of the semester. 

UPDATE 3/17/20

Shawnee State is taking measures to protect our community, while ensuring the continued academic progress of each student.

New Announcements

  • To assist students during the transition to remote instruction, the Student Success Center will serve as a key resource. Students may email assist@shawnee.edu or call (740) 351-4319. The service will be staffed from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Tutoring and advising services for students will be provided remotely through the Student Success Center for the remainder of the semester. No face-to-face sessions will be held.
  • Limited on-campus services and operations will continue through the remainder of the semester. See below.

Classroom Teaching (NEW)

  • Tutoring and advising will continue through the Student Success Center through Blackboard, phone calls, or other remote online access for the remainder of the semester. To maintain physical distancing and keep students and staff healthy, no face-to-face meetings will be held.
  • All face-to-face classes are canceled this week, March 16-20, to allow faculty time to transition to remote instruction.
  • All classes will resume in an online format Monday, March 23 and will continue in this format through the end of the semester. NO face-to-face classes, labs or clinicals will continue. No exceptions.

University Operations (NEW)

Beginning Saturday, March 21:

The Bear's Den will operate on a modified schedule with take-out services only.

Monday–Friday
Breakfast 8 am–9:30 am
Lunch 11 am–1 pm
Dinner 4 pm–6 pm

Saturday and Sunday
Brunch 11 am–1 pm
Dinner 4 pm–6 pm

Beginning Monday, March 23, only the following facilities will remain open on campus:
  • Massie Hall will be open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday. A limited number of computers will be made available in the Student Success Center for students who need access. We strongly recommend that students who have access to a computer and WIFI at home do not come to campus.
  • The SSU Health Clinic will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday-Friday, for students who need medical treatment. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should call ahead to make arrangements to be seen. Anyone experiencing life-threatening symptoms should call 911.
  • Housing will be open for students who need to stay on campus. Students are urged to maintain physical distance.
  • The Morris University Center will remain open from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday-Friday; 11 am to 6 pm on weekends. We will be moving to key card access soon in the University Center. Students using the facilities are urged to practice social distancing.

Campus Events (No New Updates)

All campus events for March and April have been canceled or postponed. Ticket refunds and exchanges are available for Vern Riffe Center events. Call the McKinley Box Office at 740-351-3600.

Athletics Activities (No New Updates)

  • All athletic varsity games and practices are suspended through the end of the semester.
  • The Student Rec Center and Warsaw Aquatic Center will remain closed.

Travel Restrictions (No New Updates)

  • All university-sponsored travel, whether domestic or international, is prohibited through the end of the semester.
  • Study abroad programs are suspended and SSU is arranging for participating students to return to the United States.
  • Staff, faculty and students are requested to report their non-university travel outside the immediate area to travel@shawnee.edu.
  • Follow CDC travel advisories.

UPDATE 3/15/20 6:45 pm

The global COVID-19 pandemic situation is rapidly evolving with the Governor and Ohio Department of Health estimating that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. Because of this, Shawnee State is extending remote instruction of face-to-face courses for the remainder of the semester.

Measures we are taking to protect our community, while ensuring the continued academic progress of each student:

  • We are extending remote instruction of face-to-face courses for the remainder of the semester:
    • As previously announced, all face-to-face courses are canceled this week, March 16- 20, to allow faculty time to transition their courses to an online format.
    • Effective Monday, March 23, ALL courses will be taught remotely – in an online format.
    • All face-to-face, in-person labs are canceled through the end of the semester, with no exceptions. Provisions will be made to provide special summer term completion options for those classes, labs, and clinicals that cannot be delivered online.
  • Residential students are encouraged to return to their homes for the remainder of the semester, if possible. Details will be provided to residential students Monday, March 16.
  • Limited on-campus services and operations will continue through the remainder of the semester. Detailed plans will be provided by the end of business on Wednesday, March 18.
  • Intercollegiate athletic events and all practices are suspended for the remainder of the semester.
  • All gatherings, meetings and events through April are suspended in keeping with the Governor’s executive order. Decisions regarding spring commencement will be made by the end of next week.
  • University-sponsored travel, both domestic and international, remains suspended until the end of the semester.
  • Study Abroad programs are suspended. Arrangements are being made for students currently studying abroad to return home.

UPDATE: 3/15/20 1:01 pm

  • We are continuing to provide health services to all on campus and encouraging students with flu-like symptoms to seek medical advice.
  • We continue to work under the guidance of the Portsmouth City Health Department.
  • Today, additional students have been asked to self-isolate and are being monitored and tested as a precaution.
  • As previously communicated, classes are canceled this week, March 16-20 to allow faculty time to transition all courses to online instruction.
  • All students are urged to practice social distancing in compliance with Governor DeWine's executive orders.

UPDATE: 3/12/20 6:55 pm

  • In response to Governor DeWine's announcement that all Ohio schools will have an "extended spring break," the SSU Children's Learning Center will be closed from the end of the school day on Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. Updated information will be provided at ssuclc.com.
  • SSU Athletics is canceling all varsity games through March 31 in response to today's NAIA and Mid-South Conference announcements regarding suspension of all competition through the end of March. All practices and training will continue for student-athletes. Student-athletes are asked to keep in close contact with their coaches.
  • Since all university offices will remain on schedule next week, student employees may continue to report to work - or work with their supervisors to modify work schedules.
  • SSU has suspended all study abroad programs and is arranging for participating students to return to the United States.

UPDATE: 3/12/20 5:15 pm

The Vern Riffe Center of the Arts at Shawnee State University has rescheduled events in March to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19. The Center is responding to the Governor’s state of emergency declaration and executive order from the state of Ohio to all public agencies and universities to curtail all large group indoor events, in an abundance of caution.

Some events are in the process of being rescheduled at later dates. Schedule changes include:

  • Junie B. Jones - Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Children’s Theater - originally March 13-15; rescheduled April 28 and 29. Ticket refunds and exchanges are available for the new dates and school shows will be rescheduled.
  • Finding Neverland - originally March 17; canceled with a rescheduled date if possible.
  • Books Build Bridges Special Lecture - community collaboration on reading awareness - rescheduled if possible.
  • Q4 Guitar Ensemble - originally scheduled March 20; canceled with a rescheduled date if possible.
  • Million Dollar Reunion - originally scheduled March 21; canceled with a rescheduled date if possible.
  • Mary Poppins - original movie showing - originally scheduled March 24; canceled.

For more information please call the McKinley Box Office, (740) 351 - 3600.

UPDATE: 3/11/20 6:10 pm

Wednesday morning, March 11, 2020, the Portsmouth City Health Department announced that the test results were negative for a Shawnee State University student suspected of having COVID-19. Two other students also suspected of having COVID-19 were quarantined out of the area and were determined by the Ohio Department of Health to not need additional testing.

SSU President Jeff Bauer announced that classes will continue on schedule this week - but will be canceled March 16-20 to give faculty time to transition to online format.

Classroom Teaching:

  • All classes continue to operate on regular schedule this week either in-person or online.
  • All in-person classes will be canceled next week, March 16-20, to allow faculty time to transition their in-person courses to online format.
  • Classes that were already fully online at the beginning of the semester are not canceled and will continue on regular schedule.
  • Labs, clinicals, special internships, student teaching, and other activities related to certification requirements are not canceled next week and will continue as scheduled this week. Long-term, these activities will remain organized at the discretion of the instructor.
  • All in-person classes will resume in an online format Monday, March 23 and will continue in this format through Sunday, April 12.
  • Faculty will communicate with each student on their course rosters to confirm class activities and schedules. Students should be diligent about checking their mymail.shawnee.edu accounts for faculty and campus communications.

University Operations:

  • All university offices and services will remain on regular schedule now through the end of the semester to provide services for students.
  • Housing will remain open and students may continue living on campus.
  • Key student services, including the Clark Memorial Library, SSU Health Clinic, SSU Dining in the Bear's Den, all safety services, Student Success Center, Career Services, and Student Business Center will maintain regular hours.
  • Due to high-traffic areas, the Student Rec Center and Warsaw Aquatic Center is closed until further notice.

Travel Restrictions:

  • University-sponsored travel for staff, faculty and students, whether domestic or international, is prohibited until further notice.
  • Staff, faculty and students are requested to report their non-university travel outside of the immediate area to travel@shawnee.edu

Campus Events:

  • Some events will be rescheduled or canceled following Governor DeWine's guidelines. Individual announcements on those will follow.

UPDATE: 3/10/20 4:55 pm

Shawnee State University continues to work with the Portsmouth City Health Department, the local Emergency Management Agency, and its health partners at SOMC and the SSU Health Clinic to make decisions in the best interest of the community. Here is what we know at this point:

  • Three SSU students are being tested for possible COVID-19 (coronavirus) after exhibiting unexplained respiratory symptoms. All three students traveled outside of the country over Spring Break on a non-university sponsored trip. As a precaution, the students, their roommates, and others who may have come in contact with them are being quarantined until test results can be obtained.
  • Under the guidance of the Portsmouth City Health Department, we are remaining open and classes will continue. We are taking precautions on campus to control the spread of any illness, including influenza, respiratory viruses, and should we have a confirmed case - coronavirus.
  • As an extra precaution, we have moved several of our classes to an online format. We anticipate more classes to move online by later this week.
  • We have suspended all university-sponsored travel, both domestic and international, until further notice.
  • Due to high-traffic areas, the Student Rec Center and Warsaw Aquatic Center will close beginning tomorrow, March 11, until further notice.

What students should do if not feeling well.

  • If you have not traveled outside of Ohio in the past 14 days and have not been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you are at very low risk. Your flu-like symptoms are most likely a cold or flu.
  • If you have traveled to regions with coronavirus cases and have a fever and cough, you should self-quarantine and call the SSU Health Clinic or the Portsmouth City Health Department at 740-354-8931 for treatment advice and monitoring.
  • If you have an obvious life-threatening situation, call 911.

UPDATE: 3/9/20 7:25 pm

Three suspected coronavirus cases are under investigation at Shawnee State University. All persons who were possibly in contact are being quarantined. We are working under the guidance of the Portsmouth City Health Department and anticipate results this week. There is no interruption in campus operations at this time. Look for daily updates here or you may call the Ohio Department of Health hotline at 1-833-4-ASKODH or the Portsmouth City Health Department at 740-354-8931.

Concern over the spread of a new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has risen as cases have been identified in the United States and a large number of countries around the world. Coronavirus is a respiratory infection with symptoms very similar to a cold or flu — fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose. 

  • On Monday, March 9, three cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Cuyahoga County in Ohio.
  • Also on Monday, March 9, three separate suspected cases were identified at Shawnee State University. These cases are under investigation by the Portsmouth City Health Department.  
  • Shawnee State is monitoring the guidelines and recommendations from local, state and federal health officials to protect the safety and well-being of our campus community.
  • Shawnee State is following the CDC travel alerts and has restricted university-sponsored international travel through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Currently, this includes China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.