Hiram College

Dear Hiram community,

As we end the 12-week session and look forward to a restful Thanksgiving, we wanted to reach out about our return plans next semester.  Please know that we are looking forward to resuming school in person in January.  We feel our safety plans and protocols are strong, and we can’t wait to see you again after the holidays!

Earlier this month, Hiram College was fortunate to provide a free COVID-19 testing clinic to the Hiram community, which was conducted by the Ohio National Guard.  We are pleased to announce the National Guard has tentatively agreed to return to campus all day on Friday, January 15 and test our entire community in the Coleman Center before classes start.  All residential and commuter students will be required to be tested on that day.  Faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to be tested on January 15.

Residential students should plan to return to campus on Friday, January 15.  Once you have been tested in the Coleman Center, you will receive your key and can return to your residence hall room. Commuter students will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on Friday, January 15.  We will send out a sign-up form and further instructions via email in mid-December.

We had a very successful beginning of the year, so we need to repeat our protocols from Fall semester for the Spring semester.

  1. All students should plan to quarantine at their homes for 14 days before returning to campus on January 15.  
  2. We will also have a “campus stay” period for two weeks when the semester starts, which will require residential students not to travel off campus except for essentials.
  3. The dining hall will return to the to-go meals only for this two week period of time, and kitchenettes in the residence halls will be closed for the first two weeks of the term.

Just a reminder that the residence halls close Tuesday, November 24th at 9 pm.  While there is always some uncertainty with the pandemic, we plan to re-open the residence halls Friday, January 15 when we do campus-wide testing.  We will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 with programming on campus. Classes resume Tuesday, January 19.

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, our online period during the 3-week, and the December holidays, we urge you to stay safe, find rest, and enjoy friends and family!

Sincerely,

Ed Frato-Sweeney

Director of Residential Education & Commuter Services