Hiram College

March 16, 2020 - Novel Coronavirus Campus Update

Dear Hiram College community: 

We are continuing to monitor the latest news and information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Governor’s office. To the best of our ability, we will use those resources as a guide for making data-driven decisions for Hiram College. Admittedly, I wish there was more good data out there than is currently the case. But what seems to be consistent, no matter which reliable resource one references, is that strict social distancing and meticulous cold and flu hygiene practice slow the spread of the virus. With that information top of mind and the desire to align with the Governor’s expectations, please read carefully the following updates. 

Students: We are committed to keeping the residence halls and townhomes open as long as we can, especially for those who have no other viable option. For students who choose to stay, it is important that you do all of the following: 1) practice social distancing and flu-reduction hygiene, 2) adhere to the no-guest policy in place at this time, and 3) limit travel to and from campus to the greatest extent possible. You should also begin to map out what plans you would put in place should the college get a mandate to close the residence halls. If such a mandate is issued, the vacate notice may be shorter than anyone of us would like. Contact the Office of Residential Education for assistance with any urgent needs: (330) 569-5232, Residential Education on-duty phone: (330) 569-4025 (24 hours), or Residencelife@hiram.edu.  

Staff: Thank you for modeling a can-do and positive attitude in the face of great uncertainty. While it’s tricky to do special shoutouts when so many folks have gone the extra mile, I am compelled to send a huge thank you and acknowledgement to the Learning Technology Staff, Student Affairs Staff, and Cabinet. All have done spectacular work. Speaking of the Cabinet, each of your VPs has or will meet with their respective teams ASAP to determine the specific work strategies and scenarios for their departments. Staff in non-essential functions will be able to create a remote work plan with their immediate supervisor; that plan will then be approved by the VP. As a reminder for anyone working on campus, spread out for any face-to -face meetings. For now, meetings with external constituents, including prospective students and families, will be done remotely or postponed. 

Faculty: Thank you for coming together and helping each other prepare and adapt curriculum for remote learning. The spirit of collegiality means even more in times like these. As you continue your planning, please know that as of now, you will retain access to research labs and other facilities for pressing curricular needs. As you read above, however, there will be little to no on-site staff support for the foreseeable future.  

Other important Updates 

  • College-sponsoredacademic trips for the spring 2020 semester have been cancelled. Dean Muyskens has been in contact with trip leaders. 
  • Our chaplain, Rev. Chris McCreight,is available to anyone who wishes to talk via email, phone, or Zoom. Please email him at McCreightCJ@Hiram.edu to arrange an appointment that works best for you.  
  • Many other important support services, such as career counseling and tutoring remain available to our students. Visit our Support Services and Resources pagefor more information. 

Please continue to monitor your email and hiram.edu/coronavirus/ for additional information and direction. We are in this together, and this is a great community with whom to move forward. 

Your President, 

President Varlotta Signature

Lori Varlotta