Coronavirus Update

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Coronavirus Information for College Community

Updated June 12, 2020

Rhodes State College continues to operate and all department are available. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, the campus is still not available to students, visitors and non-essential employees. Call or email the appropriate College department for assistance. See the information below. If you have other general questions, please send to

Revised Operations for 2020 Summer and Fall Semesters

Courses will be delivered online and/or remotely throughout the Summer session and all planned face-to-face events are cancelled until further notice. We are reorganizing our work in an effort to meet the demands for student’s learning and support. A revised schedule for Summer session and Fall semester is below:

Revised Operations for 2020 Summer and Fall Semesters

Summer Session 2020

  1. All classes for Summer 2020 will be delivered online and/or remotely.
  2. All Classes will start June 1, 2020, and run for either 8 weeks or 10 weeks.
  3. 8 week classes will end on July 24 and Finals will run from July 27 - July 31
  4. 10 week classes will end on August 7 and Finals will run from August 10 - August 14.
  5. Registration (via your STARS Online account) for Summer will open April 6 for all students. If you need help registering on STARS Online, watch this video.

Fall Semester 2020

  1. At this point we are anticipating Fall 2020 will be delivered either Face-to-Face; Online, or Hybrid (normal schedule).
  2. Courses will start on Wednesday, August 26. Classes will end on December 11 with Finals running from December 12 - December 18.
  3. Registration (via your STARS Online account) for Fall will open on May 18 for all students. If you need help registering on STARS Online, watch this video.

CARES Act Emergency Funds for Students

Rhodes State is distributing emergency relief funds to students from the CARES Act. Funds can assist students with food, housing, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Click here to learn more about this program and see if you qualify.

Help Desk & Technical Assistance

If you are having difficulty getting into your Canvas course or online, contact the Rhodes State Help Desk. The Help Desk can also assist with the following:

  • Forgotten Password
  • Unable to locate Canvas courses on their Dashboard

Help Desk
(419) 995-8069
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-8:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Center for Distance & Innovative Learning
(419) 995-8008

May 4-August 16
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm

Open 10am-2pm Saturdays:
June 6 & 13
August 1, 8, & 15

Open Sundays:
May 31st 10am – 2pm
August 16th – 10am – 6pm for final grade assistance

Closed Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day & Friday, July 3rd for Observed Independence Day

Advising & Coaching

(419) 995-8400
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Your Advisor/Coach is here to help you during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact them in regards to student support activities. They will provide general Canvas support related to navigation. Including:

  • Finding courses
  • Navigating Modules
  • Password issues will be transferred to the Help Desk

Because Advisors & Coaches do not have access to individual courses, if you require assistance navigating within a specific course, you will be directed to contact the instructor directly. If you do not receive a response from the instructor, please contact the CDIL for assistance. (see contact information above).

Canceled Events & Closed Services:

All face-to-face events are cancelled. See below for details:

Internet Access Sources:

  • Spectrum has offered 60 days of Internet and Wi-Fi service and free installation to households currently without Internet Service. To get enrolled and schedule installation, call (844) 488-8395. Contact your faculty member if you difficulties connecting to your online class.
  • AT&T: For the next 60 days, AT&T is making all of its public Wi-Fi hotspots open for free access by anyone. AT&T does not have a hotspot map but has provided instructions for locating their hotspots online.
  • Comcast: Comcast is now offering an “Internet Essentials” package that provides 60 days of free service and a $9.95 per-month plan after that time. Comcast is also making all of its Wi-Fi hotspots available for free public use and has provided instructions and a map for connecting to this free service. Access to Comcast Wi-Fi is now open across hundreds of locations in the east-central Indiana region.
  • Sprint and T-Mobile are allowing existing customers unlimited smartphone data and an additional 20GB of tethering and hotspot data for the next 60 days.
  • Ohio Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations

Virtual Services Available:


Please find below a link to communications sent to various constituents:


A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (05/05/2020)

CENSUS Information for Students (04/10/2020)

Students: Revised Operations for Spring, Summer and Fall Spring Semester 2020 (03/27/2020)

Graduation Announcement (03/25/2020)

Student Alert (3/10/2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/6/2020)

New Students

A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (05/05/2020)

Applied Student Letter (05/01/2020)


A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (05/05/2020)

Revised Operations for Spring, Summer and Fall Spring Semester 2020 (03/25/2020)

Stay at Home Executive Order (3/23/2020)

CDIL Working Remotely (3/20/2020)

COVID-19 Office Schedule and Remote Work Provisions (3/20/2020)

Message from the Board Chair (3/17/2020)

Support to Rhodes State College Credit Plus Instructors (3/16/2020)

A Message from Dr. Spiers (3/13/2020)

Migrating Your Class to Canvas and Online Delivery (3/11/2020)

IMPORTANT and Urgent Coronavirus Update (3/10/2020)


A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (05/05/2020)

Rhodes State Responds to Coronavirus (3/10/2020)

Community Partners

A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (05/05/2020)

A Video Message from Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers (04/10/2020)

COVID-19 Crisis Guidance for CCP Students & Families (04/06/2020)

Rhodes State College Placement Scores (04/03/2020)

College Credit Plus Guidance (04/03/2020)

Special Message from the Rhodes State College President (03/27/2020)

Support to Rhodes State College Credit Plus Instructors (3/16/2020)

Rhodes State College - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (3/11/2020)

Coronavirus Related Resources and Links

Resources and Links (3/17/2020)


The best way to prevent the spread of any type of infection is to practice routine hygiene etiquette. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

For continued updates, please go to

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are ill, keep a safe distance from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs.
  • If you are seriously ill, seek medical advice from your health care provider or from an emergency department.
  • Watch this video on proper handwashing techniques: