My earnest hope has been I would not need to send anymore COVID updates to you. Unfortunately, this is not the case and it is now prudent for us to make adjustments to our operations due to the Delta Variant spike in cases.
After discussion with the College Leadership Council and local health organizations, the College (beginning August 4th, 2021) will require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors while on campus (OSUM has the same requirement). This requirement will remain in effect until the end of the month, or when the CDC COVID Transmission map (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view) shows Marion County at a moderate or low transmission rate for a two week period. The decision to follow the CDC transmission map is line with the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID maps, which we utilized over the last year, but no longer exist. If Marion County is still in the substantial or high category at the end of August we will send an updated timeframe for the mask requirement.
To that end, the College is enacting or maintaining the following precautions:
As we have stated from the beginning, all of the above items are subject to change based on new guidelines/requirements from state/federal/local entities.
I realize some will want to eliminate all of the safety measures, while others will feel it is necessary to do more. I view the outlined items above as responsive and reasonable, allowing the College to continue serving you and provide measurable safety precautions.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or send an email to the COVID team, and we will do our best to answer in a timely manner.
Ryan McCall, Ph.D.
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Our Mission: To provide the region’s most accessible, supportive, and personal pathway to career success.
As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, the challenges and uncertainty for delivering course content remain in this COVID-19 environment. The college intends to provide academic courses through a variety of formats, including in-person/onsite, blended/hybrid, remote, and online. Since unanticipated circumstances at any time could affect the ability to deliver course content in a particular manner, the college reserves the right to modify the delivery method for course content for the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Irrespective of the delivery format, the college’s competitive tuition, and course fee structure shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published college tuition and fee schedules. There will be no refund or reduction on tuition or course fees since the college will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.
Requirements to Enter HTC, Bryson Hall, and the Library
Assistance with Non-Compliance of Campus Guidelines
The Return to Campus Plan highlights strategies identified as best practices for Marion Technical College that will be followed to transition back to onsite operations. The strategies are largely informed by the Governor’s Responsible RestartOhio, and the plan is informed by the latest guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, the local health department, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When new guidance is issued, plans will quickly be adjusted to align with any new requirements. Employees, students, and visitors are required to adhere to the guidelines outlined below in the Return to Campus Plan.
Return to Campus Plan