COVID-19 Information

Just after 4 p.m. central time Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state. Click here to see the order.
“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.”
“April stands to be a very tough month for Tennesseans,” Gov. Lee said. The governor also asked Tennesseans not to panic and not hoard groceries and supplies.

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Hey, Cougars,
Your Cleveland State instructors want to hear from you THIS WEEK!
YOU MUST CHECK your student e-mail EACH and EVERY DAY for the very latest instructional messages from your classes! Student e-mail is the official form of communication at Cleveland State.
If you do not have access to email, please call 423.472.7141 and reach your instructor by their last name in our phone directory.
Hang in there, Cougars! Your semester is almost over and we are going to help you make your semester a successful one!
If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to your student success coach, advisor, or instructor and they will help you every step of the way.
Finish Your Semester #CougarStrong!

After careful consideration of suggested courses of actions regarding Coronavirus preparation and prevention from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and regional leaders, Cleveland State Community College has made the decision to shut down public and student access to its locations in Cleveland, Athens, and Vonore, Tennessee.

“Each student is important to us. We want them to know we are looking out for their health and best interests,” said Cleveland State Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour. “All programs are offering students the option to finish their semesters online or take an incomplete grade and finish their coursework at a later time.”

No course instruction of any kind will take place on any of Cleveland State’s locations through the end of the spring semester. Faculty and staff will be allowed job-specific access to the campus and be required to follow health and safety protocols while on campus. The Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator (CBBI) will be the only portion of any CSCC site that non-CSCC personnel will be able to access during this time.

“Our students, faculty, and staff have done an incredible job moving all studies online and making sure the transition is seamless as possible,” added Seymour. “We have been reaching out to all of our recruits, students, and stakeholders to inform them of developments as they occur. Keeping people informed, educating them, is the best way to empower them.”

As for what’s next for Cleveland State, the Spring 2020 Graduation was slated for May 8 in the L. Quentin Lane Center on Cleveland State’s main campus. With all on-campus activities now cancelled or postponed, the decision on what to do to honor the graduates has become a scheduling priority. As part of the process, a graduation survey has been submitted to all pending graduates which offers alternatives to the traditional spring commencement. 

To learn more about the latest Coronavirus-related updates impacting Cleveland State, contact CSCC Director of Communication and Marketing Don Foley at 423.473.2341 or

Students are currently enrolled online through the CSCC main campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens, Tennessee and Monroe County Center in Vonore, Tennessee.

Cougars Facing Final Weeks Online, Finishing Strong
Info About You and Your Courses

As you enter the final weeks of Spring Semester 2020, you’ve had a lot of changes to deal with.
The world has had a lot of changes. So, we know you are facing a lot inside and out of your college life.

Thankfully, Cleveland State is working to give you all the ways it can to help you finish this semester strong! Although, we have gone online for the remainder of your coursework this term, we have plenty of options loaded into your educational arsenal you can use when you need them!  

For those of you who are working through your term online with little to no difficulty, that is great to hear! However, if you have issues that are beyond your control, or you simply aren’t sure about where you stand with the world around you right now, we’ve got you covered!

We ask that you first reach out to your advisor or student success coach via your student e-mail account, the official means of communication between you and Cleveland State. Let them know your situation! They love working with each and every one of our students. Click here to find your advisor, coach, or instructors contact information right now! 

Click here to view the Directory of Faculty & Staff.

If you don’t feel comfortable with something given the current health precautions we are all taking at this time, or perhaps your area doesn’t offer the technical support needed to support finishing the term online, your advisor or coach may suggest you consider taking an “incomplete” grade for the term. This would allow you to finish your course(s) at a later time when the college resumes its normal instructional offerings. This could be completed at no additional cost to you! With only several weeks left in spring semester, this may be the route you choose.

Your advisor or coach can talk you through everything from incomplete grades to course withdrawals to finding a way to finish your course(s) on time in a different fashion than usual. The college has access to links providing everything from free Wi-Fi service to all the steps you need to know to be able to adjust your schedule at this time all online, all on your own! Just check out your CougarNet account and click on “My Account” and select the options for you.

Some of the deadlines available lapse as soon as next week. So, be sure to reach out to your advisor or student success coach by student e-mail as soon as possible. They’ll help guide you to the best decision for you.

Your Community. Your College. Your Cleveland State.

Based on the latest information concerning the COVID-19 virus, Cleveland State Community College will
be extending the current online instructional and work format for students and employees through the
end of the spring semester. All classes that can be taught completely online will continue to do so. Those
few that must be taught on-site will continue with appropriate social distancing, limited group sizes, and
cleaning practices.
“On one hand, we are disappointed that we needed to make this decision,” said Cleveland State
Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour. “On the other hand, I'm proud of our faculty and staff for
putting a plan together that we can sustain successfully thought the whole semester.”
The Spring 2020 CSCC Graduation set for May 8 in the L. Quentin Lane Center at Cleveland State will
continue via a Virtual Graduation Ceremony online. The college is coordinating efforts to help produce
this commencement production for the graduates and their families and friends.
Cleveland State is sharing a COVID-19 update page at This source provides all the very
latest for every student, recruit, employee, and anyone in need of the latest information regarding
Coronavirus precautions at Cleveland State. The college will remain open online for all collegiate activity
for each and every student.

So, you aren’t going to be coming on campus for a little while, you say? Like life often does, obstacles get in our way. And, like the rest of the country, COVID-19 has put up an obstacle for us. But, with a little bit of planning and determination, you will come out on the other side smarter and stronger than ever.

How will you do it?

There are some things you and everyone around you needs to remember during this period of remote study.
Here is some advice that will help you stay on track to successfully finish Spring Semester 2020 from your home:

  1. ) YOU are still GOING TO CLASS!

Every college course you are in enrolled in will still take the same amount of effort and time. Not being on campus means finding ways to have time and space to yourself and your studies. Find a place at home which will give you the most opportunity to concentrate and work hard. Remember, just because you are physically in your home at class time doesn’t mean you are available to do laundry or wash the dishes at that time. Keep that time as your class time. Remember, you’re more than halfway through your semester. Take care of your education and it will take care of you.

Plus, let your family and friends know how important this time is going to be for you. You will need your time and space to do what’s best for your education. Protect it!


2.) Check your STUDENT E-MAIL account DAILY! (IMPORTANT)

Your student e-mail account at Cleveland State is the college’s official form of communication between the institution and the student. If you need to reach financial aid, your advisor, your student success coach, or any other Cleveland State official you are normally able to communicate with face-to-face, check your student e-mail, CougarNet, and mycscourses D2L account, if applicable. Cleveland State officials will be checking their e-mails regularly. IMPORTANT: Your instructor will be in touch with you, if they haven’t already. Always check your student e-mail account.


3.) Kill Distractions, Encourage Routine

Having some background music playing while you work and study may help you relax. Keeping all 14 of your social network account tabs open in the background will not! We suggest logging off of your social media accounts before beginning your coursework. Out of sight, out of mind. (This goes for your cell phone, too.)

Now, whether you choose to follow the same timetable you did on campus or come up with something more conducive for college from home, make that schedule and keep it! Do not let anything interrupt your time with your education. It takes work. And remember, we are here to help you by e-mail, phone, social media, and CougarNet, as always! We want you to stay mentally engaged and keep you just as prepared as you were after a full day of studies on campus.


4.) Keeping Healthy, Taking Breaks

After an hour of staring into a monitor on your device of choice, it can become not only mentally exhausting, but physically exhausting as well. We suggest taking ten minutes each hour to take a quick walk and stretch before heading back to your studies. It’s not only physically energizing, but an emotional and inspirational thing for your remote study session, too. Plus, eye strain is an all-too real issue for remote students. So, take the time each hour to take care of you!


5.) Set A Schedule, Stay Ahead Of It

When you don’t have a set schedule of being at a certain place at a certain time each day, it can become easy to fall behind in your studies. Many people thrive most when they have a schedule to follow, as when they go to campus each day. Keep a calendar handy where you can post when each upcoming assignment you have is due. Then, set a date BEFORE that due date to have each one complete. Staying ahead of schedule is key in making sure you graduate on schedule.


6.) Keeping Social, Making Progress

Students who have done remote studies before know that discussion boards are key in staying connected to a class, your classmates, and the discussions being shared about each project and assignment.
From helping each other look over drafts of projects to group study project work and ideas, time on your discussion board can be the life blood remote students need to really keep their heads in the game.

7.) Know The Latest with Cleveland State, COVID-19, and YOU!
Staying informed as if you were actually on campus each day is all up to you. Keep an open link to the communication channels of Cleveland State each and every day! From information posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to sharing updated information on, the faculty and staff will work hard to provide you with the events, dates, and times you need to know to make each semester a successful one at Cleveland State. Your Cleveland State student e-mail account is the official way for you to communicate back and forth with the college. However, we communicate with the student body at large in so many ways online. Cleveland State will work hard to find where you are online and share the information with you which you’ll need to succeed.


8.) Cleveland State Is Here For YOU!

Remember, the faculty and staff of Cleveland State are here for you no matter where you are in your educational journey. If you need to reach anyone, feel free to look up the contact information of any Cleveland State employee on the college’s directory page at As always, if in doubt, you can reach out to the college’s main phone line at 423.472.7141.

If you have questions in regards to Cleveland State and actions taking place in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues, you can reach out to the Cleveland State Director of Communications and Marketing Don Foley at 423.473.2341 or Whether your classroom is on campus or in your living room, Cleveland State Community College is committed to making your semester a successful one.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS WHY WE ARE WORKING AND STUDYING FROM HOME. This is a powerful and educated effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. Doing our part while we live our everyday lives is what it will take to return to campus sooner, as opposed to later. We want you to keep you and your family safe, while doing everything you can to keep your education headed in the right direction.

We are all part of this community and we are in this together.
Our Community. Our College. Our Cleveland State.

In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.
  • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

As the country works collaboratively to contain this pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends. 

Charter’s advanced communications network will ensure our more than 29 million customers – including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses – across 41 states maintain the connectivity they rely on. The network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage. Charter will continue to closely monitor this dynamic situation, and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity. Charter has extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to become a growing health concern across the region, Cleveland State Community College is taking preventative measures at this time to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Currently on Spring Break, Cleveland State students will be enjoying two more days of Spring Break as it will now continue through Tuesday, March 17. 
However, beginning Wednesday, March 18, courses at all Cleveland State sites (Cleveland, Athens, and Vonore) will transition to online instruction. Instructors will be in communication with students during this transition period to make sure they have the information they need to continue their coursework this semester. Certain courses may have exceptions which will be addressed by individual instructors. This measure will continue through March 27, at the very least. Later this month, as more information becomes available, Cleveland State officials will reassess the situation and see if any further measures will be necessary. 
“I am very proud of the work our faculty and staff have been doing to prepare for this possibility,” said Cleveland State Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour. “They have been tireless in their efforts to continue our mission in the best ways possible given these unique circumstances.” In addition, all events scheduled to be held on-campus will be cancelled or postponed until further notice. For the latest information involving Cleveland State and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Coverage, be sure to check out the social networks of Cleveland State Community College, as well as the special Cleveland State Coronavirus Updates page at
For further information about Cleveland State, you can contact the college at 423.472.7141 or visit

Cleveland State has spent Spring Break doing a Spring Cleaning to help keep things safe for you as classes go back in session next Monday. The college’s janitorial services have done extra work making sure to deep clean any and all high-traffic places this week. Everything from desktops to door handles are being sanitized carefully this week.

A second step being taken is the installation of hand sanitizers throughout Cleveland State. Any precautions which the college can take are being taken to help keep your safety and your health as our top priority.

And, of course, we need you to do your part, too! Our own Freddy Cougar says, “Wash Your Paws!” This is the best way to help fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Soap and water (warm or cold) several times a day for at least 20 seconds. When should you wash? Here’s a list of times during the day which you should lather up and cleans those paws.

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

And, regardless of how clean we keep your campus and how clean you keep your hands, if you feel ill, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS! Make sure you take personal responsibility when it comes to your health and the impact on all of those around you.

Now, with so much concern over making sure people wash their hands frequently, as well as to avoid touching their face, mouth, nose, and eyes, there is one area that has really caught many by surprise. It’s the one thing that touches your face and the faces of most people throughout our college more than anything else.

How do you clean your smartphone?

Hundreds of times a day is how often the average person touches their smart device with their hands and their face every single day.

Many have microfiber cloth to clean their smartphones. However, that’s not going to do the trick when it comes to fighting Coronavirus (COVID-19). Tuesday, the world’s largest smartphone corporation, Apple, changed their policy on how to clean the surface of their iPhones stating that alcohol-based wipes or disinfecting wipes are now perfectly fine to use to clean smartphones.

Android and iPhone spokespeople state that you should power down your device, whether it is your smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc…, before cleaning any equipment.

As for cleaning any protective cases for any device, all the major smart device producers agree that you should not use alcohol-based cleaners on those items. According to the CDC, the most effective cleaner for those items are good old soap water. The CDC states that soap and water are better at eliminating germs than any alcohol-based cleaner or sanitizer. *HOWEVER, if you have a case which has a battery built-in for mobile recharging, DO NOT use this method!*

Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing every student and employee with the very latest information when it comes to how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact you. Updates as they are made available, along with useful tools for you to keep on hand, will be found on this page for you to reference. As a college within the Tennessee Board of Regents System, Cleveland State follows the recommendations and guidelines of federal and state agencies closely. Whether it be the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  or the  Tennessee Department of Health  providing information, we will operate all three Cleveland State campuses accordingly.

As we do our part to make sure your collegiate life is safe and secure, we ask that you do what you can to help make a difference. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease and is contagious. The most effective thing you can do is wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash for 20 seconds and rinse thoroughly. If that is not an option, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. All Cleveland State facilities will have hand sanitizer stations installed shortly. In addition to the regular cleaning and maintenance of Cleveland State facilities, special attention is being given to the disinfecting of areas and equipment which are used on a frequent basis.

We ask that you use common sense and make sure to listen to your body. If you are sick, please stay home. Also, please avoid contact with people who are sick, as well as any contact with your own eyes, nose, and mouth.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) website  or the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

For the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call 800-232-4636

For Cleveland State Community College related issues involving Coronavirus (COVID-19), contact Cleveland State Director of Communication Don Foley at 423.473.2341 or

Coronavirus updates from CDC / TN Department of health

Coronavirus Situation Summary

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

Protect Yourself and Your Family

CDC Daily Updates

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Updates from the Tennessee Department of Health


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