About CCMS

Healthy Campus Pledge

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This year will be unlike any other at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. The global pandemic will challenge us as individuals and test our community. 

It’s clear the COVID-19 virus will be with us for the foreseeable future. We will likely see positive cases at CCMS – on-campus and in our local communities. We must act to both preserve and promote the health of our community. We each play a role in keeping ourselves and each other safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

CCMS’ ability to keep our campus open and operating in person depends on all of us. If we act only in our own self-interest, CCMS may have to close the campus and resume fully remote operations. We must commit to the wellbeing of others. This commitment must remain intact on-campus and off-campus. We must rise to meet this challenge to stay healthy, together. 

As a CCMS student and community member, we ask you to take care of yourself and your community and pledge your compliance to these expectations.

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Understanding the Risks

I know that by engaging in campus activities, including attending classes and student organization activities, I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections. I also understand that despite  CCMS’ efforts to reduce the risks of COVID-19, I can still contract COVID-19 and/or other infections that can cause serious illness and even death. I will make efforts to stay informed of CCMS COVID-related communications, as the college may modify guidelines and expectations as new information becomes available.

The Pledge

This Pledge is required as a condition of my participation in face-to-face instruction and any on-campus activities.

I understand the risks of returning to campus and know that I may be exposed to COVID-19. I pledge to take responsibility for my own health and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. To reduce my risk and the risk to others, I pledge to:

Engage in Prevention

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor spaces on campus (except when eating – in designated areas) and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible*. 
  • Practice physical distancing (6-10 ft apart).
  • Practice frequent handwashing and hand sanitization.
  • Clean up after myself in common areas and classrooms (cleaning products will be available throughout common spaces and classrooms).
  • Comply with COVID-19 campus signage (directional, capacity, etc.).
  • Limit personal indoor gatherings to fewer than ten people and engage in physical distancing.
  • Not host or attend gatherings/parties where physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Students should consult with their health care provider and get a flu shot, if medically advisable.
  • Clean and sanitize all surfaces I touch in class.

Participate in Symptom Assessment, Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation

Conduct daily symptom monitoring for the following symptoms and stay home from classes/activities if I am feeling ill (read the full list of up-to-date symptoms on the CDC website).

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Chills 
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Body aches/muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

If you have any of the symptoms above; OR if you have tested positive; OR if you have had exposure to COVID-19, please do the following:

  1. Contact President Lechner or Vice President Ivey.
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form they will send you. 
  3. Participate in contact tracing if requested by CCMS or the Hamilton County Health District.
  4. Temporarily relocate to a designated quarantine location if deemed necessary, after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and remain until released by President Lechner or Vice President Ivey.

*There may be university approved exceptions regarding the wearing of face covering. Students who cannot wear a face covering due to medical or disability-related reasons should contact the President at president@ccms.edu, 513.761.2020.