COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

COVID-19, Updates and FAQs

Effective Tuesday, August 10:

  • Masks are required indoors on all OCC campuses, for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Face coverings (masks) are not required for individuals working alone in an office, classroom or work space with high-wall areas.
    • Masks are not required outdoors.
    • If a student or employee needs a mask, they are available at no charge in Student Services and Public Safety (please take only one per person); they are also for sale in the vending machines near bookstores.
  • Students who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask for medical reasons may request a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Students must contact the campus ACCESS department for assistance. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis through interactive dialog between the College and the requester, and will be based upon the medical condition(s) of concern and other pertinent factors. The accommodation must be arranged for prior to the beginning of the semester. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
    • Faceshield (preferred)
    • Scarf or similar garment over lower face
    • Physical barriers between individual and others
    • Remote class or office work
    • Social distancing
    • Other
    An exemption to the mask mandate may also be granted for religious reasons. In such cases, students must contact the College EEO officer in HR for instructions.
     If no reasonable accommodation for ADA or religious considerations is possible or the requester rejects an accommodation, they may be denied physical in person access to College buildings.
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • Stay home, if you are sick. Daily online COVID-19 screening is no longer required; continue to self-monitor for symptoms.
    • If you feel sick on campus, alert your supervisor/instructor and return home. Seek the advice of a health expert.
    • Instructors need to contact the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management (EHSRM) via email at maschmid@oaklandcc.edu, as soon as possible after being notified of student/employee both suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Whether you are attending in pursuit of a degree or certificate, have plans to transfer to a four-year institution, or working to update your skills through workforce training or continuing education, OCC is here to ensure you can continue to pursue your goals as seamlessly as possible.

The impact of Covid-19 has disrupted all of our lives but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to ensuring OCC students succeed.

We are working diligently on a plan to return to on-campus operations for Fall 2021.

Fall 2021: OCC will be returning to face-to-face courses while offering you more online classes and hybrid options. We also will offer student services in both a remote and in-person format for your convenience.

Return to Campus Update

Campuses

Updated: August 25, 2021

 

What safety precautions are in place on OCC campuses?

Although there are currently no active Emergency Orders or Rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College will continue to implement the following housekeeping and safety protocols to reduce the risk of disease transmission on campus:

Effective Tuesday, August 10

  • Masks are required indoors on all OCC campuses, for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Face coverings (masks) are not required for individuals working alone in an office, classroom or work space with high-wall areas.
    • Masks are not required outdoors.
    • If a student or employee needs a mask, they are available at no charge in Student Services and Public Safety (please take only one per person); they are also for sale in the vending machines near bookstores.
  • Students who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask for medical reasons may request a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Students must contact the campus ACCESS department for assistance. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis through interactive dialog between the College and the requester, and will be based upon the medical condition(s) of concern and other pertinent factors. The accommodation must be arranged for prior to the beginning of the semester. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
    • Faceshield (preferred)
    • Scarf or similar garment over lower face
    • Physical barriers between individual and others
    • Remote class or office work
    • Social distancing
    • Other
    An exemption to the mask mandate may also be granted for religious reasons. In such cases, students must contact the College EEO officer in HR for instructions.
     
    If no reasonable accommodation for ADA or religious considerations is possible or the requester rejects an accommodation, they may be denied physical in person access to College buildings.
     
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • Stay home, if you are sick. Daily online COVID-19 screening is no longer required; continue to self-monitor for symptoms.
    • If you feel sick on campus, alert your supervisor/instructor and return home. Seek the advice of a health expert.
    • Instructors need to contact the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management (EHSRM) via email at maschmid@oaklandcc.edu, as soon as possible after being notified of student/employee both suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Monitoring student and employee illnesses, and enforcing quarantines, as necessary.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common areas.
  • Disinfectant dispensers in common areas and near restrooms.
  • Installation of barriers at student service point of contact areas and many classrooms.
  • Making disinfectant wipes available in classrooms and labs.

Do I need to complete the COVID-19 screening every day before reporting to campus?

Students, employees and visitors are no longer required to complete the COVID-19 screening before coming to campus.

Do I need to wear a mask while on OCC campuses?

Effective Tuesday, August 10:

  • Masks are required indoors on all OCC campuses, for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Face coverings (masks) are not required for individuals working alone in an office, classroom or work space with high-wall areas.
    • Masks are not required outdoors.
    • If a student or employee needs a mask, they are available at no charge in Student Services and Public Safety (please take only one per person); they are also for sale in the vending machines near bookstores.
  • Students who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask for medical reasons may request a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Students must contact the campus ACCESS department for assistance. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis through interactive dialog between the College and the requester, and will be based upon the medical condition(s) of concern and other pertinent factors. The accommodation must be arranged for prior to the beginning of the semester. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
    • Faceshield (preferred)
    • Scarf or similar garment over lower face
    • Physical barriers between individual and others
    • Remote class or office work
    • Social distancing
    • Other
    An exemption to the mask mandate may also be granted for religious reasons. In such cases, students must contact the College EEO officer in HR for instructions.
     
    If no reasonable accommodation for ADA or religious considerations is possible or the requester rejects an accommodation, they may be denied physical in person access to College buildings.

What campus resources are available?

All OCC student services are available online and many services have returned to campus. Please visit each department's individual website for hours and details.

How do I buy my books, sell back my books or return rental books while the bookstore is closed?

Purchasing and renting of textbooks, book buy backs and rental returns are now handled online. Visit the OCC Raiders Bookstore website and select the “Textbooks” tab for more information.

COVID-19 and Vaccines

How do I report a case or suspected case of COVID-19?

OCC students should notify their instructor of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. The College will then follow up as appropriate to impose any necessary quarantines, additional cleaning/sanitizing of a classroom or lab, etc.

How do I sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Visit the Oakland County Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub to find a vaccination clinic or appointment near you. The State of Michigan also has a helpful web resource that can be used to find a COVID-19 vaccination site in your area.

Do I have to be vaccinated to return to campus?

While the COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory, the College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Broad participation in vaccination will help the College return to safe in-person activities.

Will I be quarantined?

You will not need to quarantine for close contact if you are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months, unless you are experiencing symptoms of illness. If you are unvaccinated, you have to quarantine.

How long will I need to quarantine?

If you need to quarantine, you will need to stay off campus for 14- 24 days (10 days, 24 hours fever free and other symptoms improving). The Health Department may set a different quarantine period. If they do, follow their instructions to the letter and notify Michael Schmidt, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management, for instructions before returning to campus.

If I feel sick, but have not tested positive for COVID-19, may I come to campus?

Absolutely not. While you may not have COVID-19, we do not want anyone you may come in contact with to become ill from any disease, including a cold or the flu. Stay home whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated.

If I notify OCC that I am positive for COVID-19, will any of my personal information be shared with others?

All personal information is kept private by OCC to the extent allowed by law. Some personal information, such as name, date of birth, and phone number, may need to be shared with the Health Department to confirm your health data and to facilitate contact tracing. Personal information will not be shared with any unauthorized employee at OCC. In addition, the College always tries not to provide non-personal information that might allow someone to determine the identity of the COVID-19 case.