COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

COVID-19, Updates and FAQs

Protect yourself and others and stay home if you are sick.

If you're experiencing a health emergency, call 911.

Please use our OCC COVID-19 online reporting portal if you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you're unvaccinated
  • Experiencing COVID-like symptoms

A guide to COVID symptoms

(source: CDC)

Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headahes, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breat or difficulty breathing
Fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting, diarrhea
Fever or feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose

Masks are Required

Masks are required indoors on all OCC campuses for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Masks should: 

Face covering
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple (at least 2) layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without undue restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change shape.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Reporting/Vaccines/Quarantine

Updated: January 6, 2022
 

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

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, suspect you may have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please access the OCC COVID-19 online reporting portal.

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.

What if I’m not comfortable taking face to face courses this semester? Do I have to wait till summer or fall?

Your academic success and personal safety are our top priority; however, we understand some students prefer not to take face-to-face courses this semester. OCC students have a number of options including late-start courses, which you may register up to the day the class begins, and more online options* being added. New online course options will be listed in the online schedule by Friday, Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. If you wish to make a change, you must do so during Final Registration (Jan. 5 - 9) or the Drop/Add Period (Jan. 10 – 15).
IMPORTANT: Please do not drop a course until you have checked with your counselor and financial aid office to maintain financial aid eligibility and explore your options. *See Academics section for more about online course offerings .

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 10- 20 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.

What do I do if I start to feel ill while on campus?

Go home and notify your instructor. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should seek medical attention and consider getting tested. Quarantine periods may be assigned by the College.

How will I be notified if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

The College will contact you via your OCC email if it suspects that you may have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. You will be instructed as to how long to quarantine from campus. You also may be contacted by the Oakland County Health Division with additional instructions.

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.

How do employees upload their vaccination status?

The College has established a Vaccination Reporting Portal for employees to submit vaccination status. As required by OSHA regulations, all employees are REQUIRED to upload their completed COVID-19 vaccine record by midnight, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. More details and specific FAQ’s for OCC employees can be found on the InsideOCC Coronavirus page.

Masks/Face Coverings

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.

Can I purchase face coverings on campus?

Yes. Cloth face coverings can be purchased from vending machines at the following campus locations:

  • Auburn Hills: G Building
  • Highland Lakes: Woodland Hall
  • Orchard Ridge: J Building
  • Royal Oak: B Building
  • Southfield: A Building

Are there any face coverings that are not allowed?

YES. Face coverings that do not meet the CDC/MDHHS guidelines are not allowed. This includes anything that does not fit closely to the face, such as loose-fitting bandanas, single-layer gaiters, shirts pulled over the mouth and nose, and face shields, among others. Face masks that are close-fitting, but have an exhalation valve, also are prohibited.

What are the exceptions allowed for wearing a face covering?

Exceptions to continuously wearing a cloth face covering or other mask on OCC property is limited to the following situations:

  • Outdoor setting.
  • Within a single-occupancy office or other work area, as long as no one else is present in the space and the door is closed.
  • Are asked to temporarily remove a face mask for identification purposes.
  • Communicating with someone who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing, and where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Members of the public in OCC facilities being utilized as a polling place for purposes of voting in an election.

Campus Safety and Operations

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 covid@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.

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.

Will food services be open on campus?

Ample vending machines, as well as self-service Marketplaces, are available across all campuses, offering snacks and drinks.

What modifications will be made at campus buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

The College is making modifications to prepare for face-to-face interactions. Some of these include:

  • Drinking fountains equipped with bottle-filling stations are being phased in at all campuses.
  • Areas of the College requiring face-to-face meetings or interactions with students equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser containing an alcohol solution of at least 60% concentration.
  • Disinfectant dispensers in common areas and near restrooms.
  • Installation of barriers at student service point of contact areas and many classrooms.

Who is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms?

The custodial staff will clean and disinfect the rooms according to College protocols. Students will be encouraged to clean and disinfect their desks, seats, and shared equipment prior to use. Faculty, lab staff and paraprofessionals will need to help ensure shared work areas are kept clean and disinfected. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided by the College.

What cleaning products are being used by custodians and are they safe for people with allergies and asthma?

All cleaning products are commercial products appropriate for their intended use and disinfectants are EPA-approved. Any cleaning or disinfecting product can pose a health risk if improperly used.