COVID-19, Updates and FAQs

Effective Monday, June 14:

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals - Indoors and outdoors: Face coverings (masks) are optional, but not required; no distance requirements.
     
  • Non-vaccinated individuals - Indoors: Face coverings (masks) are required at all times regardless of social distance from other individuals; no distance requirements with mask. Outdoors: Face coverings (masks) are not required, unless 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

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.

Summer 2021: Course delivery will remain unchanged.

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: July 29, 2021

 

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:

  • Face coverings (masks) are required indoors for non-vaccinated individuals regardless of social distance from other individuals and optional for those who are fully vaccinated. For outdoors, face coverings (masks) are not required for non-vaccinated individuals unless 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • 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.

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

  • FOR FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS - Indoors and outdoors: Face coverings (masks) are optional, but not required; no distance requirements.
  • FOR NON-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS - Indoors: Face coverings (masks) are required at all times regardless of social distance from other individuals; no distance requirements with mask. Outdoors: Face coverings (masks) are not required, unless 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

All OCC student services are available online and through other remote means such as email or teleconference, including but not limited to:

These resources are currently closed and will likely reopen as our campuses reopen. The College will communicate all re-openings, and associated safety precautions, to our community as they occur.

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.

Academics and Support Services

Visit our Learning Support Resources webpage or contact your instructor to discuss other alternatives the College may be able to provide.

You are working hard to be successful in this new learning format, and we have the resources to help when you need it! Visit our Coronavirus Resources page for resources including, but not limited to:

Sign up for our free Online Learning Readiness Course (DIST-1000). It is a great resource for learning how to use D2L and be a successful online learner.

Instructors may choose to hold class meetings remotely on the days and times stated in the schedule, so scheduling concurrent classes will not be permitted.

Call the D2L Helpdesk 24/7 including holidays at 855.772.1235 (toll free).

If your instructor has not been responsive to your contacts or concerns, please submit a complaint at Complaints/Suggestion page or call the Deans of Student Services at:

  • Auburn Hills: 248.232.4404
  • Highland Lakes: 248.942.3211
  • Orchard Ridge: 248.522.3510
  • Royal Oak: 248.246.2611
  • Southfield: 248.246.2611

COVID-19 and Vaccines

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.

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.

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.

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. If a mask is not properly worn and maintained, it cannot be relied upon to prevent reduce the risk of exposures. The CDC and MDHHS, as well as OCC, do not take into account mask usage for determining the need to quarantine. Similarly, while testing is recommended, as it provides you with useful information, the COVID-19 tests may give false negatives (especially the quick tests). In addition, getting tested too soon after an exposure affects the accuracy of the test. As such, the test results cannot be safely used to determine if you are, or may become, sick.

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. You will need to stay off campus for 14 days AFTER the household member recovers (14 days, 24 hours fever free and other symptoms improving). Thus, you may need to stay off campus for up to 24 days. The Health Department may set a different quarantine period. If they do, follow their instructions to the letter and notify the OCC Manager of Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management at maschmid@oaklandcc.edu for instructions before returning 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.

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.