Return to Campus

Chancellor Message: Welcome Back to Campus

Peter M. Provenzano, Jr. Chancellor
Peter M. Provenzano, Jr. Chancellor

We are excited to welcome you back this fall. We know COVID-19 has turned all of our lives upside down. It has impacted each of us deeply and has transformed how we live our daily lives.

OCC is no exception. What hasn’t changed, though, is our commitment to serving students.

We’ve learned to serve you in new and better ways. This is a work in progress, and sometimes it’s not perfect. We’ve listened, used what we’ve learned, pivoted quickly when we needed to, and stayed focused to ensuring your educational success and safety. It is our top priority.

Return to campus

When you come back this fall, you’ll see greater social distancing, new water bottle and hand sanitizing stations, changes in our restrooms, and signs across all of our campuses to help keep us safe.

In that effort, we need your help. We strongly encourage getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings if you are unvaccinated or if you prefer to do so, frequent hand washing and appropriate social distancing. We also will have an online COVID screening form and check-in areas when you arrive on campus as required by state and local authorities. This is familiar to all of us as our lives have changed.

Moving forward

A return to campus is not a return to the past. Our focus is on moving forward in new and exciting ways for our students and our community.

Since March 2020, we lived by our mantra, “Together, we’ve got this.” We worked hard to ensure our students stayed on track by upgrading our technology infrastructure; building new science and math areas ahead of schedule; providing rigorous training for faculty and staff; and continuing to challenge our long-standing academic and student services’ delivery models with an eye on the future.

Today, we remain proud you have chosen OCC to pursue your goals. We are excited about our future together.

Peter M. Provenzano, Jr.

Return to Campus FAQs

The health and safety of our students, employees and community remains a top priority. EFFECTIVE JULY 12, the following safety precautions will be in place on all campuses:

  • All student services (Counseling, Financial Aid, ACCESS, Academic Support Services, Libraries, etc.) are available virtually (online); some services will be available in person by appointment.
  • 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.
  • All students, employees and visitors must complete an online COVID-19 screening each time they visit an OCC campus. Student COVID Screening, Employee COVID Screening, Visitor COVID Screening.
  • Classrooms and labs will be set up to allow for social distancing between students and faculty.

OCC will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines for changes. As we adapt to changing circumstances, updates will be provided on our website and OCC student and employee email.

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 fall activities.

BEFORE entering campus, all students must complete an online COVID-19 screening accessed on the OCC website home page banner. This must be completed each time you visit an OCC campus. The online COVID-19 screening allows the College to track individuals on campus and their general health to mitigate the disease impact - this procedure is also required by law. The College uses the information collected to determine who is on campus should we need to notify you of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.

You cannot enter any OCC facilities and should remain home or seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms. You cannot return to campus until:

Experienced Symptoms:

  • At least 10 days after symptoms first appeared AND
  • Other symptoms of COVID have improved AND
  • At least 24 hours with no fever, without fever-reducing medicine.

Traveled Internationally

  • At least 10 days after return to the United States.

Close Contact:

  • At least 14 days after the last exposure to the person with COVID-19. Exemptions include anyone who has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been vaccinated (with at least 2 weeks since his or her final dose) within the past 3 months. Written verification of COVID-19 recovery or vaccination is required to claim the exemption.
  • 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.

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

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.

Laboratory students must supply suitable goggles (ANSI Z87.1), as needed, and wear them at all times while in the laboratory. Students will be provided disposable gloves, as needed, and should avoid sharing equipment. Shared equipment will be disinfected between users.

Exceptions to continuously wearing a cloth face covering or other mask on OCC property for NON-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS are 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Drinking fountains equipped with bottle-filling stations.
  • Seating in student common areas marked, blocked or removed to facilitate 6 feet between individuals.
  • All publicly accessible computer equipment removed from service.
  • 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.
  • Classrooms selected for classes based on proper social distancing requirements.
  • Areas outside active entrances will be marked to indicate 6 foot social distancing in areas where individuals may gather.

Desks and work surfaces in all classrooms and labs will be arranged to ensure proper social distancing. It will be important to ensure that these configurations are not altered by moving desks, etc. In some rooms, such as labs, where work areas are fixed, there may be markings to indicate where students may work, or physical barriers installed. The room use will dictate how it is configured.

Areas with face-to-face interactions between students and employees (Counseling, Financial Services, Enrollment Services, ACCESS, etc.) will have floors marked every 6 feet with tape or other marker to indicate where people should stand. In waiting areas, seating will be positioned at least 6 feet apart. In student common areas, seating will be marked, blocked or removed to allow for 6 feet between individuals. One-way routes also will be clearly marked.
Where social distancing cannot be maintained, physical barriers may be used.

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

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.

At this time, restaurant food services are closed on campus. Students are encouraged to take meal breaks off campus or use outdoor picnic tables.

Go home and notify your instructor. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should seek medical attention.

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. In addition, if it is determined that you were on a campus where a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case was identified, you will receive an alert notification via your OCC email.