1. Are College offices and services open?
Yes. Northern Oklahoma College with campus locations in Enid, Stillwater and Tonkawa are open. Normal Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2. Are masks required on campus?
Yes. To maintain campus safety, all NOC students, employees, and visitors must wear a cloth facial covering (mask) upon entering any campus building and when near or encountering others anywhere on campus. Additionally, face masks should be worn off-campus when representing NOC in an official capacity during travel. COVID-19 can be spread when people are asymptomatic, which means they do not know they are sick yet. Facial coverings do not replace the need to maintain social distancing, frequent handwashing, and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines; however, facial coverings have been proven to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. When everyone wears masks, we keep our NOC community safer. Learn more about Face Covering (Mask) Policy and Guidelines.
3. What cleaning measures are in place across the institution?
NOC Physical Plant is providing touch-point cleaning and disinfecting daily in campus buildings, classroom spaces, common areas and public spaces. Custodial staff will work diligently to clean classrooms, libraries, tutoring and testing centers and other high traffic areas a minimum of once every day. Employees will have access to disinfectant to wipe down their areas more frequently if they so choose.
NOC will maintain alcohol-based or equivalent hand sanitizer and replacement wall-mount dispensers to refill the currently-installed hand sanitizers located throughout the campus locations. Physical Plant will work to procure and distribute necessary cleaning supplies for individual departments. Additionally, the college has purchased electrostatic disinfection foggers to disinfect high traffic and targeted area. The HVAC systems on the Enid and Tonkawa campuses have been upgraded to replace the roll filter media systems to pleated filter systems. This is a result of the recommendations from ASHRE, CDC, APPA and other agencies to provide filtration, If possible, of at least MERV 8 rating. The NOC Stillwater Classroom Building, as a newer construction, was designed to meet this standard.
4. When is move-in scheduled for residence halls in Tonkawa and Enid?
Move-in for the Tonkawa and Enid campuses will be Tuesday, August 11, thru Friday, August 14. We will be observing a staggered move-in limiting the number of students moving in at any one time. Students have been notified by the Office of Student Affairs what day they will be allowed to move in. In addition to signing the housing contract at the time of move-in, students will also be required to sign a COVID-19 Housing Waiver.
5. What measures is the college taking to keep dorm residents safe?
The student housing plan includes reducing or rearranging shared spaces, increased frequency of cleaning, acquisition of specialized disinfecting equipment, and dedicated spaces reserved for student quarantine, if necessary. The following is a list of protocols starting August 11, 2020:
- Student Affairs staff will provide face coverings for all students at move-in.
- Student Affairs staff will provide hand sanitizer for all students while moving in.
- Students will only be allowed to have two people help them move in.
- Face masks must be worn at all times during move-in.
- There will be one point of entry and one point of exit at opposite ends of the residence halls to limit exposure.
- Couches in community lounges will be removed.
- Recreation areas (pool tables, ping pong tables, etc.) will be closed until further notice.
- The number of chairs available in lounges will be decreased and social distancing emphasized through appropriate signage.
- Interactions facilitated by Student Affairs staff will be done with fewer than 10 people, unless outdoor and social distancing can be followed.
- Residence hall visitation will be limited to people living within your own residence hall. No external visitors are allowed until further notice.
- Appropriate social distancing must be used at all times in the residence halls. The CDC recommends maintaining a distance of six feet apart. Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces inside the facility. Examples of public spaces inside the residence hall facility will include lobby areas, hallways, game rooms, laundry rooms, and movie rooms. Exceptions will be granted for any private areas (example: bathrooms and/or showers).
- No person-to-person contact. This includes handshaking, high-fiving, and hugging, etc.
- No more than two people in a residence hall room at one time.
- We strongly recommend you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds regularly. We also encourage residents to clean and disinfect your room often as well as commonly touched surfaces in your suites. Adhering to social distancing and face covering policies will be a key factor to helping prevent any sickness.
- Residents are responsible for cleaning their own personal space and are required to empty their trash in the trash receptacles located outside the buildings. No resident trash may be placed in common area trash cans such as bathrooms and lobbies.
- Perform a self-screening each morning before arriving on campus. Temperature must be less than 100.4° F/38° C. See Self-Assessment Checklist
- Temperature checks will be provided upon request from the residence hall director. We recommend that students bring a personal thermometer with them.
- NOC’s strong recommendation will be for students to quarantine at home if possible; however, if quarantine measures are implemented and the student is not able to go home during the quarantine time, arrangements will be made for a separate quarantine location while the student continues to take classes via alternative delivery methods.
- If you are quarantined on campus, arrangements for delivered meals will be provided by the housing staff via NOC Food Services. Delivered meals will be charged to your meal plan accordingly.
6. What will food services look like this fall?
NOC Food Services in Tonkawa and Enid has reduced the capacity for seating to allow for social distancing within NOC dining facilities. There will no longer be self-serve stations and take-out options will be available. In addition, the following guidelines will be followed for food services:
7. What is being done at the Student Union to keep everyone safe?
Commons Area: A number of tables and chairs have been removed allowing for at least six feet distance between tables. Chairs have been removed to limit the number of guests that can sit together at each table. Recreation areas (pool tables, ping pong
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly within the store.
- Face coverings will be worn by employees at all times.
- Queue lines and 6 feet apart spots will be marked within the store.
- Personnel will observe if and when the store is close to capacity. When capacity is reached, only a safe number of customers will be allowed in the store while practicing the six feet social distancing rule.
8. How will the library be kept safe and operational?
The Library will operate at normal business hours. Furniture in public spaces will be arranged to ensure appropriate social distancing with barriers or shields added in shared computer stations. When possible, library services will continue to include options for users who are unable to come into the library, for example, curbside pick-up for books and research guidance through the “Ask a Librarian” feature on website.
9. What if I don't have access to Wi-Fi?
Campus parking lots have Wi-Fi hotspots. You are welcome to sign on there and maintain social distance by staying in your vehicle. You may also utilize our campus computer labs, library, student union and commons area.
10. What technology resources are available for students and employees?
For internet resources for Oklahoma residents during public health emergency
For NOC IT resources
College IT Help Desk for Employees & Students – Email Help Desk Phone Number 580.628.6291§ For software and technology products
11. Will campus events go on as planned?
All college-related activities and events, both on-campus and off, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on the current State and CDC recommendations at that time and must be approved by the President and appropriate Vice President. See Application for Campus Event.
All non-college events, i.e., civic club meetings, reunions, weddings, camps, luncheons/banquets, on all three campuses are suspended for Fall 2020 semester through January 11, 2021
12. When will the NOC Tonkawa Wellness Center open?
The wellness center will be opened with limited access to currently-enrolled NOC students and current employees ONLY. Hours of operation begin August 17 for students and employees only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
It will remain closed to the public. NOC has proactively frozen all memberships; upon reopening, NOC will reactivate and extend existing memberships during time of closure.
Operation of the wellness center or access to is subject to change.
- Reduced capacity to follow CDC guidelines.
- All staff and patrons will be required to wear face coverings while entering, exiting, and moving about the premises.
- The locker rooms and shower areas will be closed.
- Patrons are responsible for cleaning equipment before and after use.
- Patrons are encouraged to bring water bottles as the water fountains will not be accessible.