Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus and NOC Impact: Most Frequently Asked Questions 
(As of August 18)

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Northern operations for students, faculty, staff and parents. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available. 

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1. What are the Fall 2020 course options for NOC?

NOC will offer multiple course formats for Fall 2020 with options to match the students’ learning style while continuing to follow CDC guidelines for a safe learning environment. Course options include traditional in-person classes, live online, and completely online. For more information, visit http://www.noc.edu/fall-sessions

2. Have there been any changes to the instructional calendar?

Yes. While planning continues for a safe return to in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester, we have made decisions on changes for the instructional calendar that are intended to support our overall health and safety efforts. The Fall semester is still set to begin August 17 and conclude on December 11 but the following modifications will be made within the semester for classes not already fully online:

  • Eliminating Fall break Oct. 16 and continuing with class instruction during this period.
  • Concluding in-person classroom instruction by Nov. 20, prior to Thanksgiving Break Nov. 23-27.
  • NOC is closed during Thanksgiving Break. All employees will resume work after the break and will remain working on campus through the end of the semester.
  • Continuing class activities virtually during Pre-Finals Week, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, and
  • Conducting final exams online Dec. 7-11.
  • On-campus services and project labs will remain open for students through Dec. 11.
  • On-campus housing and food services in Tonkawa and Enid will remain open for those choosing to return to campus after Thanksgiving Break.

3. How do I enroll for fall semester? 

Students can enroll for the fall semester either by contacting their advisors or by contacting NOC at 580.628.6220 (Tonkawa), 580.548.2275 (Enid), or 580.628.6910 (Stillwater). All enrollment appointments are currently conducted by email, via Zoom, or over the phone (please leave a voicemail). For a complete listing of courses, students should refer to the NOC Live Course Availability on NOC’s website.

4. How do students access online classes

Please check your NOC email and log in to your class on Blackboard at www.noc.edu/blackboard for more instructions, or contact the IT Help Desk lori.erasmus@noc.edu if you have any issues with logging on to Blackboard or contact bobbie.carson@noc.edu.

5. Will study abroad continue? 

The U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Travel Advisory on March 19, which advised U.S. citizens to avoid international travel of any sort. It is not clear at this time when the State Department travel advisory will be reduced. With this in mind, no faculty-led study abroad programs will be allowed until further notice.

NOC is currently monitoring and will adjust as necessary. Please check Global Education online at www.noc.edu/ge .

6. What are the processes for Concurrent enrollment?

Concurrent students need to provide a current high school transcript, ACT or Pre-ACT scores, and a permission email from their high school counselor or principal. The student should print and fill out the NOC Concurrent Enrollment Form, have the parent and student sign, then email to registration office. Northern will review the presented documentation for standard admissions and placement via the ACT or Pre-ACT, offer the student placement via Accuplacer [available online], or offer the student placement via holistic placement (combination of Pre-ACT, ACT, Accuplacer, or high school GPA in selected coursework).

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

Bookstore:

  • 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 https://onenet.net/internet-resources-for-oklahoma-residents-during-public-health-emergency/

For NOC IT resources http://www.noc.edu/it

College IT Help Desk for Employees & Students – Email Help Desk Phone Number 580.628.6291§ For software and technology products http://www.noc.edu/save-on-software--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.

Policy:

  • 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.

1. Who can I contact with questions?

For any follow-up questions, please send an email to covid-19@noc.edu. Your question will be routed to the appropriate NOC emergency response team member to address.

2.Who can I contact with suggestions? 

Your honest feedback is a vital part of our continuous efforts to make Northern Oklahoma College a better place to do great work or earn an excellent education. We value your opinion. To send an email, please visit our website at www.noc.edu/suggestions.

3.  I am an international student. Who do I contact with questions

International students can reach out to rick.edgington@noc.edu.

Students and employees should reference our online directory at www.noc.edu/directory Please refer to this contact list below to leave a voicemail or email: 

Type of Concern

Office to Contact

Contact Information

Academic

Academic Affairs

pamela.stinson@noc.edu
580.628.6431

Athletics Athletic Director

alan.foster@noc.edu
580.628.6345 (Tonkawa)
 580.548.2345 (Enid)

Benefits/Employee Insurance

Human Resources

kelley.larkin@noc.edu
580.628.6479

Blackboard

IT

bobbie.carson@noc.edu
580.628.6339

Employment/Human Resources

Human Resources

shannon.cranford@noc.edu
580.628.6229

Registration/Enrollment

Enrollment Management

rick.edgington@noc.edu
580.628.6221

Equal Opportunity/Title IX

Student Affairs

jason.johnson@noc.edu
580.628.6240

Fiscal Operations

Financial Affairs

anita.simspon@noc.edu
580.628.6232

Communications/

General Questions-Tonkawa

Development/Community Relations

sheri.snyder@noc.edu
580.628.6214

General Questions-Enid

NOC Enid VP

raydon.leaton@noc.edu
580.548.2393

General Questions-Stillwater

NOC Stillwater VP

diana.watkins@noc.edu
580.628.6905

Information Technology

IT Help Desk

lori.erasmus@noc.edu
580.628.6291

Physical Plant Operations

Physical Plant

larry.dye@noc.edu
580.628.6217

Employee Payroll

HR/Payroll

niesha.jones@noc.edu
580.628.6263

Student Payroll

HR/Payroll

janet.hartz@noc.edu
580.628.6241

1. How do I set up my account for any potential refund?

Northern Oklahoma College would like to guide you in making the right choice with any potential refund. Step 1 and 2 will assist you in reviewing your current setup and future setup for any refund without delay.

Step 1

  • Go to www.noc.edu
  • Go to myNOC tab under College Resources (it will be in light gray)
  • Click the NOC Access tab
  • Enter Student ID with no dashes
  • Enter PIN (Date of Birth MMDDYYYY)
  • If you were born between the months of January & September enter 1 digit for the month MDDYYYY)
  • Go to Display my Northern Access Credentials
  • Write down your Northern Access username and password and keep it in a safe place!
  • NOTE: Northern Access username and password are case sensitive
  • The username and password will allow you to access Campus Connect, Email and Blackboard

Step 2

  • Go to www.noc.edu
  • Go to myNOC tab under College Resources (it will be in light gray)
  • Log into the portal with your username and password
  • Campus Connect tab
  • Click on Account Info tab
  • Direct Deposit Setup
  • Click the blue bottom “Here” or click on Dashboard under Quick Link to review or update your refund choice
  • Follow the steps on the screen
  • You will receive an email confirmation when completed

For assistance or questions regarding student refunds, students should contact bursars@noc.edu.

2. How will financial aid be impacted? 

Student financial aid should not be impacted. If you haven’t already, we strongly suggest you complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. We can help determine what options are available to you through the college, state and federal government. For additional information on Financial Aid and COVID-19, visit the NOC Financial Aid Website. Northern Oklahoma College financial aid offices are available to help you with your questions. To inquire about financial aid, call the office on the campus you are attending. Please leave a voicemail and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Students and parents can also send an email through the link www.noc.edu/ask-a-financial-counselor.

3. Will bursar payments be pushed back/extended?

NOC payment plans will continue to operate within the established payment schedule. Students facing financial difficulties due to the COVID virus should contact bursars@noc.edu.

4. Have deadlines been extended for things like scholarship consideration and acceptance deadline and the final scholarship deadline?

No, the priority deadline for applicants applying for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, the NOC/OSU Gateway Ambassadors Scholarship or the State Regents Academic Scholarship was February 20. Priority deadline for all other scholarships began February 20 with scholarships awarded to qualified applicants on a first come, first serve basis until August 25. To be considered for scholarships, applicants are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Northern’s Title IV Institutional Code is 003162) within 30 days of accepting a scholarship award. Failure to do so may result in scholarship being revoked.

5. I am leaving NOC at the end of the semester. Do I need to do anything with Financial Aid?

Yes. If you are graduating or transferring from NOC at the end of the semester, or have dropped out of NOC, you are required to complete the EXIT COUNSELING for your student loan. Log on to www.studentloans.gov. You will need to sign in with your FSA ID by clicking on the “LOG IN” button. Click on the “Complete Loan Counseling” link. Then you will choose “Exit Counseling.” Make sure you list your school so we will be notified. For more information, visit the NOC Financial Aid Website.

6. NOC CARES Emergency Relief Fund - Updated 8.18.2020 www.noc.edu/noc-cares

1. What is a Coronavirus?

There are seven known coronaviruses that affect humans. They’re named coronavirus because of the crown-like spikes on their surface. The first was identified in the 1960s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

Patients currently being treated for the novel coronavirus report mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Symptoms may appear as soon as two days after exposure or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.

3. How do I prevent novel coronavirus?

You can limit your likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus with the same methods you would use to avoid the flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.

4. Where can I receive additional information?

We will continue to communicate regularly on the evolving COVID-19 disease. As a reminder, you can stay up-to-date on our efforts by visiting this webpage www.noc.edu/emergency.

Additional COVID-19 Resources:

5. What is my personal health responsibility?

The following outlines expectations of all NOC students and employees while on campus. This is not only to protect your health, but the health of our entire community. Your continued support of these guidelines is appreciated. The college will provide professional development training on COVID-19 during student orientations and employee in-services this fall.

Take special precautions to avoid exposure for at least two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

  • If you are sick, stay home. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  • Perform a self-screening each morning before arriving on campus. Temperature must be less than 100.4° F/38° C. See Self-Assessment Checklist
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines of minimum six feet.
  • Remove unnecessary items in your personal work or living space to create clean counter spaces and support cleaning efforts on common surfaces. Students and employees are responsible for cleaning own personal space.
  • Avoid sharing equipment and supplies, i.e. pens and pencils, when conducting business and favor electronic processes over sharing papers when possible.
  • Limit elevators to single occupancy when possible, but no more than two allowed at one time.
  • Use stairs as the primary method of travel between floors when possible. Signs will be posted to encourage directional flow.
  • If a meeting must be in-person to accomplish the purpose of the meeting, it must be in a large room with attendees six feet away from each other. Use video conferencing as an alternative.
  • Disinfect fax machines, copiers, kiosks and printers in common areas before and after each use.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keep a supply of hand sanitizer (as possible).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas in your home and workplace.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

6. What happens if there is a positive COVID-19 case on campus?

We follow the guidance of national and local health officials, and federal reporting guidelines, in our response to a positive diagnosis on campus. If we receive confirmation that an NOC student or employee has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, there are important measures that will be promptly taken including quarantine or isolation, contact tracing, communication and facility disinfection.

Students are required to immediately self-report NOC COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to the appropriate campus administrator a positive COVID-19 test or a primary exposure contact with an individual who has tested positive. Campus contacts are:

  • Enid Campus: Raydon Leaton, Vice President for NOC Enid, 580.548.2393
  • Stillwater Campus: Diana Watkins, Vice President for NOC Stillwater, 580.628.6905
  • Tonkawa Campus: Jason Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, 580.628.6272

Employees will be required to immediately self-report NOC COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to the appropriate campus administrator for contact tracing (Enid-Raydon Leaton 580.548.2393; Stillwater-Diana Watkins, 580-628-6905; Tonkawa-Jason Johnson, 580.628.6272), as well as notifying their immediate supervisor and the HR Director (Shannon Cranford 580.628.6229) if they have had a positive COVID-19 test or primary exposure contact with an individual who has tested positive.

7. What is being done to clean general college areas?

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 will be 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.

8. How do I get general information about NOC’s educational partners’ Impact with COVID-19?

9. How were the guidelines determined for the campus reopening plan?

The NOC Pandemic Response Plan was a collective effort created by the NOC Emergency Response Team tasked to respond to any event of significant threat to the health or safety of our college community. NOC's Emergency Response Team is a perpetual group that is activated during events that endanger the people and/or damage the facilities of NOC.

Membership of this team is made up of the executive council members and other designated representatives as needed from human resources, academics, student affairs, facilities management, information technology and other areas.

The Emergency Response Team reviewed federal, state and local health guidelines with input from numerous leaders and experts. The Pandemic Response Plan is an ongoing effort developed over the past several months by members of this team.

10. Will there be additional updates to the NOC Pandemic Response Plan?

Yes. The College will continue to educate and inform the campus community in regards to the Coronavirus and the impact on NOC via NOC News updates through emails, website, campus signage, and social media. As new procedures and safety protocols are put in place, employees and students will be notified through campus communications.

The Crisis Communications Team, a subgroup of the Emergency Response Team, will be involved in the crisis management response and the message communication to internal and external stakeholders. Announcements and updated information will be available on the college website at  http://www.noc.edu/emergency/

11. Are temperature checks part of the plan?

We are asking all members of the campus community to self-screen each morning before arriving on campus. As part of that checklist, campus community members are asked to take their temperature to ensure it is below 100.4. See Self-Assessment Checklist.

1. What if I get sick during this time?

Employees who are sick or suspect they are sick should stay home and contact a health care provider. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides you and your covered dependents access to virtual healthcare for non-emergency medical and behavioral health needs through MDLive. Login to www.mdlive.com/BCBSOK or call 1.888.976.4081. You will have to activate your account using your BCBSOK ID card with your member identification card.

2. Do I need a doctor's note to return to work if I have been ill?

Due to COVID-19, it may not be reasonably possible to obtain a doctor's note from your healthcare provider. Therefore, employees should communicate any changes in their work status and their ability to perform their job duties to their direct supervisor. For questions, please contact HR.

3. Who can I contact with questions about my NOC Health Plan?

Members can contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma directly at 800.942.5837 and speak to Customer Service for answers to their specific benefit questions or can access participant specific information online at bcbsok.com. The NOC Benefit Coordinator can be reached at 580.628.6479 or kelley.larkin@noc.edu and the HR Director Shannon Cranford at 580.628.6229 or shannon.cranford@noc.edu.

4. Does our medical plan offer telehealth options?

Yes, the Telehealth link is https://www.bcbsok.com/covid-19/whats-covered#telehealth

5. Are there options to have prescription drugs delivered to my home?

Yes, log into BCBS account and click on prescription drugs. This will take you to Prime Therapeutics where you will be able to create an account and order your drugs to be delivered to your home. We also encourage employees to check with local pharmacies for home delivery options. ZeroCard is also available for some qualified drugs; contact customer service at 855-816-0001 or www.thezerocard.com.

6. What is the College’s Teleworking Policy?

This is a temporary policy concerning appropriate and immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northern Oklahoma College may establish telework as a condition of employment based on the College’s business needs. In the event of a pandemic or similar emergency, the College may institute “social distancing” telework policies. In other words, employees may be directed to stay away from their traditional on-campus workspace. Those employees should be directed to work from home when and where possible. In these emergency circumstances, teleworking may be deemed to be a condition of employment for the duration of the emergency.

Telework is a workstation alternative that is appropriate for some employees but not all employees and all positions. No College employee is entitled to or guaranteed the opportunity to telework. Certain categories of positions are ineligible for telework. The work conducted by employees under telework may be the same as the work otherwise conducted at the College workstation, or may fall under “other duties as assigned” and therefore may be different than the type of work assigned at the College workstation, at the discretion of each individual supervisor.

The total number of hours that fulltime telework employees are expected to work will not change, regardless of work location. The College also expects the same level of productivity from telework employees that is expected from employees at the College workplace. For example, if you normally work a 40-hour work week on campus at your workstation, you will now work a 40-hour work week by telework or a combination of telework/on campus work dependent upon the position and responsibilities. When accrued personal, vacation, or sick leave is taken while conducting telework, it must be approved by a supervisor and submitted to Human Resources in the same manner as if the leave was taken while working at the College workstation.

7. Who can apply to telework?

This policy applies to the whole College workforce with campus locations in Enid, Stillwater and Tonkawa. It applies to all full-time and part-time employees, exempt and non-exempt employees, full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, hourly employees, student employees (both federal work study and regular work), and all temporary employees.

Telework is not an entitlement, is not a College-wide benefit, and may be discontinued at any time at the sole discretion of the College President. As a matter of practice, telework shall be used only in circumstances that are unusual, urgent, emergency, or unique, based on the totality of the circumstances.

8. Does the College provide equipment and materials to telework?

Normally, the College will provide equipment and materials needed by employees to effectively perform their duties; however, the College will not duplicate resources between the central workplace and the alternate work location. Telework employees may use specific College-owned equipment only for legitimate College purposes. In telework workstations, all College policies that would have applied at the College workstation continue to apply in full effect, including policies related to data security and information protection or privacy.

9. What are some best practices with telework?

Employees should expect to be contacted by their supervisor regularly for an interactive conversation (not by correspondence). Employees should be responsible for establishing effective communication among co-workers and customers and to check in with the supervisor to discuss status and open issues during the telework arrangement to be sure to address concerns quickly. 

10.  Am I eligible for pay under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

All current employees, regardless of classification, are eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), which allows up to 80-hours of paid leave for certain circumstances. Beginning April 1, the provisions of FFCRA was posted on the NOC website to inform all NOC employees of provisions for COVID-19 related absences for illness, care of dependents who are ill or care of dependents due to disruptions to childcare. 

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

11. What is the College’s Teleworking Policy?

https://northok.publishpath.com/Websites/northok/files/Content/4632984/NOC_Telework_Policy_-_Revised_4.21.2020.pdf

1.  Will there be Student Disabilities Services?  Yes.

2.  Will tutoring and testing be available for students? 

Tutoring will be available by appointment via Zoom and other electronic platforms for one-on-one tutoring with NOC peer tutors. 24-7 online tutoring service is also available through www.tutor.com (available through each course’s Blackboard page). For more information and an updated schedule of availability on tutoring services – www.noc.edu/tutoringservices

One-on-one testing and assessment services will remain open by appointment. For more information on testing services or to make an appointment – www.noc.edu/noctesting

3. I am a veteran student using GI Bill benefits or am a dependent student. Who do I contact with questions? 

Veteran students can reach out to brad.gordon@noc.edu or www.noc.edu/military. 

4. What Mental Health Resources are available for NOC Enid and NOC Tonkawa students? 

Below is a list of local resources:

  • Garfield County Health Department, 2501 Mercer Dr, Enid, OK 73701, 580.233.0650
  • INTEGRIS Meadowlake, 2216 S. Van Buren St, Enid, OK 73703, 580.234.2220
    Northwest Center for Behavioral Health, 702 North Grand Street, Enid, OK 73701, 580.234.3791
  • Wheatland Mental Health Center, 702 N. Grand, Enid, OK 73701; 580.242.3638
  • Kay County Health Department, 433 Fairview, Ponca City, OK 74601, 580.762.1641
  • Edwin Fair Mental Health Center, Ponca City, OK, 580.762.7561
  • Grand Lake Mental Health Center, 110 N 4th St, Ponca City, OK 74601, 580.749.5056

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor. 

5. What Mental Health Resources are available for NOC Stillwater students?

As NOC Stillwater Students you have access to counseling resources at Oklahoma State University. Visit https://ucs.okstate.edu/ for more information.

1. Has the college limited travel?

Based on continuing guidance of state, federal and the college’s domestic and international travel policies, guidelines are as follows:

  • All college-sponsored domestic and international travel is prohibited until further notice.
  • International travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.
  • In- and out-of-state travel for college-related business or academic purposes is suspended until further notice, unless such travel is essential to the college and pre-approved by the appropriate Vice President and the President. Reimbursement will not be processed from any funding source for travel (in- and/or out-of-state) that does not include pre-approval by the appropriate Vice President and President. They will take into consideration whether the area is high risk, what activities will take place, and ability to social distance while there.
  • Exception – travel between NOC campus locations does not require approval.
  • All employees and students traveling with more than one person in a vehicle must wear a face mask at all times while in the vehicle.