1. How do students do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues with logging on to Blackboard.
2. How will final exams be given?
Please check your Blackboard page to see what your instructor has posted about how class finals will be adjusted to accommodate the current online format. Some exams may be monitored during the time on the final exam schedule via Zoom. Students who must have a different testing time should contact instructors at least one week prior for an appointment. If an instructor has scheduled an online exam, it will be available by no later than 6 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on the designated final exam day as identified on the NOC Spring 2020 Final Exam Schedule and remain open for a minimum of 24 hours although many exams will be timed and students will need to complete the exam within that time limit once the exam is opened. If the instructor has scheduled an alternate final assessment, such as a paper or class project, those are due to the instructor no later than 11:59 p.m. CST of the designated final exam day unless the instructor has noted an extension in writing.
3. Should faculty members meet with students in person during "office hours"?
Faculty should only meet with students during office hours by phone or online conferencing. Many faculty members have set up Zoom hours so that students can log in to ask questions about class or summer and fall enrollment. Check your class Blackboard page for a listing of when and how faculty will host office hours for assistance.
4. Will the transition to alternative instructional delivery methods affect the status of international students?
The Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has published more detailed guidance
on how it will offer flexibility in relation to rules that typically restrict international students from counting more than one online course toward the requirement that they maintain a full-time course of study. For students at colleges and universities that temporarily switch to online instruction, the SEVP will temporarily waive restrictions on international students engaging in online coursework. Students’ SEVIS records should stay in active status if they continue course online whether they are inside or outside the U.S.
5. Will summer classes be available? Am I still able to enroll in them?
Summer classes will still be offered; however, the format of some of these courses will be changing to continue to accommodate CDC guidelines for social distancing. Students may enroll in online courses or synchronous Zoom courses (that is, courses that meet online at the same time as the physical class would have met) for which they log in to classes at regular class times but participate in the courses from off-campus. For synchronous Zoom courses, students need access to a computer with a camera and microphone.
6. Will study abroad continue?
Effective March 13, all college-sponsored international travel is prohibited through the end of the spring semester. NOC is currently monitoring the summer trips abroad and will adjust as necessary. Please check Global Education online at www.noc.edu/ge
7. Pass/No Pass Grade Option for Spring 2020 for Students
What is Pass/No Pass grading?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible effects on students, NOC is adopting an additional grading option for the Spring 2020 semester. Pass/No Pass grading is an optional grade designation that students may choose to request for any 2020 16-week course or Late 8 course taken in the spring semester this year. Students will be able to see the final grades earned in classes on Tuesday, May 12, by logging in to their myNOC account, clicking on the “Registration” tab at top, and then clicking “Grade Viewer.” Students who have earned a grade of “D” or higher at the end of the spring 2020 semester may request to change their grade to “P” [Pass] except for courses in which a “C” or better is required for progression into a higher-level course (e.g. remedial courses, sequenced math courses, etc.) Students who have earned a grade of “F” will receive the grade of “NP” automatically but if for any reason they need a letter grade assigned they may request that the “NP’ be changed back to an “F.” Both Pass and No Pass are GPA neutral and give students the opportunity to successfully complete a class with no penalty to GPA, thus relieving some academic pressure as students adapt to a remote environment.
To ensure academic success, students should CAREFULLY consider whether to use the Pass/No Pass grading option. Depending on the student, the decision could impact academic status, program specific requirements, veteran’s benefits, athletic eligibility, honor rolls, graduate studies, licensure, or transfer to a four-year university.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I required to convert all of my Spring 2020 letter grades to P/NP option if I convert any?
No, NOC students are able to convert course letter grades to P/NP grades on a course-by-course basis.
How long will I have to convert my letter grade to a P/NP grade?
A student who wishes to convert a course letter grade to a “P” or change an “NP” back to an “F” should fill out the grade substitution request form, available on the NOC website by May 1, and email back to email@example.com. Students will have from Tues., May 12, to Tues., May 19, to initiate the grade change process. Exceptions will be reviewed with extenuating circumstances through May 26; however, no grade changes will be processed if the request is submitted after 5 pm on May 26. Once processed, no Pass grade will be reverted back to a letter grade, and no NP grades will be adjusted back to an “F” after May 26.
Is a “P” calculated into my GPA?
No, but the class for which you received the “P” is counted for hours earned.
Is an “NP” calculated into my GPA?
No, but the class for which you received the “NP” is also not counted toward hours earned.
Will a “P” grade be accepted by a transfer institution?
Most Oklahoma colleges are following similar guidelines to NOC in issuing P/NP; however, there could be differences within departments in which a “C” grade or better is required. Please contact your academic advisor or an academic advisor at the institution you are considering transferring to with questions.
How will a “P” or “NP” affect repeat courses?
A “P” grade can replace an “F” grade on the transcript if it is one of 4 or fewer repeats (not to exceed 18 credit hours) on the transcript.
The “P” will not earn GPA points, nor will it meet requirements in classes for which a “C” or higher is needed as a program requirement or prerequisite for a higher-level course, but it will “forgive” the “F” so that the associated GPA points (zero) of failing a course are also no longer calculated in the GPA.
A student who has already repeated 4 courses can still take advantage of the P/NP option, but it will not replace any repeated course grades.
Will a “P” grade on my transcript affect honors and recognitions?
Students with a 4.0 GPA who earn a “P” in a class will still be recognized as having a 4.0 GPA on their NOC transcripts; however, NOC students must be full-time with earned letter grades to be eligible for Presidential or Vice-Presidential honor rolls. If you are enrolled in 12 hours full time but take a “P” in any of your classes, you will no longer be eligible for these honor roll recognitions.
If you are a concurrent student, contact your high school counselor about how a “P” grade may affect high school recognitions, such as valedictorian/salutatorian.
How will a “P” or “NP” grade affect eligibility for concurrent enrollment?
“P” and “NP” grades do not have any bearing on a student’s eligibility for future concurrent enrollment.
How will a “P” or “NP” affect my financial aid?
If you are on Financial Aid, please review the information below on how the Pass/No Pass may impact your Financial Aid status.
- The letter grades of Pass and No Pass will be GPA neutral when determining a student’s satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. Additionally, as a result of a qualifying emergency (COVID-19), NOC will exclude from the quantitative component of the SAP calculation any attempted credit hours that were not completed by the student. If NOC receives guidance from the Department of Education beyond what we’ve currently received, we will communicate any changes to students.
- If you are currently on financial aid warning or probation and would like to discuss your specific situation, please email the Director of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will P/NP grades impact my VA benefits?
Due to COVID-19, the usual restriction against counting pass grades in credits to earn veterans’ benefits has been waived. Contact the VA Coordinator, Brad Gordon, at email@example.com for additional questions.
How will a “P” or “NP” affect athletic eligibility?
Currently, a “P” grade counts as a “C” in athletic eligibility; if NJCAA guidelines change in response to COVID-19, this information will be updated.
An “NP” is not calculated for eligibility purposes.
How will a P/NP grade impact my Oklahoma’s Promise as a concurrent high school student?
High school core curriculum requirement courses receiving a P will not be included in the cumulative GPA calculation for the core curriculum. The course will still count toward the required units for the core curriculum as appropriate. Normally, “P” grades, when calculated in the 2.5 minimum GPA for the 17-unit core curriculum, are assigned a letter grade of “D” or the lowest passing grade that the high school assigns. A grade of “P” will be allowed as an exception to this rule/requirement for Spring 2020 courses. All other grades and/or concurrent courses will remain subject to the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement for all courses taken in grades 9-12 as calculated by the local school or district.
What is the eligibility adjustment by the NJCAA related to COVID-19?
18-Hour Fall 2020 Adjustment
- Reduces the number of credit hours required for the Spring 2020 term (exclusively) by six (6) hours.
i. Provides an exception for student-athletes (SAs) to enter Fall 2020 Term with 18 total credit hours.
- May only be applied to SAs enrolled in a full-time course load (12-hour minimum) for the Spring 2020 term.
- Students who were not enrolled as full-time at a college or university in the Spring 2020 academic term must meet the standard academic progress requirements.
8. How do I enroll for summer or fall semester?
Students can enroll for the summer or 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.
9. How do I apply for graduation?
Students can apply for graduation on our website www.noc.edu/application-for-graduation.Completed graduation checks with their advisors should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. I am an OSU student taking classes at NOC Stillwater. How do I enroll?
- Enrollment for Fall 2020 begins on April 23rd. Since our campus is closed, the process will be electronic.
- Submit the OSU Permit form (including all required documents) to the enrollment email address: email@example.com. Enrollment requests will be processed beginning on April 23rd, in the order that the complete paperwork is received.
11. 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).
12. Will the Chautauqua Teacher’s Institute continue this summer?
Yes.The Chautauqua Teacher’s Institute, scheduled June 8-13, will shift to online this summer. This is a professional development opportunity with a week of history, culture and learning with this year’s theme “The Many Faces of Doug Mishler: A Chautauqua Classic”. For more information, contact DeLisa Ging at firstname.lastname@example.org or 580.478.5174.