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06.24.2020 – NOC’S Comeback Plan


In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and CDC Recommendations 

As we continue ahead with a careful, phased reopening of our college, we must all do our part to protect the health and well-being of each other. NOC’s Comeback Plan continues to be a collaborative effort, incorporating input from across our campus community. 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;
  • 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.
  • On-campus housing and food services in Tonkawa and Enid will remain open for those choosing to return to campus after Thanksgiving Break.

During the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4 and for final exams, instructors may use Zoom technology to maintain the scheduled class time or they may switch to a fully online format, but please note that these two weeks of instruction and testing are necessary to maintain minimum contact hours required for credit and no class should end prior to final exam week. In addition, all classes are expected, per Handbook policy, to assess students during final exam week; this assessment may be an exam, a final project, paper, or other appropriate measure for the discipline.

Beginning July 1 

  • Limited access to campuses with administration buildings open July 1-30 for students and potential students for enrollment support services. The remainder of the campuses’ facilities will be closed to the public.
  • All NOC students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) on campus property.
  • All Staff in Enid, Stillwater and Tonkawa will conclude teleworking and return to work on campus.
  • Faculty teaching summer school return to work on campus for advisement.
  • Normal dress code attire for employees listed in the handbook will resume. All employees should resume wearing NOC name tags while at work.
  • All college-related events, both on-campus and off, are suspended until further notice
  • All non-college events, i.e., civic club meetings, reunions, weddings, camps, luncheons/banquets, on all three campuses are suspended until further notice.
  • Common areas and employee breakrooms will open for individual usage with social distancing guidelines. Coffee and tea in breakrooms will not be available. Water fountains and ice machines will remain turned off to minimize the risk.

 Beginning August 1 

  • All NOC campuses will be open and observe normal hours of operation working Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning August 3.
  • All NOC students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) on campus property.
  • In further reviewing current State and CDC recommendations, NOC Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated August 8 through a virtual ceremony. This ceremony will celebrate our entire Class of 2020 with our fall 2019, spring and summer 2020 graduates. Additional details will be provided on our website when they are available.
  • Fall semester begins August 17. Students will have options for completely online courses, ITV courses (taught studio to studio for entire class connection), live online courses (taught during scheduled class times but open for students to log in via a personal device or attend in-person), or in-person instruction.  If circumstances require, all classes will be moved to a virtual learning environment to ensure student and employee safety.

Comprehensive comeback plans will be made available mid-July. We look forward to the time when our Northern family returns to campus to start the fall semester. 

Plans for the Operation of Northern Oklahoma College in preparation for, and during the fall 2020 semester are subject to change based on current COVID-19 conditions. NOC protocols are effective until amended in writing. Announcements and updated information will be posted when they are available on the college website at