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Face Mask and Physical (Social) Distancing Guidelines

To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, and in keeping with recently updated CDC guidance, NOC strongly encourages the use of masks indoors in public, especially in situations in which social distancing is not possible and for activities with close contact with others. Masking is recommended by the CDC even if you are fully vaccinated. You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
 
At this time under Oklahoma law (EO 2021-16 and 70 O.S. 1210.189), we are not permitted to require the use of masks on campus.
 
To continue campus safety, all NOC students, employees, and visitors are strongly encouraged to practice physical (social) distancing, frequent handwashing, and continued cleaning and disinfecting routines.
 
Syllabus Policy
To maintain a safe learning environment, delivery format (e.g. traditional, online live, online, etc.) may be changed as needed to align with federal, state, or organizational criteria, and the face mask recommendations may be reinstated if needed to maintain campus safety.  If the course delivery has to be changed at any time during the semester, refer to the Blackboard page of this class for instructions.