NOC goes to on-line courses the remainder of the semester

Ponca City Now - March 20, 2020 11:20 am

TONKAWA — Northern Oklahoma College continues to work during this challenging time to make informed decisions to protect the entire NOC campus community and do its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To echo what others have said, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of the NOC family.

Even though NOC has already taken extraordinary precautions and measures, the institution must do more as the situation continues to evolve. The most recent White House and CDC guidelines for social distancing have made it apparent NOC must now take additional steps to do their part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak.

NOC Moving Fully Online for Remainder of Spring Semester

NOC announced that it is closing all campus locations from March 14 -March 29, extending spring break for one extra week.

Yesterday, NOC decided to continue alternative instructional delivery methods through the remainder of the spring semester with all NOC classes delivered online beginning March 30.

NOC will continue to follow the NOC Academic Calendar with the last day of the spring semester on May 8. All final grades are due Monday, May 11. More details will be shared in the coming days.

NOC is committed to ensuring that students can complete their academic goals at NOC.

On-Campus Housing
NOC is strongly encouraging a reduced occupancy in on-campus housing for the rest of the spring semester. This is a difficult decision, but necessary to protect the health of the entire campus community – students, faculty and staff. NOC understands some students must maintain a physical presence on campus and NOC is committed to assisting them in every way possible.

Spring Graduation Ceremonies
The ceremonies are postponed, and NOC is working to modify those ceremonies.  NOC is actively exploring ways to honor the graduates and their achievements at an appropriate time by considering alternatives to the traditional spring graduation events.

College-related Events

All in-person meetings and events with greater than 10 attendees on all three campuses are suspended until at least May 11. The decision is based on recommendations from the CDC and along with state and national leaders. This does not preclude small internal meetings, where CDC guidelines for social distancing should be practiced.

Guidance for Employees

The extended spring break closure started on March 14.  Wherever compatible with continuing operations, all supervisors should institute temporary telecommuting plans for their full-time employees through the end of the spring semester. Any faculty, staff, and students who return to campus are urged to use caution and practice social distancing and proper hygiene. NOC administration is developing a temporary telecommuting policy with procedures and will share with employees next week.

 

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