Resources for Employees

As we begin to recover from COVID-19 and return to campus, there will be changes made to our daily operations. Here are resources and updated policies and procedures for you to use for your transition back.  Info on scheduling your weekly covid test 


The Board has approved a telecommuting policy for OCC employees. Please read through the complete policy.

Important highlights of this policy include:

  • Not all positions are able to be performed remotely. Approval for remote work is done on a case-by-case basis.
  • Taken into account will be the impact on service quality, need for accessing resources that only exist on campus, need of the college, and more elaborated on in the policy.
  • If you request to telecommute, you must first ask your supervisor who will then discuss it with the Vice President. They will make the determination if you are eligible to work from home for the requested time.
  • Important expectations include still performing all of your job functions, attending all department and committee meetings via online conferencing, not using this policy in place of paid leave, and more elaborated on in the policy

Coming to Campus

Now when anyone enters campus, we will all have to follow new procedures as well as continuing to practice social distancing.

  • There is one open entrance to the college (W. Seneca Turnpike) and a separate exit. When you enter, campus safety will be conducting health screenings evaluating 4 key criteria.
    • Symptoms - have you had a fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, muscle pain, headache or sore throat?
    • Exposure - have you been exposed to anyone with the virus within the past 14 days? If so, you will be asked to leave.
    • Testing Positive for COVID-19 - if you have tested positive for the disease within the past 14 days, you will be asked to leave.
    • Recent travel outside of New York.
  • If you pass, you will be given a wristband that is specifically color-coded for that day. Wristbands must be securely fastened on your person before exiting your vehicle. 
  • Supervisors will need to make note of their employees and their wristbands. 
  • You may proceed with your business, as long as you continue to practice 6 ft. social distancing measures and wear a mask. Please note that there may be staggered schedules or other measures in place decided by the department and college. 

We are performing increased cleaning and sanitation measures during this time. Please review the page 'Visiting Campus' prior to returning to campus as it includes more guidance from the campus & state on operational procedure.  Employees are also required to complete training.   

Signage to look out for

Remote Resources

Here are additional tools for you to use for remote work:

If you have any students who are struggling right now, please refer them to the appropriate service. For financial, personal, or technical needs, recommend the Lazer Response Fund or the Community Care Hub. If they are ill or have accessibility concerns, please utilize the Office of Accessibility Resources.

Fixing Your Voicemail

To record a new voicemail:

  • Enter your extension followed by the pound sign.
  • Hit the button for "User Preferences"
  • Follow the recording from there, listen for the key phrase "Personal Greeting."

To cancel call forwarding:

  • To Cancel from Analog Phone dial:  #222
  • If there isn’t a Call Forward button, dial: *222 then 9 and the 10-digit number.
  • To cancel from Digital or VOIP phone: Hit the Call Forward button
  • If there isn’t a Call Forward button, dial: #222

If you have problems with any of these instructions, please call Mary Jones at 315-498-2371.

Around the Workplace

Along with the new entrance and exit procedures, there are additional measures that we ask you to follow.

  • Employees receive 2 OCC masks for your use. You are required to have a mask with you on campus at all times. Please care for them by following proper cleaning and storage directions.
  • Workspaces (including desks, etc.) have been rearranged to follow 6 ft. apart guidance. At Student Central, every other workspace is blocked off to help maintain social distancing measures. 
  • Tightly confined spaces like elevators are limited to not exceed 50% capacity. There are signs near the elevator noting capacity. 
  • Signage is posted around the workplace about proper sanitation and personal hygiene techniques. Soap, hand sanitizer and other products are readily available. If you cannot find them, please ask your supervisor or the custodial staff. 


What happens if there's a potential student exposure? 

IF Contact with someone who tested positive or suspected of being positive for COVID-19

  • THEN Move to remote learning. Can return to hybrid learning after 14-day quarantine and symptom-free without fever-reducing medication or suspected contact is confirmed negative.

IF Tested positive for COVID-19

  • THEN Move to remote learning. May return to hybrid learning after 14-day quarantine and after being released from isolation by the health department.

IF Exhibits symptoms but not suspected of having COVID-19

  • THEN Move to remote learning. May return after 24 hours fever free without medication.

IF Student returns from out of state travel to ‘hotspots’

  • THEN Move to remote learning. May return after a 14-day quarantine from the date of return trip.

IF Reports COVID-19 symptoms while at OCC

  • THEN Individual reports to the health center and isolated waiting room and awaits further direction.