Resources for Students & Visitors

As we all recover from the strain of COVID-19, here are some valuable resources and new campus procedures to aid your transition back to campus. 

Health & Safety Checks

Now when anyone enters campus, we will all have to follow new procedures and wear a mask in public areas as well as continuing to practice social distancing.

  1. There is one open entrance to the college and a separate exit. When you enter, campus safety will be conducting health screenings evaluating 4 major criteria.
    1. Symptoms - have you had a fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, muscle pain, headache or sore throat?
    2. Exposure - have you been exposed to anyone with the virus within the past 14 days? If so, you will be asked to leave.
    3. Testing Positive for COVID-19 - if you have tested positive for the disease within the past 14 days, you will be asked to leave.
    4. Have you traveled outside of New York State recently?
  2. If you pass, you will be given a wristband that is specifically color-coded for that day. The wristband must be worn for the duration of your day. 
  3. You may proceed with your business, as long as you continue to practice 6 ft. social distancing measures.
  4. You are required to have a mask when entering campus. This is to be used at all times. Each student will be provided two masks, hand sanitizer, and headphones. 

We are performing increased cleaning and sanitation measures during this time. Please review more in-depth information about campus & NYS regulations.


We're Here to Help

Here are some of our important services and how they are operating: 

  • Coulter Library: We've opened our library and are ready for socially distanced in-person service. Computers, study rooms and course reserves are all available. 
  • Learning Center: We are still offering remote and in-person tutoring for free. Make an appointment via WCOnline
  • Community Care Hub: Need help overcoming personal barriers? We're here to help with a Food Pantry, Housing Assessment and Referral, and connections to community resources 
  • Counseling Services: We know it's a hard time right now and we're here to help you through it mentally. Telepsychiatry, Virtual Support Groups and in-person counseling sessions are available. 24/7 Service is available by calling 315-498-2675 

View the Full List of Services and How They are Operating 

Accessing your Hyflex & Remote Classes 

Hyflex classes have an on-campus, face-to-face component. Students will attend class in-person on a rotational basis on some days and participate remotely in-class sessions on other days. View the step-by-step instructions to see which day you'll be coming to campus. 

Real-time Remote classes may be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Information on acessing these classes can be found via Blackboard. Not sure how to login to Blackboard? Check out this step-by-step guide. For more information on how to access Microsoft Teams, check out this two part video series:

Study Spaces  

Gordon Student Center: Gordon Great Room, Learning Center Hallway, Patio/side (outside), Cafeteria, Bistro (G210) 

Whitney Applied Technology Center:  Whitney Atrium, Floor Lounges & Nooks at each building end  

Coulter Hall: Coulter Lobby,  Academic Computing Center, Library, Bridge to Mawhinney  

Mawhinney Hall: Lobby/entrances, Counters outside of M245/345, Quad (outdoors)  

Ferrante Hall: Ann Felton Multicultural Center, 1st floor hallway, 2nd floor lounge, Amphitheater (outdoors)  

SRC Arena: Upper concourse (main floor) 

View a Full Campus Map

Remote Tools

Although campus is open in accordance with guidance from SUNY and state and local officials, we encourage people to continue utilizing remote practices when possible and require maintaining social distancing measures and personal safety.

  • Email - please be checking your email frequently for updates from your professors and the college
  • Blackboard - ensure that you have access and are frequently checking your Blackboard. This tool allows professors to post course announcements, readings, assignments, and more
  • Loaner Laptops - Loaner laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Internet Access/WiFi -  Some Onondaga County libraries are offering free WiFi access in their parking lots. This includes Coulter Library on campus, which can be accessed in lot #18.

Full list of remote services

Financial Hardship Resources

Information has been released about the federal CARES Act. Please read through this Q&A to take the next step.

Funds are available for currently enrolled students who have experienced a financial hardship (e.g., job loss, unforeseen expenses) due to impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. Funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors that are considered include:

  • Financial need. Due to limited funding, priority is given to students with the greatest financial need;
  • Availability of funds;
  • Exhaustion of other available funding options

Career services are also available to assist students with financial hardship due to loss of employment.

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.

If you've got questions, please email us at [email protected]