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When will the summer/fall 2021 semesters begin?
The summer and fall semesters will begin as originally scheduled:

Fall 2021
Classes Begin – August 23, 2021
Last Day to Enroll for 16-Week Classes – August 27, 2021
Last Day to Enroll for Current Students/Last Day to Drop a Class with a Refund – September 3, 2021
Labor Day Holiday – September 6, 2021
Fall Break – October 14-15, 2021
Last Day to Drop with a “W” – November 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday – November 24-26, 2021
Semester Exams – December 13-16, 2021
Semester Ends – December 17, 2021

How will classes be conducted?

In an effort to maximize student success, NEO will be returning to face-to-face classes for fall 2021. While some classes will be continued to be offered in Online, Online Live, and Hybrid formats, a majority of course delivery will take place in a traditional face-to-face format.

  • Online: This format has no scheduled class meetings and is delivered exclusively through Canvas. The pace of material and resources is set by the instructor.
  • Online Live: This format is completed entirely online with video conference meetings in which the student is expected to be present. Assignments and coursework will be completed online through Canvas.
  • Hybrid: This format includes both in-class and online components as directed by the instructor. Students are required to be on campus for part of the class, while assignments and other meetings will take place online.

What do I do if I become sick and am not able to participate in class?
If a student or employee becomes ill, they should immediately return home and self-isolate until they can speak with a health care professional and receive a COVID-19 test. Anyone awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should remain isolated unless given instructions by their doctor. This includes staying home from class, work, activities, and public areas such as grocery stores.

Within 24-48 hours of taking a COVID-19 test, student should notify instructors, activity sponsors, and if applicable, resident assistants that they have taken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results. If you receive a negative result, remain in quarantine until you are no longer sick and are fever free for at least 72 hours.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis:

  1. Local health officials will give you further instructions regarding quarantine required by the state of Oklahoma.
  2. If you are living on campus, contact campus housing to either return home or remain living in a quarantine room in the residence halls. If you live off campus, continue to self-isolate and use a private restroom if possible.
  3. You will be directed to list all possible contacts so that they may take precautions. This will include family members, friends, instructors, coaches, coworkers, etc. Be thorough, this contact tracing is critical to tracking the spread of COVID-19.
  4. Continue to work with local and state health officials. You will be released from quarantine after approximately 10 days after you have stopped exhibiting symptoms.

Will classes be moved online during the semester?
While we fully expect to remain face-to-face for the duration of the semester, contingencies have been created and may be implemented based upon the spread of COVID-19 and recommendations of local, state, and federal health officials.

What if I am enrolled in a lab/instrumental music/clinical/campus-resource dependent course?
Adjustments to these courses will be made on a case-by-case basis. Instructors will communicate with students in the individual courses as to how the learning activities that require on-campus resources will be handled.



What if I am at high risk for COVID-19 complications?
While face coverings are no longer required on campus, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to continue use as long as they are comfortable. Additionally, if students are uncomfortable taking face-to-face courses, they are encouraged to meet with their advisor to develop a schedule that addresses these concerns.

What if I receive ADA accommodations because of PTSD, claustrophobia, or other anxiety-related disorder?
We created our face covering guidelines to allow for reasonable modifications that protect the health and safety of our campus community, while respecting the privacy and needs of students, employees, and visitors with disabilities.

Through the guidelines, we have allowed those with disabilities to work with our ADA coordinator to find reasonable modifications to these guidelines. These include, but are not limited to wearing a scarf or loose face covering, wearing a full face shield, and enrolling in online courses. For more information, you can reach out to our ADA Coordinator Carla Murphy at Carla.murphy@neo.edu.

My accommodations are for face-to-face classes, how can I ensure I will be able to do well in the online or hybrid format?
If you are concerned about accommodations and your success in an online or hybrid class format, contact ADA Coordinator Carla Murphy at 918-540-6969 or Carla.murphy@neo.edu for accommodations information. We also recommend contacting your instructor to ensure you are able to meet course requirements.


Health Services on Campus

Will health services be available?
NEO campus nurse Jennifer Osburn keeps regular office hours on the first floor of Harrill Hall. She will be available to assist with general health services. However, if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, fever, or cough, contact your health care provider as soon as symptoms present.

Will I be required to complete a health screening?
If you are moving into student housing, you will be required to complete an initial health screening upon returning to campus. For both residential and non-residential students, NEO has provided a daily health self-assessment to be completed each day before attending class.

Will I be required to wear a face covering/mask?
Based on recent trends in COVID-19 cases in Northeast Oklahoma, face coverings are no longer required on campus. However, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to continue mask use as long as they are comfortable.

Wearing a face covering has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. As COVID-19 can spread even when people are showing no symptoms, wearing a face covering serves to protect the campus community when social distancing is not possible.

What should I do if I experience anxiety stemming from COVID-19?
Experts recommend you:

  1. Keep things in perspective- Take a deep breath and remind yourself that the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. is low.
  2. Get the facts- Find a credible source you can trust for information, like the CDC.
  3. Keep connected- Maintain social networks to foster a sense of the normal in your life and will provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
  4. Maintain good self-care

Great resources can be found at the American Psychological Association, The Conversation, The Child Mind Institute, or CDC. People who are already managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinician if they have questions or concerns.  To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). NEO offers tele-counseling services at ComPsych, which can be reached at 800-272-7255, or students can schedule an appointment with Campus Counselor Lori Kurtz at 918-540-6229 or lkurtz@neo.edu. We are all in this together and we hope this information can help cultivate perspective and curb anxiety.

Will I still be able to access the Student Activities Center gym or pool?
The NEO Student Activity Center (SAC) and pool will remain open for student and member use. The SAC has been arranged to accommodate for social distancing and capacity limits will be implemented. The NEO pool will be limited to no more than 10 swimmers at a time.



Will my sports/agriculture/competitive/intramural or other school-sponsored team be practicing or competing?
Yes. NEO plans to continue sports operations during the fall semester and coaches have been instructed to implement social distancing measures when possible.

NEO athletics is governed under the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and will follow NJCAA guidelines. Learn more at NJCAA.org.

Will spectators be able to attend athletic events?
Yes. NEO will allow spectators to attend games with capacity limits and social distancing based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Oklahoma State Department of Health.


Housing and Residence Life

Will I be able to live on campus?
Yes. In addition to increased training for Resident Assistants, the student housing plan includes a reduction in available seating and capacity limits in common areas. Landmark Custodial Services has also increased the frequency of cleaning in public areas and restroom/shower facilities. High-risk students may request accommodations by contact housing at housing@neo.edu.

What happens if I get sick while living on campus?
All students are encouraged to return home if they are ill. All illnesses should be reported to the Campus Nurse and if you suspect you have been exposed or display symptoms of COVID-19, you are encouraged to remain at home. If you are unable to return home, a limited number of quarantine rooms will be available.

Can I still use the common areas?
Common areas will be open for use.


Student Life

Will my Organization be allowed to meet?
Student organizations will be allowed to meet, but gatherings should follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Oklahoma State Department of Health. For more information, contact the Student Affairs Office at 918-540-6212

If I participate in annual student society inductions, ceremonies, etc., how do I know if they are canceled?
Students are encouraged to check with faculty sponsors regarding student organization events. All student organization events must be approved by the Student Affairs Office.

Are non-College events allowed on campus?
Yes. Non-College events that adhere to local, state, and federal health guidelines may be scheduled by contacting the Student Affairs Office at 918-540-6212.


Food Services

Will I be able to eat in the cafeteria?
Sodexo at NEO has reduced capacity in the Student Union Cafeteria to allow for social distancing. In addition, students have the option to take their meals to-go. In order to accommodate as many students as possible, while reducing crowding, Sodexo at NEO will offer extended hours of operation:

Dining Hours:

  • Breakfast 7 am – 9:30 am
  • Lunch 10:30 am – 2 pm
  • Dinner 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Students are encouraged to be considerate of others’ time when eating their meal.

Will I be able to take my food to go?
Yes. Students will be able to pick up their food in a to-go tray and eat it at their leisure.


International Students

Will international students be allowed on campus?
Yes. NEO will allow international students as normal, based on the requirements and restrictions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the student’s country of origin.

What if I have a question that weren’t answered in this FAQ? 
Additional questions can be directed to our COVID-19 e-mail address Covid_19@neo.edu.