Return to Campus

Oakton is implementing a phased-in return-to-campus approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and employees. The procedures align with state and local regulations and are subject to change.

Overview

Update: March 17, 2021

All in-person student services are suspended until further notice. See the Student Information, Resources and Services section for scheduling instructions.

Campus access is limited to students and employees approved to be on campus.

Due to the continued restrictions presented by COVID-19, Oakton students have limited access to campus facilities. However, in the effort to support the individual needs expressed by some students, the College has designated a limited amount of study space at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses. Beginning March 1, should you need a quiet space to complete academic work that includes access to a computer and Internet services, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@oakton.edu to express your need and receive more detailed information.

Students who need access to technology to complete their coursework should contact the IT Help Desk at 847.635.1965.

Employees, students and visitors must complete a daily electronic screening form before entering campus. Registered students and employees should use this form, located in the myOakton portal. Visitors and non-registered students will receive a form by email after scheduling an on-campus appointment.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS (Full symptom list at CDC.gov), OR IF YOU HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH A PERSON DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS.

Students and employees are encouraged to wear their Oakton ID. Employees may also wear their Oakton employee name badge.

Most spring and summer 2021 credit courses will take place online. A limited number of lab and studio classes will take place on campus, including career technical education and health career courses, with increased safety precautions. Some classes have both classroom and online components.

Please note, students who enroll in career and technical education courses that require key skills and knowledge to be acquired through hands-on or face-to-face interactions, are committing to attend the in-person components of those courses to meet the requirements.

This applies to courses listed in Oakton's online class schedule with the following prefixes: AHR, ATA, BNA, CNS, ELT, ENG, FIR, MAP, MFG, MLT, NUR, PTA.

If the state/region transitions to a more restrictive phase of the Restore Illinois Plan, students who are enrolled in these courses will not be required to continue with in-person instruction and will be allowed to complete this coursework at a later date.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the self-reporting instructions listed in the Student Information, Resources and Services section of our Return to Campus guidelines.

All spring and summer 2021 noncredit Continuing Education, Training, and Workforce Development classes (adult education, Emeritus, English as a Second Language, GED, Continuing Education for Health Professionals) will be online.

Face masks, frequent hand washing and physical distancing are required on campus. Observe all posted capacity limits in rooms, elevators, and any other spaces.

College facilities personnel are implementing increased daily campus cleaning. 

Early Childhood Center (daycare) in-person services are currently planned to reopen in mid-April 2021.  For more information, please contact the site director, Monique Hudson:  mhudson@oakton.edu

Campus rentals, performing arts events and Koehnline Museum exhibits are suspended until further notice. Some exhibits and performances are taking place virtually.

Employees in need of COVID-19 accommodations (sick leave, childcare, vulnerable populations) should work with their supervisors in consultation with Human Resources.