Remote Operations During COVID-19 Closure

Oakton remains closed to the public, including students, until further notice. Credit classes have transitioned to a remote delivery format to the fullest extent possible and no face-to-face instruction will take place during the summer term. The College is providing services remotely. 

Refer to information on credit classes, Alliance for Lifelong Learning (continuing education) classes, and information for students and employees below. Updates will be provided as they become available.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends taking the following precautions to protect against infection.

  • Wear a cloth face cover when going out in public
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

For additional information, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800.889.3931, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Information regarding travel can be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 information for travel page.

  • Oakton is closed to the public, including students, until further notice.
  • Except for specified staff, Oakton employees will work remotely.
  • The Early Childhood Center on Oakton’s Skokie campus will remain closed in accordance with local government mandates until further notice.

Fall 2020
Fall 2020 semester begins on Monday, Aug. 24. Many classes start the week of Aug. 24, however, start dates vary throughout the semester. Registration is now open, and students can register until the first day of the class or until the class reaches capacity.

Fall 2020 tuition is due by Monday, July 27. If you do not pay in full or establish a payment plan by July 27, you may be dropped from your fall 2020 classes and charged additional fees when re-registering. If you have questions or need more information please contact the Cashier's Office at 847-635-1639 or email cashier@oakton.edu.

Course Delivery Formats (Download PDF)
Fall semester course formats will be updated in the online course schedule located in the MyOakton student portal by Monday, July 13, 2020. Tuition and fees will be updated on student bills to reflect any changes.

Due to COVID-19, fall semester courses will take place online to the fullest extent possible. A limited number of specialized lab courses will be held on campus with increased social distancing and safety precautions in place to ensure the health and safety of students and instructors.

To view the type of instruction for individual courses listed in the myOakton student portal course schedule, click on the title of a course, then select Instructor/Meeting Times.

Explanations of fall 2020 course delivery formats are as follows:

Online: Non-scheduled Meeting Times (Asynchronous)
An online course, through Desire to Learn (D2L)/Brightspace, that does not have required virtual meetings at set times. Students do not need to log into their courses at the same time each week, but may access their courses at any time in order to meet course deadlines as laid out in the syllabus. Instructor may require proctored testing.

Online: Scheduled Meeting Times (Synchronous)
An online course, through Desire to Learn (D2L)/Brightspace, that has regularly scheduled virtual meetings. Students will need to log into their courses at the same time each week via a conferencing tool such as Zoom or Google Meet in addition to accessing their course materials at any time. Instructor may require proctored testing.

Hybrid
Classes contain an online portion through Desire to Learn (D2L)/Brightspace and may include virtual meetings via a conferencing tool such as Zoom or Google Meet. The online portion may be asynchronous or synchronous. Instructor may require proctored testing.

The laboratory component of the course is on campus at scheduled meeting times.

The number of students allowed in a laboratory or classroom at a time may be limited to maintain social distancing, and face masks will be required.

If COVID-19 conditions require classes to be moved online, classes may shift to asynchronous or synchronous formats.

Face-to-Face 
Classes are on campus at scheduled meeting times. The online learning platform, Desire to Learn (D2L)/Brightspace, will be used to enhance the learning experience with supporting course materials and videos.

Social distancing and face masks will be required in the classroom.

If COVID-19 conditions require classes to be moved online, classes may shift to asynchronous or synchronous formats.

Clinicals, Internships, and Practicum Classes
Please contact the department chairperson or coordinator to check current the status of fall clinicals, internships and practicums.

For additional questions, please contact the Enrollment Center at 847.635.1700 or enrollmentcenter@oakton.edu.

If you are enrolling in credit classes and need access to technology, mobile WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks are available for loan. Contact the IT helpdesk at 847.635.1965 or helpdesk@oakton.edu for more information.

To apply and enroll in classes, go to www.oakton.edu/apply. The admission team is available to chat online during regular business hours.

Payments
Students can make a payment or establish a payment plan via their myOakton student account at my.Oakton.edu.

  • Mobile WiFi Hotspots and Chromebooks are available for loan to students in credit classes. Learn more at IT Resources for Students.
  • Community Education, Emeritus, Adult Education (e.g., ESL, HSE [GED], Literacy, etc), Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP), and Youth programs will be moved to an online or remote learning format for summer 2020 and fall 2020 sessions.
  • Email continuingeducation@oakton.edu with questions regarding Alliance for Lifelong Learning courses.

All in-person college-sponsored events, including off-campus events, are canceled until further notice.

  • Campus rentals and outside bookings are canceled until further notice at no cost to the client.

Student Engagement and Remote Services Information provides guidance on accessing a number of services remotely, including: advising, tutoring, enrollment, financial aid, personal counseling and more.

Students can access Resources for “Learning During Times of Disruption” to help them adjust to courses taught in flexible learning format.

Oakton CARES COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Applications

  • All students who have been educationally disrupted and financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply to receive financial assistance.
  • Students may apply for an Oakton CARES grant at https://oakton.academicworks.com. Under the 'Opportunities' tab in the blue bar, select 'Grant' to access the CARES grant application.
  • Please refer to these frequently asked questions to help guide you through the application process.
  • To help as many students as possible in an equitable manner, the application allows students to be considered to receive assistance through a combination of sources, including federal CARES Act stimulus funds, Oakton Educational Foundation Student Success Fund resources as well as institutional funds.
  • Please note that the college must adhere to official federal eligibility guidelines for allocation of CARES Act funds, which will be considered when evaluating applications. Not all students who apply are guaranteed to receive funding, and allocation amounts will be determined based on demonstrated financial need.
  • For more information, email care@oakton.edu.

Comcast is offering a program that offers low cost internet services. For more information, visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19.

Virtual Commencement

To help graduates and their families celebrate this important achievement, a virtual commencement ceremony will be available to view at beginning June 29. Additionally, graduates will have the option to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

  • Student workers should contact their supervisors to determine their work schedule.
  • All employees were emailed a list of tools to help them work remotely. This information is also available on the myOakton employee portal.
  • Oakton employees may access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides professional and confidential services to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life and work-related issues. Employees can access more information regarding the EAP on the Human Resources channel of the myOakton employee portal.
  • During this time of reduced personnel on our campuses, the College will transition to weekly cleanings of public areas including restrooms and offices in use. The weekly cleanings will occur on Mondays from 3-11 p.m.
  • Employees should discard items in their office refrigerators as appropriate (Custodians do not touch personal items in refrigerators).
  • Employees asked to report to campus should discard trash in hallway receptacles.
  • A deep cleaning will be conducted to the campus prior to re-opening to the public, or if warranted by further presumptive positive COVID-19 cases.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensing stations are located in high-traffic areas across campus, including near entrances to buildings. However, health officials advise that frequent hand-washing is preferred over the use of hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of infection.

All College-sponsored travel (local, in-state, out-of-state, and international) for staff and students is suspended until further notice. Questions pertaining to essential travel should be addressed with your vice president.

Personal travel is strongly discouraged. Information regarding travel can be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 information for travel

Given the rapidly changing nature of the virus, if you choose to travel, you may be asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine off campus upon return.

Individuals are advised to contact the Illinois Department of Public Health to address further concerns about the coronavirus. Call 800.889.3931, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or email dph.sick@illinois.gov with questions.

 

If you have questions that have not been addressed, please email coronavirus@oakton.edu.

This page will be updated with more information regarding coronavirus prevention and preparedness as appropriate.