COTC is welcoming students back to campus with engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and events that bring the university community together. The college continues to follow all appropriate measures to promote the health and well-being of the community with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities.
At the same time, COTC will take advantage of the opportunities where students can learn differently — on-campus and at home. With the lessons of the pandemic, the college is more equipped than ever to support flexible class arrangements and students who require accommodations.
Flexible course-delivery options that allow students to choose their preferred course-delivery method underpin the college’s new academic planning. Over the last year, COTC invested substantially in virtual technologies and online course development to support an extensive increase in course-delivery modes. About 40% of courses will be available fully online with many more available in hybrid formats.
Personal Safety Practices
All faculty, staff, students and visitors to all COTC campuses are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks will be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors. Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their final dose of vaccine.
Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used. The college has made hand sanitizer widely available across all campuses.
Classrooms are cleaned and disinfected nightly. In addition, custodians clean bathrooms and disinfect high touch point areas at least once a day, including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high traffic areas. Drinking fountains are disinfected at least twice per day. Classroom ventilation systems have been checked for appropriate filtration; MERV-13 and/or HEPA filters are used wherever possible, per industry standards.
Should there be a resurgence in the virus or governmental restrictions are again imposed, COTC could return to completely remote or modified remote formats for all instruction and student services.
All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President. Find all communications as well as health and hygiene links on the COTC COVID-19 Website.