Return to Campus

COVID-19

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Students

Okanagan College is offering in-person classes at full class sizes with some online offerings this fall. Students will be back on campus in all regions and should review Classfinder for course details. 

This page provides information for OC students. Visit the COVID-19 page for general information.

6 things you need to know to be on campus

Wondering what the latest guidance is? Here is a condensed primer on the 6 daily requirements people need to know as they head back to campus.

Notices

On Monday, Sept. 20, the Cafeteria at the Kelowna campus will be open for OC students and employees to socialize, eat and drink while seated. …

Sep 14, 2021

Interior Health has updated COVID-19 health orders across the region to once again allow for larger events and gatherings to go ahead in the…

Sep 13, 2021

The Provincial Health Officer orders regarding the BC Vaccine Card takes effect on Monday, Sept. 13.

Sep 9, 2021

Hello everyone, 

I hope the first days of the semester have been enjoyable and rewarding. It’s been wonderful to meet and interact with…

On Friday, Sept. 3, the Province released the full revised Return to Campus Guidelines for post-secondary.

Frequently asked questions

Safety measures

Yes, masks are required for all individuals in indoor settings while at any of OC’s campuses. Find the full details in Okanagan College's mask directive.

Institutions are not required to manage the flow of pedestrian traffic within buildings or confined areas. Anyone in indoor common areas must be masked, following the provincial/PSI mask mandate and the College’s mask directive. Students and employees are encouraged to respect the personal space of others, noting that everyone’s concept of personal space and comfort with being around and in close proximity to others will be different. 

Health checks are a personal responsibility for each individual at Okanagan College. Personal health checks should be completed daily. If you are sick and/or have symptoms, please stay home.

The Provincial Health Office has mandated that proof of COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students living in shared accommodation (student housing) and those studying in health-care fields where clinical placements are required. These students are asked to stay tuned for details as Okanagan College undergoes due diligence in consultation with public health.

Campus facilities and services

View campus maps and other useful information about campus services on each of our campuses in KelownaPentictonSalmon Arm, and Vernon.

The Campus Administration offices (Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton) and the Registrar’s Office (Kelowna) are open and staff are available to assist you with admissionregistrationfee payment and several other requests. However, many questions can be answered by reviewing our website or logging into myOkanagan and using one of the many self-service options available. 

All campus libraries are open. See the Library website for hours, facilities and resources.

Campus Bookstores continue to remain open with both in-person and online ordering options. Please refer to https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/bookstore for more information.

Parking passes can be purchased in the Registrar’s Office (Kelowna) and the Campus Administration Offices (Penticton and Vernon). No pass is required for Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. 
Find out more at www.okanagan.bc.ca/parking.

In Kelowna, Infusions takeout has resumed, and cold beverage and snack vending options are available at every campus. In addition, for students experiencing food insecurity, students can request a meal through OC Serves Up by emailing: ocservesup@ocsu.ca. 

For updates on third-party options, visit the Food Services webpage.

Okanagan College Student Housing at the Kelowna campus is operational. For information, contact housing_klo@okanagan.bc.ca.

Yes, each campus has student meeting rooms available for the purpose of group study, mostly in campus libraries but also in some other buildings, including the E building in Kelowna. Many of these rooms can be booked online.

Yes, there are many awards, scholarships and bursaries available to students at Okanagan College.  Learn more at https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/financial-aid-and-awards.

Physical and emotional health

Change can be hard. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed as a result, know that you are not alone and that help is available.  

  • OC Counselling Services: book an appointment  
  • Here2Talk: This is a 24/7 mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. Confidential, free, single-session services are available by app, phone and online chat: http://here2talk.ca/   
  • The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Alternatively, you can call directly into the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050, or online: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com/. 

The Province of BC offers the 24/7 Here2Talk service to all BC post-secondary students, via app, phone and web.

There are many apps to choose from when it comes to mental health and wellness. As individual needs vary, here are a few options to see what works best for you:

Lifeworks developed Build your self-care toolkit, a portal that features articles, videos and additional tips and tricks about small steps everyone can take to build resiliency and support self-care.

The OC Fitness Facility in Kelowna will open to limited numbers during the Fall semester. Stay tuned for the reopening date on social media. If you are a new student, you will need to purchase a gym pass for a one-time fee of $10. You can do this at the Registrar’s office or online at www.okanagan.bc.ca/kelownastudentlife.  Visit Athletics, Recreation and Student Life in S108 in Kelowna if you have any questions.

Athletics, Recreation and Student Life will be offering safe and fun events and activities this fall, accordance with public health orders. Check out the Student Life page to get involved.

Studying at OC

Most programs and courses are being delivered in-person. OC is following provincial guidelines to ensure the safety of students and employees.

If you are uncertain about the delivery of your program or courses, you can check your myOkanagan account > Student > Registration (see below how to log in to your myOkanagan account). Alternatively, and if you have more detailed questions about how a course is delivered, you can email the instructor/professor of the course or connect with us via Live Chat (available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PST) and a staff member will assist you.

Class sizes have returned to normal, pre-pandemic levels.

Moodle is the College’s online learning system package designed to help teachers easily create online courses – and students can access course materials from anywhere at any time.   

myOkanagan is the main portal to access web-based College services like your student records, course schedule, the OC wireless network and email. You can also connect to Moodle through this portal. Log in to myOkanagan. Reminder: you will need your 300-number to log in.

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing/webinar platform designed for use in online teaching. This tool uses audio, video and chat tools to create virtual classrooms and meeting spaces where learning material can be shared and discussed. Webinar rooms include a collaborative whiteboard tool that allows you to interact with your peers and instructor in real time. 

Follow these steps for connecting to your Collaborate experience: 

  1. To join a Collaborate session, click the green "Join session" button on the Collaborate activity page in your course 
    • Tip: Use Google Chrome™ with your Collaborate room for the best experience 
  2. After joining, give Collaborate permission to use your Camera and Microphone (if using) 
  3. Take a few moments to explore the Collaborate tools: 
    • Raise your hand to ask a question or get the Moderators attention 
    • Click the microphone icon to turn on your mic and speak to the room 
    • Click on the camera icon to enable your camera so the room can see you 
    • Click on the Collaborate Panel icon to access session tools 
    • Click on the Chat icon to chat with other participants and your teacher 
    • Click the settings menu to set up your camera and microphone 
    • The Attendees icon lets you see who else is in the session 

All campuses have a number of study/learning spaces available on the campus sites and all buildings are equipped with wifi. In Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton, please inquire about potential options at the Regional Dean’s Office. On the Kelowna campus, you can book a study room on the OC Support room booking system managed by the Library. 

We recognize that anxiety around COVID-19 will persist for some time and that each student's personal health situation and concerns will be different. If you have a documented medical condition which will require an accommodation, please visit the Accessibility Services webpage to complete the intake and medical documentation forms.

Events and Convocation

Okanagan College is offering in-person and virtual events this year for students. OC is committed to the health and safety of students and employees, so any in-person activities offered will follow guidance and orders from the Provincial Health Office and Interior Health. Find out more:  www.okanagan.bc.ca/events.

Orientation events will be held on every campus on Sept. 7, 2021, but there will also be a virtual (online) Orientation on Aug. 31, 2021. Find out more: www.okanagan.bc.ca/orientation.

International Students

For Fall 2021, as long as you applied for your study permit BEFORE the start date of your study program, you can start studying online from outside of Canada while still awaiting a final decision on your study permit application.

Online classes will be synchronous (in real-time).

Yes, face-to-face and online classes will cost the same.

Until Dec. 31, 2021, as long as your study permit is eventually approved, time spent studying out of Canada will count towards your PGWP length. 

Yes, Success Centre Coordinators will be available to assist students in person on all four campuses and online via Moodle and the Success Centres website.

Online resources and IT Services

The College has resources that can be accessed on the Online Resources page especially for students. It includes information on where you can access equipment, online learning platforms like Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. If you require academic support with learning, connect with the Student Success Centre at your campus to build skills that will help you learn. For students with academic accommodations that may be more challenging on an online environment, Accessibility Services will reach out to you via email. However, if you have any questions about receiving academic accommodations, please contact your Accessibility Services Coordinator or email accessibility@okanagan.bc.ca.

Campus libraries provide access to desktop computers.

Still have questions? Concerns?

OC understands that returning to campus is prompting a lot of questions. If you still have questions after reading the information above, or have concerns, please contact us.

Available services

Learn how to access services in-person or online while we return to campus.

Get involved

OC is a tight-knit community. Join in on the fun on campus and through virtual events.

Online resources

Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms?

Your health

OC cares about your mental and physical health. Check out info and supports available to you.