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When will the fall 2022 semester begin?
The fall semester will begin as scheduled. The academic calendar for the fall term is listed below.

Fall 2022

Classes Begin – August 22, 2022
Last day for new students to enroll for 16-week classes – August 26, 2022
Last day to enroll for current students/Last day to drop a class with a refund – September 2, 2022
Labor Day Holiday – September 5, 2022
Fall Break – October 13-14, 2022
Last day to drop with “W” – November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Holiday – November 23-25, 2022
Semester exams – December 12-15, 2022
Semester ends – December 16, 2022

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.

All students who test positive or develop symptoms are expected to notify their instructors and receive instructions for coursework.  If the student resides in the residence halls and tests positive or develops symptoms, they should contact Jennifer Osburn, the Campus Nurse to discuss the appropriate course of action.  Jennifer can be reached in her office in Harrill Hall or at, 918-540-6298 or 918-533-5401.

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 provider as soon as symptoms present.

Will I be required to wear a face covering/mask?
NEO is not able to require the use of masks on campus based on Oklahoma Executive Order 2021-16 and 70 O.S. 1210.189. Masks will continue to be encouraged on campus and we recommend that you review CDC information for your area and make the best decision for your personal health, while also being mindful of those around you.

What if I have a question that wasn’t answered in this FAQ?
Additional questions can be directed to our COVID-19 email address


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

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 contacting housing at

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 meals.

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 wasn’t answered in this FAQ? 
Additional questions can be directed to our COVID-19 e-mail address

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