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COCC's Face Mask Policy

Last updated: March 12, 2022

As of March 12, 2022, and in accordance with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), COCC strongly recommends but no longer requires face masks indoors on our campuses—except in instructional settings where masks were required before the pandemic, and except in labs and clinics associated with Dental Assistant, Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Medical Assistant programs.  

The College strongly recommends the continued use of face masks for those who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as for those who are immunocompromised or otherwise at high-risk from the coronavirus.

Throughout the Spring term, free KN95 masks will remain available to students, employees, and community members in the COCC Bookstore, BEC lobby, and at the information desks at our Redmond, Madras, and Prineville campuses.

COCC supports all individuals who choose to continue to wear masks in any campus setting. There are many reasons why one might wear a face mask, and mask-shaming has no place at COCC. The College honors everyone's personal choice in whether to continue to wear a mask. COCC also encourages individuals to consider wearing a mask if doing so might be a true kindness to a person in their area who has ongoing health challenges. Students, employees, and community members should continue to stay home if they feel ill. 

COCC's face mask policy remains subject to change, and will be frequently reassessed based on local, state, and national public health recommendations.


Frequently Asked Questions About Face Masks

Where can students get a free mask if they need one?

On the Bend campus, please visit the Bookstore or the Boyle Education Center front lobby.

On the Redmond campus, please visit the reception desk in the RTEC Building.

On the Madras and Prineville campus, please visit the campus reception desk.

Where can faculty and staff get a mask if they need one?

Additional disposable masks for employees who may need one will be available at the Bookstore on our Bend campus, Building 3 on the Redmond Campus, and at the reception desks on both the Madras and Prineville campuses.

I am being harassed for wearing my mask. What should I do?

COCC's commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that everyone has a right to a learning and work environment free of discrimination. COCC takes any situation of harassment or discrimination seriously and will not tolerate such actions. If you experience or witness this type of harassment, please report them immediately. 

Students are welcome to contact Christy Walker, Director of Diversity, and/or Andrew Davis, Director of Campus and Student Life for support. Employees can also contact their supervisor, and/or Human Resources.


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