Change to OCC Masking Protocol

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The mask mandate for students and employees has been rescinded. Details >>>

To the College Community:

I am pleased to report that COVID-19 cases on the OCC campus as well as in the surrounding Ocean County community have recently dropped dramatically. The State of New Jersey removed the mask mandate for K-12 schools. Also, in its latest guidance, the CDC now advises that we not just consider regional case counts, but also factor in hospitalizations and hospital capacity, which have seen significant improvements. The CDC reports that the COVID-19 Community Level for Ocean County is now low.

Therefore, the mask mandate for students and employees will be rescinded effective today, March 10, 2022. Despite this change, the OCC campus will remain “mask-friendly.” Anyone wishing to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. We are also removing restrictions on travel for students and employees but, as previously communicated, employee travel remains voluntary.

KN-95 masks will continue to be available on campus, and testing will also continue on campus. In addition, the Health Reporting hotline and associated procedures will remain in place.

If you would like more information regarding OCC’s COVID-19 protocols and case count, please visit

Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.