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FAQs - Students

Does closure mean I won’t be able to complete my degree or certificate at OCAC?
Students who complete all degree or certificate requirements by the end of Spring 2019 will earn their degree or certificate from OCAC. Students who do not complete requirements by then will be referred to a partner institution for completion. More information about partner institutions will be provided as it becomes available. Students may also choose to transfer to another school of their choice, and OCAC is willing to help our students make a smooth transition. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What happens to the credits I have taken at OCAC?
Credits earned at OCAC are valid even after the college has closed. OCAC is regionally accredited and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Other regionally accredited and/or NASAD accredited institutions consider such credits for transfer.

Will other institutions accept my OCAC credits as transfer courses?
Each institution makes decisions about which credits and how many credits it will accept in transfer. 

Are my credits considered regionally accredited, even if the college is closed?
Yes.

Will my degree from OCAC still be considered valuable?
Yes, your degree from OCAC is still a valid degree with full regional and national accreditation. 

What will happen to my academic records after closure?  
OCAC intends to preserve academic records and make them accessible after OCAC closes. We are working to transfer records to a custodial institution. We will provide more details as soon as we are able.

How do I obtain official transcripts after the college closes?
OCAC is working to make official transcripts and other information available through a custodial institution. We will provide more details as soon as we are able.

Will the college still hold commencement ceremonies for students finishing in spring semester?
Yes commencement activities will continue as planned.

What if I am on leave or need to take time off from my studies. Can I come back later and still complete my degree even if the college is closing?
Spring 2019 will be our final semester of academic instruction at OCAC. Your credits earned at OCAC are valid to transfer to another institution, where you can pursue your degree when you are ready to resume your studies. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What happens to coursework that I have Incomplete (I) or In Progress (IP) grades in?
Students need to complete all requirements by the end of Spring 2019. All outstanding assignments must be submitted to your instructor by May 31 so that OCAC can put a final grade on your transcript. Students who are not able to complete by that deadline have the option to petition for a late withdrawal. The registrar can assist with determining the best course of action for your particular situation. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What if I have not completed my thesis or exhibition by the end of Spring 2019?
Students need to complete all requirements, including thesis and/or exhibition, by May 31, 2019 in order for OCAC to award your degree. Your thesis advisor can work with you to help you meet this timeline. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional questions.

How do I order transcripts to send to transfer schools?
Current students who must transfer to complete their degree will receive 5 free official transcripts in sealed envelopes. These transcripts will be available in your box at the Front Desk on Friday, 2/8/2019. You can order additional transcripts or request electronic delivery at ocac.edu/registrar. OCAC has eliminated the fee for transcripts ordered online from 2/8/2019–6/15/2019. You will be charged only for shipping (free for electronic delivery; $2.50 for standard domestic delivery.) This fee change applies to all students.

How can I request a copy of my unofficial transcript in order to verify which classes I've taken?
Current students who must transfer to complete their degree will receive a .pdf copy of their official transcript. This file will be emailed to your ocac.edu email address by Monday 2/11/2019. 

I have disability accommodations at OCAC. Do I have to go through the same application process when I transfer to another institution?
Because each institution has different processes in place, it will be up to that institution to guide you on specifics. You may request copies of your disability accommodations at OCAC if you require that information.

Admission deadlines at many schools have passed for the 2019–2020 academic year. Did I miss the window to enroll somewhere else this fall?
We are working to partner with other art schools to make special arrangements to admit impacted OCAC students. Red House advisors can assist you in finding the best option.

If I finish my degree after Spring 2019, what will my diploma say? Who will my degree be from?
After Spring 2019, you will need to transfer to another institution to finish your degree. The diploma will be awarded by that institution.

Library

Is the OCAC library open?
Yes! We are open through the end of the semester, May 17. Library hours are 9AM - 5PM, Monday through Friday.

Can I still check out OCAC books?
Yes! Beginning April 19, all OCAC library items will have a due date of May 10, to ensure they are returned by the end of the semester.

Can I still borrow items through interlibrary loans?
Yes! As long as there’s still time to receive an item at OCAC, you can continue to use the WCCLS interlibrary loan service.

When are my library items due back?
Everything must be returned by May 10, 2019 and OCAC community members will be billed for items not returned. View your library account online with your library barcode number and password to see what you have checked out. You can use the convenient book drop located outside of the library to return items any time.

What will happen to my WCCLS library card?
On May 20, all OCAC student and faculty library cards will automatically change to be registered at the nearby Cedar Mill Library. Cards will also be updated to be “limited borrower,” meaning you can still check out up to 5 items at a time at any WCCLS library, ILL services will cease, and library items will start accruing fines. Your card will expire on November 20, 2019.  If you would like to check out more items or extend your library expiration date, please visit any WCCLS library with ID and proof of current address. To verify your identlty anything current with your name and photo is ideal- a driver's license, school ID, work badge, passport, or military ID for example. To verify your address a driver's license, recent bill or utility statement or rental agreement will suffice.

What can I do with a WCCLS library card?
Use your library card to download e-books and audiobooks and stream movies, or visit a WCCLS library for access to over 1 million other items, including things like crockpots and board games.

Where are WCCLS libraries located?
View map, contact information, and hours

What if I have questions about my library account?
Stop by the OCAC library during open hours to talk with Dan Kelley, Director of Library Services, email him or call 971-255-4135. If the OCAC library is not open, please contact a WCCLS library with questions.

What will happen to OCAC library items?
OCAC is finding new homes for our library collection, including Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), and other non-profit cultural institutions who will care for and make the collections accessible.  

What is happening to the the collection of OCAC thesis? 
PNCA is excited to care for the OCAC thesis collection and make them available to future art students, practitioners and researchers. 

What will happen to the library’s digital repositories?  
Our librarian Dan Kelley is working with ARTSTOR to ensure that our digital image collections are accessible to a wide audience.

Technology Systems Information

How long will the college’s technology systems be accessible?
Academic and non-academic technology systems will be accessible until your last day of employment.

How can I download data from my OCAC Google Account?
Google has a tool called Takeout that enables you to download all of your data. Please view this help article, and then log into your OCAC Google Account and visit: takeout.google.com.

Note that information in Team Drives will not be downloaded during this process; you will need to download those files individually.
If you have your own personal Google Account, you can Transfer Your Content here:  https://takeout.google.com/transfer. (Note: This process does not transfer everything; it’s mainly used for email and Google docs. Visit this FAQ for more info.)

Can I set up email forwarding? For how long?
After your final day, we will not be able to forward email from OCAC addresses. After we disable our email system, individuals emailing @ocac.edu addresses will receive a bounce back message indicating that the email address does not exist. Please update your contacts with a new email address.

If you have questions not answered here, please reach out to Chris Perisho at cperisho@ocac.edu.


Important Note: For the most accurate, up-to-date information about the closure, please see ocac.edu and your OCAC email account, where we will be sending pertinent communication. Visit the Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.