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May 19, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We are writing to inform you that effective Wednesday, May 19, the College will no longer require individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks and physically distance when outdoors on the College campus. This adjustment is based on new guidance from the CDC, which prompted an updated executive order from Governor Pritzker and a change to the state’s mask mandate.

Masks and physical distancing are still required in all on-campus indoor settings, and the College reserves the right to require masks and physical distancing for any outdoor events and activities. The College’s Institutional Response Team (IRT) is evaluating current indoor protocols and will communicate any adjustments as soon as possible.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine such as children under the age of 12, should continue to wear a mask and maintain a distance of six feet or more from others when on the College campus, whether indoors or outdoors.

We recognize that some individuals who are fully vaccinated may choose to continue to wear a mask and/or observe physical distancing while on campus, and we ask everyone to fully support them in their decision to do so.

At the present time, we plan to ensure compliance with this adjusted outdoor guidance using the honor system. In order to implement COVID-related guidelines and policies affecting College operations, supervisors may ask employees if they are fully vaccinated. However, they may not ask unvaccinated employees why they are not vaccinated or ask any other questions seeking an employee’s personal health information.

As has been previously communicated, the College strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated, as COVID-19 vaccines are readily available and have proven to be safe and highly effective. Vaccines are the quickest way for us to continue to resume pre-pandemic activities and operations, both on campus and in our lives outside the College.

We are carefully monitoring the state’s plans for a transition to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, which the Governor has indicated could occur as early as June 11, and would mean a return to pre-pandemic activities with no capacity limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings. Therefore, in the coming weeks, we plan to share more information about the College’s health and safety policies and on-campus operations for fall 2021 semester.

We wish you continued health and safety this summer!

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Barger
Assistant Provost, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Institutional Response Team

Michael Hudson
Vice President for Operations
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Institutional Response Team

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