March 31, 2022
Dear Cardinal Community,
The Institutional Response Team (IRT) has continued to monitor the COVID-19 landscape on campus and in our region since our last mask policy update in February. The key Covid-19 metrics have continued to improve both on campus and across the entire state of Illinois, which is now rated “low” for transmission rates. Therefore, based on the current metrics, and consistent with the existing mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective Monday, April 4, the College will move to a mask optional policy in instructional spaces, including classrooms and labs, and other places where academic instruction takes place (such as studios and fine arts rehearsal and performance venues).
Faculty may, at their discretion, require masks in their classrooms, labs, or other instructional spaces through the remainder of the spring 2022 semester. Faculty should notify students if masks will continue to be required in their instructional spaces.
Masks will continue to be required in the following locations and under the following circumstances:
- In healthcare spaces, including the Dyson Wellness Center and athletic training rooms.
- In the COVID-19 Testing Site (New Hall Multipurpose Room).
Masks may also be required at some on-campus events depending on event and organizer requirements.
The College’s COVID-19 testing requirements, vaccine expectation, and booster recommendation remain in place.
North Central College will continue to be a mask-friendly environment. Therefore, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to wear a mask if they so choose, and the wearing of a mask should not be considered an indication of an individual’s vaccination or health status. The IRT will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on campus and in our region and will adjust campus protocols as necessary.
Dr. Peter Barger
Associate 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