North Central College COVID-19 FAQ’s

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North Central College COVID-19 FAQ’s2020-08-27T20:36:34-06:00

Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19

What are the College’s quarantine and isolation protocols?2022-06-23T13:26:23-06:00

Detailed information about the College’s isolation and quarantine protocols is available here.

Are students, faculty and staff required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?2021-12-29T11:54:54-06:00

North Central College expects all members of the campus community–students, faculty and staff–to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This measure is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

What are the College’s COVID-19 testing requirements for summer 2022?2022-06-23T13:22:51-06:00

Unvaccinated students, staff and faculty are expected to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Beginning the week of May 16, the College’s COVID testing site located in New Hall (Multi-purpose room on the lower level) will offer testing on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:00-10:00 a.m. until further notice.

Are there exemptions to the College’s vaccine expectation?2021-12-29T12:01:19-06:00

Exemptions to the College’s COVID-19 vaccine expectation are considered on the basis of medical reasons, religious reasons, strongly held personal convictions, or for students in fully online graduate programs who don’t expect to come to campus for any reason or any length of time.

Students seeking an exemption must submit the College’s exemption request form.

By requesting an exemption, you must agree to:

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus; and
  2. Participate in the College’s COVID-19 ongoing surveillance testing program. Student-athletes and students participating in selected performing arts activities may be required to participate in more frequent testing.
Are members of the campus community required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot?2022-01-14T11:07:48-06:00

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible. However, the College is not currently requiring members of the campus community to submit proof of their booster shot.

Per CDC guidance, individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot at least 5 months after completing their initial two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine; at least 6 months after completing their initial two-dose series of the Moderna vaccine; or at least 2 months after receiving their single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

How do I know if I’m eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot?2022-01-14T11:07:07-06:00

Per CDC guidance, individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot at least 5 months after completing their initial two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine; at least 6 months after completing their initial two-dose series of the Moderna vaccine; or at least 2 months after receiving their single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Are masks required to be worn on campus?2022-06-23T13:20:05-06:00

As of April 4, the College has instituted a mask optional policy. Masks are 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.

North Central College is a mask-friendly environment. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to wear a mask in any setting if they choose, and the wearing of a mask should not be considered an indication of an individual’s vaccination or health status.

Can I request to be exempt from the College’s COVID-19 testing requirements?2021-12-29T11:52:08-06:00

Exemptions from the College’s COVID-19 testing requirements include:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and have submitted proper proof to the College.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 using an FDA EUA test within the past three months and have fulfilled their isolation requirements, and who have completed the College’s COVID-19 reporting form.
  • Individuals who will not be coming to campus for any reason or any amount of time throughout the duration of spring 2022 semester. Such individuals may request an exemption by emailing covidtesting@noctrl.edu.
Can I go to class if I am experiencing symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine?2022-06-23T13:07:01-06:00

Students should not attend class if they are experiencing symptoms of illness, including symptoms that might be caused by a recent COVID-19 vaccination.

 

What instruction options are available to students who are in COVID-19-related isolation or quarantine, or who are otherwise experiencing symptoms of illness?2021-09-15T14:49:24-06:00

Each instructor is expected to work with students who need to miss class temporarily due to symptoms or illness. Instructors will work with students according to the instructor’s syllabus attendance policy and using methods appropriate for the delivery of the instructor’s specific course content. Instructors are not required to provide a live stream or recording of their courses.

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?2022-06-23T13:28:15-06:00

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, please refer to the College’s isolation and quarantine protocols.

What steps should a faculty member take if they cannot meet in-person with students (e.g., due to illness, quarantine, or isolation)?2021-12-30T10:54:43-06:00

If a faculty member is ill, or is directed to quarantine or isolate by a member of the College’s contact tracing team and cannot meet in-person with a class, they should communicate the following to their students:

  1. Their alternative plan of instruction.
  2. The dates this alternative instruction plan will be in effect.
  3. The date by which they expect to return to in-person instruction.

Faculty do not need to provide the reason for the shift in instruction mode, nor are they specifically obligated to provide online synchronous instruction during this period. Faculty are, however, expected to select alternative instruction methods in keeping with best practice for their discipline and the content to be delivered during this period, which might be online synchronous instruction.

If a faculty member is not able to provide instruction due to illness, they should communicate with their department chair and dean to determine appropriate instructional options for their students.

Faculty may not change the instruction mode of a course except under the conditions outlined above.

If a faculty member is ill, or is directed to quarantine or isolate by a contact tracer during the semester, they should copy Julie Williams, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Dean of Academic Services, on the initial notification they send to their students alerting them to the need for a temporary change in instruction mode.

What steps should a faculty member take if they are notified by a student or the Office of Student Affairs that a student cannot attend class in-person (e.g., due to illness, quarantine, or isolation)?2021-12-30T10:53:09-06:00

Faculty members should take the following steps:

  • Follow the same basic procedures used for any type of medical-based absence.
  • Watch for a formal notification of absence to come from the Office of Student Affairs as in the past, which verifies that the reason for the absence has been reviewed.
  • Anyone (instructor or student) determined to be a close contact of a student who will be absent for quarantine or isolation purposes will be notified directly by a College contact tracer. Instructors should not share information with their class about another student’s absence.
  • Wait for the student to contact you about their pending absence, then work with them to determine an appropriate plan for them to complete any coursework missed as a result of the absence.

Please do NOT contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) office if a student in one of your courses informs you that they are being placed in quarantine or isolation. As the instructor, you should work with each student to determine how they can best progress in the class and complete assignments during their absence, just as you have done in the past for any students who miss class because of a short-term illness. The SDS office should be contacted only if a student will be facing a prolonged medical situation that will make them unable to participate in classes for an extended period of time.