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?2022-02-16T12:28:59-06:00

As part of the College’s Positive Case Protocol, individuals may be required to isolate or quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19, or if they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are exhibiting COVID-19-related symptoms.

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

What will the academic calendar look like for spring semester 2022?2021-12-30T10:39:56-06:00

The College will follow its standard academic calendar (two 16-week semesters) and daily class schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year. Spring classes will begin as scheduled—for both undergraduate and graduate students—on Monday, January 10.

The academic calendar will include standard breaks and final exam schedules, including spring break (March 14-18) and final exams (May 2-5). Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 8. The full 2021-2022 academic calendar is available here.

What is the daily class schedule for spring semester 2022?2021-12-30T10:37:37-06:00

The daily class meeting schedule is posted on this site at the Academics page.

Will classes meet in person or remotely during spring semester 2022?2021-12-30T10:41:54-06:00

The College’s primary teaching and learning modalities will be in-person. Classroom and lab capacities and configurations will remain normal. Faculty will be expected to teach course sections as they are listed in the published class schedule, and students will be expected to attend in-person classes in person.

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 spring 2022 semester?2021-12-29T11:50:04-06:00

Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who do not submit proof of their vaccination status to the College are required to:

  1. Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test to the College prior to January 10, 2022; and
  2. Participate in the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program starting the week of January 10, 2022.

Fully vaccinated individuals who have submitted proof of their vaccination status to the College are exempt from the above COVID-19 testing requirements. However, fully vaccinated members of the campus community have the option of opting in to the College’s weekly COVID-19 testing program.

Are students required to wear masks in the residence halls?2022-03-01T13:06:58-06:00

No, masks are not required to be worn in non-instructional spaces on campus.

How will COVID-19 protocols affect move-in to the residence halls?2021-06-21T14:17:51-06:00

New and returning resident students will receive communication from the Residence Life staff with additional residence hall information and protocols, including move-in procedures, housing and roommate assignments, and further details for international students.

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.

Will North Central student-athletes be able to participate in athletics this winter and spring?2021-12-29T11:45:44-06:00

All Cardinal athletics programs will return to pre-COVID-19 fall, winter and spring competition and practice schedules. In addition, all athletic facilities will return to standard hours and operations. The athletics department is following guidance from the NCAA regarding vaccination and testing requirements, as well as spectator policies, for NCAA-sanctioned competitions.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19?2021-12-29T12:04:32-06:00

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

Will campus buildings be open and what will their hours be?2021-06-21T14:17:51-06:00

Campus facilities will return to standard hours of operation, access and capacities.

Can spectators attend athletic events on campus?2022-01-11T09:28:57-06:00

North Central College has announced temporary revisions to its attendance policy for athletic events on campus during the month of January as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

North Central will only allow pre-approved home spectators for competitions held in Gregory Arena. Coaches and student-athletes from the hosting teams, as well as the College’s pep band and spirit teams, are permitted to select up to four guests to attend each event. Student-athletes on BOTH home and visiting teams who are not in uniform for their competition are also permitted to attend.

Due to the track and field programs’ unique competition space, the number of participants in competition, and the need for teams to have camps and warmup spaces, no spectators will be allowed at the Jan. 15 Cardinal Opener or the Jan. 21 Snow Day Invitational at Al B. Carius Track.

The policy and its guidelines will be re-evaluated in February.

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?2022-03-01T13:08:11-06:00

Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks are no longer required to be worn in most non-instructional settings on campus.

Masks are required to be worn under the following circumstances:

  • In all academic instructional settings, including classrooms, labs and fine arts venues.
    • Note that individuals may remove their mask for the purpose of instructing or presenting provided that they are able to maintain a safe distance from others.
  • In healthcare spaces including the Dyson Wellness Center and athletic training rooms.
  • In the COVID-19 Testing Site (New Hall Multipurpose Room)
  • Student-athletes are required to adhere to additional NCAA and CCIW guidance on mask wearing.
  • Masks may be required at some on-campus events depending on the 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?2021-12-30T10:43:02-06:00

Students should not attend class if they are showing any symptoms of illness, including symptoms that might be caused by a recent COVID-19 vaccination. Attending class while showing signs of illness may result in disciplinary action, as doing so is in violation of the North Central College COVID-19 policy for the spring 2022 semester.

 

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.

In order to be on campus, do I have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result if I am not fully vaccinated?2021-12-30T10:45:24-06:00

Yes, until you are fully vaccinated and have submitted proof to the College, individuals must provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to be on campus for the purpose of attending class or for any other reasons, AND you must participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing. Individuals are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please submit proof as soon as possible after receiving your final dose.

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?2022-02-16T12:30:30-06:00

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you should complete the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form. This will prompt a response from a College contact tracer who will inform you of the recommended guidance.

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

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.

Can students or faculty members remove their masks while in class to take a drink?2021-09-02T10:09:06-06:00

Yes, however the mask should not be completely removed, if possible. Students are encouraged to use a container with a straw that can go under the bottom of the mask, and must put their mask back on properly immediately after taking a drink.

Students and faculty are further encouraged to hydrate prior to class to avoid having to remove their mask at all and are responsible for wearing a properly fitting mask per college guidelines.