Health and Safety Practices

Based on current guidance from local, state and federal authorities, the College’s health and safety practices have been updated as follows:

Mask Guidelines

North Central College is a mask-friendly campus and welcomes anyone to wear a mask at any time, whether indoors or outdoors. The wearing of a mask should not be considered an indication of vaccination status.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a mask in College indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. This includes common spaces such as, but not limited to:

  • Lobbies, reception areas, hallways, classrooms, conference rooms, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, assembly spaces, shared indoor athletic spaces, and while riding with others in College vehicles.

Masks may be removed under the following circumstances:

  • When actively eating or drinking.
  • When alone in an office or room with the door closed, or when alone in a vehicle—essentially whenever you are alone in what can reasonably be considered a private space.
  • When resident students are in their residence hall room or suite with only their roommate(s)/suitemate(s) present and when actively participating in an activity in which wearing a mask is not possible (i.e. showering, brushing teeth, etc.).

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Individuals who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks under the following circumstances:

  • For the purposes of instructing a class or presenting to a group, such as in a classroom or lecture hall, when they are positioned a safe distance from others as to avoid the spread of droplets.
  • When gathered in small groups with other fully vaccinated individuals in a private location, such as an office, conference room, or residence hall room.

Non-vaccinated Individuals

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask outdoors in group settings when they cannot practice social distancing.

Student-Athletes & Athletics Staff

All student-athletes, coaches and staff are required to wear a mask for all team travel and upon arrival to athletic contests.

  • Student-athletes should remain masked when in locker rooms, meeting rooms and other indoor venues and may remove their masks once warm-ups begin and throughout the contest.
  • Coaches and team staff should remain masked when in locker rooms, meeting rooms and other indoor venues.
  • Cheerleaders and pep band members should be masked upon arrival at any indoor venues and remain masked except when performing.
  • All game staff and press box/scorer’s table personnel, as well as any media members in attendance, must remain masked at all times if indoors.

COVID-19 Vaccination

The College expects all campus community members — students, faculty, and staff — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 14, 2021.

The College is taking this additional measure based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations in our region and across the state, which are largely being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available, and have proven to be safe and remarkably effective in preventing serious COVID-19-related illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccines not only protect you, but by getting vaccinated you are protecting those around you, including immunocompromised individuals and other populations who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated.

  • To ensure that all students have access to a COVID-19 vaccine, the College is hosting an on-campus vaccine clinic on Monday and Tuesday, August 23-24, followed by a second clinic on Monday and Tuesday, September 13-14, for those who opt for a two-dose vaccine.
  • More information about the College’s vaccine expectation, including the process for submitting proof of vaccination by Tuesday, September 14, is available below.

Scholarship Award

We are excited to announce that the College will award ten $2,000 scholarships to students who submit a completed vaccination record card by Tuesday, September 14. Vaccine verification will be required and all full-time degree seeking students are eligible. The scholarship awards will apply to Fall 2021 semester tuition.

Exemption Requests and Requirements

Exemptions to the College’s COVID-19 vaccine expectation will be 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.

To request an exemption, fill out and submit the exemption request form by Tuesday, August 31.

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.

PROOF OF VACCINATION

The College requests that fully vaccinated individuals submit official documentation of their receipt of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson). Students, faculty and staff should submit proof of vaccination by Tuesday, September 14. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A digital image/photograph of a vaccine card; or
  • A completed medical form from a health care provider
  • Dyson Wellness Center’s immunization form, which can be accessed here. (Log on to The Hub using your North Central College credentials to access the form)

Please note: Vaccine recipient’s name, the specific vaccine administered, and the date(s) of vaccination must be clearly visible in order to be accepted.

HOW TO SUBMIT PROOF OF VACCINATION

Students
Proof of vaccination can be submitted via:

  • Email to immunizations@noctrl.edu; or
  • Fax to the Dyson Wellness Center at 630-637-5554; or
  • Mail to North Central College, ATTN: Dyson Wellness Center, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540

Faculty and Staff
Proof of vaccination can be submitted:

  • In person at the Human Resources office, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; or
  • Electronically by uploading documentation through this secure Box link

COVID-19 Testing

ENTRY TESTING

All non-vaccinated individuals and those who do not submit proof of vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus. Requirements for submitting proof of a negative test result include:

  • The test result must be from a test taken no more than seven (7) days prior to a student’s arrival to campus, or to the start of the academic semester (whichever comes first).
    • Note that fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 25.
  • The test result must be submitted to the College at least 48 hours prior to a student’s arrival to campus.
  • Acceptable test results include those received from an FDA- or EUA-approved molecular/PCR or rapid antigen test.
  • Negative test results should be submitted via email in the form of a PDF of the complete results to covidtesting@noctrl.edu.
  • Students will receive an email response from covidtesting@noctrl.edu only in the event that there are issues or concerns with their submission.

Individuals may schedule an entry test via portal.shieldillinois.com to meet the negative re-entry requirement.

SURVEILLANCE TESTING

All non-vaccinated individuals and those who do not submit proof of vaccination are required to participate in the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Fall semester COVID-19 surveillance testing will begin the week of August 30 for resident students, the week of September 6 for commuter students, and the week of September 13 for faculty and staff.  Community members expected to participate in surveillance testing will receive an email from the COVIDTesting@noctrl.edu with scheduling instructions.

Student athletes and athletics staff members will be tested according to the guidelines set forth by the College’s athletics department (more information will be provided to those individuals by the athletics department).

TESTING SITE LOCATION & HOURS

The College’s COVID-19 testing site for fall 2o21 semester will be the New Hall Multipurpose Room (451 S. Brainard St.).

To view testing site dates and hours, go here.

TESTING COMPLIANCE

Students

  • Failure to comply with the College’s COVID-19 testing requirements will result in discipline including, and up to, being trespassed from campus property until you have completed your testing requirement.

Faculty and Staff

  • Failure to comply with the College’s COVID-19 testing requirements will result in the loss of access to campus buildings until the requirement is satisfied, as well as possible disciplinary action.

TESTING EXEMPTIONS

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 using an FDA EUA test for COVID-19 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. Such individuals may request an exemption by emailing covidtesting@noctrl.edu.

Report a Case

To ensure that the College can provide the necessary support and resources, members of the campus community should immediately report positive and probable COVID-19 cases, as well as the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, using the COVID-19 Form below.

COVID-19 Notification Form