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.

The deadline to comply with the College’s vaccine expectation was September 14, 2021. The College’s vaccine expectation is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

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.

Scholarship Award

The College awarded ten $2,000 scholarships to students who submitted their completed vaccination record card by the College’s vaccination deadline of Tuesday, September 14. The scholarship awards were applied to fall 2021 semester tuition.

Exemption Requests and Requirements

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.


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). 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.


Proof of vaccination can be submitted via:

  • Email to; 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 Booster Recommendation

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Per CDC guidance, individuals ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot at least six months after completing their initial two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer or Moderna), or at least two months after receiving their single-dose vaccination (Johnson & Johnson).

Booster shots will be available at Dyson Wellness Center’s upcoming Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on January 11 and February 1, 2022. The clinics are open to all members of the campus community and registration is not required.

The College is not currently requiring members of the campus community to submit proof of their booster shot.

COVID-19 Testing


All students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the College prior to January 10, 2022 (the first day of spring semester 2022).

To help facilitate re-entry testing, the College’s COVID-19 testing site will be open during the week of January 3. Click here to view testing days and hours.


All students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing beginning the week of January 10. You can start scheduling your testing appointments now through your MySHIELD Illinois account.

New for spring 2022 semester, fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff may choose to participate in weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing. More details regarding this process will be forthcoming from the COVID-19 Testing Team.

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).


The College’s COVID-19 testing site for spring 2o22 semester will be the New Hall Multipurpose Room (451 S. Brainard St.).

To view testing site dates and hours, go here.



  • 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.


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. Request an exemption by emailing

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