Mask Guidelines

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.

Based on feedback from the campus community, along with current public health data and Governor Pritzker’s decision to end the state-wide mask mandate, the following adjustments have been made to the College’s health and safety protocols, effective Tuesday, March 1:

  • 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.

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