An important measure to keep our campus community safe and to stop the spread of COVID-19 is for all students, faculty and staff to conduct daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms prior to leaving their home or residence hall room.

Symptoms to check for include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fever
  • Chills

  • Runny nose or sinus congestion

  • Muscle aches/pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Fatigue

  • GI Symptoms

  • Loss of taste or smell

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If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, do not come to campus, do not leave your residence hall room and do not attend any College-related activities. Consult your medical provider and do not return to campus until symptoms have subsided or until medically cleared to do so.

If you believe that you may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, complete the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form.

The College plans to introduce a mobile app to assist members of the campus community with daily COVID-19 symptom monitoring and tracking. More information will be forthcoming regarding the app and its expected use.


Prior to Returning to Campus

The College recommends that all members of the campus community do the following before returning to campus:

  • Get tested for COVID-19; if you test positive, inform the College by completing the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form
    • Note that the College is not requiring proof of a negative test result as a condition for returning to campus
  • Self-quarantine for at least 14 days prior to returning to campus and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; if you are experiencing symptoms, do not return to campus until your symptoms have subsided and you are cleared by a medical professional;


Upon arrival to campus, the College plans to administer on-site COVID-19 tests for the following groups and individuals:

  • Student-athletes who plan to participate in fall sports activities, as well as fall athletics coaches and staff, and athletic trainers and administrators;
  • Residential students arriving from states with high incidences of COVID-19; a current list of states maintained by the Chicago Department of Public Health is available here.

Tests will be conducted in partnership with a local lab, which will bill the individual’s insurance to cover the cost of the test. If an individual does not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover the test, the College will assume the cost of the test. Individuals will be asked to self-quarantine while awaiting their test results, which is expected to take up to 72 hours.

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The College will conduct ongoing sample COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic individuals and sub-groups of the campus population throughout the fall semester in an effort to monitor the health of the campus and to stay ahead of a potential outbreak. If selected, it is expected that all members of the campus community comply with sample testing as part of their pledge to protect the health and safety of our campus.

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Contact Tracing

If a member of the campus community reports a positive COVID-19 test, a North Central College contact tracer and case manager will, in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department, work with the ill individual to identify and notify potential contacts.

Contacts will be informed to do the following:

  • Physical Contacts—anyone who had physical contact with the ill individual—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

  • Close Contacts—anyone who was within less than 6 feet of the ill individual for more than 15 minutes—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

  • Proximate Contacts—anyone who was more than 6 feet from the ill individual for approximately 1 hour or more, such as a classmate or co-worker—will be instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Contact tracers and case managers will remain in touch with individuals who are in isolation or quarantine until they are cleared by a medical professional to return to campus.


If you have additional questions about the College’s COVID-19 testing process and protocols, visited the Frequently Asked Questions page.