COVID-19 Compliance

North Central College is committed to maintaining a culture of safety regarding COVID-19 and to ensuring that members of the campus community are able to quickly and confidently raise and discuss questions of non-compliance and report concerns without fear of retaliation.

Members of the campus community should use the form below to submit information to the College regarding an individual, organization, or office not following expectations outlined in the College’s #TogetherNC pledge.

Reporting Form

Non-Compliance Sanctioning Guidelines

Non-compliance with COVID-19 policies and procedures, including commitments outlined in the #TogetherNC pledge, is a serious matter as it may jeopardize the health and safety of the North Central community. Sanctions for such violations will take into consideration the impact of the behavior, prior conduct history and an individual’s willingness to make the necessary changes regarding future behavior.

The table below outlines updates the College has made to typical sanctions used for violations related to COVID-19 policies and procedures. In addition to sanctions assigned to all students, the table also lists additional sanctions to be administered to student-athletes by the Athletics Department.

The College has instituted a COVID-19 Non-Compliance fine of $200 to be administered as indicated below and/or as deemed appropriate by the College.

Violation* Typical 1st Offense Sanctioning for  All Students** Additional Student-Athlete Specific Sanctioning
Not wearing a face covering Written warning 1st Offense-Written warning; suspension from athletic team for one week;

2nd Offense- Dismissal from team

Not practicing physical distancing Written warning 1st Offense-Written warning; suspension from athletic team for one week;

2nd Offense- Dismissal from team

Not adhering to the residence hall Guest Policy Written warning; Potential removal from campus or residence halls 1st Offense- Written warning; suspension from athletic team for 2 weeks;

2nd Offense- Dismissal from team

Unreported travel to a high-risk destination Written warning; Potential removal from campus or residence halls Suspension from athletic team for 2 weeks
Not immediately reporting on-set of COVID-19 symptoms Removal from campus until symptoms subside Suspension from athletic team for 2 weeks
Not immediately reporting a positive test for COVID-19 Immediately trespassed from campus; Potential suspension/dismissal Dismissal from athletic team for remainder of season
Not actively complying with contact tracing efforts Written warning; Potential removal from campus or residence halls Suspension from athletic team for 2 weeks
Failure to participate in College scheduled testing Immediately trespassed from campus until test results are received Suspension from athletic team activities until next scheduled test results received
Attending social event/party/unapproved gathering on or off campus $200 Fine; Potential removal from campus or residence halls Dismissal from athletic team for remainder of season
Hosting social event/party/unapproved gathering on or off campus $200 Fine; Immediately trespassed from campus; Potential suspension/dismissal Dismissal from athletic team for remainder of season
Not adhering to quarantine procedures Immediately trespassed from campus; Potential suspension/dismissal Dismissal from athletic team for remainder of season
Not adhering to isolation procedures Immediately trespassed from campus; Potential suspension/dismissal Dismissal from athletic team for remainder of season

*Egregious, significantly dangerous and/or multiple violations may be escalated in the sanctioning process. Consequences for willfully endangering the campus community will include all available accountability options, up to and including suspension or dismissal from North Central College.

** Sanctioning may consider both individual, host, guest and organization non-compliance.

Expedited Student Conduct Process

An expedited conduct process will be employed for COVID-19-related issues/concerns. Students who are identified to have been involved in an incident of non-compliance will receive notification from the College stating they were named in an incident report that alleges their involvement in violations of COVID-19-related policies. The letter will also outline any appropriate findings/sanctions. As outlined in the Student Handbook, the College uses the preponderance of the evidence standard when reviewing conduct matters and assigning an outcome. Although no formal hearing will take place, the College will use all available information when reviewing and acting on incidents of non-compliance.

Involved parties will have the right to appeal the outlined findings/sanctions within five (5) business days. However, the findings/sanctions will remain in effect until, and unless, the appeal is upheld.

Student Handbook Updates

The College’s Student Handbook will be updated for spring 2021 semester to outline the expedited conduct process for COVID-19 compliance issues, to reinforce that, by virtue of enrollment, all students have agreed to uphold the #TogetherNC pledge as well as all COVID-19 policies and procedures, and to allow fines to be administered as interim sanctions.