General College of DuPage FAQs
College of DuPage has several plans in place to help students learn in a safe environment and continue their goals this fall. Our plans to continue education are based on guidance from the DuPage County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and phases in the Restore Illinois plan.
All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face masks at all times while on campus. Proper face masks need to cover your nose and mouth. Everyone must bring their own face mask. Face masks will not be provided.
Based on the guidance from the DuPage County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and phases in the Restore Illinois plan we request all faculty, staff, students and visitors maintain social distancing by standing six (6) feet apart when meeting, talking or standing in line.
Only faculty teaching hybrid courses and students enrolled in hybrid courses with labs and other on-campus components are currently allowed on campus. The following entrances are currently open:
- Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC) - Door One
- Technical Education Center (TEC) - Door Seven
- Health and Science Center (HSC) - Door One
- Student Resource Center (SRC) - Door Seven
- McAninch Arts Center (MAC) - Door One
- Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC) - Door Three
College of DuPage is committed to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community. We have implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus with hospital-grade supplies. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus.
The Cafeteria at College of DuPage is currently closed. A variety of grab-and-go snacks, including pre-made sandwiches, beverages and yogurt are available near Starbucks in the Student Resource Center (SRC) and at the Jazzman's location in the Technical Education Center (TEC). Students are encouraged to bring their own food and eat in their vehicles or outside, weather permitting.
Social distance is encouraged to minimize occupancy and contact. Bathroom use by more than two people at a time is discouraged. Thorough and frequent hand washing is encouraged.
The vending machines throughout campus will be turned off during fall term. The use of water fountains are discouraged, however bottle filler stations are currently available. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water.
A wifi access point is located in the parking lot between the HTC, TEC and HEC buildings. Approximately 40 cars can park within the coverage area. An additional wifi access area is being installed on the east side of campus and will be available prior to Fall term.
In order to promote social distancing, seating has been removed, spaced or blocked. We ask that all students, faculty and staff limit their time on campus.
Elevators, public corridors and stairwells will be available for use. Please limit elevator use to not more than two people and walk on the right side of corridors and stairwells to maintain social distancing.
There are several ways students can be stay informed:
- Check your COD email regularly. Outlook automatically organizes email messages in two categories: Focused and Other. Be sure you are checking both email categories for new mail. Follow these steps to learn more or learn how to disable this functionality.
- Visit cod.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates.
- Follow College of DuPage on social media. When the College has updates, they will often be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Financial aid is being disbursed to student accounts as scheduled. Students anticipating a student account refund are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit. This is the safest and fastest way to get your refund. Follow these steps to enroll.
Students can also contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 942-2251 to discuss the status of financial aid. While phone lines will remain open during this time, it is suggested that students reach out via email for the quickest possible response.
Gaining access to wifi is challenging for some students. Students should be aware that some service providers have offered free or reduced-fee wifi service during the coronavirus pandemic. Comcast and AT&T are among those service providers. Other service providers may offer similar programs. Students should ensure that they understand all terms of any wifi service that they are considering as some providers may require a continuation of service at a higher fee after the period of the pandemic.
The 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been shown to spread from person-to-person and symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and potentially respiratory distress.
The institution is committed to keeping our College community informed throughout this difficult time. The College has learned of two COD students who have contracted the coronavirus. The DuPage County Health Department has advised that, based upon the known dates of testing and the last dates the students were on campus, those students were not contagious while on campus.
Individuals who come into direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who has COVID-19 are at risk of infection.
There are currently no vaccines to prevent COVID-19, but there are measures that you
can take to protect yourself from any virus. To reduce the spread of germs:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Discourage food and beverage sharing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Individuals should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations for wearing a face mask.
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. The CDC has recommendations for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of many local health departments and individual clinicians.
If you have symptoms and want to get tested, call your county health department or local health care provider for guidance. Learn more about testing from the CDC.
Last updated: August 20, 2020