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College of DuPage Mask Protocol

Campus Update

  • Masks are optional on the COD main campus and centers. In limited situations, masks will continue to be required in certain instructional settings, such as labs. Faculty will communicate to affected students directly.
  • Vaccination verification and testing guidelines remain in place. Employees and students must submit proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing to gain access to campus.

Wearing a facemask that covers the mouth and nose can help reduce the transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19 and its variants. A significant number of individuals with COVID- 19 lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Droplets and aerosols that are projected when speaking, coughing, sneezing, etc., can contain the COVID-19 virus, and remain suspended in the environment for hours. Therefore, the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity. Face coverings can reduce both the emission of virus when worn by an infectious person and reduce the uptake of virus when worn by a person in proximity to an infectious person.¹

On August 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-20 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 87). Section 1 of that order stipulates that all individuals in Illinois who are age two or over and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in an indoor public place.

The order also notes that individuals should also consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities that involve close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. ²

The following applies to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors while on any College of DuPage campus or property.

Unvaccinated or Not Fully-Vaccinated Individuals³

Individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while inside campus buildings and when outside on College property.

Exceptions to this protocol are as follows:

  • When actively engaged in eating or drinking, however, social distancing should be maintained during these times.

Fully-Vaccinated Individuals³

Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while inside campus buildings.

Exceptions to this protocol are as follows:

  • When alone in a private office, workspace, or other similar work area that allows for social
  • When actively engaged in eating or drinking, however, social distancing should be maintained during these
  • While outside on College property when social distancing is

Guidelines for Selecting a Face Mask⁴

DO Choose Masks That:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

DO NOT Choose Masks That:

  • Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl
  • Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape

Special Considerations:

  • Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks
  • Face shields can be work in addition to masks, but cannot be substituted for masks or worn alone

If Someone Refuses to Comply with COD’s Mask Protocol

Staff and Faculty

If an employee declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, the employee’s supervisor is responsible for addressing the issue with the employee. Employees should refrain from addressing noncompliance or perceived noncompliance directly with other employees, and should instead report issues to their supervisor.

Students

If a student declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, they should be asked to comply with the protocol, or leave the campus immediately. If they fail to comply or refuse to leave the campus, the College Police should be called to handle the situation, and the student should be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs.

If the situation occurs in a classroom or other academic setting, it is considered a classroom management issue, and the faculty member should remind the student of the requirement and give the student a chance to comply. If the student refuses to comply, the faculty member should ask the student to leave the classroom or academic setting immediately, and should report the student to the Dean of Student Affairs. If the student refuses to leave the classroom or academic setting, the College Police should be called to handle the situation, and the student should be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs.

Visitors/Members of the Public

If a visitor or member of the public declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, they should be asked to comply with the protocol, or leave the campus immediately. If they fail to comply or refuse to leave the campus, the College Police should be called to handle the situation.

References

¹Ueki H, Furusawa Y, Iwatsuki-Horimoto K, et al. Effectiveness of Face Masks in Preventing Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2. mSphere 2020; 5: e00637-20.

²www.illinois.gov/government/executive-orders/executive-order.executive-order-number-20.2021.html

³Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose, such series as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

Effective: Jan. 3, 2022