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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

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 spring. 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.

Visit the Spring 2021 page for more information.

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. 


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 spring 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 Homeland Security Training Center (HTC), Technical Education Center (TEC) and Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (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 spring 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.

Chaparral Fitness is open to student-athletes only at designated times. Please view the following document for more information.

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Support Services

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 financialaid@cod.edu 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. 

COD has established a Student Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance to students who are financially struggling as a result of the pandemic. Students who are in need can apply at foundation.cod.edu/covid19relief.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides emergency financial assistance to eligible College of DuPage students who are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19 that could adversely affect their academic success. Learn more about the CARES Act.

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), established under the Federal CARES Act, supports targeted initiatives to enroll and retain underrepresented, first generation, and high economic need students. Eligible College of DuPage students who are experiencing barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply.

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.

If you have questions about a specific class, please work with your faculty member or professor for that class. Many Student Services are also still available while campus is closed.


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. View information on confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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.

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.

Before traveling, please review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) travel advisories and restrictions.

Last updated: Jan. 21, 2021