COVID-19 Classroom Resources and Policies
These policies and expectations are taken from the Columbia College Chicago campus re-opening plan. You can view the full plan here.
The success of this plan rests in large part in people being supportive of each other by respecting social distancing, practicing hand sanitizing and wearing face coverings to protect members of our campus community.
We must be patient with each other over small, involuntary infractions. These can include a face covering momentarily slipping off someone's nose, or someone straying for a brief moment closer than 6 feet—all instances that scientific guidance tells us do not pose a major risk if they are brief.
However, students who disregard the rules below will be subject to discipline.
- Training and Quiz– All students are required to take the mandatory training, attestation, and quiz before entering campus. Please check your email for the Together, Columbia training and your unique quiz link.
- Required Daily Pre-Checks– Before entering campus, you must certify daily that you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You can complete the Building Access Pre-Check questionnaire via the College’s website, mobile app, or QR code. Here are additional instructions.
- A Campus ID is required to Get into All Buildings– If you need a new Campus ID, please visit Columbia Central (600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 303) between 9am and 5pm.
- Students without a face covering will not be allowed to enter campus buildings. The College will provide two face coverings to each student.
- On your first day back on campus, you can pick up your face coverings at the entrance of 916 S. Wabash (South Door) or 1104 S. Wabash (North Door). You must scan your Campus ID to receive your two face coverings.
- Students arriving on campus without a face covering can purchase one at the campus bookstore (624 S. Michigan).
- Columbia will require everyone on college property to wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose, including at all times in classrooms, shared workspaces, and common areas.
- Face coverings with exhalation vents or valves will not be allowed in campus buildings. According to health authorities such as the CDC and the Mayo Clinic, face coverings with vents or exhalation valves allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape. The Mayo Clinic does not allow people wearing them in its buildings because such masks are an “unacceptable form of source control as a universal mask.”
- If you must briefly remove your face covering to adjust it, please ensure that you are at least six feet from anyone else.
- Environmental markings indicate six-foot social distancing in classrooms. Students are expected to maintain the furniture layouts in classrooms and only move furniture if instructed to do so by the instructor.
- Some campus facilities require new traffic flows, appointment systems, and limited access to equipment. Students are expected to honor these processes and guidelines at all times.
- Additional environmental markings in lobbies, stairwells, and elevators are intended to guide the flow of traffic and assist individuals in moving to and from classrooms. Students are expected to follow these traffic patterns, even when they do not represent the shortest path through the building. This is because these patterns help enforce social distancing.
Cleaning crews are completing comprehensive daily cleaning and disinfection of all classrooms and studio spaces according to CDC guidance. They will also clean high-touch surfaces several times a day using a disinfection solution, including light switches, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, and faucets. In addition:
- Students are encouraged to avail themselves of wipes and disinfectants that the college will place in learning spaces, workstations, restrooms, and other areas so they can clean tools, other equipment, and office technology such as keyboards and phones that are shared. In some cases, students may be required to clean classroom equipment before sharing it with others.
- Students are also encouraged to use DIY cleaning supplies to wipe down surfaces and other areas as they choose. Students should carefully follow facility-specific protocols to avoid damaging equipment.
- Students are expected to follow all procedures and expectations listed above during official class activities happening off campus. This includes required class field trips, tours, and off-campus events in which the class is traveling as a group and accompanied by an instructor or teaching assistant.
- Students completing independent and informal work associated with their courses are not beholden to the procedures and expectations listed here. The practices listed above are guidelines that will help students reduce risk of exposure in any environment.
- Students who are required to be on campus to complete coursework but are deemed (per CDC guidelines) at higher risk for severe illness in the event of COVID-19 infection may request a temporary reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These individuals should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Summer 2020 courses, students who need access to a computer in order to participate in a synchronous online course meeting immediately before or after a face-to-face meeting will be able to access the computer lab at 623 S Wabash, room 915.
- The hours for Summer 2020 (July 6-August 6, 2020) are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Computer Lounge Service Counter Number 9 for questions /concerns: 312-369-7679. For more information, visit the Computer Resources and Digital Printing Facilities page.