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.
To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction. All students who plan to be on campus during the semester, regardless of where they live, and regardless of when they returned to Chicago, must produce a negative test prior to their first in-person class or campus visit of the semester. Please review the Spring Return to Campus Testing Requirements website for more details.
A Campus Card is required for admission to all Columbia-owned buildings. If you need a Campus Card, we recommend that you visit Campus Card distribution no later than February 5. For times and location, visit www.colum.edu/campuscard.
Training, Attestation, and Daily Pre-Check
- Training, Attestation, and Quiz– All students are required to take the mandatory training, attestation, and quiz before entering campus for the first time during the 2020-21 academic year. 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 or QR code.
- 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.
- You can pick up your face coverings at 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive (Wabash Side at Campus Card distribution) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. between January 20 – February 5. You must scan your Campus ID to receive your two face coverings.
- 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, bandanas, and neck gaiters 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.
- Students who need access to a computer in order to participate in an online course meeting can use the 1st and 2nd floor computers at the Columbia College Chicago Library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. Additional workstations are available by reservation. Keyboards and mice can be checked out at the first floor Service Desk. For information about hours, access, and reservations, visit library.colum.edu.