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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Classes are not cancelled. Online and alternative instruction will continue through the end of the spring 2020 semester (May 15):

Students should not come to the main campus or any COD regional center.

  • No in-person class meetings or in-person laboratory sessions will be held.  All instruction, including laboratory sessions, will be delivered online or through other alternative formats to the maximum extent possible.  
  • Laboratory sessions that cannot be delivered online are postponed to future dates to be determined later.  
  • Students should check with their instructors for information on how instruction will be delivered.  Students should also monitor their dupage.edu e-mailboxes and Blackboard for additional information.

Week of March 30-April 5. (Spring break)  

  • No instruction will be delivered.  
  • Students should not come to the main campus or any COD regional center.

Laboratory sessions that cannot be delivered online are postponed to future dates to be determined later.  

Students are encouraged to contact their professors to find out if labs are being held remotely.

Based on your professor's discretion, labs may or may not be held.

Effective immediately, all events (internal, hosted and rental at the main campus, COD regional centers and the MAC) for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled.  

The COD commencement ceremony has been cancelled. A virtual commencement ceremony will be scheduled for a later date. Please check cod.edu for continued updates.

Through May 15, no College facilities will be available for student use. The library, computer laboratories and other laboratories will be physically closed, but many online services remain available. Visit Student Resources to access student and online learning services.

Please consult your instructor or professor regarding your class projects.

Please talk with your counselor or advisor for further instruction.

The last date to withdraw from a course due to COVID-19 and still receive a full refund has been extended to April 10. When withdrawing, please visit myaccess.cod.edu and select COVID under "status reason" as to why you are withdrawing from a course. 

 

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. 

Yes, the deadline to apply for the Fall Semester 2020 Scholarships has been extended to May 1, 2020.

Students can apply online at cod.academicworks.com.

Scholarship opportunities are based on academic achievement, financial need, field of study and/or a range of other unique criteria and vary in amount from $500 up to full tuition.

Also, the College 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.

Due to COVID-19, College of DuPage is temporarily adjusting the payment policy. Students who register for summer or fall courses now have extended time to sign-up for a payment plan or pay their balance in full.

  • Summer 2020 Classes: Students must either enroll in a payment plan or pay their balance by May 31. Without payment or a payment plan, students will be dropped from their courses beginning June 1.
  • Fall 2020 Classes: Students must either enroll in a payment plan or pay their balance by June 30. Without payment or a payment plan, students will be dropped from their courses beginning July 1.

Yes, the deadline to sign-up for dental and vision plans has been extended to Thurs., April 30, 2020. If you signed up for a six month plan in the fall, it does not automatically renew.

Please visit Student Insurance for more information or contact (847) 247-8811.

 

If you have questions about a specific class, please work with your faculty member or professor for that class.

General

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.

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

Last updated: April 2, 2020