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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 fall. 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.

This fall, COD will offer three types of classes. Visit the Fall 2020 page for more information.

The COD commencement ceremony has been cancelled. A virtual commencement ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday, June 11. Please visit the Commencement website for information. 


Until further notice, 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.

Students who have rented a locker will be allowed to retrieve their items from the locker and/or return the locker key. Visit the Locker Rental page for more information.

Based upon an assessment of current and foreseeable environmental conditions, all courses during the summer semester will be delivered online.

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

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.

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. 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: May 29, 2020