This webpage is used to provide the College of DuPage community with up-to-date information and resources regarding the College’s response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please continue to check back for updates.
15. Message from the President of College of DuPage, March 31, 2020
College of DuPage Community:
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in helping our students succeed and showing support to one another during these unprecedented times. As you know, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic became more pronounced during the past week. With the recent Centers for Disease Control recommendations and the U.S. President and Illinois Governor’s extended guidelines for social distancing through April 30, the College will implement the following measures to help ensure a safe environment.
Continued Online/Alternative Instruction
Online and alternative instruction will be extended through the end of the spring 2020 semester (May 15). For those courses whose laboratory and clinical sessions cannot be accomplished online, the arrangements for make-up sessions will be announced as soon as environmental conditions allow for reasonably safe in-person instruction.
The in-person commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 15 has been cancelled. Instead, the College will conduct a virtual ceremony. Details about the virtual ceremony will be announced as soon as its arrangements have been made.
Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus
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.
Student Emergency Relief
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 should contact the COD Foundation at (630) 942-2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees and other College community members who would like to contribute to the fund should also contact the foundation at the same telephone number and e-mail address.
Return of Textbooks
The campus bookstore is offering free shipping return labels and extending the return period without penalty to support the return of textbooks by mail. The rental check-in period has also been extended 15 days to allow shipping of rental returns at the end of the term. Students should contact the bookstore at (630) 942-4353 for assistance or visit bkstr.com/dupagestore and click on the COVID-19 bar at the top of the screen for additional information.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The newly enacted FFRCA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the coronavirus from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Additional details regarding this legislation is posted on the employee portal at inside.cod.edu under the banner “COVID-19 Employee Protocols and Information.” We are also in the process of updating the Employee Protocols document to consider this new legislation. The revised document will be posted on the portal shortly.
A crisis like the one we presently face tends to create heroes. We now have many of those heroes within our institution. I would like to recognize some who have gone the extra mile to ensure that we are well positioned to offer online instruction:
- Professor Christine Monnier, Sociology. Professor Monnier conducted four training sessions on how to present effective online instruction. She has also been contributing to the Learning Technologies Newsletter and Learning Technologies social media posts.
- Professor Jason Snart, English. Professor Snart has also presented a training session on the delivery of online instruction. Additionally, he has offered his expertise during online Learning Technology help sessions.
- Adjunct Faculty Support Managers Kate Szetela and Sonia Watson. These managers have supported online training for faculty as well. Moreover, they have been central to the effort to help adjunct faculty prepare for online instruction.
Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.
College of DuPage
- Through Friday, May 15, College of DuPage facilities on the main campus and at the regional centers will be formally closed.
- Only those faculty and staff who are explicitly approved by both their immediate supervisor and appropriate Cabinet officer will be permitted to enter the College's facilities.
- College faculty and staff should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible.
- 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 through May 15.
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.
This includes the in-person Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 15. Instead, the College will conduct a virtual Commencement ceremony. Details about the virtual Commencement ceremony will be announced as soon as its arrangements have been made.
If You Experience COVID-19 Symptoms
- If you or a person you know has traveled in the previous 14 days to an area that has seen any occurrence of the coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.
- Notify the Dean of Students office of your symptoms at (630) 942-2485 or email@example.com and include your name and student ID number.
Help Stop COVID-19
The best way to prevent coronavirus is to reduce your exposure. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people and people who are sick.
- Cover cough and sneezes and immediately wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.