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College of DuPage Mask Protocol

Wearing a facemask that covers the mouth and nose can help reduce the transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19 and its variants. A significant number of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Droplets and aerosols can contain the COVID-19 virus, and remain suspended in the environment for hours. Therefore, the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity (e.g., speaking, coughing, sneezing, etc.). Face coverings can reduce both the emission of virus when worn by an infectious person and reduce the uptake of virus when worn by a person in proximity to an infectious person.¹

Due to the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, on July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their masking guidelines, recommending that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.² Based on the CDC COVID Data Tracker, DuPage County currently is in the “substantial transmission” category.³

The following applies to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors while on any College of DuPage campus or property.

Unvaccinated or Not Fully-Vaccinated Individuals⁴

Individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while inside campus buildings and when outside on College property.

Exceptions to this protocol are as follows: 

  1. When actively engaged in eating or drinking, however, social distancing should be maintained during these times.

Fully-Vaccinated Individuals⁴

Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while inside campus buildings.

Exceptions to this protocol are as follows: 

  1. When alone in a private office, workspace, or other similar work area that allows for social distancing.
  2. When actively engaged in eating or drinking, however, social distancing should be maintained during these times.
  3. While outside on College property when social distancing is possible.

If Someone Refuses to Comply with COD’s Mask Protocol 

Staff and Faculty 

If an employee declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, the employee’s supervisor is responsible for addressing the issue with the employee. Employees should refrain from addressing noncompliance or perceived noncompliance directly with other employees, and should instead report issues to their supervisor.

Students 

If a student declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, they should be asked to comply with the protocol, or leave the campus immediately. If they fail to comply or refuse to leave the campus, the College Police should be called to handle the situation, and the student should be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs.

If the situation occurs in a classroom or other academic setting, it is considered a classroom management issue, and the faculty member should remind the student of the requirement and give the student a chance to comply. If the student refuses to comply, the faculty member should ask the student to leave the classroom or academic setting immediately, and should report the student to the Dean of Student Affairs. If the student refuses to leave the classroom or academic setting, the College Police should be called to handle the situation, and the student should be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs.

Visitors/Members of the Public 

If a visitor or member of the public declines or fails to wear a facemask as required, they should be asked to comply with the protocol, or leave the campus immediately. If they fail to comply or refuse to leave the campus, the College Police should be called to handle the situation.

References 

¹Ueki H, Furusawa Y, Iwatsuki-Horimoto K, et al. Effectiveness of Face Masks in Preventing Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2. mSphere 2020; 5: e00637-20.

²https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

³https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

⁴Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose, such series as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

 

Effective: August 3, 2021