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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

As information on the College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the following list of frequently asked questions will be updated.

General College of DuPage FAQs

In-person classes will be held on campus. In addition, Virtual Class Meeting (VCM), online and hybrid courses are being offered.

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.

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.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while inside campus buildings. COD's mask protocol outlines exceptions to the protocol, which include actively eating and drinking.

All doors are unlocked from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days the College is open.

College of DuPage is committed to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community. We have implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus with hospital-grade supplies. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus. 

Social distance is encouraged to minimize occupancy and contact. Bathroom use by more than two people at a time is discouraged. Thorough and frequent hand washing is encouraged.

The vending machines throughout campus will be turned off until further notice. The use of water fountains are discouraged, however bottle filler stations are currently available. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water. 

A wifi access point is located in the parking lot between the Homeland Security Training Center (HTC), Technical Education Center (TEC) and Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC) buildings. Approximately 40 cars can park within the coverage area. An additional wifi access area is being installed on the east side of campus and will be available prior to spring term. 

In order to promote social distancing, seating has been removed, spaced or blocked. We ask that all students, faculty and staff limit their time on campus. 

Elevators, public corridors and stairwells will be available for use. Please limit elevator use to not more than two people and walk on the right side of corridors and stairwells to maintain social distancing.

Chaparral Fitness is open to student-athletes only at designated times. Please view the following document for more information.

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. 

The Department of Education has allocated funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I, II, III) to College of DuPage. These funds are to support students who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open to fund students with unmet needs on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted. Learn more about HEERF.

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), established under the Federal CARES Act, supports targeted initiatives to enroll and retain underrepresented, first generation, and high economic need students. Eligible College of DuPage students who are experiencing barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply.

Gaining access to wifi is challenging for some students. The Library has hotspots available to loan to students for an entire semester. Free wifi is also available throughout the Glen Ellyn campus and at all Centers.

Students should be aware that some service providers have offered free or reduced-fee wifi service during the coronavirus pandemic. Comcast and AT&T are among those service providers. Other service providers may offer similar programs. Students should ensure that they understand all terms of any wifi service that they are considering as some providers may require a continuation of service at a higher fee after the period of the pandemic.

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 virtually while these services are unavailable on campus.


The institution is committed to keeping our College community informed throughout this difficult time. View information on confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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.

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

Last updated: August 5, 2021

Contact Information

For Student Affairs Related Questions

Campus Central
(630) 942-3000

For Campus Health and Safety or COVID-related Specific Questions

Phil Gieschen
Coordinator of Risk Management
(630) 942-2993