Back Together, Columbia

This fall we return back to campus with great enthusiasm. Prioritizing the overall health and wellness of our campus community and making them central to our planning is the key to a successful new academic year.

The college has updated its COVID-19 rules for Fall 2021 to ensure the health and safety of the members of the campus community. These measures are informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago, and consultations with epidemiology experts from Rush University and the University of Chicago, our on-campus health professionals, as well as leadership of the faculty senate, the part-time faculty union, and the staff union. 

Highlights of the plan include — starting July 19 for employees and starting in the fall semester for students: 

  • Masks required for unvaccinated people and optional for those who are vaccinated
  • Regular testing required for unvaccinated individuals 
  • Required evidence of vaccination for students and employees – vaccination is required for students and strongly encouraged for employees (On July 8, 2021, the CDC Director announced that preliminary data indicates unvaccinated people account for 99.5 percent of deaths from COVID) 

Read the full set of Fall 2021 COVID-19 precautions here.

Information For:

Additional Resources

  • Testing and Vaccination Locations

    Learn more about scheduling a COVID-19 testing or vaccination appointment, location, and hours.

  • COVID-19 Case Updates

    Learn about active COVID-19 cases on campus.

  • IT and Facilities Support

    Learn how to request assistance from IT and Facilities for technical support and space planning.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions and answers related to health and safety concerns on campus.

  • How to Report a Case

    Learn more about how to report a case if you become sick with COVID-19.

  • Manager's Information Guide and Resources

    The Manager’s Information Guide and Resources has answers for frequently asked questions about returning to campus.

  • Campus Messages

    Recent announcements regarding the status of reopening campus and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

  • Campus Operations and Policies

    Please view the college's temporary work from home, employee travel, and new reopening policies.