Visitor Guidance

The college welcomes all visitors (including unregistered students) to engage with the campus community. Masks are required indoors at Columbia College Chicago regardless of your vaccination status -- please disregard any signage you may see on campus allowing some individuals to be unmasked.

Upon entry to campus, visitors will certify the following:

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Student facing visitors (lecturers, artists, models, etc.) should show their host proof of vaccination or test before the start of their session. One-time approved campus visitors (coming to meetings, tours, etc.) do not need to test or show proof of vaccination.

Some events may have additional specific requirements or restrictions. Any questions may be directed to the appropriate Dean or AVP. If necessary, the Dean or AVP can seek additional guidance from their leadership and the Incident Assessment Task Force (IATF).

Contractors issued college campus ID cards are subject to vaccination and testing requirements. Other contractors may have specific requirements or restrictions. Any questions may be directed to the appropriate Dean or AVP.  If necessary, the Dean or AVP can seek additional guidance from their leadership and the IATF. 

For legal and privacy reasons, Columbia cannot maintain medical information about non-students and non-employees. This includes not having emails where third parties disclose their vaccination status to a person affiliated with Columbia. 

Separate and additional guidance will be issued pertaining to residence hall visitors.

Bringing Children to Campus
Minor children may accompany adult visitors who are coming to campus for the purpose of an exhibition, performance, tour, or other college-related events that are open to the public. COVID-19 testing or proof of vaccination is not required while visiting for an event.
 
Outside of events as noted above, employees and students may only bring children to work, class, or other parts of campus in the event of an emergency or unavoidable circumstance with prior approval. 

Exceptions may apply due to an emergency or unavoidable circumstance. Exceptions that are granted will be for no more than an hour and under no circumstance are students or employees allowed to bring a minor child to class.

Faculty must make their request to their chair; chairs are to forward the request to the senior associate provost. Other employees must make the request to their immediate supervisor, who must forward the request to their supervising VP/EVP. Students must seek approval from the dean of students.
 
The employee or student can only bring a minor child to campus for whom they are a parent or legal guardian. The employee or student must ensure they and their children are in compliance with any local, state, or federal COVID orders/requirements, including travel and close-contact quarantine protocols. Children must be properly masked at all times.  
 
Children must be supervised by their parent, or guardian, at all times. 

Campus Events
The same aforementioned guidance will be in place for all college events with no limit on capacity. Any non-Columbia visitor attending a college event must follow all college guidelines and protocols.

Private, non-Columbia events hosted on campus, which do not involve any Columbia students or employees, are not subject to COVID-19 vaccination, masking and testing protocols, however, visitors are required to follow city and state guidance.

All outside events held on campus where Columbia students or employees are present must strictly adhere to Columbia COVID protocols. 

If you're part of a Columbia class at an off-site location, you're still required to comply with the college's COVID-19 safety protocols.