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COVID-19 Student Responsibilities

The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Elmhurst University campus community are always our top priority and are important as we seek to limit the impact of COVID-19.

The University has published Bluejays Unite! A Return to Campus, which outlines University expectations for faculty, staff, students, and guests in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to these new guidelines, the Community Standards contained in the 2020-2021 Elmhurst University Student Handbook guide student behavior. The Community Standards encourage students to engage in responsible conduct that reflects positively upon the University community. The University attempts to establish a climate that encourages responsibility by students for their individual and collective actions.

The following guidelines outlined in Bluejays Unite! and the Student Handbook are important for students to understand in light of concerns with COVID-19:

  • Hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least six feet away from others at all times. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)
  • Masks: Masks are required in all University buildings. You don’t need to wear a mask when you’re alone in your private office or room, but you’ll need to wear it when you leave your private space and in all face-to-face interactions. If a residential student is visiting another residential student, both students must wear masks in the room. Masks should be worn outdoors if maintaining physical distancing is not possible. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)
  • Housing occupancy: Residents are not permitted to have more than two times the normal occupancy of an assigned residential room, apartment, or house (i.e., a double room may have four people in it) present in their space. Hosting social gatherings that exceed these limits will not be tolerated. (Enforced under Housing and Residence Life Policies 4. Compromising Fire Safety—Residential b.)
  • Guests: Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed in the residence halls except fellow Elmhurst students, with the exception of guests helping a student move in or out of a residential facility. Guests must wear a face mask at all times. (Enforced under Housing and Residence Life Policies 7. Guests and Visitation b.)
  • Quarantine and Self-Isolation: If you live on campus and test positive, you will receive immediate instructions on relocating to a dedicated on-campus quarantine room. Isolation is used to separate someone who has a confirmed or assumed case from those who are healthy. Individuals with COVID-19 are believed to be contagious starting two days before symptoms begin and lasting the duration of the illness. Quarantine separates an apparently healthy person who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Quarantine is used to minimize the spread of the virus. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)

We encourage faculty, staff, and students to first speak to a student directly if they observe concerns related to these expectations. We hope that by upholding and enforcing these expectations through community accountability measures, we can avoid utilizing the student conduct process outlined in the Student Handbook.

However, if students continue to exhibit behaviors that are contrary to these expectations, students may be referred to the student conduct process. Anyone who observes repeated or overt student violations of these or other University policies can submit a report using the Student Conduct Form.

Based upon the frequency and severity of a reported violation, if a student is found responsible for a policy violation listed above or elsewhere in the Student Handbook, the following outcomes may apply: educational letter, fine of $50, educational assignments or training, loss of privileges, housing probation, University probation, removal from housing, suspension, or expulsion. A full description of these and other student conduct outcomes are included in the Student Handbook.

Questions regarding the enforcement of the Student Handbook and institutional policies set therein can be directed to Jenn Duffield, Assistant Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator.

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