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 COVID-19 Task Force regularly updates the campus community on COVID-19 mitigation efforts via Elmhurst University email. In addition to this communication, the Community Standards contained in the 2022-2023 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 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 three feet away from others at all times. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)
  • Masks: Masks are required to be worn in all University buildings except when you are actively eating or drinking in the cafeteria or Bluejay Roost only. Within all University residential facilities:
    • If you are in your assigned residence hall room/suite/apartment/house by yourself or with only your assigned roommate(s), you do not need to wear a mask.
    • If you have one or more guests over—guest being defined as any other Elmhurst University student who is not assigned to the room/suite/apartment/house or a non-EU-affiliated individual—you all need to be wearing a mask unless you are in a room within the space by yourself or with another roommate with the door closed. For example, if Resident A has a guest over in the living area of an apartment, Student A and the guest need to have on a mask. If Resident B and Resident C are in one of the bedrooms of the apartment with the door closed, neither of them needs to have on a mask.
    • If you are in a common area—a lobby, stairwell, hallway, elevator, study room, lounge, laundry room, community bathroom, etc.—you must be wearing a mask. Eating and drinking are not permitted in common areas of residential facilities at this time.
    • You do not need to wear a mask if you are in a community bathroom to wash your face, brush your teeth, shower, etc. If you are in a community bathroom only to use the toilet, wash your hands, do laundry, etc., you should be wearing a mask. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)
  • Isolation: If it is determined through a report or testing that a student has tested positive for COVID-19, the student will be expected to isolate off-campus for 10 days. If a student cannot return home for isolation, they must find alternate off-campus arrangements at their own cost.
    • If it is determined through a report that an unvaccinated student or a vaccinated student who is symptomatic has been exposed to another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student may be expected to isolate for up to 10 days.
    • Students must remain in isolation for the appropriate duration as determined by their assigned University Contact Tracer. Students may not leave isolation without prior authorization from their Contact Tracer. (Enforced under Code of Conduct 8. Failure to Comply b.)

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 on the COVID-19 Behavioral Concern report form.

Students not residing in University housing are encouraged to follow the guidelines outlined above related to masks in a similar manner in their off-campus residence. Large social gatherings held off campus with University students not following mask and physical distancing guidelines will not be tolerated and will also be referred to the student conduct process.

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 Phil Riordan, Vice President for Student Affairs.

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