COVID-19 Updates and Guidance > FAQs > Classes and Academics for Students
Students who have received one dose of a two-dose series or who are not yet two weeks past their second shot can attend classes and must adhere to required testing protocols. These students will receive a medical exemption that will expire when they are two weeks past the date of when their second shot is due.
In the classroom: Students who are not adhering to the requirement of wearing a face mask will be reminded to wear one. If the behavior is not modified, the student may be asked to leave the classroom.
In DPU facilities: Students who are not adhering to the requirement of wearing a face mask should be brought to the attention of the appropriate staff member and/or the Department of Public Safety and addressed immediately by reminding the student of the requirement. If the behavior is not modified, the student may be asked to leave the facility.
Referrals to the Dean of Students Office: The Dean of Students Office (DOS) helps develop and maintain community standards in order to facilitate a safe and healthy campus environment for our students. Should a report be made to DOS alleging noncompliance to University requirements, the DOS will work to gather all relevant information and address the issue as deemed appropriate which may include a referral to the Student Conduct Process. This intervention may include interim restrictions while the matter is under review.
Students who do not feel well should not attend in-person classes. Please check your course syllabi for attendance policies and reach out to your professors to let them know you are ill.
Please reach out to your instructor with questions about your options for a specific course. If you are seeking an administrative withdrawal from one or more courses, consult with the Dean of Students.
No. Like any other medical treatment and condition, an employee's vaccination status is personal health information, which is confidential under university policy. Like students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated or seek an exemption.
All faculty, staff and students must inform the university if they have tested positive for COVID-19, received a COVID-19 diagnosis, they learn of a positive COVID-19 case at DePaul, or they believe they were exposed to COVID-19. Learn more and find how to report a case about yourself or someone else on DePaul’s
COVID-19 Reporting Protocol webpage.
If DePaul confirms that a student in your class has tested positive, the university’s contact tracing process will begin. DePaul staff or a local public health agency may notify you if it is determined that you came into contact with someone affiliated with DePaul who is confirmed to have COVID-19, even if the risk of exposure to you is considered minimal. Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Faculty should not make these notifications.
DePaul is closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health, as we have since the start of the pandemic. If you are in a course that is scheduled to meet in person, please follow that course's attendance policy.
Eating and drinking in class is discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Masks may be adjusted temporarily while actively eating and drinking.
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