DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Top five questions answered about returning to campus
By Community Health Team /
June 23, 2021 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
After more than a year of learning, working and socializing from home, we understand that DePaul students, faculty and staff may have questions about
returning to campus. To help address those inquiries – and for some, concerns – DePaul's Community Health Team outlines the five most common questions and answers below.
Question #1: What is DePaul's position on mask-wearing?
As of June 14, in alignment with
Chicago's Phase V in reopening plans, fully vaccinated individuals on campus are highly encouraged — though not required — to wear a face mask indoors. However, individuals who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times.
To Take Care DePaul and to continue to support DePaul's aim to be a mask-friendly campus, vaccinated people who still want to wear a mask for their personal comfort are more than welcome to do so. The DePaul community is expected to support individuals' choices.
Question #2: What are Chicago Transit Authority's and Metra's safety protocols?
Per federal and state mandates, all employees and riders are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth at all times while traveling on CTA and Metra.
Metra implemented a variety of efforts to ensure a safe environment for riders and employees, including:
Question #3: Do we need to complete #CampusClear each day to enter a campus building?
The DePaul community is no longer required to show a completed #CampusClear survey prior to entering a DePaul facility.
However, to continue to Take Care DePaul, it is highly recommended that you complete the quick survey. That way you can take a moment to reflect on how you're feeling. If you're showing symptoms, stay home to avoid putting others at risk of getting sick.
Question #4: Did DePaul update buildings' ventilation systems?
Yes! MERV-13 filters have been installed in all air handlers that can accommodate them.
Additionally, the percentage of outside air drawn into buildings has increased, and the start and stop times for all building fans have been extended to ensure that any particles not trapped in filter media are diluted with fresh air to the extent possible.
Question #5: What are DePaul's cleaning protocols for high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces?
More than 700 sanitizer stations were installed across the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses in hallways, classrooms, office suites, common areas and residence halls. More information on the stations and instructions on how to use the sanitizer on high-touch surfaces
For specifics on DePaul's cleaning and sanitization efforts for different spaces, including common areas, classrooms and offices, please visit the
COVID-19 Updates and Guidance website.