Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on 1/19/21

General

How do I find out more about the emergency financial aid grants provided by the CARES Act?

View our Cares Act FAQs document for more information related to the emergency financial aid grants to ICC Students provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

What restrictions are there for travel?

Illinois Central College values the health and safety of all students and employees. Anyone traveling as a group for College-related activities must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours prior to departure (or on Friday if departure is on the weekend). This includes students and accompanying employees, such as sponsors and bus drivers, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals who have recovered from Covid are exempt from the testing requirement for 90 days. Ample opportunities for free on-campus testing are available.

There is no college-related international travel. Follow CDC guidelines for returning to work or school after international travel.

No other restrictions are currently in place. However, it is recommended you monitor your destination region for positivity and case rates prior to travel.

Health Guidelines

How should I report Covid-19 related illness or exposure?

  • Employees feeling ill, diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to COVID-19 must notify a supervisor immediately. Do not come to campus. The supervisor should:
    • Immediately send employee home (if on campus)
    • Send an email to [email protected]
    • Individuals should contact their local county health departments for quarantine and health care information.
    • Benefits & Leaves Office will contact the individual(s).
  • Students feeling ill, diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to COVID-19 must notify their instructor, Campus Housing Office, or athletic coach as applicable. Do not come to campus. The instructor or other staff member should:
    • Immediately send student home (if on campus)
    • Email [email protected] and cc their Academic Dean.
    • Individuals should contact their local county health departments for quarantine and health care information.
    • Benefits & Leaves and Dean of Students Offices will contact the individual(s) and instructor(s).
  • View the Covid Illness Reporting Guidelines for Employee and Student and Return Guidelines page for more information.

Are masks required on campus?

Following current IDPH and CDC guidelines, face masks are required inside buildings on all ICC campuses until further notice. For more information, view the Face Covering (Mask) Protocol page.

What daily health screenings are in place when coming to campus?

Individuals should self-monitor for covid-19 symptoms before coming to campus. There are no written or electronic screenings in place, and no checkpoints or designated access points set up.

What are the vaccination or testing requirements?

To remain in compliance with the state mandate, the college is requiring students who regularly come to campus to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated or proof of weekly COVID-19 testing. Individuals are currently considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Weekly testing is only required for students who are not fully vaccinated and are enrolled in in-person or hybrid courses and/or work or participate in activities on campus*.

Additionally, anyone traveling as a group for College-related activities must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours prior to departure (or on Friday if departure is on the weekend)*. This includes students and accompanying employees, such as sponsors and bus drivers, regardless of vaccination status.

While individuals may have a medical or religious reason not to vaccinate, there are no valid medical or religious exemptions to testing. Visit the Testing Information page for more information.

*Individuals who have recovered from Covid are exempt from all testing requirements for 90 days.

Students who are not in compliance with vaccination or testing reporting requirements are subject to the appropriate discipline process which could include sanctions up to and including administrative withdrawal from in-person/hybrid courses.

Where can I test?

FREE COVID testing is available on all three campuses. Visit the Testing Information page for more information.

You may also opt to test off-campus at community testing sites or via at-home testing kits.

How do I submit vaccination or testing information?

At the start of classes, a personal link to the Cleared4 system will be sent to your ICC email and will be text to the phone number on record. You will use this to upload your vaccination record, or if not fully vaccinated, you will then upload your weekly COVID test results here. Please ensure all contact information is up to date in eservices.

View the Cleared4 User Guide for instructions.

When are vaccination clinics held on campus?

Covid vaccination clinics are scheduled for both the East Peoria and Peoria campuses. All approved vaccines will be available for initial doses and boosters. The clinics will be open to all students, staff, and their families.

  • East Peoria Campus Cafeteria
    Jan. 25, Feb. 15, March 8, March 29, April 19, and May 10
    9 am – 4 pm
  • Peoria Campus Student Center
    Jan. 26, Feb. 16, March 9, March 30, April 20, and May 11
    9 am-4 pm

Access and Building Use

Is the CougarPlex open?

The Cougarplex Fitness Center is open. Visit the Fitness Center page for more information.

What food options are available?

Fresh food and beverage options are available on both the East Peoria and Peoria Campuses. Visit the visit Campus Dining page for more information.

Is the ICC Children’s Center open?

The Children’s Center is open and provides high-quality, educational child care services to students, employees, and community members. Affordable services are available for full- or part-time days for potty-trained children ages 2-6. The Child Care Voucher Assistance Program supports low-income students by supplementing the cost of childcare so students can attend class and focus on coursework. For more information, visit icc.edu/childcare or email [email protected]

Academics

How are international students affected?

Students should contact the International Support office with questions at [email protected]

What happens if a student cannot complete a course due to a COVID illness/exposure situation?

A student may request an incomplete for the course. If an Incomplete is not possible, there are procedures in place to request a medical withdrawal and tuition appeal. Contact Enrollment Services for assistance.