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COVID-19 POLICIES AND MANDATES

SIC and COVID-19 Policies and Mandates

Your Right to Know

Southeastern Illinois College is a public community college. The College has been a leader in innovation of student life, valued programs, unique opportunities for visitors, and maintained the highest of quality to be named a top 150 college and a top 100 college for multiple years.

As a State regulated institution, we are required to maintain a safe campus, which includes following the mandates to combat the spread of COVID-19.

SIC asks you to make a choice: either get vaccinated or agree to weekly testing to maintain compliance for both you and the College in order to maintain face-to-face instruction and regular services. This is a public safety issue.

This information and guidance may change quickly as we must react to state, federal, and health regulatory agencies. Please keep updated if this information is modified.

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Your Safety:  Requirements 

  • Everyone must wear a mask when indoors at SIC regardless of vaccination status.  This is a simple line of defense against germ spread, much like what surgeons use when they operate on you to prevent germ spread.  You may remove the mask when outdoors or eating and drinking. 
  • We recommend a minimum of 3 ft. of physical distance between you and others.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene.  We have portable sanitation stations across campus as well as sanitizing stations. 
  • Practice effective respiratory etiquette (e.g., cover cough in bend of elbow). 
  • Engage in daily self-screenings for symptoms for your own benefit and concern for others. 

Your Choice:  Vaccinate or Weekly Testing

Vaccination is a highly effective defense against COVID-19.
  • Please provide your proof of full vaccination for a $100 gift card. Students need to go to Admissions (1st Floor, E Building). Staff need to go to Human Resources.
  • Proof of vaccination is ongoing. Students may show proof in Admissions and staff may show proof in HR.
  • You may get your vaccine at many local healthcare facilities.  View our current list of providers that offer the vaccine at no cost to you.   
If you choose not to vaccinate, you must have proof of a verifiable test once a week on campus at SIC.
  • Testing day begins Wednesday, September 22.
  • Some higher risk groups may be tested more frequently.
  • The test is free of charge.

We have two testing sites:

  1. Nursing and Career and Technical Education staff and students in G, T, and W buildings will be tested in your respective areas. Please check with your instructor for location. A schedule has been created for these groups.
  2. All other staff and students may go to Deaton Gymnasium (C Building). Testing is open there from 8:00am-4:00pm.

If you have questions regarding testing, students may contact the Executive Dean for Student Services and staff may contact Human Resources.

Exemptions: If you are a high school dual credit student or a student or staff member who is 100% online, you are exempt from vaccination proof and testing.

Staff and students may provide proof or confirmation of a negative test obtained elsewhere.
  • Individuals testing to comply with the requirements in the Order should seek viral testing, preferably a PCR test if available. Tests must have Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by US CMS.
  • Viral tests indicate whether an individual has a current infection. There are two types of viral tests: nucleic acid amplification tests, including the gold-standard PCR test, and antigen tests.
  • At-home tests or self-test kits for COVID-19 are available for purchase from retail pharmacies and other outlets. Some of these tests require supervision from a health care provider through telehealth, who will then confirm the identity of the person taking the test (e.g., by showing photo ID), while others are fully self-administered. For higher education personnel and students, at-home tests that are fully self-administered are permissible when the Institution of Higher Education requires proof of the test result through a video or picture of the test result to be available upon request from the personnel or student. If Institutions of Higher Education choose to allow personnel or students to use at-home or self-tests to attest to their negative status, they should be aware of the limitations of these tests, such as inadvertent improper administration and difficulty in verifying the reported results against the individual’s identity.
  • Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection and are not recommended to meet the requirements of the Order.
  • Such proof should include a paper or electronic copy of the negative test result for review by the Institution of Higher Education. There should be sufficient personally identifiable information on the test result for the Institution of Higher Education to ensure the specimen and result do in fact apply to the individual required to test.
What happens if you test positive?
  • Students: You need to contact the Executive Dean of Student Affairs. SIC will work with our local health department to determine quarantine status and advice.
  • Staff: You need to contact the Office of Human Resources. SIC will work with our local health department to determine quarantine status and advice

Your Policies:  Employee and Student Non-Compliance

Employee Non-Compliance
  • If an employee does not test or provide a proctored proof of test we first follow up with their supervisor to determine if they were off campus that day.
  • We will then follow up with the employee to determine if they had a test from an outside source.
  • If not, we will have them go to Nursing to take a test that day.
  • If the employee refuses to test then it becomes a disciplinary matter.
Student Non-Compliance
  • First instance of non-compliance will result in written notification of non-compliance.
  • Second instance of non-compliance will result in written notification of non-compliance.
  • Third instance of non-compliance will result in referral to Student Conduct judicial process.
  • Continued non-compliance will result in appropriate disciplinary action as allowed by the State of Illinois.

Our Campus:  Visitor and Guest Guidelines

Given the parameters of the State Mandate regarding campus visitors who are sporadically on campus for a short time duration and/or located in a secluded area (indoors or outdoors), SIC will modify its “vaccine or test” policy as allowed. 

SPECIAL POPULATIONMASK REQUIREMENT SOCIAL DISTANCE REQUIREMENTSANITATION REQUIREMENTVACCINE OR TEST REQUIREMENTPRIMARY RATIONAL*
CPR Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Custom training of governmental employees (e.g., police, fire, etc.) Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D, S, C
Custom training of non-governmental employees (e.g., coal mine, etc.) Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D, S
Nursing applicants who are attending advising. Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Competitive teams from other colleges Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None C
Individuals attending athletic/competitive team contests  Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Individuals attending events hosted in the VPAC Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Patrons of the Hise Museum Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Dual credit students attending on-campus courses/ programs Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None C
Individuals attending one-day training events Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Clients visiting WSBDC office  Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Adult Education/ GED students Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None S
Students utilizing Testing Services Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D, S
Guest speakers (as approved) Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D
Special populations** TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Vendors and Contractors for limited assignments  Wear mask when indoors Yes Practice good hygiene and etiquette None D, C

**
Special populations will be engaged on an ad hoc basis. 


This list may change as needed. 

*
D = Duration is limited
S = Space is limited
C = Covered by other entities (e.g., high schools, state agencies, employers, etc.)