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Health and Safety Expectations

Face masks on campus

Appropriate multi-layer face masks must be worn by everyone (including all students, faculty, staff, guests, vendors, and visitors) when indoors in college buildings and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Students must wear masks in the classroom. Faculty may use face shields while teaching while also wearing a mask. This applies to all College facilities at all locations. Community members at CCG locations must follow these guidelines and if local and state health directives require additional actions, then CCG leadership will provide updates.

Exceptions to the mask requirements are as follows:

  1. In a dorm room or individual office when separated from others by at least 6 feet
  2. In an individual work space with partition walls that are a minimum of 4 feet tall
  3. While eating or drinking on campus as long as social distancing requirements are met
    1. Food and drinks are not permitted in classrooms
  4. As a student athlete, when participating in College-approved athletic activities

No single layer cloth masks are allowed; only multi-layer cloth coverings are acceptable. Masks that have exhalation valves are prohibited, as they do not sufficiently reduce the transfer of respiratory droplets. Examples of masks with exhalation valves:

Three examples of masks with exhalation valves.

The college will provide a limited number of reusable masks for college community members, who may also elect to use their own face coverings. Guidelines on suitable masks and care of reusable masks can be found on the CDC website Link opens in a new window.. Please follow these guidelines to wash and disinfect masks.

Human Resources staff members have the authority to determine if face coverings comply with minimum standards. Face masks must comply with college dress code policy for appropriateness.

Other Personal Protective Equipment

All other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) required for a specific task or specific on-campus area (e.g. laboratory) should not be altered or substituted due to the pandemic without consultation with the Science Lab Coordinator at (573) 875-7867 or Campus Safety at (573) 875-7315. For labs, rules remain in effect to remove all PPE (except masks) prior to leaving the lab.

Social Distancing

Keeping space between individuals is one of the best tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to maintain social distancing at all times, even without symptoms. Maintaining separation is important for all college community members and is required by the college. All campus community members are expected to follow social distancing practices. They should:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible.
  • Avoid crowded places and large gatherings.
  • Engage in noncontact methods of greetings that avoid handshakes.
  • Stagger breaks and meal times during the day.
  • Use designated dining areas and maintain at least 6 feet of separation for meals.

Additional guidance on social distancing is available on the CDC website Link opens in a new window..

Social Distancing for Staff: In addition to the general practices listed above, supervisors should consider whether additional measures are needed to limit the number of individuals on campus and to maintain required social distancing measures. These options could include remote work, alternating days/shifts and staggered work times. Supervisors will decide what approach is best in order to serve students and the college community.

Social Distancing for Faculty and Instructors: In addition to the general practices listed above, classes have been scheduled in classrooms that can accommodate social distancing rules between students and allow distancing between faculty and students. The High-Flex plan and our new Columbia College Virtual Education Initiative will allow us to social distance while continuing to offer instruction to our students. Please see the details of the Day academic plan and the CCG academic plan.

Social Distancing for Students: In addition to the general practices listed above, students will be in classrooms with appropriate social distancing or barriers. The High-Flex plan and our new Columbia College Virtual Education Initiative will allow us to social distance while continuing to offer instruction to our students. Students can learn more about the Day academic plan and theCCG academic plan. Residential students must adhere to guidelines provided by Residential Life.

Additional Preventative Measures: College community members are encouraged to visit the CDC website and heed guidance on:


Before coming to campus (main campus and CCG locations), all college community members will be required to complete an online training program that will provide information about COVID-19 and instructions on limiting the spreading of the virus. Training will be conducted through If you completed the training for fall semester, taking it again as a refresher is recommended. More information about completing the training will be provided by Human Resources or Student Affairs at the appropriate time.

Daily Temperature & Symptom Checks

Columbia College requires all Day and Evening students who are attending in-seat classes to participate in daily symptom tracking and temperature screenings. Once students have shown a desk attendant at one of our locations on-campus that they are symptom free and do not have a temperature, they will be provide a wristband to demonstrate they have completed the process. Students must be wearing the wristband to enter class, not just holding it.

  • Atkins Holman Student Commons Information Desk, 1st floor lobby.
  • St. Clair Hall Information Desk, 1st floor.
  • Koepke Fitness Center Front Desk
  • New Hall Information Desk

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