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Graduate Student FAQs

Our COVID-19 protocols will change effective Monday, Feb. 28. In line with Governor Pritzker’s February 9 press conference, Wheaton College will begin moving from “pandemic” to “endemic” COVID-19 precautions. The public health situation has dramatically improved on campus with a sharp decrease in COVID-19 cases, and we are grateful for this new season with lower rates of infection that allows for a mask-optional campus.

Q: Under Gov. Pritzker’s executive order, can students choose to be tested rather than be vaccinated, even if they do not meet the requirements for a medical or religious exemption? 

A: Yes. Under the Governor’s executive order, individuals covered by the vaccination requirement can choose to be tested instead of being vaccinated, regardless of the reason for being unvaccinated.

Updated: 9/9/21

Q: Are face coverings still required while on campus?

As of 2/28/22, Face coverings are no longer required on campus. We will now follow face covering-optional practices across our campus. 

Updated: 2/23/22

Q: I have a medical condition that puts me at high-risk for COVID-19 infection and complications. What will the face covering-optional protocols mean for me?

Students with additional support needs in a face covering-optional environment should use this Jotform link from Student Health Services. For the duration of the Spring 2022 semester, staff and faculty may require others to wear face coverings in their personal workspace, office, or classroom if they or a family member for whom they provide care has one or more of the conditions the CDC designates as high risk if COVID-19 is contracted. 

Updated: 2/23/22

Q: What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19?

A: If testing positive for COVID-19 either off-campus or through SHS, all students will need to isolate for 5 days from the first day of symptoms or the date of the positive test if asymptomatic, per the updated CDC and IDPH guidance. If improving symptoms and fever-free for 24 hours, students can be released from isolation and continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. When isolating at home with others, we recommend having your own bedroom and bathroom if at all possible. Please contact student.health.services@wheaton.edu with any positive result so appropriate notifications can go to the professors for this excused absence. All missed coursework will be arranged between the student and professor following typical practices for student illness and absence.

Updated: 2/23/22 

Q: What are the COVID-Safe requirements for graduate students arriving on campus from an international location?

A: Unvaccinated students arriving from international locations should resume submitting their saliva sample on their assigned test day. International (F-1 Visa / MK / TCK) students may reach out to isp@wheaton.edu with any further questions.

Update:d 2/23/22

Q: What are the guidelines for use of the Chrouser Sports Complex?


  • Chrouser facilities are open to all spouses and dependents of faculty and staff.
  • Everyone must use Chrouser Sports Complex’s Facility Reservation System to book a space for exercise. Participants will need to create a username and password using their wheaton.edu or my.wheaton.edu email address. 
  • Wearing a face covering is optional.  
  • If you have any questions, please email us at chrouser@wheaton.edu.

Updated: 2/23/22