COVID-19 Student FAQs

March 5, 2021

With the improvement of COVID-19 cases, we are slowly increasing campus access. Select courses will return to campus the week of March 15, 2021. Additionally, students may reserve computer lab and lap swim time. While some students will be on campus, remember, campus is essentially closed with few exceptions. Offices and departments continue providing services remotely. You may only come to campus for an express purpose, such as an on-campus lab, reservation or curbside pickup.

Masks worn at Harper must be two or more layers of breathable fabric, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps. Gaiters and masks with valves are not acceptable. Disposable masks are available at screening stations.

The student ID process is entirely online. Request an ID.

The Mega Lab (Avanté, Room Y203) is accepting reservations beginning March 15, 2021. To reserve a time slot, please go to the computer lab button, located in your MyHarper portal under Academic Success.

Need a laptop for class or internet access? Borrow a Chromebook or wi-fi hotspot today! Harper College has Chromebooks and hotspots available for students enrolled in the current semester. To borrow a laptop, fill out the Technology Request Form.

Credit-enrolled students can print up to 500 black and white pages for free. Printed materials can then be picked up on campus through curbside pickup. Learn more.

We are committed to your success and understand technology access is an issue for many people. Here are some available resources to help you succeed:

  • Computers:

Harper College has a number of Chromebooks available for a semester-long loan. Request one.

  • Internet access:

Harper College has a limited number of wi-fi hotspots available for a semester-long loan. Request one.

Free or Low-cost internet: Many local internet providers are offering special discounts or low-cost ways to get online. Talk with your local providers to determine the opportunities in your area. You can find your local providers through your city or village, or through a site like or

  • Software:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint: students registered for credit courses can download these programs for free on up to five mobile devices, five computers and five tablets. Download it online. Your username is your Harper email address ( and your password is the same as the one you use to login to your MyHarper portal. If you have trouble logging in, please call the Student Service Desk at 847.925.6866.

  • Graphing Calculators:

We have a limited number of graphing calculators available for semester-long loan. Request one.

Contact Access and Disability Services to begin the process of requesting an accommodation.

Like the rest of campus, the HarperStore is currently closed to the public. You can order your books for class from the HarperStore online and use the free curbside pickup.

Email is the preferred contact method while the HarperStore is closed to the public.

We encourage students to report your positive COVID-19 test or exposure to us. Reporting this information helps us notify your instructors, and helps us connect you with valuable support resources. Your submission also helps us address any potential health and safety issues on campus. This information is not shared publicly, but will be shared with your instructors and our COVID Care Team.

During our limited reopening, campus dining services are closed. Limited vending machines will be stocked and the water bottle refilling stations will be open.

Everyone entering campus will need to show ID. You can request a student ID online.

Our academic teams are building schedule offerings with COVID-19 safety and precautions in mind. When the class schedules are published, they will be available on the registration page.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, everyone on campus must continue to wear masks and physically distance, regardless of vaccination status.

At this time, we are not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students or employees. We will continue to follow guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health.