Harper College Advisory


Harper campuses remain closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2020 lab completion – limited access to campus July 6-31

There will be limited access to campus July 6-31 for students who need to complete their spring 2020 semester labs, which were interrupted due to the rapid transition to online learning. This is necessary to meet the hands-on coursework required by the state. Most of these labs are in the Health Careers and Career and Technical Programs divisions. These students have been contacted.

To help protect the health and safety of our community, the following measures will be in place July 6-31:

  • Only students who need to complete their spring 2020 labs will be allowed on campus.
  • Three buildings will be open: Building A, Building H and Building Z. Access will be controlled through two screening sites and designated parking lots:

    • Labs in Building Z: Use Avanté main entrance (parking lot 3)
    • Labs in Building A: Use Avanté main entrance (parking lot 3). After going through check-in, students will be escorted to the north side of Building A.
    • Labs in Building H: Use Building H, north entrance (parking garage). Park on the second floor of the parking garage and use the north doors. Follow the covered walkway to enter Building H.
  • Students will be asked to leave immediately after their lab time.

Safety protocols

  • Every person will go through a screening station that will have plexiglass barriers, no-contact thermometers, sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and other supplies/equipment.
  • Face masks will be required unless there is a medical reason that prevents you from wearing one.
  • Social distancing will be required.
  • Ten or fewer people will be permitted in a classroom.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning.
  • Other safety protocols including directional signage and controlled entrances, hallways and room access.

Summer 2020 session

Summer session credit courses are currently being taught online.

Fall 2020 semester

To protect our students, faculty and staff, the fall 2020 semester will be offered primarily online. Classes will be offered in the following ways:

  • Online: Most courses will be taught online for fall.
  • Online with live class meetings (scheduled chat): Some classes will require students to attend live, online class meetings at a set time. These courses will be fully online but will require you to be online and connected by webcam and microphone at set times. These courses and their live meeting times will be noted in the course schedule as “scheduled chat” courses.
  • Blended: We are seeking state guidance to teach some courses with labs and practica in a blended format. Using state guidance, these courses would consist of an online lecture and on-campus labs. Labs would be conducted with safety measures including fewer than 10 students, physical distancing, personal protective equipment and enhanced cleaning.

We expect campus to remain mostly closed in fall. We will continue to assess the situation to determine if additional spaces can be safely opened.

Remote learning resources: View resources or call 847.925.6484 for additional assistance. See also: Student FAQs.

Services: The college will continue to provide services remotely.

Employees: To keep essential systems running, only a limited number of pre-authorized personnel are permitted on campus at this time. Employees will continue to work remotely until campus can reopen safely.

Events: While all on-campus events are canceled, a variety of virtual events are taking place.

Travel: College-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.

For previous communications, please see the COVID-19 Advisory Archive.

Harper Resources

Prevention and Health Resources

Please see the latest CDC recommendations for everyday preventative actions you can take.

Questions or concerns?

If you have concerns about your health or symptoms you’re experiencing, please contact your healthcare provider.

Have questions about coronavirus? Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline.

Phone: 800.889.3931

Email: dph.sick@illinois.gov

If you have questions or concerns specific to health and safety at Harper College, please submit them.

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