Preparing Our Students

During this unprecedented time, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to practice good communication strategies. Faculty and staff should expect that students will continue to face challenges and offer students flexibility whenever possible. NICC leadership will continue to offer information regarding services, potential changes, closures or other important notices via the NICC Coronavirus webpage, NICC email and phone where appropriate.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to follow all policy and behavior expectations that are outlined in the NICC Student Code of Conduct. Specific to COVID-19, all students, visitors, faculty and staff are required to follow established College procedures, including, but not limited to, wearing of cloth face coverings, self-monitoring and reporting of illness and social distancing. Refer to the NICC Coronavirus webpage for specific details.

A college community member who encounters issues with non-compliance to COVID-19 procedures should submit an Incident of Concern report. Individuals failing to follow the College’s COVID-19 procedures may be subject to the policies and procedures within the NICC Student Code of Conduct.

If you have questions, please contact:

Kelly McMahon, Executive Director of Risk Management
mcmahonke@nicc.edu or 844.642.2338, ext. 2477

Face Coverings and Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Students will be required to wear face coverings/masks at all times while at any NICC location. A face covering/mask will be required until further notice. Students are strongly encouraged to provide and wear a face covering of their choice. Students who do not have a face covering will be provided a disposable mask. The College’s supply of disposable masks is limited.

Some programs have specific personal protective equipment requirements. For those programs, instructors will communicate requirements to students.

Any student who has a concern about wearing a face covering due to a health or other concern should contact Disability Services to determine the appropriate accommodation.

Positive or Presumed Positive Case Protocol

Your health and safety are our first priority. If a presumed or a confirmed positive case may have impacted you, you will be notified in a timely manner and provided directions on next steps, which may include the need to quarantine. The Pandemic Team will work through the Exposure Control Protocol.

If you believe you have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 or you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or schedule a test. Individuals who wish to get tested through Test Iowa must first complete the online assessment at testiowa.com. They will then be directed to schedule an appointment. Locations and hours of operation for all test sites can be found at testiowa.com or coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Students must complete the COVID-19 (Cornonavirus) Notification form when:

  • You have been advised by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • You are caring for an individual subject to isolation or quarantine;
  • You have had close contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being within six feet for at least 15 minutes.

There are steps the College will take when a person becomes sick while on College property, learns of a positive test after having been on College property or comes to campus while sick or positive for COVID-19.

  • Individuals who are sick should go home and contact their healthcare provider.
  • Call 911 if the situation is emergent. Encourage the person to call the healthcare facility prior to arrival.
  • Assist with coordinating transportation if the symptomatic person is unable to drive. College employees should refrain from transporting students or other college personnel. If emergent, call 911 to transport via ambulance. If non-emergent, arrange for a ride by family member(s).
  • Facilities personnel will close off areas that may have been contaminated and wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting according to CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • During the waiting period, open doors and windows to increase circulation, if possible.
  • Protect the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information.
  • Assist local health officials with identifying people that may have been in close contact with the ill person.
  • Inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to follow public health guidance to quarantine and self-monitor symptoms.

Students who have been isolating or quarantining at home must work in partnership with NICC Risk Management, Department Deans or programming staff to determine their appropriate date for returning to campus. Students are expected to contact instructors to make arrangements to continue class participation. The Executive Director of Risk Management will notify instructors when students are approved to return to campus.

If you have questions, please contact:

Kelly McMahon, Executive Director of Risk Management
mcmahonke@nicc.edu or 844.642.2338, ext. 2477

Helping Students Manage Their Health

Faculty and staff should communicate to students that they should not come to NICC if they feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone presumed or confirmed positive. Faculty and staff should stress that NICC prioritizes the health and safety of its students. Individuals should not be afraid to stay home if they feel unwell or believe they may have been exposed. NICC instructors will work with students to navigate and resolve issues to the best of their ability.

  • Self-monitor your health daily. If you feel ill, do not come to NICC.
  • Use the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker.
    • Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
    • Seek emergency medical care immediately when you experience: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and/or bluish lips or face.
    • If students become ill at NICC, they should go home, contact their healthcare provider or local public health agency and notify their instructor and/or complete a COVID-19 Notification form, who will initiate the Exposure Control Protocol.
    • Students who need accommodations during or after a COVID-19 related illness are encouraged to talk with instructors and apply through the Disability Services Office. Health information of an individual employee or student is considered confidential and will be treated as such.

Strategies to Stop the Spread of Germs

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay six feet from other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not feasible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

Course Materials

Bookstore will be open for business Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Staff will retrieve textbooks for orders
  • Number of students/patrons in the bookstore will be limited to no more than four persons in Calmar and two in Peosta at one time.
  • PC access will be provided for students to print schedules prior to entering the bookstore.
  • Access to the bookstore will be first come, first served. A wait can be anticipated in peak times prior to the class and the first week of class.  It is recommended that students order online when possible.
  • Assistance will be provided outside the bookstore to answer questions, drop off rental returns and obtain schedules during peak times.
  • Students may try on lab coats in a designated area in the bookstore.
  • For more information, see the bookstore page.

Student Life and Activities

The NICC Student Life Department will be providing virtual, and when possible, campus-based events for students. Students can find out what events are being offered at NICC Events and by following the NICC Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The NICC Sports Shooting team will compete during the fall 2020 season, following NICC COVID-19 and conference safety protocols.

Student Common Areas

Rearrangement of classroom/hallway furniture, as needed to maximize social distancing and limit use of common spaces, is completed with assistance of Plant Services staff. Students should be prepared to practice social distancing and wear face coverings.

Food and Beverages

When campus opens, the cafeterias will be open for business with limited menu options. Campus dining will require you adhere to social distancing guidelines and the cafeteria will endorse additional safety and sanitation practices.

Students must keep beverage containers and any food they bring onto campus in their possession at all times to reduce exposure to others. Students must follow parameters set by faculty who can decide if food and/or beverages may be brought into their classrooms, with established lab restrictions in place while still maintaining face coverings and distancing. Food and drink may be consumed as needed, removing masks only long enough to take a drink and eat.

  • Microwaves
    • Everyone will be responsible to wipe touch points following use
  • Vending Machines
    • Everyone will be responsible to wipe touch points following use
  • Water Fountains
    • Students should be prepared to bring a filled water bottle, as they will not have access to water fountains while on campus.
    • All campus water fountains will be inaccessible
    • Cafeteria water dispensers may be used with use of a clean glass each visit
    • Everyone will be responsible to wipe touch points following use

Student Resources

Additional pandemic information resources: NICC COVID-19 FAQ