Close the COD Campus Due to Accelerating Presence of Coronavirus in Chicago

Close the COD Campus Due to Accelerating Presence of Coronavirus in Chicago

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Jibreel Khan started this petition to College of Dupage

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now spread to over 118,905 people around the globe and has caused around 4,270 deaths, both totals higher than the SARS and MERS epidemics of the past.

24 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Illinois. Though there are currently no reported cases within the immediate COD community, it is impossible to know the extent of the threat. The virus may lay dormant in the body for two weeks or even more before symptoms emerge. The close proximity in lecture halls, labs, dining halls, and other crowded areas will inevitably increase infection rates.


As a large college responsible for the health of thousands of students, many of which commute from all over Illinois every day, the college must take proper action to ensure an outbreak is prevented. Once the virus spreads, it will only prove a destructive and negative force. As students, we place great priority on our academics, but right now our and the facilities' health should take the greatest concern.

We are asking Dr. Brian W. Caputo, the president of the College of DuPage, to take the initiative and close the campus in order to prevent an outbreak of the virus. All classes should take advantage of online learning platforms until it is safe to resume classes. We are privileged to live in a day and age where we can remain safe while obtaining an education, we must take advantage of this. COVID-19 poses a risk to the public, especially those who are immunocompromised or elderly, and it is imperative to act now and keep students, their families, and the community safe.

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