FAQs on Joliet Junior College Operations

The latest details on Joliet Junior College operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Requirements

In accordance with applicable COVID-19 Disaster Proclamations and Executive Orders issued by Governor Pritzker, all on-campus students and employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All students attending classes onsite and all employees working on campus who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for any reason are required to provide a negative test a minimum of once per week. More details below. 

What to Know When Entering Campus

In accordance with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's vaccine or test mandate, the college has partnered with health verification system Cleared4 to easily allow students and employees to upload COVID vaccination cards, COVID test results, and to submit daily symptom checks. 

Watch: Using Cleared4

Watch: Scanning Your Access Pass

  • Are you a JJC student, employee or regularly on campus?

    You'll need an Access Pass in order to enter campus. Here's how to get it: 

    • You will receive a personalized link from C4 via your JJC email and/or text message. Open the link to access your profile. Didn't receive a link or having trouble accessing the system? Email cleared4@jjc.edu
    • You'll be asked to complete a one-time confidential health survey.
    • After that, you'll need to answer one health question each day before arriving on campus.
    • Once you are cleared for work or class, you can open your daily "AccessPass."
    • When entering a campus building, hold up your pass to the hands-free scanner at the greeter table (The greeter will see your name and photo on their screen and verify you are cleared for campus). 
    • As an extra precaution, those entering campus will also need to have their temperature taken at the greeter station. 

  • Are you a visitor and rarely on campus?

    Access Passes from Cleared4 are not required for visitors who are rarely on campus, such as prospective students and/or parents, test-takers, and general members of the public who are not on campus at least once a week and not enrolled in classes.

    Visitors will still be required to follow existing social distancing and masking protocols, and have their temperature taken at the greeter station when entering campus. 

  • Need more information about Cleared4?

    • For a quick overview of the system, watch our videos: Using Cleared4 and Scanning Your Access Pass
    • For a list of frequently asked questions about Cleared4, including about privacy, visit the Cleared4 FAQ page
    • If you didn't receive a personalized link or have other questions about accessing or using Cleared4, email cleared4@jjc.edu (monitored M-F during normal business hours). 


Questions About Vaccine or Test Mandate

Questions about the COVID Vaccine

  • How will vaccination status be verified?

    JJC has partnered with health verification system Cleared4 to easily enter your proof of COVID vaccination, upload your test results, and more. This user-friendly service will help keep you, your families and everyone visiting campus safe and compliant with our current policies.

    This system goes into effect Sept. 20. Here's how it works: 

  • Will JJC be holding pop-up vaccination clinics?

    JJC has partnered with pharmacies since the summer to offer multiple onsite vaccination clinics, and will continue to explore future on-campus opportunities for students and employees.  

  • Is the college offering incentives for getting the vaccine?

    Yes. As we did previously this semester, students and employees who get the vaccine can be entered into drawings for $100 Amazon gift cards each week through the end of the fall semester. Students and employees who are newly vaccinated and those who already had the vaccine are eligible. You must submit your vaccination card through Cleared4 to be entered into the drawings. 

  • If I don't get vaccinated, what other options are there?

    Those who choose not to get the vaccine are required to get a COVID test once a week, effective Sept. 20, regardless of vaccine exemption. 

  • What does fully vaccinated mean?

    An individual is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Students and employees that are on campus are required to get tested weekly until fully vaccinated.

  • Will the college require booster vaccine shots?

    The college is not requiring booster COVID vaccine shots at this time. 

Questions About COVID Testing

  • Where can I get a COVID test?

    JJC offers free COVID tests through our partnership with SHIELD Illinois, a saliva testing program through the University of Illinois. Appointments are required for community testing. Testing sites include: 

    • Main Campus (view map) | 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet*
      • Lower Level J Building (J004 and J006)
      • Points of entry: Buildings A, G, U, & J
      • *For JJC students, employees and community members
    • Romeoville Campus | 1125 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville*
      • First Floor, RMA 1019
      • *For JJC students and employees only
    • City Center Campus | 235 N Chicago St, Joliet*
      • Classroom 1030/Flex Space 1029 
      • *For JJC students and employees only

    Learn More/Schedule Test Appointment

  • How often will unvaccinated students and employees need to get tested?

    If you are unvaccinated you will be required to take a weekly COVID test, effective the week of Sept. 20. Those with an approved religious or medical exemption will still be required to take a weekly COVID test. 

    Please note, appointments are required for community testing. 

  • What type of weekly COVID test is required?

    JJC requires PCR tests. These tests are administered by SHIELD Illinois on the JJC campus, and through other clinics in the area. Rapid testing is not allowed.

    View Will County testing sites

  • How will weekly testing be tracked?

    Those taking weekly COVID tests will need to upload your results through the Cleared4 health verification system.

  • How do I upload my test results?

    Watch: How to Upload COVID Test Results

    • From your C4 account, select the “Upload Negative COVID-19 Test Proof” button.
    • Take a picture of your test result, or upload an image or screenshot of your test result.
    • Your result will be verified by C4. 
    • Continue to answer your daily health check question for each day you’re on campus. 
    • Only PCR tests will be accepted. At-home rapid tests cannot be accepted. 

  • How quickly will I receive the results?

    Results are typically received within 24 hours of the sample arriving at the lab. 

  • Do the tests cost money?

    SHIELD testing at JJC is free, as are clinic sites throughout Will County. 

  • Is the college allowing exemptions to testing?

    There is no exemption for COVID testing. Starting Sept. 20, the college will require anyone who is unvaccinated, regardless of vaccine exemption, to get a COVID test once a week if you are regularly on campus. 

  • Should vaccinated individuals still get tested?

    If you have not provided proof of vaccination, you must complete weekly COVID tests, starting Sept. 20. Students and employees that are on campus are required to get tested weekly until fully vaccinated.

    An individual is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

    Those who are fully vaccinated typically do not need to be routinely tested. However, the CDC recommends that anyone with any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status.



  • If I test positive for COVID, what are the guidelines for returning to class or work?

    Follow JJC’s existing COVID protocols after a positive COVID test, when feeling symptomatic, or feeling asymptomatic if you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID case.  

Still Have Questions?

General Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Find below answers to common questions on operations at JJC during the fall semester. 

  • What Hours Are You Open/Where Can I Enter Campus?

    When on campus, employees, students and visitors will be required to follow the safety measures outlined on this page.

    Important Dates: 

    • Jan. 3-14: Primarily virtual services due to COVID mitigation measures 
      • SCHEDULED ONSITE PLACEMENT TESTING is available at Main Campus and Romeoville Campus
      • LAPTOP LOAN PROGRAM assistance is available at Romeoville Campus
      • ALL COVID TESTING SITES are available (see locations and hours)
    • Jan. 15: Onsite services available from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Main Campus, including the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Testing Services, and more. 
    • Jan. 17: Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday
    • Jan. 18: In-person services resume. Virtual services remain available
    • Feb. 22: Closed for in-service work day. Evening classes meet as scheduled 
    • April 15: Closed in observance of Spring Recess Holiday
    • View full academic calendar


    Hours of Operation (Beginning Jan. 18):

    • Main Campus | 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet
      • A, J & U Buildings: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
      • G Building: Mon-Fri, 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - noon 
      • Closed Sundays
    • Romeville Campus | 1125 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville
      • Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
      • Closed weekends
    • City Center | 235 N Chicago St, Joliet
      • Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
      • Sat, 7 a.m. – noon
      • Closed Sundays

  • Am I required to wear a mask on campus?

    Yes. When on campus, employees, students and visitors are required to wear masks in all common, interior spaces. Masks should cover your nose and mouth. Anyone entering campus buildings will also need to pass through our temperature check stations. In addition, JJC offers free COVID testing at its campuses. 

  • COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Case Report

    JJC has established a decision-making process when a potential case is brought to the college’s attention. This form is for members of the Joliet Junior College community (students, faculty, and staff) to report confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

    Complete COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Case Report

    View COVID-19 Status Decision Making Process

  • Number of COVID-19 Cases and Tracking

    The chart below tracks cases of students and employees confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Previous tracking periods can be found here.

    This chart will be updated as the college becomes aware of new confirmed cases. It shows positive cases for individuals who have recently been on campus or potentially in close contact with others on campus. In each case, the area undergoes additional deep cleaning and all individuals with potential contact are communicated with directly.

    JJC has established a decision-making process when a potential case is brought to the college’s attention, and a form for students, faculty and staff to submit for a suspected or positive COVID-19 case. Anyone experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC are strongly encouraged to stay home.

    Joliet Junior College COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
      Current Week   (Week of Jan. 10)       Cumulative        (As of Jan. 3)
    Students 1 1
    Employees 8 28
    Last updated: Jan. 13


    Previous cases of COVID-19 have been tracked since March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. For archived case numbers, visit our coronavirus advisory page.

  • When can I register for spring 2022 classes?

    Registration is open for the spring 2022 semester is open.

    • Start of spring semester: Jan. 17
    • Flex Start I: Jan. 31
    • Flex Start II: Feb. 14
    • Flex Start III: March 21

    New students: Apply here | View Additional Application Information

    Current students: Register here

  • Are courses online or in-person?

    JJC is offering in-person, hybrid, and remote classes. 

    • JJC’s lab courses will be face-to-face, including lab sections.
    • Six feet of social distancing requirements in classrooms. 
    • Size limits will be determined for each in-person class based on room capacity and every person being six feet apart.
      • Students can view how many spots are available when registering for each class. 
    • Some classes will offer hybrid options (Mix of face-to-face and virtual). 
      • Students can view frequency of face-to-face and online delivery when registering for each class. 
    • Class schedules will remain the same throughout the semester, unless COVID positivity rates increase and require more virtual work.

  • When are in-person and remote services available?

    Virtual student services will be available during business hours, with in-person appointments highly recommended. 

    • JJC’s lab courses will be face-to-face, including each lab section.
    • Some classes will offer hybrid options (Mix of face-to-face and virtual).
    • Student services: Virtual services available. In person appointments highly recommended. 
    • View complete academic calendar.

  • Are College Events On Campus?

    JJC is holding more in-person events on campus, as well as a mix of virtual events, in accordance with established safety measures and capacity limits. Visit www.jjc.edu/events or the college's social media pages (account links at bottom of web page), as well as specific department social media accounts to view upcoming events and locations. 

  • Is the college conducting employment searches?

    Joliet Junior College will continue to post job announcements and fill vacant or new positions at https://employment.jjc.edu/.

  • How do I connect with the college/ask questions?

    • JJC website and chat 
    • Main Switchboard: 815-729-9020
    • Information Desk: First Floor A-Building
    • Hours of Operation (Spring Semester):
      • Monday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    • View complete academic calendar.

College Offices and Student Support Services

Browse the information below get connected with JJC's various student support services.

Admissions and Recruitment

Adult Education and Literacy Services


Career Services

Disability Services

Dual Credit

Financial Aid/Veterans Resources

Food Services

International Students Services


Lifelong Learning and Kids College

Mental Health and Wellness

Multicultural Student Services – Servicios Para Estudiantes Multiculturales

Professional Development and Career Training

Registration and Records


Student Accounts and Payments

Student Advising Center

Testing Services

Transfer Services

Tutoring and Learning Center

Veterans Resource Center