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HCC's Tobacco Free Campus Policy

Hibbing Community College’s Tobacco Use Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will the Tobacco Use policy take effect?

A. The policy prohibiting any use of tobacco on college property goes into effect August 1, 2018.

Q. What is considered a tobacco product and prohibited by the policy?

A. Any form of tobacco such as cigar, cigarette, snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, loose-leaf tobacco, pipes, hookah, e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and any electronic oral device not specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration for use in medical treatment.

Q. Who is affected by this policy?

A. All College and dental clinic employees, students, visitors, and contractors must comply with the policy.

Q. How is the policy going to be enforced?

A. Individuals can enforce the policy by politely letting anyone using tobacco know that the policy is in place. Tell them we do not allow the use of tobacco products of any kind on our campus and we appreciate their respect for our campus environment. Repeated abuse of the policy by staff and faculty will be addressed by the Provost and Human Resources; students who repeatedly abuse the policy will meet with the Dean of Academics.

Q. How is Hibbing Community College going to help employees and students who want to quit using tobacco?

A. The College will provide resources for students and employees to obtain cessation help. Brochures, pamphlets, and other cessation materials and resources will be found in Student Services, Employee mailroom, Commons, and other locations across the campus.

Q. What are some resources including phone apps to help me become tobacco-free?


 NCI QuitPal – Free smartphone app

 quitSTART or QuitGuide – Free apps in App Store and Google Play OR

 SmokefreeTXT – sign up at

(different groups for teens, pregnant women, Vets, and those who want to quit dip)

 MyQuit Coach – Free app from LIVESTRONG in the App Store

 QuitPlan - provides free phone counseling, nicotine patches, gum and lozenges to those who


 Blue Cross and Blue Plus members - Quitting tobacco support line – Call toll-free 1-888-662-BLUE (2583)

 iBook - Read a motivational tip each day for 50 days to help you conquer tobacco and quit

smoking for good with Sure-Fire, Fifty-Day Way to Stop Smoking – iBook

 Quit for Life – provides an expert telephone coach, nicotine replacement aids, and a workbook.

Call: 866-784-8454.

COVID - 19 Information

COVID-19 Information

This page provides updated information regarding Hibbing Community College’s response to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email

Face Masks

The Minnesota State system office is requiring face masks at colleges and universities that are in counties with “substantial” or “high” transmission rates according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker:

Hibbing Community College will have the opportunity to remove the mask mandate if St. Louis County has 14 consecutive days of “low” or “moderate” transmission rates. The current face mask status is posted on main entrances to the college, and any changes to campus mask requirements will be communicated via email and campus signs.

Positive Case Protocols

If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your instructors or supervisor immediately.

Stay home and isolate from others until all three of these things are true:

  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick or were tested AND
  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better AND
  • You have had no fever for the last 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers

If You Are Notified of a Positive Case

If you are an instructor or supervisor who learns of a positive case, please gather the following information.

  • The person’s name and phone number
  • The date they were tested
  • The date symptoms began (if any)
  • The date the person was last on campus

Please send this information to the following email address:

This information will be used to conduct contact tracing.

If You Are in Close Contact with a Positive Case

“Close Contact” is defined as having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

If you have been in close contact with a positive case you DO NOT need to quarantine in the following scenarios:

Fully Vaccinated

If you have completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) and are exposed, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after your vaccination series was fully completed.
  • You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

It is recommended that you get tested within 3-5 days of exposure.

Tested Positive within 90 Days

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are exposed again, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • Your positive case was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days.
  • You have fully recovered.
  • You do not currently have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Wearing Approved PPE

If you are wearing the following PPE, you do not need to quarantine if exposed:

  • N95 Mask or Surgical Mask AND
  • Face Shield or Goggles or Prescription Glasses

If NONE of the above are true, you will need to quarantine for 14 days after the last close contact with a positive case.

The quarantine period can be shortened to 10 days if all of the following are true:

  • You have NOT had symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period.
  • You do NOT live with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You do NOT live or work in a high-risk setting, including a long-term care or assisted living facility, correctional facility, shelter, or other congregate living facility.
  • You do NOT work in a health care facility.

Weekly Testing

The following student groups need to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing:

  • Students living in Cardinal Hall
  • Student athletes
  • Nursing students
  • Law Enforcement students

For those needing weekly testing, the college is providing Vault tests, which are available for pick up and drop off on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the C-102 conference room by the North Entrance. Pick up one test and one specimen bag.

To use the weekly Vault test, you must sign into a Vault account prior to taking the test. To create or sign into a Vault account, visit:

To avoid issues logging in, Vault recommends using the Google Chrome browser. If you continue to experience problems logging in, try using “incognito” or “private” windows.

When the test is complete, place the test in the specimen bag and drop off the bag in the bin marked “Drop Off” in C-102.

Weekly tests must be dropped off no later than Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. You will receive your test results via email.

You may choose to use an alternative testing option. If so, you will be responsible for any cost associated with the alternative testing method.