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Guidance for Spring 2022

Updated: 1/18/22 

Please note that this information may be updated as we continue to adapt to the changing conditions of COVID-19 and in accordance with university leadership, federal, state, and local guidance.

  • Please do NOT COME TO CAMPUS if you have COVID-19 symptoms. See the Healthcheck app for a list of these symptoms.
  • Students, faculty, and staff coming to campus or engaging in academic and clinical activities or field placements off-campus, are required to be vaccinated and to obtain a COVID-19 booster shot once they are eligible. This guidance will be implemented consistent with the legal rights of unionized employees. If you still need to obtain your vaccine or booster, you can do so on campus or at a location near you.
  • Prior to or upon returning to campus, re-entry testing will be required for all members of the UIC community, including those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Given the limited availability of testing in the Chicago area and across the country at this time, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of on-campus saliva testing within 72 hours of your first visit to campus for work or study to fulfill your re-entry testing requirement. Exception: If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days and you have reported a positive COVID-19 test using the UIC COVID-19 reporting tool, you do not have to test to return to campus.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are expected to WEAR A MASK that is tight-fitting and covers both the mouth and nose when inside any building at UIC including classrooms, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals may remove their masks when alone in a private office or personal residence hall room, or if they have a medical condition, disability or other reason that prevents them from safely wearing a face mask. The university recommends using two-layer cloth (utilize the filter insert, if applicable), KN95 or procedural masks to cover your mouth and nose at all times. Also, consider double masking to provide a snugger fit. Single-ply masks, neck gaiters, and masks with exhaust valves are not acceptable masks on campus.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 at a non-UIC testing location, please report test results via the UIC COVID-19 Reporting Tool. The UIC contact tracing team will contact students, faculty and staff who test positive using on-campus testing as well as those who self-report off-campus test results. The UIC contact tracing team counsels individuals on isolation, identifies and notifies their close contacts on campus, monitors both groups for COVID-19 symptoms, and connects individuals with campus and external resources to successfully complete isolation and quarantine. Note that on-campus positive testing results are automatically recorded.

For Students Heading link

This guidance applies to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Please be aware that students in the health sciences colleges or those who work at UI Health may have additional requirements. Students at regional campuses will receive specific directions from their course directors.

Questions? Heading link

If you have additional questions about the campus response to COVID-19 and the Spring 2022 semester, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

For Instructors Heading link

This guidance applies to instructors for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional student courses. Please be aware that students, faculty, and staff in the Health Sciences Colleges or those who work at UI Health may have additional requirements.

Questions? Heading link

If you have additional questions about the campus response to COVID-19 and the Spring 2022 semester, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.