COVID-19: Updates from the College

A Message from the Dean

Dean Hairston

Welcome to spring semester 2021. Although we are still not gathered together on campus and I am not seeing you in the hallways, classrooms and parking lots, it’s great to know that you are here virtually and in spirit. For everyone’s health and safety we are continuing with the “new normal”, conducting the usual business of the university – teaching, learning, research and community engagement – while also understanding that this is not business as usual.

We will provide regular updates below as new developments or changes related to college operations occur.

Thank you for your support, flexibility, patience, caring and concern.

Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
Dean and Professor

Recent Updates Regarding College Operations

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

UI Health is making extra efforts to ensure it is convenient for all faculty and staff to get the vaccine. The vaccine is available to all UI Health faculty, staff and students, and the UI Hospital is now offering walk-ins at the following locations — no appointment needed! Details are available on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The UIC Health Professions Student Council (HPSC) has approved a grant for face shields that allow for more adequate coverage during patient care. JACSW student who feel they need this particular type of face shield, can request such a face shield. Details are available on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Monday, February 1, 2021

UIC announced that beginning Monday, Feb. 8, instructors who had planned to offer on-campus or hybrid classes, labs, etc. during spring semester may now proceed with those classes, as long as they adhere to prescribed social distancing and other public health precautions. However, all JACSW courses will continue with their current method of delivery for the remainder of this academic year. If for individual reasons you need to go to campus, please remember that you are required to use UIC Healthcheck to record your health status before going to campus.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Interim Associate Dean McCoy sent well wishes for a healthy and safe holiday, with updated information regarding COVID-19 testing and reporting, getting flu shots, and the UIC Pop-Up Pantry, as well as CTA U-Pass and other information for the Spring 2020 semester. Please see the Friday, December 18 updates on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Friday, November 20, 2020

The college has provided a wide range for information and resources for students to maintain health and wellness, both over the Thanksgiving holiday and as we complete the Fall 2020 semester, including COVID-19 testing, flu shots, stress management and guidance for holiday safety. Please see the Friday, November 20 updates on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Friday, November 13, 2020

On November 11th Chancellor Amiridis indicated that UIC is requiring all in-person instruction, at all sites, be suspended at the end of this week for the duration of the fall semester. This change does not impact field instruction courses (i.e. field placement) at this time. Students are being reminded to get their flu shot (if they have not already done so), continue to following public health recommended safety protocols and, if needed, to obtain, free on-campus COVID-19 saliva testing. Students who have concerns arising from COVID-19 for themselves or that of a household or family member may opt to engage in remote learning for their field placement, and their field liaison will work with them to implement a remote learning plan.

Thursday, October 14, 2020

The college hosted a webinar covering UIC’s approach to COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and the supports available to students who receive a positive COVID-19 test.  The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Flu shots will be available for free on campus at locations on the east and west sides of campus and at John Marshall Law School.  Appointments must be made and can be scheduled up to three weeks in advance. Please visit the UIC Flu Vaccine webpage for complete information, vaccination locations, and to schedule your appointment.

Friday, August 21, 2020

The college has published resources and guidance to help ensure student success as they learn and study remotely. Please see the Friday, August 21 updates on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

In response to MSW student concerns about field placements during the COVID-19 public health crisis, the college published a FAQ addressing specific questions and linking students to needed information and resources.

Tuesday, July 14 , 2020

The campus has made tremendous efforts to ensure safety on campus, including plans to require COVID-19 Safety Training for all students and employees and various processes to prepare our buildings for safe use. However, all Jane Addams College of Social Work courses for the Fall 2020 semester will be taught in a fully online format except Field Instruction. Faculty are continuing to ready their classes for implementation in August and are focused on creating student-centered online courses. Course materials will be available on Blackboard prior to the start of class.

For greater detail, please view the July 14, 2020 update on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page:

Previous Updates

Addressing Health and Safety for Vulnerable Populations

Support JACSW Students and UI Health Delivery

UIC Coronavirus Info and Resources