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COVID-19: Updates from the College

A Message from the Dean Heading link

Dean Hairston

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.

Below are the most recent updates regarding vaccination, masking, testing, classes, or events. We will continue to provide regular updates 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

Updates Regarding College and UIC Operations Heading link

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The FDA and CDC just approved a new vaccine and are recommending that everyone six months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine. The UIC community is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the new vaccine, especially those with risk factors for severe infection. Read more here.

Monday, August 21, 2023

COVID-19 is still here, but the UIC community continues to be resilient and supportive. To help maintain a safe environment, please follow these guidelines.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Effective May 11, 2023, the COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave offered in accordance with Illinois Public Act 102-0697 is expected to end. After May 11, 2023, you will need to use your own accrued sick leave or other appropriate paid or unpaid leave for time needed for COVID-19 reasons. Read more here.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Chicago and Cook County remain in the Low COVID-19 Community Level based on the number of new local COVID-19 cases, regional COVID-19 hospital admissions and COVID-19 hospital capacity. In addition, the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 expires May 11 as we transition to a more endemic phase.

Masks are still very effective in protecting you from infection and are encouraged as needed. Masking requirements are modified on campus and at UI Health, effective Feb. 20.

For campus:

Masking is encouraged but no longer required in classrooms, lecture centers, research labs, libraries and learning/success centers, the Counseling Center and on UIC shuttles and buses.

For UI Health:

Masking remains required in all clinical areas for staff, patients and visitors, but masking is optional in meeting rooms and the cafeteria. The Hospital & Clinics will provide additional guidance in a separate message to staff.

More details available at UIC Today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Many of the COVID-19 safety measures from the fall semester will remain in place. Those include:

COVID-19 vaccinations (the primary series) remain required. Vaccines are the most effective protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Masks continue to be required in classrooms, lecture centers, research labs, the libraries and learning/success centers, health care settings, and on UIC shuttles and buses. Masking is highly encouraged in other settings, including at events, but it is a choice based on personal risk.

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 at a non-UIC testing location should continue to report test results using the UIC COVID-19 Reporting Tool. Test results from on-campus saliva testing will be automatically reported to UIC contact tracing.

More details and vaccination requirements available at UIC Today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Masks continue to be required in classrooms, lecture centers, research labs, the libraries and learning/success centers, health care settings, and on UIC shuttles and buses. Masks will also be required at spring commencement ceremonies. Masking in all other settings is strongly recommended based on current levels of community transmission. We will evaluate masking guidance over the summer and provide an update when guidance changes.

Vaccination continues to be recognized as the most effective protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, and UIC has a vaccination rate of 95%.

Effective May 9, UIC will transition to the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test at Student Center East, Student Center West and the Behavioral Sciences Building, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The UIC Healthcheck and Daily Pass tools will no longer be used on campus, effective May 9.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing continues to be required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who have a medical or religious vaccination exemption and all partially vaccinated students, faculty and staff, twice per 7-day period, 48 or more hours apart.

More details and vaccination requirements at UIC Today.

Monday, February 28, 2022

In alignment with Chicago and Illinois, UIC recognizes the significant decrease in levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community and will lift the indoor mask requirement for some public settings on campus, effective Tuesday, March 1.

Because of these factors and the low level of COVID-19 transmission in Chicago, UIC has detailed new masking, event and testing requirements.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

As of Monday January 24th, UIC, including JACSW, transitioned from remote instruction to in-person classes. The change has been covered by several emails and postings and was discussed at a townhall convened by UIC leaders. Here you will find information specific to JACSW and links to guidelines that apply to all UIC students.

  • The only classes approved for remote instruction are the following:
    • SocW 460 Research I (FT 2) CRN 41919 (Nnorom) — synchronous
    • SocW 520 Practice IV: OCP CRN 24567 (Butterfield) — synchronous
    • SocW 529 Kinship Care—A Comprehensive Overview (Geiger) — asynchronous
    • SocW 565 Research II: Action Research (Butterfield) — synchronous
    • SocW 565 Research II: Single Systems CRN 15545 (Nnorom) — synchronous
    • SocW597 Applied Linear & Generalized Linear Regression (Swartz) — synchronous
  • All other JACSW classes will be taught in person.
  • Neither hybrid or remote learning are options. Classes will not be recorded. There is no capability to uniformly provide access to recorded lectures. If you need to miss a class, due to COVID exposure or a positive test result you should follow UIC protocols and speak with your instructor regarding how to make up missed content. Instructors will not arrange alternative instructional meetings with students who consistently miss classes and have unexcused absences. Field instruction is a class, and the same guidelines as those being followed for on-campus courses should be followed.
  • UIC has created guidelines regarding contact tracing. Please read thoroughly. It covers student responsibilities for reporting symptoms, testing, and exposures; provides answers about contact tracing; and information about compliance.
  • As always, students who are eligible for support from the Disability Resource Center should speak with them regarding identifying your needs and related accommodations. You should obtain a Letter of Accommodations and provide it to each instructor for which accommodations are being sought. Accommodations are not retroactive.
  • If an instructor is exposed to COVID, or tests positive for COVID, in-person instruction will be cancelled for the required quarantine period. Your instructor will let you know if class will be held remotely or cancelled completely with make-up content provided. Class will resume for in person instruction once the quarantine period ends.
  • Important resources:

    Students and faculty should continue to read UIC OFFICIAL emails and JaneMail for updated information.

    Thursday, January 6, 2022

    Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases, evolving information about the more transmissive Omicron variant, and new CDC guidelines, the University of Illinois System is now requiring that all faculty, staff and students get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Those who have already received exemptions from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons will be exempted from the booster requirement.

    Vaccines and boosters are available on campus or at a location near you. Please upload your proof of booster to Healthcheck.

    Read the full guidance at UIC Today.

    Monday, December 20, 2021

    With the omicron variant fueling a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across Illinois and the nation, and a likely surge in the coming weeks, the first two weeks of instruction in the spring semester will be online:

    • Classes will be online Monday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 23. Exceptions will be made for the health sciences colleges, labs, clinics, internships and other classes that cannot be offered virtually, including those that start before Jan. 10. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the colleges and the academic departments and units.
    • In-person classes are expected to resume Monday, Jan. 24. Social distancing in the classroom will not be necessary because face masks, which will remain required indoors on campus, and vaccines (96% of the UIC community is vaccinated) continue to be the best forms of defense against COVID-19 transmission.
    • All students are expected to take a PCR test before returning to campus.
    • Students, along with faculty and staff, are urged to obtain a booster, if eligible, prior to returning to campus. Vaccines are available on campus or at a location near you.

    Additionally, beginning Jan. 5, 2022, attendance at in-person events on campus will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the gathering.

    Further details and links for testing, vaccination, and boosters are available at UIC Today.

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