COVID-19: Updates from the College

A Message from the Dean

Dean Hairston

Welcome to fall semester 2020. Although we are 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. This is understandably not a normal semester; we are indeed developing a new norm. We are going about 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

Celebrating the Achievement of our 2020 Graduates

In celebration of the hard work and dedication of our graduates during this difficult year, JACSW was very pleased to participate in UIC’s Virtual Graduation Celebration, with messages from UIC and JACSW administration, faculty, alumni and more!

Visit the Celebration

Recent Updates Regarding College Operations

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

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UIC Coronavirus Info and Resources