COVID-19: Updates from the College

A Message from the Dean

Dean Hairston

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.

Sincerely,
Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
Dean and Professor

Recent Updates Regarding College Operations

Friday, August 20, 2021

UIC has extended the date to August 23rd for vaccination compliance disclosure. Additional information is available at UIC Today.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Effective Aug. 16, at least weekly saliva testing and daily UIC Healthcheck COVID-19 Self Monitoring is required for the following groups of people:

  • those who submit a medical or religious exemption through the University Health Services (the process for doing so is forthcoming), or
  • those who are partially vaccinated, who have a scheduled final vaccine dose, and vaccination completion is imminent.

You must update your vaccination status through UIC Healthcheck after your final vaccine dose. Details are available on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Our classroom-based courses remain online and synchronous for the fall. However, if you are attending a field instruction course that requires any face-to-face contact, this mandatory requirement also applies to you. Regardless of the number of face-to-face contact hours, you must be fully vaccinated to attend your in-person field placement. Details are available on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Wednesday, July 22, 2021

UIC is requiring all students who plan to be on campus for the fall 2021 semester be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine if they are able. Our classroom-based courses remain online and synchronous for the fall. However, if you are attending a field instruction course that requires any face-to-face contact, this mandatory requirement also applies to you. Regardless of the number of face-to-face contact hours, you must be fully vaccinated to attend your in-person field placement. Details are available on the Coronavirus Updates for MSW Students page.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

UIC has issued new guidance for the wearing of masks on campus:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks outdoors on university property.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are allowed to unmask outdoors on university property if traveling alone more than 6 feet from others.
  • Masking indoors is still required, including in classrooms, except when alone in a private office or personal residence hall room, or when an individual has a medical condition, disability or other reason that prevents them from safely wearing a face mask.
  • Scarves, bandanas and gaiters are not to be worn on the UIC campus when a mask is required, as they do not provide the same level of protection as a face mask.

More details are available at UIC Today.

Previous Updates

Addressing Health and Safety for Vulnerable Populations

Support JACSW Students and UI Health Delivery

UIC Coronavirus Info and Resources