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.

Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
Dean and Professor

Updates Regarding College and UIC Operations

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:

    Please 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.

Previous Updates

Addressing Health and Safety for Vulnerable Populations

UIC Coronavirus Info and Resources