Academics and Instruction

UIC has developed a hybrid plan to include online and in-person instruction for undergraduate and graduate students. Plans have been developed to shift to in-person instruction to online should circumstances require it.

The following information applies to all UIC colleges except Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Law whose separate plans are described below. As noted, changing circumstances such as outbreaks or city and state mandates may impact current plans.

Undergraduate and Graduate Colleges

Instruction (online)

  • Courses with more than 70 students must be online and will be asynchronous, allowing students to access the course at any time.
  • Courses with 50-70 students will be offered online but can be taught either asynchronously or synchronously, depending on the preference of the instructor.

Instruction (in-person)

  • With appropriate health and safety and social distancing guidance, many lab classes, some music and design classes, and other categories of classes will meet in person.
  • All first-year students should have at least one campus in-person class to build a connection to the campus and a sense of community with their peers.
  • It is strongly encouraged that instructors record live classes for students who cannot attend in person.
  • On-campus classes will adhere to social distancing and other public health precautions as outlined in COVID-19 Classroom Safety Guidance.

Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy

Instruction (online and in-person)

  • Most classes will be held online. Some may be held in-person following appropriate health and safety and social distancing guidance.
  • Where possible, accommodations may be made for students who cannot participate in-person during live classes. Other classes (i.e., simulation, laboratory courses, pre-patient care) that will be taught live on campus were determined based on the type and amount of space available as well as recommendations provided by the colleges. Recording may not be possible in these face-to-face classes.
  • On-campus classes will adhere to social distancing and other public health precautions as outlined in COVID-19 Classroom Safety Guidance.

Clinical Instruction

  • As students, faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Colleges are engaged in delivering care and/or interacting with patients, these students/faculty/staff in the Health Science Colleges, may be required to follow UI Health, CDC, IDPH, and/or CDPH guidelines as well. These requirements may include: daily COVID-19 symptoms check and daily temperature monitoring; and following guidelines outlined by University Health Services and/or Student Health Services regarding reporting illnesses and exposures.
  • Students will be provided proper training for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protections for health care providers in clinical settings.
  • All Health Sciences Colleges will develop plans which minimize negative consequences of accurate reporting of symptoms, positive tests, and possible exposures by students, faculty, staff and other trainees.

Research courses and rotations

  • Graduate students engaged in research rotations and ongoing research programs as part of their studies will, in most cases, will be allowed to participate in on-campus and face-to-face activities and learning with all safety and distancing protocols in place.

College of Law

Law Library, other common spaces, small classrooms, and unassigned offices

  • The UIC John Marshall Law School has opened seats in the Law Library for students in summer school and recent graduates preparing for the bar examination to study. Detailed instructions about seat reservations for the Law Library, entering the Law School, and safety protocols are available on the Law School’s COVID-19 webpage.

Instruction (online and in-person)

  • The Law School will operate in hybrid mode. Students may attend classes live or online if they cannot or prefer not to attend in person.
  • The Law School is prepared to shift to 100% online should circumstances require it.
  • On-campus classes will adhere to social distancing and other public health precautions as outlined in COVID-19 Classroom Safety Guidance.