Personal Health and Safety

The university has implemented specific procedures to continue our educational and research mission.

Online Training

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete the online the COVID-19 Safety Training using your university NetID and password to log in. This self-study course includes guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
  • All UIC employees who are currently working on campus or expect to return by the start of fall semester must complete the training by Aug. 24, 2020. All employees who are currently working remotely and will still be doing so at the beginning of the semester must complete the training by Sept. 30, 2020, or by their start date (if earlier).
  • Students will receive additional information to complete the online COVID-19 Safety Training in August.
  • Employees of the Hospital & Clinics will follow a separate process and will not be required to complete this version of the UIC COVID-19 Safety Training. Hospital Human Resources will provide additional information to employees. 
  • Questions about the COVID-19 Safety Training should be directed to UIC Human Resources at or 312-996-0840.

UIC Healthcheck Wellness Screening

  • Do not come to campus for class or work if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  Employees and students are required to follow the wellness screening protocol outlined by their home college or department, the Dean of Students, or Campus Housing, even if an individual feels healthy.
  • Screening can be performed in-person on campus, or using the UIC Healthcheck self-assessment tool.
  • If you come to class or work and begin experiencing any possible symptoms of illness, you must leave as soon as possible and inform your healthcare provider. Employees should notify their local HR representative. Faculty, staff and health science professional students (Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Applied Health Sciences) should report through University Health Services online form. Students should call Student Health Services for guidance at 312-996-2901.
  • Individuals must be free of all symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be cleared for return to campus.

Face Covering Guidance

  • Face coverings are required at all times on all university-owned or operated property, including in classrooms. Exceptions include when a person is alone in a private office or personal residence hall room, or when an individual has a medical condition or disability or other reason that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering.
  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed for the purposes of eating or drinking. Eating or drinking is not permitted in classrooms.
  • Reusable face coverings will be provided to all students and employees. Colleges and units will reach out with directions to obtain the face coverings.
  • Follow CDC guidance for cleaning face coverings after every use.
  • Individuals working at UI Health’s clinical units should follow the personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for their specific area.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching or adjusting a face covering, surgical mask or N95 respirator, and before and after removing one.

Physical/Social Distancing

  • Maintain at least six feet from other people both inside buildings and on campus grounds.
  • Public areas (such as elevators, stairwells, restrooms and entrances/exits) may be configured with appropriate signage to allow for physical/social distancing with mitigations.

Testing and Tracing

  • The university has an infrastructure in place for COVID-19 testing and tracing of members of the UIC community.

Hygiene and Illness Prevention

  • Upon arrival to campus, employees should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Hand sanitization stations will be located at building entrances, elevator lobbies, public lounges, classrooms, residence halls and public lactation rooms not already equipped with a sink and soap.
  • Departments are responsible for hand sanitizer placement in departmental lounges, reception/waiting areas, shared office spaces, break rooms, kitchens, locker rooms, and private lactation rooms not already equipped with a sink and soap.
  • A flu shot will be strongly encouraged for all students, faculty and staff; details for campus vaccine locations will be announced during the fall semester.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

  • CDC Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting will be followed.  Facilities Management building service workers will continue to frequently clean and disinfect common areas and high-touch surfaces (such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handrails, and desks in public areas and general use classrooms) using approved products for use against the coronavirus.
  • Workstations should be disinfected by employees upon entering the office and before leaving for the day with cleaning products provided by the unit or department.
  • Cleaning supplies to be used by students, faculty, and staff at their convenience within classrooms will be provided.  Individuals will be responsible for cleaning their own areas when entering a classroom. 
  • Surfaces or equipment used by the general public such as credit card terminals, vending machines and fitness center equipment will be cleaned by the user before each use.
  • Areas known to be occupied by a COVID-19 positive/presumed positive student, faculty, or staff will be closed off for at least 24 hours, if feasible. Cleaning and disinfection will be performed per CDC guidelines. If more than seven days have passed since the person was in the area, only routine cleaning and disinfection is needed.
  • Areas where direct clinical care is provided will follow appropriate health protocols.