UIC classroom public health guidance for faculty
Last Updated: June 21, 2023
The UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Program has made several changes to streamline operations and ensure rapid service to the UIC community that can be sustained during periods of high incidence. Data collection and communication methods are now largely email-based. Please monitor your UIC inbox closely and encourage fellow colleagues and students to do so as well. Email communications will primarily come from firstname.lastname@example.org.
How faculty can address student questions about reporting COVID-19 symptoms, exposures and positive COVID-19 tests to Contact Tracing.
A student reports they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Instruct the student to stay home and encourage them to contact their primary care provider to discuss testing options that are appropriate for them. Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to report symptoms to Contact Tracing. The UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Program will remain available as a resource for students who have questions related to campus guidance or require assistance navigating isolation or the post-exposure period. If the student decides to voluntarily report symptoms via the UIC COVID-19 Reporting Decision Tool, the contact tracing team will provide them guidance on testing and when they can return to campus.
A student reports they tested positive for COVID-19.
Instruct the student to stay home. Students who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to report their positive test to Contact Tracing (unless living in campus housing, see below). The UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Program will remain available as a resource for students who have questions related to campus guidance or require assistance navigating isolation or the post-exposure period. If the student decides to voluntarily report their positive test via the Reporting Decision Tool, we ask that the student monitors their inbox closely as they will receive communications from UIC Contact Tracing (email@example.com). The student will receive an email with a link to a survey which is designed to collect important public health information and provide instructions on when they are eligible to return to participation. Instructors can suggest that the student consider contacting persons who they believe they exposed during their infectious period, which can be done anonymously online.
- UIC’s current policy is that all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or are likely positive for COVID-19 isolate for a minimum of five days. If an individual is asymptomatic or if their symptoms have improved* then the individual must adhere to strict masking in all settings on UIC’s campus, including classrooms, through day 10 of illness (calculated from symptom onset, if symptomatic, or date of positive test, if asymptomatic). If the criteria for returning to participation are not met, then the individual will need to remain in home isolation.
A student reports they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are not required to report the exposure to Contact Tracing. The UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Program will remain available as a resource for students who have questions related to campus guidance or require assistance navigating isolation or the post-exposure period. If the student decides to voluntarily report the exposure via the Reporting Decision Tool, the student can expect to receive an email communication to their UIC inbox from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions to complete a brief survey. Please encourage the student to complete the survey as quickly as possible so they can receive tailored guidance for testing and symptom monitoring. UIC Contact Tracing will then send them an additional 1-2 surveys for further follow-up and will closely monitor all surveys for indications of symptoms or a positive test.
- Please note, quarantine is not recommended at this time for any individual regardless of exposure type or vaccination status.
- All individuals should seek testing 5 days following their last exposure to a COVID-positive individual.
- All individuals must mask in all spaces on UIC’s campus, including classrooms, through day 10 from their last exposure and monitor for symptoms. Specific guidance can be found on UIC today.
How faculty can address concerns and questions about campus Contact Tracing and COVID-19 risk reductions in the classroom.
I’d like to know more about the risk of COVID-19 transmission in UIC classrooms.
During fall 2021 semester Contact Tracing assessed classroom safety on a weekly basis and disseminated findings to campus leadership. Among the 241 classroom-based case investigations Contact Tracing completed during fall 2021, they observed one possible transmission event involving an unvaccinated person exposed during a classroom meeting.
How to address student noncompliance with prevention recommendations, reporting requirements, and how to develop plans to make your classroom safer regarding COVID-19.
A student refused to comply with UIC COVID-19 policies, for example, by showing up in class after being told to isolate or refusing to report a positive test result.
Does my student need to provide a note from contact tracing verifying their need to stay home and isolate?
Contact Tracing does not provide verification that students need to be absent from class.
- UIC COVID-19 Reporting Decision Tool
- UIC Contact Tracing hours of operation
- UIC COVID-19 FAQs
- UIC Road to Recovery (includes current travel policies)
- UIC-Sponsored Travel Guidance
- Employee Assistance Program
- CCTEP Contact Tracing Resources
- Navigating Isolation
- UIC Isolation and Post-Exposure Guidelines