UIS: United in Safety

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UIS: United In Safety

UIS provides a uniquely student-centered educational experience both in and out of the classroom. Every measure has been taken with the utmost care and consideration to support safety for living, learning, working and training at UIS.

We are United In Safety.

Prioritizing On-Campus Health and Safety

The campus community is united to promote a safe environment through personal responsibility and enhanced facility precautions. This solidarity reflects our care, respect and compassion for everyone in the Prairie Stars family.

Academics/Student Life

Course Delivery

Our approach is to provide our students the opportunity to continue their education by prioritizing enhanced health and safety guidelines.

  • Depending on a student’s schedule, course delivery may be fully remote or blended (on-campus and remote).
  • ​Registered students can check their classes’ course delivery info via Student Self-Service.
  • Fully online programs are also available for students who prefer to continue their education remotely.

Academic Resources

Communication Hub

Town Hall Briefings

More Town Hall Briefings on Chancellor Whitney’s site 


COVID-19 Contacts

COVID-19 Saliva Testing for Non-Symptomatic Employees and Students

Questions: Contact Bethany Bilyeu

UIS Health Services

Available by appointment only. Serving COVID testing needs only for symptomatic students.
General questions: uishealthservice@uis.edu
Questions for the nurse: healthservnurses@uis.edu

UIS Counseling Center



Contact our COVID-19 team

Safety in Action

Since March 2020, the UIS campus community has banded together to promote safety and wellness. Our commitment to one another means students can continue to pursue their educational and personal goals.

Our Experiences


Shane Harris

Associate Professor of Ceramics Shane Harris talks about his experience and how he adapted to teaching his classes online. Read the full article UIS Ceramics, Kneading to Find a New Way



Marie Watson

UIS Associate Director of Student Life Marie Watson stepped out of her comfort zone and into the social media spotlight. She has been a regular face on weekly Student Life Instagram Live chats. “As soon as we went to remote learning we had to think creatively. Student life is so tied into student success. It impacts how they live and what they experience.” Read the full article about Marie Watson: Stepping out of the Box.


Kathy Novak

UIS Associate Professor of Communication Kathy Novak, Ph.D., was only a few weeks into her COM 407 Photojournalism and Photo Documentary Class when Illinois began to shelter in place and UIS students returned home to begin remote learning. The already-online class did not have to adjust for remote learning, but assignments had to be modified immediately. Read the full article Photography students shift focus to capture pandemic moments.


Leaders in Online Learning

Student outdoors with computerSince 1997, the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS) promotes and supports the university’s development of online and blended learning. Our mission is to provide leadership in the development of effective practices, advancement of technologies, and the dissemination of research that will improve faculty, student, and institutional effectiveness online.

We’ve created a Remote Learning Orientation portal packed with tools and resources to help students succeed. Simply log in with your UIS NetID.

History of Online Learning at UIS