FAQs from Fall 2020 Briefing – 07-16-20

Questions and Answers from the July 16 Weekly Fall 2020 Briefing with Chancellor Whitney

Q. What should a student do if they are having symptoms?
A. Do not go to class or work. Contact Health Services to discuss symptoms and to receive direction.

Q. Have we considered changing the air filters more frequently?
A. Best practice is changing them every six months, but we are accelerating that process to every four months to keep the air cleaner.

Q. Are the three individuals who tested positive students, faculty or staff?
A. We’re balancing public health guidelines and respecting individuals’ privacy, so at this time, we are not identifying positive cases by type. We’ll be as forthcoming as possible with information so the community can be as informed as possible. If UIS community members are deemed at risk based on close contact with someone who tests positive, they’ll be notified as part of Public Health’s contact tracing efforts.

Q. Since we are not doing temperature checks, is there a plan for universal testing?
A. We are working on details in collaboration with the System and our sister universities to leverage their research and healthcare solutions for our university community.

Q. Will supplies be provided to sanitize individual spaces?
A. Yes, supplies will be available, including spray bottles with ingredient labels, disposable wipes and towels.

Q. Can ingredients be posted on the hand sanitizer stations?
A. We will look into adding that information to the stations.

Q. Can you share the communication plan about shared community responsibility on and off campus?
A. There’s going to be a continuous multi-pronged approach.

  • We’ll continue weekly briefings as long as it’s helpful
  • Signage is posted throughout the campus
  • Student Affairs and Campus Relations are working on student videos, faculty messages, etc.

We’ll be constantly monitoring what’s working and what’s not. We’re keeping a close eye on the Governor’s plan, and we’ve met with the Mayor to align our efforts with those in the community.

Q. Are we considering requiring testing?
A. Requiring something of our employees and students has implications, and we’re still exploring the balance between general public health expectations and common sense. We’re hopeful our community will cooperate to create the safest environment possible.

Q. What would trigger a return to remote operation?
A. There needs to be a plan in the event the University should require everyone to pivot to all remote learning, and we’re still considering the variables and triggers that would necessitate this decision and the subsequent process to switch operations.

Q. What should a faculty member do if a student chooses not to wear a mask in an in-person class?
A. If a student refuses to wear a mask, dismiss class and reconvene that session in a way that fits your schedule/modality to mitigate infection and conflict. Report the interaction to your Dean and/or department chair so they can work with the Provost and Dean of Students to address the situation and student.