Updated June 29, 2020
Fall 2020 Planning
The University of Illinois System announced June 18 that on-campus educational activities will resume this fall at UIS. Planning for Fall 2020 is being led by two multidisciplinary teams focused on (1) Academic Planning and (2) Student Affairs and Community Engagement. Each team is tasked with developing plans, policies and procedures for Fall 2020 course delivery and accompanying student life programs to deliver a premier educational experience while adhering to the necessary guidelines for health and safety on campus.
The UIS “Return to the Prairie” Fall 2020 Plan and accompanying website will be released in early July. To date, UIS has announced the following decisions as it pertains to Fall 2020 operations:
- Academic calendar: The beginning and ending dates for the Fall 2020 semester remain unchanged. However, the last two weeks of the semester following Thanksgiving—including Finals Week–will be delivered remotely. Students will be encouraged to complete the semester remotely if they travel from campus for Thanksgiving. Residence Life facilities and the Student Union will remain open throughout the totality of the semester unless conditions require that they be closed for reasons of health and safety.
- Grading options: UIS will again allow credit/no credit grading for all courses during Fall 2020 semester. An email will be sent to students by the Registrar explaining the process to select credit/no credit grading, along with some important points they should consider before converting to credit/no credit.
- Safety protocols: UIS has launched a comprehensive “United in Safety” campaign to promote the university’s healthy and safety protocols. These include:
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas and public spaces
- Additional hand sanitizer stations
- Required use of face coverings
- Policies and practices that promote physical distancing
Return to On-Site Work for Faculty and Staff (June/July)
Illinois entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on June 26. UIS faculty and staff have received direction to continue working remotely through July 31 if they can effectively perform their job duties to the satisfaction of their supervisors. Units operating under an existing approved Return to On-Site Work plan should continue to do so through July 31. Any amendments or changes that need to be made to the plan should be routed through supervisory channels and submitted to the unit’s Division Head for approval. Should employees desire a work environment accommodation, they should work through their supervisory chain.
Students: Visit the UIS is Here for You resource page for information about available campus resources, services, hours and how to connect.
Health and Wellness Support
Public Health Hotlines:
Sangamon County Department of Public Health: 217-321-2606
Illinois Department of Public Health: 1-800-889-3931 or DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV