Message from the Chancellor: Fall 2022 COVID-19 Requirements


Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff —

I am writing to confirm our COVID-19 requirements for Fall 2022. For the past two years, UIS has been United in Safety as we’ve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are most grateful to be out of the emergency phase of the pandemic—thanks to vaccines, rapid testing and therapeutics—and are excited to be ushering in a new academic year later this month.

Our approach this fall will include the following requirements:


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Reminders in light of increasing COVID cases

Good morning,

The number of COVID-19 cases in our state, including the Sangamon County area, is on the rise. Sangamon County remains at “medium” level, per the CDC’s tracking system. UIS leadership is evaluating what, if any, additional mitigations may be put in place if our county enters “high.”  Please watch your email for further communication should this change in status occur.

In the meantime, though no new requirements are in place at this time, members of the CRRT and UIS administration strongly support the following:

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Message from the Chancellor: Update to campus COVID-19 guidelines effective May 16


Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff —

For two years and counting, we have been United in Safety at UIS. I am so proud of the efforts we each have contributed to stay united and weather the COVID-19 pandemic together, all with the shared purpose of providing the best educational experience possible with safety as a top priority.

As the 2021-22 academic year nears completion and we turn our focus toward summer and fall, the UIS COVID-19 response team has recommended, and I have approved, the following changes to our COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

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Changes to required testing & SHIELD hours of operation

Beginning next week (April 11), the following changes will take effect regarding COVID-19 testing on the UIS campus.


Faculty, staff, students and long-term guests who are not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines (not fully vaccinated, or eligible for the booster but have not received it) may transition from testing twice per week to once per week. Compliance will continue to be closely monitored. Individuals who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines continue to have the option to test but are not required.

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COVID-19 Testing Strongly Encouraged Following Spring Break

With Spring Break next week (March 14-18), we want to start off the second half of the spring semester with health and safety in mind. Therefore, all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to visit the COVID-19 testing site at least once during the week of March 21, especially if they have recently traveled or participated in large gatherings. Hours of operation for the Shield testing site in the PAC are on the United in Safety testing website.

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Message from the Chancellor: Changes to face-covering requirements effective Feb. 28

Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff —

On Monday, Feb. 28, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted, making mask-wearing optional in most public indoor spaces unless otherwise required by federal, local or organizational/business laws or policies. Over the past two weeks, members of the UIS leadership team have had numerous conversations with students, faculty and staff about possible next steps regarding our mask-wearing requirements.

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