U.S. News & World Report ranks UIS as the top public regional university

Joey McLaughlin talks with Vickie S. Cook, who is the Acting Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Associate Vice Chancellor for Online, Professional and Engaged Learning about a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report and about the UIS adopting the Common App, and waiving the application fee.

This interview occurred on Sept. 17, 2021.

Listen to the entire interview online.

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Over 1,500 University of Illinois System students and staff request vaccine exemptions

The three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Springfield, and Chicago all have different vaccine exemption policies. In Springfield, UIS says get vaccinated or prove you should be exempt, otherwise don't come to campus.

"I think it's really good that everyone here has to get vaccinated to be on campus, but I know a lot of people who think otherwise because they're scared of it,” UIS freshman Mina Edmondson said.

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Gov. JB Pritzker: Vaccines will be required for all Illinois school personnel starting Sept. 5

Saying that he wanted to head off a “pandemic of the unvaccinated," Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Thursday mandated COVID-19 vaccines for all public education employees who work with students pre-kindergarten through college. 

The vaccine mandate is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. 

While the vaccine mandate does not cover students in grades K through 12, it does apply to college students.

In addition to the vaccine policy, Pritzker announced Thursday that starting Monday, masks will once again be required for all indoor public places. 

UIS Puts COVID Restrictions In Place For Upcoming Shows

If you’re planning to attend a show at the UIS Performing Arts Center this fall, be prepared to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.

That’s just one of the precautions being put in place by UIS amid an ongoing surge of new COVID cases. Attendance at Sangamon Auditorium events is being limited to 1,000… which is 50-percent capacity. Concession stands will be closed, although patrons can bring bottled water into shows.

This article appeared on WMAY on August 19, 2021.

Updated Testing Requirements for ALL UIS students, faculty and staff on campus

Due to our on-campus density increasing with the start of the Fall 2021 semester and the high transmission rates of COVID-19 throughout our region, state and country, the UIS COVID-19 Rapid Response Team has made the decision to require COVID-19 testing for all on-campus individuals for a one-month “entry testing” period beginning the week of Aug. 16. Compliance with this directive will be closely monitored.

All on-campus students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated must test once per week.

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Message from the Chancellor: New face-covering guidance at UIS


Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff —

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued new recommendations that all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, wear face coverings when indoors in public settings in areas that have substantial or high community transmission of COVID-19. Sangamon County is included among many counties in Illinois with substantial transmission.

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Students: Important Vaccine Policy Reminders


Dear Students:

As we quickly approach the fall semester, my hope is that you are seeing your university act in many ways to prioritize your safety to the greatest extent possible. Last year, we clearly heard that you want, to the closest extent possible, a traditional college experience at our university — a college experience that is filled with opportunity, experiences and people. You want to be able to have lunch with others in the Student Union, have friends over to your apartment on campus and attend more events and meetings in person.

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Message from President Killeen: Vaccine requirements for faculty and staff

University of Illinois System President Timothy L. Killeen sent the following email to UIS faculty and staff on July 21, 2021.

Dear colleagues:

As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety of our campuses and the communities around them, the University of Illinois System will require that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the beginning of the fall semester of 2021. For employees covered by a union contract, guidance will be implemented at the universities through the applicable collective bargaining processes.

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