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Medical Excuse Policy

Health Services does not provide medical excuses for missed classes, exams, assignments, or work on/off campus. The decision for our policy is based on our limited resources, which are better dedicated to providing health care; the inability for us to make valid determinations about illnesses or injuries students may have managed through self care at home; and our commitment to student privacy.

Student Insurance

The UIS Student Insurance Plan is an affordable, high-quality insurance program, designed to meet the needs of our students. Any student taking any on campus or blended course is automatically enrolled in Student Insurance and assessed a fee each semester, with optional coverage for dependents.

Students must maintain active enrollment and eligibility at UIS in order to maintain coverage. A covered student who becomes inactive at UIS will lose their coverage at the beginning of the month following their withdrawal.

Health Services

Health Services supports the mission of UIS by providing cost effective, comprehensive, accessible, professional health care.

We provide preventive services and resources that support participation in health care, enabling individuals to recognize health as a comprehensive state over which they have control.

UIS still plans to start in-person classes in January; COVID testing will be required

University of Illinois Springfield students will start the spring semester Jan. 18 in-person as planned while two University of Illinois campuses will start the spring semester with remote learning.

All UIS faculty, staff and students, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing once they return to campus, UIS interim chancellor Karen Whitney announced in a campus letter.

New bill would require colleges to include emergency contraceptives in vending machines

Chips, candy, and maybe soon, contraceptives.

A new bill filed in the Illinois House aims to increase access to emergency contraceptive pills for students.

It would require at least one vending machine on public college or university campuses to offer emergency contraceptives as an option.

A spokesperson for the University of Illinois Springfield says emergency contraceptives are available there if you make an appointment with UIS Health Services.

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Associate Professor Holly Thompson, finding a rhythm

Every morning Associate Professor of Human Development Counseling Holly Thompson goes to work upstairs in her guest bedroom with one of her favorite co-workers, three-year old Xaria. After a brief consultation and a quick hello on Zoom, Xaria heads back downstairs to consult with dad about more pressing issues like toys.

Thompson has found that separation of home and work life has been one of the most difficult challenges of remote learning.

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