UIS provides a unique, student-focused educational experience that emphasizes learning in and outside of the classroom. Every measure has been taken with the utmost care and consideration to support safety for living, learning, working and training at UIS. We are United In Safety.

Fall 2021 Vaccination Policy

The University of Illinois Springfield maintains an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. For the fall 2021 semester, all UIS on-ground students, faculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Medical or religious exemptions are available. The student and employee policies were developed to align with CDC and American College Health Association (ACHA) guidance and the UI System’s vaccination guidelines.

UIS COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Process

UIS COVID-19 Vaccination Religious Exemption Request Form

UIS COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Request Form

Academics/Student Life

Fall 2021 Course Delivery

students walking on campus

Finalized course modalities for Fall 2021 will be communicated in mid-July. To the extent practical, UIS will work with individual students who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for an exemption to identify a path forward to continue their academic progress off campus. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisers to map out a plan if they do not intend to comply with the campus vaccine requirement and do not qualify for an exemption.

Academic Resources

Communication Hub

Town Hall Briefings

More Town Hall Briefings on Chancellor Whitney's site

COVID-19 Contacts

COVID-19 Saliva Testing for Non-Symptomatic Employees and Students

Questions: Contact Bethany Bilyeu

UIS Health Services

Available by appointment only. Serving COVID testing needs only for symptomatic students.

General questions: 

Questions for the nurse: 


UIS Counseling Center



Contact our COVID-19 team

Safety in Action

Since March 2020, the UIS campus community has banded together to promote safety and wellness. Our commitment to one another means students can continue to pursue their educational and personal goals.

Leaders in Online Learning

Since 1997, the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) has promoted and supported the university’s development of online and blended learning. Our mission is to provide leadership in the development of effective practices, advancement of technologies and the dissemination of research that will improve faculty, student and institutional effectiveness online.

We’ve created a Remote Learning Orientation portal packed with tools and resources to help students better navigate their learning experience. Simply log in with your UIS NetID.

History of Online Learning at UIS


United in Safety News

Jul 30, 2021
7.30.21 Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff — Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued new recommendations that all…
Jul 27, 2021
7.27.21 Dear UIS Colleagues — Today we are issuing our UIS Fall 2021 Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy in alignment with the UI System’s recently…
Jul 27, 2021
7.27.21 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…
Jul 21, 2021
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…
Jul 21, 2021
Dear Colleagues, Today, the University of Illinois System announced that all faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the…
Jul 01, 2021
7.1.21 Dear UIS Students, Faculty and Staff — Today we are issuing our UIS Fall 2021 Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy in alignment with the UI System…